Have you been looking for the best headphones? It’ll be music to your ears to know that you’ve come to the right place. Collectively, we’ve worn hundreds of pairs of cans over the years and have put together a definitive list of the best headphones you can buy – well, at least the best ones you can buy without spending a fortune on audio equipment.
Here’s the thing: Yes, every phone under the sun these days comes bundled with a pair of cheap in-ear headphones, but if you really want to enjoy your music then you’ll probably want to think about upgrading them at some point.
A better pair of headphones will bring a new dimension to your music, whether it’s more detail, additional functionality or just more bass.
And while you could spend hundreds or thousands to get audiophile-grade gear, we’re the kind of people that like stellar performance for a good price.
The headphones you’ll find here have tons of features to help you to get the most out of your music however you like to listen to it. These features range from wireless connectivity to noise-cancellation, and come in the three major form-factors: in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones.
It sounds like a lot. But that’s where our guide to the best headphones steps in.
We’ve selected the best headphones for each form-factor, and we’ve even picked out a budget option for each so that you should be able to find an excellent pair, no matter what your budget.
Here’s a quick look at the best headphones this year:
- Best in-ear headphones:
- Best budget in-ear headphones:
- Best on-ear headphones:
- Best over-ear headphones:
- Best budget over-ear headphones:
- Best noise-canceling headphones:
- Best budget noise-canceling headphones:
- Best wireless headphones:
- Best budget wireless headphones:
Don’t forget we’ve also got our form-factor specific guides to the best in-ear headphones, the best on-ear headphones and the best over-ear headphones in addition to our guides to the best noise-cancelling headphones and the best wireless headphones if you can’t find what you’re looking for on this list.
What headphones does TechRadar recommend?
We think the two most important things to consider when buying a pair of headphones are form-factor and price, and so that’s exactly how we’ve organised our guide.
Below you’ll find our top picks for the best in-ear headphones, the best on-ear headphones, the best over-ear headphones, the best noise-cancelling headphones and finally the best wireless headphones.
As well as a top pick for each form-factor we’ve also included a budget pick which manages to offer great sound at a much more competitive price point.
Best in-ear headphones: RHA T10i
Premium earphones for any taste
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .09 pounds | Cable length: 4.4 feet |Frequency response: 16-40,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dynamic |Sensitivity: 100 dB/mW | Impedance: 16 ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A
Leading off our list is the RHA T10i. It’s here for one simple reason: the sound quality is incredible, thanks to the snug seal created when the headphones are stuck in your ear. OK, plus the bass is also robust for such small earphones.
The RHA T10i look slick with a metal finish around the drivers and around the cable as well. They also come with several replacement tips if the defaults don’t fit your ear canal. They’re more expensive than other buds on the list, but there’s good reason they’re in our top spot.
Read the full review: RHA T10i
- Want more options? Check out our full guide to the best in-ear headphones.
This post is originally posted by TECHRADAR.COM