Best student earbuds & headphones 2024

Students can use good wireless headphones and earbuds for various reasons, be it for studying or leisure time away from learning. Most of these picks offer active noise cancelation (ANC) features that can come in handy no matter where you're working. There are plenty of other reasons you'll want the best student earbuds and headphones when navigating another school year. We've listed some of our favorites to both help you focus and give you the best overall sound experience.

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The beauty of being a student is that you can appreciate tech a little more when it helps you get things done or when it's time to just relax and enjoy a good tune. That's especially true when looking for the best wireless headphones and best wireless earbuds

The Sony WF-1000XM5 are the best pair of wireless earbuds you can find, or if you've got over-ear headphones in mind, the Bose QuietComfort Headphones (2023) are easy to appreciate.

Active noise cancelation (ANC) is worth investing in so you can focus on the task at hand whether you're at home with busy street noises (the neighbors mowing the lawn, perhaps?) in a busy student center, reading outside in the park, listening to a lecture while going for a run, or in a dorm room with a roommate. But never sacrifice on good sound, too, and all of these headphones and earbuds strike a balance of great sound with comfortable design for all-day wear.

Options abound otherwise, and they traverse everything from function to budget. If you're looking for fit, comfort, and some durability, a great buy would be the Jabra Elite 8 Active. There's no "right" answer between headphones and earbuds — it truly comes down to preference as you assess your school needs and the great choices here.

Ted Kritsonis
Contributor, Audio Reviewer

Ted Kritsonis loves taking photos when the opportunity arises, be it on a camera or smartphone. Beyond sports and world history, you can find him tinkering with gadgets or enjoying a cigar. Often times, that will be with a pair of headphones or earbuds playing tunes. When he's not testing something, he's working on the next episode of his podcast, Tednologic.

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