Starting with the build and design, these are very comfortable. The padding on the headband and ear pads feels nice to the touch and allows them to rest comfortably on your head for even the longest listening sessions. If you need to pack them in a bag they’re also fairly flexible and can fold at the hinges so you can throw them in a backpack if you need to.
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On the right ear cup you’ll find only three buttons, all of which are basically multi-functions. You can turn on the headphones, enter pairing mode, skip tracks, and control volume. The controls do take a little getting used to but they should be committed to memory within 10 minutes of using them. On the left ear cup is the switch that will turn on the ANC and a 3.5mm input jack for when the battery dies out. That said, with Bluetooth and ANC turned on, these should get you a solid 15 hours of playback time which is enough for the average flight or commute.
More than a few solid features packaged into a pretty modern design
The two best features about these headphones are arguably the most important when it comes to a pair of noise-cancelling headphones: the ANC and the sound. A lot of times headphones with weak ANC will simply get a little louder in order to block out the outside noise, but that isn’t the case with the Hush. As the name implies, they have really solid noise-cancelling considering the price. Voices and dog barks will still slice through, but the low hum of trains and even nearby air conditioners get noticeably less audible when you switch it on. It allows you to focus on what’s important: the sound. These don’t really have an accurate sound but if you’re into a more fun-sounding pair of headphones that sound good then these might do it for you.
The CB3 Hush don’t exactly have premium build materials, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a great pair of headphones. At less than $100 these are a no-brainer if you want your headphones to do a little bit of everything and do it well.
If you’ve been following Sound Guys for a while then this first one should come as no surprise, but the Grado SR60 made this list (and some others) for good reason. They’re a great pair of headphones that will introduce you to the accurate sound of Grado for a fraction of the cost as some of their more expensive headphones. They have a great retro design that pays homage to the 60 years of experience the company has in making their products.
One of the plus sides to these, at least for us, is that the Grado SR60e’s are an entry-level pair of headphones for anyone who needs to hear exactly what is going on with their audio whether that be for personal pleasure or work.