Now that 2013 is almost over, it makes audiophiles wonder what the best over ear headphones for 2014 are. There’s no doubt about it that this type of headphones is preferred over the smaller versions mainly because of that big spacious sound that can provide users with the utmost musical experience that can’t be matched by ear buds, in-ear, and on-ear headphones. And this is especially true for those who are after bass sounds and noise-isolation features.
Listed below are some of the important qualities that are important for over-ear headsets. We have also compiled some of the best brands and models that can represent this line of headphones for the year 2014.
Color and Design
As we all know, over the ear headphones are VERY noticeable. So you might as well pick a unit that you would be proud to wear over your head whether you are at home, in a club, or any public place. By making sure that your headphone’s design fits well with your line of work, lifestyle, and personality, you will never feel the need to get another set.
Foldable or Not Foldable
Over ear headphones can be really big and heavy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that these can’t be portable. If portability is important to you as when you are always transporting the headset between gigs or connecting it to your mobile devices, the folding feature can prove to be very useful. There are even those that come with stylish carrying cases.
Sound quality is high priority in all types of headphones. For the over-the-ear types, it is recommended to look for those that have 50mm drivers as these can deliver great sounds without distortion. And of course, the overall design and foam used on the cans will also contribute to the output of sound as well as its efficiency in isolating noise.
Choosing over ear headphones that are lightweight can be deemed practical in order to make sure that you feel comfortable using it. A heavy headset can give you neck, shoulder, and even back pain; and such an uncomfortable setting will affect your musical experience.
Audio Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
As one of our top choices for 2014, the Audio Technica-M50 comes with unsurpassed audio quality that’s suitable even for mixing and recording sessions. It can be used for normal listening to music too, since it can provide users with detailed and crisp highs, mids, and lows. The well-padded headband and cushioned cans also ensure comfort even when used for long hours; and noise can be effectively isolated too. It also comes with a 1 year warranty, which is good. And it’s currently available in 3 colors (black, white, and red) so you can choose the one that’s most appealing to you.
Numark Red Wave Professional Over Ear DJ Headphones
Proudly made by DJs for fellow DJs, the Numark Red Wave model is a professional set of headphones that can be afforded by all types of users. The closed-cup design enables it to effectively isolate background noise; and its 50mm drivers allow it to deliver undistorted sounds. It also comes in a collapsible design, so it can be considered portable even if it’s quite big when unfolded. And transportation is made easy too, since it comes with its own carrying pouch.
Skullcandy Hesh 2.0 Over-Ear Headphones with Mic
The Skullcandy Hesh model of over-ear headphones made it in our best headphones for 2014 because of its affordability, design, and practicality. Equipped with 50mm drivers, you can expect great sound quality from this unit whether you are into pop, dance, rap, or rock music. It can also satisfy bass lovers who are always looking for that distinctive sound. Even the manufacturers are so confident of their product that they are backing it up with a lifetime warranty. And if you are particular with your headphone’s design and appearance, you will be glad to know that there are a lot of choices when you go with this model (black, white, gray, blue, maroon, purple, multi-color, etc.). The only thing we don’t like about this item is that it’s not foldable; and it doesn’t come with a carrying case too.
V-MODA Crossfade LP Over-Ear Headphones
The V-MODA Crossfade series has been around for a while. But we are including it in our top over-ear headphones for 2014 because we believe it is still one of the best sets of headphones that have ever invaded the market. Year in and year out, music fans are always patronizing this unit; and it will obviously continue to dominate headphones sales even in 2014. It produces great sounds as it comes with 50mm drivers and it looks stylish too. As for comfort, it is also known as one of those units that can be worn for a long time since it’s lightweight and comfortable on the ears. This can be attributed to the Memory cushions on the cans, which can also enhance its noise isolating feature.
Beats Studio Over-the-Ear Headphones (New Release)
The updated model of Beats Studio is far better than the older version as it is noticeably lighter and more comfortable. Sound-wise, it is also more impressive because it produces a balanced audio output which is an improvement from the previous release. While the iconic bass is still there, this has been toned down to eliminate the muddy effects that have been associated with the old Studio version. Another enhancement that’s worth mentioning is its built-in rechargeable batteries; and it can last for up to 20 hours too. Although it is more expensive than other brands and models of headphones, its many outstanding features and stylish design more than make up for it. And with a very efficient noise-cancelling feature, you can use it for music, movies, and even games. It can really be considered an all-around set of headphones; and you can choose from 3 different colors (black, red, and white) to match your personality and style.
Choosing the Best Over Ear Headphone for 2014
We all know that big music fans will only be satisfied with the sounds that a set of over ear headphones can provide. It makes up for the bulk, weight, and appearance as the sound output is the ultimate test of a headphone’s usability. With the headsets that we have presented here, we are sure that you will be rockin’ on and partying your way to 2014 and beyond.