While the audio device 3.0 specification to use the USB-C port for audio was passed, implementing the same hasn’t been as fast, owing to the rarity of USB type C devices in the market.
Little, yet important gadgets such as unifying receivers, headphone adapters, gaming mice, among many others, are not as many despite the demand.
While the type-C headphones haven’t seen a surge in adoption compared to their wireless and lightning counterparts, there are consumers who are actually looking for USB-C headphones.
We look at some of the best USB-C headphones you can get at this time of the year, but this list will definitely be updated as soon as other type-C headphones are released.
What are the best USB-C headphones to get today?
- Hi-Fi Audio Sound & Deep Bass
- Customizable Comfort & Ultra-Lightweight
- Up to 40 hours
- Bluetooth functionality issues early on
If you want quality sound and durability, then this is one of the best USB-C headphones you can buy.
They feature the Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) Technology, which can be turned on or off to cut surround noises significantly so you can enjoy pure music in an immersive listening experience with crisp vivid highs.
One of the factors most music lovers look for in over-ear headphones is the sound, and the 40mm drivers don’t disappoint with the vibrant bass/treble and crispy mids, delivered through its unique design that minimizes interference from other frequencies around you.
Only 5 minutes of recharging will get your 2 hours of playtime; after a full recharge, the headphones can be used for up to 40 hours nonstop.
- Innovative design for perfect noise isolation
- For USB-C devices without a headphone jack
- No tangling wire design
- Volume issues
You might not expect in-ear headphones to be noise-cancelling, but a few models are, including these Belkin ones.
They do not support calling but are specifically designed to deliver a superior listening experience with cutting-edge digital audio technology with style, quality, and comfort.
They come with 3 models of ear tips to fir any ear form; besides, the flat wire ensures that they won’t get tangled in your pocket or wherever you store them.
- Up to 25hrs of playtime
- 3-in-1 interface (type-c, wireless and wired)
- Bluetooth v 4.2
- Bluetooth issues
T5 is the superior version of the Turbine 4th generation as its details and sound quality are fully upgraded.
Like the previous models, the Bluedio T5, this USB-C headphone comes with ANC technology that cuts out surrounding noise so you can enjoy music in its pure form for an immersive listening experience.
A unique feature is the Vector Flow Supercharging Technology with a vent hole on the back cavity that can exhaust gas and equalize air pressure on both sides of the headphone cavity for enhanced sound quality and powerful bass sound reproduction.
It also has a type-C three in one interface that supports charging and data transmitting, which you can plug in both sides so it is easy to use. Built with premium materials and high-quality polymers with chrome finish, you’re sure to have this pair of cans for a long time.
- Auto On/Off and Smart Pause
- Automatic Pairing Mode
- Premium material for extra comfort
- Bass sound feels unreal
This type-C USB compatible headphones have intuitive controls and a 3-button interface that comes in handy whether you’re listening to your music, trying to suppress external noise, or taking a phone call.
The soft earpads and headband made of genuine leather are perfect for long listening sessions, although the headphones might seem a bit heavy at first.
The entire package comes with the headphones, a carrying case, USB-C charging cable, USB-C to A adapter, and an analog cable.
- Bluedio's best ANC headphones to-date
- Up to 16hrs nonstop playtime
- Functionality issues might appear after a few months of use
The only advantage of this pair of headphones is the price. They come at half the price you would get a similar noise-cancelling device.
Apart from that, they use the same ANC technology and Bluetooth connection use by the models we’ve already presented.
Users have also praised the sound quality, which seems crisper than with the T5 model, for instance.
If you’re looking for USB-C earphones, perhaps you might be interested in this pair of earbuds.
They are specially designed for Google Pixel 4/3/2/2 XL and work perfectly with Google assistant.
They suppress surrounding noise so you can enjoy only the sound playing on your smartphone. Mind that they are compatible with certain devices, so please check the specs before considering buying them.
This pair of earbuds comes with Signal Noise Ratio (SNR) 120dB and a Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 90dB, and support 44.1k-384k/32bit full frequency sampling.
They have noise-cancelling capability and provide hi-res sound for authentic sound reproduction.
So whether you want over-ear or in-ear headphones, you certainly won’t go wrong with any of these seven options listed here. Let us know which one caught your eye by dropping your comment in the section below.
FAQ: Learn more about noise-cancelling peripherals
- How does noise canceling work?
Active noise-cancellation (ANC) technology used in dedicated software or hardware works by using microphones to pick up low-frequency noise and neutralize it before it reaches the ear.
- Do noise-cancelling headphones block all sound?
Noise-cancelling headphones have the same capabilities as regular headphones, plus they actively reduce low-frequency surrounding sounds.
- Are cheap noise-cancelling headphones worth it?
At least they are worth trying. And perhaps the cheapest you can find are noise-isolating earbuds.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in December 2017 and was revamped and updated in November 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.