Finding the best sounding headphones isn’t many people’s only priority anymore. In 2020, design matters too, and the major headphone companies know this, which is perhaps why they’ve left us with some of the best-designed headphones we’ve seen in recent years.
Perhaps Beats started this trend by following the trend of people who wanted to take their music to the streets, who wanted well-designed headphones to wear on public transport without the shame of wearing the black, plastic, barely designed models that were so fashionable in previous decades. People want their headphones to be seen.
What are the best headphones by design in 2020?
We’ve selected a few headphones with a really good design. Now all you have to do is decide whether you want them wireless, wired, sound-canceling, neutral or colorful…
1. AKG K701 – Open Ear Headphone
Not only do they have a very distinctive design, but their sound is also excellent and they are really comfortable. The frequency range is from 10 to 39800Hz and they isolate really well from external noise. They require an amplifier to bring out their full potential.
They are made of top quality materials such as leather, unbreakable metal arches, and gold-plated jack cables. The outer grille of the headphones is particularly eye-catching.
You can also value the AKG – K702, very similar in design and at a similar price.
2. Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphone
Beats, now from Apple, has always been very concerned about the design of its headphones, and this model is no exception. They are available in much brighter colors, such as red or white.
They offer you up to 40 hours of battery life, connect via Bluetooth to your smartphone, are comfortable, work with Siri, and with 5 minutes of charge you can play music for up to 3 hours.
The sound is really good, they sound really powerful… they are missing the auxiliary cable.
3. Sennheiser HD 660S – Audiophile Headphone
The German brand never disappoints. Their sound is always excellent, and lately their designs are groundbreaking. The HD 660S is not a headset for everyone, but it’s clear that it’s one of the best models that money can buy.
They have a spectacular frequency range of 10 – 41000Hz, 150 Ohms impedance, huge transducers…
These are professional level headphones with Hi-Res sound, with a spectacular surround sound, as if you were listening to your music or movies in a 5.1 system. The sound is not very neutral.
They are made of plastic but give a very good quality feeling.
4. V-MODA Crossfade M100 – Headband Headphone
One of the most striking models, especially because it can be customized. The plates of the headphones can be changed and there are a lot of different designs, for all tastes.
But they don’t stop there. It’s got a really good sound, with great bass, possibly better than the Beats. Their frequency range is from 5 to 30000Hz.
They are virtually indestructible: their headband is made of steel, the cable is made of Kevlar with a 3.5 mm gold connector. They can be folded. Their somewhat extravagant design draws attention from the outset.
The amount of customizable plates is really tremendous and allow everyone to have a unique headset (you can make your own designs) Our complete review on V-MODA Crossfade M-100 – Over-ear headset with really powerful bass – Review.
5. Bose 700 – Noise Canceling Headphone
- With 11 levels of noise cancellation
- Adaptive four-microphone system
- Optimized for use with Alexa and Google Assistant
- Optimized stainless steel headband and angled hulls
- If you want to prioritize noise cancellation in addition to good design, this Bose model is what you’re looking for.
Its noise cancellation is from another planet, perfect for wearing these headphones on public transport. With Bose AR and Bose music app.
The design is great, they’re lightweight and you can wear them for hours without much trouble. They have controls on the headphones. The sound quality is very good, but not as good as other models, such as the Jabra. The battery lasts about 20 hours.
6. Sennheiser Momentum 3.0 Wireless
Advanced Active Noise Cancellation offers three modes to suit different environments
Compatible with Alexa, Apple, Siri and Google
With Sennheiser Smart Control application for customising the headphones
Only good things can be said about this Sennheiser model. It’s tremendously well made, its design is very successful and premium, they are really comfortable and light and they offer us a first quality sound in spite of being wireless.
Medium and high bass are always present and are really well achieved. Their noise cancellation is d Elo the best there is. The most important drawback? The price is a bit high and the battery could be better.
7. Jabra Move – Cheap Wireless Headphone
- Control music and calls directly from the headset
- Frequency response: 20-20kHz
- 8 hour battery
- Stainless steel headband
- Durable, high-quality design for life on the move
Do you want a wireless headset that won’t leave your wallet without a euro and still looks good? This Habra model is one of the best options for about 70 euros.
These Bluetooth headphones may fool you by their looks, but you’re making a tremendous purchase: they have a very good sound, more than decent battery life, and good design.
They weigh practically nothing and the sound is very complete. Do you like it?
8. Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO – Studio Headphone
Beyerdynamic is another of those German headphone brands that will never let you down. And with this model, they’ve come out: good design, comfort, excellent sound.
They have an impedance of 250 ohms for use in studios, have interchangeable parts and a steel headband, padded and adjustable.
The bass is not at all exaggerated: it is precise and powerful. The treble boost is very present, but without sounding piercing.
You’ll need a good headphone amp to get the most out of them like the Fiio E10K.
If you want to take it up a notch, you can upgrade to the more expensive but spectacular Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro.