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"Back to school" right today might mean anything from post-secondary classes, distance learning at home or some mix of the two, based on your geographical area. However, it's a fair bet that pupils in any situation still need new headphones, whether for assessing about Zoom-based classes, or only listening to songs between courses. With so many models to pick from, it can be hard to figure out which cans to get. With that in mind, we're highlighting several of our highest-rated headphones -- all of these wireless, but maybe perhaps not all pricey -- to help limit your options this back-to-school season. Subscribe to this TVs, Streaming and Audio newsletter, get notifications and view related reports on CNET. Be aware that I have fully reviewed or anecdotally tested each one of the headphones listed below (click on the hyperlinks for additional information ). I've comprised IP (ingress protection) evaluations for the wireless versions. Anything in IPX4 or over can be considered sweatproof. Read : Best laptops for high school students in 2020 which are in stock Juan Garzon/CNET Sony's WH-1000XM3, the next generation of Sony's exceptional wireless noise-canceling headphones, includes a much more comfortable fit and much greater performance compared to its predecessor: It has got perfect sound quality for listening to music. With a solid battery lifetime these over-ear wireless headphones really are now our top-rated choice for sound cancellation, edging out the more expensive Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. While these over-ear cans record for $350, they frequently receive discounted for closer to $280.
And it is doubly important to seek out this discount: With a next-gen version of the set of wireless headphones having already been spotted on Twitter, we expect the XM4 successor to get there after this season. See our Sony WH-1000XM3 review. Angela Lang/CNETWater-resistant: Yes (IPX4 rating -- splashproof). Samsung's Buds Plus look essentially the same since the first Galaxy Buds, but their battery life is rated at 11 hours for audio playback (up from 6), and they package double drivers for greater sound and an additional microphone in each bud to aid with outside sound reduction whilst making forecasts. I was impressed with the sound. The sound quality is detailed and smooth, with deep, well-defined bass. The sound is richer and more spacious than that of the original Galaxy Buds. Well-respected Austrian music company AKG, that Samsung obtained when it bought Harman, is behind the audio. While the original Buds were "tuned" from AKG, these really are a great upgrade over the originals -- and directly there with what you get together with all the Jabra Elite 75t, or even even a touch better. They utilize Bluetooth and encourage AAC (there is now an app for iOS consumers ) and Samsung's scalable codec, which is similar to aptX but is still proprietary to Samsung Galaxy phones. See our Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus review.
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