Brand isn’t pledge of quality, neither is price within brand name.
The Dr. Dre-endorsed ‘Beats’ headphones series are a fantastic instance of branding without substance. They cost the earth and whilst the noise is generally top-quality, the equipment used are cheap and the devices are normally very poorly built/assembled. In the event you disbelieve this, go and search the Amazon reviews, or just search in ‘Dr. Dre Beats Headsets are Rubbish’ into Google. You will be astonished (or not) at what comes up.
Industry leaders do not always offer the best products, so it’s with the heavy heart that We have to confess that any list of leading brands I could give you’d be inherently misleading.
In truth, you will be far better off if you ever build a list of the individual requirements, highlight the most important one and look from there. For example, if you want a earpiece you can use in the gym or whilst jogging, I would have to recommend a completely diverse pair than I might if you simply wanted to look awesome.
In my opinion, I find the Apple headphones that came with my iPod are more than good enough for my basic needs, but the most effective headset I’ve ever had were a set of Urbanista Copenhagen headphones that I reviewed for the website a bit last year. However, those earphones will be totally inappropriate for a few uses like jogging or running to catch a train.
For some advice about choosing the right pair, I visited Jamie Lendino’s PC Mag editorial, which was posted online earlier this year, the article is perceptive and provides a complete run-down of what various kinds of earphones can do for you. Lendino claims,
“Some people happily spend more than half a grand on a new tablet or portable media device with an estimated lifespan of around three years, yet the question we’re asked often is still, “What’s the cheapest pair of headphones I can buy that don’t completely suck?” Headphones, earbuds, and earphones (we’ll describe the difference between them in a bit) are generally viewed as the least essential link in the musical chain—the part you can easily skimp on. In reality, your headphones are the most important link in that chain: A quality pair has a larger impact than the player itself on how your tunes will sound. Also, if well cared for, they will long outlive your planned-to-be-obsolete tablet, phone, or MP3 player. And you don’t have to break the bank, either”.
Whitson Gordon, at ‘Life Hacker.com’, even offers an extremely useful piece of writing along the same lines, which you can read HERE.
So, to reiterate, brand names like Sennheiser or Shure might have sterling reputations (and the reputations are positively well-deserved for some of their products), but I tenaciously recommend caring more with the functioning, role and value of the headphones, than with what the logo looks like.