There are plenty of ways to get the very best audio experiences today. With a slew of audio devices at your disposal, actually finding the best solution takes some research and understanding what you’re looking for.
But in a bid to take some of the guesswork out of that equation, we’ve compiled the following roundup of outstanding headphone options for those who want to listen to music in peace this year. Indeed, the following headphone options will deliver an outstanding mix of great design, superior sound quality, and must-have comfort. And in many cases, they won’t break the bank.
Be aware, however, that the following devices aren’t lightweight or designed to replace your earbuds. Instead, these are higher-end headphones designed for the best audio quality. If you’re looking for lightweight options, you can click here.
But if it’s headphones you’re after, read on. We’ve compiled this list by analyzing each device’s unique set of features and looked to both critics and users to see how well they deliver high-quality audio, comfort, and design. We’ve also analyzed their online reviews to ensure we found authentic opinions from actual owners. The result? A reliable list of must-have headphones for 2020.
Read on to learn more:
Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones
Battery Life: 22 Hours
Apple’s Beats is one of the more popular headphones makers in the world. And the company’s Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones might be among its best.
The headphones feature an over-ear design, which means they’ll hug your ears in their big, puffy earcups, allowing you to block out sound. To enhance that, they also feature noise canceling to reduce ambient noise infiltration.
Beats’ Studio 3 headphones come with wireless connectivity and work with both Apple devices and those made by other companies. Best of all, they deliver up to 22 hours of battery life, making them outstanding choices for those who often travel.
The Studio 3 headphones cost $350.
Bose 700 Noise Canceling Headphones
Battery Life: 2o Hours
Bose has always been one of the big names in audio, and so it’s perhaps no surprise that the company’s headphones have made this list.
The Bose 700 Noise Canceling Headphones offer over-ear design, and with help from their leather earcups, should create a generally comfortable experience. Their audio quality is top-notch, thanks to 11 noise-canceling modes, and hefty features under the hood that only boost audio quality.
Since the Bose 700 Noise Canceling Headphones are wireless, battery life is important. And at 20 hours, they should deliver solid battery life for most users. And in an interesting twist, they’re fully compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can use them to control your smart home, play music, and more.
Bose’s headphones go for $399.
Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Headphones
Battery Life: 30 Hours
Sony is another popular choice for audiophiles, and the company’s WH1000XM3 headphones are among the company’s top choices.
The headphones come with an attractive design, complete with bulky earcups that aim at keeping your head comfortable during prolonged use. And with help from noise canceling, they can help you eliminate ambient noise to give you more audio clarity and a generally more appealing audio experience.
Sony’s headphones come with outstanding battery life at 30 hours. And with a feature called Quick Attention, you can quickly cover an earcup to turn down audio and hear what people might be saying to you. And like Bose’s headphones, Sony’s headphones work with Amazon Alexa, providing smart home functionality.
Sony’s headphones are available for $350.
Sennheiser PXC 550-II Headphones
Battery Life: 30 Hours
Sennheiser might not have the same brand awareness as Sony or Bose, but the company is unarguably one of the best audio companies in the world. And its PXC 550-II headphones illustrate that to perfection.
The headphones come with an over-ear design and puffy leather earcups that aim at improving your wearing experience during prolonged use. And like many of the others in this roundup, by tapping a single button, you can call on Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa to power your smart home, play music, and place calls, among other features.
With help from a touch pad on one earcup, you can fully control your listening experience by pausing and playing audio, skipping songs, and more. And with 30 hours of battery life, you can listen to audio for more than a day on a single charge and never need to find a place to charge your wireless headphones.
Sennheiser’s headphones go for $350.
Marshall Major III Headphones
Battery Life: 30 Hours
Marshall has built its brand on delivering audio devices that deliver solid audio quality in a nostalgic design. And the company’s Marshall Major 3 are worth checking out if that sounds attractive.
Unlike the other options in this roundup, the Marshall Major 3 headphones don’t come with active noise canceling. And it’s worth noting that while the other devices feature over-ear designs, Marshall’s come with on-ear designs, which could limit some of the ambient noise reduction you’d get elsewhere.
But for what you may lose in these headphones, you make up for in more than 30 hours of battery life and 40mm dynamic drivers that promise downright impressive audio quality. Better yet, a knob design gives you easier access to your audio controls, so you can easily control your listening experience.
Arguably the Marshall Major 3’s best feature, however, is its price. At $121, it’s easily the most affordable option in this roundup.
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