Whether they’re for you or a special someone, what better time of year to drown out the noise of those around you than Christmas.
To explore the oversaturated and often confusing world of headphones, I have collated, what I believe, are the best buys based on price and quality.
Let’s start with the cheapest of the bunch…
Sony MDRZX110APB Extra Bass Smartphone headphones – $49.95
An inexpensive set of headphones from a well known brand is a good way to look richer than you actually are.
An ideal choice for those that pretend to care about the quality of their sound, but would happily listen to everything through an iPhone speaker if it were socially acceptable.
Quality wise, they aren’t horrible, but if you can dish out a little more, you’ll get far more for your dollar.
Sennheiser HD 202 Closed Headphones – $69.00
Whilst still very affordable, these headphones will offer better quality sound by a respected brand in the audio scene.
They might not be as ~cool~ as your everyday brand name headphones, but they will get the job done quite nicely.
Recommended for the music lovers that want quality over image.
Image is for the normies anyway.
Marley Buffalo Soldier On-Ear Headphones – $99.95
Sure, he’s dead, but that isn’t going to stop him from producing well built headphones at a fair price, is it?
With a beautiful wood finish and a signature sound based around thirty years of audio expertise, you’ll get the retro look with the modern sound.
Recommended for fans of Marley the reggae lord or those who like to have nice things.
Sol Republic SR1211-03 Tracks On-Ear Headphones – $149.99
Claiming to deliver a monstrous sound for the every day user, these headphones will perform best when there is an abundance of bass, though they tend to detail in the sound.
Like the cheaper Sony experience, now that we’re creeping up the ladder, you might as well throw a little more into your budget to achieve a better result.
Recommended for those that enjoy “dat bass” and show little regard for treble.
Sony MDRXB950BT Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones – $199.00
Another one for the bass lovers, these are the pricier sibling of the MDRZX110APB.
How is anyone supposed to remember that convoluted sequence of letters and numbers?
Aside from the pointless labelling, these beauties will indeed add extra bass to your tune sandwich, but at the price of losing detail in the process.
Like it’s little brother, these are great if you’re all about the brand name. If not, save yourself 50 smackers and pick up some Sol Republic’s instead.
Beats by Dr Dre Solo2 On-Ear Headphones – $246.00
The ultimate in looking really cool while listening to your favourite audio, Beats will charge you a high premium for – mostly – a brand name.
They haven’t quite nailed the perfect sound, but the quality is nice along with a sturdy build.
The question is, is the brand and reasonable quality worth your money? It depends on who you are and what’s important to you, but it is possible to get great quality at a cheaper price if you’re willing to forgo the branding.
Sennheiser PXC450 Travel Over-Ear Noise Cancellation Headphones – $699.95
Yes, these are outrageously priced, but like anything else, you get what you pay for, and what you’re paying for here is fantastic quality.
Packed full of features, these are recommended for anyone that takes their music experience seriously. Very seriously.
Again, some say that these are fairly overpriced, so it’s worth doing some more research if you’re willing to drop this much coin into a pair of headphones.