10 of the Best Headphones for Sound Quality 2018Last Updated: August 1, 2018
Headphones are a modern essential, enabling us to enjoy music or podcasts in privacy and insulated from outer-sound. They help us pass the time, or during exercise and recreation, and for all these purposes we require optimum quality and comfort. Here are 10 of the best.
Despite the relative convenience of earphones and earbuds, the more substantial on-ear headphone has made a big comeback in recent years. This is due in part to millennials-driven retro fashion trends, but also has a lot to do with music-lovers seeking the best headphones for sound quality and privacy. The introduction of rechargeable wireless headphones has made these retro-style headsets more travel and exercise friendly.
AGENT Guide – Best Headphones for Sound Quality
To help you make your decision on the best headphones for sound quality, allow this list of 10 stand-out products to be your guide.
As arguably the trendiest audio brand of the moment, Beats by Dr. Dre deliver incredible sound, as well as sleek aesthetics and marketing. The Solo3 Wireless model makes on-ear quality sound easier to bring on the go, with Bluetooth technology that reaches up to 9 metres. These headphones are available in a variety of colour options, including shades designed to coordinate perfectly with specific iPhone models.
Number of Customer Reviews: 3,154
Average Customer Rating: 4/5 stars
Harman/Kardon is an audio brand renowned for its refined, perfectly balanced sound, so it should come as no surprise that the Soho Wireless headphones sound immaculate. They feature 30mm drivers and high-performance neo-transducers for peerless audio quality, and look sleek with stitched leather and stainless steel exterior, in a selection of three colors.
Number of Customer Reviews: 26
Average Customer Rating: 3.4/5 stars
Audiophiles have long considered Bowers & Wilkins P5 on-ear headphones an industry leader, so adding wireless aptX Bluetooth technology to the model only adds to the appeal. These headphones feature the exact same drivers and audio materials that made the classic P5 model so well-loved, adding universal Bluetooth compatibility with a 17 hour battery life. On the right ear, there are three discreet controls that enable you to control music and take phone calls.
Number of Customer Reviews: 135
Average Customer Rating: 4.1/5 stars
Another great option in wireless headphones is the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth model. A unique feature of these headphones is the voice prompts for users when pairing a device or receiving a phone call, making them especially user-friendly. They also have a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that has up to 15 hours of play time and a two-way microphone system that delivers clear sound on phone calls, even in windy or noisy conditions.
Number of Customer Reviews: 897
Average Customer Rating: 4.4/5 stars
While considerably less expensive than most of the other wireless headphones on this list, the Jabra Move Wireless Headphones delivers excellent sound, with convenient controls for music and call selection. They have slightly less battery time than others—about eight hours of play time—but are well designed and come in three great color choices.
Number of Customer Reviews: 875
Average Customer Rating: 3.9/5 stars
For those of whom aesthetics are important, the beautiful H.ear On Wireless NC Headphones from Sony are a dream come true. With their sleek, one-color design and brushed aluminum coating, these headphones are available in five vibrant colours and really stand out from all other headphones on the market. Their sound quality is superb, with a maximum data transfer rate of 990 kbps, well above the average Bluetooth headphones.
Number of Customer Reviews: 293
Average Customer Rating: 4.1/5 stars
Fans of bass-heavy audio should definitely check out JBL’s Synchros E40BT wireless headphones. With their expansive frequency response of 10hz to 24KHz, they are easily among the best headphones for sound quality. Unique ShareMe technology allows you to wirelessly stream music to other ShareMe-enabled headsets, allowing for a great group listening experience. Available in five color combinations with ergonomic leatherette ear-cushions and headband for ultimate comfort.
Number of Customer Reviews: 478
Average Customer Rating: 3.6/5 stars
Although the price of Oppo PM-3 Headphones may seem excessive, audio experts will know that for planar-magnetic headphone technology, they’re remarkably cheap. Also impressive is their lightweight design, at only 320g. Previously, planar-magnetic closed back headphones had been reserved for use at home or the studio due to their restrictive weight and price, so Oppo have truly revolutionized the tech with this model, bringing it to the masses.
Number of Customer Reviews: 147
Average Customer Rating: 4.6/5 stars
These headphones, as the cheapest on our list, are ideal for those who want wireless Bluetooth connection without breaking the bank. They are still among the best headphones for sound quality. Skullcandy’s Grind Wireless Headphones also feature long-range Bluetooth technology that reaches up to 33 feet and 12 hours of battery time, so they’re perfectly suited for traveling. Looks-wise, their metal and vegan-leather exterior is simple but classic and the six different color options provide users with plenty of choice.
Number of Customer Reviews: 180
Average Customer Rating: 4.1/5 stars
Designed as Creative’s flagship headset, no expense has been spared in making the Aurvana Platinums one of the best headphones for sound quality. From the 50mm Neodymium drivers to the ShareMe streaming technology, these headphones truly master sound craftsmanship and convenience. The rechargeable battery allows up to 15 hours of playback time, while on-ear music and phone controls make functions quicker and easier.
Number of Customer Reviews: 72
Average Customer Rating: 3.2/5 stars
Best Headphones Review – FAQs
Feeling a little lost finding the perfect pair of headphones to suit your needs? Fear not, because we at Agent have thrown together a quick FAQs section to help you hone in on exactly what it is that you need from your headphones, check it out below.
Are good headphones expensive?
There is an idea commonly held nowadays that decent headphones are, by definition, going to be very expensive. However, this is simply not the case, with high quality headphones available on the market for as little as $100, or even lower when there is a sale on. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for the absolute best of the best, you will need to spend quite a bit more cash, however, not all good headphones are going to put a hole in your wallet.
How do I budget for my headphones?
Our advice when budgeting for a pair of headphones is to reflect on how exactly you intend on using your headphones. Are they going to be coming with you on your daily commute, or do you intend to use them exclusively at home? If you’re going to be listening to music on the bus, we would suggest looking at headphones that are lightweight, and more portable in design. However, if you’re going to be at home, you can, if your budget permits, go all out on some studio quality headphones.
Ideally, once you know what it is that you’re looking for in a pair of headphones, you can then you can begin thinking about how much your comfortable spending on them, taking into account the general price-range of the market.
Is comfort an important aspect of headphones?
Absolutely, comfort is a design aspect that needs your full scrutiny. Often people test out the comfort of a pair of headphones by simply trying them on. No pair of headphones is going to hurt instantly, however you need to consider how comfortable your headphones will be after several hours of use. The best headphones on the market will not leave your ears feeling pinched, or achey after a long period of usage.
What are the different types of headphones?
It’s important to familiarise yourself with the different types of headphones, as they tend to differ substantially in price. The three main types of headphones are earbuds, circumaural headphones, and supra-aural headphones. As there are no earbuds or earphones on our list, we will not be going into detail on this variant of headphones.
This variant of headphones covers the entire ear, often coming with ample cushioning/padding for a more comfortable, sound cancelling audio experience. These are commonly the type of headphones that audiophiles would go for, however they do suffer from being less portable than their counterparts, and are often the most expensive headphones on the market.
Supra-aural headphones are headphones that only partially cover the ‘top’ or ‘outside’ of the ear. You could almost say that these headphones serve as a half-way point of sorts between the circumaural headphones and earbuds. These are usually somewhat more affordable than circumaural headphones too, although they do lack some of the sound quality as a result. On the plus side, these headphones are far more portable, usually being quite light weight and compact in design. One negative aspect to look out for in supra-aural headphones is the ‘pinch’ that users often experience with this type of headphones. This is when the headphones grip your ears too tightly, ending in aches after long periods of use.
Wrapping up our review of the best headphones on the market, our parting words of advice for you are to take a look at our FAQs above, where we provide you with all of the basic information you need to know, before you begin browsing. By taking in this information, you’ll be able to formulate an idea of what it is exactly that you want out of your headphones, essentially bypassing hours of repetitive blind-browsing. Happy listening!