Top 10: Best Headphones & Earbuds – May 2016

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These days, many smartphones come without a pair of earbuds or headphones in the box. Which means you'll need to buy your own. This is a great thing because it means you can get a pair you actually like, and that actually sound good. There are many headphones and earbuds out there that you can pick up, but which ones are the best? Let's check out our top 10 picks.

BÖHM Bluetooth Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

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These are Bluetooth headphones, which means there's no wires needed to connect to your smartphone. They are also noise-cancelling headphones. So you'll be able to drown yourself in music, audiobooks, or whatever you are listening too. These headphones also sport an inline microphone, which makes it great for taking calls from these headphones, instead of needing to pick up your phone to do so.

Buy the BÖHM Bluetooth Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

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Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones

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Bose offers a pretty nice pair of in-ear headphones here in their SoundSport model. These are available with or without inline controls. They also have a pair that works with iOS devices and another pair that will work with Android – so make sure you check before purchasing. These earbuds are not wireless, but they do pack quite a bit of sound. A bit surprising given how small they are.

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Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

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Who doesn't love some gold headphones? Of course the Beats Solo2 do come in other colors, including black, red and blue. These are wireless on-ear headphones from Beats Audio. They sport about 12 hours of battery life, and Beats includes a micro USB cable for you to charge them up, when needed.

Buy the Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

A-Audio A22 Icon Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

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Here's another pair of premium, Bluetooth headphones. These are from A-Audio, and are some amazing sounding headphones. They do also feature active noise cancellation, so you won't be bothered by the noise around you. Battery life is also rated at about 8 hours. A-Audio includes a nice carrying case with the Icon's as well, so you can keep them safe when traveling.

Buy the A-Audio A22 Icon Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

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Anker SoundBuds In-Ear Sport Earbuds

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These earbuds from Anker are perfect for taking to the gym. They are called 'SoundBuds' and are wireless, sport earbuds. So they can take some sweat without getting damaged. They are fairly lightweight and cheap. But that doesn't mean that Anker has skimped on the sound coming out of the SoundBuds. You're looking at high-fidelity sound from this pair.

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Buy the Anker SoundBuds In-Ear Sport Earbuds

Jaybird X2

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Here's another pair of sport earbuds, although a bit more high-end this time around. Jaybird's X2 earbuds are some of the best on the market. They feature pretty long battery life, of around 10 to 12 hours on a charge. They also come with a few different sized ear tips, which are in both silicon and foam. They also offer up a silicon carrying case, to keep the Jaybird X2's nice and safe when traveling with them.

Buy the Jaybird X2

Symphonized Wraith 2.0 Premium Genuine Wood Headphones

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Who doesn't love a good pair of headphones that are made out of wood? Of course, the entire headphones aren't made of wood, as that would be pretty uncomfortable. Symphonized has a few options here for their Wraith 2.0 Premium headphones. Including Walnut, Maple and Cherry. These headphones also carry some pretty deep bass, however they are not Bluetooth.

Buy the Symphonized Wraith 2.0 Premium Genuine Wood Headphones

Xiaomi Mi HiFi Headphones

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These headphones from Xiaomi have a pretty hefty price tag, but they are definitely worth it. You're going to get great sound out of these HiFi headphones, largely thanks to the 50m Diaphragm. Xiaomi boasts that you'll be able to get a concert hall experience out of these headphones. Now these are not Bluetooth, so you will need to plug them into a smartphone, tablet or computer, to use them.

Buy the Xiaomi Mi HiFi Headphones

Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones

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Here's another pair of HiFi headphones that are a great pick up. These are Philips SHP9500 and are priced fairly low. They include 50mm speakers on each side, which makes for some great sound. We also have 32 ohm impedance here, which also helps to offer a great experience.

Buy the Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-Ear Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

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The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x are an audiophile's favorite pair of cans. These are not Bluetooth headphones, but they do come with a fairly long cable for plugging into various devices. The ATH-M50x's also include proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers which make for some amazing sound. However these are not HiFi headphones, they still are quite premium sounding.

Buy the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x