Headphones are available in a zillion styles, sizes, and price ranges. To help you cut through the clutter, we've assembled a list of top headphones by type and price.
Despite some downsides, including a high price tag, the Bose QuietComfort 20 offers the best noise cancellation in an in-ear headphone and should tempt frequent travelers looking for a more compact alternative to full-size noise-canceling headphones, such as the Bose QuietComfort 15.
With the freshly redesigned QC25 ($299.95), Bose has not only enhanced the sound and noise reduction of its flagship NC headpone, but made other small design improvements.
The Bose SoundLink Bluetooth On-Ear is pricey, but it's also one of the best -- if not the best -- on-ear wireless headphones to date.
Bose says Beats' Studio and Studio Wireless headphones, soon to be owned by Apple, copy five of its patents.
Bose filed suit against Beats in July, accusing the rival headphone and speaker maker of infringing five patents related to noise-canceling headphones.
Despite some downsides, including a high price tag, the Bose QuietComfort 20 offers the best noise-cancelling in an in-ear headphone.
The QuietComfort 25 model takes Bose's already stellar noise-canceling headphones and levels them up to new heights.
While they may not be quite as comfortable as Bose's ultrapopular QC 15 headphones, the Harman Kardon NCs offer slightly better sound and have a built-in rechargeable battery to power the active noise-cancellation circuitry.
At $129.95, the SoundLink Color is Bose's least expensive portable Bluetooth speaker to date and the $249.95 SoundLink On-Ear is the first on-ear Bluetooth headphone from Bose.
If you can't afford Bose's QuietComfort noise-canceling headphones, the attractively designed and more affordable Sony MDR-NC200Ds are worth your consideration.