The best headphones for music Sennheiser HD 560S

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The best wireless headphones/best noise-canceling headphones: Sony

WH-1000XM4Riley Young / Digital TrendsWhy you should buy them: Beautiful wireless sound, plush comfort, andexcellent noise canceling.Who they’re for: Anyone who wants a top-tier wireless experience, and lovessilencing the world around them.Why we picked the Sony WH-1000XM4:Sony’s technologically advanced WH-1000XM4 are the fourth generation of Sony’sflagship wireless headphones (following the excellent WH-1000XM3, WH-1000XM2,and MDR-1000X models). They offer top-tier noise canceling, excellent qualitywireless audio, and plush comfort. This enticing combination earned the modela rare five-star rating in our initial review, and — thanks to a few notableimprovements — makes the latest version the best headphones you can buy.At the heart of the WH-1000xM4 is outstanding wireless sound. When paired withan Android device, Sony’s LDAC technology delivers a wireless signal at whatthe company claims is three times the quality of standard Bluetooth streaming.The company has dropped support for the aptX and aptX HD Bluetooth codecs, afeature supported in the previous 1000XM3, but we wouldn’t lose too much sleepover this. The headphones still support SBC, AAC, and, of course, LDAC, whichis one of two Bluetooth codecs that have been certified as hi-res compatible.Sony says it has made improvements to the noise-canceling technology in the1000XM4, specifically when dealing with mid-to-high-frequency sounds likehuman conversations. Our reviewers didn’t notice a huge difference betweenthis model and the previous XM3, but that’s because those cans were alreadygreat noise-canceling headphones to begin with. Compared to Bose’s NoiseCancelling Headphones 700, it’s too close to call, as both are outstanding.Among the updates Sony has made to the Sony WH-1000XM4, are: * Multi-device Bluetooth support, meaning you can take a call from your phone, then resume watching a YouTube video on your computer. * Wear sensors that automatically pause the music when you slide the headphones off your ears. * Automatic ambient mode when the XM4 detect that you’re speaking. * Greater comfort when wearing the headphones for long periods.As amazing as the Sony WH-1000XM4 are, if you can find a set of WH-1000XM3 fora discount of $50 to $100 or more, grab them before they’re gone!Read our in-depth Sony WH-1000XM4 review

The best wireless earbuds: Jabra Elite 85t

JabraWhy you should buy them: Excellent sound, very good battery life, and amazingnoise cancellation.Who they’re for: Those who want true wireless noise-canceling earbuds thatdon’t compromise on either ANC or sound quality.Why we picked the Jabra Elite 85t:For more than a year, this spot was claimed by Sony’s excellent WF-1000XM3,the noise-canceling earbud equivalents of the WH-1000XM3. But the truewireless earbud world changes insanely fast and Jabra’s latest effort issuperior in several ways.The Elite 85t more compact and we’d argue they provide a more comfortable fittoo. Their smaller size also means a much smaller charging case — the Sonycase is almost twice as large.They have wireless charging, something Sony has yet to include on any of itsproducts so far.They offer IPX4 protection from water. Sony’s buds could probably withstand abit of moisture, but without an official IPX rating, the Jabras are a muchsafer bet for those who want to work out with their earbuds. They’ll also stayput better than the XM3.As with Jabra’s previously released earbuds, the Elite 75t and Elite Active75t, Jabra’s Headphones app offers a wide variety of customization options forcontrols, EQ, and ANC, plus a fit-test to ensure you’ve picked the best ear-tips for your ears.Beyond these great features, you get top-notch sound quality, with warm andrich bass notes, well-defined midranges, and highs that feel like they live intheir own realm, untouched by the other frequencies. The soundstage is bothwide and yet intimate. We’ll still give a slight edge to the XM3 in thisdepartment, but it’s a very narrow margin.Our favorite part of the Elite 85t is their excellent ANC and transparencymodes, which you can flip between at the touch of a button.Read our in-depth Jabra Elite 85t review

The best wired earbuds under $100: 1More Triple Driver

Why you should buy them: These wired earbuds are premium in every way buttheir price.Who they’re for: Anyone who wants a really great-sounding set of wired earbudsbut is unwilling to spend hundreds of dollars for the pleasure.Why we picked the 1More Triple Driver:The adage that you get what you pay for is generally true for audio productslike headphones. What has made us big fans of the 1More brand is its abilityto redefine that expectation in surprising ways. The 1More Triple Driver in-ear headphones are a great example of this: They exhibit all of the hallmarksof high-end, expensive earbuds, yet manage to keep the price highly affordablefor most people.Their combination of dual balanced-armature drivers matched with a dynamicdriver to pump up the lower end is the kind of engineering normally found onproducts that cost more than double the price of the 1Mores. Even the smallerdetails are very well ironed out, such as Kevlar-wrapped cables that increaseresistance to wear while simultaneously reducing tangles.Boasting materials like cast aluminum that has been polished and sandblastedfor a luxurious feel, even the included carrying case — normally a throwawaypouch that people ignore entirely — has been obviously crafted and built withcare. Their inline mic and control buttons are compatible with both iPhonesand Android devices.The 1More Triple Driver sound amazing, with a wide and complex soundstage thatwarranted an official THX certification. While 1More has many other budget-friendly products, including the newer Dual Driver ANC Pro Wireless, if you’relooking for great sound at the lowest price, we think the Triple Drivers offerthe best value.Read our in-depth 1More Triple Driver review

The best headphones for working out: Sony WF-SP800N

Why you should buy them: Excellent sound, huge battery life, ANC, plus waterand dust resistance.Who they’re for: Anyone who wants a set of wireless earbuds made specificallyfor demanding workouts.Why we picked the Sony WF-SP800N:When it comes to true wireless earbuds for workouts, the Powerbeats Pro get alot of attention. That’s fair: They’ve got a huge nine-hour battery life,great bass response, and built-in ear hooks for a secure fit. But at $250, andgiven that they don’t have ANC, transparency mode, or wireless charging,they’re very expensive for what you get. Sony’s $200 WF-SP800N cost less, andhave more valuable features for folks who want an awesome set of workoutcompanions.They don’t have ear hooks, but the included silicone wing-tips and ear tipsprovide a very secure fit — these buds won’t be going anywhere unless you wantthem to. This will appeal to folks who wear prescription glasses or like towear shades when they run — ear hooks can really get in the way of eyeglasses.Sony’s ear tips also do a heck of a good job of passively isolating your earsfrom external sounds. So good, in fact, you may not even need their ANC.But if you do use ANC, you’ll be pleasantly surprised — these Sony earbudseasily diminish external sounds to the point where you’ll hardly notice them.Between their ambient and quick-listening modes, you’ll never be out of touchwith your world if you need to know what’s going on.As you might expect, the WF-SP800N have been tuned with a pronounced bassresponse, courtesy of Sony’s ExtraBass feature, something that any workoutbuds worth their price simply must offer. Unlike some other workout earbuds,if that bass is too much, or your podcast addiction calls for an emphasis onvocals, the Sony Headphones app gives you lots of control over low, mid, andhigh frequencies.They also have a huge list of additional features like auto-pause/play, theability to use either Google Assistant or Alexa instead of the voice assistanton your phone, customizable controls, and a big nine-hour battery life (withANC) that jumps to a huge 13 hours when ANC is off.The only thing missing is wireless charging. We’d also love it if Sony let WF-SP800N users decide which functions they want to control, instead of making uschoose from preset function families like volume or ANC.For a very similar set of features and an even lower price, check out JBL’sReflect Mini NC.Awesome WF-SP800N alternatives:Read our in-depth Sony WF-SP800N review

The best headphones for music: Sennheiser HD 560S

SennheiserWhy you should buy them: Audiophile sound quality from a legendary brand, in acomfortable design that is also remarkably affordable.Who they’re for: Those who take their music listening seriously, and want anuncompromising set of headphones.Why we picked the Sennheiser HD 560S:Audiophiles generally agree that if you’re passionate about music, and youhave a listening space that is relatively free of outside sounds, nothingbeats a really good set of open-back headphones.As far as we’re concerned, you won’t find a set of open-back headphones thatmanage to combine superb sound quality and a reasonable price than theSennheiser HD 560S. They’re built to the same audiophile standards as ourprevious pick, the HD 6XX/HD 650, but use an updated and sleeker design, withangled drivers that do an even better job of reproducing the sound of in-roomspeakers.We haven’t published our full review of the HD 560S yet, but in our time withthese amazing cans, we can already confirm that what we observed about the HD650 is equally true of the HD 560s: “Warm and rigid bass, a midrange that dipsclose to the ruddy colors of analog tape saturation (without sacrificing anounce of detail), and a laser tight response up top that helps illuminatevivid clarity and granular instrumental texture across the board.”If that sounds like the kind of performance you want in a set of headphones,we think you need look no further than the Sennheiser HD 560S. You cancertainly spend more to get this level of quality, but you don’t have to.Read our in-depth Sennheiser HD 6XX/HD 650 review

The best headphones for iPhone: Apple AirPods Max

Riley Young/Digital TrendsWhy you should buy them: Class-leading ANC, transparency, and call quality,plus superb sound, in a beautifully designed set of wireless headphones.Who they’re for: iPhone users, who want the best money-is-no-object set ofwireless headphones.Why we picked the Apple AirPods Max:The AirPods Max, at $549, are very expensive. So if you’re on a smallerbudget, you may want to consider the $249 AirPods Pro instead — before the Maxarrived they were our top pick for its category.But now that the AirPods Max are here, we have to say, we’re very impressed.The design, materials, and build quality alone are almost worth the price ofadmission. Once again, Apple has paid attention to the smallest of details andproduced a set of headphones that are at once incredibly simple and very high-tech.The aluminum earcups and stainless steel headband sliders feel fantastic inyour hands, and all of the parts move together with invisible, clockwork-likeprecision. The mesh fabric on the headband and ear cushions provide amplecomfort.The digital crown, which Apple repurposed from the Apple Watch, issurprisingly effective as a combo control that lets you adjust volume withmuch better precision than a set of buttons. The dedicated ANC/transparencymode button is equally intuitive and easy to use.Speaking of ANC and transparency, Apple has knocked these features out of thepark. Our reviewer found that the transparency was so good, it felt like hewasn’t wearing the headphones at all.Sound quality, while not quite as good as the Sony WH-1000XM4, is darn close.We suspect very few people who try both will feel a strong push toward theXM4.That isn’t the case, however, with the AirPods Max weight. Far heavier thanany other headphones on this list, the Max are perfectly comfy for a couple ofhours, but beyond that, we think folks will grow fatigued with all of thatweight on their heads.The included carry case, if you can call it that, is another weakness. Itdoesn’t fully protect the headphones and it doesn’t help you pack them in abackpack or suitcase. But using anything else isn’t really an option as itsinternal magnets are needed to push the AirPods Max into ultra-low-power mode.Speaking of power, at 20 hours, the AirPods Max won’t win any enduranceprizes, but that’s still enough juice for all but the longest of flights.Read our in-depth Apple AirPods Max review

The best headphones for Android: Google Pixel Buds 2

Nick Woodard/Digital TrendsWhy you should buy them: The Google Pixel Buds 2 are full of features andusability for a reasonable price.Who they’re for: Android users who are looking for the ideal complement totheir smartphones and mobile devices.Why we picked the Google Pixel Buds 2:Between the features, the design, and the sound quality, you won’t find abetter set of buds for Android users than the second-generation Google PixelBuds.Google seems to have built its new buds with lovers of the Android ecosystemin mind. A Fast Pair on Android feature effortlessly starts the setup withyour Pixel or Android smartphone, and features like hands-free GoogleAssistant and Google Translate stand out as innovative abilities for you totake advantage of. iPhone users do not get access to either function,unfortunately.Battery life, while not especially impressive at just five hours, is stillequivalent to the AirPods Pro, as is the wireless charging feature.They may not have noise canceling, but the Google Pixel Buds 2 have anAdaptive Sound feature that automatically adjusts the volume to theenvironment that you’re in. That pairs well with the improved audio quality ofthe Pixel Buds 2, and a new design that makes them immensely more comfortablethan the originals.Altogether, the Google Pixel Buds 2 have a winning formula for buds thatappeal to all, especially those who have already adopted Android devices.Read our in-depth Google Pixel Buds 2 review

The best headphones for gaming: Audeze Mobius

Why should you buy this: It does everything right, connects to everything, andhas incredibly granular features.Who’s they’re for: Primarily PC gamers who crave 3D and 7.1 surround soundwith specificity to the type of games they play.Why we picked the Audeze Mobius:The Audeze (pronounced odd-eh-see) Mobius is the kind of headset you buy whenyou have deep pockets and an even deeper wish list. Compatible with PC, Mac,and consoles, the Mobius is a wallet-crushing $400 7.1 surround sound headsetof nearly unparalleled quality. From how it feels on your head to how youperceive game audio across multiple genres, the Mobius earns its top-dollarprice with equally premium performance.Offering Bluetooth or wired connectivity, the Mobius also boasts a stellar 10hours of play per charge and allows you to adjust mic and headphone volumeindependently with two different toggle switches. It also offers sevendifferent EQ presets to match different audio needs for different game genres.For example, you can prioritize footsteps to give yourself an edge in first-person shooters.Its 3D mode centers your audio experience to your screen so that as you turnyour head, sounds come from their source in your video game in relation to theperspective of your ears in actual space. It can track your head up to 1000times per second and identify sound sources, changing them dynamically as youmove.That feature aside, the pure sound quality is stellar, and though you’ll getthe best quality out of Bluetooth or USB wired connection (the 3.5mm jack intoa console controller doesn’t get quite as loud as we would like, and won’tremember your audio settings when you turn them off), audio is spectacularthrough the Mobius, and in competitive gaming, your voice will be welltransmitted to your teammates.Beyond the laundry list of features and customizations the Mobius offers, it’salso relatively lightweight and comfortable to wear. It features both a memoryfoam headband and replaceable contoured memory foam earpads that combine tomake long gaming sessions less fatiguing.The microphone is removable, making the Audeze Mobius suitable for other audioactivities like listening to music or TV wirelessly, which we highlyrecommend. As expensive as it is, the Audeze Mobius is absolutely worth thehigh investment and is our top pick for a premium gaming headset.

The best headphones for kids: Puro PuroQuiet

Puro Sound LabsWhy you should buy them: The PuroQuiet protect your kids from dangerously loudsound levels while they cancel out external sounds.Who they’re for: Parents who want to provide their kids with high-qualityheadphones, without exposing them to loud sounds.Why we picked the Puro PuroQuiet:Noise cancelation for kids? Doesn’t that mean they’ll ignore their parentseven more often than they already do? Perhaps, but it’s a risk worth taking ifit means your kids’ hearing will be protected over the long term. That’sexactly the premise behind the Puro PuroQuiet headphones.Not only are they wireless and great-sounding, but they also come equippedwith a software limiter that keeps the volume at or below 85dB, which isconsidered the maximum volume that anyone (but especially children) should beexposed to for prolonged periods. Above that threshold and kids riskdeveloping noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). The noise-canceling featuremeans they’ll actually be able to listen to lower (therefore safer) volumes.These headphones pack about 16 hours of battery life, which ought to be enoughfor a whole day or more, but if not, there’s always the option of using ananalog cable instead. An external switch lets you turn the noise cancellationon and off. Make no mistake, these might be aimed at kids, but the quality ofconstruction, selection of materials, and color choices give them anappearance that will still appeal to your young charges long after they’veoutgrown their Disney phase (some of us still haven’t).While not the cheapest kids’ headphones you can buy, the Puro PuroQuiet arevery reasonably priced for what they offer. We think your kids’ ears are worthit.Like the idea of the PuroQuiet but need something more adult-sized? Check outthe PuroPro.Read our PuroQuiet impressions

2. Best 65-inch TV value: TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635)

The best value TV of the yearScreen Type: QLED | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 HDMI, 1 USB | Size:56.9 x 32.9 x 2.8 inches | Weight: 63.9 poundsExcellent QLED and mini-LED displayGreat gaming performanceRoku TV offers a huge app selection and easy interfaceImproved Roku remoteSound is a little weakRoku is missing some of the latest appsWhen it comes to value, there’s just no beating the TCL 6-Series Roku TV(R635). With the 65-inch model selling for an affordable $899, the TCL ispacked with capabilities on a par with much more expensive competitors. Thedisplay looks great thanks to QLED enhancement for better color andbrightness, and the mini-LED backlight offers the best contrast and HDRperformance we’ve seen on a LCD-based display.TCL also adds gamer-friendly features, like THX Certified Game Mode, whichmakes it one of the best sets for the latest game consoles like PS5 and XboxSeries X. Combine this with smart design touches like built-in cablemanagement and the excellent Roku TV platform, and the TCL 6-Series R635 isthe best budget-friendly value you can get in a 65-inch TV.Read our full TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) review. Best 65-inch TV for picture and sound: Sony Bravia A8H OLED (Image credit:Sony)

3. Best 65-inch TV for picture and sound: Sony Bravia A8H OLED

Flawless picture and sound, at a premium priceScreen Type: OLED | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 HDMI, 3 USB | Size: 57x 33 x 2 inches | Weight: 48 poundsThin, sleek chassisGreat black levels and motion smoothingHighly customizable UIOnly two size optionsNo HDMI 2.1If you’re willing to pay top dollar for unbeatable quality, the Sony BraviaA8H OLED is the 65-inch TV to buy. This 4K OLED TV is a thing of beauty, withimmaculate picture quality, impressive audio and the best version of AndroidTV you’ll find. But with a higher price than even competing OLED sets, this isquality at a premium price, and it’s not for everybody.Sony’s powerful X1 Ultimate Picture Processor delivers unbeatable picturequality, the OLED display looks exquisite, and Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audioproduces incredible sound right from the screen. But it’s not the best TV forgaming support, with no HDMI 2.1 capability and slow response times, and thehigher price of the Sony only delivers small improvements over thecompetition. If money is no object, it’s the TV to get, but you’ll get abetter bang for your buck elsewhere.Read our full Sony Bravia A8H OLED TV review. (Image credit: Vizio)

5. Best OLED alternative: Samsung Q80T QLED TV

The premium QLED of choiceScreen Type: LCD with Quantum dot | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 |Size: 56.9 x 32.7 x 2.1 inches | Weight: 53.1 poundsRich colors and contrastObject Tracking Sound works wellImpressive 4K upscalingTizen TV is as smart as it getsNo Dolby Vision supportThe Samsung Q80T TV combines quantum-dot enhanced picture, clever smartfeatures, a powerful Quantum processor and impressive Object Tracking Sound tocreate one of the most formidable Samsung QLED sets yet. We were especiallyimpressed with the set’s excellent color quality and HDR performance, thoughyou will have to accept that Samsung TVs don’t offer Dolby Vision support.Another great feature? In addition to Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant, you canset up the TV with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, with or without a smartspeaker.And while it’s not Samsung’s most premium 4K smart TV, it’s really, reallyclose. The only real differences between the Q80T and the more expensiveSamsung Q90T QLED TV is that the Q80T has it’s ports on the TV, instead of aseparate box – well, that and a couple hundred dollars in the purchase price.Read our full Samsung Q80t QLED TV review.(Image credit: TCL)

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