When you're on a search for the absolute best pair of headphones, it can be hard to know what brands are worth looking into.
Each headphone company tends to have a target market, and most of their products tend to reflect the needs of those people. There isn't a single best company. Instead, there's a handful of great headphone brands that are great at what they do.
At Headphone Critics, we've had the chance to test hundreds of headphones, some much better than others. With that being said, we've been able to pinpoint some brands that consistently come out on top. These headphones are a mix of brands that have the best quality, value for the price, availability, reliability and ease of use.
Here are some of our picks for the best headphones brands out there, in no particular order.
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Sony is a household name in electronics. Obviously, they make a lot more than just over ear headphones. Sony headphones are designed mostly for casual listening, and not all of their products are great. However, they do have a couple of incredible premium in ear and over ear headphones that are well worth the money.
The Sony WF-1000XM3 is a great example. These over-ear headphones have some of the best noise cancelling technology out there. They've got a mostly bass-driven profile, but with Sonys Headphones Connect App, you can customize your sound to be exactly what you want.
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Sennheiser is a big name in audio equipment, and are known for producing studio-grade equipment and over ear headphones for audiophiles. Like Sony, Sennheiser also has some products that are just average, but for the most part, the headphones that Sennheiser produces are top-notch. They've got a wide range of products ranging from noise cancelling headphones to open back high fidelity headphones, and some of the newer, higher-end headphones have a fully customizable EQ within their app.
One of our favorite pairs of Sennheiser over ear headphones are the Sennheiser HD800. These are Sennheisers flagship headphones for audiophiles. They've got an amazingly balanced sound, but they come at a premium price. They also require you to use an amp, which makes them bad for everyday use, but for an audiophile, these are a dream.
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SkullCandy is known for making awesome looking headphones with great bass. They're most popular with people who like hip hop and EDM, who want a heavier bass profile. While none of their headphones are the absolute best of the best, almost all of the headphones they make are great, especially for the price.
The SkullCandy Venue wireless headphones are some of the best you're going to find from this brand. They're ANC (active noise cancelling), wireless headphones that have an exciting, bass-heavy sound profile with a comfortable fit and great battery life. For their price, you can't really beat them if you're into headphones with big bass.
In the world of Gaming headphones, SteelSeries has a hold on the market, and they deserve it! They have a wide range of products consisting of everything from budget-friendly gaming headsets to premium-level headphones with incredible surround sound and frequency range. What makes them stand out is the effort they put into having a good quality mic as well. This takes their gaming headphones from good to great.
Our favorite pair of SteelSeries headphones come from the Arctis Pro series. Not only are these great for gaming, but the audio quality is good enough to be used for listening to music as well.
Bose has been around for a while, and they've become synonymous with high-grade audio performance. Bose isn't cheap, and we'd go so far as to say that they're known just as much for their high prices as they are for the quality of their products. They've come across criticism for putting out products in recent years that have had the Bose price tag without the Bose sound quality, though.
Since getting pushback, they've since upped their game and maintain a respectable spot at the table among other audiophile headphone brands.
Audi Technica is well known in the professional audio arena. They're one of the go-to headphone brands for mixing and mastering music due to their generally very well balanced sound.
Audio technica headphones aren't about creating beautiful sound, they're about preserving the mix created by the audio engineer. If you're in the market for a brand of headphones that gives you exactly what the music producer wants you to have, consider a pair by Audio Technica.
Don't see a brand you expected?
We can't name all of the great headphones brands out there, but these are some of the top choices that have consistently come out on top during tests.
If you're considering a pair of headphones you don't see on this list, don't worry! There's a lot of fantastic other headphone brands out there that we've tested and loved.
If you're considering a certain brand and want our feedback, leave a comment below!