Some 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.
We've tested over 700 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best headphones you can buy that offer audio via USB-C. 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 type-C earbuds we've tested. They're normally found around the $50 mark, but you can sometimes find them on sale for a much more wallet-friendly price. While they're simple in design, these wired gaming headphones come in a few different color schemes and have a USB-C adapter so you can connect them to devices with a USB port, like your PC or phone. The USB adapter adds latency to your connection, although it isn't enough to be too noticeable. On the upside, 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. However, they don't have any sound 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 a bit limited. They passively block out a decent amount of mid-range noise like conversation and don't leak very much audio.
If you're looking for something more wallet-friendly, the best USB-C earphones in the budget category we've tested are the Samsung AKG Type-C. These wired earbuds have a similarly comfortable and well-built design as the Logitech G333, but you can only use them via USB-C, which limits their versatility. They provide a low latency connection with PCs and Android devices, so you won't experience audio syncing issues if you use them to watch a video on your phone. They have a lightweight, comfortable design, so they won't cause much fatigue, even if you wear them for hours at a time. The braided audio cable also feels durable, and they're well-built.
These in-ears have a bass-rich sound profile that adds extra punch and boom to your audio. The rest of the range is well-balanced, so instruments and lead vocals are present and clear in your mixes. Unfortunately, they don't have noise cancelling (ANC) and won't isolate you from bass-range noise like the rumble of bus and plane engines. They can still passively block out mid-range noise like background chatter at the office.
If you prefer the fit and feel of over-ear headphones, the best type-C headphones we've tested are the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. Although you can use them wirelessly via Bluetooth, these over-ears also come with a USB-C to USB-C cable that you can connect to your smartphone with low audio latency. In addition, they have an ANC system to help block out an impressive amount of noise, including the low rumble of bus and plane engines. They're a lot bulkier than the Logitech G333, which is normal from over-ears, and their soft case won't protect the headphones from anything other than dust and light water exposure.
These over-ear headphones are very well-built and have a comfortable, well-padded design. Their default sound profile brings extra thump and rumble to mixes, which will 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. When you use them wirelessly, their battery provides roughly 17 hours of continuous use.
If you work in a call center or make many calls in your day-to-day job, you'll want to check out the Logitech Zone Wired. Unlike the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless, they're not meant to be used casually and aren't very versatile. That said, they've got a boom mic that ensures a very good overall experience for calls. Your voice sounds clear and natural, even in moderately noisy environments like a busy office. That said, these on-ears struggle to block out noise around you, which can make it hard to hear your conversations clearly.
These lightweight and comfortable headphones have a fairly flat mid-range, which ensures that voices sound accurate. However, you can finetune their sound as well as adjust their mic level and sidetone via their companion software. Their in-line controls are handy, and it allows you to answer calls on Microsoft Teams, mute and unmute your mic, and adjust your volume. They're well-built and have a braided detachable audio cable with a clip that you can use to prevent it from swinging around when in use.
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.
Jan 05, 2022: Removed the Google Pixel USB-C Earbuds as the 'More Stable Alternative' to the Samsung AKG Type-C because they aren't currently easy to find in stock. Added the Sennheiser SC 160 USB-C Headset as an 'Alternative With A Βetter Mic Performance'.
Nov 09, 2021: Removed the Drop + THX Panda Wireless as they aren't currently in stock from major retailers.
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.