Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Headphone & Headset Reviews

Updated: Nov 20, 2017 21:53
Brand
alaScore
Price
Type
Signal Connection
Headsets Only
#1
alaScore 100

Sony WH-1000XM2

The WH-1000XM2 sounds great and can be tweaked in the EQ department according to taste. It's easy to operate, and the app gives you extra levels of control over the high quality noise cancellation circuitry. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II is still king of...

7 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Existing QC35 owners don't need to upgrade, but the addition of a dedicated Google Assistant button gives the already excellent wireless noise-cancelling headphone an extra bit of personality.

8 expert reviews | 125 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Sony MDR-1000X

Who says you can’t have wireless and noise canceling in one great pair of headphones?

40 expert reviews | 872 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

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...

50 expert reviews | 2758 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Apple AirPods

Apple’s AirPods are the best completely wire-free earbuds available today. Their flawlessly stable wireless connection and range alone puts them ahead of the handful of competition. Their superiority may be short-lived as competitors like Bragi, Bose,...

53 expert reviews | 1181 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

B&W PX

Let's hope this is an early hiccup for the new team leading B&W. Since we tested two pairs, we're confident that we at least had an experience that will be similar to what customers will encounter, though it's possible we were sent two defective units....

6 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Sony WI-1000X

The best of both worlds - great sound and noise-cancelling capabilities - make these a smart choice

2 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Focal Listen

I tested the Focal Listen Wireless with an iPhone 7 along with the Sony Walkman NWZ-A17 and high-res audio players. The latter two players are aptX-compatible and confirmed their aptX connection when paired. Source material included some AAC-encoded...

20 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2

Plantronics scores a win with the slimmed-down, feature-packed BackBeat Pro 2.

31 expert reviews | 94 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Jabra Elite Sport

With its improved battery life, the slightly evolved Jabra Sport Elite Upgraded remains one of the stronger early entries in the totally wireless headphone arena.

24 expert reviews | 65 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Sony WF-1000X

With more than capable noise-cancellation, Sony has created a unique take on the true wireless form factor that's proving increasingly popular. It might be a little bulky, but the noise-cancellation goes some way to mitigating this problem, and battery...

3 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

#12
alaScore 96

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless

THE BOWERS & WILKINS P7 WIRELESS HEADPHONES are the perfect blend of wireless convenience and Hi-Fi sound reproduction for a $399 price tag. The Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless headphones have to be one of the very best bargains in audio reproduction that...

22 expert reviews | 29 user reviews

#13
alaScore 96

Beats by Dr. Dre PowerBeats3 Wireless

When Apple made their big iPhone 7 announcement in September, they managed to carve out the smallest sliver of time to introduce three new Beats products — the first set to directly benefit from the Apple's acquisition of Beats. The Solo3 Wireless...

12 expert reviews | 372 user reviews

#14
alaScore 96

AKG N60 NC

We'll make this simple: If you're looking for best-in-category active noise cancellation, that distinction still belongs to Bose—check out the aforementioned QC 35 or the in-ear QC 30, both of which are wireless. However, if you want the best Bluetooth...

34 expert reviews | 199 user reviews

#15
alaScore 96

Beats by Dr. Dre Solo3 Wireless

Two years ago, the argument for and against Beats was cultural. It was more status symbol than really solid headphone. Athletes, celebrities and neighborhood show-offs draped them around their necks like jewelry. To many, the sound they produced paled...

28 expert reviews | 1592 user reviews

#16
alaScore 96

Jaybird X3

Improving over both previous efforts, it's third time's a charm for Jaybird's X3.

17 expert reviews | 198 user reviews

#17
alaScore 96

Logitech G433

In the end, this headset is mostly just “okay.” The best feature is the way it looks, but that’s immediately undermined by the way it feels. On the one hand, the variety of color options and small batch of accessories makes for a decent $100 option....

6 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

#18
alaScore 96

JBL E55BT

The JBL E55BT are a great affordable option for those who want warm, balanced sound, long-term comfort, and simple looks.

9 expert reviews | 340 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Wireless

Sennheiser's HD 4.50 BTNC Wireless gets you most of what you want in a premium wireless noise-canceling headphone but costs significantly less.

7 expert reviews | 154 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Focal Spark

At $100, the Focal Spark Wireless earphones offer a secure fit and powerful bass response. But we've tested similarly priced models that deliver more high frequency definition along with the pumped lows. The Skullcandy Jib Wireless and the JBL Reflect...

6 expert reviews

#21
alaScore 95

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless

This Arctic 7 is by far the best choice for wireless PC headsets, and one of the best overall gaming headsets period. While using it on a console narrows its functionality, it still out-performs most console headsets, while its comfort, style, and...

3 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

#22
alaScore 95

Urbanista Seattle Wireless

The Urbanista Seattle headphones are hard to summarise. The design is simplistic and attractive and would be a hit with the fashion-conscious, but there are downsides too; namely comfort and temperamental touch-based media controls. Luckily they...

2 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#23
alaScore 95

Corsair VOID PRO RGB Wireless

So I’ve been using the Corsair VOID PRO RGB Wireless Gaming Headset as my main headset for about 3 weeks now and I do have to say I am really enjoying it. Corsair just seems to do things right and this headset is the perfect representation of that.

6 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

#24
alaScore 95

V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless

New drivers, new cushions, more frequency response in wired mode and better battery life make V-Moda's next-gen Bluetooth headphone a winner.

8 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#25
alaScore 95

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H9

Bang & Olufsen's H9 headphones look and sound great, but they're certainly no value proposition.

8 expert reviews | 16 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 3055 sources to help you choose the best Headphone & Headset from top brands like Sony, Bose, Focal Jm-lab, Sennheiser, Beats 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...