Brand name isn’t guarantee of quality, nor is cost within brand name.
The Dr. Dre-approved ‘Beats’ headset series are an excellent example of branding with no substance. They charge the earth and even as the noise is mostly excellent, the materials used are economical plus the devices are usually very poorly built/assembled. If you doubt this, go and search the Amazon reviews, or simply search in ‘Dr. Dre Beats Headsets are Rubbish’ into Google. You’ll be surprised (or not) at what comes up.
Industry leaders don’t always offer the very best crop, so it’s with the heavy heart that I have to confess that any list of principal brands I could give you’d be inherently misleading.
In truth, you will be far more happy if you create a list of the individual requirements, highlight a very powerful one and look from there. For instance, if you’d like a headset you can use inside the gym or whilst jogging, I would need to recommend a completely different pair than I would if you merely desired to look awesome.
In my opinion, I find the Apple headphones that arrived with my iPod are at least good enough for my basic needs, but the very best headset I’ve ever used were a pair of Urbanista Copenhagen headphones that I reviewed for a website a bit last year. Though, those headphones is fully inappropriate for some uses such as jogging or running to grab a bus.
For some guidance about choosing the proper pair, I went to Jamie Lendino’s PC Mag editorial, which was posted online earlier this year, the piece of writing is astute and offers a inclusive run-down of what several types of headset can do for you. Lendino claims,
“Some people happily spend more than half a grand on a new tablet or portable media device with an estimated lifespan of around three years, yet the question we’re asked often is still, “What’s the cheapest pair of headphones I can buy that don’t completely suck?” Headphones, earbuds, and earphones (we’ll describe the difference between them in a bit) are generally viewed as the least essential link in the musical chain—the part you can easily skimp on. In reality, your headphones are the most important link in that chain: A quality pair has a larger impact than the player itself on how your tunes will sound. Also, if well cared for, they will long outlive your planned-to-be-obsolete tablet, phone, or MP3 player. And you don’t have to break the bank, either”.
Whitson Gordon, at ‘Life Hacker.com’, has a very practical article along the equivalent lines, which you can read HERE.
So, to reiterate, brands like Sennheiser or Shure may have sterling reputations (and the reputations are positively well-deserved for some of their products), but I tenaciously advise caring more about the functioning, function and value of your headset, than with what the logo looks like.