If you’re looking for a good headset, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve brought you the definitive guide to help you choose your next music or podcast headset. Don’t miss out on our ranking of the best headphones of 2020.
Headphones are a good solution for everyday situations of all kinds: they help you not to disturb the neighbours, accompany you when you go for a run, offer full immersion when you watch a movie or make your way to work more comfortable.
But all this is only possible when you have a good quality headset. Although there are good options at a reasonable price, in this list you will only find headphones that really offer you an unforgettable experience.
As you will see, we have first listed the items you will want to keep in mind before you make your purchase. These are not products that are affordable for all pockets, so you will want to make sure that the device you purchase is suited to your needs.
1. Sony WH-1000XM3
Although the touch controls don’t always respond as we’d like, there’s little to object to a headset that’s almost perfect. The Sony WH-1000XM3 doesn’t have an easy name to remember, but you’ll soon get used to it.
We haven’t yet tested a noise cancellation as effective and spectacular as that of these Sony headphones. This is thanks to its 32-bit HD QN1 processor, which manages to cancel noise up to four times more than the previous model.
In terms of design, little has changed from the previous generation. But we’re not complaining: if something works, it’s better not to touch it. They still have a minimalist design, with urethane foam pads to enhance comfort.
The Sony WH-1000XM3 has everything you could possibly need: a reliable Bluetooth connection, a battery life that will last you for hours and hours (up to 30), a USB C charging port and the ability to use it with a cable.
2. Cambridge Audio Melomania 1
The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 is quite affordably priced compared to its rivals of the major brands in the market. That would suggest that these wireless earbuds are losing out in several respects, but the truth is that they are not.
They may not have the most attractive design we’ve ever seen in an in-ear headset, but they are lightweight and comfortable, and you have several buttons at hand that allow you to access various functions once you learn how to use them.
More importantly, they have excellent battery life, which is key to any Bluetooth device. Added to that is a very high quality of sound. Perhaps our only but is the absence of noise cancellation although not surprising at this price.
3. RHA True Connect
In our modest opinion, you will find it difficult to find a better quality in-ear headset than this RHA model on the market today. TrueConnect is not cheap, but it’s not by far the most expensive headset in the world either.
When you use these headphones, you can listen to music wirelessly for up to 25 hours, which should be enough for average use. They’re also splash-proof and, best of all, they’re hard to beat.
The great thing about these headphones, on the other hand, is that they have no noise cancellation. Although this technology is more common in over-ear headphones, the Sony WF-100X proves that it is possible.
Even so, they’re your best choice if you’re looking for a headset to go on a run, thanks to the design that they have that will stick to your ear very easily. And they’re made of a material that’s very comfortable to wear and that’s also good at soundproofing outside noise.
4. Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II
The best headphones on the market today are undoubtedly the Quite Comfort 35 II from Bose, a brand with a great reputation in the multimedia sector and over half a century of experience.
If you decide to opt for these headphones, which you can buy conveniently at Fnac or Amazon, you will be taking home a product that not only has a spectacular design and elegance but also offers excellent performance that is unparalleled.
It is worth highlighting, for example, the new function they have added with the launch of this model: its compatibility with Google’s virtual assistant. However, this is by no means the only advantage of these headphones.
These are headphones that are very comfortable to use and have a battery that will last you for hours and allow you to travel to the other side of the pond without worrying about running out of battery. Added to this is the noise-cancelling function and the very high quality of sound.
Almost by magic, NuraLoop headphones manage to condense the audio we already got with the company’s first product and offer an in-ear alternative that is hard to beat in terms of comfort and sound quality.
Nor is it easy to beat its excellent sound quality and battery life. The best thing is its price, which on the day of its launch consisted of 299 USD. That’s only $20 more than the AirPods Pro, but they offer a better sound experience.
However, we think it’s honest to say that it’s not compatible with any kind of virtual assistant (something that some people will find essential) and it also has some components that will cost you quite a bit of money to replace.
6. Sony WF-1000XM3
The Sony WF-1000XM3 is naturally an improvement over the original WF-1000X. The new model gets a new and improved design. Although they initially look bulky, that doesn’t make them any less lightweight.
The charging case is also bulky, but gives you 24 hours of battery life, which is especially impressive. Luckily, the case doesn’t indicate how much battery life remains, but a full charge will last you 90 minutes.
These Sony headphones have very good noise cancellation and allow you to adjust virtually any feature including touch. You can do this in the mobile app or use Siri or Google Assistant for hands-free use.
7. Marshall Monitor II A.N.C.
If noise cancellation is your priority, then Marshall Monitor II A.N.C. won’t be your best choice, as it still lags behind its rivals in this regard. However, these headphones have a lot to offer.
For starters, these headphones have a fairly affordable recommended price (and more compared to other models) and offer one of the most compact and comfortable designs of over-ear headphones on the market.
Also, most importantly, it offers very good sound. You’ll probably also like its very practical buttons, the fact that it has a long battery life and that the app allows you to customize several of its features.
8. Powerbeats (2020)
Powerbeats (2020) is a solid choice for those looking for fitness earbuds that won’t fall off easily. The hooks go above the ears and offer extra safety without making you sweat too much.
The audio quality is good, with powerful bass sounds that don’t get in the way of the mids and highs. Although bass-laden songs are the best heard, with Powerbeats, the vocals and treble are very clear.
If this doesn’t sound like enough, you have to add 15 hours of drumming to that, which makes them ideal again for those who want to use them for physical exercise. Also, the price is quite affordable, especially when compared to others like it.
9. Rock Jaw Alpha Genus V2
If all you need is high sound quality at an affordable price, look no further: the Rock Jaw Alfa Genus V2 is the ideal headset for you, or at least you should keep it in mind when you go shopping.
Indeed, they are excellent in-ear headphones that will cost you around $50. This may sound like a lot to some, but for less than this price, you won’t find headphones with such excellent manufacturing and audio quality.
That audio quality is achieved, in large part, thanks to the interchangeable filters. That means you can change each headset to get the sound that best suits your personal taste or the song you want to hear.
The Alfa Genus V2 is available with or without a microphone. To decide which model to choose, you’ll have to think about how much you’ll use them to answer calls from your mobile phone. The truth is that it is worth it as the extra cost is about $5.
10. OnePlus Bullets (V2)
Although OnePlus is best known for its smartphones, the Chinese manufacturer is also behind these more than affordable headsets. The OnePlus Bullets (V2) will allow you to have high-quality audio without spending your entire salary.
If you can’t afford more than £20 worth of headphones, OnePlus has created the ideal headphones for you. Not only are they cheap and high quality, but they also have an attractive and stylish design that can be chosen in either black or white.
We especially like the metal details that bring out the matt finish of the headphones even more. You won’t find a better way to match your OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T, although they are so beautiful they will look good with any device.
To create this high-quality sound, OnePlus worked with the experts at Lofo. The result is a comfortable headset that enhances the user experience for regular music listening.
4 Keys to Consider Before Buying a Headset
1. How much are you willing to pay for a headset?
Although we’ve already warned you that you won’t find the cheapest headphones on the market on this list, you may still want to buy the best value headphones.
In this article, we have included devices that go up to 100 USD. Among the various options, we offer you, there are some that are definitely within the reach of a few -more than $500, but others that, without being cheap, can be a good birthday gift.
2. What kind of headset do you need?
The wide variety of headphones on the market can be classified into three main categories, taking into account their physical characteristics and the experience they offer the user.
In-ear headphones. Also known as in-ear, they are those light and small headphones that are introduced inside the ear. It is the most common type and usually the most competitively priced.
Supra-aural headphones. Known as on-ear, these headphones are placed above the ears and held to the head by a headband. They are usually smaller than circumaural headphones and do not offer as good sound quality.
Circumaural headphones. Similar to supra-aural headphones, circumaural or over-ear headphones differ from supra-aural headphones in that they are usually larger and cover the ears completely, allowing for better sound quality.
3. What other electronic devices do I have?
Let’s not fool ourselves: nobody wants to buy a device and spend a kidney on it and then come home to find out that it is not entirely compatible with the other electronic devices they usually use.
That’s why it’s worth taking a look at the compatibility of the headphones you’ll find on this list first. You’ll find that they’re compatible with most smartphones, tablets and computers, but it doesn’t hurt to check it out beforehand.
So you shouldn’t worry if you have an iPhone 8 or X without an audio jack. Just get the Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter or choose a wireless headset.
4. Need a wireless headset?
You may not have an iPhone 8 or X, but you still want the freedom of movement that comes with a wireless headset. That’s something to consider, as is the ability to use wired headsets, too.
Bluetooth headsets are a good solution for people who travel often, especially those who spend long hours on public transportation. In these cases, you should make sure that you purchase a pair with good noise cancellation and battery life.