Many phones on the market have a single USB-C port as a one-size-fits-all connection for powering the device, sending files, and audio connectivity. This port technology has become more popular with manufacturers in recent years, and nearly all mobile devices come with a USB-C port. Some USB-C headphones are wired-only, while others offer the flexibility of being used wirelessly, too. While we haven't tested a lot of USB-C headphones, we plan on updating the article as we test more in the future.
We've tested over 615 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best USB-C headphones you can buy. Also, check out our recommendations for the best headphones, the best Bluetooth headphones, and the best true wireless earbuds.
The Logitech G333 are the best USB-C earbuds that we've tested. These wired gaming headphones come with a USB-C adapter so you can connect them to devices with a USB port, like your PC or phone. They have virtually no latency when you connect to a PC via USB, so you shouldn't notice audio lag if you use them for gaming.
They have a stable, comfortable design and don't put much pressure on your ears when you wear them, so they're suitable for long gaming sessions. Their bass-heavy sound profile adds extra body and punch to mixes and can help bring out sound effects in action-packed games. They passively block out a decent amount of mid-range noise like conversation and don't leak very much audio.
Unfortunately, they don't have app support and lack sound customization features like an EQ or presets. There's also no way to mute the mic or skip tracks with the in-line remote, so their onboard control scheme is a bit limited. Otherwise, they're a solid choice if you're looking for USB-C earbuds for gaming or more casual use.
The best Type-C headphones that we've tested are the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. These over-ear headphones are very well-built and have a comfortable, well-padded design. Their active noise cancelling (ANC) feature blocks out an impressive amount of noise, including the low rumble of bus and plane engines, so they're suitable for commuting.
You can use them wired with their USB-C to USB-C cable, or wirelessly via Bluetooth. When you use them wirelessly, their battery provides roughly 17 hours of continuous use on a single charge. Their default sound profile brings extra thump and rumble to mixes, which should please fans of bass-rich genres like EDM and hip-hop, but if you prefer a different sound, you can also customize it with an EQ and presets in the Sennheiser Smart Control app.
Unfortunately, they leak quite a bit of sound, so if you listen to music at high volumes at the office, people around you are likely to hear it. Like a lot of over-ear headphones, they're also fairly bulky, and they only come with a soft pouch that offers limited protection. That said, if you're looking for USB-C headphones, these are a versatile, customizable option.
If you want USB-C headphones with better battery performance, you may prefer the Drop + THX Panda Wireless. These over-ear headphones lack an ANC feature and aren't as comfortable as the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless, but they have much longer continuous battery life and recharge more quickly. They come with a USB-C to USB-C cable you can use to receive audio from PCs and provide very low latency when connected this way. Their sound profile is smooth and warm, but it lacks some low-bass, so mixes may be a little light on thump and rumble. Unfortunately, they don't have an app that offers sound customization features, although you can use a third-party app's EQ. They're also prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery, so you may need to take the time to adjust their fit, seal, and position on your head to get the same sound with every use.
If you want headphones with a customizable sound profile and active noise cancellation, go for the Sennheiser. However, if you want a pair with longer battery life, go for the Drop.
The best USB-C earphones at a budget level that we've tested are the Samsung AKG Type-C. These well-built headphones have a comfortable fit that's suitable for long listening sessions, and they even come with several different sizes of earbud tips to help you get the best possible fit. Thanks to their wired-only design, you don't have to worry about running out of battery or latency issues while watching videos.
Out-of-the-box, they have a very neutral sound profile that packs a little extra punch in the bass range, making them suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. They don't leak a lot of noise, either, so you can crank up the volume on your favorite tunes without bothering those around you. Also, their in-line mic has a good recording quality, so your voice sounds clear and full-bodied to whoever's on the other end of the line.
Unfortunately, they don't have an ANC feature, and their noise isolation performance is just mediocre. If you plan to wear them on a crowded bus or plane, you still hear bass-heavy background noises like the rumble of engines. However, they can passively isolate against higher-frequency ambient sounds, like people talking in an office.
If you're looking for a more stable pair of budget USB-C earbuds, consider the Google Pixel USB-C Earbuds. While they aren't as well-built or as comfortable as the Samsung AKG Type-C, these headphones have cable loops with an adjustable length that act like stability fins to help them on your ears during your workouts. They have a boomy sound profile that adds a lot of punch to your mix; however, they lack in low-bass, so you don't really feel the rumble in bass-heavy music genres. Their in-line microphone has an impressive recording quality, too, which is handy if you like to make phone calls. Unfortunately, they have an awful noise isolation performance, so they aren't really ideal to use in noisy environments.
If you want a pair of budget USB-C headphones that are better-built, more comfortable, and have better noise isolation, check out the Samsung. However, if you prefer a more stable fit for the gym, consider the Google.
Sep 10, 2021: Checked picks to ensure that they represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are in stock.
Jul 14, 2021: Replaced the Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC with the Logitech G333 as the 'Best USB-C Earbuds' because the Razer are currently out of stock. Added the Drop + THX Panda Wireless as the 'Alternative With A Longer Battery Life' to the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless.
May 18, 2021: Added the Corsair HS70 Bluetooth as 'More Comfortable Alternative' as these headphones offer a unique gaming experience that combines both Bluetooth and USB-C cable capabilities.
Mar 19, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Jan 18, 2021: Added the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE to Notable Mentions. They're well-built gaming headphones that can be used with a USB-C connection. However, their boom microphone doesn't outperform the JBL Quantum ONE's boom mic.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best USB headphones with a Type-C connector 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.