2020 Top Picks of the Year Headphones



Top Pick of the Year:

1More True Wireless ANC Noise-Canceling Earbuds
(September) Read Review

Tuned by Luca Bignardi, a four-time Grammy Award-winning sound engineer, these THX-certified earbuds are pitched as having great sound, and they deliver on that promise.

"The 1More's most distinctive feature is its silky smooth sonics," said our reviewer Stewart Wolpin, who went on to praise the "even-balanced bass, spacious soundstage, and detailed presence that's usually missing from most true wireless buds." Selling for $200 at the time of our test, the True Wireless ANC has since dropped to $150, making them an excellent value as well. $150, usa.1more.com


JVC HA-FW01 In-Ear Headphones
(September) Read Review

Sporting a gorgeous look, with a dark wood housing and rose-gold accents, JVC HA-FW01 has plenty of visual appeal, but our reviewer Leslie Shapiro also admired its performance, characterizing the sound as "natural and transparent, without a touch of coloration to detract from the recording." $330, jvc.com

SuicideSquid's picture

It's nice to see a range of pricing across your picks - good to see a mid-range priced bookshelf speaker as your top pick of the year, and a $700 set of B&Ws to sit alongside some of the $5,000 options. It's a lot more helpful to most readers than just leaning hard into the top-end.

The feature set of that Monoprice preamp looks amazing, but am I the only one who thinks it looks ugly as sin? The aesthetics of most of monoprice's gear makes me cringe.

mjmiller715's picture

Couldnt agree more.

I havent heard any of their products other than basic hdmi cables and the like.

I find it hard to believe they can copycat their way into such high quality but maybe im mistaken.

This coming from someone who uses an old anthem receiver that is not the prettiest girl at the party but it does quite well under most conditions.