Do expensive headphones sound better than cheap headphones?
Want to get headphones that bring out the best quality in music and if I want to pay a high price would the sound be more better than cheap 10 quid headphones
- Kevin LLv 76 months agoFavorite Answer
Well of course more expensive headphones are going to sound better only logical. The quality of the recording and the playback source do also play a major factor as well. So in other words everything in the playback chain of any music system matters, from the recording, how well it was recorded, how well it was mastered, what bit rate it was recorded in and played back at, the playback device, the headphones, the amplifier powering the headphones, etc.
The trick is finding the headphones that sound best to you, and meet your budget. The best headphones can be very expensive, good headphones can also be reasonably expensive, and yes there are some pretty good budget headphones available "IF" your careful. But if you have never heard a state of the art pair of headphones with good material you wouldn't know how good it can be. Most people haven't.
A pair of Stax or Audieze with a good dedicated tube amplifier can sound Amazing. The two best brands of headphones " in my opinion " on the market to day. Very pricey especially when you add a good headphone amplifier which can cost more than the headphones.
Then you have more the average high end headphones, like Hifiman, Sennheiser, and the best sounding budget models like those from Grado.
And as one responce said it does depend on how they will be used. Most of the best headphones are not for portable use, they require a high quality stand alone amplifier ( typically large and heavy )
The average high end headphones many also benefit from a good headphone amplifier but some can be somewhat mobile.
So it all comes down to how you would be using them, your budget, and what sound you prefer.
40 years high end audio video specialist
- TSM_908Lv 75 months ago
They don't - the best sounding headphones are the ones you try and like. I have has lots of expensive headphones from Grado to Stax and currently I like Audeze LCD2 Fazor 4 Haedphones.. Best ear bud I like are the Sennheiser CX 300 II
- 5 months ago
Of course you can.
- 6 months ago
usually but it depends what brand you get
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- robertoLv 66 months ago
older headphones as in 70s & 80s,I buy usually older stiff for entertainment electronics,,the wires were thicker,more durable in the cords,a bit heavier than these day,a way for mfrs to save on materials,weight in shipping @ 10 sale items on a semi or half a box car,,they save a lot of money selling the lightweight gizmos,while charging ten xs what the brand new Hphones cost 30 years ago,
plastic ear pads made then were of more durable foam,the earpiece covering did not crumble after a few months of mr up & coming whippersnapper using hair tonic,like the charcoal super light foam crap they used as bass cone suspension from the 90s on,,
you might find a dandy set of Hphones in a thrift shop,, costing ten bucks,
if you insist on something more current,upscale used AV storefronts in the big cities,they are a good source for good quality used stuff,some vintage some pretty current,,,you choice,my mindset is
old is gold,,,noise cancelling headphones,this was a mundane & nothing earth shaking 30 years ago,,the whole line of stereo makers made padded headphones,,now because they want ten times the price,they use ad language to induce you to cough up the 5 hundred bucks for the dr dre, beats,,whatever,,sennheiser included,,they look pretty,,get a set & see how long they last
- 6 months ago
sometimes i believe
- Tony BLv 76 months ago
Not necessarily. There are plenty of headphones costing more than £10 that don't really sound any better (some of them, like Beats, are basically fashion accessories). Better quality headphones sound better than poor quality ones and cost more money, but you heed to go for a reputable brand.
Remember also, that sound quality doesn't just depend on the headphones - what they're plugged into is just as important. For example, an old portable cassette player playing a music cassette cassette with no noise reduction will never sound good.
- Anonymous6 months ago
Yes and no
Expensive ones do carry more features than cheap ones but on the other hand a brand like Apple will obviously sell them at $50.00 and them not being any more innovative than regular ones
- spacemissingLv 76 months ago
Price is not the only determinant,
but it is true that better quality almost always costs more.
However, paying more Does Not guarantee that you will get better quality.
Between $20 and $100, you might get a good deal, and you might not.
Over $100 Should give you a better chance.
- 6 months ago
Yes usually but you can find bargains sometimes. I like the bob Marley ones
- Anonymous6 months ago
If you're going to use them exercising or walking around, etc....go cheap. it won't matter much. If you want to hang out near a nice stereo, plug in some headphones and chill. go with the good ones that cover your whole ear....if you buy the good ones in that instance, they are worth it. Bose are really good....but if Bose is out of your range, there are many excellent headphones for 60 quid and up on Amazon