Best High-Definition Headphones for iPhone & iPod

03.30.12 |  Category: Accessories |  Author:
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As you probably noticed these days, more and more hipsters are wearing massive headphones on the street to listen to their iPhone

Interested by this new trend, obviously brewed by advertising / marketing specialists to make you spend some extra bucks, we felt the need to have a closer look at what's available out there and put things in perspective between show-off looks and authentic sound quality

As music lovers, we did not worry much about esthetic considerations, but instead focused mainly on acoustic performance, comfort and price

We tested these models on our own iPod / iPhone with no consideration for their performance with high end hi-fi systems, as the purpose of this test is definitely to figure out which headphones perform best with iPhone, iPod and mp3 songs

Sorted by best results

Grado SR 60X
Best iPhone Headphones Grado SR 60X

Definitely our winner!


Amazing sound quality for the price
Considered as the best headphones under $100 by many
Relatively lightweight


You got to like its looks, we do


Audio-Technica ATH-M50X
Best iPhone Headphones Audio Technica ATH-M50X

We've had a hard time deciding between the Grado SR 60X and these amazing headphones!
It's really up to you and to your personal preference


Awesome sound quality at a still reasonable price
Sumptuous basses
Good looking
Very comfortable


Relatively weak sound, but nothing serious



Sennheiser HD 25-1 II
Best iPhone Headphones Sennheiser HD 25-1 II


A legend in the world of studio recording
Pleasantly lightweight for street listening
Virtually unbreakable and designed to be easily repaired
Exceptional sound quality
Extreme sound isolation


Can become uncomfortable after a while due to the tight pressure for noise cancellation
Pretty odd look
Very powerful bass can justify some EQ fine tuning



Sennheiser HD 650
Best iPhone Headphones Sennheiser HD 650


Go for these headphones if you are looking for a smooth sound with loads of details





Denon AH-D2000
Best iPhone Headphones Denon AH-D2000


Great isolation
Good looking


Relatively heavy and bulky



Sennheiser HD 600
Best iPhone Headphones Sennheiser HD 600


Nearly the same sound quality as the 650 for $100 less


Less smooth sound than its big brother though



AKG K 701
Best iPhone Headphones AKG K 701


Outstanding sound definition
Exceptional precision
Worth some hundreds of bucks more


You got to cope with its looks when strolling down the streets
More targeted to high end listeners than to mp3 players



AKG K 702
Best iPhone Headphones AKG K 702


Very close quality to the 701
Fantastic details throughout all the audio spectrum


A bit too massive and bulky for street listening
Hard to appreciate the quality of such cans with mp3 files



Shure SRH440
Best iPhone Headphones Shure SRH440


Phenomenal sound quality for the price
Very comfortable
Well built
Easily foldable


Relatively heavy



Sennheiser PXC 250-II
Best iPhone Headphones Sennheiser PXC 250-II


Amazing sound quality for the price tag!
Lightweight and very comfortable
Convenient in-line volume control, easily foldable


A bit pricey for a relatively small model



All models introduced today are just stunning and only you can take the final decision based on your personal expectations: look, weight, sound preferences, budget, etc

We would definitely recommend both the Grado SR 60X and the Audio-Technica ATH-M50X for their exceptional overall performance, looks and reasonable weight and size

Plus, these two models received positive feedback from users wherever we looked on the Internet

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Mike Johnson

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