I'm finally able to get high end headphones, and I can't pick one. Please help :(

Laser Man

Oct 26, 2017
The Beyerdynamic's I've bought were very comfortable to wear, easy on the ears and head. Not sure about other brands but that's not something to overlook if you use them for hours on end imo!


Nov 6, 2017
Those aren't high end.

High end audio and noise canceling are not a match since the audio differs from the original source, that is if we are actually talking high end.

Something "high end" , easy to drive, exelent bass and not expensive would be the Cascade Campfire.
Jan 11, 2019
"High end" means a lot of different things to a lot of people. For me, that would mean you're spending above 600$ on a pair of headphones. I wouldn't recommend doing that if you're making the jump from 20$ earbuds. I'd recommend looking into the 150$-300$ range of headphones.

Personally, If you're going to spend Money on headphones I would consider the following:

- Cables need to be removable
- Bluetooth is neat but you should be able to attach a cable in case the battery has run out
- Individual parts can be replaced
- They suit your music preference: Do you like your headphones to be bass-heavy? Do you like the "Marshall" Sound of all highs and bass and less mids? I personally like mine to sound flat like a pancake.

Im currently rocking the AIAIAI TMA2. Lookie here: https://aiaiai.dk/

They are configurable and I happen to think they look great. I also think they sound really good. Check out their online configurator. The fact that I can swap on- and over-ear-cushions in a matter of seconds alone is a godsend. And swapping out the components does make a huge difference in how they sound.

They are not the best headphones money can buy out there but but they sound GREAT. I wouldn't trade them for anything and I've ditched all my other headphones. And they are comfortable for hours.
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Oct 25, 2017
OP, I'd just pick a retailer based on return policies and give each one a genuine shot within the return period and ultimately just keep the one that suits your lifestyle the best.

Personally, I have owned the Astro A50s and thought they sounded great but they didn't suit me because I didn't have a display that had the proper audio support for platform-agnostic setup (it was just a low-end gaming monitor with no optical in or out jack), so I was having to physically switch the optical audio cable between different platforms as needed and I fucking hated that and how it felt like the entire platform revolved around the amp, even though the amp was driving the actual audio quality.

I've not owned the Sonys but they've been on my radar since last year, a friend of mine picked them up and swears by them and uses them on every single thing he can connect Bluetooth to.

But yeah, headphone purchasing isn't as committed a choice as say, buying a gaming console -- most retailers have relatively lenient return periods for headphones, so I strongly suggest just giving them both a shot one after the other and staying with whichever suits you best during your testing period. Just make sure you're educated on the return policy of whoever you decide to go with.


Oct 25, 2017
I would swap the A50 for an Arctis Pro Wireless. There are some conveniences that I miss from the A50, like tapping the left or right to balance dual audio or the mic, but it breaks easy and gets loose if you have a big head.


Nov 2, 2017
I bought the Sony WH-1000XM3 two months ago and they are amazing. I work in a loud enviroment now and the noise cancelling is the best I experienced. Also these are the most comfortable ones I ever had, even after hours they are still fine.

I mostly use them for music and they sound fine. At first I didn´t use the sony app but now I kinda like it, especially for the adaptive sound control. They last quite long with a single charge and thanks to usb-c they also charge fast.

I would say go for them.


Oct 25, 2017
I have Bose QC35s and they're the best headphones I've ever owned. Those Sony headphones came out a little later though, but I've seen reviews (like from Marques Brownlee) that say they edge out the QC35s by a little bit.


Herr Starr

Oct 26, 2017
I have both the XM2 and the XM3, and I think it needs to be stressed that you can choose to use them wired whenever you wish. This makes them far more ideal for gaming than what some people in this thread have indicated. I haven't noticed any latency (nor should there be any) while using them wired.

Basically, I use mine wireless when listening to music or watching movies, and wired when I want to play games. I like these headphones so much that I bought one set for home and one for the office (hence why I have both the XM2 and XM3).


Oct 28, 2017
OP says they want active noise cancelling headphones. 5+ people go on to recommend open back headphones.


I don't know what's right for you in this scenario OP, but what I can say is please don't fucking buy Astros.

Former Astro User


Oct 27, 2017
I have the WH-1000XM2 and I seriously doubt I'll ever upgrade, I can just worry about replacing the batteries whenever they die out.
I was able to find a replacement battery on the Sony site, it seems it uses the same as the previous 1000XM.

Admiral Woofington

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
I've had my Bose QC35iis for a bit now and they're the best headphones I've ever owned. The biggest thing as well is they're the first pair of headphones I'm actively taking care of. I never use them for exercise as I have a pair of Bluetooth ear buds for that.

Is the sound the best there is? No. They're decent and with the additional noise cancelation they do fine. Their biggest draw is the battery life and build quality. I use mine like for 8-10 hours a day while working and they last me anywhere from 2-3 days with decently heavy use. They also come with a headphone jack wire that turns them into a pair of wired headphones when needed, and with a two pronged jack for when you're in a plane and want to listen to their audio. I've had no need to look for the next latest and greatest headphones out there cause I'm happy with these.