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Top 10 Headphones 2017

Whether or not you're determined to hear your song at the nice viable high-quality, are seeking out a comfortable set of cans for long gaming sessions, or genuinely need to escape from outside noise distractions, one of the headphones from this option can be perfect for you.

Sony Premium Noise Cancelling, Bluetooth Headphone, Black (MDR1000X/B)Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor HeadphonesBose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling - BlackAudio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor HeadphonesSennheiser RS 175 RF Wireless Headphone SystemNVX® Perfect10 Studio Over-Ear [42mm Driver] Headphones with ComfortMax? Earpad Cushions and 1/4-inch adapter [XPT100]Sony MDRXB950BT/B Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones (Black)Avantree Super Comfortable Bluetooth Over Ear Headphones with Mic, Wireless and Wired Dual Mode, aptX Hi-fi Sound, 40h Music Time Lightweight - AuditionMixcder ShareMe 7 Over Ear Wireless Headphones Bluetooth 4.1 Wired Lightweight Headband Stereo Sports Running Foldable Earphones 18 Hours Playtime Headsets for Gaming Gym with Built-in MicEdifier H840 Audiophile Over-the-ear Headphones - Hi-Fi Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Audiophile Closed Monitor Stereo Headphone - Black

How Do Headphones Work?

Headphones operate by either connecting to an audio source (e.g., a CD player, an iPod, or a laptop, etc.) or converting sound that has been delivered through the airwaves. In every case, some type of signal is received. That signal is, in turn, converted through an ear piece with varying levels of fidelity. Each headphone’s precision is based upon a number of factors, all of which are ultimately connected to what is known as a frequency response (for more on this, please see “Headphone Terminology 101” above).

One of the key aspects that affects a headphone’s performance is known as “impedance” (see above). Impedance refers to resistance, or how much voltage a pair of headphones requires in order to convert a piece of audio that’s being fed to it from an outside source. If the source requires an extreme amount of voltage, then the converted audio will probably sound extremely poor.

One other key factor is "sensitivity," which refers to how loudly an earphone can reproduce an incoming signal. Sensitivity is complicated (it is actually measured by a unit which is known as "decibels of sound pressure level per milliwatt"), but the bottom line is that it determines incoming volume based on the quality and compatibility of a source (e.g., a turntable, or a stereo, etc.). If you've got low impedance, high sensitivity, and a pair of headphones with top-notch frequency response, chances are you're dealing with some pretty gnarly noise.

What Do I Need To Know About Headphones Before I Buy?


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Buying a pair of headphones generally comes down to a tug-of-war between quality and price. You want the best value, but you don't want to go broke. The problem becomes that of differentiating one pair of headphones from another. Assuming you have access to an electronics store, maybe you can stop by and test a few models out. Otherwise, you need to rely on a few major selling points. These points can help you navigate which set of phones will fit you best.

If you're looking for something that you can plug into your computer, perhaps use in the office, the first thing you'll want to research is whether the phones are CPU compatible. The same applies to any headphones that you plan on hooking up to mobile devices, gaming consoles, or tablets. The majority of online product descriptions will make it clear whether a set of headphones can be used in conjunction with Apple products, or even, say, Bluetooth devices. These descriptions should also make it clear whether a set of headphones comes with a speaker (for communicating via a cell phone). If anything in the description remains unclear, it’s best to call the manufacturer. A live operator can help you make sense of what all that marketing gibberish means.

The most important function of any set of headphones is to deliver good sound. The sound is a relative term when it comes to headphones, as there is a world of difference between the trained and untrained ear. Studio professionals can tell you how a stereo driver operates, and how to measure good acoustics. And the coolest part about that is, there's a very vocal community of these professionals online.

A Brief History of the Headphone in America


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Do you know what a pair of electroacoustic transducers are? I'll give you a hint: these are the reason that you visited this page. Electro-acoustic transducing is an antiquated way of describing the early science behind headphones. What it refers to is the conversion of incoming waves into a corresponding sound. Headphones operate by either connecting to an audio source (e.g., a record player or an amplifier), or "transducing" radio waves that have been transmitted through the air.

Early headphones were an extension of the ear piece. Headphones were largely preferable because of their ability to isolate sound while canceling outside noise. The first pair of headphones were developed in 1910 by a Mormon named Nathaniel Baldwin. Baldwin designed his earphones in the kitchen. He never patented them, which was unfortunate, given he sold his innovation to the U.S. Navy for a song.

In the 1920s headphones were used by the U.S. military and AM radio operators. They expanded to the consumer market in the 1940s, when a Jazz musician named John C. Koss invented the first pair that could be plugged into a stereo. From there the headphone market shifted, surging upward until it reached a point where at least one pair of headphones could be found in almost every American home.

Today's headphones are somewhat similar in appearance to what the originals looked like during the early 1900s. The primary difference being that technology has allowed for stronger acoustic conversion, along with wireless compatibility, and an entire range of innovations that weren't even possible before.


#10.Edifier H840 Audiophile Over-the-ear Headphones - Hi-Fi Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Audiophile Closed Monitor Stereo Headphone - Black


The Edifier H840 Studio Monitoring Stereo Headphone is an incredibly low-priced entry-level stereo headphone. These headphones are engineered to give you the most life-like audio quality. Featured with a simple, classic yet elegant style, exquisite material, and workmanship, the H840s provide you with all day comfort. These headphones are made with an around-the-ear closed back design, which amplifies the effect of these noise-isolating headphones. Phil Jones of Pure Sound carefully calibrated these headphones ensuring a listening experience that sounds simply pure and clean. The H840 offers a rich sound and prominent bass. Altogether, these headphones have a high-quality sound, are lightweight, durable, comfortable and affordable.


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#9.Mixcder ShareMe 7 Over Ear Wireless Headphones Bluetooth 4.1 Wired Lightweight Headband Stereo Sports Running Foldable Earphones 18 Hours Playtime Headsets for Gaming Gym with Built-in Mic


Love these headphones! They're super comfy and though they're not noise canceling headphones, they do a great job of canceling out noise! I love that they can be wireless or with a wire so you can watch movies provided on the airplane. I also love that they can connect to my family with the "share me" feature. They fold up so you can fit them in your bag easier and for the price, you are getting such a great deal! I would compare them to my Bose noise canceling any day!!!


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#8.Avantree Super Comfortable Bluetooth Over Ear Headphones with Mic, Wireless and Wired Dual Mode, aptX Hi-fi Sound, 40h Music Time Lightweight - Audition


Avantree Audition, featured with Bluetooth 4.0, over the ear design which will be much more comfortable. With NFC function, you can touch your phone to it and the headphones will turn on, connect or disconnect. They are light weight and stylish. The battery lasts forever (up to 40hrs)! Even if the headset is out of battery, you can plug them in with the 3.5mm audio cable and use it as wired headphones!


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#7.Sony MDRXB950BT/B Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones (Black)


Wireless freedom, sleek comfort, and unmistakable bass response add up to an unforgettable audio experience. Connect via Bluetooth with NFC and let your music loose for up to 20 hours (battery life) anytime anywhere. 40mm drivers with electronic bass boost will add punch to your favorite tracks.


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#6.NVX® Perfect10 Studio Over-Ear [42mm Driver] Headphones with ComfortMax? Earpad Cushions and 1/4-inch adapter [XPT100]


Before you decide to buy this phone, I must warn you that the sound signature of this phone is quite neutral, and not everybody enjoys a neutral sound. If you are used to a colored headphone, where the frequency response is a "V" shape, this phone may sound boring and flat to you.


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#5.Sennheiser RS 175 RF Wireless Headphone System


Taking home entertainment to the next level, Sennheiser's RS 175 offers an impressive range of features in a compact, ergonomic package, so that you can enjoy music and television to the fullest. The Bass Boost and Surround Sound listening modes will allow you to experience your home entertainment system like never before - the former increases the audio bass response while the two virtual surround modes offer a more spatial and livelier stereo sound. What's more, the innovative digital wireless technology ensures that signal transmission remains clear and accurate as you move from room to room. Additionally, the user-friendly design makes it easy to set up and enjoy the RS 175. The main controls are located on the headphones, so nothing will distract you from an exciting audio experience, and the comfortable fit is ideal for extended periods of use. Sennheiser's RS 175: Home entertainment just got more entertaining!


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#4.Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones


The M-Series ATH-M40x professional monitor headphones are tuned flat for incredibly accurate audio monitoring across an extended frequency range. Your studio experience is enhanced with superior sound isolation and swiveling earcups for convenient one-ear monitoring. Engineered with pro-grade materials and robust construction, the M40x excels in professional studio tracking and mixing, as well as DJ monitoring.


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#3.Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling - Black


Quiet Comfort 35 wireless headphones are engineered with world-class noise cancellation that makes quiet sound quieter and music sound better. Free yourself from wires and connect easily to your devices with Bluetooth and NFC pairing. Volume-optimized EQ gives you balanced audio performance at any volume, while a noise-rejecting dual microphone provides clear calls, even in windy or noisy environments. Voice prompts and intuitive controls make communicating and controlling your music hassle-free. A lithium-ion battery gives you up to 20 hours of wireless play time per charge. And if you anticipate a situation where charging may not be possible, just plug in the included audio cable. Wired mode gives you up to 40 hours of play time per charge. Premium materials make these headphones lightweight and comfortable for all-day listening. Use the Bose Connect app for a more personalized experience. Included: Quiet Comfort 35 wireless headphones; USB charging cable; backup audio cable; airline adapter; carry case.


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#2.Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones


As the most critically acclaimed model in the M-Series line, the ATH-M50 is praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers year after year. Now, the ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones feature the same coveted sonic signature, with the added feature of detachable cables. From the large aperture drivers, sound isolating earcups, and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio professionals.


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#1.Sony Premium Noise Cancelling, Bluetooth Headphone, Black (MDR1000X/B)


Wow! These Sony MDR-1000x headphones sound fantastic. I was debating to myself on pre-ordering these headphones because I already own a pair of Sennheiser Momentum Wireless, though I knew they would be out of stock fairly quickly. I decided to bite and here they arrived the day they released. I will be making a comparison of these headphones within this review, as these two models are the ones I have on hand and are the ones that many people are debating between purchasing, while also borrowing my friend's Bose QC35 for comparison.


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