Best Headphones for Mac mini iMore 2020
After going many years without a refresh, Apple finally did the Mac mini some justice in 2018 with a big overhaul. The Mac mini received some new and mighty insides, support for modern connection standards like Thunderbolt 3/USB-C, and a higher price tag. However, it's still a highly capable and powerful machine that's slightly more affordable than the rest of the lineup, with a lot of room for customization in your setup. But what if you want to listen to audio in peace? We've rounded up some of the best headphones that you can get for your Mac mini!
- Apple magic: Apple AirPods
- Go for an open-back: Sennheiser HD598
- Stylish design and rich sound: V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition
- Affordable quality: Jabra Move Style Edition
- Splashes of color: Urbanears Plattan 2
- Immerse yourself but be aware: Bose QuietComfort 20
- Get your game on: ARKARTECH Gaming Headset
- Classic Marshall: Marshall Monitor Bluetooth
- Best of the best at a price: Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9 Over-Ear Headphones
- Stylish quality: Sennheiser Momentum 2.0
- Affordable and comfortable: Sony MDRZX110 ZX Series Headphones
- Invisible wireless: Powerbeats Pro
Apple's AirPods are some of the best little gizmos around. They connect magically to supported iOS devices as well as any Mac running macOS Sierra or later. They connect via Bluetooth and automatically pause audio when you take one out of your ear. Plus, you can tap on them to do things like play/pause, skip forward or rewind, and more. They also have a microphone, so you can use it for video calls on your Mac mini. The latest model also has a wireless charging case for slightly more.
If you want a high-quality open-back headphone, then Sennheiser HD598 are the cans you want. The headband itself is padded with leather, and the earpads are covered in luxurious velour fabric. You can have these headphones on for hours without discomfort. If you aren't a fan of the open-back style, Sennheiser also offers a closed-back style.
V-MODA headphones always look elegant and classy with metal frames and vegan leather padding. The Crossfade 2 connects via wire or Bluetooth and features large ear pads, so they're comfortable to wear for long periods. They have noise isolation that is noticeable the moment you put them on. Plus, the audio quality feels like a recreation of a club music-sound signature with extra bass but balance with everything else. There's a built-in microphone for calls and chats, and you can change out the faceplates. If the price of the Crossfade 2 is too expensive, V-MODA has other more affordable options.
Several of our staff here at iMore enjoy the Jabra Move. This lightweight and compact set of headphones provide high-quality, immersive sound without breaking the bank. They also won't cause discomfort after extended periods, and a built-in mic lets you chat with others with crystal clear clarity. If the battery runs out, plug it in with the 3.5mm standard cable that is included.
Those who love color in their lives will want to pick up some Urbanears Plattan 2 headphones. These lightweight and compact headphones come in a variety of colors (even seasonal hues) and can fold down for portability. They're soft, comfy, and the sound quality is pretty good considering the price. They have an inline mic and remote, and if you prefer to be wireless (these use a 3.5mm audio jack), they have a Bluetooth version for slightly more.
We're fans of Bose products at iMore, and a few of our staff members enjoy the QuietComfort 20. The QuietComfort 20 are wired earbuds, but they have a battery for the noise cancellation box. So you can enable it while listening, or use noise cancellation by itself to block outside sounds. Audio quality is rich and immersive, and the Aware mode lets you hear your surroundings when need be. There is also a built-in mic for crisp call audio.
Plan on doing some gaming on your Mac mini? Then pick up this gaming headset from ARKARTECH. The headset has soft padded ear pads, a fold-out microphone, and 7-color breathing LED lights on the exterior of the ear pads. It's fairly comfortable to wear, and the audio quality is pretty good for the price. It's also 3D Stereo Sound, perfect for hearing footsteps and flying bullets in your games.
Marshall Monitor Bluetooth is a stylish and elegant headphone that provides rich, high fidelity audio that Marshall is known for. You'll get over 30 hours of wireless audio, but you can also plug into a 3.5mm audio jack, or even share with a friend using a splitter. The multidirectional control knob allows you to control audio playback and answer, reject, or end calls too.
If cost is no issue, then you can't beat the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9. This set of headphones not only look fantastic with the luxurious leather and aluminum, but it comes with the most authentic, well-balanced, and natural listening experience. It's lightweight and has an adjustable fit so you can truly make it yours. The battery will last around 25 hours on a single charge.
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 is a comfortable and stylish pair of high-quality cans. It has full noise cancellation so you can block out everything around you and focus on what matters: you and your music. It has 22-hour battery life, has a low profile while packing in rich and immersive sound, and can be used wirelessly or with the standard 3.5mm cable. It's also designed to improve voice quality and remove external noise during calls.
If you're on a budget but still want great quality, these Sony headphones will get the job done. They're amazingly comfortable, have an acoustic bass booster for incredible bass response, and are lightweight and portable. An in-line microphone gives you clear voice calls, and these fit nicely even if you use glasses.
Powerbeats Pro are like AirPods, but better. They are comfortable and sit securely while featuring Apple's latest H1 headphone chip for true wireless freedom. It has up to nine hours of listing time, and the charging case can hold up to another 24 hours of charge, and there are volume and track controls on each earbud. And with a few color options, you can pick the one that fits your style.
Get your groove on
You can pretty much use any headphones or earbuds or headsets with your Mac mini, but these are some of our personal favorites. Plus, they have great reviews and ratings in general.
I use the Marshall Monitor Bluetooth daily, and it's my favorite of the bunch because it's comfy, has superb sound quality, the battery life lasts a while, and it looks cool. Another favorite of mine is the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 because it's stylish and Sennheiser is known for great audio quality.
For those on a budget, you can't beat the quality of the Sony MDRZX110 ZX Series Headphones. They're highly affordable for everyone, but you don't need to skimp out on audio quality. Plus, they work well with glasses.
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