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We test 47 headphones in the CHOICE labs, including models from Beats by Dre, Bose, Sennheiser and more.
We review 47 pairs of headphones and earphones priced from $70 to $550 in the CHOICE labs, including in-ear, on-ear and over-ear models, foldable models and headphones with built-in remote controls for iOS and Android.
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50% of the overall score. Includes scores for speech, jazz, rock, pop and classical music.
Includes comfort when wearing spectacles, noise if the cable is moved, cable tangling and assessment of the materials used in manufacture.
Included in the audio enhancement score. It includes both a subjective and objective assessment of the amount of sound leaking into and out of the headphones.
Made up of sound quality (50%), comfort and durability (35%), audio enhancements (10%) and features (5%).
Includes leakage and passive noise cancelling as well as wireless interference.
Includes foldability, clarity of right/left markers, controls for your music player and removable ear pieces.
Controls can be used to receive or make a call.
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