Best Headphones of 2017: Our Top Picks
From turntables to controllers to samplers, there were a TON of gear releases in 2017. Let’s get back to the basics and take a look at some of the best headphones released in 2017. Check out our top picks below and let us know if any of these are on your wish list.
AIAIAI TMA-2 Modular headphones are unique in that you can fully customize your pair by choosing a headband, ear pads, speaker units and cable. The latest update for 2017 is a wireless Bluetooth option using AIAIAI’s new H05 band. Go crazy building your own pair or choose a pair from AIAIAI’s range of preconfigured models and special editions.
Price tag: $145-$295
Released back in August, the Pioneer DJ HDJ-X series are a great headphone option for touring DJs due to their exceptional durability. Created with a top quality audio design, these headphones have drivers that produce high-resolution sound ranging from 5 Hz to 40 kHz. And they start at just $99 for the HDJ-X5 model!
Price tag: $99-$349
We think these look really cool — but not only that, their predecessor won 8+ Editors’ Choice and Best Headphones awards, including USA Today’s “Best Bluetooth Headphones.” The Crossfade 2 Wireless headphones take it to another level and can go wireless or be plugged into your mixer. V-Moda describes the Crossfade 2 model as the “best over-ear wired headphone yet…that can be unleashed via Bluetooth.”
Price tag: $330
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Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones deliver a premium listening experience with Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling (Pure ANC) to actively block external noise, and real-time audio calibration to preserve clarity, range and emotion. They’re lightweight design was for built long-term comfort with soft over-ear cushions and advanced venting. They also have an impressive battery life of up to 22 hours.
Price tag: $349.95
As the updated version of the popular Sennheiser HD 650 S, the HD 660 S model offers “crisp bass, excellent mid-frequency response, and a gentle, pleasantly natural treble.” They have a lower impedance for greater versatility and a new transducer design for improved performance. The HD 650 S have been a favorite among producers, engineers and passionate audiophiles. We think the updated model will be a welcomed addition to Sennheiser’s high-end headphone selection.
Price tag: $499.95
Sony’s 1000XM2 headphones have industry-leading noise cancellation technology that adjusts ambient sound settings to match your activity. Super cool activity-recognition features include ‘Smart Auto-settings’ and ‘Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing.’ You won’t lose any sound quality either, as the 1000XM2s are optimized for high-resolution audio and can reproduce a full range of frequencies up to 40kHz.
Price tag: $349.99
Let us know if you picked up a new pair of headphones this year in the comments section below. Did we miss your favorite brand? We want to hear from you!
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