It's so important to have the best headphones possible but with so many options, it can be hard to pull a trigger on which to buy. So we've done homework for you and selected the best headphones available.
1. Best Overall: Bose QuietComfort 35
When you combine the best-in-class, active noise canceling and an extremely comfortable fold up headphone design, the result is the Bose QuietComfort 35. While the latest over the ear headphone and the quiet comfort line offers plenty to rave about, perhaps the most notable is that it's the first in the series to be wireless. Weighing 8.3 ounces, the Bose QuietComfort 35 looks much like the Bose QuietComfort 25. However, the QC 35 does offer an additional piece of technology.
Overall appearance with the Bluetooth toggle on the power switch, the headband offers 12 separate steps to produce maximum comfort as well as allowing the ear-cups to rotate up to 90 degrees one way and 5 degrees in the other.
The oval-shaped design of the ear cups themselves attempts to fit over the whole ear to provide a heightened level of comfort over fully round ear cups. Beyond the design, the Bluetooth wireless capability allows the QC 35 to add multi-point pairing or connecting to two devices simultaneously via NFC. An LED battery indicator lets you known how much juice you have left, it's said to last up to 20 hours on a single charge. If the battery runs out, the headphones work just fine when wired with the included 47-inch cable.
2. Best Wireless: Beats Solo3
Music lovers have been hesitant to take the beats plunge worrying that the expensive price tag goes more to cover marketing budget than a quality product, but the latest generation of wireless headphones from the stylish line is their best ever product thanks to the top-of-the-line wireless connectivity.
As usual, the consumer can choose from a host of Lux colors, this lineup draws heavily from Apple's palette with classy but understated rose gold, silver, and gold accented with white but beyond the looks, these headphones have over 40 hours of battery life, it's good enough to last all week at the gym. They also have the option to take calls, control music, activate Siri and class-one Bluetooth pairing from a W1 chip have never been easier. It's easy to switch between Wireless compatible devices without an issue and functioning from up to 75 feet away. Sound quality and comfort also make these headphones to pair to keep for years to come.
3. Best Under $50:
Skullcandy is all about quality at an affordable cost, for many on ear headphones offer far more comfort than over ear as they do not rest on the head.
Grind from Skullcandy is their latest on ear offering with soft cushions, a high-quality adjustable metal headband, and plastic ear cups. Grind headphones have a classic low profile design that looks cool and comes in seven vibrant color schemes including orange, navy, gray and more.
The tap tech remote control, a button on the side of the ear cup, doubles as a mic for phone calls and makes it easy to control your music when you're on the move. At less than $50, you get comfort that rivals what many $200 headphones offer. For the price, the sound quality is excellent with accurate bass and clear mid-tones. If they have a downside, it's that they don't offer complete isolation from external noise.
4. Best Wired: Oppo PM-3
Oppo PM-3 headphones immediately separate themselves from the rest of the pack thanks to planar magnet drivers that create a very coherent sound. As opposed to the dynamic driver used in most headphones today, Oppo PM-3 planar magnet option includes a plastic strip that vibrates rapidly causing sound to be precisely controlled. This change in design leads to improved highs, mids, and lows, all with low distortion.
The pairing of noise isolation and planar sound allows the fantastic sound to come through without the noise of the outside world interrupting. Available in black white and blue, the closed back over ear headphones are a superb combination of both comfort and sound. As over ear headphones, they are slightly larger overall and they weigh 11.28 ounces, fortunately, they are comfortable and have soft ear cuffs that offer just the right amount of snug fit without feeling too tight on the head.
Oppo PM-3 included 3-meter cable, offers a 3.5-millimeter plug along with a 1.2-meter cable that's Apple centric with mic and music controls. Amazon also offers an option to contact them before shipping to send a similar cable that's Android friendly. the Oppo PM-3 fold flat into their included denim case, it's great for traveling and protection, all it takes is one lesson to recognize that Oppo produced a headphone that is serious about design while offering a sound that feels like it should cost a whole lot more.
5. Best Sound Quality: V-MODA Crossfade 2
When we look at the newest generation of headphones, versatility is king due to some smartphones not having a headphone jack and many devices requiring Bluetooth connections, the V-MODA Crossfade 2 headphones fall into this category because they can play both wired or wireless via Bluetooth, they can also play for 14 hours over a wireless with a single charge.
The V-MODA Crossfade 2 headphones when wired sound incredible, they feature new dual diaphragm 50-millimeter drivers and have high-resolution audio certification from the Japan Audio Society. This ensures clear sound with great bass mids and highs.
On top of it sounding great, the V-MODA Crossfade 2 headphones also have military level durability with a steel frame and cables that claim to be able to be bent 1 million times before breaking, the headphones are comfortable with memory foam cushions and a flexible headband, they might sound too good to be true but they're not, they're just a little pricey.
6. Best for High-End Sound Quality: Audeze’s Sine
While the headphone world remains stuck unmodeled that include dynamic drivers, it's odd eases sign on ear planar magnet headphones that deliver exceptional sound. Bodies is one of a handful of manufacturers incorporating planar technology but the higher fidelity sound with less distortion than dynamic drivers promised to make the sign well worth a purchase.
Styled by a BMW subsidiary, the sign offers a minimalist design with soft curves and almost no sharp edges, the matte black metal barely peaks through the leather to offer a modern look.
As the on ear design offers less total coverage for sound than an over the ear design, Audeze’s Sine packed 80 millimeters to 70-millimeter drivers into the sign which offer full-body sound that is unrivaled. In fact, Audeze’s Sine claims the drivers offer more than three times the surface area of any other on-air driver in its class which leads to better bass response.
Overall, audio files will find a musical detail that surpasses dynamic driver design with an accurate balanced sound that the older style of headphones can't match. The audio might make the sign stand out but the cables offer yet another reason that the sign should be at the very top of your headphone wishlist. In the box are two options offering a traditional 3.5-millimeter cable and an iPhone 7 lightning friendly cable, swapping the cables is a snap, just unplug from the headphones and plug in the other cable. It's the lightning cable that has the magic with its three buttons remote built-in mic in connection to the Audeze’s Sine iOS app.
It's a bare-bones app but with two customizable EQ presets and 10 frequency sliders, creating your own custom sound is simple.
7. Great Under $50: Skullcandy Uproar.
Stylish wireless Bluetooth Skullcandy Uproar Wireless Headphones for less than $40, are skillfully crafted to be light and offer up to 10 hours of continuous usage without a charge.
The audio controls are thoughtfully put together and they have a built-in microphone, built-in Bluetooth, synthetic leather, a year's warranty and a carrying case . Sound quality is much better than you'd expect. Considering the price point, Uproars use neodymium magnets to offer unparalleled sound for the money.
On the downside, Uproar headphones are Bluetooth only, so there's no aux cable input support and the build quality is relatively cheap. However, if you're looking for low-cost wireless headphones to keep your kids plugged in on a long car journey, you can't do better than Skull Candy Uproar Wireless.