Tablets and smartphones are often delivered with headphones, even earphones, but they are often lacking in comfort and above all do not offer enough to fully enjoy their music. The solution is to buy a real headphone, but which one to choose? Sure, there are satisfactory models for less than 100 euros, but if your budget allows it, we recommend you invest a little more. Without being ruined, the models offered around 200 euros offer a much better rendering.
Choosing the Right Headphone Size
The most important criterion in the choice of headphones concerns the size of the headphones. The small headphones reduce the size, which is convenient for transport, but the ear pads support, hence the name “supra aural”. The insulation is less good and the comfort is sometimes less when the pads are too hard. More bulky, “circum aural” models better isolate external noises because their pads completely surround the ear. It should be noted that the majority of helmets are of the “closed” type but that there are also “open” helmets. Their sound is also diffused outward which reduces the sense of confinement, but can disturb neighbors.
Apple Remote Control Cables
The manufacturers sometimes deliver with their helmets a carrying case or carrying case and, of course, provide at least one audio cable. On many models, it has a small remote control with one or more buttons, and a microphone. This allows you to control audio playback (pause, next and previous song, volume) and answer a phone call. Unfortunately, the majority of remotes are designed for Apple devices and do not always work with Android models. In particular, the volume control and song change functions become inoperative. Too bad that the majority of manufacturers do not deliver several cables, especially a conventional audio cable to connect the headphones to a computer or an audio player.
Here is the ranking of the 10 best headphones audio less than 200 euros according to the lab tests :
10. Noonec Zoro II wireless
The Australian manufacturer Noontec intends to walk on Beats’ beds by offering a portable Bluetooth headset with a modern design. Sold 180 euros (130 euros on some commercial sites), the Zoro II wireless offers good sound quality and especially excellent endurance. Its only weak point is its lack of isolation from external noise, which can be an advantage (we hear a car arrive) or a disadvantage (it is necessary to mount the volume to cover the noises) when used outdoors.
9. Skullcandy Aviator
The Skullcandy Aviator is a very good helmet that surpasses in quality some market tenors, with a clean sound, warm and rich in details. Other good points, it is nice to wear and has playback controls on the audio cable. As for its design with its famous skulls, it does not leave indifferent!
8. MTX Audio iX1
Best known for its audio equipment for the car, the American manufacturer MTX Audio also offers headphones. This iX1 offers a balanced sound for a reasonable price but lovers of big basses will not find their account. We appreciate its robustness even if it is to the detriment of comfort: it tightens the ears and its arch is not padded enough. Convenient, however, each earphone has an audio input.
7. Plantronics BackBeat Pro
The Plantronics headset works in corded, but also Bluetooth. It offers a powerful, detailed and good quality, with or without wire. In addition, its battery holds it for more than 34 hours. Its large circum-aural (ear-enclosing) headphones are a good size, well-padded and do not unnecessarily support the bones of the skull. Its active noise reduction fulfills its task well and a practical function allows to hear the outside without removing the helmet.
6. Sony MDR-1A
The MDR-1A is a headphone stamped hi-res , so suitable for high-definition audio, that is to say to the reproduction of the audio files 24bits / 96 kHz. It offers very good sound with good quality files but lacks just a bit of brilliance. However, it is enough to increase the treble to correct the problem. In addition, the helmet is comfortable thanks to its padded headphones that surround the ears well.
5. Focal Spirit One S
Focal’s Spirit One S is a large circum aural headphone with earphones that embrace your ears to provide a better immersion in the sound environment. In addition, it is comfortable to wear and does not heat the ears. The Spirit One S delivers a dynamic but neutral sound, which suits jazz and classical, but not electro. We also regret that the remote control is minimalist.
4. Philips Fidelio M1
The Fidelio M1 is a well designed headphone that plays the sobriety. The headband does not press too hard on the top of the skull and the headphones are comfortable, even if they keep a little warm after a few hours. On the sound side, the Fidelio M1 made a good impression. Its audio rendering is generally neutral, with however a small tip of bass. And above all, it really isolates very well ambient noises. Small flat, the absence of a second audio cable, standard type to connect the headphones to a computer or a Walkman and avoid the problems of false contacts.
3. Bowers & Wilkins P3
This P3 astonishes as much by its quality of manufacture as by the sound that it dispenses. Lightweight (130 g) and compact, it has a beautiful design and a flawless finish. The comfort is satisfactory but the P3 does not isolate enough external noise. On the other hand, it delivers a balanced sound with percussive bass. It comes with two audio cables, one with remote control for Apple devices. The cables connect to the earphone with a 2.5 mm jack.
2. Marshall Monitor
Rock fans, this helmet is for you! If only for its brand, known for its guitar amplifiers used by bands such as AC / DC. The audio quality is on the go, overall, with a powerful and warm sound. And if you want more treble, just remove two small circular filters present in the headphones (an easy task). We just reproach him for his lack of insulation and his arch a little too narrow.
1. Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear
The supra-aural version of the famous Momentum, this helmet has the merit of being more compact and less expensive than its elder. No doubt, this On-Ear delivers a sound quality. The dynamics is at the rendezvous and the specialization, overall just despite the small size of the speakers. The details, for their part, are not forgotten in the battle. One can only reproach him with favoring the mediums a little too much. We also appreciated the good comfort and the quality of manufacture.