5 Top Earphone Brands That Provide the Best Sound Quality

Updated on May 29, 2018
faithshore profile image

I've been a music lover my entire life. I've always been looking for the best possible sound quality when it comes to earphones.

Source

How to Find the Best Earphone Brands

These days, the market is overflowing with different earphone brands. No matter what the market condition, there are five brands which produce excellent earphones. These five brands manufacture earphones that provide mind-blowing sound quality and are beloved by most music fans. You cannot go wrong with any of these five companies, and they will make your search for great earphones much easier.

Each one of these companies offers a wide variety of products that cover in-ear and over-ear headphones and earphones. For those looking for portability along with great sound quality and bass response, an in-ear headphone or earphone is the way to go. Just keep in mind that earphones go in the ear canal and thus they can cause some discomfort if they do not fit the shape of your ear.

The Following Five Companies Are the Top Earphone Brands:

  1. Bose
  2. Sennheiser
  3. JBL
  4. Sony
  5. Skullcandy

What Is the Difference Between Earbuds and Earphones?

Earphones are known as in-ear headphones because they actually go into the ear canal. Earbuds are headphones that rest outside of the ear canal.

Bose changed the industry forever with their innovative noise-cancelling headphones. They bring that kind of ingenuity and creativity to their earphones as well.
Bose changed the industry forever with their innovative noise-cancelling headphones. They bring that kind of ingenuity and creativity to their earphones as well. | Source

1. Bose

When you are looking for the best possible sound quality and craftsmanship, this is the company to go with. Bose has been making high-quality headphones and speaker systems for over five decades, so their reputation is impressive.

Pros:

  • Excellent sound quality
  • Robust design
  • Innovative technology

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Bulky

Sennheiser is known for its rugged and innovative designs, like on the HD 650 headphones. They bring that same approach to their earphones so you can be sure they will last.
Sennheiser is known for its rugged and innovative designs, like on the HD 650 headphones. They bring that same approach to their earphones so you can be sure they will last. | Source

2. Sennheiser

This brand is another top player in the earphone industry. Sennheiser earphones are generally moderately priced, and the brand is often preferred by music enthusiasts over other brands. There are some really expensive Sennheiser earphones as well, so if you are a total audiophile, you will find plenty of options to choose from.

Pros:

  • Wide dynamic range
  • Moderately priced
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Bulit to last
  • Distinct look

Cons:

  • Bulky look
  • Lack of midrange frequencies

JBL produces some fantastic over-ear headphones as well. Their earphones contain the same kind of quality construction.
JBL produces some fantastic over-ear headphones as well. Their earphones contain the same kind of quality construction. | Source

3. JBL

When it comes to earphones, JBL is fantastic too. While the company is primarily known for their high output speaker systems, which are used in concert venues around the world, JBL puts the same kind of precision into their headphones and earphones.

Pros:

  • Affordable price range
  • Sturdy designs that last for years

Cons:

  • Lacks dynamic range
  • Average sound quality

Sony's classic MDR headphones became the industry standard for sound quality, and their earphones contain the same kind of characteristics.
Sony's classic MDR headphones became the industry standard for sound quality, and their earphones contain the same kind of characteristics. | Source

4. Sony

As one of the largest corporations in the world, Sony has a strong presence in most categories of electronics, and they have developed an award-winning reputation as the industry standard for earphones.

Pros:

  • Diverse amount of products from entry-level to audiophile
  • Impeccable quality
  • Wide frequency range

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Not that portable in comparison to other brands

Skullcandy makes innovative earphones, like this pair, which is designed to work with iPhones.
Skullcandy makes innovative earphones, like this pair, which is designed to work with iPhones. | Source

5. Skullcandy

Skullcandy is another great name in the earphone market. As a newcomer to the world of earphones, the company has been quick to develop plenty of incredible products. Skullcandy has focused in on making earphones that still retain the dynamic range of over-ear headphones, and their products do a great job of this.

Pros:

  • Portable
  • Eye-catching design
  • Good sound quality
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Flimsy build
  • Prone to breakage
  • Lack of bass frequencies

Top Headphone Brands

The above five brands literally rule the earphone/headphone world. There are many other great companies too which make nice earphones, however, none are as great as the above five brands as far as consistency is concerned.

That being said there are some other companies to check out depending on what type of earphone or headphone you are looking to buy. With the shift in focus to noise-canceling and wireless technology, it can be daunting to figure out what to purchase. I have listed some suggestions below.

Source

Best Wireless Earphones

More and more music fans (and podcast listeners) are ditching the clunky wires of traditional headphones for wireless products. In recent years there has been an explosion in wireless earphones, with every big brand making an entry into the world of wireless. Here are five exceptional earphones that are worth checking out.

  • Apple Airpods: while they look like regular apple earbuds, these are a big upgrade in sound quality and come with their own convenient charging station. Plenty of great integration with other Apple products makes it easy for Apple owners to integrate the Airpods into their devices seamlessly. The only downside is the design allows a lot of ambient noise into your ear, which detracts from the immersive feel earphones typically provide. Additionally, they are not cheap, but just about every wireless earphone is going to be pricey.
  • Sony WF-1000X: Sony's answer to Apple has some really strong things going for it, namely great sound quality and great sound canceling technology. The downside is that the earphones do not fit into everyone's ear and with some ears, they just won't stay in place.
  • Samsung Gear IconX: These are the best-fitting of the bunch, and they are designed to more closely resemble the in-ear monitors that professional musicians use while performing on stage. They do not have the same kind of high-end sound as the Sony's, but they still sound excellent. These work better for sports enthusiasts, and they stay in your ear better.
  • Jaybird Run: Much like the Samsung model, these earphones are designed to be used in active situations and as such they are sweatproof and have a pretty long battery life. They fit in your ear very well though they can get a bit uncomfortable if you leave them in there for too long.
  • Bose SoundSport Free: Like all Bose headphones, these sound incredible, and they offer the best overall sound quality of any of the earphones on this list. They are a bit bulky and they stick out of your ears quite a bit but overall these are worth it.

Source

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

In 2006 Bose first introduced their groundbreaking Quiet Comfort noise-canceling headphones, which used active noise control to cancel out the ambient noise and give listeners a better listening experience. Since then every major audio company has released similar versions of noise-canceling headphones. These headphones are pricey, and they are not for everyone but for those looking for an unparalleled and distraction-free listening experience, this type of headphone is worth it.

  • Beats Studio3 Wireless: While the company has received a lot of flak over the years for shoddy build quality, the latest version of these noise-canceling headphones are superb. They have clearly worked on addressing the sound quality issue as this version is the best-sounding product Beats has put out. Paired with an Apple chip for easy integration and long battery life, these headphones are a great starting point for those interested in getting into the noise-canceling world.
  • Sony WH-1000XM2: Sony has done a great job at crafting a set of headphones that offer the same level of sound quality as anything from Bose. Sony has added in some nifty special features as well to make this the go-to headphone for long plane rides. The battery life is excellent, and that makes the WH-1000XM2 one of the top products you can buy when it comes to noise-canceling headphones.
  • Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Wireless: While these headphones do not have the same kind of hype associated with them as other products mentioned in this article, these are a steal and a great entry-level headphone. Significantly cheaper and more portable than the other products on this list, Sennheiser has crafted another solid product. The only real drawback is that these are not as comfortable around your ear, so you may find it difficult to wear them for extended periods of time.
  • AKG N60NC Wireless: Sporting a sleek and compact design, these are the best on-ear headphones out there. AKG has improved their noise-canceling technology over the years, and it shows as these headphones are exceptional when it comes to removing ambient noise. On-ear headphones are a bit awkward for some people, but they are more comfortable than traditional over-ear headphones.
  • Bose Quiet Comfort 25: Bose's flagship headphone has gotten better, with improved dynamic range and improved ambient noise reduction. Bose has worked on making the Quiet Comfort easier to fold and carry, and the sleeker design still retains the high-quality build that the company is known for. You can't go wrong with these headphones, and if noise-canceling is your thing, it is worth picking up a pair.

© 2013 faithshore

Please leave your comment below

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      groot 

      2 months ago

      Urbanista? Maybe some more options but it was useful anyway.

    • profile image

      Tanndgr8 

      5 months ago

      Where is Beyerdynamics, Shure, Grade,Audeze, AKG?? The author is a noob..No true audiophile can settle with the above brandd

    • profile image

      King 

      6 months ago

      this is ok

    • profile image

      unknown 

      6 months ago

      Audio Technica is better than sony and skullcandy

    • profile image

      Toby 

      6 months ago

      Miss you Sonyericsson ...

    • profile image

      Simply Buds Corporation 

      7 months ago

      have you tried Simply Buds?

    • profile image

      Ravnit 

      7 months ago

      I think it Bose, Sony, Sennheiser, Skullcandy and JBL they all are best

      But it depends on how much cost

      The earphones cost Higher more more best sound quality will be there

    • profile image

      Madalyn 

      7 months ago

      I love my JLab earbuds. They are found pretty cheap at local stores for the sound quality they deliver.

    • profile image

      savant @sk. 

      7 months ago

      skullcandy...is best....it is the modern age ....

    • profile image

      salaoni 

      8 months ago

      where is BoAt and Ship headset

    • profile image

      Harry 

      10 months ago

      They are talks about commercial level companies. Which is pretty fair enough

      If you are talks about Shure and Noble Audio or Audeze earbuds they are pretty expensive for public

    • profile image

      Boss 

      10 months ago

      Where is philips ?

    • profile image

      amith 

      10 months ago

      how about senhiser cx

    • profile image

      Adam 

      10 months ago

      How come Sennheiser is 2nd?

      You know they call it Father of the Modern Sound?

      Sennheiser in sound is like Bugatti and Lamburgini in Cars

    • profile image

      kumag 

      10 months ago

      Auditotechnica is not on top 5? Why?

    • profile image

      Prince Ngonyama 

      11 months ago

      What about tdk's?

    • profile image

      Santanu 

      11 months ago

      U cannot compromise with skullcandy it's the best

    • profile image

      Saanu 

      12 months ago

      Ur wrong.......

      One of best no:1 headphone brand is BEATS... By Dr dre

    • profile image

      Lalu 

      12 months ago

      I am confused which one is the best one..to buy can any one suggest

    • profile image

      Ashpak Patel 

      14 months ago

      I had skull candy...but it got fault in couple of month now tring with JBL.....

    • profile image

      Finley 

      15 months ago

      Um... where's Shure?

      Skullcandy, really? :I

    • profile image

      jagdish sawant 

      15 months ago

      Sony

    • profile image

      Headphoneguy 

      17 months ago

      Where is shure in that list? I think they provide much better sound than all of those brand

    • profile image

      Navi 

      18 months ago

      Audio technica is better and clear sound quality ...than other...

    • profile image

      Nayanabh 

      18 months ago

      This author is definitely not an audiophile.

      I agree with your decision to include Bose at the top of the list, however they are pretty expensive.

      The other brands are just hugely marketable companies and hence people like this author knows only about them.

      I would advice people to look into brands like RHA and Soundmagic. They offer great earphones at a decent price. And they are made by serious audiophiles.

    • profile image

      janaki 

      19 months ago

      what about creative..?

    • profile image

      Tariro Vito 

      19 months ago

      What about Shure

    • profile image

      jf 

      19 months ago

      Which brand is the best

    • profile image

      amar bennur 

      21 months ago

      jbl and sennhiser

    • profile image

      Aritra 

      21 months ago

      I think Sony is the best now..i love sony..Its the best headset brand..

    • profile image

      Emir 

      21 months ago

      so what about the marshall brand?

    • profile image

      Anonymous 

      21 months ago

      Where is audio technica. They are also one of the finest headphones manufacturer.

    • profile image

      plumbeaver 

      22 months ago

      What about Jabra?

    • profile image

      Rajeshkumar TAN 

      22 months ago

      I am Rajesh. I used many more brands like skull candy, sound magic, jbl, Sony, sennheiser. But I really love sennheiser headphones.

      It is expensive but that is not a matter here we talk about sound quality only.

      Not a loud sound. You are a lover of music means definitely choose sennheiser. Value for money and all headphones comes 2 years of warranty.

      Definitely you feel extreme and luxury sound quality.

      Only for music lovers.

      If you want loud music means choose skull candy.

      Simply you want quality sound and price range little bit low compares others means go for Sony.

      Low price and get a clear sound to invest to sound magic.

      Otherwise jbl is a good brand but can invest more than 3500rs means get a better sound.

      Bose is top level one. But that is not for middle level users. That is truly more expensive.

      Beats dr. Dre is expensive but that is best for beat sounds only. Like English songs. Lady gaga, arash etc..

      I feel

      1. Sennheiser

      2. Sony

      3. Jbl

      4. Beats dr. Dre

      5. Sound magic

      6. Skull candy

      Thank you...

    • profile image

      Wederdire 

      22 months ago

      Where's Shure?? Or Grado??

    • profile image

      Saur 

      23 months ago

      Nope - except sennheiser or probably to certain extent bose, all other brands mentioned above gimmick companies cheap products, easily selling in third world countries - India falls prey. One because good sound is not affordable for mass & there is no place where one can try products other than a fee cheap model mentioned above.

      Try Audio Technicia, Grado, AKG, Beyer Dynamics. For expensive brands B & O, B&W.

      There are some really cheap headphones/ ear pods giving equivalent to expensive names.

    • profile image

      subham 

      23 months ago

      senheiser is best

    • profile image

      Rip va Winkle 

      23 months ago

      Shure? Beyerdynamics?Grado? Ultrasone?. Except sennheiser, all the brand from this list is just famous and overprice. They are not for audiophiles or studios just for casual consumers.

    • profile image

      Kimodo 

      23 months ago

      How about Philips?

    • profile image

      First 

      2 years ago

      JBL Best!!!! great list

    • profile image

      Ashish 

      2 years ago

      what about Audio thecnica

    • profile image

      RonnieDP 

      2 years ago

      Where is Polk on this list? Their headphones are killer when it comes to clarity. Bose has the best NC hands down but when it comes to performance and clarity, Polk makes them look more like Skullcandy. Which BTW shouldn't be anywhere near this list.

    • profile image

      manoj 

      2 years ago

      then what about beats

    • profile image

      herehavemyopinion 

      2 years ago

      skullcandy are not sustainable. i bought mine and within 3 weeks they broke

    • profile image

      bikki 

      2 years ago

      Tekfusion twinwoofers, this s d best brand. Economical price, best sound quality and most reliable.

    • profile image

      elangok2oct@gmail.com 

      2 years ago

      Sennheiser is the best of all, not soo expensive, good performance nd built quality

    • faithshore profile imageAUTHOR

      faithshore 

      3 years ago

      @fayis: Pioneer and Panasonic are both very good brands. If you like them, go for them by all means. The only reason I didn't include them is because both the brands excel in making over-the-ear models, but not so much when it comes to earbuds. Panasonic mostly dominates the cheap market.

      @annon, boster: I am sorry that you had bad experience with Skullcandy. Yes, to some extent, I agree that the brand does not always make very durable products. Still, they provide great sound when you consider value for money.

    • profile image

      boster 

      3 years ago

      skull is very bad company

    • profile image

      annon 

      3 years ago

      i havent had a great experience with skull candy. my earphones soon after the purchase, probably a month from then, were faulty. first the left ear

    • profile image

      fayis 

      3 years ago

      what about pioneer and panasonic.......?????????

    • faithshore profile imageAUTHOR

      faithshore 

      3 years ago

      Hey Bob, yeah Skullcandy headphones are not the most expensive ones out there, true. But, the top models almost always provide excellent sound quality!

    • profile image

      Bob 

      3 years ago

      srsly, skullcandy?

    • faithshore profile imageAUTHOR

      faithshore 

      4 years ago

      That's a pretty good list!

    • profile image

      Shashank Bhardwaj 

      4 years ago

      For novices, this might help http://bitly.com/1n1IuJN

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, turbofuture.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://turbofuture.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)