Brand isn’t pledge of quality, nor is cost within brand name.
The Dr. Dre-certified ‘Beats’ headphones series are a fantastic instance of branding devoid of substance. They cost the earth and whilst the sound is generally top-quality, the equipment used are cheap plus the devices are normally very poorly built/assembled. If you ever disbelieve this, go and search the Amazon reviews, or simply type in ‘Dr. Dre Beats Headsets are Rubbish’ into Google. You’ll be astounded (you aren’t) at what comes up.
Industry leaders do not always offer the very best crop, so it’s with a heavy heart that We have to admit that any list of principal brands I could give you would be inherently misleading.
Actually, you will be far more happy if you create a list of your individual requirements, highlight the most important one and search from there. For instance, if you need a headset that you can use inside the gym or whilst jogging, I’d have to recommend a totally diverse pair than I might if you simply planned to look cool.
Personally, I find the Apple earphones that arrived with my iPod are at least adequate for my vital needs, but the very best headset I’ve ever used were a pair of Urbanista Copenhagen headphones that I reviewed for the website sometime last year. However, those headphones will be totally inappropriate for a few uses like jogging or running to grab a bus.
For some information about choosing the right pair, I visited Jamie Lendino’s PC Mag editorial, which was posted online earlier this year, the piece of writing is insightful and provides a inclusive run-down of what various kinds of earphones can do for you. Lendino says,
“Some people happily spend more than half a grand on a new tablet or portable media device with an estimated lifespan of around three years, yet the question we’re asked often is still, “What’s the cheapest pair of headphones I can buy that don’t completely suck?” Headphones, earbuds, and earphones (we’ll describe the difference between them in a bit) are generally viewed as the least essential link in the musical chain—the part you can easily skimp on. In reality, your headphones are the most important link in that chain: A quality pair has a larger impact than the player itself on how your tunes will sound. Also, if well cared for, they will long outlive your planned-to-be-obsolete tablet, phone, or MP3 player. And you don’t have to break the bank, either”.
Whitson Gordon, at ‘Life Hacker.com’, even offers an extremely helpful article along the same lines, which you’ll be able to read HERE.
So, to reiterate, brand names like Sennheiser or Shure might have sterling reputations (and the reputations are definitely well-deserved for a few of these products), but I strongly recommend being concerned more about the functioning, role and value of the earphones, than with what the emblem looks like.