We all know the drill. At some point in time, you'll need to use headphones because your significant other, wife, kids, will be in bed sleeping while you'll be either working, relaxing, or browsing on your computer. I've found that using a decent pair of headphones is actually preferable to most computer speakers, especially if you use nice ones.
I've used many different pairs of headphones over the years, from DJ headphones from Sony, the MDR-700DJ, to Sennheiser headphones. Although many people enjoy wireless headphones, I prefer using wired ones as the sound is significantly better. It improves even further if you use USB or component headphones. While some people will take larger headphones out with them to listen to music, I prefer using in-ear headphones for this. Currently, I use a pair of Shure that have served me well.
There are headphones for every budget. You can easily spend $500 on headphones if you're not careful. While noise-canceling headphones are great if you frequent very noisy areas, I've found that using the right in-ear adapter will cancel out most of the noise without necessitating noise-canceling.
1. Acoustic Research ARW200 Surround Sound Headphones
These diminutive headphones don't look like much when you first open up the travel case, but they do deliver. To top things off, they are portable, which is nice. You can check out our complete test here.
2. Sony's New Old School Headphones
They are available in a variety of colors and designs, as well as a variety of different budgets.
3. Panasonic RP-HTX7 Headphones
Retro-looking at an unbeatable price make these headphones tough to beat.
4. Acoustic Research AWD209 Wireless Headphones
If you want to try wireless headphones, than these headphones from Acoustic Research are a good option. See how they hold up in our test lab.
5. Sennheiser HD650 Headphones
These headphones are considered by some the best in the world. Sennheiser makes some good headphones that are comfortable for a very long time. The high price is offset by a long durability and exceptional audio quality.