What are the best headphones in 2019

overear, open, magnetostatic

2800

2021-04

4

97

T + A Solitaire P-SE

tested in stereo 4/2021

Compared to the top model Solitaire P, a significant financial saving, but only a touch less in terms of sound enjoyment. Skilful adjustments make it easier and much more suitable for high-quality mobile devices. Weight: 440 grams Open magnetostatic headphones; two different, interchangeable cables, each three meters long, are included in the scope of delivery; XLR, 6.3 mm jack and Pentaconn can be selected; Replaceable upholstery, softly padded handle, adjustable in fine snap-in steps; high efficiency with just over 100 dB, impedance 45 ohms; extremely low distortion.

Price: 2800 €

Sound level headphones: 97%

Price-performance

overear, open, dynamic

200

2020-12

5

80

Sennheiser HD 560 S.

tested in stereo 12/2020

The HD 560S maintains the balance between neutrality and the pick-up factor. The workmanship is convincing. Open, circumaural headphones with low weight and high wearing comfort. The nappa upholstery is soft and the headband is well padded. One-sided cable feed, cable exchangeable; Adapter to 3.5 mm jack.

Price: € 200

Sound level headphones: 80%

Price-performance

Bluetooth, overear, anc, dynamic

300

2020-08

5

79

Marshall Headphones Marshall Monitor II A.N.C.

tested in stereo 8/2020

Thanks to the folding mechanism, compact, high-quality over-ear headphones with Bluetooth, noise canceling and a smart Google Assistant connection! Tonally balanced, with strength, temperament and individual EQ also on the winning side. A clever, great thing! Variable noise canceling, freely assignable button, "emergency cable" (3.5 jack), carrying bag.

Price: 300 €

Sound level headphones: 79%

Price-performance

Bluetooth, overear, anc, closed, dynamic, wireless headphones

180

2020-06

4

73

Sennheiser HD 450BT

tested in stereo 6/2020

Thanks to noise canceling, Bluetooth, top battery life as well as adequate sound and good workmanship, the Sennheiser is a good alternative to the often much more expensive competitors. There is still room for improvement in terms of comfort. 30 hours of battery life; free app with equalizer; Phone calls possible; Weight 240 grams

Price: 180 €

Sound level headphones: 73%

Price-performance

overear, open, magnetostatic

4800

2020-04

3

100

T + A Solitaire P

tested in stereo 4/2020

Open magnetostatic headphones that set standards in terms of sound and workmanship. Spacious sound with natural warmth and a deep, extremely clean bass range. Despite its weight of 530 grams, it is extremely comfortable to carry. Impedance 80 ohms; very valuable processed.

Price: 4800 €

Sound level headphones: 100%

Price-performance

Bluetooth, overear, anc, closed, dynamic, wireless headphones

400

2020-04

5

84

Bowers & Wilkins B&W PX7

tested in stereo 4/2020

As is common with B&W, the PX7 is a very good sounding and top-quality Bluetooth headset with an effective noise-canceling function. Very comfortable to wear, the noise canceling is switchable and adaptive; Hard case, USB-C cable and 3.5 mm audio cable included; Weight: 310 grams; 30 hours of battery life.

Price: 400 €

Sound level headphones: 84%

Price-performance

Bluetooth, overear, anc, closed, dynamic, wireless headphones

380

2020-04

3

75

Sony WH-1000XM3

tested in stereo 4/2020

Sony's practical Bluetooth over-ear headphones WH-1000XM3 impress with well thought-out features and comfort. The sound is actually good, but too bass-heavy. The noise canceling is superb. Control via touchpad; free app; 30 hours of battery life; Weight: about 250g

Price: 380 €

Sound level headphones: 75%

Price-performance

Bluetooth, overear, open, magnetostatic

1200

2020-02

5

92

HIFIMAN Ananda-BT

tested in stereo 2/2020

Top class open magnetostatic headphones that also impress with various high-resolution Bluetooth standards. In terms of sound, almost no difference between cable and wireless operation. The weight is quite high at just under 500 grams, but well distributed. Stable storage bag; Impedance 35 ohms; Efficiency 103 dB.

Price: 1200 €

Sound level headphones: 92%

Price-performance

Bluetooth, overear, anc, closed, dynamic

400

2019-12

3

76

Technics EAH-F70N

tested in stereo 12/2019

Elegant handset with three-step NC. Crisp bass, not entirely neutral in sound. NC with little impact on the sound. Various Bluetooth modes, 20 hours of play time. LS control, telephone function; Music interruption as soon as you take the headphones off your ears. Hear through function; 1.2 m cable, aircraft adapter, USB charging cable, hard case.

Price: 400 €

Sound level headphones: 76%

Price-performance

Bluetooth, overear, anc, closed, dynamic

300

2019-12

4

83

Bowers & Wilkins B&W PX5

tested in stereo 12/2019

Very good sounding wireless on-ear headphones with switchable noise-canceling function. The workmanship is loving and of high quality, the pressure on the ears is very even and suitable for long periods of wear. Impedance: 22 ohms; Headphone pouch, USB cable & audio cable; replaceable ear pads; various Bluetooth codecs.

Price: 300 €

Sound level headphones: 83%

Price-performance

Bluetooth, overear, anc, closed, dynamic

400

2019-12

5

84

DALI IO6

tested in stereo 12/2019

A closed receiver that is convincing in terms of sound and in practice. High quality workmanship, long battery life, comfort and NC function great. Aircraft adapter; USB charging cable; 1.25 m connection cable; Carry bag; Instructions only illustrated; Bluetooth 5.0; AAC; aptX / HD; Interchangeable upholstery; Impedance 25 ohms.

Price: 400 €

Sound level headphones: 84%

Price-performance

Bluetooth, overear, anc, closed, dynamic

350

2019-12

2

74

Bose Quietcomfort 35 / II

tested in stereo 12/2019

NC listener for impressive silence - but the not particularly transparent sound suffers as a result. High wearing comfort. Bluetooth; Voice control with Alexa, Google Assist and Siri; Phone function; Voice announcements for various functions; App control; USB charging & audio cable; Transport case.

Price: 350 €

Sound level headphones: 74%

Price-performance

Bluetooth, overear, anc, closed, dynamic

400

2019-12

2

75

Bose NC 700

tested in stereo 12/2019

NC model with the best, eleven-level noise suppression. The closed listener plays bass-heavy with little resolution, tonally discolouring. Bluetooth 5.0; Control via app; Google Assist & Amazon Alexa; Telephone function; Bose AR capable; Audio & USB charging cable; Transport case; Quick start Guide.

Price: 400 €

Sound level headphones: 75%

Price-performance

Bluetooth, overear, anc, closed, dynamic

300

2019-12

1

69

Audio-Technica Audio Technica ATH-ANC900BT

tested in stereo 12/2019

Closed handset. The wearing comfort is good, the sound unbalanced, weak NC. Sounded better without NC, but not convincing. Various Bluetooth modes; Telephone function; Impedance 35 ohms; Battery life about 35 hours; Control partly via app.

Price: 300 €

Sound level headphones: 69%

Price-performance

overear, closed, dynamic

900

2019-09

4

89

Focal Elegia

tested in Stereo 9/2019

Closed receiver without disadvantages such as heat build-up or excessive bass. Excellent workmanship and also suitable for mobile devices thanks to an efficiency of 105 dB and 35 Ohm impedance. High quality cables in various lengths included in delivery; pluggable; Adapter 3.5 to 6.35 screwable; Interchangeable upholstery; Transport case.

Price: 900 €

Sound level headphones: 89%

Price-performance

overear, closed, dynamic

3000

2019-06

4

93

Focal Stellia

tested in Stereo 6/2019

Exceptional sound; closed; superbly processed; Beryllium membrane; Cable three meters with XLR plug, 1.5 meters with 3.5 mm jack; interchangeable; unfortunately sensitive to microphones; padded handle, soft leather upholstery with memory foam; high wearing comfort.

Price: 3000 €

Sound level headphones: 93%

Price-performance

overear, open, magnetostatic

1800

2019-05

5

93

HIFIMAN Arya

tested in Stereo 5/2019

Open magnetostat for stationary operation on high-quality devices and headphone amplifiers. Tonally powerful, voluminous and coordinated with a touch of warmth. High wearing comfort. 1.5 meter high quality connection cable, pluggable; padded aluminum bracket, exchangeable ear pads, impedance: 35 ohms, efficiency of 90 dB.

Price: 1800 €

Sound level headphones: 93%

Price-performance

overear, closed, dynamic

600

2019-03

4

85

Kennerton Magister Pro

tested in Stereo 3/2019

Very well processed and fine sounding; closed handset; warm sound, long-term suitable. Good spatial imaging; Adjustment range of the headband a bit tight. Cables two and three meters long; 3.5 mm jack, with 6.3 mm adapter; Storage box; Impedance 64 ohms, efficiency about 100 dB.

Price: 600 €

Sound level headphones: 85%

Price-performance

Bluetooth, overear, open, dynamic

280

2019-03

4

79

Grado GW 100

tested in Stereo 3/2019

Open BT handset, Apt X standard. Very good, natural sound with excellent voice reproduction. Dynamically up to date. Comfortable to wear. 15 hours of battery life; USB cable; Connection cable for wired operation with remote control microphone function; BT range about seven meters; Impedance: 32 ohms, efficiency just under 100 dB.

Price: 280 €

Sound level headphones: 79%

Price-performance

overear, open, electrostatic

3200

2019-02

3

94

MrSpeakers Voce

tested in Stereo 2/2019

Luxurious, elaborately processed, open, electrostatic headphones. A little warmer than the competition. Low efficiency, needs higher polarization voltage on the headphone amplifier. High wearing comfort. Not to be operated on normal (headphone) amplifiers!

Price: 3200 €

Sound level headphones: 94%

Price-performance

overear, open, magnetostatic

700

2018-12

4

87

Quad ERA-1

tested in Stereo 12/2018

Quad's first headphone is open and magnetostatic. Convincing sound, powerful and versatile. Can also be used as a mobile device due to 20 Ohm impedance. Detachable, high quality cable; high efficiency of 94 dB; 6.3 mm adapter with thread and transport box included.

Price: 700 €

Sound level headphones: 87%

Price-performance

overear, open, dynamic

999

2018-11

5

92

HIFIMAN Ananda

tested in Stereo 11/2018

Magnetostatic, open listener. Exclusive sound, good workmanship and a price like a thunderbolt. Ideally suited for all types of music, even usable on a mobile phone. High quality cable, impedance 25 ohms, high efficiency of 103 dB; Adjustment range of the bracket a little tight; second cable with mini jack included.

Price: 999 €

Sound level headphones: 92%

Price-performance

overear, closed, dynamic

2400

2018-10

3

90

Sennheiser HD 820

tested in Stereo 10/2018

Excellent workmanship, flawless sound. High wearing comfort. Clean bass reproduction and resolution in the high frequency range. A milestone, unfortunately much more expensive than the HD 800S. Closed, circumaural headphones. Silver-plated cables with jack, Pentaconn and XLR connector; Storage box and measurement report.

Price: 2400 €

Sound level headphones: 90%

Price-performance

overear, closed, dynamic

1600

2018-09

3

88

Denon AH-D 9200

tested in Stereo 9/2018

Top model from Denon: sounds natural, dynamic and spatial. Price reasonable; closed receiver, 1.3 m cable with 3.5 mm jack and 3 m with 6.3 mm jack; Ear cushions with memory foam, padded, raster adjustable aluminum bracket, impedance 25 ohms, high sensitivity.

Price: 1600 €

Sound level headphones: 88%

Price-performance

overear, closed, dynamic

800

2018-09

4

86

Denon AH-D 7200

tested in Stereo 9/2018

The anchor point in Denon's noble “Wood” series. A bench in terms of sound, high quality workmanship. Closed design, three meters of cable, exchangeable, with 6.3 mm jack plug; Adapter for 3.5 mm jack; Ear cushions with memory foam, padded, raster adjustable aluminum bracket, impedance 25 ohms, high sensitivity 105 dB / mW.

Price: 800 €

Sound level headphones: 86%

Price-performance

overear, closed, dynamic

600

2018-09

4

85

Denon AH-D 5200

tested in Stereo 9/2018

The smallest from Denon's Wood series offers excellent workmanship and good, emphatically warm sound. Good wearing comfort. Closed construction, three meters of cable, exchangeable; Ear cushions with memory foam, padded, raster adjustable aluminum bracket; Impedance 24 ohms, sensitivity 103 dB / mW.

Price: 600 €

Sound level headphones: 85%

Price-performance

Bluetooth, overear, closed, dynamic, wireless headphones

550

2018-08

4

85

Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless

tested in Stereo 8/2018

Closed receiver that also sounds excellent wirelessly, with a tendency to warm. The app is cumbersome to use and its use is debatable. Excellent processed. 30 hours running time, connection cable with remote control and 3.5 mm jack, 1.2 m long, pluggable, 4-pin. USB-A to USB-C charging cable; Hard case, impedance 32 ohms.

Price: 550 €

Sound level headphones: 85%

Price-performance

overear, open, magnetostatic

3500

2018-07

2

98

Final D 8000

tested in Stereo 7/2018

Open, magnetostatic headphones of the absolute top class, which combine round and warm sound with high resolution. High quality. Connection cable in three meters (6.3 mm jack plug) and 1.5 m in length (with 3.5 mm jack plug). Soft ear pads; Impedance 60 ohms, sensitivity 98 dB - also suitable for mobile devices.

Price: 3500 €

Sound level headphones: 98%

Price-performance

overear, open, magnetostatic

900

2018-06

4

88

Audeze LCD2 Classic

tested in Stereo 6/2018

The LCD2 Classic sounds dynamic, open, plastic and has an enormous punch in the bass without sounding bright or bloated. High efficiency, medium impedance, good workmanship. Magnetostat, upholstery made of synthetic leather with memory foam, soft padded handle. High wearing comfort. Pluggable cable with 6.3 mm jack plug.

Price: 900 €

Sound level headphones: 88%

Price-performance

overear, open, dynamic

4000

2018-05

2

98

Focal Utopia

tested in Stereo 5/2018

One of the best headphones in the world thanks to the beryllium membrane. Neutral, but not unemotional, he reveals details in the music, like only the highest quality magnetostats or electrostatic devices. Very good weight distribution. Also runs properly on inexpensive players. Three meters of high-quality cable with a 6.3 mm jack connection.

Price: 4000 €

Sound level headphones: 98%

Price-performance

overear, open, dynamic

3000

2018-04

3

89

Ultrasone Edition 15

tested in Stereo 4/2018

Ultrasounds by far the best listener. Credible sound with very good dynamic qualities, bass rather slim. Sounds largely neutral. High wearing comfort. Excellent workmanship. Less suitable for use on mobile devices despite 40 ohm impedance because the efficiency is only 94 dB.

Price: 3000 €

Sound level headphones: 89%

Price-performance

overear, open, magnetostatic

350

2018-04

5

87

HIFIMAN Sundara

tested in Stereo 4/2018

Very good timing, fine drawing, largely neutral and illuminating the room well. Weaknesses only in dynamic terms, where we would have liked a little more temperament. For operation on mobile devices, despite the low impedance of 37 ohms, only limited suitability due to the poor efficiency of 94 dB.

Price: 350 €

Sound level headphones: 87%

Price-performance

overear, closed, dynamic

2600

2018-04

3

90

Crosszone CZ-1

tested in Stereo 4/2018

Very successful debut of the newcomer. Interesting approaches to put the music in front of your head. High quality. Absolutely competitive in terms of sound - tonally correct, dynamic and with good timing. Convincing for all styles of music and volumes. Impedance 75 ohms, efficiency 97 dB, less suitable for mobile use.

Price: 2600 €

Sound level headphones: 90%

Price-performance

overear, open, dynamic

1500

2018-04

4

90

Focal Clear

tested in Stereo 4/2018

The Clear is characterized by a little more pressure in the bass than the Elear. Symmetrically, he adds something again. Its workmanship is also a bit more elegant.For the sharply increased price, you also get several high-quality cables included. Everyone can decide for themselves whether this is worth 500 euros.

Price: 1500 €

Sound level headphones: 90%

Price-performance

overear, open, magnetostatic

3700

2018-04

1

88

Audeze LCD MX 4

tested in Stereo 4/2018

Excellent workmanship, warm coordination. Something for people who are looking for relaxation. Extremely low-distortion even at high volume. Efficiency 105 dB; An impedance of 20 ohms allows operation on mobile devices, we do not recommend this in terms of sound. Still comfortable to wear. Adjustment to head size not continuously.

Price: 3700 €

Sound level headphones: 88%

Price-performance

inear, bluetooth

180

2018-03

3

Apple AirPods

tested in HiFi 3/2018

Balanced, rounded sound and very good workmanship. Due to the design, it can be comfortably worn in each ear.

Price: 180 €

Price-performance

inear, bluetooth, dynamic

300

2018-03

3

Bang & Olufsen B&O Boeplay E8

tested in HiFi Digital 3/2018

Powerful and balanced character, provided the listener fits correctly in the ear. Great design, great workmanship!

Price: 300 €

Price-performance

inear, bluetooth, dynamic

200

2018-03

3

Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless

tested in HiFi Digital 3/2018

The Powerbeats3 also tends to have a warm and round character. Slightly faded center image, but excellent wearing comfort.

Price: € 200

Price-performance

inear, bluetooth, dynamic

200

2018-03

4

Beyerdynamic Byron BTA

tested in HiFi Digital 3/2018

Balanced, transparent tone of voice with detailed illustration, powerful amplifier, impeccable workmanship and otoplastic fitting option - an excellent combination, Beyerdynamic!

Price: € 200

Price-performance

inear, bluetooth, anc, dynamic

300

2018-03

3

Bose Quietcontrol 30

tested in HiFi Digital 3/2018

Bose's handset has a pleasant, if not entirely linear tone of voice, active noise cancellation and good padding ensure a high level of comfort.

Price: 300 €

Price-performance

inear, bluetooth, dynamic

150

2018-03

4

RHA MA750 Wireless

tested in HiFi Digital 3/2018

RHA's inexpensive in-ear headphones play crisp and transparently. You benefit from your presence, especially when you are quietly listening to it continuously; good quality, super battery

Price: 150 €

Price-performance

inear, bluetooth, dynamic

200

2018-03

3

Sennheiser Momentum Free

tested in HiFi Digital 3/2018

With its clean, discoloration-free sound, Sennheisers Free is one of the most powerful wireless BT headphones. The battery life could be longer.

Price: € 200

Price-performance

inear, bluetooth, anc, dynamic

220

2018-03

3

Sony WF-1000X

tested in HiFi Digital 3/2018

Superb equipment, decent sound, and the price is right - only the short-lived batteries separate Sony's WF-1000X from the status of an absolute high-flyer. Furnishing

Price: € 220

Price-performance

overear, open, dynamic

3000

2018-02

3

97

Grado PS 2000e

tested in Stereo 2/2018

Grado's top model is in the top tier of headphones. It is advisable to invest in a high-quality headphone amplifier. But be careful: The Grado then plays so cleanly and without distortion that you inadvertently hear louder than you think.

Price: 3000 €

Sound level headphones: 97%

Price-performance

overear, closed, magnetostatic

700

2018-02

2

83

Acoustic Research AR-H1

tested in Stereo 2/2018

The AR-H1 impresses with its perfect workmanship and exceptional wearing comfort. Unfortunately, the sound is not completely neutral, which is sometimes more, sometimes less noticeable depending on the type of music. Something for individualists. Despite the low impedance of 33 ohms and high efficiency, the H1 only shows its full class on good headphone amplifiers.

Price: 700 €

Sound level headphones: 83%

Price-performance

Bluetooth, overear, anc, closed, dynamic

400

2018-02

5

86

Bowers & Wilkins B&W PX

tested in Stereo 2/2018

Very good sound, hardly any sound differences between wireless and cable operation. Three programs for noise suppression can be selected via the app. Clean workmanship; the pressure on the ears is a bit high. 22 ohm impedance and good efficiency make it suitable for mobile devices.

Price: 400 €

Sound level headphones: 86%

Price-performance

overear, anc, closed, dynamic

340

2018-02

4

80

Meters OV-1

tested in Stereo 2/2018

More restrained in sound than optically. Technically equipped with well-functioning noise canceling and very bass-heavy, tuned EQ circuit. In the neutral position, very good headphones with fine workmanship. One can argue about the usefulness of the VU meter. Thanks to the low impedance of 32 ohms, it can also be used on mobile devices.

Price: 340 €

Sound level headphones: 80%

Price-performance

overear, open, dynamic

500

2018-02

5

86

Sennheiser HD 660 S.

tested in Stereo 2/2018

The Sennheiser plays openly and neutrally, powerfully and cleanly in the bass, with silky high-frequency reproduction and good resolution. The spatial representation is also above average for headphones. The processing is routine, cables and pads are interchangeable. Less suitable for mobile use due to 150 ohm impedance.

Price: 500 €

Sound level headphones: 86%

Price-performance

overear, closed, dynamic

120

2018-02

5

73

Ultrasone Pro 480i

tested in Stereo 2/2018

Well made, practical and comfortable to wear. With an impedance of 32 ohms and an efficiency of 96 dB, the Pro 480i is also a good companion for on the go. Good: the clear left / right marking. Unfortunately, the cable is not pluggable and therefore cannot be exchanged. Price tip!

Price: 120 €

Sound level headphones: 73%

Price-performance

Bluetooth, overear, closed, dynamic

320

2018-01

4

83

Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless

tested in HiFi Digital 1/2018

The Aventho is an active Bluetooth handset with adjustable app-supported hearing correction, a battery life of up to 20 hours and a hands-free system. Operation via analog input is also possible. Even without active hearing correction, we would count it among the strongest listeners in its class. Workmanship, wearing comfort, sound: fits!

Price: 320 €

Sound level headphones: 83%

Price-performance