You love your music. You’ve got a thick wad of cash to spend on a pair of top-quality headphones, yet there’s a whole throng of them clamoring for your money. What do you do? Which one to pick? Decisions, decisions.
I can’t pick just one for you as there’s always going to be some variation in what people want, but I did pick five of the latest and best headphones under $400 that you can buy, today.
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Optimized for Apple devices, as well as a separate model for Android devices, the Bose QuietComfort does an excellent job of drowning out noise from the outside world, so you’ll never need to listen to a boring colleague again! Just nod and smile at regular intervals.
The QuietComfort also comes with an inline microphone and remote which is really handy for taking calls or listening to music.
The audio itself is outstanding, and with the significant noise reduction, it makes listening easier than ever.
- Inline microphone + remote
- Optimized for iPhones/iPods/iPads
- Compatible with most Android and Windows devices
- Significant noise reduction
- Great-sounding audio
Whatever device you want to use, the Bose QuietComfort is probably compatible with it.
As you’d expect from the name, they’re comfortable to use and extensively reduce unwanted outside noise. Just don’t forget to look up now and then!
You’d expect to see a Beats headphone in a “recommended” list, and this article is no different.
Featuring the exceptional audio that you’d expect from Beats, there’s also some excellent features like the 30ft Bluetooth range which allow you to take your music with you, even if you stupidly forgot your device.
The adaptive noise canceling stops your music being interfered with and the built-in mic lets you call all your friends to brag about your new Beats.
- 30ft Bluetooth range
- Adaptive noise canceling
- Unique Beats audio
- Built-in microphone
- 12-hour battery life
The wireless range is really good for these Beats, and the 12-hour battery life will last you a lengthy amount of time before you finally have to sleep and recharge it. The sound is great, and they’re very stylish and comfortable.
Sennheiser has set out to please even the most ardent Audiophiles with their HD 598s.
It can be hard to please that particular crowd, but after receiving numerous nasty emails from them, Sennheiser has finally managed it.
The 598s are compatible with most devices so no matter what you want to use them for, you’ll get excellent quality sound from them.
Two cables are included with varying lengths to match your activities and a 2-year warranty just to ensure you get your money’s worth.
- Veritable audiophile-grade
- Compatible with most devices
- 2 cables included (3m and 1.2m)
- 2-Year warranty included
- Elegant ear cushions
Sennheiser has really gone upmarket with the 598s, and the elegant ear cushions are the icing on the cake (mmmm, cake). They’re comfy on the ears, and the sound is excellent.
The Crossfade M-100 from V-MODA combines its dual-diaphragm drivers that enhance the audio together with a rich, deep bass that makes listening to music pure joy (unless a Spice Girls track is playing, obviously).
Poured over by audiophiles and industry editors, V-MODA has put significant time and effort into creating the best audio experience that they can.
It also comes with its own compact carry case so you can treat it with the kid-gloves that it deserves.
- Deep bass
- Dual-diaphragm drivers enhance audio
- Ultra-compact carrying case
- Tuned by industry editors
This is a great headset that does a decent job at keeping ambient noise out while delivering superb audio like you’ve (probably) never heard it before.
With the AKG Q 701 Quincy Jones Headphones you might forget you’re wearing them, until you take a shower and get them all broken and wet. They’re very lightweight due to the minimalist design, and they’re very comfortable because of the 3D-form ear pads.
There’s also bi-wiring which delivers the audio via a high-performance cable that ensures there’s a minimum loss in quality from your device to your ears. Then, the two-layer diaphragm works its magic and increases the quality even more.
All in all, these are some of the best headphones under $400 that you can get, and that’s a hard recommendation for me to make.
- Two-layer diaphragm
- Neodymium magnets deliver top-quality performance
- Very comfortable 3D-form ear pads
The Quincy Jones Signature Headphones are a very high-end set of headphones (only the best for Quincy!), and the reason is all the top technology that AKG have incorporated into them. If there’s a downside, it’s that the color is lime green.
Now that I’ve covered those five excellent headphones, it’s time to start enjoying what they can bring. You expect a lot for the price tag and these five definitely deliver. Prepare to empty your bank account and live the music!