May 24, 2017
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The Best Headphones of 2017 to date

We know, we know—why buy expensive headphones when they can just go bust for no reason one day, or worse, get lost or stolen? For some, the answer is because you can always do better. And you know it’s gonna be worth it, especially if you’re an audiophile.

There are a lot of reasons to upgrade your headphones, from comfort to better sound. So let’s check out the best headphones and earphones for your money this year so far.

Bang & Olufsen Play H4

Bang & Olufsen’s Play H4 is comfort for your ears, with large and soft lambskin cups that sit well on your skin. The stainless steel headband has a firm grip on your head without being too tight.

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The headphones are air but not overly bulky and has a 19-hour battery life, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and 3.5mm audio jack. The H4 has a wide soundstage that lets you hear the snare drums and bass simultaneously, and if you want to customize how the headphones are tuned, you can adjust them with the Beoplay app.

Be warned though: the $300 price tag means it’s not really for outdoor use.

Bose QuietComfort 35

The Bose QuietComfort 35 is one of the best noise-canceling headphones out there and can do so for up to 20 hours—on a single charge. The headphones’ noise cancellation uses internal and external microphones to measure incoming sounds and counteract them with opposing signals. The process is unnoticeable as the sound-blocking automatically turns on with the Bluetooth connection. If they run out of power, there’s always the 3.5mm audio jack.

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Apart from the excellent noise-canceling, the QC 35 has a comfy, over-ear headset that feels airy and has a good grip on your head while being comfortable. The ear cups are a bit roomy and improve sound quality while being healthy enough not to feed sound directly into your ear canal. Fortunately, the QC 35 is fit for travel. It’s easy to pull off and fold, and it has a hard-shell carrying case and it should because it costs $350.

Jaybird X3

The Jaybird X3 are Bluetooth earpieces connected by a ribbon-thick cord. The can be worn with the cord wrapped over the ears, under them, or dangling out of one. They’re light, with a thin in-line remote that barely moves when jogging and buttons that are spaced out evenly so you can find the right buttons to press when you’re on the go in cold weather.

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It also has three pairs of fins for people who prefer to lock the earbuds into place, six pairs of various tips for sealing the ear canal, a Comply foam cushions which isolate the headphones’ audio very well, and clips to reduce the cord length, which is very useful.

The Jaybird X3 has a solid and clear sound, with a bass that’s just right. It retails for $130.

Oppo PM-1

I know what you’re thinking: a $1099 pair of headphones is just unreasonable. But hey, you’re here to know about the best headphones out there. Oppo’s PM-1 planar magnetic headphones strengthen the case for expensive and high-quality headphones.

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With these, you’d be able to hear the nuances of what you’re listening to, and sounds you never noticed were there before, whether it’s streamed music or vinyl. Oppo PM-1 has a wide soundstage to ensure every instrument is heard in full, crisp sound.

It comes in a polished cherry case and a denim travel case for when you want to travel with them. It also has a 6.3mm audio cable and a 3.5mm stereo headphone cord. It’s sturdy and luxurious, with a strong head band and spacious cups wrapped in lambskin to keep out moisture and sweat.

Although it may not be Bluetooth capable or not have noise cancelation, these headphones are all about leisurely listening to music. Not recommended for listening while on a commute.

Apple AirPods

Apple’s $159 AirPods are great wireless earbuds for Apple users and Android users alike. Actually, make that everyone. Because of Apple’s proprietary W1 chip, these true wireless earbuds connect easily and consistently with iPhones. Since they also have Bluetooth, they’re compatible with all Bluetooth-capable devices, like Android headsets and Windows computers.

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The main criticism though is that they’re easy to lose. Lose one and its costs $79 to replace a single AirPod. Also, they have short battery life. In spite of these, they sound great and are very flexible. It also allows for better airflow, letting users wear them for long without discomfort. The AirPods also want you to listen well t whatever’s playing on the while keeping you aware of your surroundings.