Best Headphones 2018 – Top Over Ear Headphone Reviews

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1. Sennheiser HD 380 Pro (Editor’s Choice)

The Sennheiser HD 380 Pro provides sound quality, detail, and comfort that is beyond anything else in its price range. After A/Bing them against the DT 770s they were the clear winner with the DT 770’s sounding thin and having less detail in comparison.

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Overview

The HD 380 Pro professional monitoring headphone is designed to exceed the demands of the professional environment. The HD 380 Pro provides an extended frequency response with increased sound pressure level (up to 110 dB) for accurate sound reproduction in demanding applications. Not only that, but the lightweight, secure and rugged design offers a comfortable listening experience for long recording sessions.

Accessories include a detachable, 3.2-foot coiled cable (extendable up to 9.8 ft.), a carrying case, and a screw-type 1/4″ (6.3 mm) jack adapter.

 

Features

  • Closed, circumaural design for excellent passive attenuation of ambient noise (up to 32 dB)
  • Exceptionally lightweight and comfortable for extended listening
  • Replaceable single-sided, coiled cable with 1/8 inch (3.5mm) jack connector and screw type 1/4″ adapter
  • Reduced comb filter effects and distortion due to E.A.R. (Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement) and Duofol diaphragms
  • Includes slimline carrying case
  • Built-tough with a 2 YEAR warranty!
  • Compatible (listen only) with latest generation of tablets
  • Replaceable earpads (part # 523310)

 

Technical Data

  • Impedance . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Ω
  • Connector . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.5 mm Jack, straight
  • Frequency response . . . . . 8 – 27000 Hz
  • sound pressure level . . . . . 110 dB (1 kHz, 1 Vrms)
  • THD, total harmonic distortion . . . . . < 0,1% (1 kHz, 100dB SPL)
  • Ear coupling . . . . . . . . . . . . circumaural
  • Cable length . . . . . . . . . . . 1 m coiled, extendable up to 3 m
  • Transducer principle . . . . . dynamic, closed
  • Power supply . . . . . . . . . .  500 mW
  • Weight w/o cable . . . . . . . . 220 g

 

Description

With Sennheiser headphones the audio will always be accurate and responsive and is sure to please no matter what situation you need it for.
An open (sometimes referred to as “open aire” headphone is one that uses some external airspace to reproduce life-like audio within the ear-cup. Think of it as having premium speakers next to your ears that you can control the volume for with extreme precision. The trade-off is that at extreme volumes some sound will leak out. Some of our “open aire” models include the HD 800, HD 700, HD 650, HD 600, HD 598, HD 558 and HD 518.
A closed headphone isolates you from your environment and vice-versa (ie: the sound is contained within the headphones). This is perfect for critical listening or a situation where you do not want to disturb/be disturbed. Some of our “closed” models include the MOMENTUM, Urbanite XL, HD 380 PRO, HD 280 PRO, HD 449 and HD 439.


2. V-MODA Crossfade M-100

V-MODA Crossfade M-100
V-MODA Crossfade M-100

The V-MODA Crossfade M-100 provides style, build quality, customization, and some unique but practical features such as cable sharing. However all this comes at a cost. Also, the bass is considered to be overpowering by many.

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#1 Trusted Sound

Instrument Engineer Verified
Hear the sound of drum kits, samples and acoustic instruments the way the instrument engineers and original artists intended

Clean Deep Bass
Feel and hear precise vibrations of your music without bloated boom or muddy mids

Ultra-Clarity & Vivid Midrange
Lifelike vocals, crystal clear cymbals and crispy hi-hats with an ultra-hi-res sparkle and velocity

Immersive 3D Soundstage
Live performance experience

 

Drivers

50mm Dual-Diaphragm Drivers (Patent Pending)
Inner and outer rings separate the bass from bleeding into the mids and highs for extraordinary sound quality

Consistent Driver Quality
Quality tested at 6 frequencies for stricter consistency than the competition, often by an order of magnitude

No Batteries or Artificial Processing
Powerful, pure sound without the pollution of two extra digital-to-analog conversions of battery powered headphones’

 

Unparalleled Comfort
Carefully designed for extra-long listening sessions

1. Ergonomic headband
4+ Years of Comfort R&D combined with the patent-pending hexagon shape optimize force on your head and ears and minimizes gap for the best fit

2. Ergosoft Foam Cushions
Naturally forms to your ears to provide supreme comfort and noise isolation

3. Master Crafted Materials
Lightweight metal components and more expensive materials than peer headphones at this price range

 

Style and Versatility

“Mind the Gap”
Patented sleek design frames the natural lines of your facial features and minimizes unsightly gap

Optional Custom Shield Kits
3D print or laser-engrave your logo, change your shield material and color

Cable & Cushion Ecosystem
Extend your functionality with a variety of cables and accessories

 

Noise Isolation

Analog Noise Isolation
Naturally cut the distractions of jet engines and unwanted noise without the hiss and pressure of Active Noise Canceling (ANC)

Minimal Sound Leakage
Immersive 3D sound for you without bothering others

 

What’s Included?

  • Crossfade M-100
  • Exoskeleton carry case
  • Carabiner clip
  • Reinforced SpeakEasy™ 1-Button Microphone cable
  • Reinforced SharePlay™ audio cable
  • Gold plated 1/4″ pro adapter
  • V-CORK (2)
  • V-MODA sticker
  • Six-Star Service
  • 2-Year Premier Warranty
  • 50% Immortal Life Program Replacement

 

Technical Specifications

  • Microphone Sensitivity: -42dB @ 1kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms
  • Weight: 280g
  • Type: Over-Ear Circumaural
  • Frequency Response: 5 -30,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 103 dB @ 1kHz 1mW

3. Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro Headphones
Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro Headphones

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro is has a great look and a long standing reputation. They are considered by many to be the standard in quality headphones.

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DT 770 PRO – Closed reference headphone for control and monitoring applications.

The beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO headphones have established themselves as a firm favourite amongst music producers, sound engineers and broadcasters and are used in studios all over the world. They reproduce the entire frequency range with incredible precision, and even reproduce low frequencies in punchy detail.

 

Features

  • Closed over-ear headphones for professional sound in the studio and on mobile devices
  • “Bass reflex” technology for improved bass response
  • The soft, circumaural and replaceable ear pads ensure high wearing comfort
  • Comfortable fit due to rugged, adjustable, soft padded headband construction
  • Robust, easy serviceable construction as all parts are replaceable
  • Hard-wearing, durable and robust workmanship Made in Germany
  • Closed diffuse field studio headphone
  • Innovative bass reflex system
  • Robust spring steel headband
  • Single sided cable
  • Soft inner headband
  • Gold plated jack plug (3.5 mm) and adapter (6.35 mm)

 

Supplied accessories

  • drawstring bag
  • jack adapter 6,35 mm

 

Applications

The DT 770 PRO is a closed dynamic headphone of exceptional quality suitable for the most demanding professional and audiophile applications. The long term comfort and accurate performance make the DT 770 PRO the perfect monitoring headphone for recording studios, post production or broadcasting situations. The low mass coil and diaphragm assembly produce a transient performance equalled only by electrostatic earphones, and, in combination with a carefully tailored frequency response offer a natural and balanced sound. Soft earpads and adjustable, sliding, earpieces together with a single sided connecting cable ensure listening comfort during extended periods of use. The DT 770 PRO features 32, 80 or 250 ohm drivers and a gold plated 3.5 mm stereo jack with 1/4″ inch adapter, and is therefore suitable for use with almost all headphone amplifiers.

 

Extreme Comfort

The robust spring steel headband ensures a secure fit for the wearer. Soft ear cups mean that the headphones are comfortable even if worn for prolonged periods. The single-sided cable allows the headphones to be put on and taken off frequently without cables getting tangled.

 

Technical Specifications

  • Transducer type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dynamic
  • Operating principle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Closed
  • Transmission Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wired
  • Headphones weight without cable . . . . . 270 g
  • Nominal frequency response . . . . . . . . . 5 – 35,000 Hz
  • Nominal impedance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Ω / 80 Ω / 250 Ω
  • Nominal SPL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 dB SPL
  • Nominal T.H.D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . < 0.2%
  • Power handling capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 mW
  • Sound coupling to ear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Circumaural
  • Ambient noise isolation:
  • 32 Ω version . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . approx. 20 dBA
  • 80 Ω / 250 Ω version. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . approx. 18 dBA
  • Nominal headband pressure . . . . . . . . . approx. 3.5 N
  • Weight (without cable) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270 g
  • Length and type of cable:
  • 32 Ω version . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.6 m / straight cable
  • 80 Ω version . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 m / straight cable
  • 250 Ω version . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 m / coiled cable
  • Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gold plated stereo jack plug
  • (3.5 mm) and 1/4″ adapter (6.35 mm)

 

Made in Germany

The DT 770 PRO headphones are and always have been handcrafted in Germany. The materials and component parts used are painstakingly made by hand and can be replaced if necessary.