We’ve got the Bluetooth headphones and earbuds you’re looking for [Deals]

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We've rounded up some of the best deals on the coolest Bluetooth audio gear out there.
We've rounded up some of the best deals on the coolest Bluetooth audio gear out there.
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Bluetooth is the way personal audio works these days. But there are so many variations on the wireless theme, it can be hard to know where to start. So we’ve rounded up some of the best deals on the coolest Bluetooth audio gear. Bone conduction earphones, noise cancelling headphones, and other top shelf gear is here for bottom dollar prices. Read on for more details:

These Beats-style noise-canceling headphones won’t break the bank [Deals]

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Don't drop hundreds of bucks on a set of headphones when you can spend way less for the same features.
Don't drop hundreds of bucks on a set of headphones when you can spend way less for the same features.
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We’ve all been conditioned to look with envy at a set of Beats headphones. But that’s mostly marketing, and the allure of expensive toys. Turns out it’s possible to get comparable sound quality for a fraction the cost.

Ghostek Rapture headphones bring expensive sound at affordable price [Review]

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Ghostek Rapture Bluetooth headphones pack a premium look and feel.
Ghostek's Rapture Bluetooth headphones pack a premium look and feel.
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Brooklyn brand Ghostek manufactures some really interesting phone cases, backpacks, speakers and headphones. One of its latest offerings, the Ghostek Rapture Bluetooth headphones, are some of the first to hit the market with graphene drivers.

These lightweight on-ear headphones come in at just $125 (or $99 if you pick them up on Prime Day) but sound a lot better than any other wireless headphones I’ve tried at that price point. Check out my full review below.

Apple headphones concept mashes AirPod with HomePod

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Apple headphones concept
A well-known designer has proposed his ideas for Apple headphones, including wireless charging.
Photo: Martin Hajek

It’s an open secret that Apple is developing its own over-the-ear headphones, separate from Beats’ products. Well-known designer Martin Hajek dreamed up suggestions for how these super-size AirPods might look. 

His concept art shows a heavy influence from Apple’s HomePod smart speaker, and the headphones function in somewhat the same ways.

These rugged headphones conduct sound through bone [Deals]

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These bone-conduction headphones might be the future of personal audio.
These bone-conduction headphones might be the future of personal audio.
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There are all sorts of cool headphones out there. Headsets feature Bluetooth, noise-cancellation, with designs that are over-ear, in-ear, wireless, water-poof, and so on. These headphones from FresheTech feature most of those features, plus one you don’t see very often: bone conduction.

Wireless meets noise cancellation in these Bluetooth headphones [Deals]

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These over-ear Bluetooth headphones include effective noise-cancellation, combining privacy and convenience.
These over-ear Bluetooth headphones include effective noise-cancellation, combining privacy and convenience.
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In the plane, on the train, on the streets. When you’ve got your headphones on, you don’t want to let the outside world in. That’s why noise cancellation has been such a popular feature in recent years. But that’s not a feature you usually see on wireless headphones.

Best wireless Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

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Maybe the best thing Apple has invented in years.
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Updated: May 11, 2017

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are Apple’s first iPhones to drop the headphone jack. And while you can keep using your old headphones by plugging them into the adapter that comes in the box, that gets old as soon as you discover you left the little dongle at home connected to a speaker, and you can’t listen to any music.

You’ve got two options. One, stick with a cable and buy some Lightning headphones. That’s fine, but then you can only use them with recent-vintage iOS devices, and you can’t charge your device while you use them. Or two, go wireless. That means Bluetooth, either the vanilla kind, or Apple’s augmented Bluetooth headphones, with the special W1 chip added to make pairing easier.

Best List: These ‘social’ headphones let you share your music [Review]

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Wearhaus Arc Headphones
The Wearhaus Arc headphones are the first 'social' headphones that allow music sharing between headsets.
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Best List: Wearhaus’ Arc ‘social’ headphones

Wearing headphones tends to cut you off from the world, but Wearhaus’ Arc headphones are more sociable.

The wireless Arc headphones allow multiple headsets to stream audio from the same source. Think silent disco, watching a movie together, or sharing tunes with your BFF.