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Sounds good: 5 top-notch headphones for every budget

Our favorite finds for quality, budget and features

1. Apple AirPod Pro

A ConsumerAffairs favorite
Apple AirPod Pro Headphones
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Listening time: Up to 5hrs Price: $249 Connection: Bluetooth 5.0 Chip: H1 headphone chip Water Resistance: IPX4

You probably see at least 30 people with a pair of AirPods in their ears every day — and for a good reason. The 1st generation AirPods changed the game by providing sleek and comfortable Bluetooth headphones that allow you to cut the cord. The AirPods Pro takes the Bluetooth headphone to the next level with superior sound quality and great noise cancellation.

Pros:
  • Customizable fit
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Transparency mode
Cons:
  • Features limited for non-apple products
  • 5hr listening time

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2. Sennheiser HD800

Pure sound quality
Sennheiser HD800 Headphones
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Connection: 6.35mm & 4.4mm pentacon cables Price: $1,599 Driver: 56mm ring radiator transducers Video Quality: 4K

For the most discerning audiophile, the Sennheiser HD800 headphones are serious audio devices with a serious price tag. These high-quality headphones make you feel like you're in the studio with your favorite artist.

Pros:
  • Incredibly huge drivers
  • Absorber technology
  • Immense sound field
Cons:
  • No bluetooth
  • Size & weight

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3. SoundPeats Wireless Earbuds

Serious bang for your buck
SoundPeats Wireless Earbuds
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Connection: Bluetooth 5.0 Price: $37.99 Listening time: Up to 4hrs Waterproof level: IPX5

The SoundPeats Wireless Earbuds provide excellent sound quality and all-day battery life on a budget. They are highly rated on Amazon, have great written reviews and are an excellent choice if you want wireless headphones without breaking the bank.

Pros:
  • Great sound for the price
  • Easy connectivity
  • Light & compact
Cons:
  • Won't compete with high end
  • Fit quality

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4. Powerbeats Pro

Must-have for working out
Powerbeats Pro Headhones
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Connection: Bluetooth 5.0 Price: $249.95 Chip: H1 headphone chip Listening time: Up to 9hrs

The Powerbeats Pro headphones are must-have headphones for an active lifestyle. It has a reinforced design for improved sweat and water resistance during hard workouts. It also allows you to keep listening for up to 24 hours with the included charging case so that you won’t run out of tunes during your next workout.

Pros:
  • Long battery life
  • High-performance for workouts
  • Fast-fuel charging
Cons:
  • Not strong on bass
  • On the bulky side

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5. Bose Quiet Comfort

The name says it all - quiet & comfort
Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones
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Connection: Bluetooth 4.1 Price: $299.99 Listening time: Up to 20hrs

With three levels of noise cancellation, the Bose Quiet Comfort headphones will cancel out any distractions and provide a quality listening experience, no matter your environment. The headphones are also Alexa enabled for quick access to music, information and more!

Pros:
  • Three levels of active noise cancellation
  • Bose AR
  • Very comfortable fit
Cons:
  • Bose app is not very intuitive
  • A bit pricey for the sound quality

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