Compared to over ear headphones and in-ear headphones, which are loved for their portability and generally low asking-price, over ear headphones tend to be the best option to get if you’re looking for the most immersive sound experience and don’t mind a bigger set of headphones.
Each kind of headphones has its perks, but people gravitate toward over ear headphones for a few key reasons: their sound and comfort. If you’re ready to bite the bullet on a set of expensive over-ear headphones, check out our list of the Top 10 Best Over-ear Headphones Available 2017.
Top 10 Best Over-ear Headphones List 2017
1. Oppo PM-3
Closed back planar magnetic over ear 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 over ear headphones. Make no mistake, we’ve reviewed a lot of over ear headphones in the last 10 years but none have we become more fond of than the PM-3.
They’re equally comfortable being plugged into a headphone amp at home as they are commuting through the hustle and bustle of a big city, and they stand head and shoulders above rival products from bigger brands. We really can’t recommend them highly enough, they’re just amazing over-ear headphones and most comfortable headphones.
2. Philips Fidelio X2
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 over ear headphones comfortable headphones and build quality with a sound that rivals even the most vaunted audiophile cans.
The Philips Fidelio X2s headphones have a big reputation to live up to. Their predecessors, the X1s, went straight to the leaderboard on their debut, however, superior-sounding cans from AKG and Grado have since cast a shadow on them.So, do the X2s have what it takes for Philips to steal the limelight back from its rivals?
The X2s have new drivers, which use the multi-layered diaphragm technology introduced in the brand’s S2 in-ears. This, it claims, gives more accurate bass response and a cleaner, more transparent treble.The jack is now 3.5mm too, though a 6.3mm adapter is included.
We’re glad (albeit not surprised) to hear the X1s’ spacious and smooth sound come has been preserved in the X2s, especially when it’s presented with extra dollops of detail, clarity and solidity.
It’s a hugely listenable sound. There’s good instrument separation and insight from top to bottom, and their precise, organised manner isn’t a trade off for punch.
They tackle the demanding rhythmic pattern of Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel with ease.
Each note is punctual in the cohesive presentation and the drubbing bassline drives the track with aplomb. There’s bite to the proceedings too and dynamics are rendered with confidence.
Vocals are full of feeling and cymbals wash over the top with precise detail. If anything, the balance is slightly bottom-heavy, but you can’t fault the X2s’ taut, tuneful and controlled quality.
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 Pros are a stunning pair of over the ear 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 after putting them on, even 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.
Pro-audio comfortable headphones intended for recording studio use come in plenty of shapes and sizes, but few are as bulky, yet lightweight, as the Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Pro. At $599, these circumaural headphones are meant for the professional engineer or musician seeking a clear representation of the entire frequency range, from the very deepest bass to the brightest highs. If you’re looking for a pair with heavily boosted low-end, this isn’t it.
The DT 1770 Pro can reproduce intense sub-bass, but it does so accurately, not by exaggerating what’s in the mix. More of a personal tool of preference and less something you’d buy in bulk to outfit a live tracking room, the DT 1770 Pro is nevertheless an excellent reference pair, earning it our Editors’ Choice award.
4. Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7
These over-ear headphones bring both performance and value
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .64 pounds | Cable length: 3.9 feet | Frequency response: 5-40,000Hz | Drivers: Two 1.7″ drivers | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 100 dB | Impedance: 35 ohm | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: No
It can be an expensive journey if you’re looking for a set of headphones that sound as good as they look. That’s why Audio-Technica’s MSR7 are a sight (and sound) to behold if good sound and sharp build quality are priorities.
These wired headphones retail for $250 (£199, AU$349), which isn’t cheap, but we think you’ll love these. Why? First off, the sound is incredibly well-balanced, pushing out crisp highs and deep lows without distortion. Second, the build materials and included goodies help to offset the cost.
5. Sony MDR-ZX770BT
Affordable wireless comfortable headphones that deliver big
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .52 pounds | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz | Drivers: Two 1.6″ speakers | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 20+ hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | NFC: Yes
Sometimes, sacrifice isn’t necessary. Sony’s wizards stuffed a glut of features, cool design and a long-lasting battery into the MDR-ZX770BT, making this cheap set of wireless headphones a must-buy.
The sound quality of the over ear headphones is dependent on many factors. While nothing beats testing out comfortable headphones yourself, these specs help provide some clarity.
Frequency Response: The frequency response indicates the range of pitches the over ear headphones can produce. Human hearing range is usually quoted at 20 Hz – 20kHz, with most music falling well within those bounds. With a closed operating principle and a solid low end frequency response, these over ear headphones can handle a strong bass and would be great for listening to pop or rock music.
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 oozing with positive qualities, but for many, they’re almost prohibitively expensive. However, if you’re an audio lover that can spare the expense, do not hesitate on this comfortable, hard-working set of over the ear headphones that will likely last for years.
Sennheiser’s MOMENTUM wireless headphones are held in high regard among both audiophiles and normal folk alike, so the only thing surprising about a wireless version is how long it’s taken for them to appear. Initially announced at this year’s CES, the Sennheiser MOMENTUM Wireless had us excited as soon as we were made aware of their existence.
Active noise cancellation is a commonplace term these days, but it’s far from easy to do. Throw in Bluetooth connectivity and it’s generally going to be fairly pricey. Indeed, these comfortable headphones retail for $499 – that’s $100 more than the Momentum 2.0.
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 any of the traditional drawbacks of wireless headphones. They sound great, and their battery life is long enough for all but the longest of flights.
Bose is synonymous with top-notch noise-cancelling headphones, and the QuietComfort 35 are no exception. The difference lies in the fact that these are Bose’s first active noise-cancelling headphones alongside the QuietControl 30 that feature wireless capabilities. Now that more and more smartphones are doing away with the 3.5mm headphone jack, it seems a rather timely move.
Being released from the leash makes the QuietComfort 35 more versatile than ever. With a refined design, clear and balanced sound and impressive battery life, these are some of the best over-ear noise-cancelling headphones you can buy.
8. Sony MDR-1000X
Noise-cancelling headphones that care about Hi-Res Audio
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 275 grams | Frequency response: 4Hz – 40kHz | Drivers: 40mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 103dB | Impedance: 46 Ohms | Battery life: 20 hours | Wireless range: 30 feet | NFC: Yes
The MDR-1000X are definitely the closest competitor to Bose’s QuietComfort series I’ve ever had the pleasure of testing. Some high-end codecs (LDAC, AAC and aptX) help the 1000X sound even better than the QC35s, but ultimately the noise canceling is a bit less effective in Sony’s pair of cans.
What should drive your decision on whether to buy the MDR-1000X is your music player – if you’re a Sony Xperia owner, you’d be hard-pressed to find a pair of over ear headphones that sound as good as these with noise canceling tech built-in. Even if you’re not, Sony’s wares are still worth a listen – and maybe a purchase.
9. Bowers & Wilkins P7
Possibly the most regal looking headphones out there
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .63 pounds | Cable length: 3.9 feet | Frequency response: 10Hz-20kHz | Drivers: Two 1.5″ drivers | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 111 dB @ 1kHz | Impedance: 22 ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A
The P7 offers wonderful sound, and if you couldn’t tell, they look dashing. Dressed to the nines in leather and shiny metal detail, the prowess expressed in design carries over into the robust sound quality pumped out of the drivers. But for nearly $400, we recommend finding a set to try on before taking the big plunge.
The Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphones are high-quality, high-price headphones that are out to win an audience of people looking for the very best money can buy – on the high street. The ‘high street’ part of the price is important too, as you can get higher-end sound for the same price if you’re willing to trade away the fancy and portable closed design. Still, for someone looking for an everyday pair that screams quality and will last, you can’t do much better than the P7s.
10. Denon AH-MM400
Walnut-finished with serious audio quality
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 0.67 pounds | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 5-40,000Hz | Drivers: 40mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A
Denon’s AH-MM400 headphones really impress. They do just miss out compared with the more expensive Oppo PM-3 headphones in a straight fight on separation and complete audio detail, but at this rarified end of the audio market the differences are marginal; you’d have to listen hard to discern where the planar magnetic drivers of the Oppos pull ahead of the standard dynamic drivers in the MM400s.
But that doesn’t stop the MM400s from being a lovely pair of headphones, with great, natural sound and a warmth of tone that easily justifies their price.