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.