When considering budget options, it is a lot easier to select a headphone because they all have pretty much the same specifications and output. When we move on the premium segment, the variations matter immensely. There are multiple factors that need to be considered before going for one, as your taste in music matters the most, followed by comfort and type of usage.
We have specially made a list of wired headphones, only because there is still a vast difference in the output when compared to wireless Bluetooth ones. Here our Editors take on why wired ones are still more preferable.1. Audio Technica ATH MSR7:
These are studio-grade headphones that contain 45 mm True Motion drivers for minimal sound distortion. The build is plastic but surrounded by aluminium to give a higher-end feel. The large ear pads and foam make sure that these are comfortable for use over a long duration. Keep in mind, these are bare minimum excellent sound producers and do not feature noise cancellation. However, they are really good at natural noise isolation thanks to the thick foam.
As far as sound quality is concerned, these aren't made for high bass but have a well-balanced midrange and a high frequency. The clarity is top notch and the wire is a standard 3.5mm jack on both the ends. Even in noisy areas, music is flawlessly directed towards the user, preventing background noise from seeping in.
The best noise cancellation along with excellent music output is offered by these. These even work without batteries, all you need to do is connect your phone. If you need ANC, just pop-in a few AAA batteries. The sound quality and noise isolation on the QC25 are exceptional.
Bose opted to use fabric instead of leather for this variant and it definitely has paid off well. The sound engineered in these is exemplary. The lows, mids, and highs come through clear as day while the bass is average. Read our full review here
It has high-output neodymium magnets for stereo sound with a smooth bass response and comes with gold-plated 3.5mm and 1/4in adaptor jacks. These are huge in size yet comfortable to wear. These are recommended for those looking for excellent bass output. These do not distort the bass even at maximum volume and have ideally balanced midrange and treble.
The closed-back design and soft ear pads block outside noise very well. Due to its large size, these are not recommended if you travel a lot.
These are the best in class noise-canceling headphones, perfect for travelling. They fit in a smaller case easily and can be taken along anywhere you go. They are also fairly light and have a softer foam for a more comfortable fit. They also have a microphone on the back of each ear cup that monitors ambient noise.
It has 30 hours of battery life for active noise cancellation and can be charged via the micro-USB port. Coming to the audio output, they lack high-frequency treble but the clarity is top notch. Music is balanced properly and the bass is average, not too harsh like Beats. For the best music experience, you should go with the MSR7, while this one pumps decent audio along with ANC.
These have 40mm neodymium drivers for rich bass and powerful sound along with noise isolating around-ear cushions for extended comfort. These also support adjustable bass boost that lets you get the perfect level of bass for every song.
They are also foldable and feature a built-in mic. The connector is gold plated and the audio output is crystal clear. These are highly recommended if you are looking for high bass.
Pioneer has a huge professional fanbase and always has been the first choice for many artists. The HDJ-C70 offers a frequency range of 7 to 32,000 Hz via 40mm drivers. The ear pads can be rotated by 90 degrees in either direction making it possible to monitor with one ear while wearing the headphones.
There is absolutely no distortion even at high volume, it lacks high frequency because these are specially made for DJing. Bass output is clear while the mid frequencies are strong. These can be worn for an extended duration very comfortably thanks to the soft earpads.
The second choice for the best DJing headphones, these are pretty much on par with Pioneer's offering. The bass is tight and precise while the mids and highs are perfectly balanced. These come with vinyl pads which offer superb sound isolation.
For all types of genres, these work perfectly. They sound incredibly well when an external DAC is connected as well as without one. They are rather comfortable and work well in any type of setup.
The T5ps reek of quality right out of the box. There's the high-grade, sturdy aluminium frame with sick details. The T5p is a luxurious full-size, high-quality headphone that can handle portable music from devices such as iPods and iPhones.
It flawlessly distinguishes between genres and handles both, EDM as well as vocals very well. The midrange clarity is outstanding with well-optimised treble and high frequency. The bass is good or great, depending on the source.