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The Best Headphones Of The Year (So Far)

Pick the perfect cans for any occasion
Ultrasone Headphones

Looking for new headphones?  There are many, many options. The large e-tailers carry a thousand-plus choices.  Picking the right one is a question of priorities. 

For those that put a high value on African Zebrano Wood detailing AND Ethiopian Sheepskin Leather ear cushions, Ultrasone offers the Edition 10 for $2,500 (above). 

If frequency response of 5 - 42,000Hz (whatever that means) is at the top of the priority list, take a look at the Stax SR-009 ($4,500). 

But I've never met anyone with these priorities.  Most want headphones that produce good sound, include a microphone, feel comfortable and don’t require a credit application to purchase.  Here are some choices we like.


Monster iSport Victory

Monster iSport Victory

Great all-around headphones that sound good and fit most people, and stays put during a workout.

Price: $120

Pros:  sound quality above average, water (sweat) resistant

Cons: a little pricey

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Sony MDRXB50AP ($55): Surprisingly good sound quality for the price.

Yurbuds Inspire 300 ($40): Designed to be “sweat resistant”, some of our staffers swear this is the best workout headphones for the price.



BlueAnt Pump

BlueAnt Pump

Even if you sweat like this guy, these headphones won’t let you down.  The BlueAnt Pumps even work in the pool for surface swimming (Bluetooth doesn’t work underwater). 

Price: $100

Pros: waterproof, battery life, workout-ready

Cons: Sound quality is sacrificed a little less than others

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JayBird BlueBuds X ($160): A little pricey, but great sound quality and comfortable, secure fit.

Jam HX-EP310 ($40): We were surprised how good they sound at this price point.  A decent choice if you are prone to losing your gear or want wireless headphones at a low cost.  Our testing did turn up some echo problems when we made calls, but this was fixed by a reboot.



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