Working Nine to Five: Which Headphones are Best Suited and Booted for Work?
Does the daily grind get you down? Do you search for solace amongst the airwaves, using your music to escape the constant churn of the 9-5 work day? If so, then you need to make sure you’re getting the best sound quality possible. After all, poor clarity and lots of distortion won’t alleviate your stress – it’ll add to it! Here we look at which headphones to buy for use at work and give you an overview of some of our favourite models.
Does the daily grind get you down? Do you search for solace amongst the airwaves, using your music to escape the constant churn of the 9-5 work day? If so, then you need to make sure you're getting the best sound quality possible. After all, poor clarity and lots of distortion won't alleviate your stress - it'll add to it!
Here we look at which headphones to buy for use at work and give you an overview of some of our favourite models.
If you want a discreet solution for the workplace then in-ear headphones are definitely the way to go. Remember that offices and work environments are noisy places though so you'll want a pair which boasts noise-cancellation to help keep your music isolated.
1. BEATS By DR DRE Tour ControlTalk Headphones - £119.95
Dr Dre is already a well-known name in the music business and his range of BEATS headphones has taken the consumer electronics market by storm. The price may be a little steeper than you'd like but there is plenty of great features in these headphones that make them ideal for work use.
The cable design (patent pending) offers flexibility and reduces the risk of tangling for easier use while the in-line remote and microphone enhance functionality further.
The microphone offers high grade performance, which is perfect if you work in an environment where you're likely to make calls. The headphones can also be used with personal music systems as well as mobile phone devices with the large, high-efficiency drivers delivering superb sound quality.
2. PHILIPS SHE8000 Headphones - £12.99
At the opposite end of the price spectrum, these PHILIPS headphones are good base option for those who want something that gives decent sound quality at a low price.
One of the benefits here is that you won't have to worry about loss or damage at work, giving you the freedom to enjoy these headphones to their full extent. The tilt of the ear buds is angled to mimic the human ear for ultimate comfort and fit (perfect if wearing them for long periods of time) and the ear tips come in three different sizes to enhance this feature even further.
The headphones also feature turbo bass airvents which offer high fidelity reproduction so that sound quality is top dollar.
3. SENNHEISER MM30i Headphones - £37.99
Perfect for travel use, these headphones also perform well in work environments where you want something stylish and comfortable with high performance credentials.
On the spec sheet, figures are largely impressive with an impedance of 16Ohms, frequency response of 17-20,000Hz and sensitivity of 106dB but this is only half the story. Bass reproduction is labelled as "superb" on these headphones and there are three different ear sleeves to provide the perfect fit and comfort so that sound is directed exactly where it should be.
Compatible with mobiles as well as music players, these headphones also come with an in-line remote control (including volume control) and microphone so that you can adjust the functionality as you work.
If you're after something more conspicuous from your headphones then on-ear options are ideal. They may not have the compact design of in-ear options which fit in seamlessly with your attire but there are plenty of great options to choose from with wireless options ideal for those who are likely to leave their desks regularly.
1. MONSTER DNA Headphones - £169.95
A premium set of headphones if ever there was one, these units may set you back a few quid but they certainly deliver the goods. The listening experience is refined so that bass is deep, mids are clear and treble is crisp while the advanced noise-isolation features helps to keep background noise at bay.
There's a second audio port so you can synch up with friends of colleagues (perfect if you need to watch a presentation but don't want the sound to interrupt other workers) and there's also a handy in-line volume control, remote and microphone to ensure these headphones work as hard as you do!
2. SONY MDR-XB200I.AE Headphones - £24.99
Our reasonably priced entry, these SONY headphones are the perfect idea for those who want a compact solution to listening to music at work. They're not wireless - which does offer some limitations - but you get a premium sound quality which is hard to beat so many people will be willing to make the compromise.
You get a wide frequency range (5-22,000Hz) which increases clarity and there's also a fairly decent sensitivity of 98dB. Rotatable ear cups make the headphones exceptionally comfortable too and the ability to fold them up after use makes them perfect for storing in desk drawers.
3.SKULLCANDY Hesh 2.0 S6HSFZ-330 Headphones - £53.99
Featuring the Paul Frank Design, these £53.99 variations of the SKULLCANDAY Hesh 2.0 Headphones are sure to make you stand out at work. Passive noise-isolating helps to deliver high sound quality while an in-line microphone makes these units compatible with smartphones as well as music players - perfect if you plan on taking calls from your desk but don't want to struggle to unplug your music yourself.
With adjustable ear cups that offer high levels of comfort and a stable fit, these are ideal for long periods of use and even come with their own travel bag for safe and convenient storage.