If you’re an audiophile, you won’t settle for anything less than perfect when it comes to listening to music.
You likely obsess about different speaker and stereo setups, frequently (okay, constantly) view and compare new headphone models, and get overly excited when someone talks about high-res audio.
Simply put, you care a lot about how your music sounds.
If you’re motivated by high-res audio, we’ve compiled a list of five different headband headphone models from differing brands to meet your desire for the best in sound, look, and feel.
Audio-Technica is one of the leaders in the headphone industry. From wireless earbuds to professional-quality headsets to models with Solid Bass technology, Audio-Technica has a stellar selection of headphones to choose from. They even have a series of gaming headsets if you’re an avid PC or console gamer.
If you’re looking for a quality headset for a reasonable price, the ATH-M50X is a great model. As part of their M-series line, these headphones have a detachable cable, padded headband, and cushioned earcups that swivel to 90 degrees.
The ATH-M50X model is known for sound quality that reflects accurate bass and clarity throughout a range of frequencies; and in fact, many users have noted that it is a great competitor to the popular Beats over-the-ear headphones.
Sennheiser specializes in two different models of headphones: open back and closed back. Open back headphones are constructed to allow air to pass through the earcups, creating an experience similar to listening to live music. Conversely, closed back headphones are constructed specifically for noise isolation. Your music listening preferences will determine the model that is right for you.
The Sennheiser HD 598 Cs Closed Back model is the successor of the HD 500 series, and delivers fantastic sound quality thanks to Sennheiser’s technology and premium components. This model is constructed to directly pump sound into your ears, creating what Sennheiser calls “an in-room experience.”
These headphones are also designed with the user in mind. It comes with two different cables for connectivity to stereo systems at home as well as portable devices on the go. They are also light and comfy for extended wear time.
Created exclusively for Guitar Center, the DT 770 PRO model from Beyerdynamic combines functionality and style to create a headphone design that is both flexible and durable thanks to expert German craftsmanship. Plus, all parts are replaceable should you ever need to repair these headphones.
One of the more outstanding features of these professional studio headphones is the crisp sound quality. They possess a sound volume is truly impressive, as it is capable of producing transparent sound from low bass to high frequencies. As a favorite among producers and broadcasters, these headphones are recommended for in-studio recording but can also be enjoyed by audiophiles alike.
Note: the 32ohm model is more suited for mobile phones and devices if you often listen to music or media on your iPhone or iPad. If you’re looking for studio quality, try the 80ohm model.
If you’re looking for a brand backed by years of experience, Bose can deliver. They shine in the market for their super comfortable noise-cancelling headphones, which is why we recommend the QuietComfort 35 II model.
The QuietComfort 35 II model features everything an audiophile needs in a pair of headphones: noise-cancelling technology (which can be adjusted via the Bose app), volume-optimized EQ, a built-in microphone, and soft leather earcups for maximum comfort.
Despite the higher price tag than some of the other headphones on this list, you get a solid build and superb sound quality backed with up to 20 hours of wireless listening (40 hours if wired) on one charge.
It’s easy to see why this model is one of the most rated headband models on Sony’s website. The Sony WH1000XM2 provides a unique sound experience using Adaptive Sound Control, adjusting your music or media based on the environment you are in (traveling on a plane, walking on the street, etc.) and the surrounding atmospheric pressure. Plus, it includes noise-cancelling technology and S-Master HX technology to deliver stellar hi-res audio.
These headphones also possess unique touch features for immediate control over your music or media. Cupping your hand over the right earcup will instantly lower the volume and activate “Quick Attention Mode” in the event that you need to have a conversation or temporarily lower your music. You can also skip tracks, make a call, and adjust the volume directly from touch options on the headphones.
Do you own any of these headphone models? How has your listening experience been? Let us know in the comments below!