Investing in a good pair of headphones is a must for any student, whether they’re studying for college finals, or doing SAT prep in high school, and just about everything else in between.

A really good pair of noise-canceling headphones is a great way to focus on studying or writing a term paper because they can block out background noise and free students from the outside world. They can also create a distraction-free zone if you’re listening to music or an audiobook, or even watching a movie on a laptop in a public setting. 

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While great headphones can be really expensive, we’ve also included a few pairs that have amazing audio quality and won’t completely break the bank. After all, being broke is pretty synonymous with being a student. With our recommendations, you can save your money and spend it on more important things for school — like textbooks, laptops, and of course, ramen noodles for those infamous all-nighters.  Read more…

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AirPods Pro

Better than the original AirPods in almost every way, with impressive noise-cancelation for their size and enhanced comfort for all-day wear.

    $249 from Amazon

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    Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II

    World-class noise-cancelation makes Bose QuietComfort the way to go for a world full of distractions.

      $349 from Amazon

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      Sony MDR7506

      These Sony headphones are perfect for hearing balanced audio, and their comfortable earcups will feel great throughout the whole day.

        $89.95 from Amazon

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        JBL JR300BT Kids Wireless Headphones

        Keep your kid’s ears safe without taking the joy of music away from them — these JBL headphones have a decibel limit feature, as well as a fun design and all-day comfort.

          $49.95 from Amazon

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          BEST FOR AUDIO

          Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B

          This pair excels at blocking out noise from the outside world, which makes them ideal for students trying to study.

            $99 from Amazon

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            Creative Sound Blaster Jam

            Weighing in at only eight ounces, these headphones are so comfortable that you might not even notice you’re wearing them.

              $49.99 from Amazon

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              Sony MDR-ZX110NC

              These feature “smart listening,” which automatically adjusts audio during various activities.

                $348 from Amazon

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                BEST IN-EAR OPTION

                1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones

                Each earpiece contains three audio drivers for balanced and deep bass and dynamic tones in a lightweight presentation that’s comfortable to wear.

                  $79.99 from Amazon

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                  BEST BATTERY LIFE

                  Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

                  These have the ability to pair two devices at once, so you can go from watching a movie on a laptop to listening to an audiobook on a phone easily.

                    $164.88 from Walmart

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                    BEST BUDGET IN-EAR OPTION

                    RHA S500u

                    These feature a handy universal remote and microphone for Siri and Google Assistant voice commands.

                      $27.49 from Amazon

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                      MOST STYLISH


                      These deliver clear and crisp sound in a sleek and sexy design with eight-hour battery life and fast charging.

                        $99.99 from Walmart

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                        BEST OPEN-BACK OPTION

                        Grado SR60e

                        Headphones with open-backed ear cups allow the sound to feel like it’s in the same room as you and not just in your ears.

                          $79 from Amazon

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                          BEST WIRELESS OPTION

                          LG Tone Pro 780

                          Lightweight and well-balanced, with advanced quad-layer speaker technology that produces excellent audio quality and short charging times.

                            $69 from Amazon

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                            BEST BUDGET ON-EAR OPTION

                            Urbanears Plattan 2

                            These collapsible headphones offer up really good passive noise isolation with a stylish and fun look.

                              $34.99 from Amazon

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                              BEST IN-EAR NOISE-CANCELING OPTION

                              Audio-Technica QuietPoint

                              These are an older model, but they still deliver world class audio and high level noise cancelling at a considerably low price.

                                $99.95 from Walmart

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                                BEST FOR ATHLETES

                                Monster iSport Intensity

                                Durable and sweatproof to keep the music going, with handy controls right on the wire, so you don’t have to fiddle with your smartphone while using them.

                                  $49 from Adorama

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                                  BEST MID-RANGE WIRELESS OPTION

                                  Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT

                                  A great value for students and audiophiles alike with 45mm drivers for quality audio and NFC “tap-and-touch” pairing for up to eight devices.

                                    $149 from Amazon

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                                    BEST HEADPHONES FOR GAMING

                                    Corsair HS50

                                    The microphone reduces ambient noise, and it’s also removable, so it doesn’t get in the way if you want to use the headphones for something else.

                                      $49.99 from Amazon

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                                      BEST WATERPROOF HEADPHONES

                                      H2O Audio Headphones

                                      These are IPX8 rated for 100% waterproofing in heavy sweat, rain, and complete submersion for up to 12 feet of water.

                                        $39.99 from Amazon

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                                        BEST TANGLE-FREE WIRED OPTION

                                        JLab Audio Diego

                                        This sleek and sexy pair are also rugged and flexible, and also comfortable and affordable for students with a price that’s under $15.

                                          $14.99 from Amazon


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