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.
Top notch ANC
If you want the best noise-canceling headphones money can buy, the Sony WH-1000XM3 is what you want. In addition to the stellar ANC, the battery lasts up to 30 hours on a single charge, and it has fast-charging capabilities, meaning you can get back to listening to your favorite tunes quicker. They sound amazing, with plenty of bass and the padded cans are very comfortable to wear.
ANC on a budget
Taotronics are the best low-budget, active noise-canceling headphones I have ever used. With a sound profile that will please most people and a long-lasting battery, the BH085's give you great value for its price tag. Plus, with USB-C charging and its handy playback controls on the cans, the price is right for these incredibly affordable headphones.
Siri's best companion
With all the polish and style that only Apple can provide, AirPods offer a fantastic balanced sound and a charging case that can provide you with power for an entire day. With superb voice-control through Siri and excellent microphones for audio calls, you never have to take the AirPods out of your ears.
Truly wireless workout earbuds
The Jabra Elite 75t earbuds feature onboard playback/call/Siri controls, and there are no annoying wires to get in your way while you work out. These are made to stay in your ears, no matter what. They have 7.5 hours of battery life in each earbud, which isn't the longest battery life, but the charging case has an extra 21 hours of battery. Plus, it has a fast charge feature, which gives you an hour of battery after charging for just 15 mins, so its easy to top up when you need it.
Excellent workout headphones
If you don't mind a wireless neck-cord, the Jaybird X4 offer eight hours of playtime with a 15-minute quick charge to add an extra hour. Plus, their IPX7 rating will handle pretty much any sweat-inducing workout you can throw at it!
Cheap workout headphones
Aukey has built a name for itself over the years with high-quality charging accessories, and now, the company's getting into the audio world. Aukey's wireless earbuds are IPX4 water-resistant and have Hi-Fi sound.
Ton of features
Noise-cancelation and a little more bass than other headsets make these headphones a real winner. With touch controls on the side of the earpieces and the ability to turn on the headset with a simple twist of the cans, Sennheiser's PXC 550 is also a little more feature-laden than other headsets in its class.
The lightweight design and plush ear cushions make the Jabra Move wireless headphones one of the most comfortable around. Its 12-hour battery life is enough to get you through the workday and then some, and it's wonderful playback controls can also help you take calls when paired with your phone, making them incredibly useful in any situation.
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 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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