Maybe you’re someone who loves fumbling to put tiny plastic buds close to your eardrums. If you are, this article isn’t for you. This article is for the lovers of big, cushy ear pads, comfortable head straps, and booming sound that just won’t quit. When considering these lovelies you should take your usual listening environment into account. Do you need to tune out noisy neighbors while you work from home? Will you be traveling, jogging, or sitting at your desk sneaking in tunes between phone calls? Whatever it is, we’ve got the right pair of headphones for you.
Grab and go: Sennheiser Momentum 3
The Sennheiser Momentum 3 are great for just about any situation, but they are perfect for the music fan who wants to keep the music going without having to fiddle with controls. Featuring on/off technology that reacts to your movement, the Momentum 3s promise to get you into the music faster than any of their competitors. Adaptive noise-cancellation tech and transparent hearing modes make sure you are as protected from or aware of your surroundings as you want to be.
Supreme comfort: Audio-Technica ATHM50XBT
COMES IN MANY COLORS
Option for both with and without a cord. Amazon
If you’re fond of the classic studio-monitor design, you can’t go wrong with these Audo-Technica’s. These capture the class M50 studio-monitor design but add modern comforts like bluetooth, button controls for microphone and song selection, and a voice assistant. The sound here is also crisp and vibrant, with deep bass and an extended frequency range. The battery lasts for up to 40 hours.
Decadent audio: Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9 3rd Gen
Summon Siri, Google Assistant, and more with a single push. Amazon
Danish designer Jakob Wagoner is responsible for the sleek layout of these swanky headphones, which pair great noise cancellation and deep bass output with a leather and aluminum frame. Touch controls allow for direct access to your tunes as does a voice assistant. These headphones have a 25-hour battery life and deliver a level of decadence that probably isn’t for everyone, but they sure are pretty.
Old school: beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro
VELOUR EAR PADS
This model is designed to be used with smartphones and laptops. Amazon
These German-made Beyerdynamics are not meant to go on a jog or to take a conference on. There is no wireless connection to speak of. These are designed to be plugged into a high-powered stereo system and when they are oh they are glorious. Deep bass and crisp highs shine through what is an amazingly comfortable design. Yes, you’ll be attached to your sound system but you’ll be luxuriating in the waves as they wash over you.