Best USB-C headphones 2024

While manufacturers are making sure to cut off all cords as part of their increased focus on wireless headphones and earbuds, it doesn't mean wired connections are no longer an option. Sure, Bluetooth headphones are great, only if you'd rather do without the latency and charging process, USB-C headphones are a great alternative to both. Just plug and play — and that's it.

Plug and play with these USB-C headphones

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If you have to get something wired, opt for USB-C

USB-C audio isn't as prevalent in 2023 as you might think, despite the headphone jack having already become nearly impossible to find on mobile devices. A few options stick to the 3.5mm jack, but wireless headphones and wireless earbuds are the norm. This is usually fine, except Bluetooth can introduce latency, which may be fine if your phone can fill the gap on YouTube videos and streaming music, but not for gaming or live TV. That's where you can't compensate for latency unless you plug in.

So, the selection may be somewhat limited, but you can find a great set of headphones using the new connector.

The Palovue SoundFlow headphones are at the top of the list because they offer a sound that totally belies their budget price, making them easy to recommend. However, if your budget allows for spending more on over-ear headphones, give the Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless or Focal Bathys a shot for their excellent sound, ANC, and premium design.

Ted Kritsonis
Contributor, Audio Reviewer

Ted Kritsonis loves taking photos when the opportunity arises, be it on a camera or smartphone. Beyond sports and world history, you can find him tinkering with gadgets or enjoying a cigar. Often times, that will be with a pair of headphones or earbuds playing tunes. When he's not testing something, he's working on the next episode of his podcast, Tednologic.