16 Best Headphones for Movies

16 Best Headphones for Movies in 2022

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Best Headphones for Movies in 2022

There are some fabulous headphones out there for movies in 2022. Here is a list of what I consider to be the best 16.

These are arranged in no particular order, and they come in various price points. So depending on your budget and your preferences, I am sure you’d find one that suits your needs.

Editor’s Pick
Sony WH-1000XM4 Headphones for Movies

I know the WH-1000XM5 are out but I think the XM4 sound better. The XM5 were a huge disappointment. For that reason the Sony WH-1000XM4 take out the pick for this list. It’s super difficult to really single one out though as there are so many great headphones on this list – that’s why we listed them all.

Budget Pick
OneOdio A70 Headphones

The OneOdio range do an excellent job of bottom end presentation while not losing the mids and treble. If you’re on a budget the A70 are a great choice and punch above their price point.

1. Bose QC45 ANC Headphones – $204.96

Product Dimensions: 3 x 7.24 x 6 in

Item Weight: 15.5 oz

Ear Placement: Over-Ear

Special Features: Noise Cancellation

Connectivity Technology: Wireless, Bluetooth 5.1

Color: Triple Black

Bose QuietComfort 45
The Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones| Bose

The Bose QC-45 is still one of the top noise-canceling headphones on the market, and for a good reason. These puppies pack a serious punch when it comes to features and performance.

If you can find a deal, the Bose QC35 ii is also still a winning headphone. You can see our full review here.

These top-of-the-line headphones feature noise cancellation, perfect for movie lovers who want to drown out the world and get lost in their favorite flick. Additionally, the QC-45 is exceptionally comfortable to wear for extended periods, meaning you can marathon your way through an entire movie without taking a break.

2. Sony WH-1000XM4 ANC Headphones – Price not available

Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.1 x 9.1 in

Item Weight: 1 lb

Ear Placement: Over-Ear, In-Ear

Cable Features: Without Cable

Connectivity Technology: Wireless

Color: Black

 Sony WH 1000XM4
The Sony WH 1000XM4 headphones | Sony

Another headphone that offers excellent noise cancellation and top-notch sound quality is the Sony WH-1000XM4. These top-of-the-line headphones feature both Active Noise Cancellation and Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing, which work together to create a perfect listening experience.

Additionally, the WH-1000XM4 offers a variety of other features that make them perfect for movie lovers, including quick charging, touch controls, and Alexa enabled. And if that wasn’t enough, they’re also some of the most comfortable headphones to wear for extended periods.

Of course, you can also get the WH-1000XM5 but if you can get a deal on XM4, so worth it. I’m not a huge fan for listening to music but great for movies with the big bottom end (aka bass).

3. Philips SHP9500 Headphones – $79.99

Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 7.9 x 3.9 in

Item Weight: 0.66 lbs

Ear Placement: Over-Ear

Special Features: Lightweight

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Color: Black

Philips Audio Philips SHP9500
The Philips Audio Philips SHP9500 headphones | Philips

If you’re looking for top-notch sound quality without breaking the bank, then the Philips SHP9500S is an excellent option. These budget-friendly, open-back wired headphones offer incredible sound quality, perfect for movie lovers who want to get lost in action.

The SHP9500S features an ergonomic design that makes them comfortable to wear for extended periods. In addition, the 50mm neodymium drivers deliver the full spectrum of sound without being too fatiguing. And since they’re from Philips, you know you’re getting a quality product.

4. AKG Pro Audio K371BT Headphones – $182.81

Product Dimensions: 4.33 x 8.86 x 9.25 in

Item Weight: 10.6 oz

Ear Placement: Over-Ear

Hardware Interface: 3.5mm Audio, Bluetooth 5

Headphone Type: Closed-back

Material Type: Plush, Titanium

Connectivity Technology: Wireless

Color: Black

AKG Pro Audio K371BT
The AKG Pro Audio K371BT headphones | AKG

The AKG Pro Audio K371BT is another excellent pair of top-notch wired studio headphones. These are perfect for both immersive music listening and watching movies. It is also proof that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get studio-quality AKG sound.

These closed-back headphones offer excellent sound quality thanks to their 50 mm titanium drivers, tuned to the AKG’s Reference Response Curve. Additionally, the foldable, notched 8-position articulated hinge collapses for maximum portability. And the slow-retention foam earpads offer superior comfort and fit for long listening sessions with minimal leakage.

5. Fostex TH-600 Headphones

Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 6.7 x 12.2 in

Item Weight: 4.22 lbs

Material Type: Faux Leather

Cable Feature: Detachable

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Color: Black

Fostex Premium Stereo
The Fostex TH-600 headphones | Fostex

This pair of Fostex, with its beautiful wood-grained housings made of black walnut with a matte finish, screams premium. But for a lower range Fostex these headphones can outperform even its more expensive cousins.

Especially for movies, its 50mm drivers with 1 Tesla (1,000 Gauss) magnetic circuit reproduces a wide dynamic range like no other headphone on this list. The low repulsion earcup cushions are also perfect for long sessions. If you have the money to spare, these are probably the best movie headphones you can get in 2022.

6. Beat Solo 3 – $129.00

Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 6.7 x 12.2 in

Item Weight: 4.22 lbs

Ear Placement: On-Ear

Special Feature: Noise Canceling

Connectivity Technology: Wireless

Color: Black

Beats Solo 3
The Beats Solo 3 headphones | Beat

Based on the company’s first and most popular over-the-ear, noise-canceling headphones, the Beats Solo Pro, this updated model packs all the features found in the older model but is now powered by Apple’s W1 chip and Class 1 wireless Bluetooth connectivity.

The design has been refined, and the sound quality fine-tuned. As a result, they offer a more balanced sound than their predecessor, maximizing clarity and width, which is good for the movie viewing experience. Plus, they offer a ‘Fast Fuel’ feature, which gives you 3 hours of playback with just 5 minutes of charging.

7. Airpods Pro – $175.57

Fit: Universal

Hey Siri: Always on

Ear Placement: In-Ear

Battery life: Up to 6 hours of listening time

Connectivity Technology: Wireless

Color: White

Apple AirPods Pro
The Apple AirPods Pro | Apple

Technically not a headphone, but with the latest addition of Spatial Audio, these are worth a mention. They are incredibly comfortable to wear for long periods and offer some of the best in class active noise cancellations, which is great for an immersive movie viewing experience.

Although the technology is not thoroughly tested and is still not universal on all streaming apps, Spatial Audio can be game-changing for movie streaming. Its 3D and directional sound features make for a very immersive viewing experience. So you can count out the Airpods Pro as one of the top earphone choices for movies in 2022.

8. Sennheiser HD 450BT – $129.95

Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 2.6 x 7.6 in

Item Weight: 8.4 oz

Ear Placement: Over-Ear

Special Features: Foldable, Lightweight, Noise Cancellation

Connectivity Technology: Wireless

Color: Black

Sennheiser HD 450BT
The Sennheiser HD 450BT headphones | Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a well-renowned name in the audio industry, and for a good reason. The HD 450BTs has become a standard in the active noise-canceling headphones segment, and they do not disappoint.

The 45mm drivers offer Sennheiser’s signature rich and detailed sound quality. In addition, you can play around with equalizer settings and various modes through the Sennheiser App, which makes it perfect for an immersive movie viewing experience. They also have a 30-hour battery life, so you can watch your favorite movies all day long without worrying about recharging.

9. Bowers & Wilkins PX7 – $252.31

Product Dimensions: 3.15 x 6.89 x 8.66 in

Item Weight: 0.704 oz

Special Features: Noise Cancellation, Lightweight, Microphone Feature, Volume-Control, Universal Phone Control

Ear Placement: Over-Ear

Connectivity Technology: Wireless, Wired, Wired USB-C

Color: Charcoal

Bowers Wilkins PX7
The Bowers Wilkins PX7 headphones | Bowers

The PX7 brings the B&W class to a small package. The 43 mm drivers of this headphone are the largest in their headphone collection and are tuned by the same engineers behind their 800 Series diamond speakers used in Abbey Road Studios. So you can be assured of the sound quality of these headphones.

These feature active noise cancellation, which is perfect for movie watching. In addition, the headphone automatically pauses when you lift one ear cup and resume when you put it back on, which is a very convenient feature to have. The headphone also looks classy, and the carbon fiber composite arms are sleek and durable at the same time.

10. Beyerdynamic DT 900 PRO X – $230.00

Product Dimensions: 6.65 x 3.94 x 7.68 in

Item Weight: 12.2 oz

Design: Closed-back headphones

Sound Properties: Spacious and transparent

Primary use: Mixing, mastering, streaming

Color: Charcoal

Beyerdynamic DT 900 PRO X

A classic, the DT900 Pro X is still one of the best options for movies and music. Beyerdynamic’s technology ensures that these headphones offer a comprehensive frequency response with extremely low distortion. The result is detailed and natural sound quality, perfect for movie watching.

The ear cups are also very comfortable and can be worn for long periods without causing any discomfort. The only downside is that it is wired, and being a 600 Ohm can, it needs a headphone amplifier to get the most performance. But they are still a great choice without one.

11. Grado SR325X – $295.00

Product Dimensions: 9.21 x 7.91 x 2.13 in

Item Weight: 12.7 oz

Frequency Response: 18 – 24,000 hz

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Cable Feature: Retractable

Color: Black and Silver

Grado SR325x
The Grado SR325x headphones | Grado

Another wired open-back design from an excellent audiophile company. The Grado SR325X features the 4th generation Grado tuned 44mm drivers. Unlike other studio headphones on this list, the drivers are easy to drive at 38 Ohm. So they won’t require a headphone amplifier to get the full range of performance.

These headphones are also the only hand-built headphones on this list. They offer outstanding detail and clarity and provide an immersive movie-watching experience. The only downside is that the open-back design of the Grados is very leaky. But that shouldn’t be a problem for home streaming.

12. AKG N60NC – $160.00

Product Dimensions: 9.21 x 7.91 x 2.13 in

Item Weight: 12.7 oz

Ear Placement: On-Ear

Connectivity Technology: Wireless

Special Feature: Foldable and Active Noise Cancellation

Color: Black

The AKG N60 NC headphones | AKG

Another affordable AKG offering. With features like active noise cancellation, a long-lasting battery, and a foldable compact design for ease of carrying. The N60NC is one of the most balanced headphones on this list and offers superb detail, clarity, and soundstage for an immersive movie experience.

The headphones are very comfortable to wear for long periods. And the fact that they are noise-canceling means you won’t be bothered by any external noise when trying to concentrate on your movie.

13. Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless Headphones – $548.00

Product Dimensions: 8.07 x 4.13 x 5.9 in

Item Weight: 0.84 lbs

Ear Placement: Over-Ear

Connectivity Technology: Wireless

Special Feature: Tesla technology and top-class Bluetooth transmission

Color: Black

Beyerdynamic Amiron
The Beyerdynamic Amiron headphones | Beyerdynamic

This high-end wireless headphone offers optimum sound quality thanks to the Tesla coil technology inside the drivers. The only other headphone (along with the Foxtex) featuring this technology on this list.

The headphone adapts acoustically to the user’s hearing thanks to integrated sound personalization and thus delivers perfect sound, no matter the device. In addition, the masterfully balanced contact pressure earcups deliver an ideal fit no matter the size of the head.

14. Shure SRH1540 Headphones – $499.00

Product Dimensions: 10 x 4.5 x 9 in

Item Weight: 11.4 oz

Ear Placement: Over-Ear

Material Type: Aluminum

Noise Control: Sound Isolation

Color: Black

Shure SRH1540 Premium
The Shure SRH1540 Premium headphones | Shure

The Shure SRH1540 is a professional-grade closed-back headphone designed for critical listening. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be used for movies. The headphones have 40 mm neodymium drivers, which offer excellent sound quality and provide an extended bass response which is perfect for movie watching.

The ear cups are also very comfortable and can be worn for long periods without causing any discomfort. In addition, the lightweight construction features an aircraft-grade aluminum alloy yoke and carbon fiber cap for enhanced durability. So if you’re looking for excellent sound quality and solid construction, then the Shure is a name you cannot go wrong with.

15. Anker Soundcore Life Q20 – $49.99

Product Dimensions: 7.68 x 7.09 x 3.07 in

Item Weight: 9.3 oz

Ear Placement: Over-Ear

Connectivity Technology: Wireless

Sound: Hi-Res sound via 40mm dynamic drivers

Color: Black

Anker Soundcore Life Q20
The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Headphones | Anker

The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 is an affordable option for those on a budget. But that doesn’t mean it’s not good. The headphone features four-microphone technology for enhanced detection and cancellation of ambient noises. So you get a hybrid active once cancellation system for under $60 which is a pretty good deal for a movie-watching headphone.

It also has Hi-Res Audio and 40mm dynamic drivers for superior sound quality. The ear cups are also very comfortable and can be worn for long periods without causing any discomfort. The battery life is excellent at 40 hours of playback. The only sticking point is that Anker has cranked up the bass too much, so it sounds a bit muddy, but that’s expected at this price point.

16. OneOdio A70 – $44.98

Item Weight: 0.56 lbs

Special Feature: Over-ear headphones, Adapter-free-cord, Stereo Monitor, Studio Monitor & Mixing

Connectivity Technology: Wireless, Wired

Microphone: Built-In

Color: Black

OneOdio A70
The OneOdio A70 | OneOdio

They are the cheapest headphone on our list. The OneOdio A70 is a closed-back, wired/wireless headphone that promises a playback of over 72 hours in its wireless mode.

The 40 mm driver is nothing to write home about, but it does the job, reproducing the sounds faithfully to keep you engaged. In addition, the earcups feel soft enough for extended usage, which is perfect for movie watching.

The headphones feature a 3.5mm cable input on one end and a 6.35mm input on another. This allows two devices to be connected to the headphone simultaneously. This feature might be helpful for DJs or musicians practicing at home.

We have a full review of these coming soon. You can also check out our review of the Monitor 60 from OneOdio.

Summing it allll up

It’s a lot of headphones but I spent time with our team creating it and they’ve done a great job helping me pull together the details.

Ushan appreciates all things audio. As a self-proclaimed audiophile, he has amassed a healthy collection of audio gear including HiFi, IEMs and headphones. He loves to write and share about tech and audio.

This post was last updated on 2024-06-07 / Some images from Amazon Product API & some links may be affiliate links which may earn us a commission from purchases.

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