Listening to music has always been a favorite pastime for many. Many of us desire for the best headphones. Headphones can be an amazing gift for your loved ones; grab a pair of Beats by Dre from Apple upon purchase of any iPhone. The million-dollar question people ask is: which headphones are best for me?
Of course, these guidelines are in no way exhaustive but will certainly help you make the right decision. For our ease we shall compare four popular brands: Audio Technica, Bose, Sony and Beats by Dre.
Quality of the sound
This specification is undoubtedly the determining factor which distinguishes the best headphones from the mediocre. In terms of sound and the noise cancellation feature, Bose QuietComfort 35 made it to the top of the list on CNET, one of the world’s most popular technology website.
Second on the list ranked Sony MDR-1000X. Sony headphones are rich in bass and that is an added bonus for people searching for a deep, punchy sound. Audio Technica also produces great sound and so does Beats by Dre but the brands didn’t stand a chance.
Beats by Dre are particularly considered to have poor bass as compared to brands like Bose and Sony. Beats by Dre ranked poorly in terms of sound on consumerreports.org by users worldwide.
Wired or wireless capability:
Some prefer the latest technological advancements to be a part of their lifestyle, hence prefer Bluetooth connectivity to be an important feature when purchasing. Yet, some hardcore audiophiles still scoff at the word ‘wireless’ and like listening to music the ‘classic’ way.
Wired or wireless, both features certainly have their pros and cons and one can weigh up this factor as per their preference. Wirerealm.com recently featured Bose Soundlink as the best wireless headphones money can buy. CNET also ranked Bose’s model QuietComfort 35 as 2017’s number one best wireless headphones. Sony, ranking second place with MDR-1000X and Beats Studio Wireless Headphones third.
Unsurprisingly, Bose might break your bank as it is priced at $349, the most expensive out of the three while Beats Studio Wireless being priced at only $249.99. This factor is closely related to the money one is ready to spend, which is my next point.
Everyone has a rough budget in their mind. Buying the best product while not breaking the bank is challenging, but not impossible. One can grab ErgoFit RP-HJE120 in-ear headphones produced by Panasonic at an unbelievable price of $25.99. Audio Technica ATH-M50x is featured as the best over-ear headphones for any budget, priced at only $120. In the end, it all boils down to “how much money are you willing to spend?”
Do you prefer In-ear, Over- ear or On-ear headphones? Over-ear headphones have ear cups big enough to cover your entire ear. On-ear headphones rest on your ear with a slightly smaller design than over-ear headphones. In-ear headphones are quite popular these days due to their versatility. These are great to wear while exercising or travelling.
“Which are the best headphones to buy?” The answer is…the best headphones are…..all of them. Not kidding! If they suit your need and preference all of them are best! But having said that, Bose QuietComfort 35 have changed the game in 2017. Priced at a handsome amount of $349 the pair packs a ton of exciting features in it.
Having a noise-cancelling feature and Bluetooth compatibility, this pair tops the list. Hard-core music fans would definitely love these. However, some may compromise on sound and purchase a pair of Beats. Though these are just guidelines, these tips will help you buy the best music equipment the market has to offer in 2017.