Best Headphones to Spend Your Money on Going into 2020

10/01/2019     Author: Billy Gray

Looking for the best immersive audio experience this Christmas? Here are our top picks for headphones at the end of 2019 – both wireless and otherwise.


Music is the soundtrack to life, so it’s important that you have the best possible headphones to play your soundtrack through. With so many pairs out there, we know that choosing the right ones can be tricky. That’s why we’ve put together this definitive guide on the best headphones to purchase at the end of 2019.


Whether you’re a true audiophile, or just someone who wants something a little better for the morning commute, here are the best devices for playing your tunes in the best possible quality for a reasonable price.

Best headphones 2019

Think how much time you actually spend using your headphones – when you’re commuting, when you’re working out, when you’re going for a walk – maybe even while you work. This is important to consider if you’re on a budget. If you’re using them for three hours a day, for example, then you’re probably not going to think twice about investing a little more cash into something top notch.

So, without further ado, here are the best headphones that money – and a lack of money – can buy in 2019.


Sony WH-1000XM3

These headphones occupy a higher price range – around $250 – but they’re worth it if you want an incredible sound, noise cancelling design, and wireless functionality. The battery life is some 30 hours, so you don’t have to worry about the dying on you half way through your commute.

Sony has put a lot of work into creating incredible audio playback that can adapt to your situation. This means that the audio is built up of multiple layers of sound that complement one another to create a truly incredible music experience.

The Sony WH-1000XM3 are also noise cancelling – and thus ideal for the commute and simply for shutting out the rest of humanity from your day – as well as being hi-res audio supporting and wireless. They also have Google Assistant built into them so getting tasks done won’t be an issue.


Grado SR60e

This pair of wired-up overhead earphones will provide an exceptional sound quality without breaking the bank. The headphones cost less than $100 and sound like they should cost at least three-times that price. This New York company has been making some excellent budget headphones in recent years and the Grado SR60e are by far their best option in terms of value for money.

They’re comfortable, stylish, and have a great sound quality – isn’t this exactly what you want in your pair of headphones?


Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro

When money simply isn’t issue, you might as well go for the very best headphones on the market. The Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro certainly contest for that spot – of course, that comes at a cost. In this case, that cost is $599.

What you get for that price is, of course, a pair of headphones that are built like an apache gunship – sturdy as hell and full of cool features. The headphones are open back, which means they’re really desiged for being used in a studio. While they provide an incredible sound experience, they’re definitely a little overboard for casual use and probably not appropriate for your commute to work.

Still, if you’re looking for a pair of headphones that will bring your professional sound studio to life, then these are a safe bet. Just don’t consider what else you could buy for that price tag for too long…


Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

If you simply don’t to have to hear the conversation taking place next to you, then the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are the perfect choice for you. These are no doubt the best noise cancelling headphones on the market right now. They cost around $450.

While other companies have been making improvements to audio output, Bose has been focusing mainly on noise reduction – and it really shows in their products. That doesn’t mean that the sound quality isn’t there, though. These are indeed a great sounding pair of headphones.

What’s really cool about this pair of headphones is that when someone calls you, not only can you not hear anything that’s going on around you during the call, the person you’re talking to can’t, either. This is a noticeable gimmick that Bose has included and it’s really effective.


Sony WF 1000-XM3

If you’re looking for wireless earbuds that still provide all the noise cancellation of a pair of overheads, then the Sony WF 1000-XM3 are the pair for you. Aside from simply being an awesome pair of wireless headphones – possibly even the best wireless earbuds on the market – they also look cool, which is something that other wireless earbuds haven’t quite managed.

Sony are killing it with their headphones, and this pair is no exception. The price is to match, at less than $300, they’re a steal over some of the other wireless earbuds offering the same quality and noise cancellation. The battery life is a respectable 18 hours and they have a decent 30ft wireless range – you know, just in case you decide to throw your phone somewhere.


Optoma NuForce BE Sport4

If you’re looking for a comfortable and decent sounding pair of wireless headphones to take with you to the gym, then these are the best option for you. The Optoma NuForce BE Sport4 are designed to be worn while doing exercise, but they’re also great to just wear while you’re on the go.

They’re comfortable and won’t fall out of your ears during intense bouts of movement, and to top it all off, they have a really good sound quality for the price point – which is less than $100. If you’re looking for a good pair of wireless headphones for a cheap price that will accompany you to the gym, then you have it here.

The wrap-up

Everyone should have a good pair of headphones – think how many pairs of cheap Chinese made earbuds you’ve gone through in your life. Probably more than enough to be able to afford one good pair to use for the next five years. All the headphones in this list have a great sound quality and they’re all ideal for everyday use. Simply pick the one that’s most suited to you, and enjoy!

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