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 600 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 best USB-C earbuds that we've tested are the Logitech G333. These gaming-oriented headphones use a 1/8" TRRS cable for their wired connection but also come with a USB-C adapter included, so you can use them with devices that have a USB port. They provide a virtually latency-free connection with PCs via USB, making them a suitable choice for gamers who prefer earbuds.
They're quite comfortable, stable, and are equipped with an in-line mic with decent recording quality. Their bass-heavy sound profile adds thump, punch, and boom to tracks and helps bring out sound effects in action-packed games, although some listeners may find it a bit overwhelming. These headphones passively block out some noise, like ambient conversation and humming A/C units, and they don't leak very much sound, so you can turn up your music without bothering people around you too much.
Unfortunately, they don't have a companion app that offers sound customization options like an EQ or presets. Also, while their in-line controls are easy to use, gamers may find them a bit lacking since there's no mic mute button. That said, they're decent for gaming and worth considering if you're looking for USB-C earbuds for more casual use as well.
The best USB-C headphones that we've tested are the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. These over-ears have a comfortable fit, so you can wear them throughout your day without too much fatigue. Since they also support Bluetooth for a wireless connection, they have a great battery performance and last over 17 hours on a single charge.
Their bass-heavy sound profile delivers a thumpy, punchy sound that's well-suited for genres like EDM. That said, if you prefer to tweak their sound to your liking, their Sennheiser Smart Control app offers a parametric EQ as well as presets. They also have an impressive active noise cancelling feature that can help block out the rumble of engines on your commute or ambient chatter at the office.
Unfortunately, if you like to listen to your audio at a high volume at the office, those around you are likely to hear it. Their over-ear design also makes them fairly bulky, and they're not very portable. That said, if you prefer an over-ear design, these offer a versatile and customizable sound experience.
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 budget USB-C headphones 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.
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.
Dec 21, 2020: Replaced the Google Pixel USB-C Earbuds with the Samsung AKG Type-C as 'Best Budget'. Added the Google Pixel USB-C Earbuds as a 'More Stable Alternative'.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best USB-C headphones 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.