Top 10 Headphones

The top 10 headphones that you can buy in 2014 deliver incredible sound quality and have the most comfortable ear cups. The best looking headphones are also included in this review as we go beyond the resolution of your sound and in to the world of style.

Our Top Headphones

Best Noise canceling
Overall Rank: 3
Best Noise canceling
★★★★★
Best Audio Quality
Overall Rank: 4
Best Audio Quality
★★★★★
Best for Home Theatre
Overall Rank: 10
Best for Home Theatre
★★★★

10Sennheiser RS 170 Digital Wireless Headphones

We put this on the list just to show you it existed. This hilariously over-engineered headset is actually an entire wireless surround sound system in a box. Keep in mind that the surround sound is simulated, but it still sounds great. These overly expensive headphones have a range of 260 feet. This starts to beg the question, what are these for★ Would you watch a surround sound movie 200 feet away with headphones★ Oddly enough, thousands of people have bought these and given them incredible reviews. We don’t doubt the quality for a second, we just wanted to share that these exist. Maybe they are for you. Let’s move on to the more serious stuff.

9Sennheiser HD 202 II Professional Headphones

This is an incredibly good deal for a pair of studio quality headphones. They offer high resolution sound with a 10 foot long wind up Y cable. The audio signal is very pure and you will not get hiss or noise due to interference from these great looking headphones. They are also very well padded, making them extremely comfortable. The sound quality is not quite as good as the other options on the list, but they are still quite good. You can spend hours researching these and end up buying them anyway, so why not just pull the trigger now★ If you are looking for more features and ultra-premium sound check out the other items in the list.

8Sennheiser HD201 Lightweight Over-Ear Binaural Headphones

Cheap! Who thought you could get Sennheisers at this price★ These really offer great sound and are pretty unbeatable for that price. Good build quality and components give these dynamic range headphones no reason to ignore. They are very lightweight and perfect for the DJ on the go. Uniquely they also have hypo-allergenic ear pads.

7Bose SoundTrue Headphones Around-Ear Style, Mint

If you want premium sound without noise cancellation, these are a great choice. A bit expensive to help pay Bose’s marketing fees, but certainly nowhere near as expensive as the other offerings at the bottom of our list. Perfect for casual listening to ultra clear sound with powerful crisp bass. Godo storage, stylish looks, and optional Apple product integration make these a very versatile set of headphones that we highly recommend. They are also very, very comfortable! Good for hours of listening without headache.

6Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones

If you are in the $100 budget range, then here is your answer. This set of Sennheiser headphones are extremely comfortable and lightweight but they have classic German build quality. Good for travel or frequent use, they won’t wear down. Meanwhile they offer premium quality audio, mostly indiscernible from the $300 ultra premium options on the bottom of our list. 3-10 foot cord length is also useful so you can adapt to your situation.

5Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones (Black)

Exactly the same as number 2 on our list, except they hilariously cost $100 less simply because they are not wireless. So if you don’t care for wireless capability, and you still want overpriced Beats (you pay for their endorsements and advertising, not build quality) then here you go. Now that said these still offer incredibly high quality sound. But check out number 3 on our list. It offers the same or better sound quality and costs $250 less. That said these offer great quality and make you feel semi-famous when you wear them. Your friends will truely admire your materialism.

4Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphon

This headphones are really the best buy on the list because they offer simply exceptional HD audio at half the price of the other high end models in the list. They use custom 45mm large aperture neodymium magnet drivers, which is a really fancy way of saying these headphones actually produce incredible quality sound through material design. That’s not something most high end headphones can do. You also get exceptionally comfortable cushioning and isolation around your ears. These are designed for professional studio or DJ applications but still work great for any music enthusiast.

3Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone

These are number three on the list because they offer serious studio quality audio quality for under $50. It’s an incredible deal, but you sacrifice features that other high end expensive headphones have. Such as active noise cancellation, wireless features, high end component construction, and equalization. However, if you just need to make some studio recordings or you want to listen to your music with brilliant sound and clarity without breaking the bank then you absolutely have to check out the Sony MDR7506 Professional line.

2Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphone

We normally don’t have a lot of great things to say about Beats products, but their Studio line is incredibly well made. The adaptive noise cancellation works well, but is not the best which is why these ranked at number 2, not the top spot. Still you can expect simply incredible audio quality, pretty good noise cancellation, and of course the convenience of wireless. The battery is lithium ion and rechargeable via USB, no custom adapter needed. As with nearly all Beats products, these are overpriced — but being cool has never been cheap. So be cool, buy Beats.

1Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling

We hate to give Bose so many top spots in our top 10 reviews, but we can’t help it when their offerings are this good. The QC15 excels in each of our rating categories. If you want the full package of long-term comfort, incredible crisp HD audio where you hear every instrument in every song, and simply the best noise cancellation on the market then you have to look at the QC15. Of course it does come at a high price, so check out the other items on the list if you are on a budget and we will help you get a good compromise.


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