Our pick of the 7 best over ear headphones: open, closed, wireless, pro, audiophile, hifi and portable
We know how important it is to find the best headphones for you; whether they are for your smartphone, music player, laptop or hi-fi system. Here you can see the best of the best full size headphones to buy in 2020.
1. Shure SRH840 - £119
Best closed back headphones under £200
The Shure SRH840 has been around longer than most of us here, and they are still our favourite entry level closed back headphone. These headphones can be used by pro users as well as music lovers, with sound quality that is not only detailed and well balanced - they provide depth and power to keep them engaging also. The SRH840 also provide very good passive isolation - which makes them great to use in noisy environments.
2. Bowers & Wilkins PX7 - £349.99
Best wireless headphones
We believe that Hi-Fi sound quality can be achieve from wireless headphones, and the B&W PX7 are our top pick for this. Sound quality is what you would expect from B&W - deep, punchy bass with cutting clarity and superb soundstage. The PX7 also offers ANC noise cancelling, extreme comfort for long listening sessions and customisation via their APP - all in a well designed and attractive package.
3. Audeze LCD-1 - £399
Best headphones under £500
With the LCD-1, Audeze have created a headphone that brings audiophile sound quality to a portable design. Planar magnetic drivers provide powerful and controlled bass, with clarity and definition you would normally expect from headphones twice the price! The LCD-1 can fold for easy storage and transport and their leather earcups provide superb comfort.
4. Dan Clark Aeon 2 Open Back - £900
Best headphones for comfort
Dan Clark headphones (previously MrSpeakers) combine lightweight, hand crafted design with clean, balanced and spacious sound. Dan Clark has been making and customising headphones for a long time, and his Aeon 2 Open Back are simple in design, with a real focus on comfort, durability and most importantly - sound. There is also a closed back option for those wanting more isolation.
5. Audeze LCD-X - £1149
Best headphones for pro users
For us, the LCD-X is the sweet spot when it comes to Audeze's range of LCD headphones. These are designed with pro's in mind, however they are great all rounders. The sound is balanced and crisp, bass has authority and depth without being overpowering. Mids are rich and crisp, sitting nicely in the mix so they are forward enough to let vocals shine without ever being too aggressive. Treble is sweet and extends far - providing space with a natural feel.
6. Sennheiser HD800S - £1399
Best headphones for soundstage and imaging
When Sennheiser released the HD800, they introduced something very special to the headphone world. For all of its clarity, space and analytical qualities - there was a need for an alternative that brought more depth and musicality to the experience - this is where the HD800S comes in. Still considered one of the best headphones available, the Sennheiser HD800S is instantly impressive.
7. Final D8000 Pro - £3999
Best audiophile headphones
The planar magnetic magnificence of the Final D8000 Pro creates a listening experience without parallel. The unique construction, including a damping system (the same used in condenser microphones) allowing for a sound that surpasses the abilities of most planar magnetic and dynamic equipment. This requires a dedication to exacting detail you can only see in Final.
Best over ear headphones at a glance
- Best closed back headphones under £200: Shure SRH840
- Best wireless headphones: B&W PX7
- Best headphones under £500: Audeze LCD-1
- Best headphones for comfort: Dan Clark Aeon 2 Open Back
- Best headphones for pro users: Audeze LCD-X
- Best headphones for soundstage and imaging: Sennheiser HD800S
- Best audiophile headphones: Final D8000 Pro
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