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You'll get great noise canceling and excellent sound from Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro (8/10, WIRED Recommends), thanks to top-tier mics and a solid dual-driver array inside each bud. If you're an Android user, these are some of the best headphones to pair with your phone, thanks to great app-based customizations.
The Echo Buds (8/10, WIRED Recommends) are a quality pair of wireless in-ears, especially if you like Amazon's Alexa voice assistant. They have a comfortable fit, good sound, and decent battery life, plus they're great for setting reminders, getting the weather, or setting timers.
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Some people want to hear everything that's going on around them at all times when working out. If that's you—and you live in sunnier climates—consider these headphones/sunglasses from Bose. The Frames have speakers that aim straight into your ears, so you can hear both your music and the world while you rock your sunnies.
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If you're hard on earbuds, these are some of the most rugged we've tried. They're sweat- and dust-resistant, and they fit very well (and stay secure even during sweaty endeavors). At this steep discount, they're a good buy for the Pig-Pen in your life.
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The ColorBuds (8/10, WIRED Recommends) are the third-generation of incredibly comfortable wirefree earbuds from the small audio brand 1More. They have a six-hour battery life, support for the AptX Bluetooth codec for higher-quality wireless audio, and an assortment of comfortable ear tips that all but guarantee a good fit. They're also IPX5 rated, which means they can withstanding rainy walks and sweaty.
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Need some earplugs instead? We love Eargasm's High-Fidelity Plugs and the brand doesn't have sales often. WIRED writer Louryn Strampe wore these to an EDM festival and said they were extremely comfortable in her small ears (she used the smallest size, but there are different sizes as well as multiple size ear tips in each set) and didn't muffle sound despite reducing it.
Apple's AirPods Pro (8/10, WIRED Recommends) are still decent earbuds for iOS devices, and they're at a pretty low price this Cyber Monday, if you've been pining for a pair. We like the noise canceling, and the microphones are especially good for calls. The battery life, at four hours, is a bit lacking.
Be sure to check out our complete lists of the Best Wireless Headphones and Best Noise-Canceling Headphones.
Apple AirPods MaxPhotograph: Apple
These are the best-sounding wireless headphones I've ever heard, and they're absolutely magical with iOS devices and Macs. They sound fantastic, have excellent noise reduction, and boast one of my favorite volume knobs in the business. If you're looking for the best headphones for work and travel, these are them. Note that only the Silver model is available at this price right now.
Sony's flagship wireless headphones (9/10, WIRED Recommends) have ranked among the best on the market for nearly a decade. They have 30 hours of battery life, amazing noise reduction, and fantastic sound. They even detect ambient air pressure, so they can help reduce that weird feeling you get in your ears on flights.
These are the best-sounding wired headphones I've ever heard under $220, let alone $179. Be aware: They're open-backed, which means you'll be able to hear all sounds from the outside world, and we'll be able to hear your music.
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This is the newer version of the ever-popular QC-35 headphones that debuted over a decade ago. They now have better mics, better battery life, and the same great noise-canceling feature. At this price, they're a great deal for those who are spending more time than ever on Zoom.