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There are no shortage of companies trying to convince us their headphones are the best in the world. But which brand of headphones is actually best? This is the question we want you to answer in this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

Feedly Feeds Off The Competition

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week’s poll, when we asked, “Which RSS Reader Are You Using?

Out of a total of 1,174 votes, 3.3% use AOL Reader, 2.0% use Digg Reader, 54.7% use Feedly, 6.0% use NewsBlur, 2.9% use The Old Reader, 2.2% use a “mobile-only reader app,” and 28.9% use “another option” not listed in the poll.

This is a particularly strong result in favor of Feedly, which gained over half of all the votes counted. Having said that, Feedly did seem to lose popularity from a year ago, when it garnered over 65% Which Alternative Did You Choose For Google Reader? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Alternative Did You Choose For Google Reader? [MakeUseOf Poll] Last week we asked you whether you use two-step verification, and if so, on which accounts. While each of the options got a respectable number of votes, turns out that the vast majority of MakeUseOf... Read More of the votes.

The fact that almost one-third of votes went to another option not listed in the poll also suggests there are plenty of alternatives when it comes to RSS readers. InoReader deserves a special mention for the number of commenters vouching for it. Who needs Google Reader Google Reader's End Is Nigh: Prepare With These Alternative RSS Readers Google Reader's End Is Nigh: Prepare With These Alternative RSS Readers Google Reader is dead. By July the Internet's premier RSS service is shutting down forever, leaving users to find a replacement on their own. If you're looking for an equivalent to Google these are just... Read More , anyway?!



Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Anomaly, Jamie, and Bob Myers. Comment Of The Week goes to Lee, who won with this comment Which RSS Reader Are You Using? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which RSS Reader Are You Using? [MakeUseOf Poll] Now that the dust has finally settled over Google Reader, it's time to find out what you've all settled on. Which reader do you use for your RSS feeds? Read More :

I use Feedly, but I have found that since I started getting active on Reddit, I don’t use RSS as much as I used to. I subscribe to technology-related subreddits, such as /r/Android and /r/tech, so I usually see big news before I go to my RSS reader.
That being said, I do still use RSS, and that’s how I found this article actually.

What Is The Best Brand For Headphones?

This week we want to know which company you feel makes the best headphones. This is in light of the impending deal which will (likely) see Apple acquire Beats Audio Apple Buys Beats, Firefox Phones Home, Amazon Sunday Deliveries [Tech News Digest] Apple Buys Beats, Firefox Phones Home, Amazon Sunday Deliveries [Tech News Digest] Apple is probably buying Beats, the latest ZTE Firefox OS phone lands in the U.S., Amazon's Sunday deliveries, Cinamatic for iOS, Google Classroom, and the World Under Water Google Street View mod. Read More for $3.2 billion.

Beats is one of the options in our poll, but celebrity-endorsed headphones What Are Celebrity-Endorsed Headphones And Why You Should Avoid Them What Are Celebrity-Endorsed Headphones And Why You Should Avoid Them Celebrity endorsements are nothing new. There is one type of product, however, that's become notorious for its epidemic of endorsements; headphones. Read More are often criticized for being an exercise in style over substance. Are Beats as good as Dr. Dre claims? Or are there better brands of headphones on the market? What makes these alternatives superior?

Please tell us your preferred brand of headphones by voting in the poll embedded above and then take to the comments section below to explain why you voted that way. Remember, there’s an awesome t-shirt in it for the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week.

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  1. Dung Lee
    December 27, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Beats : a lot of Bass
    Bose: Great for Noise cancelling
    Panasonic: the best for budgets
    Sennheiser is also good.
    Sony for everything you need
    How a bout Shure?
    Le Dung from/ WearableInear

  2. Rich
    January 20, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Koss Pro dj 200 can't beat it for the money!

  3. TED
    November 12, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Bose is the best for ANC earbuds
    Shure is the best for high-end
    Sony covers all types of headphones, well I think is topped the list

  4. Le Doge
    May 28, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    The dollar tree!

  5. Jeff
    May 28, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Amazed you don't list AudioTechnica (Japanese brand)...
    It's widely know in audiophile circles/sites for years to be the among the top 3 , if not the best.
    Beyerdynamic is also pretty good....

  6. Tim Roe
    May 27, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    i voted for senn's
    my premium rig is senn hd 650 through a super powerful schiit (yes its spelled that way)lyr amp
    with nos tubes with an arcam dac
    yeah,i know it was a lot of money but i will never have to spend a dime more to get my
    audio fix.
    also like hifiman,beyerdynamic, and if your rich lcd's

  7. Anonymous
    May 27, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Don't forget Ultimate Ears!!! I love their earbuds and mobile boom box!

  8. Matt S
    May 26, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    I've had good luck with Sony and Denon, but surely Sennheiser is the name to beat, they provide a very competent headphone entry at every price point.

  9. Peter Fairweather
    May 26, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I use Panasonic headphones which are really good throughout the whole range - crisp trebles, clear mid-tones and not too heavy on the bass. I feel that most of the 'designer' brands concentrate on delivering overly heavy bass with tinny treble and not much in between. if I could justify paying the price tag to myself I would love a pair of Bowers and Wilkins P3 or P5's which as well as having an excellent sound are also dead comfy to wear for prolonged periods.

    • Dave P
      May 27, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      The celebrity brands do rely heavily on the bass, which is why most serious music lovers reject them outright.

  10. Allison
    May 26, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Sennheiser is my personal gold standard, but I've had great results from Audio-Technica headphones, also.

  11. Anonymous
    May 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm


  12. Matt Dable
    May 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Dave Parrack Originals are my favourite.

    • Dave P
      May 27, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Begone, troll.

  13. Chuck U Farley
    May 26, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Bose? Surely you jest. No highs. no lows. Must be Bose.
    Beats? All I will say is bwahahahaaa ok
    Sennheiser. HiFiMan. AKG. Beyerdynamics.
    BUT lets add the old addage, garbage in garbage out.
    You need a GOOD source to appreciate the higher end headphones.
    Using a DAC and/or headphone amp helps.
    If you are listening to 128k Mp3s. You can listen thru a cup and string to get same results.
    You NEED a good source to appreciate GOOD headphones.
    FLAC/AIFF/WAV. NO MP3s no matter WHAT level they are recorded at.
    MP3 uses compression ALL the time no matter if 128k or 320k. Still COMPRESSION.

    • Dave P
      May 27, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      We have an audiophile in our midst! I have to say I'm one of those that finds 128k mp3s perfectly fine.

  14. Perry
    May 26, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Isn't it less brands than particular models within brands, and even then some year's same named models are better than others.

    Some models break-in better than others.

    You get the idea.

    My Audio Technia ATH-M50X is good value for the money.

    • Dave P
      May 27, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      We're happy for people to mention specific models, of course, but this is a general question about brands. If you don't stick with a particular brand then by all means mention more than one you've had a good experience with.

  15. Arun S
    May 26, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Here you can check that your earphones passes all sound test.
    Mine SoundMagic ES18 Headphone Passes all earphone test.

    Some Of the features Of SoundMagic ES 18

    Long Lasting
    Using it more than 7 months and they are still sound same as they where new. I really like to hear it while traveling.

    Very cheap given its quality

    It cost 600 INR in india i.e $10, they are really cheap and have features that you can get which only possible in brand high price earphone.

    wire is strong

    they have vary strong cable which won't break easily, you can rough use earphones without worrying about wires.

    Noise Isolation

    Plug-it in and you won't hear anything around. I use it while travelling in Trains and it even cancel high trains noise.

    Hi-Fi Sound

    They produce really vary high sound , even you don't require full volume, because it is really high. even on Full volume it don't break your experience.

  16. Arun S
    May 26, 2014 at 2:06 am

    SoundMagic ES18 earphones currently using, they are so great it can easily beat any brand earphone with it's sound and bass. I've been using this earphones more than 7 month they sound pretty good without any problem. Link

    They are really cheap and no other earphone brand can give you HI-FI sound, you can hear every beat and small sound in song, great noise isolation. Except they look cheap and not so pretty looking like other brand earphones have, but it do what it promises.

  17. Darl Singh
    May 26, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I've been a Sennheiser fan since I bought my HD540 Reference 'cans in 1985. There's definitely a family "sound", from the above to my out-and about cheapie PX100ii's to the HD600's I use on my reference system.
    One man's coloration is another's "family sound" of course - its all in what suits you both in fit (as unlike almost every other piece of audio gear, comfort is paramount: if they're uncomfortable, they won't get used) and sound.
    One brand I noticed missing from the list was Stax: to my mind, one of *the* premier headphone brands. If you're prepared to invest in appropriate source and amplification, they can provide superb results.
    Finally, surely someone has to mention the Sacred Sound Infinity Ones, as featured here on MakeUseOf: cheap, comfortable, a sound way better than what it should be for the price - and with fantastic service (read: quick to respond and dispatch goods) by the owners. What more could we ask for from any piece of audio gear?

  18. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 26, 2014 at 1:26 am

    BOSE no doubt.

  19. Carol Oddy
    May 26, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Sennheiser is a very well known and advertised company with some contests.

  20. Jeremy G
    May 26, 2014 at 12:29 am

    I’ve never found any I prefer more than the ‘Sony In Earphones’, currently available at my local supermarket for $7.00, down from the $20 original price of 5 years ago. Perfect for bike riding, they exit the ear at a swift tug, without pulling out the ear canal as well.

  21. Michael B
    May 25, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Sennheiser is by far the best brand for headphones if you know how things are meant to sound.

  22. Melroy D
    May 25, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Can believe someone actually voted for beats.. :

  23. Matthew U
    May 25, 2014 at 6:24 pm


  24. Mighymax
    May 25, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Only Sony MDR V600/7506, Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. The rest are garbage.

  25. Shacha G
    May 25, 2014 at 5:57 pm


  26. Dr Dre
    May 25, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Sennheiser HD-25 C II no questions asked best headphones you can buy. I laugh at the people that voted for Beats

    • Ain?rs B
      May 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Everyone does!

  27. Alan W
    May 25, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I currently have Steelseries which replaced my old Phillips. Mine is a headset so I am assuming by headphones you are allowing for headsets as well. The SteelSeries has my new favorite brand.

  28. richard
    May 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Bowers & Wilkins. No question!

  29. Theo E
    May 25, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I've been using Sennheiser for years because they have the flattest frequency response and they last forever. I've had some durability issues with AKG, but the sound is always spot on. My favorite for just enjoying music is an old pair of Koss Pro 4AA cans from 1973. They've made three trips to Koss for restoration (at no cost!) and still sound fantastic.

    • Dave P
      May 27, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Koss have fixed them up for free? That's astonishing.

  30. miaousse
    May 25, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    i vote audio tecnica

  31. Anuj S
    May 25, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I personally use the Sennheiser HD180s. They are pretty low priced but believe me, a bang for the buck. The audio quality on them is perfect, the bass sounds amazing and are pretty lightweight. No compromise on the build quality made by Sennheiser there too! Overall, the HD 180 is just an awesome set of headphones that is pretty low priced for what it is!

  32. Hans de Wolf
    May 25, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I just love my Etymotic ER-4P. Excellent sound (but can sound a bit flat if you are used to exaggerated bass), you hardly feel that you are wearing it, and excellent isolation tom the sounds around

  33. MrX
    May 25, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I've tried lots of brands and I always seem to go back to Sennheiser. To my ears they have always provided a rich sound throughout the whole spectrum. Lately I've noticed a trend in bass bosting headphones. They all have one thing in common. They produce a deep bass but neglect everything else.

  34. likefunbutnot
    May 25, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    My favorite headphones at the moment are Bluebuds X bluetooth headphones. They are completely tangle free, water resistant, run for about 10 hours on a charge and have similar levels of audio quality to mid range Sennheiser earbuds.

  35. Eric N
    May 25, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Alright, I am kind of out-of-topic here, since Ultimate Ears makes earphones, not headphones, but nonetheless, don't forget Ultimate Ears! They're reasonably priced, durable and good looking but most importantly they do their job well: playing high-quality audio through tiny little speakers half an inch away from your eardrums.

    • Dave P
      May 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Oh, earphones are included in the mix :)

  36. Ah Rip X
    May 25, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Missing a lot really. Shure, Beyerdynamic to name a few

    • Dave P
      May 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Sure, there are plenty missing. I felt 10 was plenty of options, with everything else covered by 'Other (Which?)' Thanks for naming two more brands :)

  37. Robert Y
    May 25, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Audio Technica ATH-50

  38. Apoc
    May 25, 2014 at 1:05 pm


  39. RandomWalk
    May 25, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I've never been disappointed with Panasonic gear. We have very old Panasonic equipment (35 years old) which is still in perfect order and used daily.

    • Dave P
      May 27, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      That is an amazing lifespan for technology. I don't think I own anything that old.

  40. Horace C
    May 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    How about v-moda?

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