Samsung includes a pair of AKG earbuds with every Galaxy Note 9, but if you're looking for headphones that offer more depth and clarity, or are interested in going wireless, there are plenty of options available. The Sony WH1000XM2 in particular stands out for its excellent sound quality and comfort.
The WH1000XM2 is one of the best headphones you can buy today. The noise cancellation is on par with the Bose QC35 II, but what makes Sony's option stand out is the sound quality. The WH1000XM2 also provides a 30-hour battery life from a full charge, and it's lightweight enough that you can wear it for extended periods without any discomfort.
Jabra Elite 65t
Jabra's Elite 65t is a great option if you're looking to go the truly wireless route. The sound quality is great, you get a decent amount of noise isolation, and the earbuds provide a snug fit that ensures they don't fall out even when you're on the move. The Elite 65t is water resistant as well, and you get a 5-hour battery life.
Best for workouts
Jaybird built its name by offering great workout earbuds, and the X4 reinforce that belief. The X4 is waterproof with an IPX7 rating, and offers an 8-hour battery life. The bundled Comply tips conform to the contours of your ears, providing a secure fit. You also have the option to tailor the sound profile via custom EQ settings.
Great wired option
The ATH-M50x is a stalwart in this category. The headphones come with detachable cables and a collapsible design that makes them portable, and the large earpads ensure they're comfortable to wear throughout the day. But if there's one thing that defines the M50x, it's the sound quality — the soundstage is expansive for a closed-back headphone, with powerful bass and bright highs.
Best budget pick
Ghostek soDrop 2
For under $100, the soDrop 2 comes with a lot of features. It has AptX connectivity, and the noise isolation works surprisingly well. The headset is also lightweight at 9oz (or 225g), and its design sets it apart from other options in this category. The soDrop 2 is a solid choice if you're looking for a sub-$100 wireless headset with decent noise reduction and great sound quality.
That's a quick look at some of the headphone options available for the Galaxy Note 9. I've excluded most of the sub-$100 picks as the bundled AKG earbuds offer a similar level of sound quality as most $50 wired earbuds, and if you're paying over a $1,000 for a phone, you'll want something more premium.
For most people, that will be the Sony WH1000XM2. Sony has done a masterful job with the headphones, and the noise isolation makes them a particularly great option for everyday commuting or travel. The sound quality is exquisite, you get music playback controls on the right earcup, and the 30-hour battery life is more than adequate for even the lengthiest of plane rides.