Best Headphones in 2018: A Guide to the Perfect Pair of Headphones
A lot of headphones these days are decent but tend to wear out after a few months of use. Since they didn’t cost an arm and a leg, we throw them out and purchase another pair. I’m not trying to steer you away from purchasing budget headphones if you are in a pinch, but rather to tell you that they are not built to last and the audio quality will not deliver the experience that the music, video or movie producers intended you to have.
I have listened to a vast number of headphones, from earbuds to noise cancelling to wireless and put together a list of the best headphones available in 2018.
Best Wireless Earbuds: Jabra Elite 65t
When looking for a true wireless earbuds, look no further than the Jabra Elite 65. Although the cost is a little higher than Apple AirPods, the sound quality is superior and has a more aesthetically pleasing design than the sometimes odd appearance of AirPods.
If you need something that provides a higher level of water resistance, Jabra also offer the Jabra Elite Sport.
Best Earbuds: 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphone
For the price (around $100), the 1 More Triple Driver in-ear headphones provide amazing sound quality for the value. Overall, the sound quality of the Triple Driver is what makes them stand out from the competition. While some earbuds can begin to sound muddy with more complex music, the Triple Drivers remained clear.
My only gripe with these headphones was the quality of the remote. The remote itself works perfectly, but the design felt like a little bit of an afterthought given the cheap feeling material. If you are looking for slightly better material and audio quality, the 1MORE Quad Driver in-ear headphones fit the bill (but at nearly double the price).
Best Over-Ear Headphones: Oppo PM-3
I have owned and tested countless over-ear headphones in my lifetime, and nothing compares to the Oppo PM-3. In my opinion, Oppo designed the PM-3 as a follow up to the practicality issues that came with its predecessor, the PM-1. The PM-1 was heavy, had an open back design and carried a massive price tag
What Else To Take Into Consideration
In-ear headphones, commonly referred to as earbuds, are typically the most cost effective way to deliver music from your device to your ears. These earphones rest in or just outside the wearer’s ear canal. Compared to on-ear or over-ear headphones, these are the most inconspicuous ones you’ll find. Their small size also makes them the top choice for on-the-go music lovers and athletes.
Most lower end earbuds will not provide balanced frequency response, however, one can typically find a decent value earbud with controls and a microphone.
Over-ear headphones offer the greatest depth and balanced frequency response of all headphones. They fit around the wearer’s ear with generous padding that provides optimal noise isolation properties. With a budget in the $250-$350 range, you can find options that use high end materials and premium sound.
Similar to over-ear headphones, on-ear headphones sit on top of your ears but don’t completely cover them. This provides a breathable seal while making this option more portable than it’s over-ear counterpart.