If you want to listen to music with the highest quality possible, then a pair of over-ear headphones is your best choice when stereo speakers aren’t just possible. The design of the over-ear headphones is what helps them provide the audio quality that is almost like you’re listening to music being rendered in a live performance. The only takeaway from this design is the fact that its bulky, and some people may find it cumbersome to carry around. But if you’re just somewhere, maybe at home, relaxing and casually listening to music, then this takeaway is not much of a problem.
We listed below a few of the best over-ear headphones that are under $500.
Best Over-Ear Headphones for Traveling
The PSB M4U 1 High Performance Over-Ear Headphones are, hands down, the most favorite among music lovers and audio professionals even if they have tough competitions in the market, especially the new releases. This is due to their having it all: sound quality, comfort, durability, and right price. “Fantastic” isn’t even enough to describe the audio quality that comes out of this pair of headphones. The sound that a great speaker produces is the same thing that you would hear from the PSB M4U 1. The highs are crystal clear. The lows are rich and deep but not overpowering the mids, which are crisp. This tonal balance is what gives music their vivid detail, in turn giving you that real-life audio experience: The instruments sound authentic and voices sound as though you’re right in front of the speaker/singer.
When it comes to comfort, this pair of over-ear headphones seems to fit in whatever head size the wearer has. The cans settle in snugly and securely even for long period of use. Its noise-cancellation ability does not disappoint either, as it is decent enough to let you be alone with your music when you’re in the subway or at the park full of people.
Best High-Quality Over-Ear Headphones
If disc jockeys trust it enough to wear it everywhere, it must be an exceptional pair of headphones. That is the case with the V-MODA Crossfade M-100. Besides its amazing comfort for long-wear use, robust construction, and stylish, appealing external appearance, its sound quality is hard to beat.
The headphone comes in three attractive colors: Matte Black Metal, dark gray that the company calls Shadow, and White Silver. We particularly love Shadow because of its red V-shaped details on the headband, but whatever color you choose would really look cool. There are no durability issues either with its strong steel frame and rigid plastic ear pads. As for its sound quality, this unit has a strong, deep bass, thanks to its response frequency that runs at 5-30 kHz. With its 50mm dual diaphragm driver, the bass is prevented from bleeding out into the mids and highs, resulting to a crisp blend of the frequencies.
Best Lightweight Over-Ear Headphones
The current fashion trends love to embrace the old days, just giving them a tiny bit of modern twist. Over-ear headphones are no exception as some models are geared toward the retro feel. One of our handful choices is the Panasonic Old School Stereo Headphone (RP-HTX7-P1). This model proves that quality and external appearance don’t have to be mutually exclusive. They can be together, like peanut and butter. Anyway, setting the corny line aside, Panasonic has really put almost all, if not all, of the things a woman could ask for in a headphone: comfort, sound quality, and that feminine style.
The headphone boast a neodymium magnet and large-diameter 40mm driver units, which allow for a crystal-clear and rich audio output. There’s a tonal balance all throughout the frequency ranges, making listening to music and other audios truly like-like. This Panasonic over-ear headphones come in eight color varities: black, blue, green, pink, red, white, cream, and a limited edition dark red with a Sheckler signature.