If you’ve got an Audio Technica microphone system — like the ATR288W, for instance — you probably have a set of over ear headphones that you favor. But if you’re still trying to wrap your brain around the options available, here are what we consider to be the five best over ear headphones for use with an Audio Technica microphone system (or similar) on the market today.
Best Over Ear Headphones: Audio Technica ATH-ANC7b
Perhaps not surprisingly, the first pair comes from Audio Technica itself. These are the QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones. Active does mean that you’ll have to add the cost of AAA batteries into the first of our best over ear headphones. These headphone can run in passive mode, without the use of batteries, but the general consensus is to use them in Active mode. The price of these over ear headphones is right around the $130 mark.
Best Over Ear Headphones: V-Moda Crossfade LP
These cans are certainly enough to keep out the noise. The V-Moda Crossfade LPs are the second on the list of best over ear headphones. These over hear headphones sport angular cans, but an overall smooth industrial design. The V-Mode comes with two cables, both with gold-plated 3.5mm jacks, as standard. One of these cables includes an inline microphone — should you decide that you want to use it with your smart phone as well as your microphone system. The V-Mode Crossfade LP is a set of the best over ear headphones and comes in at just over $100.
Best Over Ear Headphones: Audio Technica ATH-M50
Another Audio Technica makes its way into the halls of the best over ear headphones. These are the Professional Studio Monitor Headphones. They come in two forms with either coiled cable, for those of us who aren’t studious enough to wrap our cables neatly, or straight cables. The ratings for the ATH-M50, the price point of under $170, and the two types of cables gives this set of over ear headphones the credentials to be in the list. The ratings, since I can hear you asking, say that the ATH-M50 are exceptional in durability, reliability, and audio quality.
Best Over Ear Headphones: Shure SRH840
These headphones make it to the list for those of you in the United Kingdom. Shure is a UK-based company and the Shure SRH840s are its flagship model. They are over ear headphones, as you’d expect, and are designed to give you “accurate sound reproduction” for “critical listening and professional recording.” They are around the $250 mark for those in the United States, but they are currently on sale for $180. However, for those of you in the United Kingdom, they will cost you around £200, which is a bit steep — even if they are among the best over ear headphones.
Best Over Ear Headphones: Sennheiser HD-280 PRO
I’m sure you were all expecting another Audio Technica in this spot, but it was not to be. Here we have the Sennheiser HD-280 in the last spot for our list of the best over ear headphones. They come in as the cheapest pair at under $100, but they are lightweight and comfortable. They have a coiled cable, like the ATH-M50s above, so that you don’t need to worry about tripping over the cable. The audio cable itself is easily replaced, and that could make this set of headphones a good selection for you if you tend to mangle your cords and don’t want to replace your headphones every time this happens. Sennheiser says that these provide “true-to-detail linear reproduction,” which seems comparable to the other choices on this best over ear headphones list.
All of these over ear headphones will interface with your Audio Technica ATR288W receiver pack and will allow you to monitor the sound quality of whoever’s speaking or playing on the other end.
What are your thoughts? Do you favor a set of over ear headphones that I’ve missed? Do you agree or disagree with the list? Tells us why and give us your thoughts below!
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