Whether you want to silently boogie down to disco tracks, listen to a movie you're watching on your computer or just want to have better sound for a video game, good headphones are a necessity. Several types of headphones are available today, starting from full-sized headphones which are great in blocking external noise, supra-aural which are more lightweight but less effective when it comes to noise isolation, and lastly in-ear headphones which are smaller and more popular these days. Here at IntelliReview, we understand that aside from sound quality, you also need to take into account other essential factors like comfort, durability and cord length in order to make the most out of your audio experience. With that said, we formulate our list of the best headphones by collecting reviews and ranking products based on the amount of positive and negative reviews. This method is very reliable and effective considering that people only write reviews when they are really happy or really upset with a certain product. It also ensures that only the best models make it to the top our list. Browse below to find our easy to read and useful headphone reviews.
Pros: Great fit, Amazing sound quality, Unique design, Includes 3 sizes of earbud tips and a nice carrying case
Cons: Pricey, Twisted cord, Not noise-cancelling
Review: The IE2, successor to Bose's first generation in-ear headphones, carries the same dynamic sound that Bose is known for. The secret lies in the TriPort acoustic headphone structure that produces natural, powerful sound. Whether you want to use it primarily for calling or together with your Apple devices, there are several options you can choose from that will enhance usability and bring more convenience to your daily activities. The MIE2 cable has an answer/end button and a mic, while the MIE2i includes all the features that the MIE2 has, with the addition of a volume control solidly planted in the inline remote. A carrying case, a clothing clip and an adjustment slider are also provided. The Bose IE2's one-of-a-kind styling perfectly fits your fashionable lifestyle, but the good thing is that it is not just good looks. It can also be every exercise junkie's best friend as it provides all day comfort. It uses an angled plug to match various types of MP3 players and mobile devices, while the exclusive, removable silicone StayHear tips come in three different sizes (S, M and L) for maximum comfort. The black and white twisted cord can be a little fragile, though. It is tangle-free but for the price, we expected a sturdier flat cord. If needed, you can even purchase a 20' extension cable and different sizes of stay-hear tips and original tips. At first, the price of the Bose IE2 may seem pretty steep but when you do the math, you're probably saving yourself a couple dollars since you won't have to buy cheap ones and replace your headphones from time to time. If you liked the previous Bose in-ear headphones, there's a big chance that you'll love this one even more. Sound quality has greatly improved. You can expect rich sound and enough bass. It may not rock the house down but it suits most genres and good enough for private listening.
Pros: Noise-cancelling microphones, Signal processing enhances sound quality, Thick padding increases noise cancellation
Cons: Padding may become fragile and chip over time
Review: Enjoying your favorite music or movies is a challenge when you're in a noisy environment, which is practically everywhere nowadays. A pair of noise-cancelling headphones like the Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones however should help in cutting down ambient noise. Bose has long been recognized for their audio technology products, and the QuietComfort 15 headphones are proof of this. Inside every pair of QuietComfort 15 headphones are built-in microphones that reduce outside sounds by sensing and cancelling outside noise. In addition, a proprietary signal processing system gives more life to your music, enhancing the sound quality from your device. Generous amounts of padding around every cup of the Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones add a second layer of noise blocking to the headphones. In addition, the Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones are powered with a single AAA cell, meaning you can switch on the noise-cancelling feature even without listening to music. Meanwhile, a third design feature of the QuietComfort 15s, called the TriPort acoustic headphone structure, uses small vents in each earcup to balance tones and keep them from reverberating inside the shells. The Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones come with two cords that can detach from the main device: one is a standard audio cord, and the other, a special cord for Apple devices that features inline controls and a small microphone that will let you take calls at the press of a switch. An airline adapter for using the QuietComfort 15s with certain aircraft entertainment systems is also included. Finally, the headphones have a carrying case included with the package. While the audio quality of the Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones is really something to behold â or listen to, as the case may be, the padding around the different areas of the earphones may need a second look, as they have the tendency to break down over time. The usual arguments against around-the-ear earphones are also there, such as being relatively uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time due to the clamp design of the headband holding the cups together. However, if you are looking for the best in noise cancellation that money could buy, you really couldn't do any better than get a pair of these headphones.
Pros: Great bass output, in-line mic and volume control, foldable and comes with a carrying case
Cons: Bass output drowns out treble, expensive
Review: If you're the type of listener that wants your devices looking good aside from sounding good, then the Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD On-Ear Headphones are just the thing for you. With its easily-recognizable headband design available in a wide range of colors, the simple, minimalist look of the Beats Solo headphones provide an interesting contrast to the big, booming auditory pleasure contained inside the cans. It's practically a given that a product designed by â and bearing the name of â a hip-hop mogul like Dr. Dre would be optimized for the enjoyment of the musical style in itself; the Beats Solo collection certainly delivers in this arena with deeper bass output courtesy of the titanium-enhanced drivers inside its earpieces. As a result, every single thump of every beat is replayed in full, powerful force. In terms of performance, the Beats Solo could be described as the consumer edition of the Beats Studio line, which is targeted for another audience entirely. Few other audio accessories have the image recognition of the design of the Beats Solo line, with its urban chic appeal being a top draw. The latest edition of the Solo line takes things up a notch by extending the color coordination across the body and all the way down to the cord; even the ear cups on this particular model are given the same shade as the body. Alongside the revamp in appearance, the Beats Solo collection introduces matte color choices on top of the regular ones. Finally, a reinforcing metal strip has been added to the band on top of the headphones. The attention towards appearance however, doesn't mean that the Beats Solo has forgotten about function; an in-line mic and volume control makes it easy for users to switch from listening to taking calls, especially when used in tandem with a phone. For easy storage with the supplied carrying case, the headphones fold down to a more manageable size. The Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD On-Ear Headphones is a great gift item for family and friends who are into rap, hip-hop, or any musical style with emphasis on beats. However, audiophiles may not easily go for the unit's tendency to go big on the bass at the expense of the upper end, which can result in a rather muddy sound. Also, the snug fit of the headphones may make not a few ears uncomfortable, especially when listening to the headphones for some time. Finally, the premium price that the Beats Solo collection commands can be a deal breaker for some people.
Pros: Wireless, Lightweight, Excellent reception
Cons: Doesn't include rechargeable batteries, Loose fit
Review: Wireless connectivity and wide compatibility makes the Sennheiser RS 110 a good replacement to your corded headset. With its excellent range of up to 100 meters, you can walk through doors and move around the house without losing signal. Plus, it lets you accomplish daily tasks while listening to your favorite playlist and enables you to skip the hassle of figuring out how to hide unsightly wires. These headphones are lightweight and comfortable. It boasts of a supraaural design which offers excellent sound reproduction and onboard controls which allow you to adjust the sound to your liking and quickly turn it off or on. Installation is a snap to do and sound quality is crisp and clear. Its bass is honestly not heart-thumping but has proven to be sufficient for casual listening. Its ear pads are also replaceable, making it long-lasting. In terms of battery life, the supplied AAA batteries may last for several uses but you may need to shell out a little bit and buy rechargeable ones if you plan on using the headphone every day. Sennheiser's RS 110 is very versatile. It is compatible with PC and Mac systems and is suitable for use with a variety of A/V equipment including TVs, DVD and Blu-Ray Players and portable mp3 players. Its fit may be a little loose but it serves its purpose really well and most importantly, it provides a cheap way to enjoy wireless freedom.