More and more phone manufacturers on the market are switching to USB-C ports as a one-size-fits-all connection for power, file transfer, and audio connection. As such, the headphones market has followed suit and started releasing more models that come with USB-C analog cables. Some USB-C headphones are wired-only, while others offer the flexibility of being used wirelessly, too.
We've tested over 720 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best USB-C earphones and headphones. For more picks, check out our recommendations for the best headphones, the best Bluetooth headphones, and the best true wireless earbuds.
The best USB-C headphones we've tested are the Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 Wireless. These premium headphones are designed to work both via Bluetooth and analog, so you can use them in any scenario. They have a snug, comfy fit around your ears, but the headband puts pressure on the side of your head, which negatively affects comfort over long listening sessions. Fortunately, they have a robust control scheme that's easy to learn and use, and their battery lasts over 37 hours on a single charge, so they'll last repeat workdays without needing a top-up.
Out of the box, these headphones have an excited, V-shaped sound profile that delivers extra bright treble and thumpy bass. While this makes them well-suited for genres like pop and hip-hop, the mix ends up sounding muddy and piercing as a result. Fortunately, their companion app lets you change their sound via graphic EQ and presets. Their ANC also works well, keeping you isolated from mid and high-range background noise, like office chatter and whiny AC units, respectively, but don't do as well isolating you from low-frequency noise, like bus engines or heavy traffic during a commute. Their integrated mic is decent, making your voice sound clear and natural while also keeping it well isolated from moderate background noise. However, louder noise, like a passing train or bus, will drown your voice out.
The best USB-C headphones for calls are the Audeze Maxwell Wireless. Even though they're gaming headphones, they have a fairly non-descript look, and unlike the Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 Wireless, their USB-C connection offers full mic and audio compatibility. What also sets them apart from other picks on this list is that they come with a boom mic as well as an integrated mic, which is handy if you want them to look even more casual. Both mics make your voice sound very clear and natural. The boom mic also has fantastic noise handling, ensuring that you're audible throughout the call, no matter where you are. However, since the integrated mic sits further away from your mouth, this mic has a harder time separating speech from noise, and won't offer you nearly the same level of noise handling as the boom mic.
Their battery lasts nearly 78 hours on a single charge, so they'll last through several long shifts. They're also decently comfortable but are a little bulky and noticeably heavy, which can be fatiguing over a long workday. Fortunately, they deliver an extremely neutral sound profile. Whether you're listening to others on a conference call, or enjoying music in your downtime, their sound is very accurate and well-balanced from bass to treble. You can also finetune them to your liking using their companion app's EQ presets. Keep in mind that they lack ANC. While they do a solid job of reducing ambient chatter, some noise like heavy traffic from an open window can drown out audio coming from the other end of your call. Additionally, these headphones are hard to find in stock, which can be a deal-breaker if you don't want to wait for restocks.
The Logitech G333 are the best type-C earbuds we've tested. They're normally found around the $50 mark, but you can often find them on sale for even cheaper. While they're simple in design, these wired gaming in-ears come in a few different color schemes and have an AUX to USB-C adapter to connect them to devices with a USB-C port, like your PC or phone. The adapter adds latency to your connection, but it isn't too noticeable. On the upside, they're stable and have a comfortable design that doesn't tire out your inner ear, so they're suitable for long gaming sessions.
Their bass-heavy sound profile adds extra body and punch to mixes that can help bring out sound effects in action-packed games. However, they don't have any customization features to help you adjust their sound to your liking. There's also no way to mute the mic or skip tracks with the in-line remote, so their onboard control scheme is limited. Fortunately, they passively block out a decent amount of mid-range noise like conversation and don't leak very much audio.
Feb 14, 2023: Quality-of-life update for better market relevance and readability. Due to changes in availability, we've also mentioned the best way to get the Logitech Zone Wired.
Dec 16, 2022: Public message: Zone Wired and renamed the category: 'Best USB-C Headphones For Phone Calls' as the Logitech are more comfortable and have sound customization features.
Apr 29, 2022: Added the Drop + THX Panda Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Mar 02, 2022: Renamed 'Alternative With A Better Mic Performance' to 'Alternative For Phone Calls' to better reflect usage.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best type-C earphones for most people in each price range. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.
If you want to check out our reviews yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of USB-C headphones. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no headphones are perfect, most are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not too noticeable unless you look for them.