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The best Lightning headphones for your iPhone or iPad

The best Lightning headphones for your iPhone or iPad

By Max Langridge

To listen to music on the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus or iPhone X, you either need a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones, or a pair of Lightning headphones. Lightning headphones, naturally, plug into the Lightning port and are capable of receiving... Read more

Best USB-C headphones: Best 'phones for Android devices

Best USB-C headphones: Best 'phones for Android devices

By Max Langridge

Following Apple's decision to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone, some Android phone manufacturers have followed suit and opted for USB-C audio instead. The USB Implementers Forum was recently founded, and published an Audio Device 3.0 specification that... Read more

Bang & Olufsen will launch devices with Google Assistant this year

Bang & Olufsen will launch devices with Google Assistant this year

By Dan Grabham

Bang & Olufsen will launch devices including headphones with Google Assistant this year and says it will also support other voice assistants as and when they become available to third parties (Siri) or support multiroom for third-party devices (Alexa). B&O... Read more

Best Google Assistant headphones: Smart sounds from Bose, Sony, and more

Best Google Assistant headphones: Smart sounds from Bose, Sony, and more

By Elyse Betters

Google and its partners have announced that support for Google Assistant is coming to many wireless headphones.Before now, the only stand-out headphones optimised for Google Assistant were the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Google's own Pixel Buds. Now,... Read more

Sony will bring Google Assistant to all these old headphones and earbuds

Sony will bring Google Assistant to all these old headphones and earbuds

By Elyse Betters

Sony's latest news might please those of you who own older Sony headphones and earbuds.Sony announced a bunch of new headphones at CES 2018, including a pair of truly wireless in-ears that will eventually get support for Google Assistant. But, it also... Read more

B&O Play updates H8 and H9 headphones with improved designs - plus new colours for the E8

B&O Play updates H8 and H9 headphones with improved designs - plus new colours for the E8

By Max Langridge

B&O Play, Bang & Olufsen's lifestyle arm, has announced new "i" versions of the H8 and H9 headphones at CES 2018, along with new all-black and all-white colours for the E8 wire-free in-ear headphones. B&O BeoPlay H9 review: Audio prestige doesn't come... Read more

Audio-Technica launches ANC700BT wireless over-ear headphones with noise-cancellation and 30 hour battery life

Audio-Technica launches ANC700BT wireless over-ear headphones with noise-cancellation and 30 hour battery life

By Max Langridge

Audio-Technica has announced a complete range of new headphones at CES 2018, covering sports, in-ear and over-ear. The headphone company has ticked off many of the modern-day features music consumers want from their 'phones, including noise-cancellation,... Read more

Audeze iSine LX feature high-end headphone technology for a low-end $199 price

Audeze iSine LX feature high-end headphone technology for a low-end $199 price

By Max Langridge

High-end audio company Audeze has introduced a new pair of in-ear headphones to join its iSine family. The iSine LX borrow much of the same technology found in the rather expensive iSine 10 and iSine 20, including the company's patented Fluxor Magnets... Read more

Libratone Track+ wireless in-ears come with adjustable noise cancellation

Libratone Track+ wireless in-ears come with adjustable noise cancellation

By Rik Henderson

Libratone has announced a new pair of wireless in-ear headphones that are lightweight and unobtrusive, yet feature adjustable active noise cancellation.The Libratone Track+ in-ears feature the company's proprietary CityMix II noise cancellation, with... Read more

Sony’s new wireless earbuds offer Google Assistant, noise cancellation, and splash-proof design

Sony’s new wireless earbuds offer Google Assistant, noise cancellation, and splash-proof design

By Elyse Betters

Sony has announced new wireless headphones at CES 2018.Headphone makers are quickly going wire-free, probably because smartphone makers have been increasingly ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack. Sony offers wireless over-the-ear headphones, but now, it's... Read more

House of Marley announces sustainable audio products including speakers made of cork

House of Marley announces sustainable audio products including speakers made of cork

By Adrian Willings

In a world dominated by plastic tech, House of Marley is bucking the trend by announcing a new range of wireless headphones and Bluetooth speakers made from sustainable materials.These new devices are carefully crafted from consciously-harvested cork,... Read more

Ultra high-end: AKG N5005 in-ears offer hi-res audio for £1,000

Ultra high-end: AKG N5005 in-ears offer hi-res audio for £1,000

By Elyse Betters

Not many have £1,000 to throw around, but if you do, then A) you're lucky, and B) check out AKG's latest headphones.AKG is known for making high-end headphones, and costly ones at that (just think back to those £,1000 K3003i in-ears from 2012). Now,... Read more

Jabra Elite 45e is a completely wire-free headset and supports Alexa on-the-go

Jabra Elite 45e is a completely wire-free headset and supports Alexa on-the-go

By Rik Henderson

Announced during CES 2018, the Jabra Elite 45e headset is a reasonably priced, completely wireless headset with support for all major voice assistants, including Amazon's Alexa on-the-go technology.Jabra is among the first manufacturers to include compatibility... Read more

Jabra Elite 65t and Elite Active 65t wireless earbuds debut at CES 2018

Jabra Elite 65t and Elite Active 65t wireless earbuds debut at CES 2018

By Rik Henderson

Jabra has announced two sets of wireless earbuds that are as discreet as they are useful.The Jabra Elite 65t and Elite Active 65t buds join the existing Jabra Elite Sport in the company's line-up and offer similar style and functionality at slightly... Read more

JBL's new Everest GA headphones come with built-in Google Assistant

JBL's new Everest GA headphones come with built-in Google Assistant

By Elyse Betters

If you're looking for a pair of Google Assistant-enabled headphones, but don't want Google's own Pixel Buds, see the latest JBls from Harman.Harman, a subsidiary of Samsung, has announced the JBL Everest 710GA and 110GA, around-ear and in-ear wireless... Read more

7 best workout headphones you can buy today

7 best workout headphones you can buy today

By Cam Bunton

When looking for earphones dedicated for sports, priorities are slightly different to when you're searching out the best earphones for casual listening. You could argue that properties like being comfortable, secure fitting and water resistant are more... Read more

Optoma NuForce Be Free8 review: Wire-free in-ears with elongated battery life
4.0 stars

Optoma NuForce Be Free8 review: Wire-free in-ears with elongated battery life

By Max Langridge

Wireless Bluetooth headphones have received a lot of attention lately. It's thanks in no small part to several smartphone manufacturers choosing to ditch the long-standing 3.5mm auxiliary jack in favour of either USB-C audio or the Lightning connection,... Read more

Google Pixel Buds review: More like Pixel Duds
3.0 stars

Google Pixel Buds review: More like Pixel Duds

By Elyse Betters

Google devices are usually hit or miss. The company has a long history of launching its own hardware, but many of those products have gone nowhere, such as the Nexus Q streaming media device, Google Glass wearable, Nexus 7 tablet, and Pixel C convertible.... Read more

Christmas Gift Guide: Headphones for music lovers

Christmas Gift Guide: Headphones for music lovers

By Pocket-lint Promotion

The stress of Christmas shopping can be annoying at the best of times, so why not treat yourself or a loved one this Christmas with a decent pair of headphones so you or they can drown out the noise with something much more soothing. Playing Christmas... Read more

RHA MA750 wireless review: Classy in-ears for budget-conscious buyers
4.0 stars

RHA MA750 wireless review: Classy in-ears for budget-conscious buyers

By Cam Bunton

For the past few years, RHA has built itself a reputation for offering audiophile grade sound in an affordable and well-made earphone.Up until now, however, all this audio goodness has been delivered using a physical wire. With the 3.5mm jack slowly disappearing... Read more

Sony WH-1000XM2 review: A sublime second coming for the noise-cancelling champions
5.0 stars

Sony WH-1000XM2 review: A sublime second coming for the noise-cancelling champions

By Chris Hall

The original Sony MDR-1000X blew us away back in 2016. Those over-ears quickly became our preferred headphones, they won awards and awards and awards, they created a buzz that saw talk of noise-cancelling headphones shift from Bose to Sony.When Sony announced... Read more

Apple sale: Save up to $100 on BeatsX, PowerBeats3, or Solo3 headphones

Apple sale: Save up to $100 on BeatsX, PowerBeats3, or Solo3 headphones

By Elyse Betters

Apple has discounted three of its Beats headphone models up to 30-per cent off their usual prices.The company doesn't often mark down its prices on products, and it has been known to skip Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales altogether in past years, though,... Read more

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK headphones and speaker deals: Bose, Beats, Sony bargains

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK headphones and speaker deals: Bose, Beats, Sony bargains

By Cam Bunton

Black Friday week has officially kicked off across all the popular online and high street retailers, meaning you can snag a plethora of your favourite gadgets for much less than they'd normally cost. Music fans aren't ignored this year, with plenty available... Read more

Sony headphones at rock bottom prices in US for Black Friday, MDR-1000X just $228 and more

Sony headphones at rock bottom prices in US for Black Friday, MDR-1000X just $228 and more

By Rik Henderson

Headphones are always popular each Black Friday, with some incredible deals on the best cans around. And this Black Friday plays host to some amazing discounts on Sony 'phones, including the Pocket-lint Award-winning Sony MDR1000X active noise cancelling... Read more

Sony MDR-1000X Black Friday deal wipes £170 off these legendary noise-cancelling headphones

Sony MDR-1000X Black Friday deal wipes £170 off these legendary noise-cancelling headphones

By Chris Hall

Black Friday is getting serious about its discounts and slashing the price of the Sony MDR-1000X saves you serious money.These headphones normally retail at about £320 (the official RRP is £360), which is a little rich, even if they are the best noise-cancelling... Read more

Get wireless sound for less with 30 per cent off B&O Play H5 wireless in-ear headphones

Get wireless sound for less with 30 per cent off B&O Play H5 wireless in-ear headphones

By Max Langridge

It's a B&O Play Black Friday bonanza on Amazon today; not only is the Beoplay A1 wireless speaker discounted by 30 per cent, but the company's H5 wireless in-ear headphones have received 30 per cent off too, bringing the price down to £135. We unfortunately... Read more

Bose QuietComfort 25 noise-cancelling headphones in £159 Black Friday deal

Bose QuietComfort 25 noise-cancelling headphones in £159 Black Friday deal

By Chris Hall

If you're a frequent flyer, then the sight of Bose headphones will be familiar. For many years, Bose has been considered the leader when it comes to noise cancellation and that's seen its QuietComfort headphones liberally adorning aircraft cabins across... Read more

Bose Sleepbuds block out snorers to help you get to sleep

Bose Sleepbuds block out snorers to help you get to sleep

By Max Langridge

Bose has announced a new pair of in-ear headphones, but with a twist. Instead of wearing them during the day to listen to music, you pop them in at night to drown out any annoying noises such as someone snoring, barking dogs or traffic going past your... Read more

Optoma enters the wire-free in-ear headphone market with the NuForce Be Free8

Optoma enters the wire-free in-ear headphone market with the NuForce Be Free8

By Max Langridge

Projector and audio company Optoma has announced its first ever pair of completely wireless in-ear headphones, the NuForce Be Free8. Completely wireless in-ears are still a relatively new concept, although we are seeing more and more pairs appear, and... Read more

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best In-Ear Headphones

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best In-Ear Headphones

By Britta O'Boyle

The Pocket-lint Gadget Awards will be taking place in November, celebrating the nominations across 18 categories from smartphones and tablets to cameras and headphones.All of the devices and products nominated have been reviewed by us in full over... Read more

Jaybird Freedom 2 review: Superb sound ruffled by dodgy design
3.5 stars

Jaybird Freedom 2 review: Superb sound ruffled by dodgy design

By Max Langridge

Jaybird is a company with sports in its DNA. Company founder Judd Armstrong is an athlete, his intention with Jaybird to create a whole range of fitness-orientated headphones and wearables.But the sports headphone market is an ever increasing one, with... Read more

What is aptX HD and which devices support it?

What is aptX HD and which devices support it?

By Max Langridge

With Apple removing the longstanding 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 onwards and Google following suit with the Pixel 2 smartphones, using a regular pair of headphones will soon get harder than ever. Best Bluetooth headphones 2017/2018: 10 of the... Read more

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Headphones

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Headphones

By Britta O'Boyle

The EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards are nearly upon us for the 14th year and as usual, we have been delivering a series of features, highlighting the nominees within each of the 18 categories.Each feature offers a little bit about why we love each of... Read more

Mindkoo UniCat wireless headphones are probably the coolest headphones you can buy your kids this Christmas

Mindkoo UniCat wireless headphones are probably the coolest headphones you can buy your kids this Christmas

By Pocket-lint Promotion

If you have kids, around about this time of year, you're going to start getting requests for all the cool toys and gadgets they're wanting to place on their Christmas lists. If you're wanting an inexpensive pair of cool, child-friendly headphones, the... Read more

Onkyo's hi-res music download store gets a total makeover to put usability first

Onkyo's hi-res music download store gets a total makeover to put usability first

By Max Langridge

Onkyo has completely revamped its high-resolution audio download store, Onkyo Music. The service, available in the UK, US and Germany is an extension of e-Onkyo Music, the store used in Onkyo's native Japan. What is high-resolution audio and which streaming... Read more

Google Pixel Buds in-ear headphones will translate speech in real time

Google Pixel Buds in-ear headphones will translate speech in real time

By Max Langridge

Google used its 4 October event to unveil a new Daydream View VR headset, and with it, introduced a pair of wireless in-ear Bluetooth headphones called Google Pixel Buds. While they will work with the Daydream View, the Pixel branding means they're just... Read more

Nura launches Nuraphones with intelligent acoustic learning technology

Nura launches Nuraphones with intelligent acoustic learning technology

By Max Langridge

Australian audio company Nura has just announced the Nuraphones, the company's first product and possible thanks to many generous donations via Kickstarter. The company managed to raise just over $1.8m with only a $100,00 goal, clearly the Nuraphones... Read more

Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones are company's first with active noise cancellation

Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones are company's first with active noise cancellation

By Rik Henderson

Bowers and Wilkins has finally entered the ANC arena with its PX headphones. The over-ear cans come with active noise cancellation and replace the company's P7 Wireless in its line-up.That's because they have audiophile traits, even with the noise cancellation... Read more

Bowers & Wilkins PX review: ANC and audiophile talents combine in these knock-out over-ears
5.0 stars

Bowers & Wilkins PX review: ANC and audiophile talents combine in these knock-out over-ears

By Rik Henderson

Bowers & Wilkins always takes its time over things. It is never one to rush out a speaker or pair of headphones simply because a new technology has popped up. It would rather do something well or not at all.That has been evidenced in almost all of its... Read more

Urbanista Seattle Wireless review: An affordable on-ear ace
4.5 stars

Urbanista Seattle Wireless review: An affordable on-ear ace

By Mike Lowe

We're fortunate enough to test all manner of headphones at Pocket-lint, branching across a wide variety of feature sets and price points. What's particularly striking about the Urbanista Seattle Wireless is the subtle yet elegant design - achieved at... Read more

Focal Listen review: Wired headphones with a vocal-forward neutral sound profile
4.0 stars

Focal Listen review: Wired headphones with a vocal-forward neutral sound profile

By Mike Lowe

With so many sound technologies now available in headphones, lots of over-ear models cram in all the bells and whistles features - which typically sees the price skyrocket.Not so the Focal Listen. These over-ear cans are wired only, meaning no fancy Bluetooth... Read more

B&O BeoPlay H9 review: Audio prestige doesn’t come cheap, but it's well worth it
4.5 stars

B&O BeoPlay H9 review: Audio prestige doesn’t come cheap, but it's well worth it

By Mike Lowe

B&O BeoPlay headphones are all about comfortable wear, luxury materials, considered style and, well, everything that its Danish parent company, Bang & Olufsen, represents.That said, we've actually found the range of BeoPlay H-series headphones to have... Read more

Bose introduces QC35 II headphones with built-in Google Assistant

Bose introduces QC35 II headphones with built-in Google Assistant

By Max Langridge

Following a leak last week, Bose has now confirmed a second-generation pair of its QuietComfort 35 wireless over-ear noise-cancelling headphones, now with Google Assistant built in. Bose QuietComfort 35 review: The perfect travel companion The QC35 II... Read more

Brainwavz B200 review: Superb sound and low price make purchase a no-brainer
5.0 stars

Brainwavz B200 review: Superb sound and low price make purchase a no-brainer

By Max Langridge

The in-ear headphones market is never short of new pairs vying for your attention. The latest pair of affordable in-ears we've put under scrutiny for review is the B200, from Hong Kong-based manufacturer Brainwavz.We'll admit, it's not a company we've... Read more

Beats Studio 3 Wireless review: Smart sounding, ultra long-lasting headphones
5.0 stars

Beats Studio 3 Wireless review: Smart sounding, ultra long-lasting headphones

By Cam Bunton

In 2016 Beats upgraded two of its most popular headphones - the Powerbeats and Solo - and released the all new Beats X. All three came equipped with the same W1 chip that makes the Apple AirPods so convenient to pair for iPhone users.For 2017 it's... Read more

Bose's next headphones might come with a Google Assistant button

Bose's next headphones might come with a Google Assistant button

By Elyse Betters

Bose might be Google's next partner.A couple weeks ago, Google announced it partnered with manufacturers, including Panasonic and LG, with the purpose of integrating its Google Assistant AI into their speakers and appliances. Now, we think Bose will be... Read more

Sennheiser OCX 686 review: Wired for sports
4.0 stars

Sennheiser OCX 686 review: Wired for sports

By Chris Hall

For many there's probably the temptation to use whichever headphones you happen to have lying around for your workouts, but that's really not the best strategy. Picking a pair that are designed to cope with getting sweaty and rained on, to take the abuse... Read more

Beats Studio 3 Wireless boasts smarter noise cancelling, long battery life

Beats Studio 3 Wireless boasts smarter noise cancelling, long battery life

By Cam Bunton

Beats by Dre has just taken the wraps off its latest product: the Studio 3 Wireless. In essence, Beats has kept the design of the Studio 2, but completely reinvented everything on the inside.  Best Beats headphones: Which Beats are right for you? For... Read more

Sony WI-1000X preview: Killing sound with Sony's new noise-cancelling headphones

Sony WI-1000X preview: Killing sound with Sony's new noise-cancelling headphones

By Chris Hall

Let's not beat around the bush: the Sony MDR-1000X are an exceptional pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones. So successful in fact that Sony is exporting some of that noise-cancelling mastery and expanding the family to a range of 1000X devices.There's... Read more

Bragi will bring Alexa support to the Dash and Dash Pro wire-free in-ear headphones

Bragi will bring Alexa support to the Dash and Dash Pro wire-free in-ear headphones

By Max Langridge

Bragi has announced that it will be rolling out a software update in October that will see Amazon's Alexa voice-assistant come to its Dash Pro and Dash wire-free in-ear headphones. Bragi Dash Pro review: All the smarts in a convenient, wire-free earphone... Read more