So you’re an aspiring audiophile. You want really, really good sound coming out of your headphones and you’ve got about $200 to spend. You won’t be able to afford top-of-the-line headphones, but that doesn’t mean your gonna be stuck with crappy sound (or style). I’ve arbitrarily picked 5 manufacturers that I felt would give this list a good balance of incredible sound and serious style. If incredible sound is what you are after, you cannot go wrong the Shure or Klipsch headphones I’ve selected below. If style is more your thing, you’re going to want to check out the Beats, Bose and Monster cans listed here.
While Bluetooth/wireless headphones are definitely making inroads, many music lovers still prefer wired cans because there is absolutely no delay or room for glitching. And if you’re looking for headphones that will allow you to take/make calls, most (if not all) listed here will do just that.
The Shure SRH840 headphones are “optimized for studio recording and critical listening” and while you may not be a recording artist, I’m sure you wouldn’t mind owning some headphones an artist might very well use while recording. These cans are also designed with comfort in mind. And the ear cups are replaceable meaning you can use this far, far into the future.
Klipsch Reference On-Ear
While Klipsch, the brand, may be less trendy than some of the headphone brands below, people in the music industry know the name well as Klipsch is known for very high-quality products. And the Klipsch Reference On-Ear headphone is no exception. Rather than trying to be fancy, the Reference On-Ear favors a clean, minimalistic look.
Beats puts a premium on style—everyone knows that. And because of this, there really are no “cheap” Beats headphones. That said, unlike other manufacturers listed here, the Beats Solo 2 headphones are the cheapest set offered by the company. Even so, these are a bit more customizable than other cans (you can choose from 10 colors) and rap lovers (or people who like any music with some bass) will enjoy the ear thumping.
The Bose SoundTrue is actually available in both on-ear and over-the-ear options and, somewhat like the Beats Solo2’s above and Monster DNA’s below, comes in a variety of colors/designs (though not as much as either the Beats or Monster cans). The memory foam padding will ensure these headphones stay comfortable for long stretches of time.
Like the Beats Solo2’s above, the Monster DNA headphones are all about the bass. One very unique feature is the ability to connect up to 5 additional headphones to let your friends in on the action (thanks to the MusicShare dual ports). The Monster DNA cans also boast of “advanced sound isolation” which should do a pretty good job of keeping the music in and the street noise out (though this is clearly not using noise-cancelation technology).
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