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Headphone Reviews

After the smartphone, headphones are the gadget we reach for most often in our daily lives. Here, The Verge tracks the best headphones for every budget and purpose, whether they be wireless, noise cancelling, in-ear, or over-ear. With all the big brands — from Bose and Beats to Sony and Sennheiser — and a few of the over-performing smaller ones, there's a perfect pair of headphones out there for everyone, and we'll have it covered.

Amazon Echo Frames review: listen to these specs


Apple AirPods Max review: luxurious sound for a luxury price

Apple’s over-ear headphones have tremendous build quality and sound, but there’s no denying they’re expensive

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds review: noise-canceling champion

Good sound quality and best-in-class noise cancellation come in an awkwardly big case


How Becca Farsace tests and reviews wireless earbuds

Jabra Elite 85t review: noise cancellation isn’t the only big change

A new semi-open design eliminates that plugged-up ear feeling

UE Fits review: a fit that’s lit

They fit better than any consumer earbuds I’ve ever tried, but they aren’t without shortcomings

Beats Flex review: wireless earbud basics done right

Beats’ first earbuds with a USB-C connector are only $50


Google Pixel Buds review: second time’s the charm

Google’s new earbuds finally go truly wireless and have improved sound quality

Sony WH-1000XM4 review: the best noise-canceling headphones get better

Sony didn’t change much, but it made the improvements we’ve been waiting for


Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review: cool beans

An unconventional design turns out to be a winner

A photo of two sets of OnePlus Buds resting on a OnePlus 8 phone.

OnePlus Buds review: cheap AirPods for OnePlus phones

Sony WF-SP800N review: noise cancellation for your workouts

With longer continuous battery life than the 1000XM3s — and proper sweat resistance

Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 review: perfect for work-from-home life

Now at a much more sensible price


Microsoft Surface Earbuds review: comfort at a cost

They’re super comfortable and have lengthy battery life, but the style won’t be for everyone

Razer Opus review: surprisingly competent wireless headphones


Google Pixel Buds review: second time’s the charm

Google’s new earbuds finally go truly wireless and have improved sound quality

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 review: great sound, now with noise cancellation

Beats Powerbeats review: reliable wire

A good argument for neckbuds

1More True Wireless ANC headphones review: great features, not-so-great fit


Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus review: better sound, even better stamina

Samsung has made impressive progress with its latest true wireless earbuds

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The best wireless earbuds to buy right now

It’s hard to make a bad choice, but Apple and Jabra remain the standouts

Jabra Elite 75t earbuds review: the best AirPods alternative

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The best wireless headphones to buy right now

Master & Dynamic’s MH40 Wireless look and feel like $300, but don’t sound like it


Apple AirPods Pro review: perfect fit

Better fit, better sound, higher price

Amazon Echo Buds review: great sound at the right price

Amazon’s first truly wireless earbuds exceed expectations


Beats Solo Pro review: beat the noise

Master & Dynamic’s new MW07 Plus earbuds boast improved battery life and active noise cancellation

Sennheiser’s Momentum Wireless review: feature-packed, if not a sonic standout

Aftershokz’s Aeropex are refined bone conduction headphones with most of the same snags

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 review: taking back the crown

Bose returns to form as it faces more competition than ever


Sony WF-1000XM3 noise-canceling earbuds review: blissful listening

Fender Ten 5 review: all about that treble

And they’re amazing at it

Cambridge Audio’s Melomania buds have epic battery life, good sound, and a unique design

Jabra Elite 85h review: like the rest, but not the best

Jabra’s head is in the right place, but a few flaws keep it from greatness

Final E5000 review: delicate bass cannons

Sink into the warm, bassy embrace of these delightful earphones

Powerbeats Pro review: the best Beats

Denon D9200 review: the best portable headphones don’t come cheap

MrSpeakers Ether 2 review: true high-resolution headphones