I’m not sure Why but it seems fall is the time of year, most people started asking me about headphones. Maybe it’s the dark days looming, or how many of us are staring at long hours before the holidays at work. Anyway, headphone makers seem to have recognized this because some of our favorite brands have been slashing prices right now. It’s a good time if you’re in the market for some new earbuds or cases.
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These are our favorite headphones for anyone with an iPhone. apple buds (9/10, WIRED RECOMMENDThey have a very comfortable fit thanks to the soft silicone earbuds, and have better noise cancellation and sound than the first generation AirPods Pro thanks to a better seal.
Samsung headphones in the shape of a peanut7/10, WIRED RECOMMENDOne of the most unique designs we’ve seen, yet it’s also some of the most comfortable earbuds I’ve used to date. They sit inside your ears, provide surprisingly good sound and great transparency for getting them out of place. I especially like them if you’re using a Samsung phone, and at this price, they’re a good buy.
Sennheiser makes some of the best earphones we’ve ever heard, and I was particularly impressed with their latest IE 300, which has a much deeper bass than you’d expect from such small buds. I love using them throughout my home recording studio, knowing I’ll get an honest recreation of sounds without any microphone bleeds. Detachable cables mean you won’t have to worry about permanently snagging and breaking, which is great for wired earphones like these.
Wireless headphones for $15? You will be surprised how well the julep performs. This includes five hours of battery life and a snug fit. It’s sweat-resistant too, so you can wear it to the gym. Although it is a bit heavy, the case can attract dust and lint. However, they are only $15.
The Jabra Elite 7 is great for anyone who is difficult with their technology. If you do frequent outdoor runs in any weather, these sprouts will last. It’s comfortable, has good sound quality and noise canceling technology, plus you get eight hours of battery life.
Over-ear and gaming headphones deals
You might think of Beats over ears as plastic and awful, but they’ve been good since Apple bought them a decade ago. this pair (8/10, WIRED RECOMMEND) is equivalent to the high-end models from Sony and Bose, but with the added party trick, it works better with iOS devices, thanks to Apple’s H1 chip.
If you want to spend very little on a pair of headphones, this is a good option. They look attractive and comfortable to wear, and they can play music for up to 50 hours on a single charge. that’s cool.
Given the price, these are some of the best wireless noise-canceling headphones you can get. They have a great battery life (40 hours), and they seem to be pretty good for the money. They are a little capricious, so you need to be careful with them.
You don’t get a crazy deal, however if you Aspiring music loversYou might still want to peek at this sale of the iconic Sennheiser HD 650 in-ear headphones. The open-back headphones provide some of the best sounds you’ll get on this $1,000 side. Just be aware that sounds can leak out at high volumes, so don’t wear them to the library.