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The Best Headphones 2015

by Johnny2015/03/27
A selection of headphones to buy this year

1. Bose SoundTrue Around Ear £150

Bose been trying really hard the past year to come up with a cheap, consumer friendly pair of headphones. The Bose sound true around ear headphones do just that and for that reason are number one on our list for the best headphones in 2015. Priced at around hundred £150 they are in the mid-range market for high-quality headphones. First we will take a look at the negative factors. They are not really designed for playing sports as they are not sweat resistant even if they look like they do. The sound quality can dip as the volume goes higher but as long as you don’t get that point they will sound fine and the average buyer will not even notice. Now on the positive side of things, all in all they are neutral meaning they are not adding any other effects like extra-bass at an attempt to prove their worth. The sound quality is crystal clear whilst also being very light and comfortable so you can listen to music for long hours. They’ve also gone into offering an over ear and on ear version, the ones we’re speaking about now have active noise cancellation to block external noise which is really effective if you have a use for it. If not, even when it’s turned off it has good sound isolation from the comfortable earpads. There is also an in-line microphone built-in, this is a must for phone calls or Skype.

Bose Soundtrue headphones

2. Kingston HyperX Cloud II £74.99

The HyperX Cloud II is a really good deal because not only is it one of the cheapest headphones, the sound quality is immense meaning they have great performance versus price ratio. Although it is intended for gaming, or even labelled as that, don’t let that put you off because it can easily be used as a normal pair of headphones. The microphone is also detachable but if you do want to use it, it is really good because finally people can hear what you have to say and there is no background noise or fuzziness. There isn’t really any negatives, just fact that the cable is little short when you’re not using the external sound card. The sound card means that you can change the microphone and headphones volume but also activate virtual 7.1 surround sound. It is really cool if you don’t mind substituting a weeny bit of sound quality to be feeling as if you are in the music. Last of all they have passive noise cancellation and if music is playing you cannot hear anybody at all. They are comfortable but they are not number one on the list because of their size and weight.

hyperx cloud II headband

3. Sony MDR-1A £169

The Sony MDR-1A is third on the list, not many people know about it and it has mostly been overlooked. This is sad because they are very good headphones indeed. The Sound quality is superb, better than the Urbanite XL by Sennheiser. These would be a suitable match for an audiophile who is very picky on the quality of the audio. Not many headphones have the ability to play back 192khz/ 24 bit audio tracks and that is a big plus if you are going to buy these. They are very stylish but are more business-like which is why people choosing headphones solely on appearance would probably not go for these. Other than that they are quite light and portable but some complain they are not adjustable enough because they are not fitting their heads. If you have a big head and aren’t worried about appearance or brand names etc, but are more interested in high quality audio, then these are for you.

sony mdr-a1 headphones

4. Sennheiser Urbanite XL wireless £250

The Sennheiser Urbanite have a really awesome looking design and are definitely street worthy. Not only do they look good but they are strong too as they are made from good quality material. Being wireless, they do have a battery which is rechargeable and is reported to last up to 25 hours, so no worries of running out of power! Sadly the sound quality isn’t quite up to the standard you would expect from Sennheiser. First of all it is boosted, nowhere near as much as beatsaudio have with their headphones, but you can still notice the extra emphasis on the bass. The general consumer will love this but audiophiles will not and will prefer a balanced audio response. Music will not sound bad at all but for the price you would expect more. It seems that they focused more on features like a touch sensitive controls on each side of the headphones which are a really cool and easy way to change the track or increase the volume. It can be annoying if you’re not used to this so, there is uncertainty to whether these features are useful or not. If you are a fan of Beats Headphones, these are probably for you as they are as good looking and provide better audio quality in comparison.

urbanite XL

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Johnny
Johnny is the manager of SoundReview but also writes himself occasionally. Away from the keyboard he likes to keep fit at the gym to balance out the daily toll of vigorous computing.

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