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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.

Beats Flex review: wireless earbud basics done right

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

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds review: noise-canceling champion

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

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Google Pixel Buds review: second time’s the charm

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

The best noise-canceling headphones to buy right now

Get some peace and quiet with the best noise-canceling headphones for a variety of uses

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

Same looks, expected improvements

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review: cool beans

An unconventional design turns out to be a winner

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OnePlus Buds review: cheap AirPods for OnePlus phones

The best wireless earbuds to buy right now

Whether you’re looking for an everyday pair or something for fitness, these are the best picks

Sony WF-SP800N review: noise cancellation for your workouts

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

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

Now at a much more sensible price

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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

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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

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

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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

Apple and Jabra are still 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

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Apple AirPods Pro review: perfect fit

Better fit, better sound, higher price

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Amazon Echo Buds review: great sound at the right price

Amazon’s first truly wireless earbuds exceed expectations

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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 before

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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

Worth a listen

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

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

MrSpeakers Ether 2 review: true high-resolution headphones

Brainwavz HM100 headphones review: flattering to deceive

Apple’s second-generation AirPods
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Apple AirPods second-gen review: even more wireless

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Samsung’s Galaxy Buds are everything but the basics

Samsung Galaxy Buds review: imperfectly acceptable

Focal Stellia review: the 8K TV of headphones