For music lovers, nothing feels better than putting on headphones and feeling the music banging in your ears. What a feeling! Headphones can transport you to a different world the moment you put them on.
Our top picks for headphone brands
No matter where you are—in a bus stop, waiting room, busy dorm, or a noisy marketplace—good headphones have the power to shut out the outside world and take you to a new place altogether.
Regardless of what you use headphones for (e.g. personal listening, audio production, etc.), these brands produce some of the best headphones in the world.
This German audio company makes some of the best headphones, microphones and avionics headsets in the world. The company is owned and run by the Sennheiser family who are committed to offering a perfect blend of quality and functionality.
Sennheiser headphones are characterized by their ability to produce massive bass with an incredible level of clarity across all frequencies. Their line of products perfectly justifies their tagline – The Pursuit of Perfect Sound.
Our pick: We recommend the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 headphones, which score highly in terms of quality with their soft and spacious ear cups. They deliver crisp and highly refined sound with an advanced foldable design.
Bose Corporation is an American company that designs, develops and sells a wide range of high-end audio equipment. They make headphones for professional, consumer, military and aviation use.
Bose was the first headphone brand to offer noise-cancelling technology in their consumer products. They deliver an amazing bass effect which enhances the quality of deep tones delivered by these headphones. Some of Bose’s most popular models include the QuietComfort 35, QuietComfort 25, Sound True and SoundSport headphones.
Our pick: We recommend the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones for their amazing noise-canceling ability and bass, which is more prominent than in other headphones. The brilliant fold-up design is matched with Bluetooth for excellent performance. You can seamlessly switch from music to answering calls using this headphone. The battery lasts for 20 hours which is good. Overall, it is worth the price you pay.
Whether you are looking for Bluetooth functionality, noise cancellation, comfort or thundering bass, the one name that stands out in the headphone world is Sony. This Japanese manufacturer has been making headphones and sound gadgets for decades. Their line of smartly deigned headphones is built to deliver superior audio clarity. Sony continues to impress and awe users with its innovation in audio technology. Some of the popular models include the Sony MDR-100ABN, MDR-1A, MDR Z7, MDR-ZX770BN and MDRV6 headphones.
Our pick: The Sony MDR-1A headphones are an excellent pair of full-size headphones. They are relatively lightweight and can be comfortably worn all day long. They are an improved version of the MDR-1Rs with more prominent bass through the mid-range to the treble. They fit better and perform outstandingly. While they are built for Android phones, these headphones also work with iOS devices.
Like all other products made by the company, Apple headphones are beautiful to look at and comfortable to use. They are like the match made in heaven for iPods and iPhones to give you exceptional quality sound output.
The revolutionary design fits the ear well and feels comfortable even if you wear them for long periods of time. In terms of bass, Apple headphones are capable of giving other brands a run for their money. The wireless AirPods are also the best in the market.
Our top pick: The Apple AirPods have a brilliant design with superior sound quality. These ultra-lightweight fully wireless headphones can be effortlessly paired with Apple devices to give you an immersive music experience. A fully charged battery gives you 5 hours of listening time which might not be great, but Apple claims that a 3-minute charge can make the buds last for 3 hours.
This German manufacturer comes in at fifth place in our list. Their products live up to their motto which says “perfect sound is quintessential”. Their products deliver top-notch audio quality and are sought after by music professionals around the world.
Our pick: The Beyerdynamic T51i headphones boast a sturdy build with excellent sound quality. They come with a 3-button inline remote and mic that works with Apple smartphones and tablets.
That said, if you work in audio production, the DT770 Pro’s would be much better suited. They’re pretty much industry standard and are used in recording studios all over the world.
Regardless of the brand you choose, look for headphones with the perfect design, size, sound quality and comfort you can get for your budget. Like many things, you get what you pay for with these brands.