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Listen up: As options expand, follow these tips when shopping for headphones

Posted November 23

When Apple debuted its new iPhone 7, one of the most-discussed changes was the lack of a standard headphone jack.

Apple, along with other companies, are offering more wireless headphone options as consumers continue to look for ways to cut cords.

Nearly every type of headphone – home or studio style, portable and noise canceling – comes in a wireless version.

For a good portable pair, Consumer Reports recommends the Sony h.ear MDR--EX750BT for $200.

"They have very good sound quality and will keep some ambient sounds out while keeping your music in," Consumer Reports' Elias Arias said.

For those who prefer on-ear headphones, the Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT for $200 are a good option. They have a 38-hour battery life and 24-month warranty.

Noise-canceling headphones might come in handy on an airplane or in a noisy car, but they can be pricey.

Consumer Reports says the $400 Parrot Zik 3 headphones reduce noise and have good sound quality.

For exercising, Consumer Reports suggests MEE Audio's X7 Plus. Testers say they stayed in place, and at $85, they are a Consumer Reports Best Buy.

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