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 offer a unique blend of form, utility, and sheer musical enjoyment. While they come at a premium price, the experience they provide exceeds expectations at every turn. See Full Review »

Our Score 10

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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

Sol Republic Amps Air Review

  • Case charges your ear buds and phone
  • Good bass response
  • Music playback adapts for one or two ear buds
  • Solid Bluetooth connection
  • Excessive white noise at low volumes
  • Digitalized, tinny upper register
  • May be uncomfortable for smaller ears
Our Score 6

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Review

  • Smaller and lighter
  • Good noise cancellation
  • Slightly improved audio quality
  • Excellent call quality
  • Solid battery life
  • Bass not particularly full
  • Only special edition gets hard-shell case
Our Score 8

Optoma NuForce BE Sport 3 Review

  • Firm and consistent fit
  • Good sound quality
  • Plenty of gels and wings
  • Solid battery life
  • Great price
  • No sensors or any extras
  • Neon colors aren’t for everyone
  • Siri and Google Now integration is finicky
Our Score 8

V-Moda Forza Review

  • Very comfortable for long-term wear
  • Punchy bass response creates warm soundstage
  • Assortment of tips and sport fins make a perfect…
  • Ruggedly built, with excellent extended warranty
  • Short cable makes some listening scenarios…
Our Score 9

Bowers & Wilkins P3 Series 2 Review

  • Sleek, modern design
  • High-quality craftsmanship and materials
  • Hard case makes travel safe and simple
  • Good treble response
  • High clamping force erodes long-term comfort
  • Mid-bass hump overplays low-end content
  • Thin ear pads make for poor passive noise…
Our Score 6

Thinksound On2 Review

  • Thoughtful, eye-catching design
  • Massive, detailed, and engaging soundstage
  • Warm and deep, with clear, detailed treble
  • Extremely high sound quality for the price
  • Environmentally friendly
  • No 1/4-inch adapter included
  • No hard case included
Our Score 9