15 best headphones for listening to music

2018 rating: top models for real music lovers
Author: Vladimir Nyenets, Stepan Kagner

It happens very sad when you spend a lot of money, but the purchase does not justify it. Headphones may not reproduce high frequencies - or have a failed design.

If you want to avoid such problems - be sure to check out our top-rated headphones in 2018 with good sound. Here you will find fifteen models of different designs of headphones, ideal for listening to music of all styles and directions. The rating is based on reviews of ordinary buyers and experts.

CategoryA placeNameRatingPrice
The best inexpensive overhead headphones with good sound1Meizu hd509.8 / 104 611
2Koss Porta Pro9.7 / 103 490
3Audio-Technica ATH-M30x9.6 / 105 597
The best overhead headphones with good sound in the middle price range1Onkyo h500m9.9 / 1015 990
2Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO9.8 / 1016 200
3Klipsch Reference On-Ear9.7 / 1013 250
Top premium premium headphones with good sound1Denon AH-MM40010 / 1033 990
2Audio-Technica ATH-MSR79.9 / 1015 290
3Sennheiser HD 8009.8 / 1064 900
The best inexpensive in-ear headphones with good sound1Sony MDR-EX4509.6 / 102 015
2Sennheiser CX 300-II9.5 / 101 560
3Panasonic RP-HJE1259.4 / 10499
Top mid-priced in-ear headphones with good sound11MORE Quad Driver In-Ear E10109.7 / 107 490
2Sennheiser IE 49.6 / 103 190
3Marshall Mode EQ9.5 / 103 999
Best premium in-ear headphones with good sound1Westone w309.9 / 1031 390
2Shure SE4259.8 / 1019 000
3Astell & Kern Billie Jean9.7 / 1029 990

The best inexpensive overhead headphones with good sound

Meizu hd50
4 611

The fact that the Meizu company is able to do not only excellent smart phones is easy to see when assessing the sound quality of these headphones. The best headphones with good sound in this price range are almost impossible to find. The manufacturer claims the use of several innovative solutions, including unique membranes, superior to metal and paper in a number of parameters.

The model has a very unusual frequency response, with a clear failure in the area of ​​string and wind instruments. However, the sound of the headphones is quite smooth, without a strong emphasis on the bass or ringing high frequencies. An interesting fact is that many of the owners, who originally wrote in the responses about the “tightness” of the mid-frequency part of the HD50 spectrum, subsequently changed their opinion. Whatever you say, but for individual models, “warming up” is really necessary.

Selecting genre preferences in the case of headphones surveyed is difficult. They equally well reproduce both vocals, and guitar brute force, and very rich compositions. And dance rhythms are just a fad of the Meizu HD50.

Main advantages:
  • sound insulation;
  • quality materials and assembly;
  • very decent sound of all musical styles.
Minuses:
  • not all smartphones running volume control;
  • poorly kept on a small head.
9.8 / 10
Rating
Reviews
After a while the ear cushions are “molded” over the ears and are not tight at all during prolonged wear. Very nice in all respects, the model for sane money.
Koss Porta Pro
3 490

Legendary headphone model with good sound, the only significant drawback of which is a symmetrical Y-shaped cable. A simple but well-thought-out folding design, a very small weight and absolutely fantastic sound (for such a price category) have provided Koss Porta Pro for non-diminishing popularity over the years.

It is no coincidence that these headphones serve as the basis for several more solutions, and the differences in them focus mainly on the design, and the driver remains unchanged. Yes, sometimes the bass head is not enough, and the upper frequencies are not as fast as we would like, but some of the problems are caused by foam ear cushions and a grille with very narrow slots.

Some owners risk upgrading Porta Pro with the help of direct hands and improvised means, getting an order of magnitude more detailed and clear sound. In terms of genres, the model is conventionally universal, but aggressive styles are still worse than others.

Main advantages:
  • lungs;
  • compact when folded;
  • quite versatile.
Minuses:
  • wires from both "bowls";
  • cable quality.
9.7 / 10
Rating
Reviews
The best inexpensive headphones to listen to music. Drove "to the tail and mane." And walked with them, and lay, and ran. Conveniently and on bare ears, and on top of the cap. Many complain about the lack of sound insulation - well, so no one here has not promised. For such a money. And the sound is awesome.
Audio-Technica ATH-M30x
5 597

You can buy headphones ATH-M30x ... Or you can not buy, but over time you will regret from this, since other decent closed monitors for such a price is not easy to find. Excellent noise isolation, accurate transmission of the entire frequency range - what else is a novice DJ needing on the dance floor? Is it only a durable case and a reinforced cord. Well, so they are here as well.

Affordable price allows you to recommend headphones not only to music lovers, but also to the "ordinary" user. Especially if the latter prefers a dry, academic sound, without protruding bass or emphasis at high frequencies. Among other advantages of the ATH-M30x it is worth mentioning the folding structure, due to which the headphones will not burden their owner on the trip.

The most annoying disadvantage is one - and this is an unmountable cable having a length of 3 m. For a home, this is good, and for a mobile application - not very.

Purpose is universal. The impedance is 47 ohms, and the sensitivity is not the highest, therefore a relatively powerful signal source is required.

Main advantages:
  • excellent sound insulation;
  • convenient folding design;
  • "Honest" sound.
Minuses:
  • not "friendly" with some sound cards;
  • people around you still hear your music;
  • fixed cable
9.6 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Very solid construction, accidentally stepped on the headphones in the dark - weathered without consequences. Sound monitor, with clear accents at extreme frequencies. Stronger than the 50s.

The best overhead headphones with good sound in the middle price range

Onkyo h500m
15 990

Designed in partnership with Gibson Innovations, the headphones are equipped with 40 mm speakers operating in the range from 7 Hz to 40 kHz. Moreover, their impedance is 16 ohms, and sensitivity - 105 dB, which reduces the requirements for the sound source to a minimum. Naturally, we are talking about electrical characteristics, not sound - just all the flaws in the amplifier, Onkyo will bring to the stage. But, if you have a good sound path, then you should not worry at all what signal amplitude it can give - believe, Onkyo will work as it should.

The body of the cups is covered with aluminum outside: beautiful, practical, and most importantly, the influence of the design of the cups on the sound is reduced, the metal structure does not experience deformation at the volume peaks. And in general, it is difficult to find fault with the ascetic, but thoroughly calculated, construction of the headphones themselves.

Cable - removable, already familiar to Onkyo multi-colored "twig". Especially well this cable looks with frankly "retro" headphones like the E900M, and there even its increased tendency to entanglement can be forgiven. Here, however, it would be more logical to use a more practical flat cable.

Main advantages:
  • Highly sensitive loudspeakers, perfectly conveying parts at low volume and not overloaded at bass peaks.
  • Build quality
  • Comfortable ear cushions with good sound insulation
Minuses:
  • Twisted cable is easily confused
9.9 / 10
Rating
Reviews
I listened to these headphones on a tube odnotakte. Beautiful character, dense sound without distortion, comfortably sit on your head for hours. Definitely a vote for.
Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO
16 200

These headphones look brutal. They have large sizes and professional cable curling. In the twisted state, the cord is 1.5 m long, but it easily stretches to all three meters.

Open-type monitors do not adequately cover external noises and this should be kept in mind when choosing. As for the sound reproduced by the headphones, this is all fine. The wide frequency range allows you to enjoy both the bass and the tops, the latter being reproduced very brightly and accented. Sensitivity reaches 96 dB. Given the relatively high impedance, the Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO sounds best with a powerful amplifier.

The model is well suited for most musical styles. Weigh headphones a lot - 250 g. But this does not mean that you don’t want to wear them for a long time. Velor ear cushions are comfortable. By the way, this element can be washed in any washing machine. The headset comes with an adapter from a 3.5mm to 6.3mm jack.

Main advantages:
  • attractive appearance;
  • quality construction;
  • soft velor ear cushions;
  • excellent sound with a wide range of frequencies;
  • long cable
Minuses:
  • high price;
  • the need to connect to a powerful sound source.
9.8 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Great headphones for listening to music and professional work with it. 250 Ohm will take any full-time Hi-Fi amp, it’s better not to connect directly to a computer or phone, of course, it eats up frequencies and plays quietly. The design is not slaughter, solid metal.
Klipsch Reference On-Ear
13 250

The word Reference in the title involuntarily attracts the eye: reference acoustics are called the one that evaluates the quality of amplifiers and audio signal sources, that is, it should, by definition, provide the most accurate sound transmission without “coloring” and, moreover, God forbid distortion. Over time, the "reference" steel in everyday life to call any high quality acoustics. So how much does Klipsch fit its claims? Let's get a look.

Despite the fact that the cups are overhead, rather than covering, the headphones are very comfortable to sit on your head, and you can listen to the nuances of the sound, without being distracted by the inconvenience. The sound of 40-mm speakers is weighted and clear, resembling studio headphones, but with a very important difference: if studio headphones deliberately emphasize all the flaws in the sound (they were created to catch this), then Klipsch is more relaxed. Complicated compositions with a large number of instruments do not merge into a mess, the attenuation of the sound of the violin strings can be discerned behind the plump of the Turkish drum. Headphones are great for old vinyl, but do not save before the modern synthetics in lossless.

Of course, this is not a top-end high-end: there is no inherent feeling in high-end headphones to distribute instruments in space, the sound stage here is noticeably aligned along the line between the ears. But now look at the price: for the money, the Reference On-Ear headphones will definitely become one of the best choices.

Main advantages:
  • Very clean and detailed sound.
  • Comfortable fit on the ears
  • Flat cable is not prone to tangling.
Minuses:
  • Limited volume of the sound stage
9.7 / 10
Rating
Reviews
In the middle class, if I may say so, the headphones are definitely one of the top. Never regret buying.

Top premium premium headphones with good sound

Denon AH-MM400
33 990

Decorating the earphone cups under the tree? No, Denon doesn't look like kitsch, especially if you pick them up yourself. No talk about imitation - this is a real array of American walnut, framed by a metal rim. Inside the wooden hulls there are forty-millimeter speakers with composite diffusers in which the paper is reinforced with carbon fiber. Hmm ... Wooden case, cellulose diffuser - it involuntarily evokes the idea that the sound will be closer to vintage softness with good elaboration of nuances. The developers wanted to ensure the sound quality, rather than squeeze the maximum sensitivity with the inevitable risk of distortion due to deformation of the diffuser, so the AH-MM400 with its 96 dB will require a good amplifier.

But with him they will show that they are as pleasant on their ears as they are in their hands. Sound stage - air, not causing a feeling of crowded instruments in one place. Headphone bass inevitably become a serious challenge, but Denon perfectly cope with the study of the lower classes - such as double bass strings sound as "fat", the emphasis Louisiana Negro, standing behind the instrument.

It is a pity that both bundled cables are rather short in order to fall apart on the sofa. And this is the only thing you can find fault with, if you wish.

Main advantages:
  • Great Memory Cushions
  • Excellent sound quality
Minuses:
  • Shortish cables
10 / 10
Rating
Reviews
I held it in my hands and realized that I didn’t want to let out. Headphones are beautifully made and, believe me, they sound no worse than they look and feel tactile.
Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7
15 290

A premium product does not have to have an impressive price tag. In fact, ATH-MSR7 headphones lack only the natural leather trim, since the used substitute can create inconvenience in the heat. All other characteristics of the model are fully consistent with the level of High-End and allow you to enjoy music of different styles in almost any environment.

The widest range of reproducible frequencies, a half-open design with a good ventilation system, optimum impedance, providing trouble-free connection to a variety of sources. By the way, the manufacturer completes your product with three cables at once. A long three-meter will be comfortable at home, and two cords shorter differ only in the presence of a microphone, which turns the headphones into a full-fledged headset. The sound model is neutral, close to the monitor.

Main advantages:
  • elegant appearance;
  • premium sound;
  • almost complete "omnivorous";
  • functional set of removable cords.
Minuses:
  • no hard case included;
  • leatherette ear cushions.
9.9 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Low frequencies are prescribed by a doctor. They are exactly as much as you need. Right middle ground. Very good headphones, the fog that prevented me from listening to music disappeared between me and the music.
Sennheiser HD 800
64 900

The creators of these headphones tried to achieve reproduction of even those frequencies that are recognized by the human ear only at a subconscious level. Also here it was possible to almost completely eradicate even minimal sound distortion. For this, the membrane is made annular, due to which its mass and associated inertia have decreased.

Even outwardly, Sennheiser HD 800 headphones differ from competitors. The speakers in them are located on large and flat cradles created from stainless steel. Embouchures to the touch resemble velvet, although in fact they are sheathed in Alcantara. Headband reliable. Why, even the cable is woven in an unusual way, and at its end is a gold-plated 6.3-mm jack.

These headphones should be used only with high-quality audio equipment, equipped with a good amplifier and other expensive components! To listen to aggressive music is not the best choice.

Main advantages:
  • Attractive appearance
  • Robust design
  • Great sound with a wide range of frequencies
  • The perfect balance between bottom and top
Minuses:
  • High price
  • Only 6.3 mm jack included
9.8 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Excellent dynamic Hi-End headphones. The sound with a transistor headphone amplifier (class A) is very good. Headphones have a "bright" sound. In general, the top is the top. I recommend music lovers and audiophiles!

The best inexpensive in-ear headphones with good sound

Sony MDR-EX450
2 015

Sony MDR-EX450 can be commended for a fairly wide range of reproducible frequencies - the bass is felt very well. These headphones are an excellent choice for listening to music using a tablet or other portable devices. The metal case gives the headphones a great look. The disadvantage of this solution is the gradual disappearance of the logo - for six months it is corny erased from the case.

The model is relatively universal in terms of genre, but dance rhythms work best for it.

Main advantages:
  • Wide frequency range
  • Gold plated 3.5mm jack
  • High quality braided cable
Minuses:
  • Difficulty in using the cable in the cold
  • No volume control
9.6 / 10
Rating
Reviews
If you choose from liners and consider yourself a music lover, then these headphones are the best for you. The sound is chic!
Sennheiser CX 300-II
1 560

Headphones pleased with a high level of sensitivity. Unfortunately, the range of frequencies called a very wide language does not rotate. However, in practice, it is not easy to notice the lack of tops, unless you connect headphones to expensive audio equipment. There is plenty of bass here, so electronic music in the CX 300-II will sound much better than rock or classical.

Headphones have a strict design. Matte body. The cable is standard. Differ in a good noise isolation.

Main advantages:
  • Good volume margin
  • High-quality insulation
  • High reliability
Minuses:
  • Not enough wide frequency range
  • Quick cable wear
9.5 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Sound well on the computer and on the player. I didn’t try other famous earplugs, so there’s nothing to compare with, but they will give a lot of closed headphones (at least for soundproofing and for wearing and sleeping :)))
Panasonic RP-HJE125
499

Many headphones from our list are worth a lot of money. Fortunately, there are instances such as the Panasonic RP-HJE125. For these in-ear headphones they ask for about 500 rubles, so you should not expect any supernatural quality from them. Panasonic RP-HJE125 have a standard frequency range. Percussion instruments feel good, let them work and is far from ideal. Bass saturated and voluminous. In short, good inexpensive headphones without any complaints, universal purpose. Headphones differ from other copies for such money in long service life. Judging by the reviews, people use them even a year after the purchase.

Main advantages:
  • High reliability
  • L-shaped 3.5mm jack
  • Comfortable ear cushions
  • Good sound (for the money)
  • A large number of color options
  • Very low price
Minuses:
  • Not the widest frequency range
  • Thin cable
9.4 / 10
Rating
Reviews
For their price - the headphones have no flaws. I will not tell you what their sound is. If you buy them, you are automatically super demanding. You will like it anyway.

Top mid-priced in-ear headphones with good sound

1MORE Quad Driver In-Ear E1010
7 490

Four-driver reinforcing-dynamic headphones are capable of shifting the look at Chinese brands for the better even in a hardened audiophile. They will allow you to try what a few drivers are, without ruining the stash at the root - in this class 1More is unquestionably the most accessible.

And, despite the fact that the prejudice towards their origin is inevitable, it is necessary to give the manufacturer its due: the frequency bands of the drivers are well-spaced, and the characteristics of the drivers themselves are balanced. The main thing is to choose the right ear cushions, their influence on the final sound for plug-in headphones is a well-known problem. And, fortunately, the kit already has 6 pairs of silicone tips and 3 pairs of foam. The design of the sound guides here is more sensitive to the selection of nozzles than many other models, so it’s definitely worth spending time on the selection of ear cushions.

The natural sound, worked out and revealed in nuances, is the main trump card of 1More, the headphones are designed for an audience inclined to thoughtful listening, and not using music as background. It is worth noting that not everyone can use the amplifier for them - only a powerful audio path can ensure normal operation with a 32 ohm impedance and 99 dB sensitivity.

Main advantages:
  • Excellent sound quality, comparable to successful models at a price twice as high
  • Build quality
Minuses:
  • The sensitivity to the selection of ear cushions is very pronounced
9.7 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Have to try the three-driver version - delicious, but not mine. The four drivers also fit perfectly into my idea of ​​the right sound.
Sennheiser IE 4
3 190

These headphones look very simple, while the Spartan design didn’t affect the quality of the “insides”. The creators have tried to simplify the design for the sake of improving reliability. Buyers say that their headphones are very long.

Headphones have received support for a wide range of frequencies, so that both percussion instruments and vocals are felt well, which is extremely atypical for dynamic plugs. On the other hand, “reproach” IE 4 with a clear separation of individual batches is also impossible. For the "metal" these headphones - obviously not the best choice.

Main advantages:
  • Gold-plated L-shaped connector
  • Long cable
  • Wide frequency range
  • Comfortable ear cushions
  • Robust design
Minuses:
  • Too laconic design
  • High price
9.6 / 10
Rating
Reviews
I really liked the sound in the headphones and the fact that once you set up the equalizer on the player, and all the music in my playlist sounds like it should (you had to constantly twist something in different tracks with different ears). But right away I want to make a reservation that for normal sound you need to pick up ear cushions so that the earpiece fits tightly in your ear.
Marshall Mode EQ
3 999

The legendary company that produces professional amplifying equipment for musicians, was able to make a contribution to the range of headphones that deserve the attention of music lovers. In addition to a very decent quality workmanship, Marshall Mode are distinguished by a dense and collected sound, with powerful, absolutely not bubbling bass, a clear detailed middle, and transparent high frequencies.

The model is ideal for reproducing complex compositions - you will not hear any “porridge”, and the positioning of any instrument is beyond praise.

The presence of a built-in equalizer significantly expands the genre “coverage”, therefore Mode EQ can be considered as universal headphones. Rather, a headset. And with a very decent microphone separated from the console. The study of various trifles, such as a spring from cable bending or notches on the clip and buttons, also evokes a portion of satisfaction.

Main advantages:
  • chic sound in all musical genres;
  • thick cable without "memory";
  • a lot of small things, an order of magnitude increase the comfort of use.
Minuses:
  • remote without volume control;
  • the clip of fastening of the panel assumes only one position.
9.5 / 10
Rating
Reviews
I liked the sound from the very first minutes of listening, although the headphones are “warm”. It is very voluminous and clean, without distortion and blockages. The main focus is on low frequencies, which are perfectly worked out, do not buzz and do not fit in the middle, which remains distinct and melodic. The top is slightly lowered, but well detailed.

Best premium in-ear headphones with good sound

Westone w30
31 390

The model from the leading and recognized leader in the industry of high-end sound reproducing devices. Interestingly, the company began to engage in rebar headphones back in 1959, but it actively entered the consumer market only in 2008. It closely cooperates with many American clinics in the field of intra-channel structures and materials.

The W series is focused on audiophiles and contains three separate emitters. Of course, five or six drivers, like the W50 and W60, are much cooler in terms of clarity and accuracy of the smallest nuances, but the recommended headphones are also very good. They differ in V-shaped frequency response, so that the owners are guaranteed rich bass and clear high frequencies. By the way, given the deep fit of the model, such a curve is closest to the ideal. The kit includes a pair of cables: a branded twisted EPIC and an additional MFi with a microphone and a three-button remote control compatible with Apple products.

Main advantages:
  • rich equipment;
  • amazing surround sound.
Minuses:
  • price;
  • headset cable has memory;
  • a kind of landing method;
  • Not every smartphone can reveal the potential of headphones.
9.9 / 10
Rating
Reviews
It’s hard to listen to anything else after these headphones — they set the bar too high. The best choice for lovers of both bass and detail.
Shure SE425
19 000

Of the several models of the SE line, designed for lovers of quality music, this one is of the greatest interest. Presumably, it is no coincidence that Shure SE425 is recognized by the British magazine “What Hi-Fi” as the best in-ear headphones for 2016 in its price category. According to practically unanimous reviews of experts, professional musicians and happy owners, there is a surprisingly literate balance between raising the bass and focusing on the emotional highs, beyond which the “middle” of any stylistic composition is not lost. In the Shure SE425 headphones, you will hear such details that you never suspected, even if you know the track being played by the notes.

Main advantages:
  • correct sound, moderately “warm and soft”;
  • replaceable cable;
  • excellent equipment.
Minuses:
  • cable that is frozen in the cold.
9.8 / 10
Rating
Reviews
If you want to enjoy music, listening to the depths of the works is a worthwhile thing. I want to listen to albums entirely, but not to turn over each track.
Astell & Kern Billie Jean
29 990

The two-driver novelty of 2018 has already received a worthy recognition among lovers of high-quality sound. It was not worth waiting for anything else from the fruit of cooperation with well-known custom acoustics manufacturer Jerry Harvey Audio: their Freqphase proprietary technology fit perfectly into the format of in-channel headphones, where one “armature” is responsible for the whole range of low and medium frequencies - from 10 Hz to 5 kHz, and the RF spectrum takes the second driver.

Let's say at once: “Billie Jean” (by the way, who is this - a boy or a girl?) Has his own character, and is very pronounced. Neither symphonic orchestras, nor the progressive logic of progressive electronics will feel at ease here. The sound, of course, will be, and not bad, but the feeling that “something is not right” will haunt you until the playlist jumps to rock'n'roll, scychobilly or outright punk. At this very moment, the fingers will begin to fold out of control in a “goat”, and the wardrobe selected by the dull office dress code will turn into a leather jacket and torn jeans. Therefore, we do not recommend listening to music in these headphones ... unless, of course, you plan to lay down the well-known combination with your fingers in front of your boss, turn around and go to the bar. The author confirms that it is really fun, but to frequent repetition is not recommended.

Main advantages:
  • Vigorous and lively sound with good low-mid band work.
  • High sensitivity with low resistance
  • Kevlar cable
Minuses:
  • Reasonably pronounced "genre"
9.7 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Headphones are excellent in sound, and in comparison with other models A & K is also more comfortable.

In conclusion, we recall that high-end headphones, as a rule, involve connection to the appropriate reproducing equipment. "Ordinary" smartphones simply will not be able to reveal their potential, and often the sound will be worse than when paired with budget headphones.

Good luck with your choice and hearing delights!

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