The 20 Most Expensive Headphones In The World

The best speakers don’t always equal the best headphones, but this is a truly exceptional example. It’s got it all from a performance standpoint: the sound, the build, and the design.

Yes, I would. It’s a lot of money and I have no idea what to get myself. I guess I would probably get a set of headphones. No idea what kind of headphones they should be though. I would also have to find a good pair of earphones. I have never been a fan of over priced headphones.

Here’s a list of the the 20 most expensive headphones around the world, excluding Apple’s.

The 20 Most Expensive Headphones In the World

The new Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro headphones are on the market and are very comfortable to wear over long periods. The high-end sound is very good too. The sound quality is good, the sound is balanced between the tonal properties and the bass. The sound stage is large and the sound quality is very good.

The expensive headphones are the ones that are expensive.

20. Audio-Technica ATH-W5000

Cost: $1,200

I’m gonna start out by saying the AT-W5000 is the same price as the AT-W1000, but is better.

For two hundred dollars you get to see a movie in a poorly lit theater, and if you don’t like it you can get the movie for free.

This allows you to get rid of the risk of overheating and reduces the distortion to a minimum.

These are just fancy words and acronyms, but to those who know about them, they’re a solid pair of headphones!

19. JH Audio JH16 Pro

Cost: $1,295

The next set of headphones in our list are JH Audio’s JH16 Pros. These headphones have a good price and a good quality.

After customising the earphones, using the ear moulds, you’ll end up with the most comfortable and portable earphones available in the market.

And feels like it’s been specially designed to make your life better.

18. Hifiman HE 6

Cost: $1,299

These headphones are comfortable over your head and the sound quality is pretty good too.

When you are close to the Hifiman HE 6, you will see the fine details of the sound quality and the build quality.

These headphones don’t only feature a planar magnetic structure, but they also use the technology for natural audio reproduction.

17. Beyerdynamic T1

Cost: $1,395

 Sure, they’re not the most attractive headphones on the market, but they do pack a punch when it comes to what they’re designed for – sound! The T1s offer excellent build quality, good isolation, and high frequency range. The flat ear cups also ensure a comfortable fit. The only downside to the T1s is that they don’t have an in-line mic and remote.

They use Tesla-based technology and traditional drivers to deliver their distinctive sound, and retail price is $1,395.

This is a set of headphones that is both affordable and high-quality. If you’re looking for your first set of headphones, this should be your choice, you will not be disappointed!

16. Sennheiser HD800

Cost: $1,500

I’ll have to get more people to review these and see if there’s anything that’s good about them, but they are both a little more expensive than the HD650 for similar reasons. The HD650 has a better sound stage, has more resolution, better bass and is a bit more comfortable.

Oh there are very few things in life I can say I have “satisfaction” with, and “sennheiser” is one of them. I am just glad they were able to manufacture these things. You have to love the fact that there are two different size headphones made. The only thing missing is if they could make them with a longer cable.

They have such good, stylish looks and some state of the art transducers that you know exactly how they should be.

15. Audeze LCD-X

Cost: $1,699

The Audeze LCD-X is really good in its own way, but the price to performance ratio is not great. It is a good choice for those that are new to the world of closed-back headphones.

Audeze is offering premium headphones that are as good as the quality of the rest of their headphones.

The speakers come with a headband, travel case and have planar magnetic drivers.

It is because of these headphones that you will want to stop being stressed and just relax and enjoy some music. It is also because of those headphones that they are so comfortable.

14. Grado PS1000e

Cost: $2,030

Our first choice, the Grado PS1000es which are the most expensive and high end headphones in the world.

They claim, that these are the finest headphones they’ve ever made, which is understandable because they have invested a lot of research and time into those details.

This pair of $,2030 mahogany headphones could be well worth the investment, but you might not spend that much on them because you want to be careful.

13. Meze Audio Empyrean

Cost: $2,999

In the early 2000s, Romanian earphone company Meze decided to expand its range of products from affordable headphones to more expensive ones as well.

 The Empyreans are among the best and most affordable in-ear headphones available and the comfort and fit for the price is outstanding. The sound quality and soundstage depth are exceptional with the bass and mids being punchy. I’m very impressed with the overall performance.

They might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they’re cheap as dirt and really good for someone who’s on a budget.

12. Shure KSE1500

Cost: $3,245

The Shure KSE 1500’s are very sophisticated looking in-ear headphones that are built for extreme high-end performance.

These headphones use electrostatic drivers, which provide a more accurate and full sound.

I don’t think it would be a problem, as long as you’re not using low power class C to class D converters.

They may not be the cheapest or easiest to source, but the sound is worth it.

11. HiFiMan HE1000 V2

Cost: $3,380

They seem to be very comfortable to wear too.

In terms of design, the XS2 has a similar shape to the previous generation, but what is different are the ear pads, which are now constructed from soft materials, and the ear cups themselves, which are now made of aluminium.

They’re planar magnetic headphones and what is a super thin driver.

For the highest level of sound quality, they also offer a number of technical details, such as a design that keeps the headphones safe and comfortable, using polyester ear cups.

10. Audeze LCD-4

Cost: $4,000

The LCD-4s are actually the older headphones, while the LCD-3s are the newer models.

These earphones are for those who are willing to spend at least $400 on quality headphones.

The LCD-3’s are pretty old and outdated. They have Fluxor magnetic arrays, but they have only two of them that are the same size. Whereas with the LCD-X3, they have doubled the number to four, each with their own individual characteristics. And our headband is also a lot thinner and more comfortable.

Don’t worry about the screen, they’re not as expensive as they seem. Just buy the cheapest ones that work and upgrade them later.

9. Stax SR-009

Cost: $4,450

You can either go up or down from here.

As long as you are not looking to get super precise audio reproduction (e.g. for mastering/studios), but more of a great pair of headphones that you can listen to for hours on end and enjoy the experience, the SR-009s are a great pair of headphones.

In the cables, there are silver-coated copper wires and a very thin diaphragm. This combination will allow you to get the best sounds out of your audio components.

8. Final Audio Design Sonorous X

Cost: $4,500

 Final Audio has produced the Design Sonorous X’s to compete in the premium headphone market – and that they certainly do! The Sonorous Xâ€(tm)s have been created with the professional user in mind. They offer an improved and more precise sound quality compared to the previous models, while still maintaining an affordable price.

These cans are made from machined aluminium and stainless steel, and they are sure to make a lot of people’s heads turn!

These headphones are not as good as others on this list when sound quality is concerned, however, they are still quite good for the price.

7. oBravo EAMT-1s

Cost: $4,780

You can get some great earbuds that can really make the big headphones seem small and even make them sound great.

The oBravo EAMT-1 also has a camera, so you can record video footage of all your favorite people and places while you’re on the move.

They also include a Dual Coil design, which means they each have two independent voice coils.

 It’s good to know that if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, there’s a pair of headphones that will give you the best sound quality while staying relatively inexpensive.

6. Abyss AB-1266

Cost: $5,495

The Abyss is less known than the other brands on this list!

The magnetic drivers are flat, and provide the highest sound resolution that we’ve ever heard in a portable product.

Obviously, the AB-1266’s aren’t worth what they’re asking for, however, if you’re looking for something different to the rest, then the AB-1266’s could work well for you.

5. Ultrasone ED5 LTD Edition 5

Cost: $5,999

Ultrasone is a company that is known for making headphones that are very good quality for your price. Here is where you can get headphones from, and they should be perfect for you if you have the budget.

The headphones are really good but they need to be tweaked if you want to get the best experience out of them.

While the prices are pretty high, these headphones are probably your best choice if you want to spend more than $6,000 on headphones.

We’ve made a leather carrying case, so you’ll have it even if you decide not to keep your phone.

4. V-Moda Crossfade M-100

Cost: $40,000

$40,000 can get you a lot of things, and for most people headphones are not at the top of that list.

It has a cost that equals its price. The majority of its cost comes from the decorative shield that you can choose to have on the sides.

They’re created out of the hardest materials humans can use, and they’re printed in precious metal.

I’m going to be honest and say I’m not really a huge fan of these. I think they look nice, and they’re comfortable, but the noise cancelling they’re advertised for doesn’t work for me.

3. Sennheiser Orpheus/HE-1

Cost: $68,000

Sennheiser makes the most expensive pair of headphones in the world. And that is because it costs only $68,000.

They aren’t something people tend to get excited about to be honest but they’re a well constructed piece of kit that’s ready to be used straight out of the box. If you don’t need a ton of features or top performance then these headphones might be for you.

The headphones are made with a Carrara marble base, which is great for keeping it looking good and giving those great audio experiences, but also they are made from aluminium that is sculpted, microfibre and leather so it looks very stylish!

2. Onkyo H900M 20-carat Diamonds

Cost: $80,000

The day has finally come when diamonds are used to enhance headphones. And they look quite good.

Onkyo offers an amazing sounding set of headphones that also features a diamond encrusted on the headband.

The only real comparison to the H900M is the H400M, which in my opinion is the best pair of headphones in the history of mankind. It was a sound quality breakthrough for its time and can still be considered to be the best sounding headphones on the planet.

As for the sound, it’s actually better than I expected. My guess from the footage I saw was that the sound was going to be bad. But it’s actually pretty good considering its price.

1. Focal Utopia by Tournaire

Cost: $120,000

With a price tag of $3,800, the Focal Utopia’s are still the most expensive and best headphones in the world.

It features diamonds around the neckline, the top of the headband and the left side, while other unique precious gemstones are placed in a variety of locations.

While these sunglasses aren’t mass produced, they’re also pretty limited. Therefore, if you’d like a pair, you’ll have to place an order direct from their website.

Yes, you wouldn’t be paying for the best sound quality in the world, you’re just paying for the wow factor, and exclusivity.


If you enjoyed our list of 20 most expensive headphones in the world, you are definitely interested in our other list, 10 Most Expensive Audio Components List.

I’m also surprised that they look like they were made in the 1990’s, but I suppose it makes sense that you can spend this much on headphone (and there are some really pretty good headphones out there for $120,000).

Here are the 20 most expensive headphones in the world. The price of the headphones is an average price per pair across all retailers.

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