We love a good pair of headphones. But those danglers are not meant to be listened to at all times. That’s why a good pair of on-ear headphones is a necessary accessory. Whether you’re listening to podcasts, playlists, or the cha-ching! sound effects of that word game you play every morning on your commute, the right pair of offers a wider soundscape and a comfortable listening experience, one that doesn’t stretch your ear-holes to uncomfortable limits.
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Our favorite models fit these criteria and are also durable, portable, and look great, too. They also happen to be less than $200.
Normally $249, these Focal Listen over-ear headphones are ultra-comfortable and high-isolation with even weight distribution. The brand's diaphragm technology means you get stellar sound quality.
You get clear sound, packaged in a pair of headphones so comfortable you’ll forget you have them on. They block out subway or street noise, and let you listen to podcasts or music without interference. The memory foam ear cushions are a nice bonus.
You get some serious bang for your buck with these Sony headphones. They have up to 30 hours of battery life for long-lasting listening, on-ear comfort and swiveling ear cups, and a built-in mic that lets you take calls while you work out.
The extra bass will give your workout a nice boost. And these headphones are Alexa-enabled, to give you full access to Amazon Music and all the other good stuff. But note that these QC25 headphones don’t have either Bluetooth nor VPA capabilities.
Bose's QuietComfort 25 headphones block out the sound you don't want to hear, and boost the sound you love. The audio is clear and balanced. These headphones are engineered to work best with most Apple devices.
With Bose’s best-in-class noise cancellation technology you block out the annoying noise you don’t want to hear, and listen to what you do want. You can also use these headphones hands-free and take calls on them.
These headphones weigh a mere 1.5 pounds, but deliver powerhouse sound that's the signature of the brand.
This is a stellar pair of starter Beats headphones. The design is reinforced with stainless steel, and the headphones let you take calls and connect with your iOS devices to access your music. Even better are the adjustable vertical sliders that let you personalize your fit.
The 330-foot Bluetooth range and 24-hour battery are impressive, alone. But these headphones also come with excellent active noise canceling. Smart sensors automatically pause music when you take off your headphones and resume it when you put them back on.
The headband is nicely padded, and the striped design on the sides of the ear pads makes them more aesthetically interesting than your typical plain gray pair of headphones.
The venerable amplifier company now has a full line of consumer electronics, including this solid, compact pair of Bluetooth headphones. The textured black exterior and gold details subtly hearken back to the brand's rock 'n roll history.
A single multidirectional control knob can be used to play, pause, skip, adjust volume, and turn the headphones on and off; it’s a more elegant solution than you’ll find on most headphones. And when you consider that this pair packs over 30 hours of wireless playtime on a single charge, its compact design is even more impressive.
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