Best Headphones for 2019

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  • $348 at Amazon
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  • 10 Design
  • 9 Features
  • 10 Sound
  • 8 Value
  • Sony WH-1000XM3
    Sony WH-1000XM3 lays claim to top noise-canceling headphone

    The third iteration of the WH-1000X is more comfortable, sounds slightly better and features even better noise-canceling performance along with USB-C charging.

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  • $399 at Amazon
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  • 9 Design
  • 10 Features
  • 9 Sound
  • 7 Value
  • Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
    Bose's next-gen headphones take it up just a notch

    While not a quantum leap forward over the QC35 IIs, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 offers improved noise-cancelling, sound and call quality.

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  • $186 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

  • 9 Design
  • 9 Features
  • 8 Sound
  • 8 Value
  • Jabra Elite Active 65t

    The sporty version of Jabra's already wireless earphones have a few extras that put it over the top.

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  • $144 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

  • 9 Design
  • 9 Features
  • 7 Sound
  • 8 Value
  • Apple AirPods 2019

    Those looking for a major AirPods upgrade, particularly to their sound and design, will have to wait, but the changes do enhance an already excellent truly wireless headphone.

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  • 10 Design
  • 9 Features
  • 9 Sound
  • 8 Value
  • Bose QuietComfort 35 II
    The already excellent Bose QuietComfort 35 II gets a touch better

    The top-rated QC35 adds a direct connection to Google Assistant.

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  • $139 at Amazon
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  • 9 Design
  • 8 Features
  • 8 Sound
  • 8 Value
  • Jabra Elite 65t
    Giving the AirPods a run for their money

    Jabra's third-generation truly wireless earphones are superior to Apple's Airpods in some ways.

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  • $294 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

  • 8 Design
  • 9 Features
  • 9 Sound
  • 8 Value
  • Jabra Elite 85h
    A premium noise-canceling headphone that excels at making calls

    The Elite 85h not only sounds good but has effective noise-canceling and works great as a headset.

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  • $200 at Amazon
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  • 8 Design
  • 9 Features
  • 8 Sound
  • 7 Value
  • Beats Powerbeats Pro
    Best sounding true wireless sports earphones with strong battery life

    The Beats Powerbeats Pro earphones aren't cheap, but they do deliver impressive sound and excellent battery life for true wireless.

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  • $77 at Amazon
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  • 8 Design
  • 8 Features
  • 8 Sound
  • 9 Value
  • Anker Soundcore Liberty Air
    The best value alternative to Apple's AirPods

    The Anker Soundcore Liberty Air earphones sound better than the AirPods and cost half the price.

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  • $269 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

  • 8 Design
  • 8 Features
  • 9 Sound
  • 7 Value
  • Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless
    Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless are the best sounding truly wireless headphone...

    If you're looking for the best sounding totally wireless earphones, look no further than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless.

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  • $270 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

  • 9 Design
  • 8 Features
  • 9 Sound
  • 8 Value
  • V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless
    V-Moda takes its Bluetooth headphone to the next level

    The Crossfade 2 Wireless is a sturdy, excellent sounding wireless headphone that sounds even slightly better in wired mode.

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  • $350 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

  • 8 Design
  • 8 Features
  • 9 Sound
  • 7 Value
  • Beats Studio3 Wireless
    Beats' best headphone looks the same, sounds better

    While it's a little pricey, Beats has significantly improved its flagship headphone.

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  • $129 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

  • 9 Design
  • 9 Features
  • 8 Sound
  • 8 Value
  • Bose SoundSport Wireless
    The Bluetooth sports headphone to beat

    The Bose SoundSport Wireless combines a comfortable, secure fit with strong sound quality.

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  • $42 at Amazon
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  • 8 Design
  • 7 Features
  • 8 Sound
  • 9 Value
  • Tribit XFree Tune Bluetooth Headphones
    A great sounding budget Bluetooth headphone

    You'll be hard-pressed to find a better sounding full-sized Bluetooth headphone for this little money.

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  • $127 at Amazon
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  • 8 Design
  • 8 Features
  • 8 Sound
  • 8 Value
  • Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Wireless
    A worthy Bose competitor at a better price

    The Sennheiser HD 4.50BTNC isn't as comfortable as the Bose QC35 II, but it delivers good performance for the money.

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    Jaybird's next-gen true wireless headphones are finally ready for prime time
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  • Sony WF-1000XM3
    A top-notch true wireless headphone with active noise cancellation
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  • Sony WH-XB900N Extra Bass Headphones
    A more affordable Sony noise-canceling headphone with extra bass
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  • 1More Stylish True Wireless
    A very good-sounding true wireless headphone for less than $100
    1More Stylish True Wireless
  • Master & Dynamic MW65
    A high-end wireless noise-canceling headphone with a distinct design and smooth sound
    Master & Dynamic MW65
  • TaoTronics TWS TT-BH053
    True wireless earphones on the cheap
    TaoTronics TWS TT-BH053
  • JBL Live 650BTNC
    An excellent noise-canceling headphone for less
    JBL Live 650BTNC
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds
    These Android-friendly truly wireless headphones don't dazzle, but they're good
    Samsung Galaxy Buds
  • Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT
    Wireless monitor-grade headphones for serious music fans
    Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT
  • UA True Wireless Flash
    Excellent totally wireless sports earphones with only one flaw
    UA True Wireless Flash
  • Heyday Wireless On-Ear Headphones
    No-frills wireless headphones that sound surprisingly good
    Heyday Wireless On-Ear Headphones
  • Bose Frames
    Audio sunglasses that sound surprisingly good
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  • Jaybird Tarah
    Cheapest Jaybird headphones may have everything you need
    Jaybird Tarah
  • AKG N700NC
    Serious audio chops to compete with Sony and Bose
    AKG N700NC
  • Microsoft Surface Headphones
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  • Sony WF-SP700N Wireless In-Ear Sports Headphones
    Sony's best truly wireless earphones have great sound, comfortable fit
    Sony WF-SP700N Wireless In-Ear Sports Headphones