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: Durable construction, Comfortable to wear, Great noise cancellation, Roomy case, Modest price
Cons: Slight leakage, Bulky
Review: A wallet- and travel-friendly solution for long flights or for simply enjoying music without interruption, the Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC7b is every bit as good as the original but significantly improves on comfort and sound quality, characterized by better audio and more effective noise cancellation. It can even function as passive headphones when noise cancellation is not activated or when there's no battery inserted. Large-aperture 40 mm drivers with neodymium magnets promise high quality sound and impressive bass. Battery life is also excellent, offering 40 hours of operation. The headphones require a single AAA battery for the noise cancellation feature and there's an indicator light that signals when the particular function is turned on or active. Given its battery life, you won't need to carry a lot of cells when travelling. You'll probably need just one if you intend on using it for long hours. The ATH-ANC7b is slightly beefier than the ATH-ANC7. Its ear cups are thicker, offering a higher level of comfort. Moreover, it folds flat and it comes with a nice, convenient carrying case that can hold both your headphones and your mp3 player or iPod. Other accessories include an airline adapter, 3.5 mm mini-plugs and a ¼ adapter. Some reported leakage issues when listening at high volume thus, causing a little distraction to those around you. On the other hand, it shouldn't be a problem if you don't plan on putting the volume on the highest possible setting. The cost of these headphones is also very good and reasonable at almost half the price of more expensive models. So if you're only buying for personal purposes or for use during flights, we don't see any reason why you should not give this one a try. By today's standards, the Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC7b serves as a great alternative to more popular brands and a nice improvement over the original. It can block and reduce external noise by 90%, allowing music to be heard more clearly, especially when you're in a noisy environment.