Best USB-C Headphones Android Central 2020
While major tech companies are pushing for a wireless world with Bluetooth headphones, they're also ditching the 3.5mm audio jack at the same time. For some, Bluetooth headphones are no good. They introduce latency and compression, and it's yet another device you have to charge. This means users only have one wired option left: the charging port. And for the vast majority of devices, that port is USB-C.
- One(Plus) with a bullet: OnePlus Type-C Bullets
- Wireless first with USB-C audio: Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless
- Made for Google: Libratone Q Adapt
- Great value: CKLYYL USB Type C Earphones
- Go bold: RAZER Hammerhead USB-C ANC
- Google stock: Google Pixel USB-C Earbuds
- Hi-Res certified: Xiaomi Mi ANC Earphones
OnePlus Bullets have always been a favorite when it comes to quality in-ear wired earbuds that won't break the bank. The company's Type-C Bullets follow this and offer a pair of warm sounding, comfortable headphones with a USB-C connector and a very welcome price.
While the Momentum 3 Wireless are Bluetooth first, they feature a USB-C port that not only charges the headphones but outputs audio over the same connector. You'll get premium design and build materials meet solid sound and ANC.
Libratone's Q Adapt USB-C earbuds are part of the "Made for Google" program that launched with the Pixel 2. They offer a unique type of ANC and a Hush mode that squares things up when you receive an incoming call.
If you're simply looking for a pair of USB-C earbuds and don't want to spend a ton of cash, these earbuds from CKLYYL are right for you. In addition to their super low price, they also feature an in-line microphone and media controls, along with a few ear tip sizes in the box.
Big booming sound and bright neon green make these earbuds scream RAZER. They also come with plenty of tips to fit any ear and are surprisingly cheap; both are things we love. This version has active noise cancellation built-in, so you get uninterrupted sound without having to charge them.
If you purchased a Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL and wondered where the earbuds are, here they are. The Google Pixel USB-C Earbuds have an adjustable loop for the best fit, a button to activate Google Assistant, and sound great. Best of all, they're priced right!
If you have to, get in on USB-C
USB-C audio is still pretty rare in 2020, even with an ever-growing list of manufacturers ditching the 3.5mm jack in favor the port. Unfortunately, headphone manufacturers are either sticking with 3.5mm as the wired standard or are completely cutting the wire entirely, moving to Bluetooth. The downside of Bluetooth is that it introduces latency. This is fine for things like YouTube videos and streaming music because your phone accommodates for the latency. But for something like gaming or live TV, this isn't ideal as the latency can't be compensated.
While there isn't the same huge selection you see with a standard 3.5mm headphone plug, you can find a great set of headphones that use the new connector.
The OnePlus Type-C Bullets are a solid choice because of their price, but any of the picks on our list will offer solid sound. If you're looking to spend a tad more and are okay with over-ear headphones, definitely look at the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. It offers great sound, ANC, and a premium design.
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