Best Headphones 2019 Wired and Wireless
Author: Curtis Moldrich
If you’re looking for a pair of headphones in 2019, you’re spoilt for choice; at every price point there are countless cans from the likes of Sennheiser, Bowers and Wilkins and others – but that can make buying a pair fairly daunting. To make your decision easier, we’ve handpicked our favourite headphones from various price-points, wireless and non-wireless, so you can get the headphone that most suits your listening habits.
Sennheiser is a name synonymous with listening gear, and these Momentum 2.0s harness the audi giants learnings. Stylish, light and comfortable the Momentum 2.0s feature the sound most have come to expect from Sennheiser products. Sound is full-bodied and accurate, with bass, mid-range and treble delivered with detail – but in a measured, natural way. And one more thing, they’re even foldable, so you can use them on the go.
If you’re a fan of electronic music, it’s worth considering the HD25s. A stalwart in the electronic music scene, Sennheiser HD25s have become the headphone of choice for many DJs thanks to their bulletproof build quality and crystal-clear audio performance. Bass and treble are slightly boosted – hence their focus on EDM (Electronic Dance Music) – but they still offer detail few headphones can match. They’re also modular, so if you do break them, it’s easy to get spare parts.
AIAIAI TMA II
Ignore the long-name and take a look at the slick, Scandinavian design of the AIAIAI TMA-IIs. If looks are as important as sound, these are worth trying out – but thankfully they’re just as good at delivering music, too. In their base form the TMA IIs are impressive, but they’re a system headphone, which means customers are able to mix-and-match components until the headphones look and sound exactly as they wish. Fancy a bit more base? Try changing your ear cups? Want new, neon-coloured cables? Pick up some new ones at AIAIAI’s webstore.
Bowers and Wilkins P5
Bowers & Wilkins make a range of headphones – both wired and wireless – but these P5s sit in the sweet spot of the range. Compact but comfortable, these P5s are made of sumptuous materials and ooze quality that sets them apart from their competitors. Of course, that’d be useless without impressive sound performance, but the P5s deliver in that area too. They’re able to give music strong authoritative bass, but still deliver vocals and percussion with precise detail.
If you’re after something a little more special and unusual, you’ll love Grado’s SR80s. Everything about the Grado brand is different, from its family-owned business to the very construction of these headphones. The SR80es here feature an open-backed construction, which results in energetic response and a punchy mid-range; for rock and vocal-led tracks, they’re hard to beat at this price. The SR80e’s open-backed design does mean there’s lots of sound leakage – so these aren’t a pair of cans for the commute – but at just £89, they could always be your second pair for home
Audio Technica ATH M50x
These Audio Technica ATH M50Xs may look unassuming enough, but under their admittedly conservative exterior, they pack in some detailed tech and impressive sound. These Audio Technica’s are actually based on headphones originally designed for music producers – hence their functional, studio-friendly look – and that means they’re able to deliver clear and accurate, soundstages. And at £109, they’re surprisingly cheap, too.
If you want a pair of headphones that’ll pretty much do everything, Sony’s WH-1000XM3 should be your first port of call. Simply put, they’re packed for of technology; noise-cancelling, Bluetooth connectivity, and gesture control are just some of the features find on the spec sheet. Add Amazon’s Alexa, incredible sound and a 30 hour battery life to the mix, and these are these are worth their £285 price tag.