Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Headphone & Headset Reviews

Updated: Aug 26, 2016 09:46
Brand
alaScore
Price
Type
Signal Connection
Headsets Only
#1
alaScore 100

Bose QuietComfort 35

As headphones go, Bose guaranteed itself a hit earlier this month when the company unveiled the Quiet Comfort 35s. These new $350 headphones feature Bose's best-in-class noise cancelation and are...

16 expert reviews | 114 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

AKG N60 NC

Despite a few small downsides, AKG's $250 on-ear active noise-canceling headphone sounds great and is a worthy alternative to Bose's top-selling QuietComfort 25.

17 expert reviews | 61 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Sony h.ear on Wireless NC MDR-100ABN

Priced to compete with Bose's QuietComfort 35, the comfortable H.ear On Wireless NC offers impressive sound and noise canceling that make it a strong contender in the category.

8 expert reviews | 59 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Audeze Sine

The Audeze Sine On-Ear headphones deliver a bass-forward, but balanced, sound signature via a digital 24-bit Lightning cable.

8 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Focal Listen

French company Focal's closed-back, over-ear headphone is designed for mobile use and delivers excellent sound for $250.

4 expert reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Parrot Zik 3.0

Parrot’s new Zik 3 offer an embarrassing wealth of high-tech features, a sleek and comfy design, and world-class noise cancellation that makes them a top option in the high-end wireless headphone segment. While the highly-affected sound signature isn’t...

13 expert reviews | 58 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Skullcandy Grind Wireless

The Grind Wireless offers a comfortable fit and good sound for its relatively modest price point..

10 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Sennheiser HD 800 S

This might be one of the shortest reviews I ever write, because of how uncomplicated its conclusion is. The Sennheiser HD 800 S is a sterling, wonderful pair of headphones that strikes a...

6 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Plantronics BackBeat Sense

The well-designed Plantronics BackBeat Sense SE adds water resistance to one of the best on-ear wireless Bluetooth headphones in its price class.

24 expert reviews | 65 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless / Sennheiser Momentum 2 Wireless

While it may be a bit overpriced, the Momentum 2.0 Wireless is an excellent and well-designed Bluetooth headphone with active noise-cancellation that also offers strong wired performance.

28 expert reviews | 372 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless

While it doesn't quite eclipse the less-expensive Bose, the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphone is comfortable and feature packed, and performs very well.

4 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#12
alaScore 96

Audio Technica ATH-MSR7

The Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 is a great-sounding headphone with the one caveat that its sonic detail is so impressive that it brings out both the best and worst in any given source material.

19 expert reviews | 214 user reviews

#13
alaScore 96

Bose QuietComfort 25

The QuietComfort 25 model takes Bose's already stellar noise-canceling headphones and levels them up to new heights.

40 expert reviews | 6261 user reviews

#14
alaScore 96

Sennheiser Momentum 2 Over-Ear/G M2/i M2

While we'd like to see it cost a little less, Sennheiser has fixed the original Momentum's one weakness, making the new 2.0 Momentum not only sound slightly better but fit more comfortably.

13 expert reviews | 499 user reviews

#15
alaScore 96

Oppo PM-3

Before Dr. Dre and Beats came along, only committed audiophiles cared to spend more than a couple hundred dollars on a pair of headphones. But times have changed, and with smartphones now obviating...

18 expert reviews | 74 user reviews

#16
alaScore 96

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC

These new headphones add active noise cancellation to an outstanding and award-winning over-ear model from Audio-Technica. The sound is exceptional in the midrange through the treble, with a tight and accurate bass that supports the primary frequencies...

4 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#17
alaScore 96

Bose SoundSport Wireless

The Bose SoundSport Wireless is the most comfortable, best overall in-ear Bluetooth sports headphone you can buy right now.

3 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

#18
alaScore 96

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless

If the Bowers & Wilkins P5 look like an Aston Martin, they sound like a muscled up Mustang. While the low end can get a little pushy for our ears, those seeking powerful, musical bass without sacrificing lucidity in the midrange and treble will...

27 expert reviews | 63 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

Final Audio Design Sonorous III

The Final Audio Design Sonorous III exceeded our expectations for comfort and audio quality and serve as an excellent introduction to the brand at an affordable cost.

4 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 95

Focal Sphear

The Focal Sphear is a relatively affordable audiophile-grade in-ear headphone that's easy to listen to for long stretches.

10 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#21
alaScore 95

RHA T20

RHA has gradually morphed from a boutique manufacturer of quality, budget earphones to a purveyor of much higher-end gear, and the new T20 ($239.95) represents the company's current top-of-the-line offering. Audiophiles keen on being able to tweak...

11 expert reviews | 49 user reviews

#22
alaScore 95

Monster Adidas Sport Adistar

Monster's Adidas Sport Adistar is one of the better-fitting and -sounding in-ear wireless sports headphones for the money.

3 expert reviews | 81 user reviews

#23
alaScore 95

Onkyo H500BT

Overall we rather like aspects of the Onkyo H500BT on-ear headphones. They're small and light, yet deliver decent audio whether using them wired or wirelessly via Bluetooth. The caveat, in our experience, is that potentially poor positioning will lose...

4 expert reviews

#24
alaScore 95

Bose SoundLink Around-Ear II

Performance and Conclusions On tracks with powerful sub-bass content, like The Knife's "Silent Shout," the SoundLink AE II delivers a low frequency response that should please bass lovers. It's not so wildly boosted that it will drive others away, but...

12 expert reviews | 974 user reviews

#25
alaScore 95

Skullcandy Grind

When I first saw the Skullcandy Grind, it appeared the company had done the unthinkable: design a pair of headphones very clearly targeted at young consumers, without including phone controls. But it turns out this $59.99 on-ear headphone pair is a bit...

19 expert reviews | 249 user reviews

Compare

    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Headphones & Headsets

    Most people already know this, but it bears repeating – without a set of good headphones, it does not matter how fancy your audio media device is, you just won't get a satisfactory listening experience. The headphones that come pre-packaged with audio devices are often not of high quality, and it may be to your benefit to purchase a new pair. Headphones come in a wide range of types that fit in with all lifestyles – although all types of headphones are versatile, be sure to choose a set that fits in with your needs. How you intend to use your headphones – for music, gaming, or home theater – and where you plan to do your listening – on the go or at home – will narrow the range of possible types you'll want to choose.



    Contents

    Types of Headphones

     

    • Earbud – Earbud headphones fit directly into the ears, are lightweight, compact, and discreet, allowing listening on the go in a portable package. Earbud headphones are perfect for those who value convenience and portability.
    • Over the Ear – This is the traditional style of headphone, and offers the greatest sound fidelity. Because many models cover the ears completely, over the ear headphones are likely to include noise reduction technology. Over the ear headphones are for music professionals and purists who demand the best in sound quality.
    • Behind the Neck – As the name suggests, behind the neck headphones fit behind the neck, instead of over the head. This is particularly useful for people who wear hats or other head coverings. The behind the neck style is also very secure, an added benefit for those on the go.
    • Sport – Generally made in the earbud style, sport headphones are water-resistant, lightweight, soft, and durable, and are able to withstand the pounding from jogging or a vigorous workout. They also feature a resilient grip, to reduce slippage during energetic use.
    • Wireless – Cordless headphones have been around for years, but they have only recently started to approach the sound-quality standards of the better corded phones. Wireless headphones use Bluetooth technology, radio frequency (RF) or infrared to provide the ultimate listening convenience. Your mobility is guaranteed, and with wireless headphones you no longer need to worry about wires becoming tangled, snagging on exposed edges, and headphones being ripped off your head or out of your device. But the wireless headphones generally don't sound quite as good as equivalently priced wired headphones. The audio gets processed by electronics in the base unit, gets transmitted via radio frequency (or in some cases infrared) and then is converted back to an audio signal by the headset. All this processing adds extra noise to the audio signal.

        Additional Headphones Features

        Noise Reduction – Noise reduction and canceling technology comes in a number of different forms. It may be design-centric, meaning the headphones are molded to fit snuggly over the ears, with no room for outside noise to enter. Or, they may have an active noise-reduction function, which creates interference along a number of different frequencies that can cancel out extraneous noise. Since you no longer have to turn up the volume to overcome background noise, you can listen at lower levels, hear more low-level detail in your music and reducing ear fatigue. Noise reduction is an absolute requirement for music purists and frequent commuters.

    • Bass – Even at its very best, headphone bass is never the sort of driving experience you literally feel from massive speakers or subwoofers. Those systems' bass is as much felt by your body as heard by your ears. Earbuds are tiny and portable, but – except for a couple of high-end models – they can't compete with full-size, over-the-ear headphones for deep bass response or visceral dynamic range. As with speakers, headphones need at least 10 hours of vigorous use before they sound their best.

        Connectivity Options – Headphones generally use different connectors, make sure your new headphones' plug fits the jack for your stereo or portable MP3 player. The 1/4-inch (6.33-mm) plug is still the professional audio standard and may be found in nonportable AV equipment such as receivers, home stereos, and DVD players. The minijack (3.5-mm) plug is the most common headphone connector, especially for portable audio devices. Small, 2.5-mm (0.1-inch) headphones are typically used in cell phones and other small devices. Of course, if you have a good pair of headphones that don't fit your audio equipment, you can always find an adapter.

        Popular Brands of Headphones

        Whimsically-named Skullcandy headphones are a popular choice for hipsters and the younger crowd. Philips and Sony have a wide selection of headphones of all types, featuring the most up-to-date audio technology available. Sennheiser specializes in wireless headphones and accessories, also they offer a full range of headphone types which will suit your need at different prices.

        Whenever shopping for new headphones, be certain that the model you select is completely compatible with your primary audio media device. Headphones are generally priced very reasonably, so you may want to purchase a different set for different occasions (one set for travel, another set for the home, etc.).

    Popular Headphone & Headset products

    Back to top

    Headphones & Headsets on alaTest

    alaTest.com has collected and analyzed millions of reviews from 3006 sources to help you choose the best Headphone & Headset from top brands like Sennheiser, Bose, Audio Technica, Plantronics, Skullcandy and more.

    Buying Tips Read our Buying Guide
    before you make your purchase

    Headphone & Headset Articles

    Luxury Gifts for the Holiday Season

    In our previous post, we focused on affordable gifts for the holiday season. This week, we will focus on the other extreme i.e. luxury gadgets. If you are in the mood for indulging in some...

    Which Are The Best Noise Cancelling Headphones?

    Headphones are usually among the first things you keep in your bag or purse when you leave the house especially if you have to commute by the subway or buses. However, regular headphones are hardly...

    The Best Gaming Headsets of 2012

    Any serious gamer will tell you that a good set of headphones can make a world of difference in your gameplay. Being able to muffle outside noise makes for a much more immersive gaming experience...