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Best headphones for dads from $50 to $350

What dad wouldn't appreciate a good headphone this Father's Day? Here's a wide selection of top wireless models.

With a multitude of models to chose from, it's not easy to figure which headphone to buy these days. With that in mind, we're highlighting several of our highest rated wireless headphones -- not all of them are pricey -- to help narrow down your gift choice this Father's Day.

I have fully reviewed and tested all of these headphones (see the links below), and I'm listing them from most affordable to most expensive. 

Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 

Tribit XFree Tune: $50

The best-sounding bargain wireless headphone

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If you don't want to spend a lot on headphone gift but want something that sounds good and is comfortable to wear, the Tribit XFree Tune at just less than $50 is a good bet for a full-size Bluetooth headphone. It doesn't have active noise-canceling but the earcups passively seal out a fair amount of sound.  

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Read the Tribit XFree Tune review

Anker Soundcore Liberty Air: $80

Best true wireless headphones under $100

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As long as you're OK with a noise-isolating design, the Anker Liberty Air are an excellent alternative to the AirPods and cost half the price ($80). And while they're available in white (like the AirPods), they also come in black.

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Read the Anker Liberty Air review

Samsung Galaxy Buds: $129

Solid choice for Galaxy phone owners

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If you're looking for a headphone gift for an Android users, the Galaxy Buds are Samsung's latest answer to the AirPods -- and they're a likable set of true wireless earphones.

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Read the Samsung Galaxy Buds review

Apple AirPods: $159 - $199

Great for iPhone owners

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Apple's second-generation AirPods are an incremental upgrade from the original AirPods -- and incremental upgrades tend to be a little boring. And on the surface anyway, the new AirPods aren't exciting. However, thanks to those updated components on the inside, including a new H1 chip that supports Bluetooth 5.0, improved audio synchronization and always-on Siri, they're definitely better in small ways that a lot of people will appreciate. Even though it's $40 more at $199, the model with the wireless charging case is probably the one to get -- if you giving it as a gift.

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Read the Apple AirPods (2019) review

Jabra Elite Active 65t: $190

The best true wireless headphones for Dad

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Jabra's Elite Active 65t ($190) are one of the top truly wireless earphones and are superior to Apple's AirPods in some ways. The step-down Elite 65t earphones aren't quite as durable, but there isn't a huge difference and they sometimes go on sale. 

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Read the Jabra Elite Active 65t review

Bose Frames: $199

For the cutting-edge dad

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Here's a way to combine two gifts into one. Yes, the Bose Frames ($199) are both sunglasses and headphones -- and they sound surprisingly good for sunglasses headphones. 

The Frames are available in two models: The Rondo and Alto. You can only get them in black for now.

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Read the Bose Frames review

JBL Live 650BTNC: $200

A more affordable noise-canceling headphone

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While its noise-canceling feature and comfort level aren't quite on par with competing models from Bose and Sony, JBL's Live 650BTNC ($200) sound measures up well and it's worth considering if you don't want to spend $300 or more on a noise-canceling headphone.

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Read the JBL Live 650BTNC review

Beats Powerbeats Pro: $250

Great for running dads

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The Powerbeats Pro, Beats first true wireless earphones, are larger, sportier versions of the 2019 AirPods. They offer all the same basic conveniences of the AirPods, including fast pairing, rock-solid wireless connectivity and always-on Siri voice-recognition for iOS users, but they deliver bigger sound and have better battery life. Only drawbacks: They're fairly pricey and have a bulky charging case. Also, there are some delays with shipping times as demand is high and Beats can't seem to make them fast enough. 

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Read the Beats Powerbeats Pro review

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless: $300

For dads who are sticklers for sound quality

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It's a little expensive at $300, but the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless currently delivers the best sound quality we've heard in a true wireless headphone.

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Read the Sennheiser Momentum True review

Bose QuietComfort 35 II: $349

For frequent flyer dads

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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II got a little upgrade this year with the addition of support for Bose AR (only units manufactured at December 2018 have the upgrade). It's due for a bigger refresh later this year, but the current version is still a great noise-canceling headphone. But see the Sony below for the one that edges it out by a nose.

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Read the Bose QuietComfort 35 II review

Sony MX-1000M3 ($350)

Best noise-canceling headphones for dad

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Sony's WH-1000XM3, the third generation of Sony's excellent wireless noise-canceling headphones, is more comfortable and features even better performance. It's currently our top-rated noise-canceling headphone.

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Read the Sony MX-1000M3 review