We have talked about the best wireless headphones time and again and even though the world is progressing at a fast pace, pure audiophiles still prefer wired headphones over the wireless headphones for several reasons.
It doesn’t matter if you are roaming around listening to music on your music player or sitting at home, playing games or you are listening to music on your high-end music players, you are going to need a good pair of headphones by best headphones brands.
A lot of people think that investing more money in a pair of headphones isn’t a sensible choice as they’ll only get an overpriced product that might sound louder than a cheaper one; the theory is completely wrong. Investing in a good pair of headphones is as important as buying a high-end music player or a gaming PC, especially if you love music.
The difference alone between a cheap $10 headphone and a $100 premium headphone is massive. The sound signature, bass, treble, clear highs, mids and lows and a great comfort level are few (of many) qualities that make a headphone great.
Keeping all things in mind and our love for music, we have prepared a list of 10 best headphones of this year.
10 Best Headphones Brands of 2019 – Review Roundup
The company known for making the historical PlayStation as well as the amazing Xperia phones is also known for creating some of the finest headphones money can buy. It doesn’t matter if you are buying wireless earbuds, wired IEMs or over-ear headphones from Sony, the quality alone will be top-notch.
Such headphones from Sony are the MDR-1A. For those who have used the original MDR-1R, they will feel right at home, the MDR-1A is the upgraded version and are worth every single dime you will spend to buy them. The headphones are slightly expensive but offer tons of functionality, superior sound quality that will satisfy the audiophile in you.
If you are looking for a pair of headphones that is relatively lightweight then you’d be surprised, the MDR-1A are one of the lightest pair of on-ear headphones we have used. Thanks to the lightweight profile, the headphones are extremely comfortable even to have them on for long periods of time. The MDR-1A are also quite solid when it comes to offering a really good sound quality and the build quality; something you’d definitely want in a good pair of headphones.
Sennheiser is the one company known for making the most amazing audio products, hailing out of Germany; Sennheiser has a long history with top of the line audio products, the company also happens to be the first to come up with headphones that cost a whopping $50,000. However, we are not going to talk about the ridiculously premium and expensive Orpheus headphones.
The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 is one of the best pair of headphones money can buy right now; whether you are buying the Momentum 2.0 for music, gaming or just watching movies, the headphones wonderfully do their job without creating any obstacles. If you are worried about the cable breaking, the headphones do come with a detachable cable which you can easily replace if something goes wrong.
The Momentum 2.0 are also one of the most comfortable headphones, it doesn’t matter if you are wearing them for a longer period or for just a couple of hours, they won’t be giving you any discomfort.
The overall build quality of the Momentum 2.0 shouldn’t be taken lightly, Sennheiser has established itself to be reliable and solid when it comes to the build quality. Moving on, the headphones have a really nice and foldable design and comes with a carrying case for the added portability.
Although HiFiMan sounds like company that you can’t easily trust, but the company has managed to become one strong contender for the likes of Sony, AKG, and Shure. HiFiMan started fairly recently as compared to the other giants but has made a name for itself by delivering quality audio products over the span of 11 years since its establishment back in 2005.
The HiFiMan HE-400i comes highly recommended from audiophiles all around the world, the headphones, although a tad bit expensive, are amazing to use and offer a lot when it when it comes to the sound and the overall sturdiness. Do keep in mind that the headphones are fairly big, but still managed to keep a low weight profile and thanks to the reduced weight, the headphones are extremely comfortable for longer runs.
Sadly, these amazing headphones aren’t all flawless, if you are a fan of loud music, you will be making other people hear it too, and this is mainly because the sound tends to leak from the back of the headphones due to its open-back design, and the cable might be little short for some people
Shure is one of those companies that mean business, they recently released a pair of IEMs that cost around $1,000 and happen to be one of the best ones money can buy. However, we are not here to talk about the ridiculously expensive earphones. The Shure SE215 is the affordable yet highly powerful IEMs that are pleasing to look at and offer amazing level of performance and a lot of comfort, something that Shure is known for.
The Shure SE215 is one of the best earbuds in the market, they look rather fancy and come with an amazing level of performance. One of the best thing about several Shure headphones/earphones is that the main wire can be detached from the units, this might seem like a gimmick but it is highly useful specially if there is a risk of your cable getting damaged.
Shure earphones are performance driven and so is the case with the SE215, reviewers have rated these to be one of the finest earphones you can buy with amazing sound quality. The bass as well as the treble is superbly balanced and doesn’t sound artificial at all. One can say that the Shure SE215 doesn’t happen to have any apparent cons to begin with because everything about these earphones is built to perfection.
Audio-Technica, as the name might suggest, is a company that takes business seriously. The Japanese audio giant has been around since the 60s and is one of the finest when it comes to delivering superior products that perform best regardless of the task thrown at them.
The ATH-M50x is the upgraded version of the original ATH-M50, and although the company has claimed that the upgraded version doesn’t have a sound difference, it has been revealed, time and again that the M50x offer a clearer sound quality as compared to the original ones.
The headphones are sold as professional studio monitors so if you want to use them with your expensive studio, you shouldn’t have a problem. Last but not the least, considering the long studio runs, the headphones are super comfortable to wear for several hours without causing any annoyance.
They ship with three different types of cords, sadly, the headphone doesn’t support an in-line mic. This shouldn’t come as a problem since most people will be using these for the sole purpose of music and gaming.
The Jaybird is a company known for creating some of the finest audio products. One thing that is really admirable about the company is that they have kept their arsenal limited to earphones that are for people who are into all kinds of sports. The Jaybird X2 is a fine example of expert craftsmanship.
The wireless, funky looking earphones from Jaybird are brilliant in almost all the cases and they are tailor made for athletes such as runners, cyclists, and even people who are into extreme sports.
The Jaybird X2 features truly one of the best and surprisingly amazing audio quality for wireless headphones, the bass is rich and deep and the sound levels are perfectly balanced.
The earphones don’t need any specific button to connect as they will connect on their own with the last device they were paired to, what’s better is that the pair can store up to 8 Bluetooth devices at one time. As for the buttons, you get your traditional 3 button set on the inline mic.
If you are an athlete or you’re always working out, then you’d be happy to know that the Jaybird X2 are really good when it comes to providing a secure and tight feet, the Jaybird X2 are also relatively comfortable thanks to the low-level profile. With so many positive ends, the price is the only thing that might concern people when buying the Jaybird X2, if you can look past the price-tag, they make up to be one of the best wireless earphones you can buy.
7.) Sony MDR-XB950BT
We have another wireless on our hands, the MDR-XB950BT is hailed by the bass-heads for its superior deliverance of bass that will drive any dubstep or electronic fan crazy. This Bluetooth headphone comes with one of the best ear-cups that we have seen on a pair of headphones, the ear-cups are supple enough to fit anyone’s need and provide a comfortable experience.
One of the best things about this headphone is the amazing details to the control, all your necessary buttons are at one place and you shouldn’t have any issue reaching them. Sadly, due to the shape of the headphones, they ended up being uncomfortable in the longer run and if you are looking for diversity in the sound signature, you are going to be disappointed.
Due to its focus on bass, the MDR-XB950BT fails to be an all-rounders, fans of other music genres will be disappointed by the lack of details in anything other than bass heavy music. Although the ear-cups feel very premium and comfortable, the overall comfort level starts to wear down over a period of time. That being said, the MDR-XB950BT is the perfect choice for bass-heads and for those who don’t intend to make calls.
For those who don’t know, Bose is one of the giants in the company, they have been delivering the most amazing headphones for quite some time and have become audiophile’s favorite company when it comes to getting the most out of the money. A good headphone comprises of 3 factors; good sound quality, sturdiness and comfort level and luckily, that is exactly what we are looking at here.
The QuiteComfort 25 do exactly what they are supposed to do; provide amazing comfort level while maintaining the overall sound signature Bose is known for. The headphones are also known for providing an amazing level of noise cancellation, this is amazing considering how they are on-ear headphones. These headphones are perfect for your prolonged gaming sessions as they don’t come with slightest level of discomfort.
The headphones come with a fold-able and a pretty sturdy design. The headphone uses a detachable wire that also contains the inline microphone and 3 buttons that can be used with your Android or iPhone. Overall, the QuiteComfort 25 is a great headphone, the price may be a little too much but it is worth every dime you spend on it.
Another company that has dedicated its entirety towards producing amazing audio gear for mobile devices, V-Moda is a relatively newer name in the business but that doesn’t mean it is any less from all the companies we have been talking about. As a matter of fact, the company has made some of the best sounding and ridiculously comfortable headphones/earphones.
The Crossfade M-100 from V-Moda is one of their best products; the headphone is the perfect combination of style and substance. This particular model is known for its stylish looks, but don’t worry, the M-100 performs just as good as it looks.
The headphone is known for producing warm sound that has a lot of details and offers a deep, rich bass. In the sound department, it is nearly impossible to nitpick about the M-100.
As for the design, the M-100 are stylish and can be folded, the cables are detachable and support almost all the devices. As for the comfort level, the headphone’s grip might feel a little tight but they start to settle down after a while and can be worn for longer period of time.
We are concluding this list with a company that won’t be needing any introduction; the Plantronics BackBeat Fit is one of the best wireless headset we had the chance to use. Much like the Jaybird X2, this headphone is wireless and is aimed towards the athletes or people who prefer taking long runs in their free time.
The BackBeat Fit is a comfortable enough wireless headset that clips on to your ears for added security.
Talking about the sound, the headphones are pretty good when it comes to providing good sound, but do keep in mind that Plantronics paid more attention in areas like comfort and portability so you might not experience the best sound in the world. Still, the headphones are pretty decent in the sound department.
BackBeat Fit comes with a sweat-proof design and has an inbuilt microphone, they provide enough comfort level for longer runs and have buttons that are easily accessible. The only real gripe with these headphones is that runners might feel a bit of discomfort from the neckband as it is flexible and tends to bump around when you’re running.
The battery manages to last around 8 hours if you are playing music on a moderate volume, we noticed that headphone takes almost 2.5 hours to charge which seemed a bit too much as compared to other headphones but isn’t a deal breaker either.
Although most of the headphones in the list are wired and that is purely because the wired headphones tend to perform better than wireless, there were some that couldn’t be missed. Specially the Sony MDR-XB950BT and the Jaybird X2.
With the constantly evolving and growing market of the headphones, picking the best one available can become a tedious task, especially if you are inexperienced in the field of good audio products, something that one shouldn’t be ashamed of because there is an actual science in picking out the headphones/earphones that sound the best for your ears.
That being said, the main purpose of this list is to ensure that the readers don’t get lost in the numerous options of headphones when picking out the ones they want for themselves. We managed to cover the headphones fitting for almost every price group but in case you think we missed some, do let us know.