Best on-ear headphones of 2015


On-ear headphones usually refers to lightweight, non-earbud models with two general headband styles: standard vertical bands that arch over the head, or horizontal designs that extend behind the head or neck. They're also known as supra-aural, named for the cups that sit on top of your ears. These models are usually open-backed designs, meaning they'll leak your music to the world around you.

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Beyerdynamic T 51 p

The Beyerdynamic T 51 p is one of the best on-ear headphones available, offering excellent sound quality and a comfortable fit.

Price: $329.00 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2

The Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2 has the same winning design of its highly rated predecessor, but now it sounds even better.

Price: $449.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

V-Moda XS Headphones

If you're looking for a $150-$250 on-ear headphone, the well-built V-Moda XS should be on your short list.

4 stars Excellent

Bose SoundTrue On-Ear

The Bose SoundTrue On-Ear is a very comfortable everyday-use headphone that sounds good and collapses into a very compact carrying case.

4 stars Excellent

Beats Solo 2

These Solo 2 may not win audiophile hearts and ears, but for its intended audience -- namely, folks who are looking for a fast, exciting headphone with lots of high-quality bass -- this is an excellent on-ear headphone.

Price: $259.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sennheiser Momentum On Ear (Blue)

The Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear may not fully match the larger Momentum's excellent sonics, but it gets you 80 percent of the way there.

Price: $185.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Harman Kardon Classic

The Harman Kardon Classic on-ear headphones combine impressive design and excellent sound quality to create a very enticing headphone set for a comparatively fair price.

4 stars Excellent

Beyerdynamic DTX 350p

The Beyerdynamic DTX 350 p may look like a budget-priced headphone, but it delivers sound usually found in more expensive models.

4 stars Excellent

KEF M500

They're fairly pricey, but the combination of very good sound and a sleek, comfortable design, make the KEF M500s contenders in the $300 price class.

Price: $399.00 - $419.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

MEElectronics Atlas (Orion Metallic)

The MEElectronics Atlas offer distinctive looks, a full suite of features, and sound quality that can't be faulted at this price.

4 stars Excellent