I love music and watching TV/videos, especially on the go. However, it was a long process to find headphones and earbuds that I was actually comfortable with - here are the ones I finally settled on.

Daily Headphones / Working from Home

When in the comfort of my own home, I enjoy using the Audio Technica ATH-M50x’s. This long has been hailed as one of the best headphones at a relatively reasonable price, and I can say that I definitely agree. I’ve had the headphones for around 4 years, and its held up wonderfully. The only gripe I had was with the small foam padding, but I easily replaced that with these Brainwavz replacement earpads.

Now, they’re one of the most comfortable headphones I use, which I can wear for long hours (we’re talking like 6-7 hours) and I still won’t feel a thing.

Working Out of Home

If I’m working or studying out of my house, the Sony MDR-1000X is a necessity for me. Buying these were one of the hardest things I’ve had to do, considering how expensive it is (and still debating if it was even worth it). However, I can say that I don’t regret it one bit (except I still have pains from hitting the “purchase” button). The noise-canceling is fantastic, which is extremely important to me considering that most of the libraries I work in aren’t quiet like they’re supposed to be. I can even work in coffee shops without hearing a thing, no matter how loud it is. I literally sit underneath speakers and next to people that are screaming, and can’t even notice them unless I specifically seek out their sounds.

These are a little bit less comfortable for me than the ATH, but I can still wear them for longer sessions and not be too bothered. This is hardly a big deal when considering the quiet and focus it brings me.

Portable

My go to earbuds when on the move are Apple Airpods. Initially I was astounded as to why anyone would pay $170 for wireless Apple earbuds. However, when I got a pair as a gift, I immediately realized the convenience factor. Its long battery life and pause-on-removal make it extremely great to wear.

I’m not sure how, but I somehow ended up with a pair of Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones (from my brother I think). Initially, I didn’t really find a use for them because I was completely fine with the headphones that came with my iPhone. However, the more I tried them, the more I found myself using them.

Now that iPhone doesn’t have a headphone jack (but my Switch still does), I tend not to carry these around unless I have my Switch. However, one huge drawback of this is how uncomfortable I find them. I can barely wear them for more than an hour without it starting to hurt my ears. For some reason, the shape puts a lot of pressure on weird parts of my ear, so they really bother me.

Regardless, I use this as a last resort when I’m gaming on my Switch outside of my house, or just need something quick to plug in and walk around with.