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Headphones

A good pair of headphones is essential if you want to listen to your music collection without disturbing others. With crystal clear sound, comfortable ear pads and a long cord, your headphones can add a new dimension to how and when you listen to music and other audio.

Headphones comparison chart for 2017

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sony MDR SA-5000
Monster Beats Studio by Dr. Dre
Grado SR225
Denon AH-NC732
Philips HN 110
Audio-Technica A900
Excellent
Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
Three stars means good
Average
Two stars means average /
Poor
One star means poor
Bose Comfort has been awarded best buy Product image of bose comfort Product image of sennheiser 280 pro Product image of jvc c-jays Product image of sennheiser hd650 Product image of sony mdr sa-5000 Product image of monster beats studio by dr. dre Product image of grado sr225 Product image of denon ah-nc732 Product image of philips hn 110 Product image of audio-technica a900
 
 
 
Ratings
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Overall
bose comfort has a rating of five  overall sennheiser 280 pro has a rating of five  overall jvc c-jays has a rating of five  overall sennheiser hd650 has a rating of four  overall sony mdr sa-5000 has a rating of four  overall monster beats studio by dr. dre  has a rating of four  overall grado sr225 has a rating of four  overall denon ah-nc732  has a rating of four  overall philips hn 110  has a rating of three  overall audio-technica a900 has a rating of three  overall
Sound quality
bose comfort has a rating of five  sound quality sennheiser 280 pro has a rating of five  sound quality jvc c-jays has a rating of five  sound quality sennheiser hd650 has a rating of five  sound quality sony mdr sa-5000 has a rating of four  sound quality monster beats studio by dr. dre  has a rating of four  sound quality grado sr225 has a rating of four  sound quality denon ah-nc732  has a rating of three  sound quality philips hn 110  has a rating of three  sound quality audio-technica a900 has a rating of three  sound quality
Comfort
bose comfort has a rating of five  comfort sennheiser 280 pro has a rating of five  comfort jvc c-jays has a rating of five  comfort sennheiser hd650 has a rating of four  comfort sony mdr sa-5000 has a rating of four  comfort monster beats studio by dr. dre  has a rating of four  comfort grado sr225 has a rating of four  comfort denon ah-nc732  has a rating of four  comfort philips hn 110  has a rating of three  comfort audio-technica a900 has a rating of three  comfort
Materials
bose comfort has a rating of five  materials sennheiser 280 pro has a rating of five  materials jvc c-jays has a rating of five  materials sennheiser hd650 has a rating of four  materials sony mdr sa-5000 has a rating of four  materials monster beats studio by dr. dre  has a rating of four  materials grado sr225 has a rating of three  materials denon ah-nc732  has a rating of three  materials philips hn 110  has a rating of three  materials audio-technica a900 has a rating of two  materials
Help & support
bose comfort has a rating of five  help & support sennheiser 280 pro has a rating of five  help & support jvc c-jays has a rating of four  help & support sennheiser hd650 has a rating of four  help & support sony mdr sa-5000 has a rating of five  help & support monster beats studio by dr. dre  has a rating of four  help & support grado sr225 has a rating of three  help & support denon ah-nc732  has a rating of four  help & support philips hn 110  has a rating of three  help & support audio-technica a900 has a rating of two  help & support
Specification
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Frequency (kHz)
29 - 19,500
kHz
8 Hz-25 kHz 15Hz-25 kHz 10 Hz - 39.5 kHz 6 Hz - 110 kHz 20 Hz - 20 kHz 20 Hz – 22 5Hz to 28kHz 20Hz-20 KHz 5 Hz to 35 kHz
Cable length (feet)
4 ft 10 ft 2 ft 10 ft 11.6 feet 4.27 ft 6 ft 2 ft 5 ft. 9.84 ft
Weight (ounces)
0.5 oz 10.1 oz 2.6 oz 9.2 oz 8.82 oz 9.2 oz 8 oz 5.1 ounces 5.4 ounces 12.3 oz
Features
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Wireless
bose comfort  wireless sennheiser 280 pro  wireless jvc c-jays  wireless sennheiser hd650  wireless sony mdr sa-5000  wireless monster beats studio by dr. dre   wireless grado sr225  wireless denon ah-nc732   wireless philips hn 110   wireless audio-technica a900  wireless
Noise cancelling
bose comfort  noise cancelling sennheiser 280 pro  noise cancelling jvc c-jays  noise cancelling sennheiser hd650  noise cancelling sony mdr sa-5000  noise cancelling monster beats studio by dr. dre   noise cancelling grado sr225  noise cancelling denon ah-nc732   noise cancelling philips hn 110   noise cancelling audio-technica a900  noise cancelling
Volume controls
bose comfort  volume controls sennheiser 280 pro  volume controls jvc c-jays  volume controls sennheiser hd650  volume controls sony mdr sa-5000  volume controls monster beats studio by dr. dre   volume controls grado sr225  volume controls denon ah-nc732   volume controls philips hn 110   volume controls audio-technica a900  volume controls
3.5 mm stereo jack
bose comfort  3.5 mm stereo jack sennheiser 280 pro  3.5 mm stereo jack jvc c-jays  3.5 mm stereo jack sennheiser hd650  3.5 mm stereo jack sony mdr sa-5000  3.5 mm stereo jack monster beats studio by dr. dre   3.5 mm stereo jack grado sr225  3.5 mm stereo jack denon ah-nc732   3.5 mm stereo jack philips hn 110   3.5 mm stereo jack audio-technica a900  3.5 mm stereo jack
Carrying case
bose comfort  carrying case sennheiser 280 pro  carrying case jvc c-jays  carrying case sennheiser hd650  carrying case sony mdr sa-5000  carrying case monster beats studio by dr. dre   carrying case grado sr225  carrying case denon ah-nc732   carrying case philips hn 110   carrying case audio-technica a900  carrying case
Help & support
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Telephone support
bose comfort  telephone support sennheiser 280 pro  telephone support jvc c-jays  telephone support sennheiser hd650  telephone support sony mdr sa-5000  telephone support monster beats studio by dr. dre   telephone support grado sr225  telephone support denon ah-nc732   telephone support philips hn 110   telephone support audio-technica a900  telephone support
Email support
bose comfort  email support sennheiser 280 pro  email support jvc c-jays  email support sennheiser hd650  email support sony mdr sa-5000  email support monster beats studio by dr. dre   email support grado sr225  email support denon ah-nc732   email support philips hn 110   email support audio-technica a900  email support
User manual
bose comfort  user manual sennheiser 280 pro  user manual jvc c-jays  user manual sennheiser hd650  user manual sony mdr sa-5000  user manual monster beats studio by dr. dre   user manual grado sr225  user manual denon ah-nc732   user manual philips hn 110   user manual audio-technica a900  user manual
Warranty
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Period
1 year 2 years 2 years 2 years 1 year 1 year 1.5years 1 year 12 months 12 months

Headphones explained

Headphones can be connected to your stereo, computer, TV, MP3 player – or anything with a headphone socket on. Just make sure the connection is the right size (there are two main sizes - most headphones come with an adapter so they can fit both).

Once connected, high-end headphones offer a clarity and quality of sound that’s unmatched by all but the most expensive speaker systems. Even mid-range headphones can produce sounds of far higher quality than similarly priced speakers.

In short, if you’re thinking of buying new speakers - say for your computer - you may get far more for your money if you opt for headphones instead.

Some headphones also have noise-canceling built in. This cancels out background noise, so you can listen without interruptions. They’re fantastic if you regularly listen in busy places, or on trains and planes. However, they do require batteries, tend to be bulkier, and may not offer the very best sound quality in quieter situations.

Types of headphones

There are two main types of headphones. Open-backed headphones allow more sound from around you in. As a result, more of what you’re listening to will leak out too. Open-backed models tend to offer a wide, airy sound.

Closed-back headphones are more effective at blocking out external noise, but can sound more closed in. Both types have advantages, and which you prefer is a very personal choice. What’s more, some headphones perform better with certain types of music. If you listen to jazz and classical a lot, your ideal headphones might be totally different to those of a heavy metal fan.

If you plan to wear your headphones for extended periods, look for a comfortable pair. You’ll want ear pads that fit round your ears rather than sitting on top of them, and ‘phones that are light enough to not give you a headache.

What to look for in headphones

Sound quality

This is the most important feature to look for when buying headphones. They should be able to produce high quality sound for a rang of different music.

Comfort

There is no point having great sound quality if you can't stand wearing your headphones. Headphones are larger and heavier than earphones, but they do tend be more comfortable because unlike earphones, they do not site in the ear.

If your planning on listen to must on the move - sport for example you may want to consider earphones rather than headphones because they are much lighter.

Materials

Noise reduction

If your planning on using your headphones in a noisy environment, then you should consider choosing headphones that include noise cancellation. Headphones with noise cancellation do need power.

Accessories

There are some other features that you many want to consider. Headphones can also come wireless. We expect so see more wireless headphones appear on the market.

Related categories



Rank
Bose Comfort
Sennheiser 280 Pro
JVC c-Jays
Sennheiser HD650
Sony MDR SA-5000
Monster Beats Studio by Dr. Dre
Grado SR225
Denon AH-NC732
Philips HN 110
Audio-Technica A900