Headphones:

Best headphones of 2014

Updated

Whether you're out listening to your MP3 player or out at home with your high-end stereo, your headphone choice is critical. Here we've picked our five favorites across every style and category, but if you already know which type of headphones you want, use the links at the left to get more options.

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Best-sounding headphones for under $200

Audio Technica ATH-M50x

Quibbles aside, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones are a modestly improved version of the already spectacular model they're based on, and among the best-sounding pairs you'll find for less than $200.

Price: $169.00 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Best Bluetooth wireless headphone

Beats Studio Wireless Series

While it'll cost you a hefty $380, the Beats Studio Wireless is an excellent wireless Bluetooth headphone.

Price: $303.96 - $341.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

The best noise-canceling headphones

Bose QuietComfort 25

The QuietComfort 25 model takes Bose's already stellar noise-canceling headphones and levels them up to new heights.

Price: $269.00 - $299.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Top-notch on-ear headphone

Beyerdynamic T 51 p

While it's fairly pricey at $289, the German-made Beyerdynamic T 51 p is one of the best on-ear headphones available, offering excellent sound and a comfortable fit.

4.5 stars Outstanding

Best DJ headphone

V-Moda Crossfade M-100

A generous feature set, rugged construction, and warm, detailed sound with powerful bass guarantees the V-Moda M-100's strong appeal for audiophiles with a flexible budget.

Price: $254.69 - $259.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent A beautifully built headphone that sounds even better

Best bass headphones

Sony MDR1R (Black)

It's true that Sony's MDR-1R headphones come with a lofty price tag, but if you're searching for highly accurate-sounding headphones with style and substance, they deserve your attention.

Price: $298.00 - $299.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

A winning in-ear sports headphone

Monster iSport Victory In-Ear Headphones

Despite a couple of small flaws, the Monster iSport Victory offers a great fit, is water-resistant, and one of the better sounding in-ear sports headphones out there.

Price: $99.96 - $149.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best cheap earbuds

Panasonic Ergo-Fit

The ErgoFit RP-HJE120s are disposable earphones that you won't want to throw out.

Price: $8.54 - $66.96 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Inexpensive on-ear headphones that sound great for the money

JVC Flats

We usually don't expect a whole lot from $12 headphones, but the JVC Flats sound surprisingly good for their budget price.

Price: $9.89 - $13.62 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best home AV wireless headphones

Sennheiser RS 180

The Sennheiser RS 180 wireless headphones' sound is competitive with similarly priced wired headphones, so you can ditch the wire without ditching good sound.

Price: $199.95 - $199.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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