The Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones are the most comfortable available on the market today with a huge improvement over the QuietComfort 25s. The ear covers are wrapped in the softest Alcantara leather for maximum comfort and their size helps to cancel out all background noise along with Bose’s Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology, which measures the outside noise and cancels it out by emitting the opposite signal. Where these headphones really come into a league of their own is with their superior sound quality and deep bass. While this is expected of a set of the higher priced headphones, the quality will still blow you away. To complete these headphones is a battery that can last up to 20 hours on a charge while playing wirelessly from your phone or tablet etc with a microphone for taking phones calls. After the battery has run out you can still listen using the cable plugged into the 3.5mm audio jack (unless you have an iPhone 7 that is).
The Sony MDR-1A is another set of very comfortable headphones due to their lightweight design and soft leather earpads with cushions designed to relieve pressure by shaping around your ears and cancelling out noise. They also provide a good balance of bass, midrange and treble which is a major improvement over the previous model, the Sony MDR-1R. You can tell these are a set of high quality headphones just by the way they feel and sit on your head, they also have a gold plated 3.5mm connection to make sure you get the best possible audio quality. In the box is a carry pouch, perfect to take travelling and generally protect the headphones, and two 1.2m cables, one with a microphone and inline remote and one without. Overall the Sony MDR-1A are a very good set of headphones.
Bose really is one of the best makers of audio equipment and this is the second pair of their headphones that have made it into our top 5. The SoundLink II headphones are light and comfortable and provide a high quality, deep and immersive sound exactly like you would expect from such a premium audio brand. These headphones also have a feature called HD Voice for making phone calls crystal clear by cancelling out as much of the wind and outside noise as possible leaving you with a clear, crisp phone call. One major difference between these headphones, the QuietComfort and the MDR-1A is the lack of noise cancellation. Having noise cancellation or not is down to personal preference really and how you would use them the most. I personally don’t like noise cancelling headphones unless there really is a lot of background noise, like on a plane for example, in which case the two above are in a league of their own in comparison to these SoundLink headphones. The Bose SoundLink Headphones are wireless with an impressive battery life of up to 15 hours play time and the ability to connect to two devices at once. Just like both of the contenders above, a carry case, audio cable and a charger are all included.
The Cowin E-7 headphones are a much cheaper alternative to all of the above models but their lower price isn’t indicative of lower quality. They have a fold-able design and come with a leather travel case so they’re perfect for travelling. Considering their price, they have excellent sound quality and are noise cancelling. They have a battery that will last longer than all the others on this list with a playtime of up to 30 hours on a single charge and then cable use once they have run out of power.