Shopping for a new set of headphones can be a daunting task, given the wide array of styles, types, and prices. But it doesn’t have to be—and we’re here to help. If you can answer these five questions, you’ll be well on your way to finding a set of headphones, earphones, or earbuds that should provide years of sonic enjoyment.
Before hitting the list below, here are a few things to consider. One is that there are great headphones for nearly every budget, so don’t give up on good sound because you think you can’t afford it. But also remember that you might not need a pricier set of ‘phones that can reveal every ounce of detail if you’re mainly listening to compressed mp3s or less-than-pristine YouTube videos.