The Best Headphones for Gaming, Traveling, and Music 2022

The Best Headphones for Gaming, Traveling, and Music 2022

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The world’s first-ever headphones were invented in the 1880s, weighed over 11 pounds, and had no padding. Needless to say – they didn’t make our list. But the ones that did are, by any standards, amazing. And to the question: are 2022’s best headphones really that much better than, say, the best from just 3 to 5 years ago? In almost every case, yes.

Two reasons why: 1) With a headphone market expected to top $15 billion by 2025, the world’s premier headphone makers are wrestling for dominance. Along the way, every incremental improvement, whether by giants like Sony and JBL – or audio purists like Focal and Audeze – is a win/win for consumers. 2) A few years ago, wireless headphones were mostly a novelty with often spotty, subpar results. (If you're looking for wireless earbuds, our Best Wireless Earbuds of 2022 buying guide is a must-read.) Today, it’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference in sound quality between wired and wireless and even true wireless (for a list of headphone style variations, see our Headphone Buying Guide.), and hearing is believing.

So, with that in mind, we asked our World Wide Stereo audio experts to answer some of the most asked questions and apply their combined decades of experience with the goal of picking today’s best headphones, by category, no holds barred. And yes, it was hard work (no it wasn’t), but we stuck with it (more like “loved every second”) and now we’re proud to present (after some fairly spirited discussions) the “Best Headphones of 2022.”

1. The Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones:  

Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones

$348.00

Regular Price: $399.99

Save: $51.99 (13%)

Savings include $50 instant rebate. Offer ends 12/4/2022.

The WH-1000XM5s (“XM” for short) are over-ear, closed-back and wireless. They’re comfortable, not too tight, mushy in all the right spots, and the touch-sensitive buttons and voice control (Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant) are as good as it gets. This model replaces Sony's best-selling WH-1000XM4 and the WH-1000XM5 boasts a handful of upgraded features. They have a slightly larger carrying case, with a storage case inside for cables or a portable headphone amplifier. The XM5s come with a USB-C to USB-A for charging and a 1/8" analog audio cable. They've got a different form factor - a lay-flat design, more soft material of the top of the band to go further down and the band is thinner, while weighing slightly less than the XM4s. Sony improved the touch reaction and controls with the XM5s, too.

The WH-1000XM5s last around 30 hours with noise-cancelling switched on, or around 40 hours with the tech switched off. The USB-C port is for charging only, and a 3-minute quick-charge will give you three hours of playtime - that alone makes these headphones worth a look. The new WH-1000XM5s feature 4 noise-cancelling sensors on each earcup, which means more environmental data Sony can use to increase performance. The WH-1000XM5 come equipped with Bluetooth 5.2 and aptX HD for processing hi-resolution audio up to 24bit/96kHz – Sony’s own best-in-category proprietary format.

But the biggest two reasons they made our “best” list: they sound absolutely incredible – and after years of incremental progress, Sony’s noise-cancelling tech now rivals their competitors. So yes, it’s a tough choice, but easily solved with a coin toss.

Also check out our in-depth Sony WH-1000XM5 Noise Canceling Headphones review.

WH-1000XM5 Wireless Over-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones

  • Dimensions: 8.85" x 10.36" x 3.03" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 0.55 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Style: Over-Ear, Wireless
  • Noise Cancelling: Yes
  • Battery Life: Up to 30 Hours
  • Cable Length: 3.94 ft
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2. Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones Under $100: 

JBL Tune 660NC Wireless On-Ear Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

$99.95

These headphones aren’t just designed for music. They’re built to increase your enjoyment of music. Fitting over your ears and with active noise cancellation, the Tune 660NCs do as much to help you tune out distractions as they do to give you fantastic sound. At one-third of a pound, they’re light enough on your noggin' to encourage you to wear them for hours — and the 44-hour battery life will let you do so. When you do need to recharge, you can do it in less time than it takes to brew a good cup of coffee and get back to your tunes.

Between the Voice Assistant and the mic and buttons on the ear cup (not too ugly to view and not too hidden to use), you can go from Lady Gaga to gossiping and back again without breaking stride — and with low impedance, these cans are optimized to work with your smart phone. When it’s time to give your ears a rest, the Tune 660NCs fold up and won’t hog space in your pocket or bag. If on-ears fit with your listening lifestyle — and even more so if you have outfits that need to be matched — don’t miss out on these and their four-color options.

Tune 660NC Wireless On-Ear Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

  • Dimensions: 8.15" x 9.72" x 2.17" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 0.37 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Style: On-Ear, Closed Back, Wireless
  • Noise Cancelling: Yes
  • Battery Life: Up to 44 Hours
  • Cable Length: 3.94 ft (1.2m)
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3. Best Hi-Res Headphones Under $300: 

Sony MDR-1AM2

$248.00

Regular Price: $299.99

Save: $51.99 (17%)

Savings include $50 instant rebate. Offer ends 12/4/2022.

For those who want a pair of no-frills headphones that support high-resolution audio files — without dropping the big bucks — look to Sony’s MDR-1AM2. Featuring massive custom 40mm HD drivers, Sony ensured these over-ears deliver a clear and powerful soundstage. From the aluminum-coated LCP diaphragm to the silver-coated copper cables, it’s the finer details that work in tandem to deliver an audio experience that is precise, accurate, and as close to the artist’s original recording as possible. These cans were built for long listening sessions, thanks to its lightweight frame and pressure-relieving ear pads.

The MDR-1AMs feature a "swivel" design that allows them to lay flat and be tucked away in the included pouch. If you look closely, you’ll notice the grills have a Fibonacci-inspired pattern, which Sony says “ensures no frequency is boosted or cut.” Pretty cool.

Sony MDR-1AM2
Sony MDR-1AM2 on display at our Montgomeryville, PA Showroom

MDR-1AM2 Wired High-Resolution Audio Over-Ear Headphones with Built-In Remote and Microphone (Black)

  • Dimensions: 9.19" x 10.25" x 4.38" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 0.41 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Style: Over-Ear, Closed-Back, Hi-Res, Wired
  • Noise Cancelling: No
  • Battery Life: N/A
  • Cable Length: 3.94' (1.2m)
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4. The Best Wireless Headphones: 

Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2

$399.00

We’ve said it before: Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) is the luxurious, beautifully crafted, music-is-your-life alternative to industry mass producers like Sony. And though a pair of B&W Px7 S2s is typically a little more expensive than Sony – and not as good at noise cancelation (though still excellent) – they soar, musically, by comparison. Some B&W fans claim their Px7 S2s are on par with headphones that cost three and four times as much, and they may have a case.

The Px7 S2’s ear-cups are made with memory foam and do a good job of walling-off noise from the outside world. The buttons are easy to find by feel, and they’re tactile as opposed to “touch,” which many customers prefer. Also, according to B&W, Px7 S2s are the first headphones to support Qualcomm's aptxHD Adaptive codec, which is designed to deliver robust, low latency, high resolution wireless technology. Meaning: higher fidelity music overall (compared to Bluetooth) and no stalling when gaming or streaming hi-res, 4K video. (See the complete spec list on our Px7 S2 product page.)

Though it’s hard to describe how music sounds under different headphones, we listened to Cody Fry’s “Want Me Back" on B&W’s Px7 S2s and they were so clear, rich, and spacious – there’s no going back.

Also check out our B&W Px7 comparison review

Px7 S2 Wireless Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headphones

  • Dimensions: 9.2" x 2.5" x 7.45" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 0.68 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Style: Over-Ear, Closed Back, Wireless
  • Noise Cancelling: Yes
  • Battery Life: Up to 30 Hours, 7 hours with 15 min charge
  • Cable Length: N/A
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5. The Best Headphones for Phone Calls: 

Bose QuietComfort 45 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

$249.00

Regular Price: $329.00

Save: $80.00 (24%)

Savings include $80 instant rebate. Offer ends 12/11/2022.

We don’t give out the award for best headphones for phone calls lightly. But the new Bose Quiet Comfort 45s have quite a few compelling features that make this a pretty clear choice. When it’s time to pack for a trip, you’ll love how flat and tight they fold, thanks to the double-hinged ear cup holders. They’re extremely comfortable and easy on the ol’ cranium, due to improvements in the material used for the padding on the ear cups and they’re light weight — you won’t mind wearing them for hours at a time. Which is a good thing, since the whopping 24-hour battery life means that not only will you get through any cross-country flight in one charge, but also the layover and the cross Atlantic flight as well. If you need even more time on a single charge, connect them directly to your computer or media player with the included cable, and get even more time out of a single charge. A quick charge mode will give you an additional two and a half hours after plugging them into a power outlet for just 15 minutes. You can read more about the QC45 in our Best Noise Canceling Headphones of 2022 guide.

The new four-microphone system improves the clarity of your voice dramatically when you’re on a call, compared to other headphones in this class. And the upgraded noise cancelling system has been configured to target not only the annoying low-range rumble of airplane noise but also the midrange of the audio spectrum, which is where all the chatter lives. In other words, these cans will go a long way to making the rest of the world disappear when you’re in a crowded terminal or busy cafe. Plus, they sound fantastic, with a wide soundstage. Multi-point Bluetooth pairing means that you can have your laptop and your cell phone linked; when a call comes in, the Quiet Comfort 45s will automatically prioritize your phone call. They’re ready for the road!

QuietComfort 45 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

  • Dimensions: 6.18" x 7.68" x 3.15" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 0.98 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Style: Over-Ear, Closed-Back Wireless
  • Noise Cancelling: Yes 
  • Battery Life: Up to 24 Hours
  • Cable Length: 42"
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$228.00

Regular Price: $279.99

Save: $51.99 (19%)

Savings include $50 instant rebate. Offer ends 12/4/2022.

It’s rare that a new product comes along that offers vast improvements in every category on our list of must-have features. But the WF-1000XM4 earbuds do exactly that. These buds have some of the best noise cancelling that our experts have experienced, yet they don’t isolate you from the world when you need to be aware of what’s happening around you. The speak-to-chat feature recognizes your voice and automatically stops music playback so you can have a conversation without fiddling with your earbuds; when you stop talking, playback resumes. A variety of intelligent modes for ambient sound rejection or awareness let you decide what you want to hear and what you don’t.

At the heart of the WF-1000XM4 earbuds is Sony V1 chip, which is like having a supercomputer tucked into your ear. It gives your Bluetooth signal a huge boost in power and efficiency, plus it can transmit high resolution audio in SBC and LDAC formats. It can even restore compressed audio files to their high-resolution state in real time using AI. As a result, listening to music on these lightweight and comfortable buds is simply a mind-blowing experience. And it’s not just the powerful processing that makes this possible, Sony’s new 6mm drivers with neodymium magnets make sure all that sonic bandwidth gets transmitted to your ears.

You’ll love how great the audio sync is with any video content that you watch on your device. And when you’re using the phone, using voice recognition, or recording your voice, the combination of improved external microphones and vibration sensors ensure flawless capture of your voice. Wireless charging with QI technology and an IPX4 water resistant rating round out the improvements that make these one of the best noise cancelling earbuds available.

Check out our full Sony WF-1000XM4 review

WF-1000XM4 Noise Cancelling Truly Wireless Earbuds

  • Dimensions: 2.56" x 3.7" x 3.39" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 0.09 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Style: In-Ear, True Wireless
  • Noise Cancelling: Yes 
  • Battery Life: Up to 5.5 Hours with NC, Up to 12 Hours without NC
  • Cable Length: 7.9" (USB)
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7. Best True Wireless Earbuds for Battery Life: 

Devialet Gemini True Wireless Earbuds - Matte Black

$180.00

Regular Price: $240.00

Save: $60.00 (25%)

These buds do it all. The Geminis are our earphone expert’s choice for true wireless earbuds that offer premium audio and music quality with full smartphone integration. Devialet has put some serious tech skills into solving two issues that affect the sound and comfort of in-ear devices that almost no one else has dared to tackle: Ear canal variations and air pressure. The Geminis sense the size of your ear canal and adjust the drivers to give you the best sound possible. The ear bud cases have a series of baffles that serve to eliminate outside noise yet mitigate the pressure differential between your inner ear and the outside, due to the seal of the ear buds.

Then there’s the sound. Full spectrum audio from any track will delight your ears. Voice calls without ambient noise and enhanced voice sound. Three selectable levels of astonishingly effective noise cancellation. Intelligent talk-through so you can have a conversation without having to take the earbuds out. And 24 hours of battery operation. What’d we tell you? The Geminis offer a superior all-around in-ear experience.

Gemini True Wireless Earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation (Matte Black)

  • Dimensions: .7" x .6" x 1.3" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 0.02 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Style: In-Ear, Closed-Back, True Wireless
  • Noise Cancelling: Yes
  • Battery Life: Up to 24 Hours
  • Cable Length: N/A
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8. Best Wireless Headphones With Surround Sound: 

Yamaha YH-L700A Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones with 3D Sound

$499.95

If you're looking for a theatrical audio experience without the overpriced snacks and screaming kids, look no further than the Yamaha YH-L700A Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones with 3D Sound.

What separates these headphones from the rest is that they have fully immersive 3D sound with head tracking. They create a 3-dimensional soundscape around you and track your movement, so it's like you're in the scene. You'll hear the footsteps sneaking up behind you or the explosions off in the distance and slightly to the right. There's even 3D music that you can enjoy with these.

On top of that, they have a plethora of adaptive technologies to ensure the best listening experience. Listening Optimizer analyzes your environment in real-time and adjusts your audio accordingly; advanced Active Noise Cancelling technology keeps the outside out and leaves your listening completely untouched. Bluetooth 5 with aptX Adaptive technology creates and maintains a robust wireless connection with premium sound quality. 

The Yamaha Headphones Controller app (available for Android and iOS) is user-friendly, with plenty of options for customizing your listening experience with sound presets or the opportunity to create a custom EQ. The controls on the earcups are easy to use. They're Siri/Google Assistant compatible and have an impressive 34 hours of listening with noise cancellation and 11 hours of listening with noise cancelling and 3D sound field enabled.

YH-L700A Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones with 3D Sound

  • Dimensions: 7.17" x 8.54" x 1.61" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 11.64 oz
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Style: Over-Ear, Wireless
  • Noise Cancelling: Yes
  • Battery Life:  Up to 34 Hours
  • Cable Length: 120cm
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9. The Best Premium Gaming Headphones: 

Audeze Penrose Premium Gaming Headset

$269.00

Regular Price: $299.00

Save: $30.00 (10%)

If you’re a gamer, you know how tense things get – and how life and death can depend on what you do, or don’t, hear. Clearly, the folks at Audeze not only get it, they bring it to life with a phenomenal pair of wireless headphones made for today’s top games. The Penrose wireless gaming headset is designed with console gaming in mind, serving up premium, audiophile-level sound. It's lightweight and the ear cups are generously sized and padded, which is a must for long gaming sessions. 

As for the audio and connectivity: Audeze’s high-end patented planar magnetic driver technology increases dynamic range, clarity, and detail, while reducing distortion to “near zero.” Nothing new from Audeze, but it makes the audio and immersive experience of these headphones pure magic. In terms of convenience, dual connectivity lets you connect wirelessly via the USB dongle and Bluetooth at the same time so you can connect through your console and an additional device like your phone. This lets you take calls while gaming or participate in gaming chats outside of your console. The Penrose microphone is “broadcast quality,” developed in partnership with mic experts Shure, so you'll certainly come through loud and clear!

Penrose Premium Gaming Headset for Playstation 4 & 5, Mac, or Windows

  • Dimensions: 9" x 9" x 5" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 0.71 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Style: Over-Ear, Wireless, Closed-Back, Gaming
  • Noise Cancelling: No
  • Battery Life: Up to 15 Hours
  • Cable Length: 50" (USB)
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10. The Best Closed-Back Headphones for Gaming: 

EPOS Audio H6PRO Acoustic Gaming Headset

$179.00

The H6PRO is a premium gaming headset from EPOS, the official audio partner of Cloud9, one of the best professional Esports gaming teams in the world. The H6PRO is for the discerning gamer that appreciates precise, high performance audio matched with lightweight comfort for long gaming sessions. It delivers exceptional audio clarity and immersion through passive isolation, a crisp detachable mic, and a lightweight feel. The H6PRO has no batteries, no latency, perfect balance, and improved durability. All of this combined means more focus on the game with less fatigue and unnecessary distraction.

The H6PRO is available in a closed acoustic design for the gamer that wants to be fully immersed in an audio soundstage and isolated from the rest of their environment. And for the gamer that wants to remain aware of and in touch with their surroundings or who play in an already quiet environment, the H6PRO is available in an open acoustic design.

In our experience with the H6PRO Closed model, we did not experience any wear fatigue over a long gaming session, and really appreciated the flip-to-mute function for gaming and for work-from-home conference calls. The large, easy-access volume wheel on the right earcup was also an intuitive and convenient feature for focused gamer. The goal of any great gaming headphone is to essentially disappear, as if you're not wearing a headphone at all - that's what an immersive experience is all about. And, while we didn't forget we were wearing headphones, the H6PRO made our gaming experience pretty freaking awesome.

Also read our full EPOS H6PRO review

H6PRO Closed Acoustic Gaming Headset

  • Dimensions: 3.35" x 7.48" x 7.28" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 0.69 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Style: Over-Ear, Closed-Back, Wired (Also available in Open-Back)
  • Noise Cancelling: Yes
  • Battery Life: N/A
  • Cable Length: 8.2' (2.5m)
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$999.00

Made for music, the Focal Celestees have a sound that is on par with headphones that cost much more. The closed-back cups are lined with soft leather, so they’re comfortable yet secure on your ears, and won’t leak your music to the person at the next table in the café — though you’ll meet them anyway, because they’ll ask you what is up with these gorgeous navy blue cans with copper highlights.

Focal’s driver design is innovative and brings out the detail in your tunes with a generous 40mm driver with a unique shape and made from top-end materials. Low impedance means you’ll enjoy full performance from these headphones whether you’re listening though your home theater amplifier or your smart phone on the go. And they do like being out and about, with a rigid case that’s made for traveling. You don’t have to learn a new voice assistant or worry about re-charging the Celestees: Just enjoy the music.

Focal Celestee High-End Closed-Back Over-Ear Wired Headphones
Focal Celestee Closed-Back Headphones on display at our Montgomeryville, PA Showroom

Celestee High-End Closed-Back Over-Ear Wired Headphones

  • Dimensions: 7.5" x 12.5" x 12" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 0.95 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Style: Over-Ear, Closed Back, Wired
  • Noise Cancelling: No
  • Battery Life: N/A
  • Cable Length: 3.94' (1.2m)
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$1,499.00

Who wouldn’t like to have a concert hall around their ears? How about a front-row seat while you’re at it? Here you go. Focal Clear headphones are all about giving your ears not only the music, but space and detail as well. Open-back headphones let the music surround you without claustrophobic containment, and the intent of the Clear is to deliver a premier experience along with that design. Large magnesium electro-dynamic drivers are part of the reason these headphones sound so good (and why they’re at the pricier end of the spectrum), and since they have a slightly higher impedance level than most of the headphones in this guide, our experts would recommend you consider a headphone amplifier as well, which will really let you hear every detail these headphones have to offer.

You’ll be wired to your device with these — that’s key to the high quality of the sound — but even so, you’ll likely turn heads when you wear them in public, as their design is as striking as they are comfortable.

Also check out our Focal Clear review

Focal Clear MG Open-Back High-Fidelity Over-Ear Headphones
Focal Clear MG Open-Back High-Fidelity Headphones on display at our Montgomeryville, PA Showroom

Clear MG Open-Back High-Fidelity Over-Ear Headphones

  • Dimensions: 12.1" x 12.5" x 9.4" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: .99 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Style: Over-Ear, Open Back, Wired
  • Noise Cancelling: No
  • Battery Life: N/A
  • Cable Length: 3.94 ft (1.2m)
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$999.00

For the avid traveler, it’s important to have a pair of headphones that can make your trip more enjoyable. We deemed the Mark Levinson No. 5909 headphones as our choice for travel headphones because of their versatility. Crafted from premium materials, the No. 5909s offer up to 34 hours of playback, a nice selection of adaptors (including an airplane audio adaptor), and a hard-shell case.

These headphones are durable; the No. 5909s are constructed with core aluminum components and the earcup pads are replaceable. If you’ve ever owned and loved a pair of headphones for years, you know that the earcups will eventually start to show signs of wear, and this is a great way to keep up with your investment.

Another determining factor for travel headphones is how they feel, especially on longer trips. The No. 5909s’ soft, black leather headband and leather earcups feel luxurious and are comfortable in all the right places, plus the earcups provide plenty of room for your ears to breathe and stay cool.

And now for the most important feature for traveling: noise cancellation. The No. 5909s have an array of (4) microphones to allow for adaptive active noise cancelling. They have three different settings of Active Noise Cancellation (depending on the level of noise in your environment) and an Ambient Aware mode that lets you easily talk to those around you without having to remove your headphones (which comes in handy when flight attendants stop by your row).

As expected with any pair of premium headphones, Mark Levinson did not skimp on materials or design, with a serious focus on comfort - making the No. 5909s a great packable travel companion for music lovers on the move that will appreciate the incredible level of audio reproduction.

Want to know more? Check out our full review of the Mark Levinson No. 5909 headphones.

No. 5909 Premium High-Resolution Wireless Adaptive ANC Noise Cancelling Headphone

  • Dimensions: 7.9" x 8.1" x 2.6" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 0.75 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Style: Over-Ear, Closed-Back Wireless
  • Noise Cancelling: Yes 
  • Battery Life: Up to 30 Hours
  • Cable Length: 4.1'
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14. The Best Headphones for Airplanes:  

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

$379.00

Regular Price: $399.00

Save: $20.00 (5%)

Bose – the people who invented noise-canceling technology in the first place. And, arguably the first to perfect it, too, via the company’s brand new over-ear, closed-back, wireless headphones: the Bose 700s. (For a list of headphone style variations, see our Headphone Buying Guide.)

The 700s replace the Bose QC 35s that every NFL coach wears during games to block out thousands of screaming fans, and they represent Bose’s newest flagship model. They’re sleeker, lighter, smarter and come with a better mic for better voice clarity during phone calls. The touch controls are new, and more intuitive, and there are now 11 levels of noise-canceling. All that, and the Bose 700s may just be the most comfortable over-ear headphones yet. For the whole story, see our full review of the Bose 700.

Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 with Alexa and Google Assistant

  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 8" x 2" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 0.56 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Style: Over-Ear, Wireless
  • Noise Cancelling: Yes
  • Battery Life: Up to 20 Hours
  • Cable Length: 42"
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$179.95

Picture this: You're out for a run, doing laps, and about to set a new personal record. You've got your favorite playlist on; it's rainy (but who cares, a little rain never hurt anyone). After a couple of weeks of trying, you're about to finally best your number one competitor: yourself. One of your earbuds falls out right into a puddle as you're finishing your last lap. Now, you're faced with choosing between beating your record or stopping to (hopefully) save the earbud that fell out. You shouldn't have to worry about making that choice.

Enter: The JBL Reflect Flow Pro Waterproof True Wireless Noise Canceling Active Sport Earbuds.

The JBL Reflect Flow Pro are the greatest earbuds for working out; boasting an IP68 water and dust proofing, multiple ear tip and ear fin sizes, an app full of customizable options, and Adaptive Noise Cancelling with Smart Ambient that work together seamlessly to give you our pick for the best earbuds to workout in.

Thanks to the 6.8mm dynamic drivers that deliver that incredible JBL Signature Sound, they sound as good as they look. You can enjoy that high-quality audio experience for up to 30 hours (battery life of 10 hours of power in the earbuds and 20 in the case). When the time comes, enjoy easy charging thanks to QI-compatible wireless charging. 

Rain or shine, through dust and sweat, these earbuds were made to last without sacrificing any sound quality.

Reflect Flow Pro Waterproof True Wireless Noise Canceling Active Sport Earbuds

  • Weight: 0.016 lbs per pc (0.032 lbs combined)
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Style: In-Ear, Closed-Back, True Wireless
  • Noise Cancelling: Yes
  • Battery Life: with BT on and ANC off: up to 10 hrs
  • Battery Life: with BT on and ANC on: up to 8 hrs
  • Cable Length: N/A
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$279.50

Regular Price: $349.00

Save: $69.50 (20%)

Savings include $69.50 instant rebate. Offer ends 12/24/2022.

As far as over ear headphones go, there are a few essential factors to look for: battery life, sound quality, active noise cancelling abilities, mic quality, and comfort. The Technics EAH-A800 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones quickly earned their spot as the Best Headphones Under $400 because they excel in all of those categories.

Let's talk about battery life. The most you can get out of these headphones is an impressive 60 hours without noise cancellation. With noise cancelling on, you can expect 40-50 hours of use depending on if you take advantage of the EAH-A800s LDAC compatibilities. As far as quick charging goes, you can expect to get an extra 10 hours of listening with noise cancelling on just a 15 minute charge.

Technics are renowned for their excellent sound quality, and the EAH-A800 headphones are certainly no exception. The PEEK/Polyurethane 3-Layer Diaphragm 40mm driver paired, LDAC™ high-resolution wireless audio, and industry-leading Dual Hybrid feedforward and feedback noise cancelling with analog and digital processing create an impressive soundscape and immersive listening experience.

Every pair of EAH-A800 headphones comes with 8 different mics and advanced wind noise reduction technology to isolate and enhance your voice while blocking any unwanted excess noise.

Most importantly, they're a comfortable fit. You're going to be spending hours a day on your computer, listening to music, or in calls using these; you want to be comfortable in them. The faux-leather earpads and comfortable headband are soft and breathable and work in tandem to evenly distribute pressure across your entire head to ensure long-term comfort.

EAH-A800 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

  • Dimensions: 6-11/16" x 7-11/16" x 3-3/8" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 0.657 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Style: Over-Ear, Closed Back, Wireless
  • Noise Cancelling: Yes
  • Playback Time with Battery (AAC): Approx. 50 Hours (NC ON) or 60 Hours (NC OFF)
  • Playback Time with Battery (LDAC): Approx. 40 Hours (NC ON) or 50 Hours (NC OFF)
  • Cable Length: 1m
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17. Best Headphones Under $100 for Kids: 

JBL JR460NC Wireless Over-Ear Noise Canceling Kids Headphones

$64.95

Regular Price: $79.95

Save: $15.00 (19%)

There are two certainties in life: taxes and kids not listening when their parents tell them to turn their music down. The JBL JR460NC Wireless Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Kids Headphones have a max volume set under 85dB to ensure that kids can use these and enjoy JBL sound quality safely.

These headphones were designed with kids in mind from the ground up. In addition to the max dB level, there’s Active Noise Cancelling to help them stay focused whether they’re learning online or listening to their favorite music. Google Fast Pair, a detachable audio cable, and Bluetooth capabilities make switching between devices a breeze. The built-in mic makes communicating with friends, classmates, or family easy. The controls are easy to use, and the battery has up to 20 hours of playtime with Active Noise Cancelling and 30 hours without.

These features are wrapped in child-friendly, safe materials that won’t damage or break. For parents and kids alike, these headphones are a clear winner for the best headphones under $100 for kids. As JBL says, “It’s never too early to appreciate JBL Safe Sound: quality sound has no age.”

JR460NC Wireless Over-Ear Noise Canceling Kids Headphones

  • Weight: 0.44 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Style: Over-Ear, Closed Back, Wireless
  • Noise Cancelling: Yes
  • Music playtime with BT on and ANC off: up to 30 hours
  • Music playtime with BT on and ANC on: up to 20 hours
  • Cable Length: 1m
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