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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2014: Editor's Choice - Part 1

Best Headphones for Everyday Use

Best Headphones for Everyday Use

If you are willing to forgo a little bit of portability, headphones are an excellent option for those looking to enjoy some quality audio. Modern headphones not only come with greater compatibility with smartphones, but are now designed for easy transportation and stowage. We round up a selection of high performance over-ear headphones priced between S$350 to S$500 that are perfect for everyday use and determine the victor.

Nominees: 

 

  • Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro
  • Bose AE2w
  • Creative Sound Blaster Evo Zx
  • Philips Fidelio X1
  • Sennheiser Momentum
  • Yamaha HPH-MT220
     

 

And the Winner Is...

Sennheiser Momentum

If you’re looking for new on-ears, you can’t go wrong with the Sennheiser Momentum. The headphones have a modern aesthetic with a leather headband and metal constructed ear-cup sliders that should appeal to urban sensibilities. Extremely lightweight and portable, the Momentum also comes with a carrying case, making it easy to transport. The headphones themselves are comfortable when worn and provide great sound. While the tone might favor the lower frequencies a tiny bit, the overall melody is always rendered well whether the source is MP3s, music streaming services such as Spotify, CD tracks or even lossless recordings. The Sennheiser Momentum hits every mark any modern consumer would expect from their headphones. It looks stylish, sounds great, is comfortable and portable along with offering compatibility with smartphones.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Bose AE2w
Creative Sound Blaster Evo Zx
Philips Fidelio X1
Sennheiser Momentum
Yamaha HPH-MT220
Design  8.5 8.0 7.5 8.5 9.0 8.0
Features  9.0 8.5 9.0 8.5 8.0 8.5
User-Friendliness  9.0 8.5 7.0 9.0 8.5 8.5
Performance   8.0 8.0 7.0 8.5 9.0 9.0
Value  8.5 8.0 7.5 8.0 8.0 8.5
Overall  8.5 8.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 8.5

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.

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