Whether you’re listening to music or wandering the lush forests in a video game, a pair of good headphones will elevate your experience. Not to mention, you won’t be intruding on others with your choice of tunes. Here are our five top picks to up your audio game, from noise-cancelling earbuds for your next trip to feature-packed gaming headphones that lets you bark commands clearly to your team mates.
Creative SFXI Air Gamer
Creative has gone for the kitchen sink and some with the SFXI Air Gamer. It’s packed with more features than you’d need, such as a microSD card slot to store your music. More importantly, it is enhanced with Creative’s awesome Super X-Fi technology, which offers a personalised audio experience that’s tuned to your ears. You’re definitely getting full value from the S$199 asking price.
Poly Voyager Focus UC
If you’re spending most of your work hours in Zoom conferences, it’s a no-brainer to invest in a good headset, such as the Poly Voyager Focus UC. Being wireless, it is convenient to use, while its battery has been tested to last an entire day of video meetings. It also comes with active noise cancellation that complements the excellent noise isolation, making it the ideal office headset.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
With its excellent sound quality and solid active noise cancellation, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is the best true wireless earbuds from the South Korean tech giant. For one, it has a pretty cool feature called Voice Detect, which detects when you are talking, and automatically switches to the Ambient mode to let you hear your surroundings. But you’ll need a Samsung smartphone to get the best out of it.
Arguably the gold standard in true wireless earbuds, the Sony WF-1000XM4 returns with a new design and ear tips. But it still maintains the excellent sound and noise cancelling of its predecessor. Turn on the latter to enjoy pure silent bliss, without any noise from your surroundings. Battery life, too, is another highlight — you can expect up to 8 hours of music playback on a single charge.
SteelSeries Arctis Tusq
Looking for a pair of affordable and portable headphones for gaming? Check out the SteelSeries Arctis Tusq, which offers comfort, great audio and a detachable boom microphone. All for just S$60. Gamers, especially, will appreciate its clarity — game audio effects like footsteps and gunfire come across clearly.