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Beats Solo Buds with iPhone 14.

Beats Solo Buds review: budget wireless earbuds that get the basics right

The Beats Solo Buds are as stripped-down as wireless earbuds get, all for the low price of $80. But did the feature-slashing go too far?
Sonos Ace logo earcup close-up.

Sonos Ace review: These headphones are almost as awesome as we’d hoped

The 1More Z30 Sleeping Earbuds next to their case.

These cheap sleep earbuds do one thing better than almost all the others

Sleep routines are incredibly personal, but will your preferences match the 1More Z30 Sleeping Earbuds' strengths? We find out in our in-depth review.
The Shokz OpenSwim Pro next to swimsuits.

I used headphones that work in the water — and now out of it, too

The Shokz OpenSwim Pro add Bluetooth for use on land and make these swimming headphones that much better.
The Shokz OpenFit Air in their charging case.

Shokz OpenFit Air review: more affordable, just as safe

The Shokz OpenFit Air are more affordable (but still excellent) options for earbuds if you need to hear the world around you.
Sony ULT Wear.

Sony ULT Wear headphones review: press twice for crazy bass

Sony's new midrange headphones are a kick in the head when it comes to bass, and their price will be music to your ears.
Beats Solo 4.

Beats Solo 4 review: a slew of upgrades keep this fan favorite current

Beats takes its wildly popular Solo on-ear wireless headphones to the next level with spatial and lossless audio.
The Anker Soundcore Sleep A20 next to a sleep mask.

I reviewed a pair of tiny earbuds that helped me sleep better

Trouble sleeping? The tiny, sleep-friendly Anker Soundcore Sleep A20 earbuds could help. We've tried them out.
Phil Nickinson with the Sennheiser Momentum Sport, and a thermometer.

Sennheiser Momentum Sport earbuds take your temperature the easy way

The Sennheiser Momentum Sport squeezed a thermometer in the earbuds. The real question is whether you actually need that sort of stat in your daily workout.
Baseus Eli Sport 1.

Baseus Eli Sport 1 review: killer open-ear value

The Baseus Eli Sport 1 offer all of the benefits of open-ear listening at a very accessible price.
PSB Speakers M4U TWM earbuds in open charging case.

PSB M4U TWM wireless earbuds review: zero frills, stunning sound

PSB Speakers' M4U TWM explore what happens when you focus exclusively on sound quality, with spectacular results.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4 in charging case.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4 review: Sennheiser’s best wireless earbuds yet

Sennheiser's Momentum True Wireless 4 keep their top notch ergonomics while offering Sennheiser fans improvements across the board.
Bose Wireless Charging Case Cover in use on a wireless charging mat.

Bose Wireless Charging Case Cover review: the accessory that shouldn’t be necessary

The Bose Wireless Charging Case Cover is, unfortunately, a necessary accessory if you want to charge your Bose earbuds wirelessly. Here's what you should know.
Simon Cohen wearing the Bose Ultra Open Earbuds.

Bose Ultra Open Earbuds review: the weird design works

Bose's unusual take on wireless earbud design provides access to music and the world around you.
A man wears a Pulse Elite headset.

Pulse Elite review: PS5’s new headset is best by default

Sony's Pulse Elite headset offers great audio and innovative design features, even if its PlayStation Link integration raises some questions.
The H2O Audio SnowPro headphones.

H2O Audio SnowPro headphones review: a no-go for skiers

If you're looking for a pair of headphones to bring to the slopes, the H2O SnowPros will have you fussing too much with them, on and off the mountain.
Sony CRE-C10 OTC hearing aid inside carrying case.

Sony CRE-C10 OTC hearing aids review: effective hearing help is finally more affordable

Sony's first hearing aids, the CRE-C10, are tiny, comfortable, and give you just the right amount of hearing help – for way less than the established brands.
Audio-Technica ATH-TWX7, both earbuds in front of case.

Audio-Technica ATH-TWX7 review: ultra-comfy noise cancellation

Audio-Technica brings its signature blend of top-notch sound quality and ergonomic design to a great set of noise-canceling earbuds.
Dali IO-12 close up shot.

Dali IO-12 review: incredible wired and wireless sound, no app required

Dali's latest headphones go all-out on sound quality and luxurious comfort, with a price to match.
Back Bay FirstClass 70 in front of charging case.

Back Bay FirstClass 70 review: budget buds that beat the big brands

In the world of sub-$100 wireless earbuds, there's plenty of choice, but not always plenty of value. The Back Bay FirstClass 70 are the exception.
EarFun Free Pro 3 in charging case held in the air (lid open).

EarFun Free Pro 3 review: featherweight earbuds with a big bass punch

When it comes to the sub-$100 category, no one does it better than EarFun, and the Free Pro 3 are the proof.
Hed Unity Wi-Fi headphones.

Hed Unity review: the Wi-Fi headphones Apple should have built

The Hed Unity — the first Wi-Fi-enabled headphones — deliver the goods. But a sky-high price and under-developed features will keep them from mainstream appeal.
Master & Dynamic MW09 sitting in open case, held by hand.

Master & Dynamic MW09 earbuds review: wireless objects of desire

Master & Dynamic's MW09 are gorgeous noise-canceling wireless earbuds that sound out of this world.
Samsung Galaxy Buds FE in open case, sitting among plants.

Samsung Galaxy Buds FE review: a rare case of Android envy

Samsung's most affordable noise-canceling wireless earbuds are so good that it's a shame they only make sense for Android users.
Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones: Earcup/logo close-up.

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones review: a new ANC and spatial audio king

It's been a long four years, but Bose has exceeded our expectations with the QuietComfort Ultra Headphones.
Sennheiser Accentum Wireless headphones.

Sennheiser Accentum Wireless review: sub-$200 wireless cans hit the sweet spot

Sennheiser's Accentum Wireless deliver great sound and noise cancellation in a bare-bones, affordable set of headphones.
Front view of Simon Cohen wearing the Ultimate Ears Premier wired IEMs.

How $3,000 earbuds almost ruined music for me

Ultimate Ears Pro has packed a total of 42 drivers into the UE Premier and slapped a $3,000 price on these wild IEMs. Can they possibly be worth the money?
Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds in front of charging case.

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds review: This is how you do spatial audio

Bose might not have changed much on the new QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds, but what it did change makes all the difference.
A person wearing the Apple AirPods Pro 2.

Apple AirPods Pro 2 with USB-C review: A glimpse into the future?

The big story may be the updated hardware with USB-C and MagSafe charging, but the best things about Apple's new AirPods Pro are also coming to the last-gen.
Man wearing Shokz OpenFit (side view).

Shokz OpenFit review: the most comfortable earbuds in the world

They may not be the best-sounding earbuds you can buy, but these open-ear earbuds are amazingly comfortable for long hours of wear.
Jabra Elite 10 earbuds in front of case.

Jabra Elite 10 review: great comfort and spatial sound

Jabra's Elite 10 are its most comfortable and best-sounding wireless earbuds, and they do spatial audio too. Does that justify their price?
Oladance OWS Pro resting on open charging case.

Oladance OWS Pro review: the future is wide open

Oladance's OWS Pro come with a hefty price tag, but in the relatively new world of open-ear earbuds, they set a new standard.
Baseus Bowie MA10 in charging case, pairing indicator LEDs lit.

Baseus Bowie MA10 review: How are these $21 wireless earbuds so good?

We don't know how the Baseus Bowie MA10 are so affordable, but with features and performance this good, it might not matter.
Anker Soundcore Liberty 4 NC, case open, held in hand.

Anker Soundcore Liberty 4 NC review: just buy ’em

Our expectations for $100 wireless earbuds grow every year, and every year Anker keeps surpassing them. With the Soundcore Liberty 4 NC, it's done it again.

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Phil spent the 2000s making newspapers with the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, the 2010s with Android Central and then the personality behind Modern Dad, and is currently an editor with Digital Trends. Phil’s online work has taken him all over the United States, as well as Europe and Asia.

When he’s not writing, editing, or shooting video, Phil serves as president of the Pensacola Youth Soccer 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has worked on multiple local political campaigns and is a part-time photographer and videographer. He’s also a candidate for Pensacola City Council, District 1.

Phil is a native of Pensacola, where he resides with his wife, daughters and a dog named Max.

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