With so many headphone options being offered, picking the best headphones depends on your budget and needs. But the good thing about there being so many options available is that there’s something for everyone. That’s why we’ve picked out the best headphones deals for every budget and need, while looking at what makes them so great. Read on as we take you through everything on offer right now. There’s sure to be something to entice you.
- Sony WH-CH510 —
- Sony WH-RF400 —
- Sony WH-CH710N —
- Beats Studio 3 —
- Apple AirPods Max —
Sony WH-CH510 — $40, was $60
- Voice assistant support
- Hands-free calling
- Good battery life
- Comfortable fit
If you want headphones from a reputable brand like Sony but you don’t want to shell out lots of cash, then the Sony WH-CH510 might be a good choice. They are ideal starter headphones for kids or students, or an extra pair to throw in a bag if you want headphones for when you’re traveling but you don’t want to risk battering or losing your pricier headphones.
At this price, there’s no noise-canceling software, but you will get wireless connectivity via Bluetooth and the ability to easily and comfortably make calls or interact with your voice assistant. That could also make these a good choice for office users who want to be able to chat hands-free with their built-in microphone.
The battery life on these is an impressive 35 hours, so you can comfortably use them over several days without needing to charge them. When it does come time to charge, they support USB Type-C charging with the included cable. They also have the adjustable fit and swivel design found on many Sony headphones, making them comfortable to wear and easy to fold up and pop into a bag.
Sony WH-RF400 — $100, was $120
- Listening range of 150 feet
- 20 hours of battery life on a single charge
- Comfortable and secure fit
- Voice Mode helps in understanding dialogue
Another affordable pair of wireless headphones from Sony are the Sony WH-RF400, which come with large drivers that enable a listening range of 150 feet, so you’re not at all tethered to the source of your music while you move around your house. They’re easy to set up, with a transmitter dock that you need to connect to your TV. There’s also a 3.5mm stereo minijack input though, if you want a wired connection for the headphones. They’re designed to work with home theater setups, so that you’ll be able to better enjoy your favorite shows and movies through crystal-clear audio. For more content to listen to, every purchase of the Sony WH-RF400 comes with a six-month subscription to Apple Music, if you’re a new subscriber.
The Sony WH-RF400 promises a battery life of up to 20 hours on a single charge, so you can wear them all day without having to worry about a sudden shutdown. You won’t mind having them stay on your head that long either, as the over-ear design of the wireless headphones provides a comfortable and secure fit. You may even forget that you’re wearing them, if not for the music that’s flowing through your ears. Once the battery is depleted, just place them on their charging stand, and they’ll soon be ready to start playing your music.
When you’re watching shows with lots of dialogue, the Sony WH-RF400 will help you understand with Voice Mode, which you can activate with the press of a button. With Voice Mode on, dialogue will be clearer, so you won’t miss any important details from the spoken lines.
Sony WH-CH710N — $150, was $180
- Noise cancellation features
- Hands-free calling
- Good battery life
- Comfortable fit
The Sony WH-CH710N are a great pair of headphones for when you want good quality without paying a fortune. It offers noise-cancellation technology automatically collects information about your environment before improving the performance of the headphones accordingly. Alongside that is Dual Noise Sensor technology that involves its dual microphones that collect sound from all directions so the headphones can catch more ambient sounds than ever before. That way, it’s easy for you to lose yourself to your music no matter if you’re surrounded by traffic or just in the office. It’s possible to customize your sound too so you can let in important sounds from the world as and when needed without having to worry about missing anything important.
The Sony WH-CH710N aren’t just about noise cancellation either. They have plenty of other good features, too. For instance, you can use them to enjoy hands-free calling. There’s no need to pull your phone out to call someone. Simply speak and the Sony WH-CH710N use voice assistant support from your smartphone to call whoever you need to speak to. In addition, the Sony WH-CH710N offer up to 35 hours of power with USB-C charging means you get 60 minutes of playback from just 10 minutes of charging up. It’s ideal if you’re prone to recharging very often and still want to enjoy our music.
Other features include NFC so you can simply touch your selected NFC-enabled device and get connected. There’s also Bluetooth support with a reliable connection. Best of all for regular users is the comfort, allowing you to wear these headphones all day long without them squashing your ears or head. That adds to the fact that the Sony WH-CH710N are ideally suited for commuting, right down to their ability to swivel flat so you can easily store them wherever you go.
Beats Studio 3 — $210, was $350
- Compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets
- Eliminate distractions with pure adaptive noise cancelling
- Get 22 hours of usage on a single charge
- On-ear controls are almost invisible
The Beats Studio 3 are high-performance wireless headphones that are powered by Apple’s W1 chip, which is the same one used in the first-generation AirPods, and it enables the audio sharing feature between any headphones or earbuds powered by the W1 chip or the H1 chip. They’re compatible with both iOS and Android devices though, expanding their potential audience. The headphones deliver energy and clarity for vocal-heavy music, and there’s no hint of distortion in your music if you decide to turn up the volume to the maximum. Their real-time audio calibration preserves premium audio quality, and they’re compatible with Spatial Audio for an immersive experience when listening to music, watching movies, or playing video games.
You’ll be free from distractions while you’re wearing the Beats Studio 3 with their pure adaptive noise cancelling feature, which blocks external noise without sacrificing the quality of the audio that you’re listening to. For your convenience, you can use the wireless headphones’ on-ear controls and microphone to take calls, control your music’s playback, and activate Apple’s Siri, for a wide range of voice commands.
You’ll get up to 22 hours of battery life on a single charge for all-day playback, and if you need to recharge the wireless headphones, Fast Fuel technology will replenish 3 hours of usage after just 10 minutes of being plugged in. The Beats Studio 3 offer several color choices, and they come with a fully integrated headband and earcup pivots for a sleek and minimalist look. This design follows with the controls, which are nearly invisible, and the slender profile that doesn’t make them look bulky while they’re on your head.
Apple AirPods Max — $479, was $549
- Fantastic active noise cancellation
- Great transparency mode
- Excellent build quality
- Great sound quality
The Apple AirPods Max are expensive but fantastic quality. We called them the most fun headphones ever because that’s exactly what they are. They look super stylish and modern because they ooze class at every turn. They offer an Apple-designed dynamic driver so you get phenomenal high-fidelity audio at all times. Alongside that is exceptional active noise cancellation. Simply put, these headphones will block out essentially all outside sound no matter what, so you can focus on what you’re listening to. When you do need to check back into the world, there’s always the headphones’ transparency mode. It lets you return and listen in and interact with the world once more, all in moments.
The features keep on coming with spatial audio a real highlight. Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking means that the music ‘follows’ you around so you get theater-like sound that surrounds you, making you feel like you’re at a live venue rather than listening to your headphones. It’s truly remarkable stuff and sounds amazing. Alongside that is computational audio which combines custom acoustic design with the Apple H1 chip so you get more reliable service and a fantastic listening experience.
It all takes hardly any time to set up, too, with on-head detection, effortless setup and seamless switching between all your Apple devices. You can even easily share audio between two sets of AirPods on your Apple devices. Up to 20 hours of listening time with ANC and spatial audio enabled is fairly respectable with an ultra low-power mode ensuring that storage won’t drain your battery by any means. They’re incredibly comfy to wear as well, thanks to a knit-mesh canopy and memory foam ear cushions that cocoon your ears. Simply put, these are straightforward headphones that mean you can spend more time enjoying and less time tweaking controls or worrying about maintaining the battery.
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