Best of 2017: Headphones

Those looking for a new pair of headphones will have nothing to complain about in 2017. The choice is huge, because a few beautiful models have been added again this year. These headsets sounded like music to our ears the most this year!

Sony WH-1000XM2

Admittedly, the Sony WH-1000XM2 is quite pricey and we don't blame you if you don't have that much for a pair of headphones. But this headset scores simply excellent all-round. The wearing comfort is high and the battery life is long, while charging is also nice and fast.

The sound quality is enjoyable and audio purists are sure to appreciate the support for LDAC and aptX HD. The noise reduction also works out well, and it is handy that it automatically adjusts its degree to the ambient noise. If you are willing to pay the price, you will not regret your purchase.

Read the entire WH-1000XM2 review here.

Bowers & Wilkins PX

The Bowers & Wilkins PX also scores high this year in the same price range. In the first instance, sound quality is of course the most important, but a headset must also be comfortable. The memory foam that makes up the ear cups of these headphones is a hit in that regard.

Yet the PX also scores well in the audio field. "It's like being in the middle of the music", that's how our tester described it, with a slight emphasis on low tones. This model is equipped with active noise reduction, so that you are completely cut off from the outside world. By playing with different settings, you can still let some sound through if you want.

Read the full Bowers & Wilkins PX review here.

Also read: These are the best wireless over-ear headphones

Sony Hear.on Wireless NC

It was a good year for Sony in the headset field, because we were also positive about the Hear.on Wireless NC in 2017. It is nice that the headset is slightly cheaper than the above models, although not really cheap. Still, you could be in worse shape if you're looking for good wireless headphones with noise canceling.

The sound of this headset is very clear and should especially appeal to lovers of bass. Because as we are used to from Sony headphones, they are quite thick. For some genres that is very nice, for others less so. The battery life is positive. In our test period, we didn't have to charge a single time.

Read the entire Sony Hear.on Wireless NC review.

Sennheiser 4.50BTNC

In the case of headphones, cheap can sometimes be expensive. But it can also be done differently, as the 4.50BTNC headset from Sennheiser proves. You can get a wireless headset with noise canceling on board for a very reasonable price. It is also easy to store, for which a handy carrying bag is also included.

Read the entire Sennheiser 4.50BTNC review here.

Skullcandy Hesh 3

For even less money, the Skullcandy Hesh 3 is a good choice. The brand normally has clear supporters and opponents, especially because of the striking appearance that is not for everyone. But the Hesh 3 has a very minimalistic finish, and therefore appeals to a larger target group.

Of course, the audio quality does not come close to much more expensive counterparts, but it is not disappointing in this price range. And the battery life is also excellent at 22 hours. If you don't want to spend too much on a headset, then definitely consider the Hesh 3.

Read the entire Skullcandy Hesh 3 here.

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