Talk about headphones and more often than not you’ll hear two brands mentioned by a majority of people – Sennheiser and Monster. Okay, they’re really good headphone brands with some exceptional models coming from their respective labs. But let’s face it, the cans from these companies are very expensive. Yes, they do deliver in the audio quality department, but you will be surprised that there are other headphone brands out there that could compete with these two companies and not break the bank.
Here are some of the most underrated headphone brands in the market:
Koss may not be a very familiar brand right now but it actually has a pedigreed history. Koss was one of the pioneers in headphone production and during the 60s and 70s, it was one of the most popular brands. The company’s attempt to diversify to other electronics in the 80s was a disaster, which resulted in the company filing for bankruptcy. But despite this setback Koss is still producing quality headphones like the popular Koss Portapro. If you’re on the lookout for affordable headphones, you can’t go wrong with a Koss.
Pioneer is known for manufacturing different electronic products. The quality of their products are top notch and it extends to their headphones. Pioneer headphones and earphones are considered mass market products so those who are looking for exceptional audio quality usually don’t consider them in their choices, thinking that a mass market product won’t deliver. But Pioneer has a number of well reviewed headphones that make it a good but underrated brand. It even carries wireless headphones that offer DTS and Dolby Digital sound processing.
Another underrated headphone brand is Audio Technica. Some audiophiles swear by some of the headphone and earphone models that this Japanese company has released. This is a brand that is not usually seen in many stores but if you do see them, check them out because you won’t get disappointed.
Another Japanese company, Denon is known for their HiFi and audio equipment. Among the brands in this list, Denon has the longest history, having been founded in 1910. Not a lot of people know that Denon actually manufactures headphones because their other audio electronics products are significantly more popular. The mid range headphone products from Denon is the sweet spot, delivering great audio quality at attractive prices.
Probably the most underrated and most obscure brand in this list is a little known Taiwanese brand called Superlux. Not much is known about the company itself but it has been releasing a wide range of headphones and earphones that have captured the imagination of headphone aficionados. There are even some that said that Superlux has delivered audiophile quality products at dirt cheap prices.