Brand name is no pledge of superiority, neither is cost within brand.
The Dr. Dre-endorsed ‘Beats’ headset series are a great case of branding without substance. They charge the earth and even as the noise is mostly top-quality, the materials used are economical and also the devices are normally very poorly built/assembled. In case you suspect this, go and look up the Amazon reviews, or just search in ‘Dr. Dre Beats Headphones are Rubbish’ into Google. You will be astounded (you aren’t) at what shows up.
Industry leaders do not always offer the very best crop, so it is with a heavy heart that We have to admit that any list of principal brands I could give you’d be inherently misleading.
In truth, you’ll be far more contented if you ever create a list of your individual wishes, highlight the most important one and search from there. For instance, if you need a headset you can use inside the gym or whilst jogging, I’d have to recommend a completely different pair than I might if you simply planned to look awesome.
Personally, I find that the Apple headphones that arrived with my iPod are at least good enough for my fundamental needs, but the very best earphones I have ever used were a set of Urbanista Copenhagen headphones that I reviewed for a website sometime last year. However, those headphones is totally inappropriate for some uses such as jogging or running to grab a bus.
For some advice about choosing the proper set, I went to Jamie Lendino’s PC Mag critique, which was posted on the internet earlier this year, the piece of writing is perceptive and provides a inclusive run-down of what several types of headset can do for you. Lendino says,
“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’, also has an extremely helpful article along the equivalent lines, which you’ll be able to read HERE.
So, to reiterate, brand names like Sennheiser or Shure may have sterling reputations (and those reputations are definitely deserved for a few of their products), but I tenaciously advise being concerned more about the functioning, function and value of your headphones, than with what the logo looks like.