Here are top-rated gadgets that offer superior comfort for longer listening
Headphones are tech investments that can get a little overwhelming to shop for. In-ear, on-ear, over-ear: what’s best? The answer, while it differs from person to person, also overlaps with the queries on what’s promising in the market, what suits your particular needs and what has lasting power. For the long haul, where any extensive listening instantly means that comfort is key, over-ear headphones might just be the best bet.
While the biggest (read: bulkiest) of the options, over-ear headphones undoubtedly match their size with performance. They come with larger ear cups that provide full coverage and are well-padded, promising superior noise-cancellation, as well as optimal comfort. This is a great investment for serious audiophiles, remote workers and people who need a trusty companion on long commutes.
If these are the headphones you’ve landed on, the next question: Which brands and which products are worth considering? Ahead, we round up five that are worth looking into this year.
Apple has breathed new life into over-ear headphones, and is a brand not to be counted out when it comes to audio gadgets and accessories. Granted Apple users tend to first consider AirPods or their predecessors, the trusty EarPods, the AirPods Max guarantees a further elevated listening experience, really making a case for an over-ear headphones upgrade.
The superb fit and flexible and optimal acoustic seal are just two key features that make sure Apple delivers on crisp, high-definition audio backed by its computational audio technology.
Bose time and again emerges as a top contender in the headphones game, and the Bose 700 headphones explain just why. Its noise cancellation feature is notable for being adjustable and comes with situational awareness, letting you decide when you want to let the world in. This is made possible by microphones both inside and outside the Bose earcups so that they can cancel out any unwanted noise, given any volume.
Along with high-fidelity audio, this can easily be a great remote work companion, offering up a seamless voice pickup for calls.
Sony is another brand that goes above and beyond the top-tier delivery of music. With the WH-1000XM3, every detail registers clearly, a high-definition experience is guaranteed by Sony technology like its HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1. A separate NC processor also guarantees superb processor performance every time, so that the quality of the track you are listening to is never compromised.
The Major IV headphones build on the Marshall legacy: brilliant audio quality, impressive 80+ hours of playtime, and the signature Marshall sound.
It offers wireless playtime and wireless charging so you can enjoy more of your favorite music the way you deserve to: with a “roaring bass, smooth mids and brilliant treble for a rich, unrivalled sound that you’ll never want to turn off.”
Another brand synonymous with great sound is sound system expert JBL with one of the more extensive offerings: from portables to headphones, home speakers to car audio systems. In each category, the brand’s mastery of all things audio shines through—the JBL Live 660NC being no exception.
This pair of headphones allows you to stay focused on your music and other audio through adaptive noise-cancelling technology paired with ambient aware features. This means you can make your way through one environment to the next with your audio companion being flexible enough for each one (safely walk busy streets, for example, by increasing ambient sounds). It’s another gadget built for the long haul: with up to 50 hours of battery life and a speed-charging capability.
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