Over the years, car headphones have grown to become one of the most common essential audio accessories for music enthusiasts & gadget owners.

These headphones come in different types, including wired headphones, radio frequency (RF) headphones, infrared (IR) headphones, along with Bluetooth headphones.

The clunky styles of the headphones have, over the years, been streamlined, slimmed down, and enhanced with higher sound resolution and better volume.

The best car headphones now come loaded with features, providing you with a blend of comfort, function, and seamless performance.

In this write-up, we’ll be reviewing the top car headphones, and these are our picks:

Top 7 Car Headphones – Our Top Picks

Skullcandy Crusher S6SCDZ

Skullcandy Crusher Headphones with Built-in Amplifier and Mic, Black
  • sensation55 driver - the sensation55 is Skull candy patent-pending bass extension driver. Through this driver, the Crusher delivers a powerful and realistic bass experience that transforms your Audio into bass you can feel. Connectivity technology: Wired
  • Rex40 driver - the Rex40 is designed from the ground up by their world-class Audio engineering team and delivers an extremely smooth frequency response with minimal distortion - tuned for your playlist.
  • Acoustical porting - Within the construction of the ear cup, our specially designed Acoustical porting allows both drivers to move freely, increasing the bass and reducing distortion.
  • Built-in amplifier - no more bulky in-line amplifier. The new Crusher draws its power from a premium battery (AA) powered amp hidden in the ear cup.
  • Adjustable bass control - The bass sensation slider on the left ear cup allows you to adjust the sensation levels to your preference or playlist.

If you’re looking for a quality headset at an affordable price, you can check out the Skullcandy Crusher S6SCDZ-003. It is a circumaural (over-ear) headset with powerful bass & smooth frequency response, which a lot of music lovers would like.

Design

In spite of all the faux-chrome and the skulls everywhere, Skullcandy Crusher’s design is somewhat slightly drab. Perhaps, that can be attributed to their thickness and chunkiness. Interestingly, wearing the headphones with a pair of aviator sunglasses will make you look like a helicopter pilot in an action movie shot in the 1980s.

To ensure that no user forgets the manufacturer of the headphones, on the band, you will find Skullcandy branding prominently emblazoned. Further, they’re fairly subdued looking but are pretty comfortable.

The ear cups rotate a bit for providing a good fit, while the band can be fairly adjusted. To move the Crusher around, the headphones are completely foldable to 40% of its size. While we would’ve preferred that a semi-hard case is included at least, instead of a fabric bag judging by the price of the product, the bag will keep them clear of dust.

Features

  • Adjustable bass slider
  • Built-in amplifier
  • REX40 main driver
  • Built-in adjustable Sensation 55 Driver
  • 32 ohms Impedance
  • Acoustical porting for reducing distortion
  • Auto on/off switch
  • Dual cup for comfort with long hours of use
  • In-line remote microphone
  • Foldable to 40 per cent of its size
  • Lifetime warranty
  • A convenient carry case included

Connectivity: While the S6SCDZ-003 aren’t real Bluetooth headphones, they aren’t relics of the 70s as well. You will find that the included cable has a barebones 1-button remote, in addition to a built-in mic. This is enough for pausing & resuming audio playback and for also answering & ending your phone calls, when you’re plugged into your mobile phone.

Not only is this microphone decent but also definitely good enough for your occasional calls. However, due to the size of the headphones, you may not really want to be making calls after calls when you’ve them on your ears.

Battery: You may be wondering why these headphones require a battery. You’ll understand the reason for this shortly. The Skullcandy Crusher does work without the battery, but they won’t function optimally. The Sensation55 driver produces the bass in the headphones, and it requires a single AA battery, which is positioned behind the left ear cushion.

Fortunately, you won’t need to replace it very often as the manufacture promises 40 hours of playback from a single battery. And that’s obtainable with the bass slider set all the way up. While we can’t categorically say how much battery is saved when you slightly pull down the slider, at least you don’t have to ever worry about the sound completely disappearing.

Sound Quality: The S6SCDZ-003 uses 2 different drivers: the Sensation55 and the REX40 drivers. The former driver delivers the sound and feel of the low end, while the latter offers everything else. Apart from these multiple drivers, the headphones are also ported acoustically in a bid to further enhance bass and cut down on distortion.

The lows are no doubt the major event when reviewing the sound quality of these headphones. The maker emphasizes that you’ll be able to feel the bass. And we feel this isn’t merely a marketing gimmick.

Also, the Sensation55 driver isn’t your conventional speaker as it produces mechanical vibration, which those low notes hit, sending the vibrations through the headset and through you as well.

This feature is great for the most part. With the adjustable slider, the bass can change the range from mild to 100% massive based on your preference. The only downside here is, how the bass gets accentuated varies based on the way the music playing is mixed.

As for mids, by moving up the frequency range, what we get is more of a mixed bag. However, the mids represent the weakest point significantly. The midrange throughout is not only flat but also dull. The lower mids are the best defined.

You’ll notice a surprisingly boxy quality around the frequency range, 800 – 1000 hertz, which is targeted at bass enthusiasts, coming from those headphones assumed to be more subdued.

Moving into the high end, we find that things get better dramatically as the highs are crisply clear and don’t sound harsh. Though it becomes apparent that the highs weren’t given the same tender loving care as the low end, you’ll still see a lot to like here.

Pros

  • Adjustable level of bass
  • Interesting gimmick Massive bass

Cons

  • Won’t appeal to all users
  • Only a few features

Why Buy?

The Skullcandy Crusher S6SCDZ-003 Headphones are built for in-car use, delivering incredibly clean, clear, and crisp audio quality. This makes them one of the best car headphones on the market.


Bowers and Wilkins P3

Champion Power Equipment 100233 3400W Inverter Generator w/ Parallel Capability
  • 3100 running watts & 3400 starting watts
  • RV Ready - TT-30R outlet
  • 120V AC load
  • 12V DC outlet
  • Up to 7.5 hours run time at 25% load

Coming right up is the new folding Bowers and Wilkins (B&W) P3 Series 2. These headphones provide you with more bass and improved comfort compared with their predecessor.

They’re designed using sheep leather & brushed aluminium with black leather accents.

Also, they offer better sound quality, which makes them deliver accurate and clear audio. The P3s feature 2 mic cables.

Design

These headphones come in a black-and-aluminium design, retaining much of the original P3’s contour and overall look. We’ve rectangular, supra-aural (on-ear) pads popping off for connecting and disconnecting the cable, and reattaching smoothly and instantly with the aid of embedded magnets.

The design is elegant, though some users may not find it fanciful since they could feel that removing the earpads is an unnecessary added step for the cable removal procedure. However, the bone of contention is, the cable won’t ever be able to come loose when secure beneath the pads.

Cosmetically, the key upgrade is in the materials: Instead of the original’s cloth, B&W utilizes a leather headband & earpads.

The earpads are glossy leather surfaces that contain perforations that allow the sound to get through. In both the outer panels of the earpieces and the upper portion of the headband, there’s a rubberized and matte material, which has good looks. However, it can easily attract dust.

The underside of this headband is the same leather that is used on the earpads, and beneath the earpads, these headphones feature audio through dual 1.2-inch, full-range drivers, which are supported by a bass port.

Just like some users, you may find that the earpieces apply slightly more pressure on the scalp and ears than normal, especially if you put on glasses.

This can be significantly alleviated by the expansion of the headband, ensuring that it hardly makes any contact with the scalp, keeping in mind that the pressure required for achieving adequate audio performance is realized by the earpads pressing against your ears. And any adjustments of the headband don’t have much impact on the pressure.

But there’s no fix that will make the earpads apply less pressure on your ears. Thus, if you wear chunky glasses during especially long listening periods, you could feel occasional discomfort.

Features

  • Built-in remote/mic
  • Retro and classy look
  • Acoustic mesh material on the earpieces
  • Dual 1.2 inch full-range drivers with bass port
  • Detachable cables
  • Passive noise cancellation
  • Universal cable
  • Available in black or white
  • Expandable headband
  • Remote has dedicated volume controls, track navigation & playback
  • Has a portable hard case

On music tracks that have intense sub-bass content, such as Silent Shout by The Knife, the headphones offers a powerful deep bass response.

At the top, which is at the not-so-healthy listening levels, they don’t distort. At more moderate-to-high levels, the headphones still deliver a strong bass response, with all of this balanced out by a remarkably high-frequency presence.

As a matter of fact, what you’ll find most outstanding is the high-frequency response, which the P3 Series 2 features, delivering sounds that are crisper and more present in the high-mids as well as highs, unlike their predecessor.

While the rich low-frequency response in the original model can still be noticed in this version, it becomes more distinct in the treble range.

Therefore, In Drover by Bill Callahan, which is a track that doesn’t have much deep bass in the mix but lots of subtle midrange elements, the headphones sound balanced and also clear. On boosted bass headphones, the drums on this track can sound unnaturally heavy.

Though some added low-end is present here, their sound is powerful yet realistic because the high-frequency response accentuates some of their attack.

The baritone vocals of Callahan benefit from the richness of the low-mids, which they got via the original P3 headset. However, in the current model, you’ll find that they receive more definition in the high-mid range, too, bringing about more edge and better clarity.

On No Church in the Wild by Jay-Z &Kanye West, the kick drum loop gets a lot of treble presence that lets its sharp attack slice through the layers of the mix. However, this doesn’t happen without some added heft in the lower frequency sustain.

Also, the sub-bass synth hits, punctuating the track’s beat, are offered without the unhinged abandon, which users commonly hear on heavily bass-boosted headphones.

Rather than this, they deliver a solid depth without overtaking the balance of the mix as well as significantly shifting things toward the lows.

Pros

  • Great audio performance delivering rich and full bass response, with well-defined high-frequency presence
  • Detachable cable
  • Luxurious and comfortable design

Cons

  • Earpads have to be removed to detach cable

Why Buy?

If you want a pair of on-ear car headphones that’s in the $150 price range, the Bowers and Wilkins P3 Series 2 is a nice option to try out. The maker has created subtle improvements to an already excellent sound signature as well as great design.


SIMOLIO 2 Pack of Wireless Car Headphones

These SIMOLIO 2 Pack of Wireless Car Headphones work smoothly with universal Vehicle Entertainment Systems, which let backseat passengers enjoy superb sound clarity from videos, movies, and music without other passengers and drivers getting disturbed.

Design

The SIMOLIO 2 is designed with 3.5mm AUX sharing jack, which you’ll find on the right side of the headphones. It enables another earbuds or headphones to plug in, so passengers in the 2nd & 3rd rows will be able to share the movies or music without any disturbance or interference.

The retractable & bendable headband, along with the ergonomic pads, provide a good fit for kids’ ears & head. Also, the extra auxiliary headbands are especially made for toddlers or users with small head sizes. As a parent, you can remold the headband shape to fit your kids better or adjust the wearing angle to ensure the headset fit snug on your kids’ ears.

These car headphones make use of the “memory stainless steel strips” that are on the headband to ensure enhanced durability, enabling them to withstand rough play in any occasions. SIMOLIO uses efficient engineering for making sure that the ear pads don’t fall off. Apart from that, the headset has a portable design, making it remarkably easy to carry around.

There’s a fancy non-woven bag for safe storage and compact on-the-move travel when the device isn’t in use.

Features

  • Foldable Universal Car Kids headphones
  • Compatible with nearly all car DVD systems
  • Universal IR frequencies
  • Two Channel Wireless IR Headphones
  • Over/On-Ear Car Headphone with Detachable & Adjustable Headbands
  • Power Saving Vehicle Headphones with Custom Bag for Easy Storage
  • 2 New AAA batteries (not included) provide up to 20h of continuous working time
  • Automatic shut off to avoid batteries draining when left on, providing optimum battery life
  • 5mm Aux jack with Aux cable included, compatible with iPad, iPhone, Tablet PC, and others

The SIMOLIO Car Headphones feature 2 Channel Option/Built-in Sharing Port Dual channel that enables you to pick your best channel for the device you’re using. To watch a variety of movies on 2 DVD monitors, you can set each DVD on a different channel (i.e. channels A and B), and the headset to the channel of the DVD you want to listen to.

There are 2 Listening Modes or Automatic Shut Off. The Headphones connect wirelessly in your car and also wired via a 3.5 mm audio cable. The cable lets the headset work with your smartphones, tablets, Kindle fire, and airplane entertainment systems just like your normal headphone with no battery.

After roughly 5 minutes when there’s no audio signal in, the headphones will shut off automatically to give maximum battery life.

For home use, this headset is compatible with IR transmitter (not included) with products, like your portable DVD players, tabs, computers, or TV. To enjoy a better performance, we recommend you purchase Simolio IR Transmitter, especially if your DVDs’ IR frequencies are non-universal.

Pros

  • Compatible with nearly all car DVD systems
  • Cheap price point
  • Comfortable design
  • Universal IR frequencies
  • Two Channel Wireless IR Headphones
  • Over/On-Ear Car Headphone with Detachable & Adjustable Headbands

Cons

  • They must be turned off after every use to prevent the battery draining quickly

Why Buy?

The SIMOLIO 2 Pack of Wireless Car Headphones are a cool device that let backseat passengers enjoy superb sound clarity from videos, movies, and music without any disturbance to other passengers and drivers.


Beats by Dr. Dre 900-00059-01

Beats Studio 2.0 WIRED Over Ear Headphone - Red NOT WIRELESS (Renewed)
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  • FEEL YOUR MUSIC: The Beats Acoustic Engine makes your listening experience intimate, personal, and real. Our signature DSP software is designed to generate an emotional experience.
  • LIGHTER, STRONGER and MORE COMFORTABLE: We streamlined the Studio and shaved 13 percent off the original weight and gave it a lighter, stronger, and more comfortable headband. Softer ear cups and an ergonomic bellow to create a flexible, custom fit.
  • NO BATTERIES: The New Beats Studio has a 20-hour rechargeable battery. To prevent wasting energy, Auto On/Off feature turns off when you unplug, Displays visible Battery Fuel Gauge. Can be charged via micro USB.
  • MUTE: Silence the noise from your daily commute or the drama from your loud neighbors with our no-compromise dual-mode Adaptive Noise Canceling. ANC automatically strikes a balance between your music and the world outside.

Beats by Dr. Dre is a brand that is popular all over the world, with its Studio lineup among its bestsellers. This is why it’s not surprising to find the folding Beats 00059 Over-the-Ears among the best car headphones.

Design

They weigh 260g, 13 per cent lighter than earlier models. Also, they sport an ergonomic, lightweight, and comfortable design with soft ear cups and no visible screws. You can wear them for many hours without any pressure or strain.

Their ear cups are built using leatherette that’s durable, well-crafted, and of high quality. The headphones are available in red, white, and black and have their own carrying case.

Features

  • Adaptive Noise Cancelling
  • Ergonomic design with soft ear cups and no visible screws
  • They can be charged through mini USB
  • Rechargeable battery with 20-hr charge
  • Auto on/off
  • Battery indicator
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) software, making it ideal for professionals to use the headphones in a studio
  • Inline volume control with a built-in microphone
  • 9-meter cord length
  • Comes with its own 3.5mm jack cable, power adapter, charging cable as well as remote talk cable
  • Available in red, white, and black
  • 1-year warranty on parts
  • Has its own carrying case

This unit comes with a clean acoustic sound with great bass. Due to the fact that they’re slightly pricier than most headphones, you may find it easy to turn away from them, but their premium features make them worthy of the high price.

They feature an Apple-friendly mic and remote, which could be used for receiving or making calls on compatible Apple devices.

Pros

  • Comfortable over-the-ear design
  • Strong rechargeable battery
  • Noise-canceling

Cons

  • Some complaints about the sound quality at high volumes

Why Buy?

The new Beats Studio is lighter, stronger, and more comfortable, equipped with exciting features such as precision sound, a 20-hr. rechargeable battery, adaptive noise canceling, RemoteTalkTM, among others. The headphones have all the energy and excitement, which you would expect from Beats, in addition to a robust and re-engineered sound.

Overall, the headset is a great package to buy for both on and off-road use.


Audiovox MTGHP1CA

Audiovox MTGHP1CA Single Channel Wireless Fold-Flat Headphones
  • Auto shut-off
  • Batteries included
  • Single channel wireless design
  • Folds for storage

Retailing for around $30, the Audiovox MTGHP1CA Single Channel Wireless is also one of the best car headphones on the market. This product has a relatively low price yet delivers superb quality in comparison with other higher-priced models.

Design

Car headphones often easily break from wear & tear and rough handling. However, this pair doesn’t break easily and also offers you cool audio quality. At 5.6 oz., they’re lightweight. Also, the headphones are foldable with rotating earpieces.

They can be adjusted to fit small to large head sizes. The wireless headphones are specifically designed for in-car use only. Also, they’re compatible with nearly all Audiovox monitors.

Features

  • Built-in volume control
  • IR transmitter compatible
  • Carrier Frequency of 2.8 MHz for right channel & 2.3 MHz for left channel
  • Auto shut on/off with red LED indicator light
  • Frequency Response of 30 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Foldable with rotating earpieces
  • 2 Alkaline batteries included in the box
  • Adjustable to fit small to large head sizes
  • 1-year warranty
  • Lightweight design at 5.6 ounces

The headphones offer a plug-and-play design that doesn’t require any syncing. Simply insert the batteries, and they’re all set. But it’s recommended that you make use of a monitor or DVD player, which supports Audiovox specs.

Why Buy?

This headset is an affordable option to use as your car headphones.


Concept CDC-IR10

Concept CDC-IR10 Over the Head IR Infrared Wireless Stereo Headphones Earphones for Car Audio / Video Devices using Wireless IR infrared
  • Compatible with all in-vehicle audio/video applications using wireless IR signal technology
  • Dual-source with adjustable headband. Rotating earpiece design for compact storage. Includes Volume Control
  • Wired or wireless dual operation capability. Closed ear, foam-padded earpieces for superior comfort, sound isolation and noise cancellation.
  • Opaque styling, IR-transparent ABS plastic housing.
  • Receivers with 270-degree capture of IR signal within 10 ft.

One of the 7 best car headphones on the market, the on-ear Concept CDC-IR 10 is a great piece of tech that comes at a cheap price less than $27. The car headset is compatible with every kind of in-vehicle video or audio apps, using wireless IR tech. The headphones are functional, well-designed, and user-friendly, all rolled into one.

Design

This product has a lightweight and comfortable over-the-ear design with acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic housing. It has an adjustable headband, rotating earpieces, and offers you a one-year warranty.

Features

  • RF wireless
  • 2-channel source
  • Features rotating earpieces, adjustable headband, and volume control
  • IR transmission with IR signal range of 10 feet and 2700 capture
  • Frequency Response is 30Hz–20kHz
  • A/B selector switch
  • Noise cancellation and sound isolation
  • 32-ohm impedance
  • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic housing
  • Auto on/off with light indicator
  • Can also be used wired
  • One year warranty
  • Batteries included

This headset has volume control and IR transmission with IR signal range of 10ft and 2700 capture. There’s an auto on/off with light indicator, in addition to an A/B selector switch.

It features tech for noise cancellation and sound isolation. Also, the sound quality is decent with a frequency response of 30Hz–20kHz. It has a 2-channel source, allowing you to select the best channel for your device.

Pros

  • Comfortable over-the-ear design
  • A/B selector switch
  • IR transmitter

Cons

  • Sound quality could be better

Why Buy?

The primary reason the Concept CDC-IR10 made this list is, it gives you great quality at a cheap price.


Crusar 2-Pack IR Wireless 2-Channel Foldable Headphones for Car

Crusar 2-Pack IR Wireless Two-Channel Foldable Headphones for Car
  • Link up wirelessly with your car audio system via infrared signal without having to worry about cables.
  • Pressure-relieving ear-pads and adjustable headband that ensure comfortable fit and seal in sound.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack allows compatible use with iPhone/ipod/ipad and MP3 devices.
  • Good way for kids to enjoy DVD/music during car trips
  • Folding ear-cups for easy storage and auto shut-off for battery-saving.

The Crusa 2-Pack Foldable Headphones for Car are yet another option when it comes to the best car headphones.

Design

This device has a nifty design with folding ear-cups that ensure easy storage and auto shut-off for battery-saving. It’s around-the-ear pads, which are perfectly shaped around the ears to keep music in and distractions out.

Also, there’s an adaptable headband, offering you hours of comfortable enjoyment of watching your favorite videos or listening to music.

Features

  • Can connect with your in-car audio, such as flip-down DVD players, headrest DVD players, and others through an IR system, offering a stable & high-quality signal
  • The 3.5mm headphone jack ensures the headset works with your smartphone, tab, and MP3 players just like ordinary wired earphones
  • Can work without wires and no tangling up
  • Comes with around-the-ear pads, which have a perfect shape around the ears to keep music in and distractions out
  • An adaptable headband provides hours of comfortable enjoyment of music or videos

Kindly note these to ensure your security using the Crusa 2-Pack: When there’s a high temperature, it’ll affect the headphone use, and during high humid conditions, there could be a short circuit in the headset with batteries, such as when you’ve beads of water in the headphones. Also, kindly make use of the batteries carefully and check for short circuit in case.

Also, kindly note these tips to protect your children’s hearing: During first use, consider trying it for your kids, and also consider changing the batteries for young children. Further, watch the volume, noting that the best condition is somewhere around 60 percent of the volume. Also, please don’t put the headset at the maximum volume in daily usage and don’t wear the headphones continuously for a long time.

Pros

  • Can link up wirelessly with the car audio system through IR signal without the need to worry about cables
  • Pressure-relieving ear-pads with adjustable headband for comfortable fit and seal in sound
  • 5mm headphone jack allows compatible use with iPhone/iPod/iPad and MP3 devices
  • Great for kids to enjoy DVD/music during car trips
  • Folding ear-cups that ensures easy storage and auto shut-off to save battery

Cons

  • The headphones’ folding requires that they bend and stretch, which could end up exerting too much stress on the moveable parts after sometime

Why Buy?

The Cruza 2-Pack is also a good pair of headphones to buy for use with your car.


Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Things to Look for in the Best Car Headphones?

A pair of headphones works to deliver sound, and the audio appliances we reviewed above do an excellent job of that. These are some of the features to consider when shopping for fantastic car headphones:

Weight & Comfort: The 2 features go hand-in-hand since headsets are required to rest easily and lightly when on your ears. Otherwise, wearing them becomes cumbersome, which will hamper your listening experience. The only way to test for comfort in a pair is by wearing them for 10mins at least. Within this time, once you feel any abnormal pressure from the headset, they’ll no doubt be uncomfortable after wearing them for 30mins, or over 60mins.

Sensitivity: Also called the Sound Pressure Level (SPL) number, sensitivity is a term that describes headphones’ max volume and is measured in terms of decibels (dB) of SPL per milliwatt (mW).

Though when it comes to headphones, there’s no dB-SPL/mW standard, 85 – 120 dB-SPL/mW is the acceptable range, and according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, anything more than 120 dB-SPL/mW is risky since it can damage your ears as a result of prolonged use. None of the 7 best car headsets reviewed above goes beyond 120 dB-SPL/mW.

High Fidelity: High-fidelity, which is also referred to as “hi-fi”, has to do with the high-quality sound reproduction that’s closest to the original sound, which is enhanced by low distortion as well as noise filtering/cancellation.

Impedance: Impedance level is measured in ohms (the unit of electrical resistance) and shows how much power is required for the headset to produce certain levels of audio.

Consequently, the higher the impedance, the more power is required. Nearly all low-impedance headphones come with 25 ohms or lower. However, the issue with this is that there is a possibility for a hissing background sound.

But making use of headsets that have high impedance yet incompatible with your audio/video device could cause performance issues. This is why we recommend testing headphones before purchasing them, and also testing them with your own device instead of the audio gadget in the store. This will ensure that you get what’s compatible with your source.

Frequency Response (FR): This term measures the reproduction of audio frequencies with an acceptable range between 20 Hz and 20 kHz. Consider your sound preferences when looking to buy a pair of headphones based on FR. For example, if you love bass in particular, then you should opt for a set with support for lower bass frequency (that typically means a high FR).

Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): This has to do with the “cleanliness” of the sound, and it becomes more apparent when making use of headphones than speakers as you’re nearer the sound source. The best car headphones are those with a THD below 1%. However, anything more than that shouldn’t make a huge difference audibly since your hearing may not be sensitive enough to spot any distortion.

Apart from these, other important factors you need to consider when buying headphones for your car are durability, portability, cable length & dressing, price, in addition to a warranty.

What Are the Steps to Connect Earbuds to a Car Radio?

First, start by directly hooking your earbuds into your car radio by inserting the jack into the port labeled “Aux” if your vehicle has one. Much the same way you’ll handle an iPod or portable CD player, by doing this, you’ll be able to directly transmit audio from the stereo output to your ears.

Also, with Bluetooth technology, you can connect wireless earbuds to your car’s stereo provided the 2 devices have support for this. Scroll through the menu of your car stereo until you see the option for turning on the Bluetooth. There, it’ll detect your Bluetooth earbuds and start the transmission of its audio output to them wirelessly.

Please, don’t listen to music in your car via earbuds if you’re driving. While it’s okay if the hearing of passengers is obstructed, as a driver, you’ve to stay alert while operating a motor vehicle. This is especially important when someone honks to alert you of the danger of hitting you. In many places, wearing headphones while driving is illegal.

What Are the Types of Car Headphones?

We’ve various headphone types for in-car entertainment systems, including wired headphones, IR headphones, RF headphones, and Bluetooth headphones. A lot of in-car entertainment systems come with support for multiple headphones, allowing all passengers to enjoy music, movies, or video games.

In some situations, each passenger will be able to listen to their media as the driver uses the head unit to control their listening.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Each Type?

Wired Car Headphones

Pros

  • Simple, durable & reliable
  • Support many systems

Cons

  • Has no support for multiple outputs

The simplest headsets you can make use of in your car are the ones that are usable in other listening environments, including wired earbuds, on-ear headphones, and over-ear headphones, all of which usually don’t need batteries. They’re also compatible with any system with a standard 3.5mm headphone output (Aux).

However, the drawback is that nearly all automotive multimedia systems have no support for multiple sets of wired headphones. In certain head units, you’ll find one or more 3.5mm output jacks. Also, some cars come with multiple audio jacks for passengers. But that’s not quite common.

Apart from these, wired headphones support some displays & DVD players. You could go for inexpensive wired headphones if your multimedia system features multiple DVD players and displays.

IR Car Headphones

Pros

  • Less interference compared with other wireless standards
  • Wireless

Cons

  • Powered by battery
  • Not as common or as compatible as the Bluetooth type
  • Needs line of sight between the headphones & transmitter

IR headphones are wireless units that use the infrared spectrum to receive audio signals. They work similarly to a TV remote or computer infrared networking functions. This type of headphones is exclusively compatible with systems broadcasting on a specific IR frequency. But certain models do receive signals on 2 or more channels.

As IR car headphones are wireless, they need batteries to work. Also, their primary drawback is that for them to work, they require a good line of sight with the transmitter. If not, you’ll find that the sound quality degrades quickly.

RF Car Headphones

Pros

  • No line of sight required
  • Support multiple listening channels
  • Wireless

Cons

  • Powered by battery
  • Only support multimedia systems broadcasting on a specific frequency

While RF headphones are also wireless, they operate on a radio frequency, which means they’re only compatible with multimedia systems broadcasting on a specific frequency. However, they’re often set up to operate on many channels, allowing one passenger to listen to the radio, for instance, while another watches a movie.

Just like infrared headphones, radiofrequency headphones also need batteries to function. But unlike IR headphones, they don’t need a line of sight to work.

Bluetooth Headphones

Pros

  • Support multiple systems
  • Wireless

Cons

  • Powered by battery
  • Connections can be finicky
  • Not that intuitive or easy to use unlike their wired counterparts

While Bluetooth headphones also operate on a radio frequency, the tech isn’t the same as your regular RF car headphones. You can pair the headphones with a Bluetooth head unit through the same procedure for connecting a mobile device.

Also, some of these devices allow hands-free call and music streaming. Bluetooth is growingly becoming the standard for nearly all wireless communication between devices.

Wrapping up

Car headphones have — over the years — grown to become one of the most common essential audio accessories for music enthusiasts as well as gadget owners. The headphones are of various types, such as wired headphones, radio frequency headphones, infrared headphones, in addition to Bluetooth headphones.

Each of these types has its pros and cons, along with peculiar features. Over the past years, the clunky styles of the headphones have become streamlined, slimmed down, and enhanced with higher sound resolution & improved volume.

When looking for the best car headphones, you need to consider a range of factors, such as weight & comfort, sensitivity, high fidelity, impedance, frequency response, and total harmonic distortion. Others are durability, portability, cable length & dressing, price, and warranty.

These car headphones come loaded with features that offer you a blend of comfort, function, and seamless performance.