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The 5 Best USB-C Headphones - Winter 2024 Reviews

Best USB-C Headphones

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 cables. Some USB-C headphones are wired-only, while others offer the flexibility of being used wirelessly.

We've tested over 765 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.

  1. Best USB-C Headphones

    The Bowers & Wilkins Px8 Wireless are the best USB-C headphones we've tested. These premium headphones are designed to work via Bluetooth, USB, or analog, so they're very versatile. They have a sturdy, premium design and a comfortable fit that's ideal for longer listening sessions, with extra features like active noise canceling and multi-device pairing to improve their performance. The ANC feature does a very good job of blocking background noises, so these headphones are a solid pick for listening while on the go.

    These headphones have a bass-heavy sound profile out of the box. The extra thump, punch, and boom can help make mixes with a prominent bassline feel more lively, but it also slightly muddies vocals and instruments in your mix. While it's not the most robust equalizer out there, the Bowers & Wilkins Music app offers bass and treble sliders to give you some control over their sound. Unfortunately, you'll only be able to receive audio via wired USB as this connection doesn't support mic input.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range USB-C Headphones

    Check out the Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 Wireless for premium headphones at a lower price point. Like their more premium cousin, they're designed to work via Bluetooth, USB, and analog. They have a snug, comfy fit around your ears, but the headband puts pressure on the side of your head, negatively affecting comfort over long listening sessions. Their ANC also works well, isolating you from mid and high-range background noise, like office chatter and PC fans. However, they don't do quite as well isolating you from low-frequency noises compared to the Bowers & Wilkins Px8 Wireless. However, like the Px8, they only support audio via wired USB.

    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 a bit muddy and piercing. Fortunately, their companion app lets you change their sound to your preferences via a graphic EQ and presets. They're a good choice if you're looking for more wallet-friendly USB-C headphones.

    See our review

  3. Best Sounding USB-C Headphones

    If sound quality is your thing, the Focal Bathys Wireless are the best-sounding USB-C headphones we've tested. These Bluetooth headphones are designed for audiophiles on the go and have several connection options, including a USB-C to USB-C cable for newer devices. While they have perceptible latency via wired USB since they're performing analog-to-digital conversion, it's not much of an issue if you're only listening to audio. The USB connection also allows you to benefit from higher audio quality than via Bluetooth, thanks to their DAC.

    They have French-made aluminum-magnesium dynamic drivers, which deliver a rich sound profile with a well-balanced bass range and clear vocals and instruments. You can fine-tune their sound using their companion app if you want a different sound. However, this high-quality design makes them significantly more expensive than the Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 Wireless. They're also bulky and have a high weight and clamping force that can cause fatigue after long listening periods, especially if you wear glasses.

    Fortunately, they have good noise cancellation performance. While they can't eliminate all the noise from a rumbly bus engine, they'll keep you isolated from nearby chit-chat and whiny AC units. They also last nearly 30 hours on a single charge, meaning they'll get you through a few long work days without recharging if you use them wirelessly.

    See our review

  4. Best Type-C Headphones For Phone Calls

    The best call-centric USB-C headphones are the Audeze Maxwell Wireless. Even though they're gaming headphones, they have a fairly non-descript look, and 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 detachable boom mic and 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 you're audible throughout the call, no matter where you are.

    These headphones deliver an extremely neutral sound profile. Whether listening to others on a conference call or enjoying music in your downtime, their sound is accurate and well-balanced from bass to treble. You can also fine-tune them 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 make your voice sound less clear on 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.

    See our review

  5. Best USB-C Earbuds

    The Logitech G333 are the best type-C earbuds we've tested. You can normally find them around the $50 mark, but you can often get them on sale for even cheaper. While they're simple in design, these gaming wired in-ears come in a few 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 this 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 much audio.

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Notable Mentions

  • Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless: The Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless are a good alternative to the Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 Wireless if you want mid-range USB-C headphones with a solid ANC performance. However, they aren't as well-built or stable as the Bowers & Wilkins. See our review
  • Beats Studio Pro Wireless: The Beats Studio Pro Wireless are mid-range headphones with a neutral sound out-of-the-box. They aren't as comfortable or as well-built as the Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 Wireless. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 04, 2024: We've checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. However, our recommendations have remained the same.

  2. Nov 02, 2023: We've changed this article's text to ensure consistency with our Test Bench 1.6 results, which changed how we measure latency. Our picks have remained the same, though. For more information on this test bench, please see our changelog.

  3. Sep 05, 2023: Added the Bowers & Wilkins Px8 Wireless as the top pick. The Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 Wireless move to the 'Best Mid-Range' pick. Removed the Sennheiser Momentum 3 as 'Best Noise Cancelling' since the Px8's noise isolation performance is roughly similar. Added the Sennheiser Momentum 3 and the Beats Solo Pro Wireless as Notable Mentions.

  4. Jul 11, 2023: Added the Focal Bathys Wireless as our pick for the 'Best-Sounding USB-C Headphones' and the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless as our pick for the 'Best Noise Cancelling USB-C Headphones'.

  5. May 09, 2023: Updated picks to focus on over-ear options.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best headphones with a USB-C connection 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.