SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC

High-end gaming headsets can get pricey, even when they aren’t wireless. While we haven’t yet tested a pair more expensive than the excellent, audiophile-worthy Beyerdynamic MMX 300 , the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC comes close with its $249.99 price tag. Of course, SteelSeries’ new flagship wired gaming headset also comes with its own eponymous […]

The Best Studio Headphones of 2018

The old adage that you shouldn’t mix a record on headphones is still honored by many a sound engineer and musician, who believe only speakers will give you an accurate sense of the recording. But as more music gets consumed primarily on earphones and headphones, more is being mixed with headphones playing a significant role, […]

B&O Play Beoplay H9i

Few manufacturers have really mastered combining noise cancellation with Bluetooth audio like Bose has with the QuietComfort 35 II . At $499, the circumaural (over-ear) B&O; Play Beoplay H9i headphones are significantly more expensive than the Bose model, not to mention B&O; Play’s own Beoplay H8i , an on-ear version that costs $100 less. From […]

Beyerdynamic Custom Game

Beyerdynamic really impressed us with the MMX 300 gaming headset last year. It’s the best-sounding, best-feeling wired gaming headset we’ve tested, though at $350, it’s also one of the most expensive. If you don’t want to spend as much on a headset as you would on a game console, Beyerdynamic offers a scaled back model […]

V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless

At $330, the V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless headphones are among the pricier pairs we’ve tested recently. There’s plenty of competition in this price range, but much of it includes noise cancellation, while the Crossfade 2 Wireless is a regular pair. This makes the price seem a tad high, but the Bluetooth headphone deliver a solid […]

B&O Play Beoplay H8i

B&O; Play has two new pairs of noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones, and both are more expensive than the leader in the category, the QuietComfort 35 II from Bose. The $399 on-ear Beoplay H8i headphones are the less expensive of the two, and we actually prefer them slightly to over-ear Beoplay H9i , which cost $100 more. […]

The Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Instead of turning up the volume to block out external noise–which is never good for your hearing–noise-canceling headphones work to isolate and “remove” those unwanted sounds while preserving the original audio signal. That means you can listen to music, movies, audiobooks, and podcasts at much lower volumes than you would have otherwise. But before picking […]

JBL UA Sport Wireless Flex

For $129.95, the JBL UA Sport Wireless Flex Bluetooth earphones are designed to stay in place during long, sweaty workouts, aided by ear fins and a flexible band intended to fit your neck more securely. Their water-resistant design is complemented by a bright LED strip that makes you visible when working out at night. And […]

Crazybaby Air

Billed as “the world’s first carbon nanotube true wireless” earphones, the Crazybaby Air ($169) have a sleek design but are very much like every other true wireless (cable-free) pair we’ve tested. For those who aren’t familiar, carbon nanotube technology refers not to the included charging case, but to the diaphragm for the speaker drivers. From […]