Headphones are such a subjective topic that we knew that asking you to pin down your favorite headphones—or even five models you thought were the best—would be difficult. Even so, when we asked you last week which headphones you thought were the best of breed, you came through with dozens of nominations, way more than we could feature. Then we took a look at the five best headphones, which we thought were a solid representation of great picks overall, and put them to a vote. Now the votes are tallied, and it's time to highlight the winner.Best Headphones?
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The Grado SR80is came through in the end to take the top spot with 28% of the overall vote, proving you don't need a huge budget to enjoy great sound.
Hot on its heels in second place with close to 24% were the Audio Technica ATH-MT50s, another affordable pair that are well loved and lauded by audiophiles and music lovers alike. Making a surprising third place appearance was the Bose QuietComfort 15, the only noise-canceling pair in the roundup, but also the most expensive, which proved to be a hot topic in the comments. Even so, the QC15s brought in just shy of 20% of the overall vote, so they're well loved by the people who own them or have used them. In fourth place is the Sony MDR-V6 family of headphones with 14%, built like tanks with great audio quality. Finally, bringing up the rear are the ultra-portable, ultra-affordable Koss PortaPros, with just shy of 14% of the votes cast.
The Hive Five is based on reader nominations. As with most Hive Five posts, if your favorite was left out, it's not because we hate it—it's because it didn't get the nominations required in the call for contenders post to make the top five. We understand it's a bit of a popularity contest, but if you have a favorite, we want to hear about it. Have a suggestion for the Hive Five? Send us an email at email@example.com!
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