The 20 Best Headphone Brands (According to You) + New 2018 Poll

Vote for the best headphone brands!

What are the best headphone brands according to your vote?

Last year we hosted a poll of all the headphone brands and let you vote for your favorite.

We asked you what the best brand is (we let you vote for 1 year) and below are the results.

Moreover, we put together a list of all the popular headphone brands (61) in a new poll for you to vote on.

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The best way to determine what the best brands are is to ask you, the users of headphones.

The 20 Best Headphone Brands

(as voted by you in 2017)

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

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

#1 Sennheiser

Sennheiser logo

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 like the HD201 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.

#2 Bose

Bose logo

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-cancelling 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 are ANC and Bluetooth headphones 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.

#3 RHA Technologies

RHA logo

RHA Technologies is a company headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland. It’s not as well-known as the big companies like Sennheiser, Sony and, Audio-Technica but offers very competitive headphones.

They’re best known for making classy metal in-ear headphones. The most popular is probably RHA MA750. Their innovative design makes them stand out from the competition. Interestingly enough, at the moment they only make in-ear monitors and have no over-ear or on-ear headphones on offer.

Nonetheless, RHA’s craftsmanship of beautiful design and great sound quality can be yours for as little as $30 (at the moment of writing this). But prices can range up to under $200 for more high-end earphones.

Related: RHA T10i earbuds review.

#4 Audio-Technica

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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.

#5 Beyerdynamic

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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).

#6 JBL

JBL logo

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 absolutely 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 hundred dollars.

#7 Skullcandy

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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 headphones with lots of bass and volume (can get really loud). This makes them really 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.

#8 Sony

Sony logo

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 offer usually well-made products with a good user experience.



V-Moda is headquartered in California, USA. It was established in 2004 as a small family-owned business. But in 2016, a Japanese company (Roland Corporation) bought a majority stake in the company.

V-Moda’s best-known headphones are definitely the over-ear Crossfade M-100. While they don’t offer as many different headphones as some other companies they’re all well-designed with a premium feel.

Generally, the prices are slightly higher since most of their products have an entry-level premium reputation.

#10 Grado Labs

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Grado was founded in 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Their headquarters are in the same city. It was founded as a family business and it stayed like that until this day.

They offer great, high-end (some hand-crafted) headphones. Most of them with an open-back design. Additionally, they also make premium cartridges for turntables.

Their products range in higher priced products and have a premium renown with a classic design.


The rest from 10-20 (according to your vote in 2017).

#11 HiFiMAN Electronics

#12 JLab Audio

#13 Marshall

#14 Shure

#15 Beats

#16 AKG Acoustics

#17 Asus

#18 Bowers & Wilkins

#19 Denon

#20 Klipsch Audio Technologies

New 2018 Poll

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

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 headphone 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.

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

How do I vote?

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

Thank you for voting!

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What’s the best headphone brand according to you? Scroll down to see all options.

There are 61 headphone brands to choose from, in random order. It’s an annual poll. Thanks for voting.

1 vote per person. If you only want to see results scroll to the bottom and click “see the results”.


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