Best Headphones of 2017: Our Top Picks
There were a TON of gear releases in 2017, and we’re not complaining. From turntables to controllers and even samplers, 2017 has been a year for gear. But let’s get back to the basics and take a look at some of the best headphones released in 2017.
While it’s still not determined if wireless headphones are ready for the DJ booth, we’re loving headphones with a wireless option for casual listening. 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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