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Believe it or not, finding the right pair of over-ear headphones isn’t as easy as it seems. You have to narrow down which features matter most such as style, comfort, and of course: price. Reaching that perfect balance between functionality, fit, and affordability can turn into a seemingly endless treasure hunt, but we’re here to help get you on the right track.
So that you don’t have to spend hours scouring the web and reading countless reviews, we did the heavy lifting for you and rounded up seven of the best over-ear headphones for music, movies, TV, podcasting, gaming, taking phone calls, and more.
As far as pricing goes, our selection ranges from just $25 to $850 for headphones from Bang & Olufsen, Razer, Apple, Bose, and other top brands. Building your own personal soundscape should feel like you’re immersed in an unforgettable sonic experience. For more headphones and sound stories, check out the most comfortable headphones, best headphones for gamers, and best sound equipment for filmmakers. Below, find the best over-ear headphones for any budget.
Razer’s Opus wireless headphones are THX-certified with advanced noise cancelling technology. They feature an adjustable leatherette headband and comfortable plush leatherette memory foam ear cushions for a comfortable fit, and you can use them for at least 25 hours before they’ll need to be recharged. There’s also a 3.5mm jack option to connect them to devices, an airplane adaptor, and a holding case. You can also get them in black for a bit cheaper ($135).
There’s not really much that needs to be said about the high-fidelity sound quality of Apple AirPods Max over-ear headphones. They work great and feature up to 20 hours of listening time. You can buy them in a bunch of different colors including pink, green, sky blue, and silver.
Now would be the time to try out a pair of Sennheiser PXC 550-II headphones because they’re on sale! The noise-cancelling headphones are perfect if you travel a lot (they include a carrying case, USB charging cable, and audio cable). They feature 30 hours of battery life, which means you can fly from one country to another without having to charge your headphones. Apart from superior sound quality, these headphones include special sensors to detect when you have them on. For incoming calls, simply touch the ear cup (swivel the ear cup to turn them off). The touchpad over the right ear cup has volume, play, stop, pause, and track skipping controls. You can also access voice assistants such as Siri, Hey Google, and Alexa with a single touch of a button.
Bang & Olufsen has invested more than 95 years into making quality sound products. The Beoplay H95 headphones (available in gold, black, and grey) offer an exceptional listening experience through customized titanium drivers, and active noise cancellation technology. The oval ear cups are made from soft top grain lambskin and ductile memory foam for long-lasting comfort. If you’re a gamer, Bang & Olufsen is set to debut the Beoplay Portal wireless gaming headphones later this month. You can pre-order a pair now for $199 down.
In the world of noise-cancelling headphones, Bose is among the best. The Bose 700 noise cancelling wireless headphones features crisp sound, one touch capabilities, 11 levels of active noise cancelling channels, and up to 20 hours of battery life. The lightweight, stainless steel headband, and titled ear cups are designed so that the headphones fit comfortably, especially if you’re wearing them for several hours at a time. Included with each pair: USB charging cable, audio cable, and carrying case.
An affordable and stylish over-ear headset, these headphones are great for anything from working out, or mowing the lawn, to traveling, or playing video games. Zihnic’s wireless headset features noise reduction technology, plush earmuffs, 14 hours of music time, and a built-in mic so that you can use them with your phone, TV, or PC. These rechargeable headphones are available in seven different colors including red, blue, and black.
Looking for another super affordable option? This basic model from OneOdio features soft ear-cushioning earmuffs that swivel 90 degrees, and comes with dynamic bass sound perfect for doing, mastering, monitoring, mixing, broadcasting, tracking, and personal listening. They’re flexible, making them comfortable even for long working sessions, and come with two different cables — with answer/end button and in-line microphone for hands-free phone calling — and are compatible with with professional mixers, instruments, as well as smartphones and computers.