Best headphones for grads – CNET

With a multitude of models to chose from, it’s not easy to figure which headphone to buy these days. With that in mind, we’re highlighting several of our highest rated wireless headphones — not all of them are pricey — to help narrow down your gift choice this graduation season.

Note that these products are independently chosen by our editors. CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.

Sony MX-1000M3

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Sony’s WH-1000XM3, the third generation of Sony’s excellent wireless noise-canceling headphones, is more comfortable and features even better performance. It’s currently our top-rated noise-canceling headphone.


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Jabra Elite Active 65t

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Jabra’s Elite Active 65t ($190) are one of the top truly wireless earphones and are superior to Apple’s AirPods in some ways. The step-down Elite 65t earphones aren’t quite as durable, but there isn’t a huge difference and they sometimes go on sale. (The Elite Active 65t in Copper Blue are currently on sale on Amazon but their ship times are listed at 2-4 weeks).


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JBL Live 650BTNC

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While its noise-canceling feature and comfort level aren’t quite on par with competing models from Bose and Sony, JBL’s Live 650BTNC ($200) sound measures up well and it’s worth considering if you don’t want to spend $300 or more on a noise-canceling headphone.


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Apple AirPods

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Apple’s 2nd-generation AirPods are an incremental upgrade from the original AirPods — and incremental upgrades tend to be a little boring. And on the surface anyway, the new AirPods aren’t exciting. However, thanks to those updated components on the inside, including a new H1 chip that supports Bluetooth 5.0, improved audio synchronization and always-on Siri, they’re definitely better in small ways that a lot of people will appreciate. Even though it’s $40 more at $199, the model with the wireless charging case is probably the one to get — if you giving it as a gift anyway.


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Anker Liberty Air

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As long as you’re OK with a noise-isolating design, the Anker Liberty Air are an excellent alternative to the AirPods that cost half the price ($80). And while they’re available in white (like the AirPods), they also come in black.


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Beats PowerBeats Pro

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The Powerbeats Pro, Beats first true wireless earphones, are larger, sportier versions of the 2019 Airpods. They offer all the same basic conveniences of the AirPods, including fast pairing, rock-solid wireless connectivity and always-on Siri voice-recognition for iOS users, but they deliver bigger sound and have better battery life. Only drawbacks: They’re fairly pricey and have a bulky charging case. Also, there are some delays with shipping times as demand is high and Beats can’t seem to make them fast enough. 


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Samsung Galaxy Buds

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If you’re looking for a headphone gift for an Android users, the Galaxy Buds are Samsung’s latest answer to the AirPods — and they’re a likable set of true wireless earphones.


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Bose Frames

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Here’s a way to combine two gifts into one. Yes, the Bose Frames ($200) are both sunglasses and headphones — and they sound surprisingly good for sunglasses headphones. 

The Frames are available in two models: The Rondo and Alto. You can only get them in black for now.


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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

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It’s a little expensive at $300, but the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless is currently the best sound true wireless headphone.


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Bose QuietComfort 35 II

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II got a little upgrade this year with the addition of support for Bose AR (only units manufactured at December 2018 have the upgrade). It’s due for a bigger refresh later this year, but the current version is still a great noise-canceling headphone.


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Tribit XFree Tune

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If you don’t want to spend a lot on headphone gift but want something that sounds good and is comfortable to wear, the Tribit XFree Tune at just less than $50 is a good bet for a full-size Bluetooth headphone. It doesn’t have active noise-canceling but the earcups passively seal out a fair amount of sound.  


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2019-05-13 23:17:19 – Source: cnet.com