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"Back to school" right now might mean anything from on-campus classes, distance learning in the home or some mix of the two, depending on your geographical area. But it is a fair bet that pupils in any situation still require new headphones, whether for assessing on Zoom-based courses, or just listening to songs between classes. With so many versions to choose from, it can be tough to figure out which cans to get. With that in mind, we are highlighting a number of our highest-rated headphones -- most of these wireless, but perhaps not all expensive -- to help narrow down your choices this back-to-school season. Subscribe to this TVs, Streaming and Audio newsletter, get notifications and view related stories on CNET. Be aware that I have fully reviewed or anecdotally analyzed all the headphones recorded below (click the hyperlinks for additional information ). I have added IP (ingress protection) ratings for the wireless models. Anything in IPX4 or over might be considered sweatproof. Read more: Best laptops for high school pupils in 2020 that are in stock Juan Garzon/CNET Sony's WH-1000XM3, the next generation of Sony's exceptional wireless noise-canceling headphones, features a much more comfortable fit and much greater performance compared to its predecessor: It has got perfect audio quality for listening to music. With a strong battery lifetime , these over-ear wireless headphones really are currently our top-rated pick for sound cancellation, edging out the pricier Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. Though these over-ear cans list for $350, they often receive discounted for closer to $280.
And it is doubly important to find out that reduction: Using a next-gen variant of the particular pair of wireless headphones have been spotted on Twitter, we anticipate the XM4 successor to arrive after this year. Read our Sony WH-1000XM3 review. Angela Lang/CNETWater-resistant: Yes (IPX4 rating -- splashproof). Samsung's Buds Plus look basically the same as the first Galaxy Buds, however their battery life is rated at 11 hours for audio playback (up from 6), plus they package dual drivers for greater sound and an extra mic in each bud to aid with external noise reduction whilst making forecasts. I was amazed with the noise. The audio quality is smooth and detailed, with deep, well-defined bass. The sound is much richer and more spacious than that of the original Galaxy Buds. Well-respected Austrian music company AKG, which Samsung acquired when it purchased Harman, is supporting the audio. While the original Buds were "tuned" by AKG, these are a wonderful upgrade over the originals -- and there with what you get together with all the Jabra Elite 75t, if not a bit better. They utilize Bluetooth and encourage AAC (there is now an app for iOS users) and Samsung's scalable codec, that will be much like aptX but is still proprietary to Samsung Galaxy phones. Read our Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus review.
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