I love music and I like to take my music with me everywhere I go. I’m pretty positive that I’m not the only one who can find the perfect track to fit any situation. Finding the perfect headphones can prove to be more difficult.
There are many different headphone brands, types, and styles. There are in-ear (earbuds), on-ear, and over-the-ear headphones to choose from. For even more options, you can choose wired or wireless, noise-cancelling, or with or without built-in mic controls. To make a long-story short, regardless of your specific needs, style, or budget, there are a pair of headphones out there.
Whether you just need a pair of headphones to stick in your bag or pocket, or if you’re a certified audio snob, here are my top 8 headphone picks for all music lovers.
8 Best Headphones For All Music Lovers 1 of 9
Whether you just need a pair of headphones to stick in your bag or pocket, or if you're a certified audio snob, here are my top 8 headphone picks for all music lovers.
Koss PortaPro On-Ear Headphones ($50) 2 of 9
They may look old-school, but I picked the Koss PortaPro headphones because they are simple to use, more rugged, and the sound quality is comparable to high-end headphones. For the price point, they are a good choice if you just want some good-sounding, cheap headphones that can take a beating.
SOL Republic Amps HD In-Ear Headphones ($100) 3 of 9
SOL Republic is the new kid on the [headphones] block with something to prove. I picked the Amps HD earbuds because they deliver quality sound, in-line music controls with a mic for answering calls, and they are reasonably priced for premium headphones. One of my pet peeves is tangled cables. I also picked the Amps HD because they have tangle-resistant cables.
Urbanears Headphones ($35-$99) 4 of 9
I picked the entire line of Urbanears headphones because they sound good, are very reasonably priced, and most of all, they have some bold, wild, and funky colors unlike any headphones I've ever seen. If you're the typical music lover but want to stand out from the crowd, any pair or Urbanears headphones will help you accomplish this task with flying colors.
Beats By Dre Urbeats In-Ear Headphones ($100) 5 of 9
I can't think of anybody who hasn't heard of the iconic and trendy Beats By Dre headphones. The sound quality is what you'd expect from a pair of Beats headphones, but I picked the Urbeats Headphones because of the durable metal housing that can withstand being thrown around in a gym bag, backpack, or purse, loaded to the gills with never-to-be-used "just in case" stuff.
Sol Repbulic Tracks Remix On-Ear Headphones ($20-$90) 6 of 9
Headphones are more than just speakers that you put on your ears. They have evolved into fashion and style statements. So I picked the SOL Republic Tracks on-ear headphones because you can "remix" your headphones with a wide variety of colors and options, ensuring that your headphones will be unique and match your style.
JayBird Freedom Sprint Wireless In-Ear Headphones ($130) 7 of 9
For the active music lover who stays in the gym, on the track, or on the bike, I picked the JayBird Freedom Sprint Wireless in-ear headphones not only because they sound good, but because you don't have to worry about yanking the cord out of your iPod or smartphone while you're working out, thanks to Bluetooth connectivity. JayBird also boasts its "secure fit" technology that promises your headphones won't fall out of your ear due to an active lifestyle.
Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones ($179) 8 of 9
If you want a concert in your ear but prefer in-ear headphones, my pick are the Bowers & Wilkins C5 Headphones. They have all the premium sound quality bells and whistles (noise-isolation, volume & mic controls) but with an adjustable cable that provides a snug fit for your ear. The same sound you would expect from over-the-ear headphones can be found in the C5 Headphones that you can stick in your pocket.
Bose AE2w Bluetooth Over-the-Ear Headphones ($249) 9 of 9
If you hate cords, are an audiophile, and have "money to blow," my pick would be the Bose AE2w Bluetooth headphones. Bose is well-known for its noise-isolation technology that drowns out surrounding sound to give you the best quality. Add that with wireless connectivity to multiple devices and the AE2w's are hard to beat in the premium headphone range.