Quick Answer: Which brand manufactures the best headphones in the world?If you quoted great labels like Koss and Beats by Dr. Dre , it was ugly – at least this is what a study carried out by the FindTheBest institute and commissioned by the renowned magazine TIME .
Suspicious that most of the brands in the segment invest more in advertising than in sound quality, the paper decided to compare almost 3,000 models of headphones (between low-cost earphones and DJ headsets) considering analyzes published in Specialized sites (such as CNET, WIRED and TechCrunch) and technical features released by the manufacturers.
With the first criterion weighing 80% and the second weighing 20%, the researchers gave a score of 0 to 100 for each model analyzed and then calculated an average for each mark based on these individual scores.The result, which you can see on the interactive chart below, is shocking.
The good guys, the middle men and the “marketeiros”
In the study, “luxury” brands like Plantronics, Beats by Dr. Dre, Skullcandy, Koss, Creative and Philips appear with the worst marks in the ranking (between 57 and 72 points).According to Ben Taylor, who led the research, these manufacturers even have some good quality models in their portfolios, but they also market uncomfortable headphones with poor sound quality.That is, they invest more in marketing than in technical aspects.
Already in the middle range, we find Bose, Apple , Panasonic , Audio-Technica, JVC and Sennheiser – such marks had scores between 73 and 78 points.As in the previous scenario, Taylor points out that manufacturers have excellent models in the market (like Bose’s QuietComfort 15s), but that quality is not repeated throughout the portfolio of each one.
AKG, Sony , Pioneer, Klipsch, Grado and Shure were the top scorers in the survey, with scores of 79 (AKG) and 90 (Shure).These six manufacturers stood out for showing a consistent quality standard among all their marketed devices, without distinction between entry models and top of the line.
It is worth mentioning that the objective of the research was not to compare directly the best headphones of each one of the manufacturers, but to observe which brand manages to offer a good level of quality for all the models of its portfolio.And you, do you agree with the results?