/> ED I T O R S C H O I C E IN N O V A T IO N A W A R D
X

CNET editors pick the products and services we write about. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission.

Wired headphones

What's the best headphone to buy this holiday season? Well, you've got a number of good options to choose from in various styles and price points.

carnoy-headshot-2019-2
David Carnoy
1Sony_MDR_1R_35481885.jpg
1 of 14 Sarah Tew/CNET

Sony MDR-1R

The Sony MDR-1R is a very comfortable over-the-ear headphone that also sounds quite good.

KEF_M500_35823842_05.jpg
2 of 14 Sarah Tew/CNET

KEF M500

KEF, another British company known for its high-end speakers, has entered the headphone market with a luxurious on-ear model, the M500.

Sony_MDR-7506_30236247_03.jpg
3 of 14 Sarah Tew/CNET

Sony MDR-7506

Sony's MDR-7506 has been around for ages. But it's also aged very well.

Sennheiser_Momentum_35566984_06.jpg
4 of 14 Sarah Tew/CNET

Sennheiser Momentum

It's not cheap, but the beautifully designed Momentum delivers true audiophile-grade sound.

Audio-Technica_ATH-M50_Studio_Monitor_Headphones_33899646_02_620x433.jpg
5 of 14 Sarah Tew/CNET

Audio-Technica ATH-M50

In terms of pure performance for the money, Audio-Technica's ATH-M50 is right at the top of our list.

p5_news2.jpg
6 of 14 Bowers & Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins P5

Bowers & Wilkins' new, more expensive over-the-ear P7 ($399) delivers richer sound than the P5, but the P5 is still one of our on-ear favorites.

Audio-Technica_ATH-M30_Studio_Monitor_Headphones_30811055_03.jpg
7 of 14 Sarah Tew/CNET

Audio-Technica ATH-M30

The ATH-M30 may not have the build quality of the ATH-M50, but it's one of the best-sounding "budget" audiophile headphones.

Moshi_earbuds_35645522_01.jpg
8 of 14 Sarah Tew/CNET

Moshi Mythro

At around $30, the Moshi Mythro delivers excellent sound for the buck.

Bose_QuietComfort_15_Acoustic_Noise_Cancelling_Headphones_35830640_01.jpg
9 of 14 Sarah Tew/CNET

Bose Quiet Comfort 15

It's been around a while, but the Bose Quiet Comfort still delivers best-in-class noise cancellation and a highly comfortable fit. Through the end of the year at least you can also pick it up in the limited edition slate/brown version pictured above. And if you want you're QC15s to stand out even more, Bose is also offering swanky customized color options for $100 more.

07Beats_Studio_2013_35823632.jpg
10 of 14 Sarah Tew/CNET

Beats Studio 2013

The original Beats Studio hyped the bass hard. The new Beats Studio 2013 doesn't.

V-Moda_Remix_Nero_33982121_33984943_01.jpg
11 of 14 Sarah Tew/CNET

V-Moda Remix Remote

The in-ear V-Moda Remix Remote delivers excellent sound (with lots of bass) in a relatively affordable package.

V-Moda_Crossfade_M-100__White_Silver_35512458_05.jpg
12 of 14 Sarah Tew/CNET

V-Moda Crossfade M-100

We gave the V-Moda Crossfade M-100 an Editors' Choice Award for its combination of excellent sound and build quality.

Klipsch_S4i_35414229_2.jpg
13 of 14 Sarah Tew/CNET

Klipsch S4i II

Everybody seemed to love the original Klipsch S4i. The second generation features a better, more durable cord design.

Bose_Quiet_Comfort_20i_20_35781781_35781780_05.jpg
14 of 14 Sarah Tew/CNET

Bose Quiet Comfort 20i

The Bose QC 20 is expensive, but if you're a frequent traveler looking for a noise-cancelling headphone in a small package, them make a lot of sense.

More Galleries

The best games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The best games on Nintendo Switch

41 Photos
The 23 best Christmas movies and where to watch them

More Galleries

The 23 best Christmas movies and where to watch them

23 Photos
Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

More Galleries

Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

67 Photos
Spooky space shots show creepy side of the cosmos

More Galleries

Spooky space shots show creepy side of the cosmos

29 Photos
2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

More Galleries

2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

65 Photos
The 51 best VR games

More Galleries

The 51 best VR games

53 Photos
Best dating apps of 2021

More Galleries

Best dating apps of 2021

13 Photos