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The 5 Best New Headphones of 2018

From battery life to sound quality, these are the releases that come out on top.
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When it comes to all-day use, listening on the move, and perfect sound quality, these are the stylish headphones that have really made their mark on 2018.

1| B&O Play by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i Wireless Bluetooth Active Noise Cancelling Over Ear Headphones  

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B&O Play add to their flagship headphone line with a special edition autumnal collection: new colorways inspired by desert dunes, clay, and fabrics. Soft lambskin and cowhide leather complete the back-to-nature aesthetic, but there’s nothing soft about the tech: combining active noise cancelling, a tap/touch interface control, wireless, and B&O’s knockout audio. 

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2| Jabra Elite Active 65t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds 

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A contender for the best all-round release of 2018, 65t can make a fair claim to do it all. Rugged enough for workouts and running, they also offer fancy tech like a customizable music equalizer and fitness tracking, plus one-touch access to Alexa/ Siri/ Google Assistant. The charging case gives 15 hours of playback.

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3| Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones With Mic And Remote

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A robust rejoinder to Apple’s overpriced AirPods, MW07s are made from handcrafted acetate, come housed in a stainless steel Zippo-inspired charging case and have optical sensors to detect in-ear placement: The music plays and pauses automatically. As with all things Master & Dynamic, their wireless in-ear entry is a masterclass in premium audio sound and design. 

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4| Bose Noise-Masking Sleepbuds 

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Instead of streaming music, these headphones are designed to help you sleep, coming pre-loaded with 10 ambient soundscapes. They’re small, wireless and offer 16 hours of playback, enough to get you from London to Perth. With sleep (and our lack of it) becoming a major health concern, this is a welcome innovation to the market.

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5| Sony WH-1000XM2 Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones 

Updating Sony’s award-winning 2016 flagship headphones, these offer a whopping 30 hours of battery, wireless noise cancellation, and a clever instant volume reduction feature (‘Quick Attention’) that allows for brief conversations without taking them off. We love the minimalist design and music playback is crystal clear.

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This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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