Headphones are one of those things that generally relies on your personal preference, for starters you’re preferring to use overhead headphones rather than earbuds and you have to pick something that suits how you listen to your music. Buying them can be a chore, especially since expense doesn’t always equal quality. To help out, we’ve put together a list of the 10 best headphones that you can buy.
1. Bang & Olufsen Form 2i
Sporting a retro look that will suit any wannabe hipsters out there, the Form 2i hasn’t had much of a design change since they were first released in the 1980s. That’s not to say they haven’t completely ignored that fact that we live in the 21st century, since these headphones do include an in-line remote.
These aren’t headphones for those of you who partake in Drum & Bass, or Heavy Metal, but if you usually stick to the realms of classical and acoustic music then these will suit you perfectly. Just try not to annoy anybody on the buss with the incessant noise leakage.
Buy a pair here for £100.
2. JBL Synchros s400BT
The S400BT is a pair of headphones that aims to match comfort with ease of use. Not only are they wireless (using Bluetooth), the left ear acts as the control centre for the whole thing. That includes the likes of changing volume, changing track, or answer a call. It may look strange to passers-by when they see you scratching your headphones, but little do they know the true story. They also come with NFC connectivity, just in case Bluetooth isn’t your thing.
The ear cushions are designed to provide maximum comfort, so much so that you might even forget you’re wearing them. There isn’t much else you can ask for in your headphones is there?
Buy a pair here for £252.
3. AKG K451
Don’t let the price fool you, these are not the usual cheap, terrible quality headphones you can get your hands on. No, the K451s actually feel and sound like headphones that should cost far more than they do, but they they don’t which is good for us. The K451s are more than capable of playing high quality CD audio as well as the lower-quality compressed audio you might have lying around.
They’re light, they’re sturdy, and they don’t scrimp on the quality of sound to compensate. Best of all, this does include it’s own in-line remote, and microphone, so you don’t have to keep fiddling with your phone.
Buy a pair here for £49.95.
4. Sennheiser Momentum
Sennheiser is well known for producing headphones of fantastic quality and sturdy construction that makes the premium price well worth it. But I don’t expect you to take my word for it, see for yourself. The Momentum has everything you could want from a pair of headphones, comfortable fitting, volume controls, a microphone, noise isolation, and a fantastic design that utilises leather and a bronze finish to create an incredibly pretty device.
They are expensive though, and if you’re on a budget there is no reason for you to splash out this much cash on a pair of headphones that doesn’t have any defining features like noise cancellation. That being said, if you have the money and you want a pair of headphones with great quality and a superb design, you can’t go wrong with these.
Buy a pair here for £250.
5. V-Moda Crossfade M-100
Another pair of fairly expensive headphones with an incredible design, but unlike the Sennheisers, the Crossfade has the defining feature of its bass. Namely that it provides bass that is not just clean and crisp, but also all round brilliant. Not just that, but they also come with passive noise isolation, which means they can drown out the vast majority of the noise around you.
There are a great many bass-specific headphones on the market right now, with similar prices to boot. If you’re a bass enthusiast it all comes down to what design you really want the most, but you can’t go wrong with the Crossfade. A sturdy construction made of metal, or cheap plastic? I think you know the answer to that question.
Buy a pair here for £250.
6. V-Moda XS
In the end you might not be looking for something overly specific, and chances are you’re not a music producer or sound engineer that needs specific. If you are looking for a great all-round set of headphones that won’t cost you near-bankruptcy, the V-Moda XS isn’t a bad way to go. Not only are these babies comfortable, they are also constructed from metal — meaning these are pretty sturdy. But don’t let the metal put you off, the XS is still fairly lightweight due to it’s slim design.
They aren’t brilliant in terms of noise isolation, but they do offer great quality bass and treble. Really, if you want something cheaper than the likes of the Sennheiser Momentum and the V-Moda Crossfade without sacrificing a great design, this is one to consider.
Buy a pair here for £170.
7. Sony MDR 1R
A pair of headphones that goes for the premium design (almost) without the need for the premium price. The MDR-1Rs quite frankly look amazing. They might not be on top of the list of excellent features, features like a built-in remote, but they’re comfortable, great to look at, and have a removable cable so that if it wears out you don’t have to shell out another £140 for a new pair.
The price isn’t so bad for what you get, and while there may be other headphones out there with better audio quality, but if you’re someone who appreciates that design is an important part of your gadgets and accessories then you can’t go wrong here
Buy a pair here for £140.
8. AudioTechnica SonicFuel ATH-OX7AMP
The name might be a mouthful, but that’s not exactly a bad thing. These are another pair that focus more on the bass-wanting crowd, but that definitely doesn’t mean these are a one-trick-pony. Not only do they have a great design and comfortable fit (important for any pair of headphones), they also a built-in amplifier that improves the sound quality. All you need is a single AAA battery.
The focus may be on bass but that doesn’t mean they don’t come with an impressive treble quality either, especially if you have the amplifier on. They might not be as sturdy as most people would like, but the sound quality makes it well worth it.
Buy a pair here for £200.
9. Logitech UE 9000
A pair of headphones that is unlike any other, the UE 9000 is not only a cheap option but also comes with optional wireless audio. Don’t know what I mean by that? It means you can listen to your music via Bluetooth, or you can plug the wire into your headphones and listen from that. But that’s not all, they also include noise cancellation, and incredible audio quality.
Of course these are nice to look at, comfortable to wear, and considering how much you get for the price they aren’t ones you should ignore.
Buy a pair here for £87.
10. Audio Technica ATH-W1000X
The price of these makes them the most expensive pair of headphones on this list, double the price of the next most expensive. For that price you’d expect something good right? For starters these don’t have a single basic shape, instead the ATH-W1000Xs are designed to precisely fit your head so that you don’t end up with a stretched casing, or an enormous gap between your your headphones and the top of your head. Design-wise they’ve gone for the classy approach, rather than only using metal or plastic the cups are made from wood, and the cups are closed back so they don’t leak much in the way of sound.
They are expensive, and they’re probably not the kind of headphones you want to take out and about for fear they might get damage. But if you can afford them, they’re not a bad pair to consider.
Buy a pair now for £576.
By Tom Pritchard | July 31st, 2014