Best headphones for audiophiles, home, travel or gym

Most headphones brands offer lots of different models that have a variety of functions. Some are better suited for certain activities, therefore it’s important to remember: Even the best headphones brands mess up once in a while.

Each pair of headphones have been categorized according to their suitability for tasks specified such as Home, Gym, Gaming or Audiophiles. We know that not everyone cares so much about audio quality, as they do about functionality. Some people like to spend less and get the functionality rather than cash out for high res audio support. Look for features that suit you, there is no point of getting something you’re not happy with. I’ve done it, you’ve done it, we’ve all bought things that aren’t as good as anticipated. If you still can’t find something, ask us by commenting at the end of this post. You can also visit our help page on choosing the best bluetooth headphones.

 Best Headphones for Home

Bose QuietComfort 35 II noise cancelling case
The QC35 II in the included case.

Features include: Comfortable roomy earcups, Google Assistant button, integrated mic for phone calls, Active noise cancellation with a 3 level switch and Wireless/wired options

With the Bose QC35 II headphones you can to talk to friends on the phone and multitask using google assistant. Don’t lift a finger, voice commands can be used to control pretty much anything from Netflix to Spotify. If your TV isn’t compatible check out this google forum post which explains how Chromecast can be used with the Google Home app. The QC35 II audio quality suits a variety of different genres of music. Notably, when wired, the sound is clearer and ‘untouched’, whereas when using the wireless functionality, the bass is a lot more prominent. Great all-round pair of headphones packed full of features such as active noise control which block out noise. Before you decide upon which headphones to buy, it is recommended that you read the Bose QuietComfort 35 II review first.

Price: $349/£330

Best Headphones for Gaming

Crossfade 2 Wireless review cups
The stock Crossfade earcups.

Crossfade II features: Integrated mic (Optional Boom Pro upgrade), works with PS4, Xbox One, PC, Passive Noise cancellation, 14 hours wireless battery life and memory foam ear cushions

The V-Moda Crossfade II lacks some features that the Bose QC35 II has but excels in others. For example, the battery life is over double but that is because it’s passive noise cancelling as opposed to active noise cancelling. This is because there are no electronics using power. Instead the ear cups create a vacuum of air that blocks out most noises, but not all. Memory foam ear cushions are going to crucial when gaming, things can get pretty intense on shooters like COD WWII. For sure, you need comfort for long hours of ear pressure, it can get really tender around that area. Being compatible with PS4, Xbox One and PC means that the integrated mic will work flawlessly to shout down the opposition. Boom mic upgrade optional to further improve audio quality.

Make sure to read the V-Moda Crossfade 2 Review to find out which option suits you better.

Price: $329/£235

Best Headphones for Travelling

Sennheiser PXC 550 carry case
PXC 550 from Sennheiser in its carry case.

PXC 550 features: Included carry case for travel, 20 hour battery life, adjustable EQ with CapTune app (Extra bass), comfortable leather for long listening sessions and finally a high quality mic for phone calls.

The Sennheiser PXC 550 are really well suited wireless headphones for long plane flights or business travel. In fact they have the longest battery life for ANC that we’ve seen before standing at 20 hours wireless use. In addition to that they have an adjustable EQ app called CapTune. If installed to your phone, you can choose your own settings to get the preferred sound. When on a business trip they are great for call phone calls with no interruptions.

The Sennheiser PXC 550 review will explain everything in more detail.

Price: $399/£329.95


Best Earphones for Gym or Running

Bose Soundsport Wireless sports headphones
The Bose Soundsport Wireless.

SoundSport Wireless features: Light weight design, stays firmly in ears, water resistant, 6 hour battery life.

The Bose SoundSport wireless does its purpose to stay in whilst exercising with decent audio quality. It’s is very much focused on functionality, keeping it simple with an easy to use splash proof design. There is no noise cancelling so that you can hear your surroundings, this is actually to keep you safe in an outdoor environment. Like training such as, jogging, cycling or activities where you need most hearing awareness. Make to read the Bose Soundsport wireless review to decide on whether it’s for you.

Price: £150/$150

Best Headphones for Audiophiles

V-MODA Forza Metallo in ear headphones headband
The V-MODA Forza Metallo.

Forza Metallo features: 10 hour wireless battery, neckband design, high quality sound & water resistant.

It turns out that V-Moda produce a variety of different audio products for almost every purpose. With this in mind, the V-Moda Forza Metallo has a focus on audiophiles, which was a surprise to our reviewer Stephen. Upon reviewing he found that although they are marketed as everyday headphones, they are really something special. Usually a lot of in-ear headphones are not the best in sound quality; that can be a problem for audio fanatics. Rest assured, the Forza Metallo has a broad 20Hz – 40,000 Hz frequency response and seems to deliver balanced audio. That means, there is no boosted bass or other adaptions to equalization that change what the song producer intended. In fact, it’s crystal clear, to the point where you will notice things that you never noticed before in the music.

Read the V-Moda Forza Metallo review

Price: £144/$170

Next in line..

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC700BT pro headphones wireless noise cancelling folded
The headphones fold up easily.

The Audio Technica ATH-700BT is an absolute beauty that showcases style. But really when it comes down to it, you will understand that these headphones produce very high audio quality; and for a low price! They didn’t quite make the best travelling headphones because we’ve seen better ANC functionality. Nevertheless, for avid listeners this is great, plus they have a 25 hour battery life for wireless listening.. ALL DAY! But for real Audiophiles, the wired functionality leaves less reliance on battery life. The flat response is much desired to hear music truthfully. As you would expect from the high class 40mm drivers in each headphone.

Read the ATH-700BT Review

Price: £199, €219, $349.

Best headphones brands in summary

So to recap, if you are looking for headphones for any of these activities, these are the best rated from our reviewers. We are not closed to the fact that there are loads of products out there and we can’t review them all. However, our readers are the most important; if you think there are headphones that deserve a spot, drop a comment.

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