If you are on this page it means you were looking for best headphones 2018. It's right that at the end of each year most of us usually upgrade their headphones to taste the new technology used in latest headphones.
But I would say headphones is not the field where things can be changed quickly. So most of the headphones in 2018 have a same old fashioned design with same old fashioned drivers.
You may see some old earphones as well on our list of best earbuds this is because we couldn't find any other earphones better than these. In these days headphones maker put extra money on the hype of their product instead of consuming that money on the quality of a product.
Bowers & Wilkins C5S2
If headphones have soft padded eartips, its cable is tangle free (if its wired), it is light in weight and its sound performance excatly meet our requirements then this headphones can be called quality headphones.
With this definition of quality headphones, we have tried to include only that pair of earbuds in our list which was able to fulfill our definition.
Our list of best earbuds 2018 have earphones in each range of price. So no matter if you are looking for expensive headphones or cheap headphones our list would give you a solid reason for the choice of that headphones.
Still, I would tell you to check following things carefully while buying any headphones.
1.If it is in your budget
Yes of course budget is the most important thing. It's true that expensive products have more quality than the cheaper ones but it is not a universal truth. No matter if you are looking for headphones under 50 or under 100 or expensive than that you have the right to check carefully.
In our list of best earphones, we have some cheap earbuds as well. All you need to do is read their review and decide whether to go for it or not.
2.If it has quality
I have already defined the word quality headphones above. So by the means of quality, you should check that headphones are comfortable enough to use for hours of listening to music. If yes then the second thing is it's wired or wireless.
If your headphone is wireless then Bluetooth connectivity also comes in the definition of quality. Recently Apple Airpods and beats X were launched. Both of these earbuds have W1 technology which means you can connect them to your Bluetooth device in a flash.
If this is wired earbuds then it should be tangle free and its jack should be durable. At the end of a quality explanation sound performance of earbuds comes. Which is a primary factor because basically, we need efficient sound quality.
All of the factors are compulsory if none of them is true then that earbuds are out from our list of headphones 2018.
3.If it is compatible with our device
The last thing is whether or not our desired earbuds compatible with our devices. Because most of the world is divided into iPhone and Andriod users. So headphones companies have started to launch the product for both types of users.
If any headphones have a letter "i" at the end of its name it means that headphones are for iPhone users.
Now you have all the weapons in your mind to check the quality of headphones. So Let's have a look at best headphones 2018. You can also check best cheap earbuds as well.
Klipsch XR8i is a combination of many different in-ear headphones you can say this is all in one in-ear headphone that so why these earbuds are called hybrid in-ear headphones.The company has improved its Reference series entirely. So for the bass enthusiasts and sound lovers, Xr8i is unabashedly best in-ear headphone.
Design and Features
Usually, the design of the earbuds are not much different but there are some technical things which should be discussed.First of all, I would love to talk about the presentation of the XR8i headphones.
These headphones are packed inside a box in a plastic cover.These earphones have a transparent cord of copper wires. The cable is completely tangled free. There is an in-line remote control on the left wire of the earbuds.You will also get 5 pairs of oval-shaped ear tips and a carrying case.
Its carrying case is just like a pocket purse which doesn't have any zipper. The ear tips are soft and comfortable enough that you will not feel any pain in your ears even listening for a long time.
Its brushed metal housing and black rubber surround with copper colored accents have made these headphones more stylish and attractive even in 2018. These in-ear headphones are available in black and white colors.There is also a clothing clip with these earbuds.
Its inline remote gives a complete control for playback, tracks navigation and volume controls.You can also attend incoming calls through this remote. There is also a mic on this remote.
Klipsch XR8i reference hybrid headphones have a boom performance on deep bass.We tested these earbuds on different tracks, there is not any kind of distortion even at high volume.
If a track has some high bass then these earbuds will produce much better quality bass. While listening tracks I found myself tapping my foot and bobbing my head with the awesome quality of the earbuds.
Overall the bass quality is powerful and well controlled at highs.The drivers of these earphones give a balanced response at all types of tracks.We are very impressed by the performance of these earphones.
Although these earphones have a noise isolation feature as well its ear tips are designed in a way that there is no need of active noise cancellation feature. But if you still use its noise cancellation feature it will consume more battery power.
The mic performance of these earphones is also mind blowing.These in-ear headphones are although made for iPhone users but Android users can also use these earphones.
The technology of the drivers used in these earphones has made them a little bit expensive. The company has overhyped these earphones.However, the overall quality and design of XR8i reference hybrid in-ear headphone are superb.
Well in my point of view Klipsch XR6i will be a much better choice in the low range of price.But for bass lovers, there are not any earbuds better than XR8i in the market.
2. Beyerdynamic DX 160 iE
How can be possible that we are talking about best headphones 2018 and did'not mention any Beyerdynamic headphones?.If you are looking for smooth, powerful and balanced sound than Beyerdynamic DX ie160 will do the job nicely.
Design and Features
As the first impression is the last impression and Beyerdynamic DX160 IE's first impression of design is an appealing trait.Its earpieces design is just like most of the Beyerdynamic signature style headphones. Its cylindrical earpieces are glossy and black and its curvature style shape just takes a slight push to be easily fitted in ears.
Its cable is tangle free and is very smooth. You can easily identify which earpiece is for your left or right ears with a subtly raised bump on its wire where the cord meets its earpieces. There is not any inline remote control or microphone which is very bad. You can also attach a Y-shaped splitter and can share your tunes with others at a time.
These fastidious earbuds have 7 pairs of ear tips and one pair of comply tips and a hard carrying case.Its ear tips are very soft and comfy. You will also get an extension cable of99 Cm.
The Beyerdynamic DX 160iE sound is very natural and distortion-free. Its inclination of balanced tone is slightly towards the low end. These earbuds never jeopardize its users from its high bumping bass quality.The quality of vocals is crystal clear.
We tested these earbuds with Pitbull bassy songs and these earbuds were spectacular. But for low-frequency input, these earbuds are slightly disappointing. Overall for these earbuds are comfortable and rich with sound quality.
The clarity of midrange is excellent but these earbuds are not best for treble clarity. These earbuds are average in performance.It has 10mm drivers with 47 ohms impedance rate.
Beyerdynamic has a stunning DX 160 IE in-ear headphones with solid sound performance and elegant design.But there are much more options in the market but if you are looking for affordable and stylish earphones than DX160 IE is a good choice.
Sennheiser IE80 is the flagship model of IE series. It's strong bass, fairly represented vocals, replaceable cable and tips and a wide soundstage for an IEM have made them our editors choice.
Design and Features
I have never seen such an impressive representation of earbuds ever. Sennheiser IE 80 comes in a brushed aluminum box which looks very sleek and stylish. Sennheiser IE80 has a plastic made buds with trio shades of silver and metallic brown on the back.Its design is similar just like its predecessors in an angular shape.
Sennheiser IE80 buds have been engineered with powerful neodyium dynamic drivers which have excellent bass and sound quality. The cable is coated with a plastic to overcome tangling. The ear-tips of these earbuds are very soft and comfy. The earbuds can be easily fitted in an ear and don't put extra pressure on ears.You will get three pairs of decent ear-tips.
The earbuds come with a carrying case having dry salt pads which can be replaceable. The purpose of the dry salt pads is to check the level of the humidity of the product when stored. The dry salt will help you to save these earbuds from sweat.
More in the box there will be a sound adjustment and cleaning tool. These earbuds have not any remote control but as the cable is replaceable so you can customize these earbuds as you want. As the name suggests you can adjust the sound from its sound adjustment tool. You will also get a clothing clip with these earbuds.
The neodymium dynamic drivers have excellent sound separation performance and clarity of vocals. When we tested these earbuds with the knifes "silent shout" and arcade fires ready to start we found the bass performance with rhythmic punchy drum sticks and a zingy guitar is superb.
These earbuds have excellent noise isolation performance and produce natural sound without any distortion even at high volume.So they may be little expensive but they are truly quality in-ear headphones in the market.
These earbuds are little expensive but they are fully optimised for iPhones, iPods, and others portable devices. So if you can not neglect the quality than Sennheiser IE80 is your deal.These earbuds have also 2 years warranty.
4. Shure SE315
Design and Features
The design of the SE315 is elegant and canal phone style which can be fitted in ears snugly and deeply. The figure of earpieces is contoured mold shaped which can sit inside the ears strongly.
The cord of these earbuds is made up of synthetic fiber of high tensile strength (Kevlar) which is durable but can also be replaced. You can easily put that wire inside your pockets and can easily pull out again with little tangling. The Shure SE315 is available in black and clear.
There is not any inline remote in these earbuds. Its cord is little heavy so while hanging the cord earpieces may come out of the ears. But you can buy a new cable as well with a clothing clip and inline remote control.
Inside the box, you will get a cleaning tool, a decent set of ear tips, a soft carrying case, and SE315 earbuds.There are 3 sets of silicone ear tips and 3 sets of foam ear tips so you can select the suitable ear tips for your ears. You will also get a set of triple-shaped ear tips which are also very soft and comfortable.
We tested these earbuds for 6 weeks and also have tested SE425 headphones both performed really well but SE425 is expensive so you can get the same music performance from SE315 at a low price. SE315 provides excellent balance and stellar sound quality in all genres of music.
We enjoyed tracks at high volume with its three-tiered ear tips which can easily block the ambient noise. The bass quality is deeply pure and is not overwhelming.
As for as its speakers quality concerns, these earbuds are amazingly superb and best for music enthusiasts. We have not noticed any kind of distortion in these earbuds.
Well on price side these earbuds are definitely demanding much more than they deserve because they are missing inline remote control and also a microphone. But on the quality of vocals and music side, these earbuds definitely deserve what they are demanding. But still, it's your choice you can get less expensive earbuds having same features i.e Sennheiser Momentum in-ear headphone.
If you are looking for the best and affordable in-ear headphone than XBA H1 will satisfy on multiple fronts. Although latest series of these in-ear canals are also available in the market XBA H1 is still much better.Its elegant design and strong performance have retained number one position for under 200 headphones in 2018.
Design and Features
This plastic and rubber made headphones have a subtle and sporty design with full of comforts.Its earpieces are made of shiny colored plastic that has the model name on it.Both earpieces have different colored marketing which clearly distinguishes between left and right earpiece.
The XBA H1 ear tips fit into the ears very snugly and are able to achieve the comfy and noise isolating level. There are four pairs of silicon ear tips and three pairs of foam ear tips. It's upon you if you will find the right combination of ear tips for your ears then these earbuds will block all the ambient noise coming from outside.
The XBA H1 has a multi (Red + black) color flat three-foot cable. Thanks to XBA H1 for saving us from twisted tight and swollen cable of headphones that most of us are familiar with. There is only one thing that is blunder disappointment that there is not any in-line remote control on these earbuds.
Sony XBA H1 has a powerful sound performance. It's a little bit hard just like wearing shoes to fit these ear-canals but after that, you will taste a real music sound from its top notch sound drivers.
Its hybrid drivers have crisp, responsive and excellent bass performance. The shape of the earpieces fits securely in ears that it starts working as noise cancellation earbuds. Due to the lack of inline remote control, you will have to keep your phone in hands all the time for tracks navigation. But for the computer users, these are suitable headphones.
Its dynamic drivers and balanced armature design and distortion free sound performance have made these earbuds our editors choice for 2018.
XBA h1 is developed with keeping in mind the musician's requirements. The inclusion of two types drivers in one earbud has made XBA H1 distinctive and invincible in-ear headphones.
It's true that lack of inline remote control means that these earbuds should not be so expensive. But if you are in a condition to spend few bucks than these earbuds will be a totally new and incredibly nuanced experience for you.
6.Bowers & Wilkins C5S2
The Bowers & Wilkins C5 S2 offers an excellent sound performance and customizable ear tips which are highly comfortable and secure fit with a rich and powerful bass response.
Design and Features
The C5 S2 is the latest version of the old C5 earphones but I have not experienced the old one. C5 S2 has an eye-catching industrial design which is completely black. The most attractive thing is its Metalic grille panel outside of the earpieces.
In its accessories, 4 pairs of silicone ear tips of different size are available which can be fitted securely in ears and are very comfortable. A tungsten weight is used in earpieces which help them to maintain the balance towards the ear for tight ear grips. The earpieces are in radius so that they can be fitted in ear tidily and compactly.
You will also get a half moon shaped carrying case with these earbuds and a remote control for Apple users with microphone for making calls. You can use its microphone with any phone but some of the functions of the remote will not work for Android and Windows phone users.
There are three buttons on the remote. The middle buttons have multiple functionalities as you can answer or end calls , play and pause music, tap multiple times for navigations of the tracks.The two side buttons are for volume up and down.
For the better performance of the sound, 9.2mm drivers are used in C5 S2 earbuds. For extreme sub bass songs these earbuds have a powerful response and even at high volume, there will be not any kind of distortion. We have not tested such a badass earbuds for high midrange bass ever.
These earbuds are not best only for bass but they are amazingly superb for low-frequency input. As most of the earphones start producing their own sound at low-frequency input but C5 S2 performance for clarity was pretty solid.
For example, while listening "it's too late to stop now" these earbuds made us feel like a live concert.Similarly, mic performance for calls or recordings is also awesome. We tested these earbuds personally and found that even your co-workers can not listen the leaking sound from these earbuds.Their solid earpieces fit so securely in your ears that the chance for sound leaking become minor.
Overall these earbuds will be the best choice under $200. But these earbuds are not everyone's cup of tea because their ear tips are not for everyone's ear. Because for some peoples, it may put a little pressure on ears but for me it was comfortable.
But it's natural sound performance and the powerful bass response has made this ear canals our editors choice.So if you are really looking for something special then nothing is special then C5 S2.
7. Focal Sphear
Focal Sphear is a result of three years struggle of the focal company and since from the debut, these headphones have a smashing start.
As this is the first ever earbuds of the focal company so maybe most of the people should be reluctant while buying Focal Sphear. But don't worry you can go for these in-ear headphones without any fear.
It's foppish and ostentatious look is well worthy.These in-ear headphones are light weighted and very comfortable to wear.
Design and Features
The most attractive thing is both inline remote and a mic is separately hidden in the logo and in the cable Y action respectively. These in-ear headphones are made of stainless steel which gives a solid and attractive look.The buds are of round shape which can easily be fitted in ears and are more secure.
Its single remote button has more than one functionality. You can answer calls, pause/play tracks and skip the track forward by tapping twice and backward by tapping thrice.
It's silicone ear tips are soft and replaceable. After opening the box you will get two sets of large, medium and small silicon ear tips and one set of foam ear tips with a carrying case. These headphones have 10.8 mm drivers and impedance is rated at 16 ohms.
I guarantee that once you will start listening to the Sphears you would not want to stop as they sound great.These headphones are noise isolating. We tested them in a crowdy area and they are much better than your typical noise canceling headphones.
The bass quality is powerful and ripe. As the expert says,"The bass is ripe and full, treble is pleasantly crisp, detailed and clear and midrange presence and body are exceptional." David Carnoy
Focal Sphear's drivers can handle the music of heavy guitar and attacking drums impressively.Its speakers produce a crinkle sound according to the ups and downs of the music and are suitable for all genres of the music.
Mic quality is also impressive, and the mic is not hanging around the neck it is just close to your jaws due to which a crystal clear communication can occur easily.
You can wear these headphones for a long time without experiencing fatigue. This is the best noise isolating in-ear headphones. Its excellent design and full-bodied sound have made this earbud our editors choice.
8. Jaybird Freedom
Jaybird X2 has received lots of negative views from the users.We personally tested X2 and found it a nuisance for the headphones lovers.
Now finally, the company has released Jaybird Freedom in-ear headphones with more advanced dynamic drivers and features.All the aspersion about the X2 has been revamped in jaybird freedom in-ear headphones.
The design of the Jaybird freedom is now a little bit sleeker and lighter than all the predecessors. Jaybird freedom headphone has regurgitated all the wireless headphones in the market.
Just like its predecessors, these earbuds are also available in black, blue, red and gold models. Its earpieces are made of metal but they also have a plastic layer as well and they are comma shaped with a cylinders end. The wire is about 14 inches long which is very smooth and thin.
The size of the inline remote is now a little bit bigger than the predecessors. These sweatproof Bluetooth earbuds have three buttons on its remote with a mic.
The company claims that Jaybird freedom can spend 4 hours with buds battery and an additional four hours with a charging clip. Yeah, an inside battery is also available with these headphones which can be used if the primary battery runs down.
Jaybird also has launched a new App for these headphones. The hardest thing was to find a correct match for ears, Although 6 pairs of ear tips are available with these earbuds I tried different combinations and after 20 to 25 minutes I found the correct match for my ears.
A micro USB port can be used for charging its internal battery and external battery clip at the same time.
A small carrying pouch is also available with these headphones where you can put your extra tips, ear-fins and clips. A set of shortens wires are also available with these earbuds but still, its wires remain hanging which should be adjusted in upcoming versions.
As for as its Bluetooth connectivity performance concerns these earbuds have Bluetooth 4.0 and can be connected to 8 devices at a time.
As compared to its predecessors Jaybird freedom is more thunderous in-ear headphones. We tested these in-ear headphones for different genres of music and their sound never stuttered.
One of the bad things is these earbuds were not able to perform well for deep bass. But it doesn't mean that they sound bad. These earbuds control the low mids and high of the vocals very impressively.
The Jaybird freedom headphones produce a punchy sound with guitar riffs and drum hits. You can also change the setting of equalizer with its Mysound App and can customize these earbuds according to your choice.
The performance of inline mic is also crystal clear. The mic of these in-ear headphones is such a badass. You can attend the calls by its inline remote control button and for the fast backward or forward navigation of tracks just push the volume buttons down.
To activate the Siri on iPhones hold the pause play button. According to experts
"I tested the new Jaybirds for several days last week, and I can recommend them. For $200, you’re unlikely to find a set of sporty Bluetooth earphones that are this small, sound this good, and have such solid wireless signal strength." Micheal Calore
Overall we found these headphones tighter and fit as compared to Jaybird X2. The sound performance is also much better. The one thing which will be cumbersome for you as well is to find the correct match of ear fins and ear tips for your ears.
But still, these earbuds are expensive you can get another in-ear headphone with the low range of price having same features.But if you are a fan of Jaybird company then Jaybird freedom is the best choice than any other headphones.
9. HiFiMan RE400
HiFiMan RE400 is successively maintaining its position in the ranking of most durable headphones 2018. The company got the award of honor in 2015 and in the same year RE400 was launched. Due to its stunning sound performance and light weight we couldn't find any other replacement in the list of best headphones 2018.
Specs and Design
The design of these earphones is very simple but decent. A double flange ear-tips are used with these earphones. Its drivers are covered with a plastic having silver backside for a better look. HifiMan RE400 comes with 8.5mm drivers having 32Ohms impedance.
The length of the cable is standard. A curvy like banana shape 3.5mm jack with gold plated colors is used with these earbuds. To make these earbuds sound better 15-22Khz frequency response is used with a sensitivity of 102db.
out of the box, you will get a pair of RE400 headphones with 8 different size ear tips. Although its original filter stickers are durable still 10 pairs of the sticker are available to protect its inner driver's layer. These earbuds will be packed in a basic zipped carrying case with some user manuals.
There is not any in-line remote control on these earbuds. The microphone is also not available so for listening to phone calls you may need an additional microphone.
Its cable is fully braided to make it tangle free till Y-splitter. We were really impressed by the cable surface of these earbuds because we were not expecting such quality of cable from earbuds under 50. Overall the design and specs of these earbuds are impressive and would be a good companion even in 2018.
You may find fault with the design of these earbuds but I can bet you will never ever be able to find any kind of ambiguity with the sound performance of these earbuds.
Yes the sound performance of HiFiMAN RE400 is really up to the mark. We tested these earbuds with the "despacito" song which is full of bass. The performance of these earbuds drivers was remarkable. Its drivers are little bassy and give a thumping sound with high vocals.
The balance between lows, mids, and highs is maintained beautifully. Apart from this, its ear-tips fits in the ear so tightly to isolate the sound. So we never noticed any kind of ambient noise even at a crowded area.
As experts say
Like many other small, lesser-known Chinese brands, HiFiMan has managed to spring a surprise with the RE-400 'Waterline' in-ears. Gadgets.ndtv.com
After reviewing these earbuds we ended up on the decision to include them in our list of headphones 2018. Because Hifiman Re400 are very cheap earbuds with a stunning sound performance which can even beat many expensive earbuds in the market.
10. Boss SoundSport
Bose introduced a wonderful set of earphones named as SoundSport Wireless earbuds. This a product has taken a great care for the audiophiles during workouts and music sessions as these are enough light weighted to get out on a journey plus supremely stereo to maintain a well-balanced music.
They are tightly fitted into the ear canals and don't fall while jogging/running, weight lifting, biking, and cycling but not recommended for the bikers and cyclists as they are not noise-canceling or noise-isolating due to which the air noise richly enters into the ears.
Design and Feature
Bose SoundSport is a well-crafted IEMs. As it is sponsored by the Bose, so, minds click automatically an elegance product. But most of the Bose's children headphones are not sleek looking and the SoundSport doesn't categorize like wise. After opening up box, it outdraws following specs;
Frankly speaking, the cans are extremely comfortable and tightly fitting into the ears. The winged-tips keep the buds in-place even during workouts and jogging activities.
I wore the cans and shook my head speedily but the headsets were like magnetizing my ears disapproving to get out of them.
For the runners, bikers, and cyclists, this is not the best choice as everything is listenable through its open-ended cups. But for the joggers and room restrictive individual, there is no better choice other than SoundSport in-ears.
Although these are not noise-canceling and noise-isolating, still the three different sized StayHear+Eartips fits into the ears the way permitting zero noise to get in. But the noise-cancellation is applicable only at the calm places where it is not populated areas.
The six-hour long battery life lets anyone listen to the music and making calls. During testing, I noticed a consecutive 5 hours and 47 Mins battery life. Yes, it takes only two hours of recharging the battery. But here lies a problem, you can't use the earphones while charging.
As the IEMs are the non-wired, so, the Bluetooth and NFC technology enable a prompt pairing to the devices. The Bluetooth ability you connect to your devices painlessly but if you have NFC compatibility go for this. The automatic robotic voice keeps you informed with the each pairing and battery status.
An inline controller has the Microphone, forward/backward tracks controller, volume up and down controller as well. And the cable is tangle-free so you don't have to spend a horrible time period to push it out of the way by on-and-on. With the shirt-clip, the cable can be tackled in-place.
Last but not the least, the splash-resistant and sweat-resistant capabilities, avoid drivers from damaging. Feel free to use them during workouts.
As far as the sound and build quality concerns, the earbuds are not outrageously pricey. Without the quality of sound, the cans won't be anything other than just a crap. But in the case of SoundSport, we would have a crisp audio while music session.
These are little bit noise-canceling due to close-fit of silicon tips. The tips are 3 available in 3 different sizes small, medium large. You just have to go through all threes to get the best-fitted one. Now, noise-cancellation is a little bit supportive only in the places where there is not so traffic and rush. Otherwise, smooth music is waiting for you.
When it comes to the bass lovers, the earphones are bassy up to a boastful level. "The Bose sound is perfect for this kind of earphones too -- the kind of powerful, punchy bass that might get you running that bit faster". WhatHiFi
Obviously, a question arises whether we should go for it or not? So, I don't think that in such prices we could have an alternative.
Keeping in view the sound quality, esteemed light weighting and, comfortable wearability, the Earbuds are amenable to be counted among best ones.