Best Headphones for the iPhone 7

Recently bought an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus? Maybe you are looking to buy one in the future? Whatever the case maybe, since Apple removed the headphone jack from the new iPhones, you must be looking to buy a new pair now that your old 3.5 mm headphones are obsolete.

With this is mind, we have curated a list of the best headphones currently available to purchase. You have two options i.e. lightning headphones as well as wireless headphones, let’s take a look at the best headphones in both categories:

Lightning Headphones

Wired headphones are the best as you get plenty of volume and don’t have to worry about recharging them after use. The only thing that doesn’t go in favor of the lighting headphones is that they can’t be plugged into any other device since they are only designed for the iPhones. Also, you won’t be able to charge your iPhone while listening to audio via the lightning port.

1. Philips Fidelio M2


The Philips Fidelio M2L with lightning connector. Credit: Philips

These are simple, on-ear headphones that come with a low price tag. These are made of plastic and include leather as padding material on ear cups and the head strap. These are a little bass heavy so the bass lovers can rejoice. They have a play/pause button under the right cup as well as a volume rocker on the same side.

Price: $149.95

2. Audeze Sine


SINE On-Ear headphone lightning cable. Audeze

The Audeze Sine are made out of metal and contain leather padding. However, these include two cables, one with a lightning jack which also includes a DAC and in-line controls for play/pause and volume and another cable with a 3.5 mm jack so these can easily be plugged into the new iPhones as well as any old device such as computers and older phones.

Price: $495.99

3. Brightech Headphones


Apple MFi approved pure lightning headphones. Brightech

If you are a little low on budget, but still want to buy a lightning equipped on-ear headphones then these Brightech headphones are for you. Although, they are not as adjustable or comfortable as compared to any other good pair of headphones, but at such a low price you really can’t complain and we’d say these are the best for what you are paying.

Price: $19.99

4. Sharkk Earbuds

SHARKK Lightning Headphones Tear Resistant Cable with Volume Control Apple MFi Certified for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

SHARKK lightning headphones tear resistant cable with volume control Apple MFi certified for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

The Sharkk earbuds are one of the best if you are looking for a non-bulky and stylish pair of earphones. These include flat tangle-free cable and more powerful speakers as compared to regular Apple earpods that are included in the box with the iPhone. These also have good in-line controls and come in a trendy blue color that definitely makes them stand out.

Price: $42.99

Wireless Headphones

Wireless Headphones aren’t something new, they have existed for a long time, but the only problem they had was the short battery life. That, however, has been resolved with recent models and their price has also come down exponentially. So, without any further ado, here are some of the best wireless headphones that you can use with all your devices:

1. Jaybird X2


JayBird – X2 wireless earbud headphones. Jaybirdsport

The Jaybird Bluebuds X that came out a few years ago were one of our top picks for headphones under $200. Jaybird has created a follow-up to the Bluebuds X which are called the X2. These come in a variety of colors so you can choose one according to your taste. They can be paired with up to 8 devices at once and include a carrying case in the box. The connection is extremely reliable, and the new fins don’t let them fall out of your ears even while running. The battery life is also excellent; a two-hour charge gets you 8 hours of playback.

Price: $79.99

2. Bose QC35

QC35 wireless noise cancelling headphones. Bose

QC35 wireless noise canceling headphones. Bose

The Bose Quite Comfort 25 were one of the best noise canceling over the ear headphones. So naturally, when the new QC35 came out, they got our attention. These are lightweight, made of plastic and have leather cushions. The QC35 have good sound quality and also feature the best noise cancellation out there, so you don’t have a problem listening to your music in a noisy environment such as while on a train. You can also use them as wired headphones with the included 3.5 mm jack wire. Also, the battery life is 20 hours which is superb.

Price: $349.

3. Beats Solo3


Beats Solo3 wireless On-Ear headphones. Apple

These are the newest pair of headphone from Beats and were announced with the iPhone and 7 Plus since Apple now owns Beats too. These contain a new W1 chip for flawless hands-free pairing with your iPhone, and these will also work with other Apple devices such as Macs and iPads, without pairing, as long as they are on the same iCloud account on your iPhone. These are obviously priced ridiculously higher than competing headphones but the sound is all right, and you get that great experience without the fuss of pairing them manually with each one of your devices. The strongest point about the Beats Solo3 is that they have a 40 hour playback time, the longest of any headphones on our list.

Price: 299.95

So if you are in the market to buy a new pair of headphones, then these are some of your best choices, both sound, and quality wise. As stated earlier, you should remember that the almost all lightning headphones can only be used with devices that have lightning ports such as the iPhones or the iPads whereas the wireless headphones can be used with any Bluetooth enables device such as your PC or Mac.

Even if you don’t buy any headphones from the above list, you should always look for the best battery life in wireless headphones and a built-in DAC on the wired ones.

What do you guys think about these headphones? Anything you’d like to add to our list? Comment your suggestions and thoughts below.

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Imran Aftab

Hello, I'm Imran Aftab, a tech enthusiast using Android, iOS, and Windows. Hardware expert for Gaming & Crypto mining rigs. I have been writing on tech since 2013, starting with ohguideme, then Androidcentral. I have written and published several guides and tutorials on how to root Android, flash custom ROM, recovery, and jailbreak iPhone, and have written several guides on how to bypass FRP. I also worked in a phone repair shop, so I have pretty good experience with mobile software and troubleshooting. So, all the guides you see here have been tested and confirmed to work.

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