Although Beats by Dre are a huge hit in the over-ear headphone market, and to some extent brought a new market to high end headphones, the $300 price tag for the basic model is a bitter pill to swallow for many. If you are looking to get a pair of cans that both look good and sound good, look no further than our top 5 picks for iPhone compatible over-ear headphones.
Skullcandy made a name for itself making quality durable audio equipment for the extreme sports fan, specifically snowboarding, and have since moved to a more mass market audience. Crusher is one of their flagship headphone models, and for the price you get a lot to love. You can get these cans in a bunch of different colors and finishes, and have awesome features like built-in amp, removable cable, in-line microphone and volume controls, and folding hinge design for extra portability, not to mention great audio quality.
$99 on Amazon
Bose is one of the most respected audio equipment lineups in the industry, with its focus primarily on accurate sound reproduction. The AE2i entry is one of their least expensive offerings, and yet still has the same fantastic sound quality that has risen Bose to fame. These compact headphones feature a clean design built for comfort, in-line microphone, play/pause and volume controls, 45-degree connector to prevent cable damage, and a protective carrying case.
$136 on Amazon
The Sony MDR10R comes in three variations: Hi-Res, Bluetooth, and Noise-Canceling. Coming in at the lowest price point is the Hi-Res version, which forgo the unneeded features to bring you one of the highest quality over-ear headphones on the market. And as with almost all things Sony, you know you’re getting a high quality product. The headphones include all the features you expect and more: super hi-fidelity drivers, in-line music controls, full swivel ear cups, a carrying case, and a very stylish design.
$108 on Amazon
UrbanEars Plattan, despite rock-bottom price, are one of the best sounding –and looking– headphones available. These headphones come in a rainbow of color choices for a perfect fit, a plush headband and ear cups for sustained wearability, and in-line playback controls.
$37 on Amazon
Klipsch is not a name currently well known beyond the audiophile market, but their entry level over-ear headphones are absolutely nothing to scoff at. This handsome set of headphones of course pumps out the incredible sound expected from the company, and still packs in the functionality and looks of much more expensive headphones: foldable for compact carry, soft-touch ear pads for extended comfort, detachable cable, and easy to locate inline controls.
$128 on Amazon