Long before you started using headphones to listen to podcasts, Spotify playlists or just to keep sane during a long plane ride next to noisy passengers, headphones served a variety of purposes from helping telephone operators route calls in the 1880s to aiding military strategists coordinate air cover in World War II. Today, headphones come in all shapes, sizes and prices, but their primary purpose remains the same: Filter out the outside noises so the sound you’re listening to isn’t compromised.
Here are our favorite headsets to consider for your listening pleasure.
Music feels deeper, podcasts are more crisp and that chatty passenger next to you on the red-eye flight back home is suddenly quiet thanks to these noise-canceling headphones from Cowin. Plus, the pillowy ear cushions and rotating ear cups make for an ultra-comfortable fit.
Check out what these Sony headphones can do for you. First, the built-in rechargeable battery delivers up to 35 hours of music on a single charge. A wireless Bluetooth connection frees you from wires. A swivel design for the ear cups makes traveling with these headphones painless. They also have a built-in microphone for making phone calls and a voice assistant to follow your audio commands.
Bose is one of the leading names in headphones and speakers for a reason – they know how to deliver a crisp and powerful sound. The company says this model was engineered for optimal sound, comfort and noise-canceling qualities. They’re powered by an AAA battery, and the headphones work even after the battery dies out (just without the noise-canceling feature).
Do you want to listen to music or audiobooks at the gym, but those pesky earbuds aren’t working out for you? Wearing a pair of sweat-proof, water-resistant headphones makes better sense. This pair from TREBLAB fit very comfortably, but also filter out the thumping sounds of whatever crazy tunes they’re playing at your fitness center. It has a built-in mic and cVc 6.0 technology for calls. Easy button controls are a breeze to use while you’re racing through your workout.