Santa will soon be here bearing gifts for all the people who’ve been good this year. Many of people will be hoping he leaves a pair of quality headphones in their stocking to impress their friends and enjoy their favourite music in best audiophile grade quality as possible.
Whether you’re buying headphones for yourself, your kids or friends, knowing which pair to buy has never been harder. There are seemingly hundreds to choose from, at different price ranges and with completely different set of features depending on when they’re going to be worn.
So to help simplify this difficult decision for you, we’ve down a rundown of what we consider to be the 11 best headphones for Christmas in every category:
Best for Commuters: Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones
Definitely a favorite pair of cans for commuters who want to listen to their favorite music or videos in peace. The Bose QuietComfort 3s are the latest in its line of noise cancelling headphones. Along with packing in the latest noise cancelation technology, these are very comfy to wear for hours at a time. Perfect for even the longest train ride.
BEST FOR YOUNG GIRLS – Urbanz Vibe Lightweight On-Ear Headphones
These cute On Ear headphones come in two different colors – pink and white, blue and red or green and blue. If you’ve a young daughter or niece they’re bond to be delighted to find a pair of Urbanz Vibe headphones in their stocking on Christmas morning.
BEST FOR YOUNG BOYS – Blue and yellow and plastered with Moshi Monsters
Your little gremlins will love these Moshi Monster headphones. Compatible with MP3 players, computer tablets and game consoles, the benefit for you is that you’ll be able to listen to your Christmas album in peace without being despaired by your kids playing the new video game they got from Santa.
BEST FOR SMALL CHILDREN – JVC HA-KD10 Kids Headphones with Sound Limiter
Don’t let your youngest children feel left out when they see their big brother and sister enjoying their new set of headphones. The JVC HA-KD10 headphones are perfect for young children because of their compact size and limitation on how loud they can be played.
BEST FOR LABEL CONSCIOUS TEENAGERS – Beats by Dr. Dre Solo2 HD Headphones
Beats have literally grown into a ‘monster’, accounting for about 70% of the headphones market. It seems most people are only happy with the Beats logo adorning their headphones, no doubt encouraged by all the celebrities and sports stars seen wearing them.
Beats have been the best selling headphones brand ever since their launch in 2008. The Beats by Dr Dre Solo2 HD headphones are their newest addition, offering trademark sleek design and super durable, flexible materials. So they’re built to survive the wear and tear a teenager can throw at them. So when choosing the best headphones for teenagers, you cant go wrong wrapping up a pair of Beats this for Christmas.
BEST FOR SPORT LOVERS – Monster iSport Intensity In-Ear Headphones with ControlTalk
The Monster iSport earphones offer the ultimate in comfort and sound for sports lovers. You can work though even the most rigorous routine in the gym without having to worry about these headphone slipping off. The iSport patented sport clips and sound-isolating ear tips provide a secure, customized fit that won’t shake off or deteriorate from sweat. This means they are also safe for outdoor sports like running and biking, with the sound channel designed to seal in music while letting in traffic noise for ensuring wearers can run in safety.
BEST FOR AUDIOPHILES – AKG K3003i In-Ear Headphones
Yes, these are expensive, at a shave under 1000 quid. But if you need to surprise someone who demands the best then these are sure to please.
The AKG K3003i are premium in-ear headphones, made with premium quality materials and exceptional quality testing in Vienna. In fact, these set a new benchmark in technology and construction for in-ear headphones few can compete with.
Part of the reason for the high price is because each earpiece is made up of three different units. The first one is for high frequency sounds, the 2nd one is for mid-frequency and the last one for bass. It’s little details like this that set these apart, and make them the perfect Christmas cracker gift for even the most discerning of audiophiles.
BEST FOR FASHIONISTAS – Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Headphones with Mic/Remote
Crafted with luxurious lightweight, materials which includes stainless steels and soft alcantara, these are very attractive, stylish and comfortable to wear on your head. The Sennheiser Momentum on ear headphones also have an elegant supra-aural design which reduces background noise to a minimum, perfect for the commute. As you’d expect, the sound quality is awesome, further reinforcing Sennheiser’s reputation for quality and excellence.