The search for the best headphones for people that wear glasses can be somewhat tricky. Because of this issue, I have rounded up a list of the most popular headphones for people with glasses.
The list was compiled based on my knowledge and using various rating factors. The factors or say elements I considered the most were sound quality, comfort while wearing the headphones, build quality, and much more.
If my picks don’t satisfy you or be helpful to you in general, the buying guide, in the end, will do the work. So make sure you take a look into it.
Without further a doo, let’s start with the list.
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The Top 5 Best Headphones For People With Glasses
5. SENNHEISER HD 450BT – Best Budget
Besides Bose and Sony, Sennheiser is another known contender for its great-sounding noise cancellation headphones. Pretty much, they are a great alternative that doesn’t require you to break the bank.
With a minimal yet beautiful design and built-in noise cancellation, the SENNHEISER HD 450BT wireless headphones targets the budget crowd.
Sennheiser didn’t want to grab attention with bold designs be cause the brand’s name alone speaks for itself.
You can find the 450BT wireless headphones in white and black; both colors have a sophisticated smooth semi-matte finish. They are generously cushioned with memory foam earpads and an overall comfortable fit. Although they have a discreet design, they look really stylish and luxurious design-wise; they might be my favorite over ear headphones from Sennheiser.
They are compatible with Bluetooth 5.0 and support all codex from AAC, AptX to SBC. While the Sennheiser smart control app available for both Android and iOS offers full adjustable EQ and firmware updates for the headphone. We also consider them to be great headphones for dubstep music.
For the price they come with, these wireless headphones deliver excellent noise cancellation. As for the sound quality, if it has a Sennheiser Logo, it sounds lovely. No worries, you can always trust Sennheiser in this aspect.
Sennheiser promises 30 hours of battery life which is quite good and impressive at this price point. But things like Noise canceling and high volumes might take a toll on the battery life.
- Simple, yet beautiful Design
- Nicely Priced
- Great Sound quality
- Microphone Quality could have been better
- Poor button layout
- No fast charging.
4. Philips Fidelio X3 – Best Mid-Range
Philips Fidelio X3 headphones for glasses wearers are a triumphant return for a much-respected flagship from a known audio brand.
“Like a concert hall for your ears,” is quite the Fidelio X3 wireless headphones arrived in the market, but I am hard-pressed to judge if it is better than its brother, the Fidelio X2, who topped all the headphone charts for years now.
Anyway, let’s dive into the design and comfort of these headphones for glasses wearers.
At first sight, these headphones for glasses wearers look heavy and bulky, but they are relatively lightweight for their size. Lucky for us, they inherited the comfort their predecessors were known for. Besides being comfortable, they also look elegant and visually appealing. The aluminum frame is fitted with Scottish Muirhead leather, as is the comfortable headband. It Promises to adapt all head sizes (a big plus for people with glasses). Also, the velvet-covered memory foam ear cushions offer plenty of room for large ears.
It also comes with two 3 meter split cables connected to the left and right sides of the ear cups.
Sound-wise, the Fideo x3 headphones for glasses wearers sounds better than his brother the X3, but by a small factor, about 18% if I need to give a number. It has that neutral, accurate, and excellent sound that we are used to hearing on this flagship lineup. Also, thanks to the open-back design, it results in a natural “live” sound signature that doesn’t sound artificial.
Overall, Fidelio is a prominent lineup that never failed to deliver outstanding comfort and sound quality; it will undoubtedly do the same for you guys with glasses.
- Great Comfort
- Reasonably Priced
- Detailed Sound Signature
- Great headphones for glasses wearers
- Need a decent volume to get the best out of them
- An additional cable would be appreciated.
3. AKG Pro Audio K371 – Best for Studio Use
Finding a great set of over ear headphones for professional use is hard already, but finding them on a budget will have you scratching your head. Unfortunately, most budget studio headphones come with a lot of drawbacks.
But that’s not the case with the AKG K371.
With their offering, AKG tried to satisfy all studio users on a budget. I remember back in 2019 with their release; people kept saying that “We have a new king of budget closed-back headphones for glasses wearers.”
They come in a new re-design; instead of the round cups we are used to seeing, the K371 comes in an oval-shaped design. They are solidly built, and the cups have a matte coating finish, while the ear pads are made out of synthetic leather – promising not to cause any sweating during long sessions in hot weather.
The three included cables are all great, and all of them use a 3.5 mm audio jack. One cable is around 1.2m while the other is longer, 3m, and the third one is coiled.
The AKG K371 sports 50 mm dynamic, titanium coated drivers, and thanks to them, the K371 is one of the best sounding studio headphones for glasses wearers in the market. Of course, when you buy studio headphones, you need neutral sounding headphones, so the music can come as it is, and in this aspect, the K371 doesn’t fail to deliver.
Besides, they are easily folded up and portable for working musicians who are often on the roads or students. With all that being said, their flexibility also contributes to benefiting the users with glasses.
- Passive noise isolation due to closed-back design
- Great neutral sound quality
- Some Sound bleeding
- The old-school style might bother some people.
2. Bose QuietComfort 45 – Best Comfort
I first picked up these headphones for my HTC Vive, but then i realised how versatile they can be in other fields aswell.
Bose’s flagship, the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, was released back in 2019, and indeed they took the market by the storm thanks to their premium ANC and sound quality. Pretty much the NCH 700 was set out by Bose to be a “Sony Killer.” Sadly, they couldn’t complete the mission with the arrival of the Sony WH-1000XM4, which holds the first spot on this list.
But all that doesn’t stop there. With the new release from the QuietComfort line-up, Bose might give Sony a tough challenge.
Why did I pick the QuietComfort 45 over the NCH 700?
That’s relatively easy; the Bose 700 doesn’t feature the same feather-light comfort as the QuietComfort line-up; they can’t be folded or carried the same way as the 45 does.
You can choose the Quitecomfort 45 white and black colors. They weigh just 0.97 pounds; they feel and look extremely premium. As I mentioned above, they can rotate and tilt to give us easy storage and mobility.
The hinges made of cast metal are quite durable, and the matte plastic finish gives them an attractive, luxurious look. However, the attractive design does not compromise comfortability. Feel free to wear them for hours, and you won’t be aware that they are in your head; due to the soft leather used to cushion the ears.
Even though most people buy the Bose headphones for their ANC, their sound quality should not be overlooked. I mean, good sounds from Bose are taken for granted. I can go as far as saying that no Bose device sounds bad.
The battery life can be up to 25 hours in one charge. And a simple, quick charge of 15-minute charge will give you 3 hours of longevity. However, If 25 hours are not enough, you can easily wire them up with the audio jack and go wired.
- Insane ANC
- Really comfortable
- Both wired and wireless playback
- SBC and ACC only no aptX
- Can’t use them while charging.
1. Sony WH-1000XM4 – Best Overall
Back when Sony’s headphones WH-1000XM3 debuted in 2018, it gave Bose’s QuietComfort models a run for their money. But, as I mentioned in the above option, Bose reclaimed the throne with their Noise Cancelling Headphones 700.
As we have seen in Hollywood great sequels, the successor and the long-anticipated WH-1000XM4 is here to take the spotlight away from Bose.
Sony hasn’t returned to the drawing boards for their WH1000XM4 (if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it), but you’ll be able to notice some subtle distinctions between the two models. The first is related to the plastics that are used on the ear cups as well as the sliders. They feel slightly rougher in comparison to their smooth surface of XM3s. I believe that it gives an impression that they’re somewhat more durable. However, they don’t appear as elegant or as stylish as the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 or Bose QuietComfort 45; however, they certainly seem to be made to last.
Comfort has always been a trait of Sony, and it has been improved with every new release. XM3’s were already comfortable – this makes the 1000XM4 even more comfortable, and not only that, but they are also lighter and thinner, even lighter than the Bose 700, despite both headphones having the same weight.
Although they don’t support aptX or aptX HD, they come compatible with their own LDAC technology. This will allow you to stream high-quality audio wirelessly. ANC, what can I say? Is it even worth talking about it? Their excellent ANC rewarded Sony with the Best in class for noise cancelation – and not only in my article/list but at 90% of the charts around the internet. I also use these headphones to listen to audio books, because it blocks everything from the outside and lets me hear everything clearly.
Sony employs similar 40mm drivers for the WH-1000XM4 active noise cancellation headphone model as they did in the WH1000XM3. Therefore, in terms of quality, there’s nothing to distinguish the WH-1000XM4 from the WH1000XM3 active noise cancellation headphones that came before them. But hey, that’s not a bad thing at all; there was nothing at fault with the way how the XM3 sounded.
It has the same balanced and warm sound quality that can give a wide soundstage when needed, without leaving behind the clear clarity that pierces with powerful and punchy bass.
Battery-Life would be another strong trait of Sony WH-1000XM4, capable of lasting 30 hours with the ANC turned On and without it up to 38-40 hours.
- Insane ANC
- Great Comfort
- Great Battery Life
- Auto Pauses on its own when you take them off
- On the pricey side
- Call quality isn’t perfect
- No many design changes.
Important Factors to Consider
If the above picks weren’t interesting to you and you’d prefer to do your own research, those are the things you need to consider the most:
When you search for headphones that will work with your glasses, the comfort of your ears should be your primary concern. Earpads made of hard materials like synthetic fabric or leather can cause gaps in your glasses (the incorrect fit could affect the audio quality too). Instead, I recommend choosing headphones with a soft, flexible padding that can fit around the frames’ arms -such as memory foam or suede.
This part is another problem for anyone wearing glasses in general. As I mentioned above, choosing the correct pair of headphones is difficult. You require a headphone with enough flexibility and rigidity to ensure that your ear cups are secured to your skull. But you don’t want a headset with rigidity so high that your ear cups become very responsive to movement and, therefore, more likely to shake your glasses off.
The best solution to that would be to look for a pair of headphones with an adjustable headband. Most of the headphones we listed in this article have an adjustable headband, so you won’t have a problem in that department.
Besides looking for the best headphone design, a few factors have nothing to do with your headphones, for example, choosing the most right-fitting frames. For instance, it will be uncomfortable over the long term to wear headphones with frames that are thick rather than thin frames that are flat. Also, aiming for a lightweight frame can reduce the tension on your temples and face. Glasses wearers already know that!
Consider On ear Headphones
If you don’t want over ear headphones, you should consider getting a pair of On ear headphones that don’t have too much clamping force. Those go on top of your ear and are usually very comfortable for glasses wearers.
Standing in front of the PC most of the time means that I am a glass wearer myself. So I made sure to get the best headphones that will serve without causing any issues and at the same time are comfortable enough over the long hours of work. The above options are all selected this way, but in the end, it all boils down to your preferences.
What suits me may not suit you.
Just make sure you do your research before springing in and buying the first thing you see.
I hope you enjoyed my article regarding the best headphones for people with glasses and you can also find ways how to prevent headphone hair, in case you are dealing with it.
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