Hello everyone! I decided that I wanted to make one big post about headphones. I’ve had several pairs of headphones, and I wanted to review all the ones I’ve tried. At least, the ones remember. I hope you find this useful! Feel free to ask about something I may have forgotten to add, either in the comments, or by messaging me on Facebook.
- Audio Coda headphones with mic
- Lightweight with a detachable cord
I got these back when I was in high school, I think. It was either high school (senior year) or first year of college.
Comfort: 3/10. These headphones were comfortable for the first 20 minutes or so before they started hurting my ears.
Sound: 4.4/10. Decent enough, at the time. My triggers weren’t too bad yet, so these worked for awhile. I could play my white noise/rain/wind and get through the day.
Active noise cancellation: None. But because these are “over the ear”, they filtered out most noise and I was ok with that.
Battery life: N/A
Durability: 6/10. These things lasted at least two years before they quit on me.
Overall Rating: 4.6/10
JVC Bass Headband: I got these around my second/third year of college.
- 1-button remote and microphone for Apple iPhone/iPod/iPad/Android/BlackBerry
- High-quality sound reproduction with 30mm neodymium driver unit
- Powerful deep bass achieved with Deep Bass
- 2-way foldable design for compact portability
- Lightweight design for comfortable long period of use
Comfort: 5/10. These were significantly more comfortable, but still hurt my ears after close to an hour. These aren’t over the ear, but don’t press on the ear very much either.
Sound: 5/10. My triggers had worsened over time, and the sound from my white noise app came out a little better.
Active Noise cancellation: None. These still filtered out some noise without anything playing.
Battery life: N/A
Durability: 7/10. I was very impressed with the durability for these. A year later, I accidentally snag the cord on something and break the headphone jack. So had I not broken the cord, I’m positive I wold have used these a little longer.
Overall rating: 6/10
Skullcandy: These were a gift, and I saved them as a spare in case my main pair broke. When my last pair eventually did, I started using these.
Comfort: 4/10. These are on-ear as opposed to over-ear, and they pressed against my ears, making it uncomfortable after about 30 minutes.
Active noise cancellation: None. Some noise was filtered out with nothing playing.
Battery life: N/A
Durability: 5.8/10. Once my main pair could no longer be used, I used this as I searched for a new pair. The adjustability of the headphones degraded over time. These never broke, and can still be used to this day, but I mainly only keep them as a spare now.
Overall rating: 6.5/10
Bluedio: I got these soon after my JVC’s cord broke. I believe it was toward the end of my third year of college. I was using the Skullcandy until these came in, which took awhile because I had to save money.
- Bluetooth / Wireless
- Built-in Microphone
- Collapsable Portable
Comfort: 5/10. These kind of went over my ear, but not completely. They hurt after about an hour.
Sound: 6/10. I was very happy with the sound. Things sounded clearer, and it felt as though I was in my own world.
Active Noise cancellation: None. But because these are sort of “over the ear”, they filtered out most noise.
Bluetooth: Yes. This was my first pair of bluetooth headphones, and I swore I’d never go back to cords again. It was so much more convenient to just be able to leave my phone on the table. I could do dishes and other things within a certain distance and not have to worry.
Battery life: 2 and a half days or so.
Durability: 5.9/10. These lasted a good long while, but I think at one point they broke while in my purse. I tend to throw my purse around and forget my headphones are in there. One time I put them on my head and one side was looser than the other. It eventually completely broke.
Overall rating: 7/10
TaoTronics: I used these for the last several weeks of my third year in college, during Christmas break, and into the first few weeks of my fourth year.
Comfort: 5/10. These felt ok for the first hour or so before they started hurting. They didn’t quite go over the ear.
Active noise cancellation: None. But because these are sort of “over the ear”, they filtered out most noise.
Battery life: 2 days.
Durability: 5/10. I say this because after using them for less than a year, I noticed two cracks on the headband right above the padding. I was very disappointed. They haven’t broken completely, but they will if used for much longer. These will be another spare.
Overall rating: 6.2/10
Bose QC 35: I didn’t want to get these because of how expensive they are. However, after a lot of thinking, I spent the money and waited anxiously in the mail. I am currently using these during my fourth year of college.
- ACOUSTIC NOISE CANCELLING: Continuously measures, compares and reacts to outside noise. Then cancels it with the opposite signal.
- THE GOOGLE ASSISTANT: Just press and hold the Action button, and start a conversation with your Assistant.
- VOLUME-OPTIMIZED EQ: For consistent performance at any volume.
- CLEAR CALLS: Hear and be heard. Even when it’s windy or noisy.
- VOICE PROMPTS: We’ll talk you through Bluetooth® pairing
- BATTERY: Listen for up to 20 hours. And then a quick 15-minute charge gives you another 2.5 hours.