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 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: $379.95 - $379.99 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: $299.00 - $299.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best full-size (circumaural) headphone

Audio-Technica ATH-M50

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: $119.00 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: $279.99 - $299.99 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

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: $149.95 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: $42.76 - $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 - $15.68 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 - $329.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

LG Tone Ultra (HBS-800)

LG Tone Ultra Bluetooth Stereo Headset (White)

We liked previous LG Tone stereo wireless headsets -- and we like the new Tone Ultra. But its improved sound and design is mitigated by a significant price bump.

Price: $72.99 - $89.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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