If the mode is to Bluetooth headsets, the sector of wired headsets is far from having said its last word. If you want to enjoy the best possible sound quality, it is to these models that it will be necessary to direct you.
Today mainly intended for audiophiles, the headphones wired are generally thought to listen to sedentary. Most of the models in our selection are opting for an open design, allowing you to enjoy a sound stage much wider. The insulation is non-existent, and these models do not intersect the outside world. Don’t use on the street or on the subway.
To take full advantage of these wired headsets Hi-Fi, it is also recommended to opt for the files Lossless, and some models may require the addition of an amplifier to actually reveal all their power.
WHAT HEADPHONES TO BUY?
No time to read our comparison? A small summary for the audiophile, the most in a hurry.
If you have a tight budget, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x remains a sure value on the sector. The helmet has built a fine reputation thanks to its reproduction neutral and controlled as possible, making it an ideal model for monitoring and critical listening. It is one of the few headphones with closed-back design of our selection, and therefore can be used in a nomadic way.
If you are so keen on listening more quiet, at home, the Sennheiser HD599 is also an excellent candidate for around 15000INR. The sound reproduction is controlled, detailed and rich. It is also a model of comfort, to enjoy without any fatigue of his favorite albums.
By amount range, the Meze 99 Classics is one of our favorites. This is again a closed model, also fit well to a listening sedentary that travel. We like its excellent build quality and its performance is flawless for the price. Count about00INR300.
For the audiophile, with a budget of more important, in the direction of the Sennheiser HD 660S and Audeze LCD-1 at around 45000INR. At this price, we enjoy a sound particularly controlled and ventilated. What rediscover their music in a new way.
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Available for about 6000INR, the Audio-Technica ATH-M30x is positioned in the entry level of the brand. It targets the users who want to enjoy faithful sound reproduction, without necessarily breaking their PEL.
The helmet features a design quite similar to that of its famous big brother, the ATH-M50X, but the whole does not enjoy the same quality of finishes. The atria can always retreat to the inside of the headband, with areas of pivots, however, a little less worked. The cable is not removable.
On the ears, the ATH-M30x is shows overall comfortable, but it is far from equalled the best models in the industry. Of course, at 6000INR it is not necessary to expect miracles from this side.
For the sound reproduction, the small model of Audio-Technica never misses a beat. Despite its price is aggressive, we took advantage of a restitution order, and especially faithful to the mix. With its enclosed design, the set lacks a bit of openness, but for the price, hard to find more convincing.
BEYERDYNAMIC DT 990 PRO
Under the bar of00INR 120 Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro acts as a reference if you want to refer you to one of open headphones to enjoy your favorite music at home.
Despite its affordable price, the headset has forged an excellent reputation thanks to a reproduction sound neutral, detailed and perfectly ventilated thanks to its open design. If some people can blame a slight boost to the side of the treble, the listening always remains pleasant.
On the side of the build quality, the DT 990 Pro opts mainly for plastic, but its arch metal assures a certain robustness. The headphones have a memory foam and comes with a coating of velvet. Once on the head, the whole shows comfortable and its weight is 250 g of listening to relatively long.
Open headphones requires, keep in mind that the DT 990 Pro has no passive isolation. Therefore, it is not suitable for outdoor use. At home, people around you will hear your music.
In direct competition with the DT 990 Pro, theAKG K702 is positioned as the second flagship model if you want to move towards an open model without breaking the bank.
Also valued for its neutrality, the helmet fits especially for audiophiles looking for a reproduction that is balanced, not putting any frequency before the other. The open design brings a very nice width of sound stage, and it takes full advantage of his favorite music, well in a quiet home.
If the sound performance is pretty close to that of the headset from Beyerdynamic, the choice between the two models will be mainly on the design. The K702 opts for a design a little different, with a system roll suspension providing excellent comfort during long listening sessions. Once on the head, it is quickly forgotten and its low pressure allows to chain multiple albums without any fatigue. It is, however, a little more imposing than its direct competitor.
In a register other than the DT 990 Pro and the AKG K702, theAudio-Technica ATH-M50x is also one of the best recommendations if you are looking for a headset audio wired with a budget of about 12000INR.
Maintaining a closed-back design, the helmet offers better versatility since it can also be used at home or on the go. It is delivered with 3 different cables, with a coiled cable, a straight cable of 3 m and a short cable of 1.2 m in order to adapt to all situations.
Reputed for his faithfulness, the ATH-M50x is recommended for users who want to enjoy a reproduction sufficiently neutral to enjoy critical listening, but also ensure the quality of the audio mix to the video editing or podcast.
Side construction and comfort, the ATH-M50x has better finishes than its little brother the M30x. The materials are of best quality and all benefits of a design that is overall more robust. The earcups can also be rotated 90°, so as to facilitate its transport as well as the port around the neck.
Note that a version wireless is also available recently, with the ATH-M50xBT. This model retains all the qualities of the original version, but offers versatility even better. Approximately 16000INR.
SENNHEISER HD 599
Regularly available around of 15000INR, the Sennheiser HD 599 is one of the wired headsets the most comfortable and lightweight on the market. Between its arch to the generous cushioning and its bearings with a soft coating of velvet, it can be kept on the head for many hours without feeling the slightest fatigue.
Its open design is intended mainly to use sedentary, the insulation is obviously not his strong point. It comes with two cables, a long of 3 m and a shorter 1.2 m if you wish to use it with a smartphone for example. An adapter Jack to Mini-Jack is also of the party.
Its side, the HD 599 embarks transducers 38 mm offering restitution globally homogeneous. The emphasis in the low frequencies make it a helmet to the refund may be less accurate than some competitors, but no less enjoyable. This will obviously depend on expectations and preferences of each. The sound stage is taking advantage of his side of a beautiful giveaway.
Below 20000INR, the Philips SHP9500 has one of the best quality/price ratios of the sector in terms of headphones wired to the open design.
Model of comfort, the headset takes advantage of a design that is particularly accurate for its price and is quickly forgotten once on the ears. Lightweight and solid, you will appreciate its headband padding and large cushions covering perfectly the ears.
In the Face of the previous models listed in our selection, headset from Philips also features a design that appears more robust, in particular on the side of the headband here reinforced by a wide band of metal.
Once on the ears, the helmet offers a restitution is particularly convincing, with bass, mid and treble perfectly balanced. It takes full advantage of his favorite tunes as they have been imagined.
If you are so keen on helmets with headband suspension, its cousin, the Philips Fidelio X2 is also an excellent alternative in this same price range.
MEZE 99 CLASSICS
With the Meze 99 Classics, we go up in range with a model that offers around 30000INR. In the Face of competition, it stands out by its design closed making it a ideal candidate if you want to be able to enjoy your favorite titles in all situations.
The first thing that jumps out at you with this Meze 99 Classics, it is obviously his design. The manufacturer chooses for a design premium, with a bow suspended, and the hull of the atria in solid walnut. If the helmet is visually very successful, its design is also very compelling with a great robustness and a weight of 260 g to remain perfectly comfortable.
The headset comes with a slew of accessories, including a carrying pouch rigid, a cable of 1.2 m with remote control for portable listening, a 3 m cable with adapter to 6.3 mm for the listening sedentary, an airplane adapter, and finally a second pouch for storing all this beautiful world. Small black dot still, the remote does not adjust the volume but only to control the play/pause, navigate between tracks, or answer a call.
The use, each headset should be connected to the cable. Once in place, we enjoy a sound restitution of high-flying. If it is not, strictly speaking, a headset for monitoring, the sound is amazing for the price. The ensemble shows clear, precise, rich, and pays even the luxury of offering a nice sound stage despite its closed design.
If Meze does not necessarily have the same reputation that the historical specialists such as Sennheiser, AKG or Audio-Technica, the brand has quickly made a name for itself with this model 99 Classics. Clearly one of our favourites.
Proposed at a price of 44900INR, the Audeze LCD-1 is positioned, however, such as the input range of the brand. An entry-level course relative, as the quality of the helmets of the brand is amazing.
The helmet stands out mainly by its technology, with transducers magnetic planar diameter of 90 mm. The result ? A sound reproduction rich and detailed, with a response which is perfectly balanced. Suitable for most musical styles, it offers a dynamic sound and includes a sound stage is particularly wide.
Its open design makes it an ideal candidate to rediscover their favorite titles under a new face. Once on the ears, difficult to find and the hours of listening enchainent without seeing the time pass.
On the side of the design, the LCD-1 has a design that was robust and reliable. More compact than some of its rivals, it is inspired by the helmets nomadic in which most users are more accustomed to. The earpieces can be rotated 90° and the carriage or wearing around the neck is facilitated.
The auricles are also more compact than those of many other wired headsets open, but still perfectly comfortable for the majority of users. With 250 g on the scale, it is also lightweight enough for extended wear without pain.
If you have a budget superior to 50000inr, our recommendation is simple: go in-store and test for yourself different models.
Among the references which should type in the eye of your audiophile, we will be able to list the following headsets :
The Ananda is based on transducers, planar, like the models from Audeze. It offers a sound of great class, with a scene of a particularly open and airy. Approximately 75000INR.
Positioned a notch above the LCD-1, the Audeze LCD-2 is available at around 20000INR, in an open or closed version. Particularly imposing, they will not be to everyone’s taste even if the comfort remains at the rendezvous.
The sound reproduction is excellent, with a slight emphasis on the vocal parts.
The French manufacturer is able to compete with the most reputed brands in the sector, and proves it once again with his cascus top of the range Elegia. A little jewel on acoustic, reproduction, soft and controlled.
Its enclosed design allows it to be a bit more versatile than some competitors, even if its size is not necessarily the ideal model for listening to music in transport, for example.
Sennheiser HD 800S
One of the references of the most reputed in the field of helmets open. A robust design, the comfort unbeatable and the sound reproduction is exceptional. Approximately 150000INR.
HOW TO CHOOSE A HEADPHONES WIRED ?
Dozens of brands, each offering dozens of references…Not easy to choose the helmet that will match his needs perfectly.
To find the ideal product, a number of key points are to take, allowing you to organize your research according to your expectations, your needs and especially your budget. It makes the point.
THE FORMAT – HEADPHONES “OVER-EAR” OR “ON-EAR” ?
The first point to take into account during your research, the format and the size of your headphones. We find two great families, and your choice will have a direct influence on the overall ergonomics of the headset, its comfort but also its sonic performance. A key point therefore.
- The headphones supra-auricular : They are distinguished by a format usually very compact, where the atria will directly benefit rests on the ears. This is the most classic, and they can be found at all prices.
- In practice, we recommend users to research products rather discreet and easy to carry, since they can in most cases easily slip into your bag. In addition to a more compact size, the models from the supra-auricular (also known as on-ear) have the advantage of being more affordable. They are, however, a comfort generally less good than on the models, circum-aural, and a less than good insulation in the face of outside noise.
- Headphones over-ear : in contrast to models on-ear headphones over-ear feature ear flaps from cover the ears. These are obviously much more impressive than on the models of supra-auricular, and these helmets are therefore meant to be less compact and often a little more heavy. If they were previously mostly restricted to use sedentary, most of the manufacturers offer today headphones over-ear nomadic offering excellent comfort while offering possibilities for storage are well thought out (folding flat for example).
- The format of the audio headset generally presents better sonic performance, especially on the lower part of the spectrum. In clear, if you like bass, prefer rather to these models. The insulation is also much better and allows you to more easily isolate itself from its environment.
FIT AND COMFORT
Comfort is a key point to take into account during your research. Keep in mind that, in practice, all the helmets seem to be comfortable when laying on the ears. After a good twenty minutes, it’s usually a different story and the first problems appear. Pain in the ears, on the skull, at the temples, a sensation of heat, headaches…the list of The genoa caused by helmets little comfortable is rather long.
For the models, circum-aural, it will be necessary to verify that the gap of the internal pads provides enough space to encompass your entire ears. On models supra-aural, remember to check the weight of the model, but also the quality and the material of the padding coming to a rest on your ears.
The arch also plays an important role at the level in terms of comfort. Most models and most nomads opt for a headband classic, and it will be good to check its flexibility and its possibilities of adjustment. The weight of the helmet should be homogeneously distributed on the skull, and not on one or two points.
DURABILITY AND FINISHES
The headphones are not deemed to be particularly solid and resistant, but not all models are created equal of course not. During your research, remember to check the different materials used, particularly at the level of the headband and ear pads of the headphones.
If you opt for a headset which the headphones can fold to the inside of the headband or flat, keep very attentive to the quality of the hinges. The plastic models are often fragile and eventually break. Since it is audio headsets wired, also check the quality of welds at the level of the cable, and whenever possible, opt for a model with a detachable cable !
Finally, to effectively protect your headset during transport, invest in a protective case rigid if none is proposed by default. It is often on the go, stuck at the bottom of a backpack, that helmets suffer the greatest injuries.
OPEN OR CLOSED HELMET ?
Almost all of the wired headsets nomads are helmets said to be closed. On these models, the hull of the atria is completely closed, enabling to obtain an excellent passive isolation. This operation obviously in the other direction, and with the helmets closed, the people around you should not be able to hear your music.
Conversely, the helmets rather thought to use sedentary, usually of models Hi-Fi, have for the most part a design open or semi-open. Here, the outer hull is open (using a grid for example), and the sound is no longer just “locked up” in the atria. This allows to obtain a sound stage, often much more open, and greatly reduces fatigue on the duration. Of course, it’s impossible to enjoy outside, all the ambient sounds were no longer being filtered.
One thinks in particular of the presence of a module for active noise reduction, allowing you to filter a large part of the outside noises in order to fully enjoy his music even in very noisy environments. A real plus if you have the habit to listen to your music in the transport and you do not want to necessarily increase the sound volume.
Among other features, one can mention the presence of a microphone to transform your headphones in a true hands-free car kit. These microphones are typically positioned on the remote control integrated in the cable. At the same time, remember to check that the different functions of the remote control are compatible with your smartphone, because sometimes there are versions for iOS and Android devices.
Today we can find models ranging from a few tens of euros to several hundreds. The difference in terms of quality is not always proportional to the rate proposed, and it is possible to find excellent models for a hundred euros.
Keep in mind that your headset is only a single link in the chain, and that in order to really take advantage of the helmets, the more expensive it is to use quality files, but also a player capable to read the best ways.