The Best Headphones of 2020 – A Simple Guide

Sony WH1000XM3

Headphones have been on the market for a long time now but their quality and range of choices has skyrocketed over the past few years. Today you can find headphones that fit all your needs, from business to sports and from music production to plain sound quality, for a reasonable price (most of the times).

In today’s list, we have compiled a selection of the best headphones of 2020. Here you are going to discover some of the market’s leading audio products, and brands like Sony, Sennheiser, and Focal. Here we go!

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Sony WH-1000XM3

Are you after the best noise-canceling headphones currently available? Then look no more. Sony’s WH-1000XM3 headphones are super comfortable and deliver a perfect sound quality for music lovers.

They have an up to 30 hours battery life with both Bluetooth and noise cancellation on, and if you quick charge them for only 10 minutes, they give you 5 hours of battery life, which is quite an accomplishment.

Their weight is just about 254 grams, and combined with its ergonomic headband design, can be worn for hours without discomfort.

You might find better alternatives when it comes to voice calls, in terms of how well can the other person hear you when you speak, but voice calling quality has definitely been improved from the previous WH-1000XM2 model.

And of course the noise cancellation these headphones provide is without doubt one of the best on the market. A great choice you will not regret, for a price that comes at around $300.

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Sony WF-1000XM3

Staying authentic to their big brother’s (Sony WH-1000XM3) noise canceling capabilities, minus the size, these awesome-looking and quality-sounding true wireless earbuds are going to become your urban pal.

Wherever you go, enjoy high quality sound without cables, truly wirelessly, and comfortably too. Sony’s ergonomic three-point fit and non-slip rubber nozzle design guarantees the comfort, while DSEE HX technology provides you with excellent and clear audio at all times.

Not as expensive as other earbuds of the same category, but still characterized as a premium product, WF-1000XM3s are made just for you. Just don’t go jogging with those, since they are not sweat-resistant. However, if you wish to exercise while listening to your favorite tunes, you might want to consider other alternatives.

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Sennheiser HD 450BT

Are you on a tight budget, but still want to enjoy the perks of noise cancellation and outstanding audio? Then Sennheiser HD 450BT are the headphones you are after!

They offer a well-balanced sound with an impressive bass and a battery that literally won’t let you down. Their connectivity is also great, thanks to Bluetooth 5.0 support, with additional zero latency or lag when playing games or watching videos on your phone due to the aptX Low Latency supported within the headphones.

A minor glitch is that although they are noise cancelling, they don’t block out every external noise (which is not always a bad thing, safety-speaking).

Another slight drawback concerns the overall headphones’s build. It just could be better for the money you pay. Still, though, the money you invest here is far less than what you would have given for leading Sony’s WH-1000XM3s.

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Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro

If you are a sound engineer who wants to have the best headphones on the market, then look no further. Beyerdynamic’s DT 1990 Pro are some of the best studio headphones available today.

The two sets of earbuds included in the set offer two different kinds of sound. Use the “A” earbuds for mastering and studio editing and “B”s for fun and enjoyment of a more bass focused experience. Expect to notice details in songs that you have never noticed before.

Since they are open-back, meaning that other people can hear what you hear, this pair of headphones is meant for home or studio use and not to be taken outside. This kind of design provides you with a deep sense of space as well. The soundstage is wide and has a good depth too, allowing you to precisely understand the location of each instrument playing.

The build is also excellent; solid, trustworthy and very comfortable at the same time.

The only minor drawback is its mids, which could be slightly better.

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Focal Stellia

This is one of the most luxurious pair of headphones you can find. With an absolutely brilliant audio that consists of a wide-open soundstage, a most accurate sound treatment and remarkable separation of the frequencies, expect nothing less than making all music genres sound incredible, while at the same time hearing details in songs you have never thought existed.

Their design is classy and showy, worthy of the amount of money you pay to acquire them. Dressed in cognac and mocha colors, with full-grain leather cups and woven cables, not to mention the matching carrying case that comes with the headphones, their looks will definitely blow your mind.

Focal Stellias might not be for you if you are not after luxury or want to keep things simple in terms of appearance. They are, after all, a luxury item.

So to make things simple for you, if you have $3000 to spare for the headphones of your lifetime, then the Focal Stellia is your choice.

Our Verdict

If it is the best headphones you are after, price included, then you should focus on Sony WH-1000XM3. If you want the best convenient-sized alternative, something that fits in your pocket and ears without occupying too much space, and without lacking in sound and design at the same time, then go after Sony WF-1000XM3. If you are on a tight budget but still wish to enjoy good quality sound along with noise cancellation, you are up to Sennheiser HD 450BT. If you are a professional who works at a studio, you know that Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro is the right choice. And finally, if you want the most incredible headphones money can buy, think no more and purchase Focal Stellia.

Thank you for reading this review. If you have any comments, feel free to leave them in the comment section below. We will be more than happy to reply!

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