Best Headphones for the Office (2019)

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Do you need some good headphones for your office that will help drown out the annoying ambient noise? If so, you want to stick around, because we are about to discuss the best headphones for the office.

Let’s get right to it. 


Best Headphones For The Office: Reviews

1. Philips X2HR Fidelio Over Ear Headphones

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Philips X2HR Fidelio Over Ear Headphone, Black
  • High Resolution audio with 50mm high power drivers
  • Acoustic open-back design

If you are looking for large, comfortable, and high-quality headphones for in the office and for other general music-listening purposes, and you are willing to spend a decent amount of money, the Philips X2HR Fidelio Over Ear Headphones might be great for you.

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The Philips X2HR Fidelio Over Ear Headphones are fairly large and bulky, but on the other hand, they are also made with very lightweight materials.

Moreover, these headphones are fully adjustable in terms of size, plus they have really soft and comfortable padding over the ears, to ensure that they are comfortable to wear.

The memory foam ear pads and the velour cushions will keep you comfortable no matter how long you listen for. 

The Philips X2HR Fidelio Over Ear Headphones are wired headphones, which some people may not like due to there being a wire which can get in the way, but on the other hand, you never have to worry about battery life with them. 

When it comes to sound quality, these are high-res headphones that can go really loud, they are super crisp and clear, and they have great bass sound too.

All in all, we would say that they come in at a moderate-expensive price, but they are super high-quality in terms of sound, and are really comfy too.

Pros

  • Highly comfortable and adjustable
  • Breathable cushioning
  • Great sound quality
  • Never have to worry about battery life
  • Lightweight

Cons

A bit bulky

Best For

The Philips X2HR Fidelio Over Ear Headphones are best for people who want large and high-quality over-the-ear headphones, but don’t want to pay a massive fortune for them. 

2. Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones

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Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, Noise-Cancelling, with Alexa voice control, enabled with Bose AR – Black
  • 3 levels of world-class noise cancellation for better listening experience in any environment
  • Alexa-enabled for voice access to music, information, and more

Here we have an expensive pair of headphones, about twice the price of the ones we just looked at, but that said, they also have great sound quality, are super comfy, and have some other really neat features too.

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For one, the Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones are wireless, so you don’t have to deal with a cable being in your way. Moreover, when it comes to battery life, these headphones are  quite impressive.

They will easily last for a full day before needing to be charged, and they come with the charger included. Another cool high-tech feature is that these headphones come with voice prompts and intuitive controls so you can control the music you are listing too. 

When it comes to sound quality, the Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones are top-notch. They have excellent drivers, they are as crisp and clear as it gets, with great highs and lows, and excellent bass and treble. They are some of the best sounding over-the-ear headphones out there right now. 

Even better is that these are also noise-cancelling headphones, so they more or less totally eliminate outside noise so you can concentrate on the task at hand. Keep in mind that the Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones are also very lightweight, they have comfortable cushioning, and are easily adjustable for size as well.

Pros

  • Very high quality sound
  • Hands free music control
  • Bluetooth compatibility
  • Adjustable, soft, and lightweight
  • Very durable
  • Great battery life
  • Noise cancelling

Cons

Super expensive

Best For

The Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones are best for people who want high-quality over-the-ear headphones that will drown out all outside noise. Of course, you have to be willing to spend a lot for them.

3. Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Headphones

Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Special Edition - Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones
  • Audio Quality: Immersive, high res sound, and powerful speaker drivers deliver the right balance of rich bass, crisp highs, and natural mid tones for your music
  • Active Noise Cancelling Headphones (ANC):Switch on active noise canceling (ANC) to minimize ambient noise while working or traveling

Here we have another pricey pair of headphones, more or less the same price as the ones we just looked at. However, once again, you get what you pay for, and here, for the price, you also get a very high level of quality.

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The Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Headphones are pretty big and bulky — you may not like their large. However, what we can say is that the materials used in their construction are very lightweight.

They are designed with ergonomics and comfort in mind. They are covered with soft padding on the headband and soft cushioning on the earpieces too, plus they can easily be adjusted for size. They might be bulky, but they are pretty comfortable. 

At the same time, the ear cushions are designed to be noise cancelling, so they do a great job at eliminating outside noise, so you can concentrate at the office.

The Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Headphones are awesome in terms of sound quality.

These are super HiFi and high-resolution headphones. In terms of sound quality, clarity, crispness, highs, lows, bass, treble, and more, you will be hard pressed to find better headphones than these.

We like how the Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Headphones also come with a rigid travel case to keep them safe, although they are more than durable enough on their own.

Pros

  • Super sound quality
  • Noise cancelling
  • Very durable
  • Easy to adjust and very comfy 
  • Come with a travel case
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Quite big and bulky

Best For

If you like large headphones with excellent sound quality, want wireless function, and are willing to spend a good deal on them, the Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Headphones are probably right for you. 

4. Shure SE215-K Sound Isolating Earphones

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Shure SE215-K Sound Isolating Earphones with Single Dynamic MicroDriver
  • “-K” designates the product's color variation (black).
  • Evolved from personal monitor technology that's been road-tested by pro musicians, the SE215 offers detailed sound with enhanced bass for personal listening or professional monitoring.

These Shure earphones are a much more affordable option, the least expensive ones on our list, and unlike the 3 other options we have reviewed, these are in-ear headphones, and they have a mic too.

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The Shure SE215-K Sound Isolating Earphones are very small and portable. These are in-ear headphones designed for portability and easy traveling. They are lightweight and can easily fit in any pocket, which also comes in handy for wearing, because they are so small and lightweight that you will barely notice that you are wearing them at all. 

Something we like about the Shure SE215-K Sound Isolating Earphones is that they have noise-cancelling earbuds which block out most outside noise, are very soft and comfortable, create a secure suction fit, and you can get them in different sizes. 

Another thing we like is how the Shure SE215-K Sound Isolating Earphones are wired, because it means not having to deal with batteries, although some people don’t like having a wire in the way. A beneficial aspect is that they come with an integrated microphone so you can easily pick up and make phone calls in the office. 

Pros

  • Decent price
  • Has a microphone
  • Soft, lightweight, and comfortable
  • Noise isolating
  • Portable
  • No need to deal with batteries

Cons

  • Sound quality is not the best
  • Durability is a bit limited

Best For

The Shure SE215-K Sound Isolating Earphones are best for people who want some moderately priced in-ear headphones that are lightweight and comfortable, and have a mic too. 

5. Soundcore Life 2 Headphones

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Soundcore Life 2 Active Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Wireless Headphones, Hi-Res Audio, 30-Hour Playtime, CVC Noise Cancellation, BassUp Technology, Memory-Foam Ear Cushions, and Travel Case [2019 New]
  • 【Hi-Res Audio】Enjoy your music with stunning precision and accuracy. Exclusive BassUpTM technology deepens and intensifies bass in real time.
  • 【Active Noise Cancellation】Effectively reduces external noises for a purer musical experience when traveling or in loud environments.

These are the most affordable headphones on our list today. They are over-the-ear headphones, they have decent quality, and they are easily affordable.

Review

The Soundcore Life 2 Headphones are fairly comfortable, which is always important if you plan to wear them for a long time in the office. They have a lot of padding around the ears with really soft cushioning, and at the same time, they also feature a padded headband, plus they are adjustable for size. 

They are a bit big and bulky, which is not great, but at least they are lightweight, although not the post portable around due to their size, but they are foldable and come with a hard carry case.

We like how the Soundcore Life 2 Headphones are noise cancelling, so they will drown out most of the ambient noise from any workplace.

A drawback here is that the Soundcore Life 2 Headphones don’t seem to be all that durable or long-lasting. Another beneficial feature here is the 30-hour battery life, combined with the Bluetooth wireless connection.

The sound quality is decent, although noticeably worse than with the more expensive options we have reviewed today. 

Pros

  • Comfortable and lightweight
  • Lots of padding
  • Great battery life
  • Come with a carry case
  • Adjustable for size 
  • Good price

Cons

  • Limited durability
  • Not the best sound quality

Best For

The Soundcore Life 2 Headphones are best for people who want headphones with a decent level of quality and good comfort, but don’t want to spend a fortune for them. 


Conclusion

What you need to consider is how much money you’re willing to spend and what level of quality you are looking for. Once you know what your budget is, you can then decide on how many features and what quality level you can spring for. 

About the author

Glen

My name is Glen. I've been in the audio world for over 15 years. I love reviewing audio equipment and solving audio related problems.