If you are a music lover, a set of headphones plays an important part in helping you experience music on a whole other level. However, shopping for the right pair of headphones can be tough because there is a huge variety of headphone types available from a wide range of brands. Each set offers different features from noise isolation to wireless operation. Whether you’re listening at home or on the go, it is worth investing in the best headphones you can afford. Following are 8 best headphones to buy in 2014. Let’s check out now.

1. Philips Fidelio L2

Philips Fidelio L2 headphones are an update to the successful L1, which is a must-have pair of headphones for anyone who’s serious about sound. These new semi-open-backed headphones feature some changes to the original L1 with a redesigned headband and lighter materials. In addition, the Fidelio L2 has a variety of sound improvements. It is available for €279.

2. Beats by Dre Powerbeats

Available for £120, Beats by Dre Powerbeats earphones are designed in partnership with famed basketball star LeBron James and aimed at runners with a typically bright and colourful look. They have a sweat-resistant design with an inline microphone and remote controls. The ear hook-style Powerbeats wrap around the ear, so they feel secure and well positioned. Especially, they have a deeper bass and stronger sound compared to some other buds.

3. Bose QuietComfort 15

Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones have an extra-comfortable design with battery life at around 35 hours. They have a removable cable, so you can use them to simply block noise. The QuietComfort 15s now feature a mic inside and outside of each ear cup along with improved sound quality. However, the best thing about these headphones is its highly effective noise-canceling circuitry. Currently, the QC 15 is available for $ 299.95.

4. Griffin WoodTones

Griffin WoodTones over-the-ear headphones are also among the best headphones in 2014 with a high quality audio performance. They have the back of each earcup topped with wood and they are not the first wooden headphones Griffin has made. These headphones feature a 50mm driver and removable 3.5mm cable that includes an inline microphone for taking calls on your phone and remote control. The devices are available for $ 99.99.

5. Monster iSport Victory

Available for £129.95, Monster iSport Victory in-ear headphones are sweat-proof and washable that are ideal for running. With a robust, durable design, they feature a patented SportClip for greater comfort and their eartips are Anti-Microbial. The headphones also have a ControlTalk in-line mic that delivers decent sound quality for hands-free calls. Besides, they feature an exclusive Omnitip, which can fit almost any ear shape.

6. Bowers & Wilkins P5

Available for $ 299.95, Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones are not cheap but they are really worth every penny. They look stunning with a beautiful design. They weigh at 6.9 ounces, and their square earpads and headband are made of genuine sheep leather. They are also equipped with iPhone/iPod in-line remote control. Besides, the Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones offer an excellent audio performance and long-lasting comfort.

7. Parrot Zik

Parrot Zik headphones, which are available for $ 399.00, are among the most technically impressive cans you can buy these days. They bring a slick, eye-catching design with luxuriously padded earcups and sculpted metal, swiveling armatures. The Ziks also have a relatively comfortable fit and offer a number of features such as active noise-cancellation and touch-sensitive controls. A removable and replaceable battery is provided, too. Besides, the Parrot Zik headphones offer NFC capabilities and an app for iOS and Android smartphones.

8. Shure SE425

Shure SE425 in-ear headphones are available for $ 349.00. The detachable black cable is 64 inches long while the bulky earpieces come in two styles – metallic or clear. The SE425 ships with a black, zip-shut oval protective case, an earwax-cleaning tool and a ¼-inch adapter for larger headphone jacks. Plus, they offer a high quality, flat-response audio performance as well as great sound quality.

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