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Best Headphones for iPad Air 3 in 2020

Rose Gold Bose QuietComfort 35 II and AirPods Pro
Rose Gold Bose QuietComfort 35 II and AirPods Pro (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

No tablet is complete without a great pair of headphones, and the iPad Air is no different. Listen to music, taking in your favorite podcasts, or even just watching the new headphones can take your experience with your iPad Air to a new level. Whether you're looking for top-tier noise-canceling headphones or just a cheap pair to take with you on your daily commute, these are our favorites headphones to use with the iPad Air 3.

Get the headphones that work for you

There are plenty of great headphones out there that will work for the iPad Air, and the pair you decide to purchase should be a pair that you work best for your life. If you travel a lot, you likely want headphones with active noise-canceling so you can drown out outside noise while you relax and listen to your tunes. If you constantly have your iPad Air with you on your day-to-day commute, you should think about getting something portable with lots of battery life, so your tunes can follow you wherever you go.

If you want the best of the best and you want noise-canceling, you can't go wrong with the Sony WH-1000XM3 (opens in new tab). You can customize how they sound with the companion app, the ANC is exceptional when travel or trying to drown out any noise. Plus, the 30-hour battery life means you won't need to be charging them all the time.

When it comes to using Bluetooth headphones with your iPad Air 3, it's hard to get more convenient than Apple's Airpods (opens in new tab). With seamless pairing with all your Apple devices and the ability to summon Siri, the AirPods really are the headphones for Apple lovers.

Lastly, If you're on a budget but still want some good sounding cans, check out the Taotronics TT-BH085 (opens in new tab). With 40-hour battery life, USB-C charging, and ANC on board, it's hard not to like what Taotronics is offering especially at its low price tag.

Luke Filipowicz
Luke Filipowicz

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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