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The 4 Best USB-C Headphones - Spring 2022 Reviews

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Best USB-C Headphones

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.

We've tested over 675 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.


  1. Best USB-C Earbuds: Logitech G333

    The Logitech G333 are the type-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.

    See our review

  2. Best USB-C Headphones: Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless

    The best type-C headphones we've tested are the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. Although you can also 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. They have active noise cancelling (ANC), which helps them block out an impressive amount of noise, including the low rumble of bus and plane engines.

    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 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. When you use them wirelessly, their battery provides roughly 17 hours of continuous use on a single charge.

    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 many over-ear headphones, they're also bulky, and they only come with a soft pouch that offers limited protection. If you're looking for USB-C headphones, these are a versatile, customizable option.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget USB-C Headphones: Samsung AKG Type-C

    The best USB-C earphones in the budget category that we've tested are the Samsung AKG Type-C. These wired earbuds provide a low latency connection with PCs and Android devices, so you shouldn't experience audio syncing issues if you use them to watch a video on your phone. The braided audio cable feels durable, and they're well-built overall.

    They have a lightweight, comfortable design, so they shouldn't cause much fatigue even if you wear them for hours at a time. Their bass-rich sound profile adds some extra punch and boom to your audio, but the rest of the range is well-balanced, so instruments and lead vocals are also present and clear. They also do a good job of passively blocking out mid-range noise like background chatter at the office.

    Ηowever, they don't have an ANC feature and don't isolate you from bass-range noise like the rumble of bus and plane engines. They're not very customizable as they don't have a companion app or any sound customization features like an EQ or presets. They have a versatile sound profile if you're looking for USΒ-C earbuds.

    See our review

  4. Alternative For Phone Calls: Sennheiser SC 160 USB-C Headset

    If you're looking for a budget-friendly USB-C headset for phone calls, you may prefer the Sennheiser SC 160 USB-C Headset. This headset isn't as well-built as the Samsung AKG Type-C, and its sound isn't as well-suited for listening to music, but it's meant for office use and has a boom mic. The mic has a great overall performance, so your voice sounds clear and understandable even if you're calling from a moderately noisy place like a call center. There are also in-line controls that include a dedicated call management button and voice assistant support if you're using an Android device. It's decently comfortable for long days at work, but unfortunately, it doesn't isolate you from ambient sound and leaks audio at high volumes.

    If you're looking for more portable headphones or prefer earbuds, go for the Samsung, but if you're looking for a USB-C headset for calls, the Sennheiser is worth considering.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Logitech Zone Wired: The Logitech Zone Wired are office-oriented on-ear headphones with a better overall mic performance than the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless, but they aren't as well-built and lack an ANC feature. See our review
  • Drop + THX Panda Wireless: The Drop + THX Panda Wireless are Bluetooth headphones that can also receive audio via USB-C. They're more expensive than the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless, have worse build quality, and lack an ANC feature. However, they offer a longer continuous battery life when you're using them wirelessly. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 29, 2022: Added the Drop + THX Panda Wireless to Notable Mentions.

  2. Mar 02, 2022: Renamed 'Alternative With A Better Mic Performance' to 'Alternative For Phone Calls' to better reflect usage.

  3. 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'.

  4. Nov 09, 2021: Removed the Drop + THX Panda Wireless as they aren't currently in stock from major retailers.

  5. Sep 10, 2021: Checked picks to ensure that they represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are in stock.

All Reviews

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.

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