The final months of 2016 are here, so it’s time to start reviewing progress and expectations. When it comes to headphones, the year has seen some forward movement, and some of the best announcements won’t hit shelves until January. Regardless, there is a perfect headset for every occasion, so these are the best new options for gaming, sports and creativity.


When you want to take your gaming seriously, and have seamless communication with your online teammates, you need a good headset. You may not, however, have an unlimited budget. When it comes to headsets for under $100, the SteelSeries Siberia 150 are a top choice. You can use software to customize the listening experience and they work with PC, Mac and PS4. If you do have the cash to spare, look at the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless. They work fine wirelessly, but you can also leave them connected if you worry about battery life. They provide 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound and are noise-cancelling.


Everyone loves music with their workout. To satisfy those needs, headphones have to be able to take a little punishment. In the under $100 category, look to the Sol Republic Shadow Wireless. They have an eight-hour battery and are water resistant. On the more expensive side, the Samsung Gear IconX are jaw dropping. They are completely wireless, without even a wire connecting the two earbuds. They have innovative touch controls, are splash resistant and utilize design that keeps them in your ears even when things get vigorous.


The final category is for the true audiophiles. Maybe you create your own works, or maybe you just love good sound that much. Either way, both of these choices will be on the pricey side, and they are set to launch in 2017. First up is the JBL Everest 700 Elite. It makes wave by offering adjustable levels of noise cancelling. If that wasn’t enough, each earpiece has its own setting, so you can really fine tune just how much outside sound you let through. The other big innovator is the Skullcandy Crusher VRA. Designed specifically for virtual reality, it has a bass amplifier that adds a visceral element to location based sound. You won’t just hear directions, you will feel them.