The Pixel 2 is a great phone whether you're listening to music, or delving into everything Daydream has to offer. What isn't awesome is trying to find the best headphones to get the job done. Google did away with the headphone jack on the Pixel 2 which means you either need to take advantage of the included dongle adapter, or find a solid pair of USB-C headphones that will get the job done if you want to use wired headphones.
Fear not! We've got some suggestions for finding the best wired headphones for your Pixel 2!
Not many options yet
For the time being when it comes to wired USB-C headphones, there just aren't many options, and of those options that aren't very many good ones. For now, there are very few over the ear, or on-ear headphones that support audio through USB-C. You can find earbuds, but most of the affordable pairs are sold from questionable companies with less than stellar reputations, or bad ratings from other customers.
The dongle is your friend
While it's a hassle to be tied to the USB-C audio dongle that came with your Pixel 2, for now, it's the best option for getting access decent audio. That's because chances are, you already have access to a pair of headphones that you enjoy that use a 3.5mm connection.
By plugging the dongle into your phone, and then your headphones into the dongle you can take advantage of the headphones that you already know and love. This isn't really an ideal circumstance, primarily because the dongle is a bit too large, and of course, it's easy enough to lose if you aren't paying attention. While a replacement is only about $9 that's still more than many people want to pay to use their preferred headphones.
Our Headphone picks
While there aren't many options for USB-C headphones, and the dongle can make things a bit more difficult, we've still put together several pairs of awesome headphones for you to check out.
Libratone Q Adapt USB-C Earphones
The Libratone Q Adapt in-ear headphones are featured on the Google Store, and they're a solid pair that don't require your dongle to enjoy. You can take calls on them, use the buttons to pause or play your music, and they have access to some noise canceling technology. They're also light, and you can find them in black, or white.
The sound quality is solid, without being absolutely stellar, and getting access to adjustable noise canceling technology can be handy. This means you can block out just about everything while taking the train, or turn it down while walking through the city so that you can still be aware of traffic and other pedestrians. However, the $149 price tag is a bit hefty considering these are essentially earbuds without any feature that is amazing enough to make you break your budget.
Audio Technica ATH-M50X Professional Monitor Headphones
If you want a great listening experience with a pair of fantastically crafted headphones under $200, then the Audio Technica ATH M50X should definitely be your go to. They're a bit bulky for listening on your phone, but the quality you get is worth the trade. Fully collapsible, they'll fit easily in your bag and cushiony ear cups mean that you'll be able to listen for as long as you want to without getting uncomfortable.
The ATH M50X headphones come with three different length audio cords, which means that you customize the length of your cord for running at the gym, or walking to your doctor's appointment. There's no microphone, so you won't be able to take calls while wearing these headphones which is unfortunate. These headphones also have sound isolating technology which means you can focus more on the audio coming from your phone, and less about your surroundings.
Samson SR850 Semi-Open-Back Studio Reference Headphones
If you want a solid pair of headphones that will deliver the audio that you want, without making you overspend in the process, then Samson's SR850 headphones are a great option. They fit over your ear and rock a semi-open design, have an adjustable headband so that you get the perfect fit, and off decent sound quality no matter what you're listening to.
Samson's SR850 headphones are a great budget option, coming in under $50 for the pair. They're durable and long-lasting, although some users have mentioned that certain phone cases won't let you plug in. You can expect a mid bass, clear vocals, and overall great sound quality.
AIAIAI TMA-2 MFG4 On-Ear Headphones
The other USB-C headphones that we're suggesting will be available through the Google Store. The AIAIAI TMA-2 are modular over the ear headphones that aim to deliver great sound quality, without having to stick you with the hardware you initially purchase.
You can change out the speaker, earpads, cables, and headbands to get the fit that you like the most without having to purchase a new pair of headphones each time. This means you can swap between the parts you want if you use your headphones for a variety of purposes, or find the most comfortable fit possible. These headphones are going to be a bit pricey, but for the results you get, it'll be worth it for some folks.
While the options for USB-C headphones are still pretty sparse right now, there are a few pairs out there that might catch your eye. For many folks though, picking up a normal pair of wired headphones and using the dongle adapter is going to be the way to go — at least for now. Do you have a favorite pair of headphones for your Pixel 2? Let us know about it in the comments below!
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