In lieu of the announcement that the iPhone 7 will not have an Aux port for headphones, it WILL ship with a tiny adapter. If you’d rather not bother with the adapter, this will only allow for:
1) Lightning cabled headphones, or
2) Bluetooth headphones
Below are the best headphones, all limited options considered for not using the adapter.
If you’re fine with utilizing the adapter, see Best IEM (Earbuds) and Portable Headphones for 2016, or for over-the-ear Best Gaming Headphones, Soundcard, Speakers for 2016
This is sad news, due to the fact that people use the Aux port for:
- Plugging into car sound systems
- Plugging into home sound systems
- Utilizing headphones they’ve already bought (especially consumers with expensive IEMs ie custom ear-fittings)
- In general, wired IEM or wired over-the-ear headphones are recommended due to better sound quality and not having to charge them
- There will be much less choice of brands and models of headphones
- Apple is not a headphone company – their headphones ie AirPods will be overpriced and poor sound quality (but are usually decent build quality)
Best Wireless Bluetooth IEM for iPhone 7
Plantronics BackBeat Fit $75 [Amazon] (better than Monster iSport Immersion, Motorola S11-Flex HD, Samsung Level U) charges in 2 hours, lasts 8 hours.
Best Wireless Bluetooth Over-the-ear Headphones for iPhone 7
I would recommend the above IEM (earbuds), and not bluetooth over-the-ear headphones, as again wired is always better quality, and people tend to spend more on over-the-ear headphones (so should be kept safely at home so they won’t break, while IEM for on-the-go).
Best Wireless Headphones. Period.
Audio-Technica ATH-WS99BT with mic $220 [Amazon]
Sources: Head-fi.org Huge Comparison
If you travel a lot and absolutely need noise-cancelling (ones above have better sound quality):
Bose QuietComfort 35 (QC35) $350 [Amazon] – slightly better design (controls), comfort, and noise cancelling than the Sony below. Better value than the $440 Bang & Olufson BeoPlay H8 and $400 Sennheiser PXC550, however battery is integrated and not user replaceable. Parrot Zik 2.0 has bad battery, Sony MDR-ZX770BN has bad build quality, Beats Studio Wireless is not the best value
Secondarily: Sony H.ear On Wireless NC MDR-100ABN $350 [Amazon] – built in mic (slightly better sound quality over Bose QC35). Slightly more stylish than the QC35, more color options.
Best Lightning Cable IEM and Headphones
To be developed as they are released.