The Most Stylish Headphones of 2016 (that sound amazing)

I’m not sure how good of an idea it is to use headphones as solely a fashion accessory, and I would hate to recommend anything that sounds bad, so here I am with a quick overview of the top (well, my top) 5 headphones for stylin’. I don’t think many people purposely go out of their way to buy sexy headphones, so in this list I will still prioritize sound quality before fashion.

These are the best fashionable headphones I’ve heard and have personally owned.

B Tier

Bose QuietComfort 35

Here for the current Amazon price.

stylish headphones

  • newly released as of June 2016
  • newest bluetooth technology means that it will last forever on a single charge (okay not quite forever)
  • possibly the most neutral-sounding headphones I’ve heard from Bose/Monster which may not say too much, but I assure you they do sound incredible with only a small bass bump
  • extremely portable—easily the most portable of the bunch
  • in my opinion, very, very stylish

A Tier

Audio Technica M50X

Here for the current amazon price.

most stylish headphones m50x

  • removable cable
  • 2nd most portable
  • doesn’t need a headphone amp to sound good
  • pretty fashionable in my opinion

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro

Here for the current amazon price.

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro stylish headphones

  • higher sound quality than the audio technicas (personal opinion)
  • more comfortable (the M50X gets hot)
  • benefits from an amp but doesn’t need one
  • perhaps a little retro looking compared to the M50X, but IMO pretty good looking on my head. Would not recommend for carrying around, but it looks awesome while recording in the studio.

Beyerdynamic DT880 250 0hm version

Here for the current amazon price.

Beyerdynamic DT880 stylish headphones

  • open back means the bass is super god-like and natural sounding (better than the above two in my opinion)
  • requires amp—does not sound nearly as good without one
    much more balanced sound compared to the above two
  • perhaps a little retro looking compared to the M50X, but IMO pretty good looking on my head. Would not recommend for carrying around, but it looks awesome while recording in the studio.

S Tier

Beyerdynamic DT1990 Pro

Here for the current amazon price.

DT 1990 Pro stylish headphones

  • came out in August 2016, equipped with Beyerdynamic’s latest tesla 2.0 drivers, which are absolutely incredible
  • one of the best headphones I have heard period (I’ve heard the Sennheiser HD800 and several other headphones costing $1k+)
  • sounds phenomenal with an amp, but totally forgot to try without an amp, but I assume it needs a lot of power
  • did I mention how all Beyerdynamic headphones look the same?
  • Would not recommend for carrying around, because if anyone recognizes it you’ll get mugged.

If you’re interested in reading more about the above Beyerdynamic DT1990, I have written an extensive review here.

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