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Check out the best headphones of 2018, including Beats, Bose, Sony and more.

With the rise of the latest technology, headphones have become increasingly sophisticated.  The latest headphones can provide unique, noise cancelling sound with deep bass and crystal clear sound.  When Beats made the deal with Apple, the soundwave was heard across the world, and you could actually see headphones trending.  We felt the need to review the best headphones of 2018.

To be honest, there are a TON of choices.  The best over the ear headphones, the best headphones for running, the best wireless headphones, the best Hi-Fi headphones, etc..  We take a look at the top headphones of 2018, for each of these categories.

 

Best overall :  Sony WH-1000xM2



Sony WH-1000XM2


With a newer, longer battery life, the Sony WH-1000XM2 Headphones are the real deal.  Backed by a large company that has been in the entertainment business a long time, Sony has crafted an excellent noise-cancelling, wireless headset.  The battery is now rated up to 30 hours with wireless, or 40 hours wired.

With High-Resolution Audio you will hear music true to the original recording.   With options like Virtual Surround Sound, become completely immersed, or tune into what is important to you with options like Ambient Sound Control.  The noise cancelling was upgraded from last time with Atmospheric Pressure Optimizer (a Sony exclusive), designed for those of you traveling by airplane.

As to the comfort of wearing these headphones, they are a little heavier than Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II, however the sound quality on the Sony leads this one for the win.  With the upgrades to the sound quality and adjustments, the wireless option, the new Atmospheric Pressure Optimizer, and extended battery life, the Sony WH-1000XM2 Headphones grab our top spot.

 

Best Smart Noise Cancelling:  Bose QuietComfort 35 II  



Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II)

Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II was updated in 2018 to carry Google Assistant.  The headphones are very comfortable, extremely light-weight, and provide solid noise cancelling.  The battery life is only rated up to 20+ hours.   This can be greatly improved by turning noise cancellation off.  

The features of Bose QuietComfort 35 II include Google Assistant, which is housed in the left earcup, controlled by a button on the left side, and the right side adjusts volume, playback, pairing and a power button.  Google Assistant picks up your voice, even when in a crowded area, although it requires you to connect to the Bose App.

While both the noise cancellation and the sound are excellent in the Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II, we liked the performance of Sony WH-1000XM2 Headphones better.  These performed well enough for the number two spot and are definitely worth looking into.  These headphones are excellent for travelers, and commuters.

Update – 7/5/18 – Amazon Alexa will be added shortly, so you will have support for both devices.  Once added, simply update the app and it will allow both assistants.  More at https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/headphones/over_ear_headphones/quietcomfort-35-wireless-ii.html



Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro

Beyerdynamic has been creating some awesome sounding audio gear for quite some time.  These headphones are another testament to that.  Open studio reference class headphones for mixing and mastering,  These are some of the best sounds we have heard coming from headphones.  They are professional quality headphones that anyone can have fun listening to.

Almost double the price as the other headphones, the 1990 Pro are worth every penny.  Soft, replaceable ear pads and headband for long studio sessions. Headphone frequency response : 5-40,000 Hz.   Nominal sound pressure level : 102 dBSPL (1mW/500Hz).  

As we reviewed the best headphones in 2018, we realized Beyerdynamic had done something special here.  It was immediately clear when we put on the headphones to listen.  These headphones were my personal favorite, and best sounding of the bunch.  The price was a little steep, but it is definitely worth it if you are an audiophile.


Apple AirPod

 

In late 2017, Apple introduced a significant wireless upgrade to their headphones, the Apple AirPods.  The reviews have been mixed, but as for what they’re worth, they perform well, and the headphones / case charges very fast.  In about 15 minutes, you can expect about 80% battery charge. 

The AirPods are very easy to pair with bluetooth, your iPhone or iPad.  These perform great in the gym or going for a run, you don’t have to worry about wires getting tangled.  The sound quality is actually better than the wired headphones from Apple. 

If you lose, or break the AirPods, each AirPod costs around $30.  Obviously, the AirPods do not cancel noise, so if you are looking for a way to block out some sound around you, these are not the best for you.  One problem with small wireless devices, is they are very easy to accidentally drop.  We have dropped them in water a couple of times..  

 

 

The Apple AirPods are one of the better sets of headphones out there for one of the most widely used cellphones in the world, which creates a spot in our list of best headphones of 2018.  

 


Jabra Elite Active 65t

 

Jabra is a company that produces a wide array of headphones, headsets, audio devices and business solutions.  They put together the Jabra Elite Active 65t, a fully wireless set of headphone meant for active users, without sacrificing sound quality.  The top two features are the sweat-proof design, and what they call a passive noise isolation – which helps effectuate the top notch sound.

The Jabra Elite Active 65t headphones are not only a solid competition to Apples AirPods, but found them to be superior for active users.  

You can find them for around $189.99 on Amazon.

Our Top Pick:  Sony WH-1000xM2

Sony WH-1000XM2

Sony WH-1000XM2 over the ear headphones win our top spot for best headphones of 2018.  The battery life at 30 hours wireless is huge, compared to other headphones, and 40 hours wired.  The noise cancelling was good enough to be a contender, and works pretty well when traveling.  The sleek design and the comfort won us over.  

Pros:  The look and feel, comfort being the most important.  The noise cancellation upgrade is solid, but not as jaw dropping as advertised.  The battery life!  30 hours wireless, 40 hours wired.  Stellar.

Cons:  A bit clunky sometimes.  The buttons could be worked out or mapped a little better.  Not too many complaints.

Who should buy it:  Anyone who doesn’t mind wearing large headphones, but also travelers, and people surrounded by noise often.  These will help block it out, but isolate the sound coming through to you.  They are reasonably priced, giving a lot of benefits, and make our top spot on the list of best headphones of 2018.