Every music/audio lover needs an amazing pair of headphones to truly enjoy the sound. Whether you like to record music or simply adore it, music and headphones are synonymous. Upgrading your headphones is a personal choice, but one that you must make if you want to get away from those tangly earbuds with scratchy audio.
When it comes time to finally get serious about quality, it can be a daunting decision to choose which pair to buy. I’ve been through it myself. To some, it could feel important not choose the wrong pair. It’s an investment; you want to make sure you make the right one. Instead of searching for hours and hours finding a good pair, this list contains a wide variety of high-quality audio headphones. This list is dedicated to amazing headphones for enjoying music and sound through. The items are not ranked in any particular order; each one has its own pros and cons.
Starting off the List we have an extremely popular, yet cheap pair of Bluetooth stereo headphones. Designed for recording, these over-ear headphones offer amazing sound quality for the price. It’s extremely hard to find decent over-ears for under $100 and this is one of them.
The Cowin E-7 offers many cool features as well. It includes active noise canceling technology, meaning it uses a small microphone inside the headphones to constantly intercept and cut out outside noise. You can turn off noise canceling mode by easily flipping a switch. The Cowin E-7 holds 30+ hours of listening time on a single charge. You don’t have to worry about the dreaded low battery alert. On board controls allow you to take calls, change volume, and switch songs without needing to pull out your device.
The Bose QuietComfort 25’s are one of the most critically acclaimed headphones out there. Somehow, they are seen as a competitor to Beats, but there is no competition in my eyes. The QuietComfort’s sound quality is so deep and powerful; it’s great for any genre of music. Many musicians for youtube start-ups to pop superstars have been seen using and promoting these headphones in the studio.
The QuietComfort’s use Acoustic Noise Cancelling to create a great experience when seated next to a particularly annoying passenger on a commercial flight. Comfort was obviously kept in mind with this pair, as you could wear these all day without any pain or discomfort. The frame sits well on the head and the cups are extremely soft. A drawback is that the headphones are designed for a specific OS: you choose between Apple, Samsung &Android, etc. However, all options work fine with other devices. I personally love these headphones.
Sony is a staple in premium audio, and the MDR 1000X is one of the best headphones in their line. The seal on these Bluetooth noise canceling headphones is amazing, one of the best I’ve ever seen. The cups aren’t extremely soft, but very comfortable. The sleek design will have many people asking questions and giving compliments.
The sound quality isn’t skimped out on either. Very pure and strong sound allows for a great listening experience. With a cool “Quick Attention” feature, you can clearly hear ambient noise with the touch of a button. This works surprisingly well. If you are looking for a diverse yet premium headset, this is the one for you.
Audio-Technica makes great products that are also affordable. The ATH-M50x have been their flagship headphones for a long time now. Each generation they just improve upon it. With the new Bluetooth converter, the user has an option to listen traditionally through a cord, or conveniently with the new Bluetooth add-on.
The comfort of these headphones is not to be outmatched. I’ve worn these for hours and hours on end with no discomfort whatsoever. On top of that, the headphones have the sound of a $500 pair. Many artists use these to record in the studio. Personally, I wear them every day. They are great in any circumstance, and everyone needs a pair in their bag.
All the bass lovers out there will enjoy this entry. The largest draw of the Sony XB950B1 is the bass switch, instantly boosting the bass level without compromising sound quality. Listening to hip-hop and heavy metal on this pair is unbelievable.
The mids and highs aren’t anything to run home to mom about, but they get the job done. Also, the bands are infamous for cracking and breaking, so I would recommend getting the $10 protection plan with these headphones. If you are an acoustic type of person, I wouldn’t suggest them. However, if you like to pump the bass, you are gonna like these headphones.
It’s hard to find a great open back headphone for under five or six hundred dollars. It might not seem this way, but the Sennheiser HD 650 is a huge bang for your bucks. The hardware in this product is expertly crafted, from the high power neodymium magnets to the acoustic silk damping. Sennheiser improved the frequency response time to an impressive 10 – 39,500 Hz (-10db) at that price range.
The open back experience along with the amazing comfort allows for a great listening experience. If you close your eyes, it’s easy to imagine you sitting 15 feet away from the actual artist. Of course, open-back aren’t made for listening out in public due to the leaking. These headphones should be saved for at home or in the studio.
This entry is for all the big ballers out there. Apart from Sennheiser’s $50,000 Orpheus, you don’t get much better than this pair of headphones. So much technology went into creating the perfect listening experience.
The HD 800 S sports the largest drivers ever used in dynamic headphones. there is absorber technology used to correct imperfections in recordings themselves. Even the cups are designed to direct sound waves into your ears at a better angle to make it feel more natural and real. One could go on all day about how amazing these headphones are. If you have the budget for them, there is no question as to if you should buy them.
If you want the open back experience without spending too much money, the HD 598 SR is the pair for you. Let’s face it, you probably won’t listen to open-back on your daily commute or while traveling. That type of headphone isn’t really made for that. This won’t be your everyday pair.
Many people are scared away from open-back because they don’t want to spend $500+ on headphones they won’t even spend the majority of their listening time using. This is the solution. It’s not like these headphones are the bottom of the barrel when it comes to open-back either. This is a quality pair of headphones. You get a great listening experience without paying too much.
They may not be the most attractive pair of headphones to some, but boy do you get great sound quality for just 80 bucks. the audio comes out very strong and powerful, unlike many other budget headphones.
The extremely long 10-foot cord comes in handy if you are in the studio or at a DJ gig. It does get in the way if you are just walking around with them though. Obviously not the best pair on this list, but, it’s a great substitution if you don’t have the money.
If over-ear headphones aren’t really you, or you simply want high-quality audio on the run, you can still get it with the Bose SoundSport’s. These Bluetooth earbuds offer surprisingly great quality. The sound is full, clear, and balanced.
With the interesting rubber tips, you don’t have to worry about your nice earbuds falling out during a workout. The battery life could be better, only about 6 hours. This isn’t bad for earbuds, but you always want more time before you need to plug in. That all being said, this is a great pair of earbuds for those who need a quick grab-and-go.