Editors' Choice

We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in headphones.

Sony MDR-1000x review

The Sony MDR-1000x over-ear headphones are extremely comfortable, sound great, and offer some of the best active noise cancellation on the market. See Full Review »

Our Score 10

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Sony MDR-1000x Review

  • Dynamic highs and punchy bass
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Great battery life
  • Thoughtful real-world features
  • Touch controls don’t always work perfectly
Our Score 10

JBL Everest Elite 700 Platinum Review

  • Clear, dynamic sound
  • Simple, beautiful design
  • App-based audio customization
  • Easy Bluetooth connectivity
  • Noise cancelling isn’t on par with some…
  • Headband can get uncomfortable over time
Our Score 8

Bowers & Wilkins P9 Review

  • Gorgeous and accurate upper register
  • Rich and powerful midrange
  • Sleek and stylish design
  • Robust build quality
  • Luscious bass response
  • Bass is often overpowering
  • Tight clamping force
Our Score 6

Jaybird X3 Review

  • Much improved audio quality
  • Plenty of gels and ear fins for a great fit
  • Handles sweat well
  • Good battery life
  • App offers customization
  • Uses unique charger you can’t lose
  • Call quality not as good as competitors
  • One-year warranty
Our Score 8

Apple AirPods Review

  • Rock-solid wireless reliability, range
  • Best-in-class battery life
  • Fast, compact charging case
  • Independent earbud operation
  • Replacement parts available
  • Not suitable for fitness activity
  • Average sound quality
  • Expensive replacement parts
Our Score 8

Monster Elements Wireless Over-Ear Review

  • Solid bass that doesn’t get in the way
  • Dynamic and revealing high-end
  • Great battery life
  • Easy connectivity
  • Responsive touch controls
  • Build quality could be better
  • Poor sound isolation
  • No hard case
Our Score 7

Etymotic Research ER4SR Review

  • Vividly clear mids and highs
  • Dynamic and revealing sound stage
  • Excellent passive noise isolation
  • Great variety of accessories and tip choices for…
  • Solid build quality
  • Bass feels restrained on heavier-hitting tracks
  • Can be hard to get a good seal with certain tips
Our Score 7

Etymotic Research ER4XR Review

  • Clear, punchy bass response
  • Dynamic and revealing sound stage
  • Excellent passive noise isolation
  • Great variety of accessories and ear tip choices…
  • Solid build quality
  • Can be tough to get a good seal with certain ear…
Our Score 8