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20 Best Headphone Brands (According to You) + New 2022 Poll

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These are the best headphone brands according to the popular vote.

Every year we run an annual poll asking you: “What is the best headphone brand?”

Here are the results (see “jump to” links below).

Also, don’t forget to vote in the new poll yourself.

Best Headphone Brands

Find out which headphone brands were picked as the best last year according to visitor votes (your votes).

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Quick Results of Last Year Vote

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The Best Headphone Brands: Rankings

Quick Results of Last Year Vote

What’s the Best Headphone Brand? – New 2022 Poll

Did you ever wonder what the best headphone brands (according to the popular vote) are?

We did, and because we couldn’t find a good source or poll done by others, we created one ourselves.

We listed all the well known and even some less known headphones brands for you to vote on. Keep in mind these are not all the headphone brands since there are many more, but we made our best effort to put in the more popular brands (still quite a long list).

If you think we forgot to include any, please let us know in the comments or contact us directly.

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The Best Headphone Brands Poll

  • There are 61 headphone brands to choose from, in random order.
  • It’s an annual poll. 1 vote per person.
  • If you only want to see results scroll to the bottom and click “see the results.” Thanks for voting.

How do I vote?

  1. Select your favorite brand by clicking on the circle before the name.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the poll list.
  3. Click on the “Vote” button.
  4. Done!

Do you want us to add “What’s the worst headphone brand poll”? Let us know in the comments.

The 20 Best Headphone Brands

(as voted by you last year)

We held a poll for a whole year and here are the results.

Over 5000 votes. Randomized order of answers, so each brand has equal chances.

Here are the top 10 best headphone brands. From 1-10.

#1 Sennheiser

Sennheiser logo

Same position as last year

According to your vote last year Sennheiser is the best headphone brand. This German company founded in 1945 with headquarters in Wedemark offers a wide range of audio products.

You can find affordable headphones that offer great value for money, consumer wireless headphones but also the most expensive headphones ever created; the Sennheiser Orpheus (priced at $55.000).

Additionally, they offer different kinds of headphones for all tastes and price points. Compared to other companies their products usually come with a slightly higher price and relatively balanced sound quality.

Best Sennheiser headphones

#2 Sony

Sony logo

1 position up from last year

Sony Corporation is probably the biggest company voted into this list (according to revenue). They are the best known Japanese company, headquartered in Konan, Minato, Tokyo. It was founded in 1946.

They create a lot of different products, from video games, consumer electronics (including headphones), movies, to offering financial services. Sony is known for many great headphones and achieved global popularity. They are the ones who introduced portable cassette players, Sony Walkman, to the masses.

You can find affordable and more expensive, premium headphones from Sony. And overall, they usually offer well-made products with good user experience and sound quality.

Best Sony headphones

#3 JBL

JBL logo

1 position down from last year

JBL was an American company founded in 1946. It got acquired by Harman International Industries which was bought by Samsung. Technically, it’s in Korean hands today.

While it’s not a big maker of headphones, they do offer some very competitive wireless headphones. At the same time, they dominate the Bluetooth speaker market and are one of the biggest players.

They offer products for all prices. From very low, budget oriented products ($10-$20) to more expensive products for a couple of hundred dollars.

 #4 Bose

Bose logo

Same position as last year

Bose Corporation is probably the best known American audio company. It was founded in 1964 and has its headquarters in Framingham, Massachusetts. They are the best at making active noise cancelling headphones (great at removing background noise).

Their noise canceling technology is the best-in-class as demonstrated by their popular QuietComfort headphones. They don’t offer as many different models as some of the bigger companies but are well-known and liked by many.

Because most models have active noise cancellation they cost more. The price range of their products is higher than average, so you have to be willing to pay a bit more if you want Bose.

Best Bose headphones

#5 Audio-Technica

Audio-Technica logo

1 position up from last year

Audio-Technica is a well-known Japanese company founded in 1962. Their headquarters are in Machida, Tokyo. They offer a wide range of headphones (over-ear, on-ear, and in-ear) as well as other audio equipment like microphones and turntables.

One of their most popular models is Audio-Technica ATH-M50X which are professional monitor headphones with great sound for under $200. They’re most known for over-ear open-back headphones that have substantially better soundstage from the competition.

Generally, you can get Audio-Technica headphones for as low as $10 though most of their models range in $30-$300 range. Here’s Audio-Technica ATH-M40x review. Additionally, they also make reference headphones like the ADX5000 with superb sound quality for experts.

#6 Skullcandy

Skullcandy logo

1 position down from last year

Skullcandy is one of the youngest players on the market. It was established in 2003 in Utah, United States. Its headquarters are in Park City, Utah. While they are new to making headphones they have created some great products.

They are best known for making cheap, affordable bass headphones with lots of volume. It makes them popular with younger generations.

Additionally, they are very competitively priced (cheaper than average). You can get a pair of headphones for under $20, and most of their products cost less than a $100. This makes it easy to understand how they’ve become so popular in such a short time.

Best Skullcandy headphones

#7 Jabra

Jabra Elite 75t

New in the top 10

Jabra is a well-known Danish company that makes excellent true wireless earbuds, like the Jabra Elite Active 75t.

They mostly focus on premium and midtier headphones that come with the latest technology and lots of extra features in their app.

Nowadays they are getting a lot of competition from other brands who offer similar technology for less. But their brand recognition keeps them popular among many.

#8 Beats by Dre

Beats by Dre logo

1 position down from last year

A well-known brand now in Apple‘s hands offers popular wired and wireless headphones with emphasized bass. They specialize in bass-heavy cans that provide a lot of boom.

Their price range is in the higher brackets, and their headphones easily reach over $200. Also, many consider them a fashion statement due to their sleek and unmistakable design.

Best Beats headphones

#9 Beyerdynamic

Beyerdynamic logo

1 position up from last year

Beyerdynamic is a small German company established in 1924. It has been family owned since its inception. The headquarters are currently in Heilbronn which is a small town in the south.

Nonetheless, they are most known for professional high-end headphones with great audio quality. The most popular model being DT 770 PRO which are great over-ear headphones.

Generally, the price range is above average starting at $50 for their in-ear headphones followed by more expensive headphones up to around $1000 (T1 model).

#10 Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live pocket size

New in the top 10

Samsung is a major South Korean conglomerate that dominates many technologies and also dabbles in headphones. Their true wireless

Buds earbuds like Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are extremely popular.

Generally, you can find most of their headphones in a mid-tier consumer price range that’s the sweet spot for most buyers.

For cheaper options, see the best headphones under $100.

The Top Headphone Brands from #10-20

The rest from 10-20 (according to your vote last year).

#11 Bang & Olufsen (-1 position)

#12 AKG Acoustics (-4 positions)

#13 Apple (+2 positions)

#14 Xiaomi (sam position)

#15 Philips (+1 position)

#16 Edifier (new in top 20)

#17 Marshall (-4 positions)

#18 Bowers & Wilkins (new in top 20)

#19 Shure (+1 position)

#20 HiFiMan Electronics (new in top 20)

Brands dropped from top 20:

  • Razer
  • HyperX
  • Harman Kardon

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