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Best Office Headphones - Winter 2017
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Office headphones are typically versatile headsets that can be used at work or in an office-like environment. This means headphones good for office use should have minimal leakage, to not disturb the people around you. They should be comfortable to use for long periods of time and block the ambient noise of a moderately busy office. Below are our recommendations for the best office headphones we have tested so far.

Best Office Headphones $300+

Office headphones in this price range are well-built, durable headsets that isolate enough to block the chatter of a busy office. They sound great and comfortably create a good seal around, on or in the ear to not let sound leak. Also, some models in this price range come with additional features like wireless audio and noise-cancelling.

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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.

The QuietControl 30 are ideal for office use thanks to their comfortable fit, good isolation and incredibly low leakage. Even at high volumes, they will rarely distract those around you. Furthermore, they have a good set of versatile active features that make them suitable for most use cases and an above-average sound that's decently balanced but may not be ideal for pure critical listening. However, the around the neck design might not be for everyone.

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The Bose QuietComfort 35 deliver one of the best noise canceling performances. They will easily block the chatter of a busy office and also deliver an above-average listening experience. They're incredibly comfortable, they have a good sound, and they're wireless but also come with an audio cable, in case you don't have a Bluetooth device set up in your office or on your PC.

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Best Office Headphones $150 to $300

In this price range, headphones versatile enough for office use do not leak much. They're durable, comfortable and also isolate well enough for the ambient noise of a busy office. However, they won't have as many additional features as the higher end models. They also won't sound as great.

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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.

The Level Over have an excellent suite of features that give you a lot of control over the noise cancellation and audio reproduction. They're comfortable, isolate well enough in loud environments and do not leak much at higher volumes. This makes them a good pair of headphones to use around the office especially considering their great wireless range.

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Best Office Headphones $75 to $150

Office headphones in this price range are not as durable or well-built as the pricier models. They still isolate enough to block the noise of most offices. They're comfortable and don't leak a lot. However, they won't have as many features and may struggle a little with accurate audio reproduction. 

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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.

The Jaybird X2 are more geared for sports use, however, with their strong passive isolation, they do well in an office environment. They barely leak and won't disturb the people around you. They also block a fair amount of ambient noise. They sound decent, but unfortunately, the in-ear fit is not comfortable for everyone especially, during long listening sessions. Also, you must have a Bluetooth enabled device or PC to use these headphones.

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The Backbeat Pro are a good overall set of wireless headphones. They have an exciting sound quality, a durable design, and a reliable wireless connection. They're comfortable and provide one of the simplest to use controls schemes. However, the mediocre noise canceling adds a lot of self-noise, which is distracting if you're not playing any audio. This makes them not ideal if you just want to block the ambient noise of a lively office.

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Best Office Headphones $30 to $75

The headphones in this price range will struggle a little in loud office environments. They're not as comfortable or well built as the pricier models and also have fewer features. However, they still offer a decent sound quality and low leakage.

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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.

The Level U Pro are an above-average pair of in-ear headphones to use at the office. They have a good wireless range, a decent sound quality and a stable around the neck design that's comfortable but not for everyone. They're also very well priced, but unfortunately, they're not the most durable headphones.

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Best Office Headphones below $30

In this price range, office headphones won't be as well-built or durable. They won't leak too much and provide a somewhat decent isolation for ambient noise. However, they won't be as comfortable for long listening sessions, and audio reproduction may have a few flaws.

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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.

The SoundPeats QY8 are good headphones for office use, especially considering the low price point. They will block the chatter of a busy office with their great passive isolation. They also barely leak even at higher volumes, which is ideal in an office-like setting. However, they're wireless and only work via Bluetooth, which adds a layer of complexity especially if you have multiple workstations.

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Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best office headphones to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

A few examples of office headphones that didn't make the cut:

  • Sennheiser PXC 550. Customizable sound, comfortable and stable fit. Leaky at higher volumes. See our review
  • Sony MDR-1000x. Outstanding isolation and above-average comfort and sound but a bit pricey and slightly bulky. See our review
  • Bose QuietComfort 20. Excellent noise isolation. Portable and stable design. Mediocre audio quality. See our review
  • Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear. Good isolation, minimal leakage. Good alternative to the Jaybird X2. See our review
  • Anker SoundBuds SportGood isolation, minimal leakage. Poor sound quality. See our review

If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for office headphones. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There is no perfect headphone for office use. Personal taste, preference and where you use the headphones will matter more in your selection.

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