Looking to gift kickass tunes with the best headphones in 2018? We got you covered.
We put together the best Christmas gifts for audiophiles, whether they want to relax with lo-fi mixes at work, run outdoors or spend every free moment at the PC gaming.
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1. For a true luxury headphones experience, the Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature are unrivaled, and not just because of looks.
Featuring angled drivers for a detailed, spatial soundstage and all kinds of engineering tricks to make the sound impeccable, no matter the genre, the Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature are chosen by pros around the world.
The fact that the cups are made of multiple layers of memory foam and covered in luxe Italian Saffiano leather makes them a truly special gift.
2. What they bring in terms of sound is in the name of these headphones: the Bose QuietComfort 35 II.
One of the most popular active noise-canceling headphones from Bose, the QuietComfort 35 II are the best gift for those working in loud environments or near traffic-heavy areas.
For music, the sound is clean and crisp, but their main selling point is the really strong noise-canceling that lets you focus on what really matters. The fact that you can talk to Alexa at the push of a button certainly helps as well.
3. For the gamers out there, nothing comes close to the SteelSeries Arctis Pro, which feature DTS Headphone:X v2.0 so that the sound comes from all directions for total immersion.
SteelSeries has long been a top gaming vendor and with the Arctis Pro, they really got the biggest achievement: a wireless gaming headset for PC and PS4 with great sound, Hi-Res audio to 40,000 Hz and a ClearCast bidirectional microphone.
These babies are also good as a gift for streamers and podcasters, as that microphone is almost studio-quality in terms of voice clarity and background noise cancellation.
4. If you’re shopping for a gaming headset on a budget, the Corsair HS50 offers the best bang for your bucks, literally.
The Corsair HS50 feature 50 mm neodymium speaker drivers for crystal-clear sound and have an optimized unidirectional microphone that can be detached, which lets you use the headset on the street as well.
For a budget headset, the Corsair HS50 looks way more expensive than it actually is and the compatibility with PC, consoles and smartphones certainly makes it a great gift.
5. Sony has long been known for quality street headphones and the Sony WH1000XM3 are definitely one of the best Christmas gifts anyone could ask for.
Featuring impeccable noise canceling and crystal clear sound, these babies work great both on long commutes and in noisy offices.
The best part?
We’re trying to decide between the fact that you can simply touch and hold to activate your phone’s voice assistant and the amazing 30-hour battery life.
What more can you ask for?
6. For the fashion-conscious, there’s no better audio gift than the V Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless edition, as the design is simply stunning.
Featuring the already famous sharp angles of V Moda, the Crossfade 2 Wireless kick it up a notch with awesome sound and incredible ruggedness.
Certified MIL-STD-810G for military-grade durability and with a Steel Flex headband, the V Moda Crossfade 2 will handle a lot of abuse.
7. You can’t have a Christmas tech gifts guide without mentioning the Apple Airpods.
Say what you want to say about their looks but no doubt about it, the portability factor, sleek charging case, and sound quality are pretty damn good.
After all, just a 15-minute charge will get you three hours of tunes, something that will make any iPhone owner very happy.
8. Sennheiser’s response to the AirPods took shape in the Sennheiser Momentum, a pair of earbuds with impeccable sound quality and “Transparent Listening” which doesn’t cut you off from your surroundings.
We tested them back at IFA Berlin and saw a lot of people eyeing them wistfully. If you’re looking for the best earbuds in 2018 that go well with Android devices, look no further.
With fingertip control for setting up calls and connecting with a voice assistant and with 4 hours of wireless listening, these are also pretty resistant earbuds that can handle the rain due to the IPX4 rating.
The compact charging case also carries two full extra charges, so yes, they do provide some stiff competition to the AirPods.
9. Another great alternative to the Airpods is the Jabra Elite Active 65T, which has consistently gotten accolades in reviews.
We picked the Active, not the base model of the Jabra Elite 65T because in our view great sound is not enough for earbuds, some durability is essential too.
The IP56 dust and sweat rating make these perfect for the gym or outdoor running and the integrated motion sensor also lets you track workout performance.
Of course, one of the main selling points of these earbuds is Alexa built-in.
If you want to use other voice assistants, it’s a question of one touch to get to Siri or Google Assistant.
On the autonomy front, Jabra did pack quite a lot, as these earbuds offer up to 5 hours on a single charge and a total of 15 hours with the charging case.
10. For those who still don’t trust earbuds and tend to misplace them, the old-school design with a neckband is the best gift.
In that category, surprisingly, the BeatsX model tends to come on top, due to the incredibly comfortable and resistant Flex-form cable.
Powered by Fast Fuel, the BeatsX grab enough juice for 2 hours of playback in just a 5-minute charge and their autonomy is up to 8 hours.
Featuring RemoteTalk, it’s also easy to activate Siri.
11. And lastly, we know how budgets can get around Christmas, so here’s an awesome recommendation. The KLIM Fusion is one of the best pairs of in-ear headphones we got the chance to try, with incredible bass, good construction, and the comfiest memory foam buds.
These little babies also come with an adapter so you can also use them as gaming headphones.
All in all, the little round tin they’re shipped in comes with everything you could want from in-ear headphones, from extra buds in various sizes to stickers and adapters.
KLIM is a startup but something tells us that, if they keep this quality up with low prices, they’re going to be one of the biggest names.