Best headphones of 2014


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 earbud for athletes

Monster iSport Immersion (Blue)

The iSport Immersion headphones rank among the best wired in-ear sports headphone models out there in terms of fit and sound quality.

4 stars Excellent

Best full-size (circumaural) headphone

Audio-Technica ATH-M50 (Black)

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones are among the best available for less than $200, offering excellent sound and build quality.

Price: $129.00 - $219.99 Check prices

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: $299.99 - $399.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent A beautifully built headphone that sounds even better

LG Tone Ultra Bluetooth Stereo Headset (White)

With a little help from JBL, the LG Tone Ultra wireless stereo headset gets a design and sound quality upgrade -- along with an unwelcome price bump.

Price: $57.99 - $95.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Best noise-canceling headphone

Bose Quiet Comfort 15

While they're no bargain, the Bose QuietComfort 15s currently offer the best sound and silencing capabilities in a pair of noise-canceling headphones.

Price: $370.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best Bluetooth wireless headphone

Parrot Zik wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Despite some issues, Parrot can make a case for its Ziks being the Porsche of Bluetooth headphones.

Price: $349.00 - $399.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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: $194.88 - $299.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best budget earbud headphone

MEElectronics A151 (Black)

At around $50 online, the MEElectronics A151s are among the most affordable balanced-armature earphones out there and deliver very good sound for the money.

Price: $41.99 - $44.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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 - $18.47 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sennheiser RS 180

The Sennheiser RS 180's sound is competitive with similarly priced wired headphones, which should make the RS 180 irresistible to audiophiles seeking to cut the cord.

Price: $219.99 - $299.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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