Best headphones 2019: Your definitive guide to the latest and greatest audio


Best headphones 2019: Welcome to TechRadar’s round-up of the best headphones available to buy right now in every style and at every price point.

A good pair of headphones are an absolute essential for many of us. Aside from breathing new life into our favorite songs, they keep us entertained and distracted with music, podcasts and audio books when we’re traveling to work, working out or just trying to disconnect from everyone else. 

We spend a lot of time with our headphones – and if you’re looking for a new pair, you’re going to want a pair of the best headphones you can find. 

If you don’t know what you’re looking for, it can be really tricky to know which headphones are best for you. There are now plenty of fancy features packed into the best models, with noise cancelling headphones,  wireless headphones, and true wireless earbuds dominating the market.

While the quality pair of audiophile headphones you bought 10 years ago could still stand up to some of the models on offer today, it’s still worth considering an upgrade – especially if you have specific requirements, like a secure pair of fitness or noise-cancelation for lots of travel. 

September update

The new iPhone 11 launch has come and gone, and we didn’t see the rumored Apple over-ear headphones, the StudioPods. 

We’re gearing up to test the new Sennheiser Momentum Wireless headphones. While we’re carrying out our full review, you can check out our first impressions with our hands on Sennheiser Momentum Wireless (2019) review.

Meanwhile, the Jaybird Vista true wireless earbuds join our list of the best headphones this month. Although they may be a premium pair of buds, but they manage to combine a compact and lightweight design with fantastic sound – they’re a no-brainer if you’re looking for a pair of true wireless buds built for fitness.

It’s our mission to hook you up with a pair of great-sounding headphones – the best headphones money can buy, even when you’re on a budget. 

We’ve put hundreds of headphones through their paces over the years of every make, model and variety to create list-after-list of the best noise-canceling headphones, the best wireless headphones, the best wireless earbuds, the best earphones, and many more.

We encourage you to take a look at all the headphone lists here on TechRadar – however, if you’re in a hurry and just want to find the best headphones your money can buy, you’ve come to the right place.

Below you’ll find our selection of the best headphones for each form-factor, and we’ve even picked out a less-costly option for each so that a lack of finances won’t stop you from finding a pair of headphones you’ll truly love. 

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What are the best headphones to buy right now?

Here’s a quick look at the best headphones this year:

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Best headphones 2019: Sony WH-1000XM3

The headphones that can do everything

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 254g | Cable length: 3.94 ft | Frequency response: 4 Hz-40,000 Hz | Drivers: 40mm | Driver type: Neodymium | Sensitivity: 104.5 dB / mW (1 kHz) | Impedance: 47 ohm | Battery life: 30 hours | Wireless range: 33 ft | NFC: Yes