Best Overall

A 2-ounce pair of headphones that travel well and sound better

Jays V-Jays headphones

Jays V-Jays headphones     Photo: Courtesy of Jays

I’ve owned my soft, foamy Jays' v-Jays headphones longer than any other earbud or headphone in this test, and I reach for them first for a very elementary reason: They sound perfect. Plus, at only two ounces, they're travel-friendly and collapse into a shape you can fit in your coat pocket. I've even taken them running: the old-time foam pads sit comfortably on your ears and stay in place even when you sweat. But it’s their booming bass and clarion highs that really get me, blending to create a full, fluid sound. The only drawback: the swivel balls that make them flexible are prone to breaking off if you stuff them into one too many messenger bags.

Price: $90

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