When it comes to audio, the choice of headphones usually differs from person to person. But choosing over-the-year headphones usually has its advantages. For instance, their size allows these headphones to be more powerful, thereby producing better audio quality. Many would argue that these are the most comfortable as well.
Our list here covers various price brackets, so you should find something that fits your pocket too. The list is regularly updated too, so you're assured the newest offerings out there.
Well, without further ado, here's the top 10 best over-ear headphones, ranked based on their price-vs-performance ratio:
- Oppo PM-3
- Philips Fidelio X2
- Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Pro
- Sennheiser HD 800
- Focal Listen
- Sennheiser Momentum Wireless
- Bose QuietComfort 35
- Sony WH-1000MX2
- Not sold on over-ears? Check out our guide to the best headphones overall.
1. Oppo PM-3
Closed back planar magnetic headphones from the gods
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 0.71 pounds | Cable length: 9.8 ft or 3.9 ft | Frequency response: 10-50,000Hz | Drivers: 55mm | Driver type: Planar Magnetic | Sensitivity: 102dB | Impedance: 26 ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A
The Oppo PM-3's are a truly stunning pair of headphones. Make no mistake, we've reviewed a lot of headphones in the last 10 years but none have we become more fond of than the PM-3.
They're equally well suited to being plugged into a headphone amp at home, as they are for commuting, and they stand head and shoulders above rival products from better known brands. We really can't recommend them highly enough, they're simply amazing.
Read the full review: Oppo PM-3
2. Philips Fidelio X2
Brilliant headphones for a brilliant price
Acoustic design: Open | Weight: .85 pounds | Cable length: 9.8 feet | Frequency response: 5-40,000Hz | Drivers: Two 1.9" speakers | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 100 dB @ 1mW | Impedance: 30 Ohm | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A
The Philips Fidelio X2's are a superb pair of headphones offering premium comfort and build quality with sound quality that rivals even the most vaunted audiophile cans.
Read the full review: Philips Fidelio X2
3. Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Pro
Recording studio pedigree, at a price
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 1.5 pounds | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 5-40,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A
The Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Pro are a stunning pair of headphones. Are they expensive? To some no, to most yes; but for the sheer listening experience they deliver, you'd be hard pressed to take them off. They work well even when you're using them with portable HRA players and mobile phones.
That said, they really do push the boundaries of what you can do with a dynamic driver. All praise to Beyerdynamic for putting together such a wonderful product.
Read the full review: Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Pro
4. Sennheiser HD 800
THE GOLD WINNER: The Sennheiser HD800 is the headphones fit for kings
Acoustic design: Open | Weight: 330g | Cable length: 3m | Frequency response: 14 – 44,100 Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: 300 ohm | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A
The Sennheiser HD 800 are one of the best over-ear headphones that you will find today. It's a combination of superb sound and amazing design, plus excellent comfort. Unfortunately, they are really expensive, selling on Flipkart for 1,09,990.
Read the full review: Sennheiser HD 800
5. Focal Listen
Some of the best high-end headphones that don't destroy the bank
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 0.60lb (273g) | Cable length: 4.60ft (1.4m) | Frequency response: 15 – 22,000Hz | Drivers: 137/64“ (40mm) Mylar/Titanium | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 122dB SPL @ 1kHz – / 1Vrms | Impedance: 32 Ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A
Priced at Rs 14,990 on Amazon India, the Focal Listen offers amazing sound quality with its 40mm dynamic drivers. That, great build quality, noise isolation and balanced sound makes this an excellent all rounder. The headphones are compatible with all smartphones and being lightweight, they are easy to carry as well.
Read the full review: Focal Listen
6. Sennheiser Momentum Wireless
Incredible audio fidelity backed by a serious price
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: N/A | Cable length: 4.6 feet | Frequency response: 16-22,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: 28 ohms | Battery life: 25+ hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | NFC: Yes
These no-holds-barred wireless headphones are full of positive qualities, but for many, they're almost prohibitively expensive. However, if you're an audiophile that can afford these, do not hesitate here.
Read the full review: Sennheiser Momentum Wireless
7. Bose QuietComfort 35
Bose cut the wires off its flagship cans with great success
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 0.68 pounds | Cable length: 3.94 feet | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 20+ hours | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: Yes
Bose has finally brought its fantastic noise-cancelling technology to a pair of wireless headphones and it's done so without the traditional drawbacks of wireless designs. They sound great, and their battery life is long enough for most long flights.
At Rs 29,363, the QC35s sit firmly at the premium end of the spectrum, but if you want the best noise-cancelling headphones available right now, few can take this one on.
Read the full review: Bose QuietComfort 35
8. Sony WH-1000MX2
Crystal clear noise-cancelling headphones
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 23g | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 10 hours | Wireless range: 33 ft | NFC: Yes
The Sony WH-1000XM2 are a great pair of wireless headphones, that combine excellent audio with innovative noise cancelling technology. The Sony WH-1000XM2 have a powerful battery that can last up to 30 hours. Yes, you heard it right.
These headphones can identify atmospheric pressure and provide noise cancellation accordingly. They also respond to a variety of gestures and detect movement.
The Sony WH-1000XM2 are priced at Rs 30,999.
Read the full review: Sony WH-1000XM2