I know some people can’t afford to spend too much on a pair of headphones, but I also know that there are some people out there who just want to get a pair of really cheap headphones they can throw around or use them at the gym without having to worry or care about them. So thats why I wanted to checkout the Skullcandy Riff. Personally, skull candy has been very hit or miss for me lately, So lets see how the skullcandy Riff stack up.
When Sony first released the 1000XM3’s it was a big deal for two reasons. Obviously they improved their tech specs so they’d perform over all better… but they also improved their over all build quality and redesigned them so they’d look a lot better than their predecessors as well. And thankfully the new Sony WH-XB700’s have gone through the same treatment. Now even though I really do like the new Sony XB700’s I’m extra excited over them cause they are clearly giving us a preview of what to expect from the Sony XB1000’s.
I know I’ve said this before, but I really like the Audio-Technica ATH-SR50BT’s. I think they don’t get nearly as much love as they deserve and if it weren’t for their crapy touch pads I think they’d be the best $200 headphones on the market right now. So out of sheer curiosity I thought I should also check out the SR50BT’s little brothers, the ATH-SR30BT’s. And over all, I think Audio-Technica has another winner right here.
Im going to start off this video by saying that I really like Audio-Technica’s $200 ATH-SR50BT headphones… And if it weren’t for their crappy touch pad, I think they would be the best $200 headphones on the market right now. So when Audio-Technica announced their new ATH-ANC900BT Quietpoint headphones at CES 2019, admittedly I was pretty excited. But after getting my hands on them… its just pretty hard to recommend these headphones in today’s super competitive Premium ANC Headphone market.
Even though there are a lot of great premium ANC headphones on the market right now, and there’s even whole bunch more on the way… the most common question I get in my comments is WHEN ARE THE BOSE QC45’s COMING OUT?!?! Now I don’t know if the Bose QC45’s will be coming out next week, next month, or next year… But I thought I would make a wish list of what I would like to see from the Bose QC45’s… And showcase how the aging Bose QC35’s stack up against some of 2019’s top ANC headphones.
I know dropping $350 on a pair of ANC headphones is a lot for some people. So today we’re going to compare my current top 3 favorite sub $200 ANC headphones as of Q1 2019. We have the Sony WH-CH700N, the Sennheiser 4.50 BTNC, and the Audio-Technica ATH-SR50BT or as I call them, the Sir 50’s. Now I like and have no problem recommending either of these headphones but they all have their own pros and cons. But I think this video is going to be pretty interesting cause instead of me crapping on one specific pair of headphones, we’re going to be comparing 3 pairs of headphones that I genuinely like for different reasons.
As the premium ANC headphone market heats up, cheaper ANC headphones are getting better and better cause of the trickle down effect. And a good example of this are the new Audio-Technica ATH-SR50BT’s. I think these are a pair of very well rounded headphones that perform great and have some very welcomed features. And if it wasn’t for their touch pad, I think these headphones would be perfect.
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x have the been the go to headphones for both normal consumers and professionals just looking for well built, and good sounding headphones. But now we have the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT… they have the same styling as before but now they’re wireless, they have a touch pad, and they have on board media controls. And these headphones are so good that they’ve joined the Sony WH-CH700N in my most recommended $200 headphones club. But I like these for a whole other set of reasons and would recommend them to a very different type of person than I would recommend these to.