Hands up those of you who hate in-ear headphones? I certainly do! Earache, the buds falling out when you’re at a crucial point in that film, and the way they always seem to get in a tangle no matter how tidily you put them away.
Thankfully, technology has advanced, and over-ear headphones are now making a huge comeback. I’m not talking the huge cans from the 80s, these modern products have some seriously stylish and advanced technology as standard.
But just where do you start when purchasing your first, or new, set? Well, these are five of the best.
1. Audio Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Despite the long name, the top of our over-ear headphones packs a noisy punch, boasting professional standard monitoring and mixing. Easy to carry around and ideal for travel, the coiled cable and adjustable padded headband means comfort and ease. Total isolation is guaranteed with closed back and cushioned ear cups, so none of that outside noise will disrupt your musical enjoyment.
They’re our number one choice of best over the ear headphones based on a combination of superb audio quality, great comfort and an alluring price tag.
2. V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Noise Isolating Over Ear Headphones
Completely isolating, your music is your priority with this product. For the technical bit – patented 50mm dual diaphragm drivers help to identify bass sounds from mids and highs, enhancing your musical pleasure. These earphones are music industry endorsed, if you needed anymore reassurance! Compact and easy to transport too.
3. Sennheiser HD 598
These are a seriously stylish pair of headphones, and if you’re at all shallow and completely about looks, then these are the cans for you. Classy and beige, with burl wood, the velour ear pads add comfort and the ‘wow’ factor. Easy on eye, and very good for the ears too, with ergonomic acoustic refinement technology, boosting your sounds and cutting out external noise.
The velour pads also mean these are great earphones for long listening sessions, so if you do a lot of travel, these are a great choice for you.
4. Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic
Everyone has heard of Bose, and so you’ll know about their reputation for quality. This sleek-looking set of earphones doesn’t disappoint, and the standout feature looks-wise is that they run from AAA batteries, boasting an average 35 hours’ battery life, so they are less chunky and obviously have no wire.
Great for long-listening sessions, due to comfort levels, outside noise is eliminated and they also come with a remote and cable for iPhone/iPod connectivity.
5. Beats Solo HD On Ear Headphones
The famous Beats by Dr Dre range continues to go strong, available in a range of colours, making these over ear headphones a great fashion accessory. Blessed with two speakers in each ear, music is clear, booming and loud, with a deep bass.
Again, the added extra of iPhone compatibility means the listener can easily switch between audio and calls, and the remote control action means no need to dig around in your bag for your iPhone to change your music selection.
The huge range of over-ear headphones available these days can be boggling, but these five are amongst the market leaders. What do you need from these products? Audio quality (obviously), comfort and lightweight, connectivity with modern devices and a reasonable price…
All we have picked have great reviews based on those needs, you can read them from this page on Amazon.