Headphones: the ultimate buying guide and top recommendations (2016)

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Last month I probably tested more headphones than the average person buys in a lifetime. At the moment, I likely have around 15 to 20 pairs of headphones (and earphones) laying around the office (products I’ve already reviewed or that are waiting to be reviewed or that I plan on including in a “best of” list at some point). And I’ve lost track of all the headphones (and earphones) I’ve reviewed and then sold or given away over the years.

In fact, as I write this extensive buying guide I’ve got wireless headphones, audiophile headphones, noise-canceling headphones, Swedish headphones (wow exotic!), sport/fitness headphones, gaming headphones, cheap headphones and expensive headphones all within just a few feet of me! And I’m probably forgetting about some pair of headphones laying around the video studio or on my nightstand or stashed away in my backpack or travel bag.

Being surrounded by all these incredible headphones is what inspired me to write this buyers guide. I figure that I’ve had more than enough experience listening to some of the world’s best (and worst) headphones to spread some knowledge.

In this guide I’ll be going over everything you might ever want to know about buying the perfect pair of headphones. Of course perfect is subjective and relative: you likely have certain preferences or budget constraints ...

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