Ten Over Ten Headphones

Top Headphones

Summary

 

1. Sennheiser MM 450-XSennheiser MM 450-X_Ping_640X480

     

Features

  • Up to 10 hours battery life (with Bluetooth apt-X)
  • Noise Guard 2.0 noise cancellation
  • 2-year warranty
  • Folds into a compact bundle for travel and storage
  • Flexible so can  replace the battery with a spare on long trips, or recharge it via the USB port on your laptop
  • Comfortable to wear because of padded ear-cushions provide an excellent soft fit, even on long trips

Pros

  • Great battery life
  • Comfortable, very compact, portable design
  • Multimedia-friendly features
  • Apt-X for the best Bluetooth audio quality
  • Integrated Mic for calls

Cons

  • Noise cancellation ruins sound
  • Slightly fiddly to use
  • Expensive

 

2. Sony MDR1R

 Sony MDR1R_Ping_640X480

 

 

Features

  • Tangle free cables
  •  The sound of silence – Silent silicon rings in the housing joints means you’ll hear nothing but music in the ears
  • Highly accurate upfront vocals and mid/high range – 40mm Liquid Crystal Polymer Film diaphragm delivers the rigidity and lightness for balanced sound reproduction
  • Specially-engineered HD driver units assure ultra-wideband audio performance extending from 4Hz to 80,000kHz
  • Deep bass – Feel the woofers wobble when the bass drops with our improved HD driver unit and vent design

Pros

  • Superb design, natural,  warm and spacious sound
  • Good bass management, overall sound quality
  • Over-the-ear design and supple leather ear pads lend a luxurious feel to an extraordinarily comfortable pair of headphones you can wear for hours at a time
  • Integrated iPhone remote
  • Come with a carrier case
  • Removable 1.2m cable

Cons

  • Some mid-range thickness, tame treble
  • Expensive
  • Could do with more power at the low end
  • They don’t fold flat for compact storage

3. Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones B&W P5_Ping_640X480

Features

  • Single sided detachable/changeable OFC
  • High precision diaphragm resistance material
  • iPhone compatible remote control
  • Driver type dynamic Mylar diaphragm
  • Noise Isolation- A closed-back design with rigid metal face plates and sealed ear pads make P5 perfect for listening to music on the go
  • Natural sound – Behind P5’s natural sound lays advanced headphone technology, keeping your music sounding rich, pure and incredibly detailed.

Pros

  • Beautiful design & Cracking build quality
  • Pretty and desirable
  • Speedy, vibrant sound with amazing vocal sound
  • Excellent balanced  sound quality
  • Good noise-isolation capability
  • Useful in-cable remote control for iPods and the iPhone

Cons

  • Fit can be tight, so try first
  • Long-term durability concern
  • Thin and delicate cable

4. Bose Quiet Comfort 15 Bose QuietComfort 15_Ping_640X480

Features

  • Advanced noise reduction across a wide range of frequencies; ideal for home, work or travel
  • Lifelike sound that reveals even the most subtle nuances of your music
  • Comfortable fit with soft, around-ear cushions
  • Includes two audio cables, one with mic/remote for iPhone/iPod control and hands-free iPhone calling
  • 35 hours of use on average from AA battery
  • Removable cable, with spare with airplane adapter

Pros

  • Really comfortable
  • Brilliant noise cancellation
  • Open, organised and balanced mic controls
  • Light-weight and very comfortable
  • Sound Quality is very good
  • Carrier Case is great for protecting them
  • Battery life is great

Cons

  • Has a strange pressure effect on ears
  • Quite pricey
  • Cannot work as passive headphones
  • Need batteries

5. Philips Fidelio X1 Philips Fidelio X1_Ping_640X480

Features

  • Velour material that helps dissipate pressure and heat
  • Dedicated cable management clip for tangle-free ease
  • Specially tuned diaphragm maintains uniform sound precision
  •  OFC woven cable ensures high-quality signal and durability
  • Deluxe memory foam ear pads for long-wearing comfort
  • Genuine calf leather headband for style and durability
  • Self-adjustable airy hammock with 3D mesh for perfect fit
  • Pre-tilted drivers fit the ears for minimal sound reflection
  • Double layered ear-shells diminish resonance and vibration
  • Acoustic open-back architecture for pristine audio fidelity

Pros

  • Good-looking design & build
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Open, articulate sound
  • Tight, well-defined bass
  • Refined yet entertaining sound
  • Excellent detail resolution
  • Comfortable
  • Over-the-ear headphones with a top-grade build
  • User-replaceable headphone cables
  • Inline remote with a microphone and volume controls

Cons

  • Verging on too much low-end
  • Some tough competition
  • Can’t fold for compact storage
  • Soft travel pouch doesn’t offer much protection

6. Denon AH-D1100 Denon AH-D1100_Ping_640X480

Features

  • Acoustic Optimizer and 50 mm driver for clear, dynamic sound.
  • Hybrid Metal Housing (machined aluminium alloy + resin material), to suppress vibration and give you clear sound
  • New 3D draping soft skin Ear-Pads for best comfort
  • Excellent sound quality proved by Denon technologies
  • Contour fitting headband
  • 1.3 m length cable & 3.5 m extension cable
  • Straight type plug with aluminium cover for luxury cosmetic design
  • Soft leather pouch

Pros

  • Clear, balanced sound, extremely light and comfy
  • Plenty of accessories included
  • Super comfortable and high sensitivity
  • Solid construction
  • Top-notch audio performance
  • Comfortable over long listening sessions
  • Fold flat for easy packing
  • Extension cable and jack adapter included

Cons

  • Feel rather cheap and plastic
  • Bass may be a little heavy for some listeners
  • Comes with pouch rather than case
  • Hardwired cable.
  • Enhanced bass response may turn off audiophiles seeking flat response

7. Parrot Zik

 Parrot Zik_Ping_640X480

Features

  • Touch control and motion detector
  • Simple pairing and active noise cancellation
  • Bluetooth Hands free telephony with a bone conduction sensor and a double microphone
  • Parrot Zik’s noise suppression system gives your calls amazing clarity.
  • Parrot Concert Hall Effect-Zik recreates beautiful lifelike sound. Alter the acoustics and sound-space through the Parrot app.
  • Don’t stop the music-even with a flat battery, Zik plays on with the jack cable included.

Pros

  • Solid audio performance with no distortion on deep bass at top volumes
  • Innovative touch sensitive panel and NFC integration on right ear pieces
  • Excellent app includes customized EQ
  • Supports wired and wireless listening
  • Offers excellent sound for wireless Bluetooth audio streaming earphones
  •  Slick, eye-catching design

Cons

  • Highly sculpted frequency response not for everyone
  • Headband is slightly uncomfortable
  • Significant sound leakage
  • Expensive
  • A cheap cloth carrying case

8. Beats by Dre. Dre MIXR Beats By Dre. Dre MIXR_Ping_640X480

Features

  • Industry strength sound made for DJ
  • Incredibly durable
  • 1/4” audio adapter
  • Metal construction and a moulded headband keep beats mixer headphones sturdy and travel‐friendly
  • Soft ear pads fit over the ear comfortably, making beats mixer headphones wearable for hours during a gig
  • Ear cups pivot up to 270 degrees for single ear monitoring with articulation and a snug fit unique to your ears
  • Dual input 3.5mm jacks let beats mixer headphones daisy chain audio with friends and other music enthusiasts for easy sharing
  • 40mm drivers provide low frequency range with a custom diaphragm, which produces smooth mids and highs, designed to help DJs

Pros

  • Beautiful design and construction
  • Natural midrange and sweet treble
  • Inline mic and remote control
  • Quality construction
  • Not just bass, good sound through all ranges
  • Clever folding arm design with headphone input/output jacks on both the R and L sides
  • Snug fit really good for those with smaller heads
  • Ultra lightweight for such a sturdy build

Cons

  • Fit can be tight, so try first
  • Long-term durability concerns
  • Thin and delicate cable noise-cancelling tech hisses
  • Lack dynamic flair
  • Bass is a little too tubby
  • Price is not for everyone’s budget
  • Snug fit that can be a bit painful until the broken-in

9. AKG K550 AKG K550_Ping_640X480

Features

  • 12-28,000Hz High -performance headphones for use at home and on the go
  • Closed-back design with open sound
  • 50mm driver for outstanding sound from any source
  • Real image engineering for accurate sensation of width, distance and depth
  • Lightweight, comfortable fit for hours of continuous listening
  • Outstanding passive noise reduction
  • Very low sound leakage levels
  • 2D-Axis fold -flat mechanism for easy storage and transportation
  • 3.5 to 6.3MM adapter (screw-on)

Pros

  • Huge soundstage
  • Decent-looking
  • Beefy build
  • Comfortable
  • Spacious, detailed and natural sound

Cons

  • Non-removable cable
  • Cable too long for portable use
  • Slightly flat-sounding

10. House Of Marley Destiny TTR House Of Marley Destiny TTR_Ping_640X480

Features

  • Ultimate comfort-lightweight padded headset made from recyclable aluminium and soft leather.
  • Over-ear design with ultra-soft leather ear cups and sound isolating technology, these premium noise-cancelling headphones remove unwanted outside noise.
  • Earth-friendly materials designed and built with recyclable aluminium, stainless steel, and ultra-soft leather.
  • Premium sound custom engineered audio system features high-definition, 40mm moving coil drivers in aluminium enclosures,
  • Recyclable aluminium ring that’s high quality adds to durability and keeps materials out of the waste stream.
  • The 52″ fabric cord helps reduce tangles and is specially engineered to cut down on static so you get that clear sound.

Pros

  • Metal and leather construction
  • Great build quality
  • Great bass reproduction
  • Decent overall sound
  • Distinctive design
  • Ultra-soft leather ear cups makes if comfortable
  • It’s got a hard case to protect headphones.
  • 54-inch removable cord with inline mic
  • 10-foot removable cord for home listening

Cons

  • Bass at times poorly unnatural
  • Noise cancellation just OK
  • A little heavy
  • Mid-range and treble could be better
By | 2013-08-23T11:17:47+00:00 April 23rd, 2013|Headphones, Ten/Ten, Top 10 Headphones|0 Comments

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