Before getting into the best over-ear headphones on the market right now, it's helpful to understand the difference between the three main types of headphones: in-ear, on-ear and over-ear. The difference among these doesn't solely lie in their size. Other factors like sound quality, place of use and driver type (more on that here) also differentiate these three options.
Though in-ear headphones, like AirPods, are undeniably popular, many say this particular type is a much more worthwhile investment. Here's why: Over-ear headphones feature a big cap that allows manufacturers to fit more components in the device and, ultimately, optimize the acoustic design. Because of this feature, many options now include noise-canceling technology, one of the most competitive features among headphones today.
There are thousands of options to choose from, making it almost impossible to find the perfect pair. To simplify your shopping, check out these top options for all your needs.
If you're looking for the a pair that's both visually striking while still offering best-in-class sound, noise-canceling technology and Ambient pass-through sound, the Bowers & Wilkins Px8 is definitely the one to buy.
Looking for something a bit cheaper, but still surpassing most of its competitors — including the AirPods Max — in sound quality and design? The best-selling yet still underrated Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Industry Leading Headphones would be my top recommendation.
These headphones check all the boxes that make a quality pair worth the money and are still cheaper than the AirPods Max.
They produce one of the absolute best active noise-canceling experiences I’ve ever heard in a pair of over-ear headphones, boast up to 40 hours of battery life on a single charge, have a wide Bluetooth range of 33 feet, great, easy-to-access control and touch options and a headphone jack for optional wired use (it also comes with a cable for wired connectivity).
Also, i you travel often, it comes with a hard carrying case that’s easy to store in your hand luggage or a desk drawer.
If you're looking for the ultimate investment piece that's sure to last you forever, these are the headphones to buy. The perfect blend of luxury and practicality, these are the best headphones for audiophiles who want the best in both sound quality and design.
They come in three gorgeous colors, but the Royal Burgundy is a stunner that's understated yet incredibly luxe — fully unlike any other premium headphones you'll find anywhere at the moment. The Nappa leather finish makes these feel and look extremely durable (and they are) and the aluminum details make the headphones hefty without actually being heavy.
The Nappa leather motif continues with the memory foam cushions and headband but where these headphones truly sing is in the unmatched sound quality. They offer the crispest sound I've heard to date in a pair of headphones, both in noise-cancelation mode and Ambient Pass-Through mode. You'll be glad you invested in these high-end headphones.
This pair is a great pick for both the casual music listener or the aficionado who enjoys hearing every detail during the listening experience. If you're a Marshall speaker and amp lover, these headphones have that same old-school, vintage design quality with fully modern and updated mechanics.
If you're a musician, podcaster or casual listener who prefers practicality over advanced technology, go back to the basics with this classic Sony pair. Longtime audiophiles swear that these affordable headphones are some of the best you'll find in both sound and quality. Some have had these for so long that they've passed them down for generations.
These best-selling Bose headphones work great for those who travel or commute often (especially by plane) and need a significant level of noise cancelation. With over 34,000 Amazon reviews and the coveted "Amazon's Choice" label, they've been a top-rated go-to for years — and rightfully so.