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The best headphone brands in the world

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Excellent listening pleasure is a factor that can make any medium many times more beautiful. It doesn’t matter whether you beautify yourself with a radio play, with music, with a film, while gaming or wear headphones for work: hardly anything is more important than the quality of the sound. Whether playing video games in your own home, enjoying your favorite music on public transport, video chatting with loved ones or enjoying a relaxing podcast in the great outdoors: the mood always stands and falls with the listening pleasure.

The fact that many customers are therefore always looking for higher quality in order to perfect the auditory experience has of course not passed the market. And so audiophile connoisseurs are now offered an immensely wide range of headphones in all shapes, colors and versions. The electronics stores offer a huge spectrum in all conceivable price, quality and ratio classes both online and offline. From pimped up plastic scrap to underestimated products at low prices to the noble version decorated with gold leaf, the same applies to this market: there is nothing that does not exist. And of course it is sometimes not that easy to keep track of things,

The following list should provide a little help when choosing headphones. The ten best headphone brands are presented in a loose list with which hearing people can guarantee an excellent listening experience. Each brand receives a small profile with regard to its special features and its career. Of course, product recommendations should not be missing.

Evil

The company, which was founded in 1964, has always been based in the US state of Massachusetts. There and in various branches, electronic products for audio, video, vehicle technology and even the military are diligently produced. From home cinemas to large sound systems to space shuttles, almost everything has already been provided with the excellent acoustics from Bose. The company takes its mandate to optimize the listening experience seriously in every respect. In addition to speakers and headphones, there are also excellent hearing aids and Sleep Buds from the Bose brand.

The headphones of the company from the American east coast occupy the top places in every discipline. So you can’t go wrong with in-ear or over-ear when you invest in a Bose product. Athletes, musicians and even pilots swear by the flawless quality and ease of use of Bose headphones. One of the hottest products is the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II. In the office, on the other hand, the Bose 700 Wireless Headphones are worth the warmest recommendation.

Sony

When the Sony company was founded in Tokyo in 1946, the idea of ​​taking over the production of rice cookers from the predecessor company had just been abandoned. Instead, the focus should now be on consumer electronics. Today there are probably only a few households left without a Sony product lying around or lying around. Apart from Playstation, cameras and mobile phones, an important step to success lies in the production of audio devices. The world’s first transistor radio Sony TR 55 is just one of the many milestones in this history. The Sony Walkman has also had a lasting impact on the culture of music consumption; just like the invention of the CD.

When it comes to headphones, Sony has a range that is unparalleled anywhere in the world. The Japanese company has an offer for every asking price, quality margin and every conceivable specification; and of course in several versions. With or without a cable, Lite or Pro, Jog Proof or waterproof are just a few of the questions that can be answered before buying Sony headphones.

In addition, no other company in the global market does as well as Sony at eliminating noise from headphones. Undisturbed listening pleasure is written here in capital letters. With the help of the Headphones Connect app and a fabulous bass sound, models such as the versatile Sony WF 1000XM3 or the inexpensive Sony WI C310 Wireless are among the market leaders for good reasons.

Sennheiser

Even if the town of Wedemark-Wennebostel is probably only known to very few people, the Lower Saxony municipality is an important authority when it comes to headphones. Here Fritz Sennheiser founded his company shortly after the Second World War, which was dedicated to the research and production of microphones and headphones. The laboratory founded by Fritz Sennheiser has been working on the high-precision and optimal improvement of the sound experience since day one.

This strict accuracy was not without appreciation. Fritz Sennheiser received an Oscar at the Academy Awards in 1987 for his MKH 816 directional microphone, which was very popular not only in Hollywood. And Sennheiser has also made a name for itself time and again with headphones. This includes the Sennheiser Orpheus product, which was released in 1990. These are the most expensive headphones of all time, which went into production in limited numbers.

Today the black S in the white rectangle is still known and loved all over the world. In the last few years in particular, Sennheiser has undergone a very strong shift towards digitality. The latest generation of their headphones are mostly wireless Bluetooth models that can be ideally adapted to the needs of customers. The Sennheiser Smart Control App, which has a completely parametric equalizer, takes care of the latter. The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless headphones with their excellent sound quality are considered to be the company’s flagship. The Sennheiser HD 4.50 model is recommended for uncomplicated, comfortable and stripping-free television enjoyment.

Audio-Technica

What began with turntables in Machida in the Japanese prefecture of Tokyo in 1962 is now one of the big names when it comes to audio quality. Fifteen years after the company was founded, Audio-Technica launched the AT 700 series and made a name for itself in the headphone market. Today, the Machida company is an indispensable part of any audio amplification and reproduction field. The turntables, loudspeakers, microphones and headphones from Audio-Technica are popular and are sold and bought by various branches all over the world.

Whether for professional recordings in the studio, for telephone calls or video conferences, and of course for private enjoyment of music: the Audio-Technica brand has the right product in stock for all areas. A special feature of the headphones from Japan is their excellent ability to filter out noise and interfering noises. And to the delight of their customers, Audio-Technica products can also be purchased at affordable prices.

As an all-rounder headphone with a stylish look, the wireless Blue Tooth model Audio-Technica ATH M50xBT is an absolute bestseller. Anyone who works in the production of music or spends a lot of time in the studio and is looking for high-quality headphones with a good price-performance ratio will also find what they are looking for: the Audio-Technica ATH M50x model is just right for this.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50XBT wireless headphones black

1.2m cable with microphone / controller for wired audio playback (optional); Circumaural headphones with excellent noise isolation in noisy environments
199.00 EUR −22.00 EUR 177.00 EUR
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x DJ headphones for studio, black

45 mm driver, neodymium magnet system and CCAW voice coils; 90 degree swivel ear cups for easy one-ear monitoring; Collapsible
129.00 EUR

beyerdynamic

When the beyerdynamic company was founded in Berlin in 1924, nobody could have guessed that history would soon be made. Just 13 years later, Beyer produced the first dynamic headphones in the world, the DT 48 telephone, and the M 19 dynamic microphone, produced two years later, quickly became an ubiquitous standard product.

The company, which is now based in Heilbronn, still manufactures a large part of its products under its own roof. In addition, the German audio experts have blossomed into a global player and have a subsidiary in the United States of America as well as branches in Singapore and India.

Characteristic for beyerdynamic are the robust metal frames and the extremely comfortable velor cushions. The headphones are popular with musicians because of their crystal-clear sound, which can ideally present high tones and percussive elements. In addition, an additional reinforcement in the bass is one of the features of the German brand. The most prominent models of beyerdynamic headphones are primarily the beyerdynamic 1990 PRO and the beyerdynamic 1770 PRO.

beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO over-ear studio headphones in black. Open design, pluggable cable

Reference class open studio headphones for mixing and mastering, Made in Germany; 250 ohm, 45mm dynamic Tesla neodymium driver
599.00 EUR −164.00 EUR 435.00 EUR
beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO over-ear studio headphones in black. Closed design, pluggable cable

250 Ohm, 45mm Tesla Neodymium Dynamic Driver; One-sided, pluggable cable with mini XLR connection
599.00 EUR −174.00 EUR 425.00 EUR

JBL

Behind the three letters stands one of the most famous global players in audio. The eponymous founder James Bullough Lansing laid the foundation for a global success story in Northridge, California, back in 1946. One of the many highlights of the glorious history of the JBL brand is the statement made by the guitar manufacturer Leo Fender, who named JBL as the ideal loudspeaker for its instruments.

With boxes for home use as well as for the sound reinforcement of large crowds and, last but not least, with monitor speakers for use in the music business, JBL has always moved between the upper middle class and the upper class. And the more modern markets such as headphones, wireless amplifiers and small boxes for everyday use were not missed either. Today, wearable devices from the Californian company can be seen and heard on every corner. Then, as now, the focus is on the music on the one hand and on all-rounders at the time. JBL is the casual product that everyone knows and that is appreciated everywhere. Headphone models like the JBL Live 650 BTNC Wireless are not only one of the most popular products in the field of electronic music. You can’t go wrong with JBL when it comes to in-ear headphones.

Beats by Dr. Dre

Hardly anyone has shaped the American hip hop, G-funk and R&B scene more than the Californian producer and rapper André Young – better known under the pseudonym Dr. Dre. His extensive knowledge of creating great sound experiences made Young another economic mainstay in 2006 when he founded Beats Electronics. Since then, the little white b in the red circle has not only become a recurring gimmick in music videos by artists like Nicki Minaj, Eminem or David Guetta.

According to his musical background, Dr. Dre places particular emphasis on warm and bass-heavy tones when aligning its products. With its over-ear and in-ear headphones as well as wireless speakers, the company of the former NWA member has made a name for itself among music fans from all over the world. The customers of Apple products in particular like to use the Dres Company emblem on the headphones due to the problem-free compatibility. The Beats Solo Pro Wireless, which is characterized by its extraordinary isolation from interfering noises, is particularly popular. The Beats EP is one of the most popular goods among DJs and other people in the music business.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones with Noise Canceling – Apple H1 Chip, Class 1 Bluetooth, Active Noise Canceling, Transparency Mode, 22 Hours of Playback – Black

Active noise canceling (ANC) suppresses outside noise; With the transparency mode you perceive your surroundings
299.95 EUR −97.42 EUR 202.53 EUR
Beats EP on-ear headphones – black

Precisely tuned acoustics for a clear, deep beats sound; Robust, lightweight design – reinforced with stainless steel
99.95 EUR −42.95 EUR 57.00 EUR

Jaybird

Anyone who likes to be driven by music in sports should not forego optimal quality. This is what the Australian athlete Judd Armstrong said to himself. Out of sheer disappointment at the lack of headphones that combine excellent listening pleasure with sporty wearability, Armstrong founded the Jaybird company in 2006.

Jaybird is now part of the Logitech Group and is manufactured in Salt Lake City, Utah. The basic principles of the sporting product are freedom from cables and optimal use of Bluetooth technology. Of course, it is only natural that the company’s first product was called Freedom. From now on it went steeply uphill for Judd Armstrong and his headphones, with which he spoiled sports enthusiasts all over the world with ideal listening pleasure. The smart bracelet Reign appeared as a further product in 2014, with which one can find out about all important health data while exercising.

Together with the Jaybird MySound app and the integrated parametric equalizer, Jaybird products turn every workout into an acoustic experience in which neither cables nor bad sound get the chance to disturb. Athletes swear by the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless in particular. The Jaybird Tarah Pro is a popular all-rounder.

Jabra

The company Jabra was born from the house of the GN Group and its more than 100-year-old tradition. Its headphones make the hearts of many office workers jump for joy. Jabra’s focus is primarily on business, office and other work-related areas. Jabra is also the only company in the world that combines the production of hearing aids, headsets and headphones under one name and one location. The Jabra logo is present everywhere, from call centers to important conferences, cell phones, video chat and technical support for human hearing.

The initially dotted and then solid line in the Jabra logo guarantees the best quality for conversations and recordings. The high definition headphones from Jabra have their place in the professional sector and are indispensable in every branch of the modern professional world. From the assistant in customer service to the management of international conferences via remote interviews, the brand from the GN Group can be found everywhere.

Wired or wireless, over-ear or in-ear: Jabra is highly professional. The latter naturally also applies to the microphones on the headsets. The Jabra Evolve 65t Truly Wireless is currently one of the best business headphones. Joggers, on the other hand, prefer to use the Jabra Elite Active 75t.

Skullcandy

When Rick Alden founded the company Skullcandy in the US state of Utah in 2003, he had two goals in mind: unusual quality for deep bass and a relaxed, casual image. The casual look of the Skullcandy headphones fits like a glove with the outfit on the skate court, on the beach with bathing suits and surfboard, and of course with the casual street look. Skullcandy products are very popular in these areas and the skull on the side has become a symbol of quality in urban scenes.

Whether simple, brightly colored or in unusual styles, the Skullcandy headphones are always well received. Their interpretation, trimmed for bass, also goes very well with musical styles such as hip-hop or EDM. Even those who love funk or dubstep will be delighted by the listening experience. In addition, the Skullcandy brand is enjoying an ever-increasing clientele in the field of popular music, because here, too, people have not only recently come to appreciate a strong sound image with an urge for depth.

The brand from Utah convinces with or without a cable; also because of the fair relationship between price and performance. The most popular models include the Venue AC Wireless and the HESH 3 Wireless Over Ear.

Other headphone brands with good reputations include:

No.: Brand:
11. SteelSeries
12th Logitech
13th Plantronics
14th Bang & Olufson
15th HyperX
16. anchor
17th Bowers & Wilkins
18th Shure
19th AKG
20th Mpow

The brands and products listed provide a good overview of the current dimensions of the renowned and rightly popular headphones. The list also shows that the perfect product can be found even for the most specific individual needs. In addition to all-rounders and models for beginners, it is the special models and companies that stand out. And that not only the big players who have been known for a long time find their place here, it also shows how dynamic and adapted the market is. While some still young companies are geared towards the explicit needs of athletes, for use in everyday professional life or for special styles of music, the all-rounders are often more likely to be found among the big names. The choice of the ideal headphones for your own needs has definitely changed. Companies, research institutions and the customers themselves play a big part in ensuring that there is the ideal product for every area. And those that don’t exist today could be invented tomorrow.

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