Sony headphones are known for their quality, wide selection, and great design. The brand has built a name for itself across multiple markets and it’s a major competitor in audio equipment. Not all Sony headphones are made the same, so we have put together a list of our favorites to save you the hassle of looking through a sea of options.
The best Sony headphones:
Editor’s note: This list of the best Sony headphones will be updated regularly as new products launch.
1. Sony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass
Sony headphones are nice, but they can get very expensive. Those looking for something affordable, without sacrificing quality, can take a look at the Sony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass earbuds. These earbuds sport a large housing and, like the company’s other “Extra Bass” products, these place a great deal of emphasis on the low-end. Unfortunately, the designers omitted any sort of control module.
2. Sony MDR-7506
Sony's MDR-7506 headphones can be found in classrooms, studios, and speech labs.
Although they’ll work in any context, the Sony MDR-7506 are intended for studio monitoring. In general, these are a reliable and legendary pair of headphones with that “it” factor. The long 9.8-foot cable is great for studio use but may need tying up to avoid comical unwieldiness while out and about. They can be found in classrooms, studios, and speech labs. If you’re looking for headphones under $100 that have proven they last for years on end, these are the headphones to buy.
3. Sony WI1000X
The WI-1000X is for people who want a better audio experience from their smartphone while driving or doing other activities without covering their ears. This product will vibrate if you get a call. The added size usually gives these around-the-neck headphones more battery life, and this one will last up to 10 hours on a single charge.
4. Sony PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset
The Sony PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset supports virtual 7.1 surround sound and can connect to the Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, and PC without issue (though Vita and PC only support stereo sound). It comes with both a wired 3.5mm cable and a USB dongle for connecting to devices, so you shouldn’t have any compatibility issues. Battery life averages at around 8 hours per charge. It might not look like it, but the headset also has a mic embedded into left earphone, so you can chat to your heart’s content, though you’ll sound a lot like you’re talking in a tin can using it.
5. Sony WF-1000XM3
Sony doesn’t disappoint with the WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds.
Sony doesn’t disappoint with the WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds. These sleek buds pack a punch when it comes to combatting external noise. The ANC technology handles low-end frequencies extremely well. Again noise cancellation is superb, and if you’re in a scenario where it’s important to hear your surroundings, you can enable Ambient Sound mode. Sound quality is also great, despite the lack of high-quality codec support. Battery life is ok: our friends at SoundGuys.com were able to pull 4.76 hours of playback. Many would say the Sony WF-1000XM3’s are the most serious AirPod competitors.
6. Sony WH-1000XM3
The noise cancelling Sony WH-1000XM3 had large shoes to fill after the seemingly endless praise received by the WH-1000XM2.
The noise canceling Sony WH-1000XM3 had large shoes to fill after the seemingly endless praise received by the WH-1000XM2. This third iteration is more future-proof since it’s outfitted with USB-C charging. The new model features deeper ear pads for increased comfort. Just like the previous generation, you can get by using the WH-1000XM3 without ever removing your phone from your pocket, thanks to the intuitive touch controls. Additionally, these cans effectively insulate you from the environment, making them great for commuting, air travel, and general zoning out.
7. Sony WH-XB900N
Sony has been on everyone’s wish list with the WH-1000XM3 headphones, but those are not cheap. This is why when the company released the WH-XB900N Sony headphones they caught our attention. For a good amount less, these offer many of the same features including active noise cancelling, touch-sensitive playback controls, and super long battery life.
8. Sony MDR-Z1R WW2 Signature
The MDR-Z1R are the absolute best Sony headphones you can find, but they are also the most expensive.
These are the absolute best Sony headphones you can find, but they are also the most expensive with an MSRP of $1,799. You can usually find them a little cheaper on Amazon, but they are still very pricey. All that cash gets you massive 70mm drivers, up to 120Khz frequency response, a resonance-free all-metal housing, and a comfortable leather. Professionals swear by these, and their Amazon rating holds up to standards at 4.4 stars.
Those are the best Sony headphones you can buy right now! Grab one of these and enjoy your listening experience.