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Last updated: 28 June 2022


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Looking for a good set of headphones? We lab test and compare wired and wireless, in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones to help you find the ones with the best sound.

Need to reduce distractions? Check out our noise-cancelling headphones review instead.

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Our expert testers give every set of headphones a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • have the best sound
  • are the most comfortable
  • are best at passive noise cancelling.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which headphones are foldable, and which have built-in remote controls for iOS and Android.

Our Recommended list will help you quickly work out which models come out on top.

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    Type of fit

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    In-ear headphones are often called "buds". On-ear headphones, which sit against your ear, and over-ear headphones, which surround your ear, are often called "cans".

      Wired or wireless

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      Wired headphones connect to your device or stereo via a cable. Wireless headphones connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, but have a band or cable connecting each can/bud. True wireless headphones connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and do not have a cable connecting each earbud (such as the Apple AirPods).

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        • Wired or wireless
        • Bluetooth support
        • Powered by battery
        • Takes phone calls
        • Digital assistant support
        • Controls on headphone or cable
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        • Foldable
        • Travel case
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        • Braille left/right inscription
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