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The best headphones for cord-cutters

Bose QC35

The original Bose QC35 headphones have been updated with a newer model that also has Amazon Alexa built in — for just $20 more. ( $349 at Amazon

You might not think of headphones as essential accessories for watching TV. But the simple fact is that cutting the cord is the perfect time to look into a good pair of earbuds or over-the-ear cans.

Because here's the thing: If you're going with an Amazon Fire TV or a Roku box or Apple TV or an NVIDIA Shield TV — or an Xbox or PlayStation — it's easier than ever to connect some headphones for private listening. Some only do wireless. Some have headphone jacks for wired headphones.

The point is, you have options. And the ability to watch shows late at night without waking someone — whether you're in bed or blasting things in the living room — is one of those things you never new you were missing until you try it.

So with that in mind, here are our top picks for headphones if you've cut the cord.