Stuff Singapore Readers' Choice Awards: Headphones of the Year 2016 finalists

Let’s hear it for the awesome ‘fones that brought joy to your eardrums

Listen up because this list contains the most remarkable headphones that have graced our music-loving lives in 2016.

Whether you want to go wireless or stay plugged in; like them big and comfy or sleek and compact; trying to block out the world or in it for that sweet, sweet bass — we’ve picked the cans that’ll do the job.

Our ears are still ringing though, so it’s up to you to decide the winner d(-_-)b


Bose QuietComfort 35

Boasting enough battery life (20 hours!) to get you through any long haul flight, these super comfy Bluetooth cans make incredible travel headphones. With superior noise-cancelling and overall sound quality, these headphones will block out the world (or the rest of the plane) in a good way.

Sony MDR-1000X

The sound on the MDR-1000X is smooth and controlled on the low end and full and clear on the mids with detailed highs, making them a solid option for music lovers. Throw in active noise-cancellation, easy to use intuitive touch controls and an elegant foldable design, and you’ve got one of the best wireless headphones on the market.

Sennheiser PXC550 Wireless

Able to achieve that full-bodied Sennheiser sound we've come to expect, the wireless PXC550 also does an admirable job of balancing connectivity, noise-cancellation, comfort and battery life. The result? Audio that is clear on vocals, rich on instrumentals and just as strong at the bass end of the spectrum.

Apple AirPods

Despite the myriad Internet memes on these futuristic-looking wireless earphones, Apple has once again displayed its propensity for innovation. The AirPod’s W1 chip makes for wonderfully intuitive quick and painless pairing, it’s got very decent sound quality, and it comes with a neat battery-boosting case — all this crammed into an amazingly lightweight and compact package.

Audeze iSine 10

Like a pair of high-end speakers shrunk down to fit into your ears, these planar magnetic buds produce insanely high quality audio, with outstanding range extension from deep sub-bass to high end treble. Music sounds deliciously crisp and clear even at near-deafening levels, plus they come with both a Lightning and 3.5mm cable, so no one has to miss out on the fun.