Best Over Ear Headphones 2021: Bose, Sony, Sennheiser, & More!

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David and David tell you about the best over-ear headphones of 2021. This is a six month follow-up to our previous review.

We read your comments and added tested several new pairs of over-ear headphones, including the Shure Aonic 50, Wyze Active Noise Cancelling Headphones, Microsoft Surface Headphones 2, and Sennheiser Momentum Wireless.

Despite testing several new pair headphones, three from our first round of reviews continued to stand out from the pack.

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  1. Introduction [0:00]
  2. We heard you! [0:07]
  3. Why you can trust our reviews [0:20]
  4. Songs we used for testing & what we listened for [0:26]
  5. Apple AirPods Max: Review highlights [0:46]
  6. AKG K371-BT: Review highlights [1:19]
  7. Anker Soundcore Life Q30: Review highlights [1:53]
  8. Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC: Review highlights [2:25]
  9. Bose Noise Cancelling 700: Review highlights [3:02]
  10. House Of Marley Exodus: Review highlights [3:39]
  11. JBL Tour One: Review highlights [4:16]
  12. Koss BT540i: Review highlights [4:47]
  13. Microsoft Surface Headphones 2: Review highlights [5:20]
  14. Sennheiser HD 450BT: Review highlights [5:55]
  15. Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless: Review highlights [6:27]
  16. Shure Aonic 50: Review highlights [7:03]
  17. Sony WH-1000XM4: Review highlights [7:37]
  18. Wyze Active Noise Cancelling Headphones: Review highlights [8:14]
  19. Introduction: Best Over-Ear Headphones Of 2021 [8:49]
  20. #3 Best: Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT [8:55]
  21. #2 Best: Sony WH-1000XM4 [9:34]
  22. #1 Best Over-Ear Headphones Of 2021: Bose Noise Cancelling 700 [10:24]
  23. Dishonorable Mention: Apple AirPods Max [11:10]
  24. Introduction: The Worse Over-Ear Headphones Of 2021 [11:55]
  25. David P.’s #3 Worst: Sennheiser HD 450BT [11:59]
  26. David L.’s #3 Worst: Wyze Active Noise Cancelling Headphones [12:27]
  27. David P.’s #2 Worst: Wyze Active Noise Cancelling Headphones [12:36]
  28. David L.’s #2 Worst: House Of Marley Exodus [13:04]
  29. David P.’s #1 Worst: House Of Marley Exodus [13:33]
  30. David L.’s #1 Worst: Skullcandy Crusher Wireless [13:47]
  31. Dishonorable Mention: Bowers & Wilkins PX7 [14:31]
  32. Dishonorable Mention: JBL Tour One [14:44]
  33. Dishonorable Mention: Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC [15:11]

How to buy these over-ear headphones:
🎧 Apple AirPods Max from Best Buy: https://www.payetteforward.com/bb/airpods-max
🎧 Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT: https://geni.us/GBF7WJE (Amazon)
🎧 Beats Studio3: https://geni.us/HVYXGk (Amazon)
🎧 Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700: https://geni.us/tvAq (Amazon)
🎧 Bose QuietComfort 35 II: https://geni.us/vZpFCR (Amazon)
🎧 Bose SoundLink Over-Ear Wireless Headphones: https://geni.us/A83loG (Amazon)
🎧 Sony WH-1000XM4: https://geni.us/v9ut6 (Amazon)
🎧 Shure Aonic 50: https://geni.us/A7IoOk (Amazon)
🎧 Wyze ANC Headphones: https://geni.us/pw9ND (Amazon)
🎧 Microsoft Surface 2 Headphones: https://geni.us/ylTGj0 (Amazon)
🎧 Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless: https://geni.us/9hGfo (Amazon)
🎧 Sennheiser 450BT: https://geni.us/CXY3Ohj (Amazon)
🎧 AKG K371-BT: https://geni.us/ullc (Amazon)
🎧 House Of Marley Exodus: https://geni.us/A0YqX (Amazon)
🎧 Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC: https://geni.us/sII9lO (Amazon)
🎧 Anker Soundcore Life Q30: https://geni.us/A5Pm (Amazon)
🎧 Koss BT540i: https://geni.us/TBxAPo (Amazon)
🎧 JBL Tour One: https://geni.us/A4fQ6S (Amazon)

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Tracks We Used For Testing:
🎵 “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk — Pristine, well-recorded track: Overall clarity, space
🎵 “Jack Of Speed” by Steely Dan — Pristine, well-recorded track: Overall quality, 3D space
🎵 “Weird Fishes” by Radiohead/Noordpool Orchestra — Wide Dynamic Range: Clarity from loud to soft & “big” soundstage
🎵 “Tin Pan Alley” by Stevie Ray Vaughan — Wide Dynamic Range: Clarity from soft to loud & “live” sound
🎵 “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson — Bass: Makes you want to move but not overpowering
🎵 “Morning” by Beck — Bass: Not too much or too little (Goldilocks zone)
🎵 “Brass Monkey” by Beastie Boys — Bass: Powerful but doesn’t get muddy / rumbly
🎵 “Waterwheel” by Kronos Quartet — Dynamic range & space: Sounds like sound is coming from outside your head

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