USB-C headphones are becoming a significant market for companies producing headphones, but it is more by accident than judgment. With Apple, Samsung, and the other big tech companies all trying to move us towards a wireless world, they are forcing the issue somewhat by removing the 3.5 jack socket from our devices.
But it’s nice to have a choice, doesn’t it? However, it seems the tech companies know what’s best for us, and we are not wise enough to make the decision ourselves. What if we don’t want to go to Bluetooth headphones. They are not the answer to the question for some people with their poor record of latency control.
We are therefore left with one option if we want to stay wired, the charging port – USB-C.
Let’s take a look at the best USB C headphones currently available and find the perfect pair for you…
- Top 7 Best USB C Headphones To Buy In 2021 Reviews
- 1 AUKEY IPX6 Wireless Earbuds Key Series B60
- 2 AUKEY Wireless Headphones, Key Series B80
- 3 Razer Hammerhead USB-C Earbuds
- 4 USB Type C Earphones, Earbud Headphones with Mic
- 5 Libratone USB-C in-Ear 4 Level Adjustable Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
- 6 Razer Hammerhead USB-C Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) Earbuds
- 7 HTC Usonic USB Type C Headset
- Best USB C Headphones Buyers Guide
- So What Are The Best USB C Headphones?
Top 7 Best USB C Headphones To Buy In 2021 Reviews
1 AUKEY IPX6 Wireless Earbuds Key Series B60
These are essentially a budget range of phones judging by the price, but they have a very good build quality. Usually, the plastic design is rather cheap on the lower-priced products, but these have a strong feel to them. The controller and the cabling feel sturdy and have a semi-soft material construction.
They are designed as in-earphones and are supplied with two pairs of ear tips and ear hooks.
They need to be well-built because they have been designed and built for those that are active and want their music while they are running or in the gym. And they have been given an IPX6 rating which means that they are waterproof and extremely well put together. One of the IPX6 tests is to have water sprayed at them for three minutes and for none of it to penetrate the casing.
Therefore, we think these may be able to easily handle the sweat and moisture from a tough workout.
The controller itself handles the connections and control of the music and the buttons actually click as you are using them which is a good feature then you know you are actually using them. The controller is rather large by contemporary standards and hangs from the right earbud, and you can feel it.
A good feature of these phones is that the housings on the earbuds are magnetized and they click together when not in use. The added plus is that when you separate them for use, it automatically turns the phones on. Clever idea and a big battery saver.
Connectivity is using Bluetooth 5, providing a rich, clear tone, and battery life is about eight hours. The sound when using for music is typically very bass-heavy, but that is what people who use headphones for activity seem to want.
For the price, a good set of phones and at a good price and could be the best USB-C headphones.
- Well made with good materials.
- Automatic on/off when separating magnetized ear cups,
- Cabling is rather long.
2 AUKEY Wireless Headphones, Key Series B80
Another set of phones from Aukey. They are a Chinese company with a growing reputation for producing quality listening devices at very cost-effective prices. They probably do not consider themselves manufacturing for the budget marketplace because the quality is so good, but the price points set for the products put them there.
However, they might be cheaper than some of their competitors, but that should not put you off.
The B80 is another member of the Key series. They have an impressive design and are well made. As with other models in the range, they have a strong feel to them. And do not have that cheap plastic feel that some of the lower-priced headphones do. The control and the cable feel quite strong to the touch.
These are a step up in quality for those people who want all the facilities of other products in the range. But also want good sound, and the hybrid drivers give you sound quality. These also possess Low latency feature apt-x and voice assistant.
They may not look immediately like they are built for the gym or the running track, but they have an IPX6 water-resistant rating, and so they are capable of handling the sweat and moisture. The fit is good and comfortable, and they come supplied with three different sizes of silicone and foam ear tips to ensure not only a comfortable fit but a good seal in the ear.
They will give you up to eight hours of battery life and have a quick charge facility and an inline microphone. They have Bluetooth 5 connectivity, and the sound on calls is impressive at both ends.
A very good set of phones and at an amazing price given they have so much onboard — certainly a contender for best USB-C headphones.
- Some very good features built-in.
- Good sounds and easy connectivity.
- As with other products in the range, the controller is a little on the large side
3 Razer Hammerhead USB-C Earbuds
Some people will know Razer as usually working in the gaming industry. They are based in California but also have operations in South America and Europe, so they are widely connected and involved. They have branched out into other areas recently, and these headphones are an example.
These are designed for people listening to music rather than working out to it, so they will fit the commuter requirements and are not for the gym.
Designers have clearly thought long and hard but how to build the Hammerhead and have decided on having aluminum as the core material covered with a soft to the touch plastic. They have also deviated away from just using standard cables, and these are flat cables.
The feeling of them is actually quite heavy, which may be due to the metal rather than totally plastic base material. However, they feel very sturdy in the hand and don’t feel like they will fall apart.
The earbuds themselves are a little bit larger than the norm and have a two flange design that will assist with passive noise isolation. Supplied with the phones are different sizes of silicone and foam ear tips to help you get a great fit and a good seal.
There is a small microphone in the cable near the right-hand earbud. The controller is a bit further down and features the usual control elements for music and also a switch for ANC.
Where these headphones really excel is with the sound. 10mm drivers produce a powerful sound with a good spread across the frequencies.
Lots of good features, but it may be worth checking just to ensure the device you are using is compatible, as these are made to work with razor phones.
A good set of phones and if they are compatible will give good service, though we are not sure about the glowing Razer logo on the earcups.
- A Competitive price point for a well-made unit.
- Many good features.
- Glow in the dark logo on the ear cups.
4 USB Type C Earphones, Earbud Headphones with Mic
These have been designed exclusively for the casual user. They are not for the gym or the running track and so will be used either at home, when traveling, or on the daily commute if you have one.
They have been built to be comfortable rather than functional, and they come supplied with three different sizes of ear tips in small, medium, and large. These ear tips are silicone rather than foam and are designed to try and give you not only a comfortable fit but also to give you good noise isolation.
If you wear earbud type headphones for a long time, then you will be aware of first of all the comfort problems but also the reliability of keeping them in place. The silicone tips are included, which are often the better option for stability but not necessarily for comfort. There are no foam tips, often preferred for comfort included.
They are fitted with a remote control unit that is multifunctional. It performs the usual functions for music – play and pause, but also controls your calls with answer, reject, and end call options. The inline controller is made of plastic, but the earbuds have an aluminum alloy base material which makes them a little more rugged, but also adds to the weight. We wouldn’t say that the build quality is the highest we have seen.
The sound quality for music is actually quite good for a set of budget phones but not so good for the calls where it tends to be a little shrill.
As a budget set of phones, they work quite well. Not the best we have seen, but for the price, if you want a headphone for occasional use and don’t want to spend a lot, they will do the job.
- Good budget price.
- Earbuds have a tough construction.
- No foam ear tips included.
- Call sound can be a little shrill.
5 Libratone USB-C in-Ear 4 Level Adjustable Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
Libratone is another of these Danish companies with high ideals and a quality of build that excels. The products they deliver are usually very good.
They are designed and built for the commute or casual use and nothing more physical and do not carry a waterproof rating.
They are made from a plastic material and a fabric which is an interesting mixture. When handled, they do not give off the feeling of being particularly strongly built, but that maybe just a case of unfamiliarity with the materials. They are very rounded in shape, which is also an interesting design feature and could impact on the comfort level if worn for longer lengths of time.
They come supplied with small, medium and large ear tips and a sports flange fitting to ensure a comfortable fit. The sports flange is an interesting option given that they don’t appear to hold a waterproof, anti-sweat rating which maybe they do have, but they have forgotten to tell us about?
The controller is situated on the cabling and is quite large, but it does include active noise canceling. Noise cancellation is adjustable with four levels allowing you to determine exactly how much of the outside world you want to let in. The controller also handles your interaction with Google Voice assistant.
These phones are designed for use with Google Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, where it is only used for phone calls. They will work with other models, such as some from Samsung, for music, but not for phone calls.
The sound quality is good without being stunning for the music and ok with calls from both ends with the noise suppression microphone ensuring external noise is reduced to a minimum.
These are a good set of headphones with some good features, but we feel limited in that they don’t work fully with many devices. They are also quite expensive.
- Some good features.
- Limited in their usage.
- Quite expensive.
6 Razer Hammerhead USB-C Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) Earbuds
Another offering from Razer. They have a range of these USB-C earbud headphones, and this model is a step up from the previous one we reviewed.
With this model, they have again gone for a similar design using aluminum as a base of the build and then covered it with soft plastic material. As with other models, the earbuds are slightly larger than what you might be used to, and consequently, they weigh a little more.
They have also deviated from the two flange design. They have also toughened up the cables by using a braided variety. And they are fitted with foam tips for added comfort.
The microphone is located in the cable along with the controller. This features the standard three-button control for operation of the music. All very simple and easy to use, but as with other models by Razer the controller is a little larger than what is the norm.
The sound once again is where these phones score points and assisted by the active noise cancellation facilities they deliver a big sound. Employing dual drivers, they produce a rich deep bottom end mixed with a dynamic top end.
As a unit, they come a little bit more expensive than their cousins. But the facilities onboard are better, the sound quality improved and extras like the braided cabling add just that little bit extra.
They are a very good pair of earbud phones. We quite like the design and the performance appears good, but we do wish they would not put an illuminated logo on the ear cups. Very takky. These are better than that. Could make them a contender for best USB C headphones?
- Really good sound.
- Some nice features.
- We still don’t like the illuminated logo.
7 HTC Usonic USB Type C Headset
HTC is a company based in Taiwan that was originally just in the smartphone business. They were very instrumental in the development of the Android system; in fact, their phone the HTC Dream was the first smartphone to run Android.
But pressure from Apple and Samsung caused them to diversify, and one of those new areas of operation has been headphones for USB-C.
There is little to get excited about in their style. Quite a nice design using sturdy aluminum housings for the ear cups and a reasonable thickness of the cable. Because the aluminum is lightweight, they are not too heavy, but you can notice a weight difference from a plastic design. We think that is acceptable given they will be a stronger unit.
The earplugs are soft and comfortable and fit the ear nicely. To make sure you get a decent fit, extra sizes of small, medium, and large are included.
The microphone is situated on one earbud, and there is an in-line controller on the cable. The controller has all the usual functions for music plus the call answering facilities. Calls can be answered while listening to music.
The Type C USB port has replaced the usual 3.5mm connection and offers 24bit technology to enhance sound performance. The built-in HTC DAC chip, taking basic analog signals and converting them to digital.
These headphones are not compatible with all phones and devices, and it is necessary to check that your device will be able to use them. The price is very competitive, placing them in the budget range of headphones.
- Low price.
- Sturdy aluminum-based construction.
- Not compatible with all phones and devices.
Best USB C Headphones Buyers Guide
Trying To Find The Best USB-C Headphones
In reviewing this selection of USB-C headphones, one thing came to be quite apparent very early on. Where were all the ‘big name’ headphone manufacturers? Companies are producing these headphones, of course, and there was a reasonable range considering it is a fairly new technology, but the well-known brands were noticeable by their absence.
What Do You Want From Your Headphones?
Well, a decent sound, of course. They are digitally reproducing the music so the sound should be better than an analog system. But it isn’t always the case. Are you going to use them in the gym or out on a run? If so, you will need a decent waterproofing rating.
You will also need them to be compatible with your own devices. And it will be worth checking to ensure that is the case as it appears some headphones are not compatible with certain smartphones and devices.
You will want them to be well-built and to be fair they all just about fitted that bill. With all the options we looked at there wasn’t one where you thought, these are going to fall apart. Some even had aluminum as their base design component giving their headphones some strength.
Some people feel we are being placed in this situation by the companies who have removed the traditional 3.5mm jack socket. And there may be some truth in that. However, it seems to be a fact of life that it would happen eventually, so we should be aware of our sound options.
There are some good headphone units that we looked at. And some are not that expensive, so there are no big investment concerns. But make sure that you get all that you need from them.
So What Are The Best USB C Headphones?
You could say that the options were a little limited. This is still an emerging technology, and so many of the options are very similar.
However, we feel that we need a set of headphones that would suit a variety of activities. Yes, the commute and casual use, but also to include a decent waterproof rating just in case it is ever needed. We have therefore decided that the best USB-C headphones are the…
Lots of good features and built for a variety of activities.
Our choice as the best USB C headphones.