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Christmas Gift Guide

Bose QuietComfort 35

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless

Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2

Plantronics BackBeat Sense

Apple AirPods

Bose QuietControl 30

Jabra Halo Smart

Jabra Sport Elite

Parrot Zik 3

Beats Studio Wireless

Sennheiser HD1

Plantronics Voyager Focus

The Bose QuietComfort 35 is a full-size, around-ear wireless Bluetooth headphone that also includes active noise cancellation and doubles as an advanced headset for making cell phone calls.

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The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless is Sennheiser's answer to the Bose QuietComfort 35 and like the Bose, it delivers business-class headset performance.

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Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 may be the best value in full-size wireless noise-canceling headphones. As you might expect from Plantronics, it doubles as an excellent headset.

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The BackBeat Sense is very comfortable for an on-ear headphone, sounds good and is great for making calls.

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The AirPods' look may not be everybody's cup of tea, but they do work really well as a headset.

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The Bose QuietControl 30 is a noise-canceling in-ear neckband-style wireless headphone that delivers strong performance as a headset.

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While I wish Jabra's Halo Smart neckband-style headphone worked a little better as a sports headphone, with fins to secure the buds in your ears, but it certainly delivers as a headset.

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Jabra's totally wireless Sport Elite earphones have a built-in heart-rate monitor and are loaded with features, including multiple microphones that allow for strong headset performance.

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Parrot 's original Zik wireless noise-canceling headphone was one of the most high-tech headphones when it first launched. Other headphones have caught up on the features front, but the Zik 3 is still feature-packed and performs well as a headset.

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Beats' Studio Wireless has come down in price and is now a better value than when it first came out. Beats doesn't talk up its noise canceling as much as Bose does because it's not particularly strong noise cancellation, but the headphone does work quite well as a headset, with a side-tone feature that allows you to hear your voice inside the headphone as you talk.

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The HD 1 IN-ear Wireless is Sennheiser's first neckband style headphone and is designed to be worn around all day for both music listening and making calls.

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The Plantronics Voyager Focus is the business-class version of the Plantronics BackBeat Sense. For music, it's going to sound the same as the BackBeat Sense, but as you can see from the picture, the Voyager Focus has a boom microphone. It also includes a USB dongle to connect directly to a PC.

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