Over-ears, in-ears, earbuds. There‘s plenty of ways to listen on the go, with the latest gear adapting to your environment so you get the best experience. If you want a pair for relaxing, or for a hard workout, there‘s a set of headphones just right for you.
What is it? Samsung Galaxy Buds+ (Black, White, Red)
What‘s the crack? Earbuds with adaptive 3-mic system ensures you will be heard above distracting background noises. It also packs a 2-way dynamic speaker to deliver powerful bass and crisp high notes for a premium listening experience.
Who would they suit?
An all-rounder that will go all day with up to 11 hours of uninterrupted listening on a single charge, the Galaxy Buds are a great choice if you need a pair for extended work and play.
What is it? Audio-Technica ANC300TW
What‘s the crack? Travel in style with these Bluetooth in-ear headphones. They are noise cancelling for total immersion, with switchable quick hear-through when you need it. Leading Qualcomm technology means streaming with no interruption, as well as clear voice capture when you are taking calls.
Who would they suit? If you want active noise cancelling at a very reasonable price, check out the Audio-Technica ANC300TW. Up to 4.5 hours continuous play on a full charge.
What is it? Audio-Technica ANC500BT
What‘s the crack? Over-ear wireless headphones with noise cancelling technology. You get up to 20 hours of Bluetooth on a full charge, and the controls built into the earcup makes for easy call handling, music playback and volume adjustment.
Who would they suit? Boasting 40mm drivers for the full audio experience, the ANC500BT is a value proposition for all music fans considering their first wireless over-ears.
What is it? Audio-Technica ANC900BT
What‘s the crack? Be on the go for longer and still have an exceptional listening experience. These over-ear wireless headphones deliver up to 35 hours of continuous Bluetooth on a full charge. Like the aforementioned ANC500BT, these beauties pack 40mm drivers for a great audio range.
Who would they suit? If you want to take your on-the-go listening experience to the next level, give the ANC900BT a try. They have exclusive memory foam pads for better isolation, and in-app support to customise your noise cancelling settings.
What is it? Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
What‘s the crack? State of the art over-ear headphones that offer top notch audio fidelity and up to 11 levels of noise cancellation from full to total transparency. Brimming with proprietary technology, from a revolutionary microphone system to their TriPort headphone structure, Bose has pulled out all stops with their Headphones 700. Up to 20 hours of battery life on full charge.
Who would they suit? Whether you want crystal clear calls or just to shut the world out for a few moments, the Headphones 700 is a Bose breakthrough product that delivers.
What is it? Sennheiser CX-400 BT
What‘s the crack? In-ear headphones with 7mm drivers for dynamic range and response, plus built-in equalizers, makes the CX-400BT a worthy consideration for discerning music buffs.
Who would they suit? They can deliver up to seven hours of continuous play on a full charge. So if you prioritise the best possible music experience and want some stylish and discrete in-ears that will last all day, the CX-400BT fit the bill.
What is it? Jaybird Vista True (Black, Planetary Green, Mineral Blue, Nimbus Grey)
What‘s the crack? Designed with athletes and the great outdoors in mind. All critical components are sealed against dust and grit thanks to Vista‘s EarthProof capsule construction. They also have a full water and sweat-proof IXP7 rating.
Who would they suit? Rugged sporting types will appreciate the IXP7 rating and dust-proof build. They will go hard as long as you do, with six hours play on a full charge, 6mm drivers and custom EQ.
What is it? Sony WH-1000XM4 (Black, silver)
What‘s the crack? This update to Sony‘s popular XM3 over-ears introduces plenty of smart features, such as Adaptive Sound Control that uses your mobile phone for location and activity sensing. The Wearing Sensor pauses music if headphones are removed, and the improved noise cancellation blocks higher frequencies to better cut out street and ambient noise. The XM4 retains the lightweight and comfy feel that made the XM3 popular.
Who would they suit? You trust Sony‘s premium audio experience. Now match it with a suite of smart functions and 30 hours battery life and you have Sony‘s boundary-pushing over-ear experience.
- Go wireless if your budget allows. Sure, wired headphones don‘t need a charge, but snags and tangles are a time wasting hassle. Plus, with a Bluetooth set, you can still be mobile while your smartphone is on charge.
- If you‘ll be taking public transport or using your gear where there‘s plenty of background noise, you‘ll want to consider active noise cancelling headphones.
- Generally speaking, over-ear headphones offer the best sound dynamics and range, especially if you value some thumping bottom end. Look for foldable over-ears if you want them compactly stowed away.
- If you don‘t like the bulk of over-ears but still value great sound, earbuds and in-ears are genuine options to consider. Many factors go into creating a rich audio experience and modern processors pack plenty of mind-blowing tech into the small form factor of earbuds and in-ears.
- For serious workouts, earbuds and in-ears are definitely the way to go. Look for IPX4 for sweat- and splash-proof water resistance. And if you want total peace of mind, look for a pair that‘s IPX7 waterproof.