Your music, movies and games deserve better than those hard, standard-issue plastic earbuds. And we're not just talking about audio quality. Some headphones are great at blocking out noise, while others have Bluetooth built in for rocking out sans wires. You'll even find some models with an integrated heart-rate monitor to make the most of your workout. Whatever style you're looking for, Tom's Guide has the perfect set of buds or cans for your budget.
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How We Evaluate Headphones
In order to help you make the right choice when shopping for headphones, Tom's Guide evaluates the following criteria: design, comfort, features, performance and value. We compare headphones with other products that have similar features and are in the same price range, so you can make the most informed shopping decision.
Using several sample tracks across a number of genres (hip-hop, rock, jazz and R&B), we listen for volume, clarity and fullness. We test the effectiveness of three features: active noise-cancelling, Bluetooth range and battery life. Once we've completed our testing, we then rate headphones based on our 5-star system (1 = worst, 5 = best). If a product is truly exemplary, it will earn an Editor's Choice.
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To help you get the most out of your entertainment, here are the best options available, from $30 earbuds to $1,000 audiophile-grade headphones.
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