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Best headphones on Amazon 2022

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Best headphones on Amazon Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best headphones you can buy on Amazon in 2022.

There's no doubt that Amazon is a fantastic place to shop when it comes to audio products such as headphones. No matter what kind you're looking to get your hands on, there's very little you can't find in its inventory.

The only problem is, there are a lot of headphones to choose from, and sometimes it's hard to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Thankfully, some of our best-rated headphones are available directly from the online retailer, and if you're a Prime member, most of them can be ordered today and be on, in or over your ears tomorrow... and at a competitive price to boot.

If you've been thinking of picking up a new pair of headphones, be it wired, wireless, in-ear or over-ear, read on for some of our favourites that you can pick up on Amazon.

Check out the best headphones: all styles, all budgets

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Sony WH-1000XM4

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1. Sony WH-1000XM4

The best headphones on Amazon if you're looking for fantastic all-round ability.

Specifications
Bluetooth: Yes
Noise-cancelling: Yes
Battery life: 30hr
Charging: USB-C
Built-in mic and controls: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Dynamic, detail-rich sound+Sensational sense of timing+Lightweight, comfy and clever
Reasons to avoid
-No IP rating-No aptX support

The 2021 What Hi-Fi Award-winning Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones have it all: a lightweight design, comfort, the convenience of Bluetooth and arguably the best noise-cancelling currently on the market. Oh, and they sound fantastic too. It's no wonder we think they're the best headphones on Amazon right now.

They replace the WH-1000XM3 (which are also on Amazon, now at a bargain price), which were fantastic headphones in their own right. But the XM4 take performance to a whole new level. They sound more detailed, more open, and clearer in their delivery. Low frequencies hit with even greater precision.

They’re super-comfortable too and offer useful new features such as Speak to Chat which allows you to hold a conversation without removing or touching the headphones. A premium pair of headphones, no doubt, but worth every penny.

Read the full Sony WH-1000XM4 review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Sony WF-1000XM4

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2. Sony WF-1000XM4

Sony's best true wireless 'buds to date.

Specifications
OS support: Android/iOS
Bluetooth: Yes
Noise-cancelling: Yes
Battery life: 8 hours (24 hours with charging case)
Finishes: 2
Reasons to buy
+Clear, detailed bass performance+Wonderful sense of musicality+Comfortable+Class-leading battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Missing Sony’s Multipoint feature-Lacking ear tip choices-No aptX HD

Another Sony, another 2021 What Hi-Fi? Award winner. With the new WF-1000XM4, Sony's managed to build on the huge success of the WF-1000XM3 and produce a sensational pair of wireless 'buds.

There's dynamics and detail in spades and it's a balanced performance, with taut, precise bass notes and refined, sophisticated vocals. You can't help but be carried away by their sense of musicality.

Those who prioritise battery life in their AirPods alternatives should find the eight hours promised by the Sonys more than sufficient. The wireless charging case also extends this by a further 16 hours.

The Sonys are comfortable to wear too, with touch-sensitive controls and ear tips that provide excellent noise isolation. Combine this with brilliant noise cancelling courtesy of Sony's Integrated Processor V1 and the WF-1000XM4 are difficult to fault.

IPX4 water resistance is included, as are clever features such as Quick Attention and Speak-To-Chat which both allow you to have a conversation without removing the earbuds. If you're looking for some of the best headphones on Amazon, and want a true wireless pair, the WF-1000XM4 should be top of your list.

Read the full Sony WF-1000XM4 review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Panasonic RZ-S500W

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3. Panasonic RZ-S500W

A hugely talented pair of affordable wireless earbuds.

Specifications
Bluetooth version: 5.0
Noise-cancelling: Yes
Battery life: 6.5 hours (+ 13 hours from charging case)
Charging: USB-C
Built-in mic and controls: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Expansive detailed presentation+Excellent noise cancelling+Superb touch controls
Reasons to avoid
-Fit could be an issue for some

Panasonic doesn't spring to mind when you think of the best headphones on Amazon. But perhaps it should. The 2021 What Hi-Fi? Award-winning RZ-S500W are the company's first foray into wireless noise-cancelling 'buds and they're sensational performers, especially at this price.

Specs are thorough, with noise-cancelling tech, an Ambient Mode, twin mics for voice calls, and battery life that totals 19.5 hours (6.5hrs from the buds and 13hrs from the charging case). A 15-minute USB-C quick-charge can deliver 70 minutes of playback. The touch controls on each bud are responsive and intuitive, allowing you to control your music and switch between noise-cancelling modes with zero fuss. 

You also get five sizes of ear tips to help with fit. We found this a little hit and miss, so we'd definitely experiment and consider mixing the sizes if it means getting a more secure fit.

Both noise cancelling and sound quality are excellent. There's plenty of agility through the low end and loads of texture across frequencies. Music sounds clear and there's a great deal of refinement on show, which is to be welcomed at this price level. To sum up, these Panasonic earbuds are superb for the money.

Read the full Panasonic RZ-S500W review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Shure Aonic 3

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4. Shure Aonic 3

You'll struggle to find a better pair of in-ear headphones at this price.

Specifications
Connector: 3.5mm
Cable length: 1.27m
In-line remote and mic: Yes
Bluetooth: No
Noise-cancelling: No
Sensitivity: 108dB
Weight: 20.4g
Reasons to buy
+Awesome dynamics and musicality+Insightful and balanced sound+Lightweight and comfortable
Reasons to avoid
-Understated sound

Shure has plenty of experience with wired in-ear headphones, and it shines through in the 2021 What Hi-Fi? Award-winning Aonic 3. They're comfy and lightweight for starters. The headphone cable hooks over the top of your ears and keeps them secure at all times – there is a slight knack to getting the swivelling buds in place, though.

Nine different eartip choices allow for excellent isolation, while an in-line remote and mic can control your tunes and answer calls.

And they absolutely nail sound quality. They're dynamic, detailed and their sense of rhythm and timing needs to be heard. We can't think of any pair of in-ear headphones at this price that comes close.

Read the full Shure Aonic 3 review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: AKG Y400

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5. AKG Y400

Fantastic wireless cans, and some of the best headphones on Amazon.

Specifications
Connector: 3.5mm (cable supplied)
Cable length: 1m
In-line remote and mic: Yes
OS support: iOS/Android
Bluetooth: Yes
Noise-cancelling: No
Battery life: 20 hours
Reasons to buy
+Expansive, detailed presentation+Impeccable timing+Classy build quality
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing at this price

The 2021 What Hi-Fi Award-winning Y400 are a little smaller than the previous model (the splendid Y500), with smaller drivers and they come with a cable complete with in-line controls and mic, for when you don't want to run down the battery with a wireless connection.

They're colourful, too, coming in shimmery pink, green, blue and goldish-yellow finishes.

There's no noise cancelling, but we wouldn't expect it at this price. There is Ambient Aware mode, however, which lets in outside noise like dogs barking and car engines. Handy if you want to avoid being bitten/run over. They automatically detect when you take them off and pause the music, too, saving you precious battery life.

The sound has much to like, being spacious and three-dimensional. There’s impeccable timing throughout and the headphones deliver bass weight and power in spades. It's zealous to the point that some might prefer a slightly leaner listen, but in our eyes (and at this level) the Y400 get the balance just about right.

Read the full AKG Y400 review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Sennheiser CX 400BT

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6. Sennheiser CX 400BT

Sennheiser throws its hat in the ring with these excellent cheap wireless 'buds.

Specifications
Bluetooth: Yes
Noise-cancelling: No
Battery life: 7hr (+13hr from case)
Charging: USB-C
Built-in mic and controls: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Lively, detailed sound+Lightweight fit+Excellent value for money
Reasons to avoid
-Battery life below the best-Not waterproof

The CX 400BT are more sonically gifted than most at this price. They're not water- or sweat-resistant but they do boast Bluetooth 5.1 support and a mobile app, neither of which is a given at this level. The former promises high-quality, far-reaching Bluetooth transmission, while the latter opens doors to EQ adjustment and control customisation.

The controls are simple for voice calls, too. Just tap the right earbud once to activate your phone’s voice assistant or accept incoming calls, twice to jump forward a track or rejects calls, or hold it down to increase volume. Battery life is seven hours, which is decent but can be bettered in this company.

Sound quality is where the Sennheisers excel, though. They produce a detailed and lively sound with bags of energy and enthusiasm. For the money, it's hugely appealing – earbuds of this standard aren't to be sniffed at.

Read the full Sennheiser CX 400BT review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Grado SR80x

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7. Grado SR80x

These open-backed headphones are the ones to beat at this level

Specifications
Connector: 3.5mm (6.3mm adapter included)
Cable length: 1.8m
In-line remote and mic: No
Bluetooth: No
Noise-cancelling: No
Weight: 220g
Reasons to buy
+Punchy, musical performers+Class-leading insight+Light and comfortable
Reasons to avoid
-Very leaky

The SR80 have spawned many variants within the company’s Prestige Series in the three decades since, and the fact that they are still a part of the all-new Prestige X Series makes them the longest-running Grado model. The all-new SR80x succeeds the 2014-released, multi-What Hi-Fi? Award-winning SR80e from the previous Prestige E Series.

Everything we like about their predecessors – their nimble-footedness, expressive, rolling dynamics, and insight across well-defined frequencies – has been inherited, and the punch and panache that have made the Prestige models such born entertainers are very much also part of the SR80x’s sonic signature. These are far from rich or even warm in tone, but an extra generous sprinkling of refinement this time round has made their forward, clinical presentation all the more palpable. 

Grado hasn’t torn up its own rulebook and revolutionised its legendary headphones, because it hasn’t needed to. But the tweaks made to the SR80x have certainly added value in the right direction. At this money, they're some of the best headphones on Amazon, hands down.

Read the full Grado SR80x review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Sony WF-C500

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8. Sony WF-C500

Genuine contenders that don't cut too many corners.

Specifications
Driver: 5.8 mm
Frequency response: 20Hz-20,000Hz (44.1kHz sampling)
DSEE: Yes
Battery life: 10hrs, 20hrs with charging case
Waterproof rating: IPX4
Dimensions: 80 x 34.9 x 30.9mm
Weight: 35g
Reasons to buy
+Compact and comfortable design+Spirited, well-balanced sound+Fine control app
Reasons to avoid
-Ordinary battery life-Slightly small-scale sound-Numerous serious rivals

When it comes to wireless earbuds, Sony has sewn up the high end with the WF-1000XM4. But can it do the same at the budget end of the market with the WF-C500?

Not quite, but it does give it a very good try indeed. The C500 handle the basics very well, with Bluetooth 5.0, and compatibility with SBC and AAC codecs. Battery life is a healthy 10 hours from the earbuds themselves, and another 10 from the charging case, making a total of 20.

They pair with Sony's consummate Headphones Connect app for sublime controls, and numerous extra features (like the Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, which upscales audio files to something approaching ‘hi-res’ quality). Voice controls come via Google Assistant and Siri, and the IPX4 rating means they're resistant to water splashes. 

Sonically, they're even-handed and nicely balanced, with well-shaped bass notes. In short, they offer a lot of what makes Sony's high-end buds so compelling, without cutting too many corners. Definitely one for the shortlist.

Read the full Sony WF-C500 review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus

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9. Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus

Plus-suffixed sequels with new features and big shoes to fill.

Specifications
Bluetooth version: 5.0
Noise-cancelling: No
Battery life: 45 hours (low power mode)
Charging: USB-C
Built-in mic and controls: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Extra dynamic expression+Great clarity+Slick app support
Reasons to avoid
-No noise cancelling

The Melomania 1 were already some of the best wireless 'buds that you could buy, so the 1 Plus have big shoes to fill. But we're glad to say that they do so admirably.

What's new? The 1 Plus come with additional app support, customisable EQ settings and the British audio firm's innovative High-Performance Audio Mode. There’s a new colourway, too – gone is the ‘stone’ grey hue we lovingly dubbed ‘NHS Grey’.

Again, the real selling point is battery life. Like their predecessors, the 1 Plus last nine hours from the earbuds, plus an additional four charges from the carry case. That gives a staggering 45 hours of total run time. Though it's worth mentioning they're not a noise-cancelling model, which explains the marathon battery life (noise cancelling is a real battery drain).

They perform well for voice calls, and the musical performance is impactful and expansive. Whether you're using them for tunes or calls, you won't be disappointed.

Read the full Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: JBL Reflect Flow

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10. JBL Reflect Flow

Solid bass injection, good timing, great stamina and all at a good price.

Specifications
Connector: N/A
Cable length: N/A
In-line remote and mic: N/A
OS support: Android/iOS
Bluetooth: Yes
Noise-cancelling: No
Battery life: 10 hours (30 hours with charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Good detail+Strong bass depth+Long battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Can be beaten for dynamics-Carrying case is a bit big

JBL is a heavy hitter when it comes to true wireless sports headphones – and with the Under Armour Flash as its predecessor, the JBL Reflect Flow is a hotly anticipated entrant to the flourishing, albeit rather niche, true-wireless-for-sports market.

In their niche category, though, the JBL Reflect Flow headphones are very good indeed, especially if you want a bass-heavy sound for the gym without resorting to massive cans (which, if you're moving a lot, many people won't want). 

Battery life is impressive too, standing at 10 hours (or 30 with the case). That will last even the most hardcore of training sessions. The case is a bit bulky, however, so you won't be taking that with you on a run. The finish also started to rub off after only a few days of testing, which isn't ideal.

But sound-wise, they're crisp with plenty of detail, and they time very well indeed. Bass is suitably cavernous, while the instruments sound distinct no matter how complex tracks become. Impressive.

Read the full JBL Reflect Flow review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: AKG N60NC Wireless

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11. AKG N60NC Wireless

Comfy, balanced wireless headphones with fantastic noise-cancellation.

Specifications
Style: Closed-backed
Cable length: 1.2m
Wireless: Yes
Noise-cancelling: Yes
In-line remote and mic: No
Connector: 3.5mm
Weight: 199g
Reasons to buy
+Ace noise cancellation+Comfortable+Beefy bass
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing at this price

If you want a pair of wireless noise-cancellers, but prefer an on-ear fit, the AKG N60NC Wireless are one of the most compact and convenient pairs we’ve tested – and at a great price too.

Offering 15 hours of wireless ANC playback, they offer a comfortable fit for long listening sessions, alongside noise cancelling that can match the wired version. Performance doesn’t leave us wanting, with a wide, open and transparent sound that delivers detail and precision in spades.

They balance bass against midrange and treble nicely, but are still fun to listen to, and can give a good punch of volume when the need arises.

Read the full AKG N60NC Wireless review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Bose QuietComfort Earbuds

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12. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds

Fantastic wireless 'buds with some brilliant built-in tech.

Specifications
Bluetooth: Yes
Noise-cancelling: Yes
Battery life: 6hrs (18hrs with charging case)
Charging: USB-C
Built-in mic and controls: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Exciting, entertaining sound+Superb balance+Impressive noise-cancelling
Reasons to avoid
-No volume controls-Average battery life

Bose's first-ever pair of noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds are a huge success. They feel lightweight enough for the average commute or exercise session (the QuietComfort are both sweat and weather-resistant) and they're great to live with. Battery life is a claimed six hours from a single charge, with the charging case supplying an extra two charges, making 18 hours in total – a decent reserve, but by no means class-leading. You can customise some features and controls, and adjust the excellent noise cancellation, in Bose's handy companion app.

The sense of enthusiasm and excitement conveyed by the Bose buds is highly infectious. There’s power, poise and a fantastic sense of dynamism. Bass notes sound full-bodied, go deep and the QuietComfort Earbuds squeeze out lots of detail.

All in all, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are sensational all-rounders, capable of impressive musicality and topped off with excellent noise cancelling. These wireless wonders are more than a match for any rival at this level, and some of the best headphones on Amazon.

Read the full Bose QuietComfort Earbuds review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Bowers & Wilkins PX7

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13. Bowers & Wilkins PX7

Hugely impressive headphones for the money.

Specifications
Type: Over-ear
Bluetooth: Yes
Noise-cancelling: Yes
Battery life: 30hr
Connector: USB-C
Finishes: Black, Silver
Reasons to buy
+Lively, insightful sound+Three-tiered noise cancellation+Sophisticated, comfortable design+Competitive battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Earcups don’t fold inwards

The one-two punch of Qualcomm's AptX HD Bluetooth technology and B&W's largest PX series drivers makes these headphones an absolute knock-out. That means low latency wireless transmission at hi-res quality of up to 24-bit/48kHz levels, so long as you've the source material to back that up.

The results include the solid, detailed and tonally balanced sound we'd expect from PX headphones and that brilliant rhythmic precision. But the PX7 bring more than just that. They explore new heights of dynamic expression and a sense of pure entertainment. This is a clearer, more detailed sound than their predecessors', uncovering hitherto hidden levels of insight and expanding the soundstage significantly.

The PX7 might look and feel a little cheaper than the original PX, but we’d take them for their extra comfort and more advanced feature set. Ultimately, they’re still one of the more striking pairs of headphones on the market. And that sound – bellissimo.

Read the full Bowers & Wilkins PX7 review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Earfun Air Pro

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14. Earfun Air Pro

Earfun adds noise cancelling to its stellar Bluetooth earbuds.

Specifications
Bluetooth: Yes
Noise-cancelling: Yes
Battery life: 7hr (+18hr from case)
Charging: USB-C
Built-in mic and controls: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Solid, accurate bass weight+Effective noise cancelling+Classy build and finish
Reasons to avoid
-Harsh upper midrange

This Pro variant takes the standard – and excellent – Earfun Air and adds active noise cancelling (ANC), more mics and larger drivers. That all adds up to a better sonic performance as well as clearer voice calls – very handy if you're out and about in noisy environments.

And considering the spec sheet, the price remains jaw-droppingly low – a staple of Earfun's approach, and making them some of the best headphones on Amazon at this price.

They pair easily, and they're comfortable enough for even the longest of conference calls. The controls are a doddle to use, too. Two taps on the right bud pauses or resumes playback; three skips to the next track. Double tapping the left earpiece accesses Siri on your iPhone and also answers or ends a call. The crucial function you’ll want to practise is a triple-tap of that left earpiece, as this scrolls between the Earfun’s noise-cancelling, ‘normal’ and ‘ambient sound’ modes.

They're built to survive a downpour, too. All in all, it’s a lot of tech and durability for not a lot of money.

Read the full Earfun Air Pro review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Sennheiser HD 250BT

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15. Sennheiser HD 250BT

Sennheiser succeeds in the supremely affordable wireless headphones market.

Specifications
Bluetooth: 5.0 with aptX Low Latency
Battery life: 25 hours
Charging time: Up to 3 hours
Weight: 125g
Reasons to buy
+Open, detailed presentation+In-app EQ optimisation+Rock-solid budget build
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing at this price

Sennheiser doesn't tend to release too many pairs of wireless headphones at this more affordable end of the market so we're happy to report that these Bluetooth headphones are excellent value for money.

The appearance might be functional, but these are far from basic. There's a Smart Control app for one, which brings with it an equaliser and EQ settings, plus battery life notifications and firmware updates.

Sonically, Sennheiser’s ultra-affordable and durable headphones do not disappoint for the price. The HD 250BT sound a good deal more musically detailed, agile and rhythmically gifted across the frequencies than you might expect.

Read the full Sennheiser HD 250BT review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Sony WF-SP800N

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16. Sony WF-SP800N

These talented all-rounders aim to please everyone.

Specifications
Connector: N/A
Cable length: N/A
In-line remote and mic: N/A
OS support: Android/iOS
Bluetooth: 5.0
Noise-cancelling: Yes
Battery life: 9 hours (18 hours with charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Vibrant, buoyant sound+Good noise-cancelling+Comfortable fit
Reasons to avoid
-Slightly coarse sound-Average battery life

Don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on some well-specified, wireless 'buds with active noise cancellation? But still want to get worthwhile listening out of your Deezer or Tidal subscription and have access to Sony's 360 Reality Audio spatial audio format? This could be the pair for you.

They’re never less than a snug and secure fit, and that could make them ideal for fitness fanatics. It can also make them quite the earful for long wears but it never feels like too much of a burden.

For sound, these Sonys are never less than crisp and an undeniably assertive and insightful listen. Through the midrange, they load vocals with information – and bring an engaging quality to music. Dynamics are well-honed at both the large and small scale and everything comes across with an enjoyable rhythmic energy. Natural, convincing and convenient to the last, these are some very crowd-pleasing headphones.

Read the full Sony WF-SP800N review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Lindy BNX-60

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17. Lindy BNX-60

Great-value Bluetooth on-ears that sound splendid for the money.

Specifications
Bluetooth: Yes
Noise-cancelling: Yes
Battery life: 15hr
Charging: Micro USB
Built-in mic and controls: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Great value+Detailed, solid sound+Noise cancelling and Bluetooth
Reasons to avoid
-Treble a little muffled in standard mode

Amazon is full of budget Bluetooth headphones, but the Lindy BNX-60 stand out from the crowd for a number of reasons. 

They aren’t the prettiest headphones going, but they are lightweight and comfortable, with on-ear controls for power, track control and volume, and around 15 hours of playback from a full charge. 

At this price, you might worry about a bright treble or wallowing bass, but the Lindy BNX-60 actually produce a balanced sound that’s easy to listen to. They do a decent job with timing too, and vocals are expressive – though they could be a touch cleaner.

The most discerning audiophiles might do better looking elsewhere, but for this money, the functionality and performance is hard to fault.

Read the full Lindy BNX-60 review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Apple AirPods Max

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18. Apple AirPods Max

Apple’s first on-ear headphones justify their huge price tag.

Specifications
Bluetooth: Yes
Noise-cancelling: Yes
Battery life: 20hr
Charging: USB-C
Built-in mic and controls: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Superb sound and noise cancelling+Cinematic spatial audio+Exceptional build quality
Reasons to avoid
-Near-pointless case-Audio cable not included-Practically Apple-only

The unexpectedly huge price of the Apple AirPods Max makes them considerably dearer than the great majority of premium wireless noise-cancellers. But they really do justify that extra outlay – so much so, we gave them a 2021 What Hi-Fi? Award.

You need an iPhone or iPad to get the most out of them. They will work with non-Apple products using standard Bluetooth 5.0, but you’ll miss out on many of their unique features.

Assuming you are a keen Apple user, the AirPods Max are some of the best headphones on Amazon – and not by a small margin. Their authenticity, detail, crispness and spaciousness elevate them so far above the previous best noise-cancellers that the comparison starts to become a little redundant and you instead begin to consider them alongside proper hi-fi products.

They also play nice with Apple Music's new Spatial Audio feature, though they can't play tracks in the streaming service's highest quality.

There’s no denying that they cost a lot more than typical products in this class but, if sound quality is king, there’s equally no denying that they’re worth it.

Read the full Apple AirPods Max review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Bose SoundSport Wireless

19. Bose SoundSport Wireless

A fine-sounding pair, ideal for gym-goers and audiophiles alike.

Specifications
Connector: N/A
Cable length: N/A
In-line remote and mic: Yes
OS support: Android/iOS
Bluetooth: Yes
Noise-cancelling: No
Battery life: 6 hours
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable+Fun sound+Strong wireless performance
Reasons to avoid
-Less-than-stellar battery life

Comfortable, great-sounding, splashproof and weather-resistant for sweaty outdoor workouts... these wireless earbuds have it all. They're more versatile than most thanks to their wing tips to keep them in your ears, meaning you can head for a run and not worry about them falling out. 

Sound is superb, full of punchy, powerful bass that should get you running that bit faster. They're reliable too, with no issues with the wireless signal and easy-to-use controls. The neckband cable incorporates a remote housing part-way down, but the power pack appears to live in the earpieces, which may explain the modest six-hour battery life.

On the upside, they're IPX4 rated, meaning they can’t be submerged in water but will handle sweat and splashes better than normal earphones. The addition of NFC tech means they're particularly easy to pair with Android devices.

If the rather average battery life isn't a deal-breaker, you'll like these buds – they're comfortable, sound great and are enjoyable to use.

Read the full Bose SoundSport Wireless review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Beyerdynamic Amiron

20. Beyerdynamic Amiron

High-end headphones that sound as good as they feel.

Specifications
Type: Over-ear
Bluetooth: No
Noise-cancelling: No
Connector: 3.5mm/6.3mm
Finishes: Black/Silver
Reasons to buy
+Nice bass detail+Clear and organised+Handles treble well
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing of note

When it comes to Beyerdynamic’s Amiron headphones, one word springs to mind: comfort. (OK, and award-winning too, seeing as they won a 2021 What Hi-Fi Award.) The earcups and headband are made of alcantara microfibres (which have a texture similar to suede) and microvelour, which is as luxurious as it sounds. The result is a pair of headphones you can wear for hours on end. And despite their bulk, they don't feel heavy at all, which is quite amazing.

But they're not just comfortable. They sound fantastic too.

What's most impressive is the way they take the whole frequency range in their stride. We like their clear midrange vocals, their tight timing, and the way that they can handle challengingly messy songs without breaking a sweat.

On the whole, the ability of the Amiron will keep you happy no matter what they’re playing. But be warned: they're open-backed, and hence leak sound like a sieve, so the usual disclaimer about not listening on public transport applies.

Read the full Beyerdynamic Amiron review

Best headphones on Amazon 2022: Beyerdynamic T1 (3rd Generation)

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21. Beyerdynamic T1 (3rd Generation)

Beyerdynamic refines its winning formula.

Specifications
Type: Open-backed, over-ear
Connector: 3.5mm
In-line remote and mic: No
OS support: Android/iOS
Bluetooth: No
Reasons to buy
+Clean, balanced presentation+Even-handed, informative nature+Comfortable and well made
Reasons to avoid
-Needs top-class partners

The 10-year-old, original T1 are something of a touchstone for us as far as premium headphones go. The main change between this third-generation model and its predecessor is that the new pair is easier to drive for laptops and mobile devices. The old model had a 600ohm impedance, while this new one takes that down to 32ohms.

The result is a sound that's very similar to the originals but cleaner and clearer. They're slightly less bright and a little more rounded in the treble too, making them a bit more forgiving of aggressive electronics and recordings. There's that same delivery of music with a palpable sense of power and authority, and vocals come through with nuance and clarity.

They’re comfortable enough for long listening sessions thanks to a nicely shaped, partially Alcantara-covered headband and generous velour-trimmed earpads.

These aren’t the kind of headphones that impress on a short listen. However, given a few days or even weeks, it’s hard not to fall under their spell. We certainly have, for 10 years and counting.

Read the full Beyerdynamic T1 (3rd Generation) review

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