Good USB-C headphones are still hard to find -- here are 6 of the best currently available

Screencap: RazerRazer Hammerhead USB-C headphones
  • More and more smartphones are adopting USB-C, a rising cable standard – but there aren’t yet many quality USB-C headphones available.
  • Some device makers are now releasing their own branded USB-C headphones to sell alongside their USB-C smartphones.
  • Many USB-C headphones are on the pricier side and may have limited smartphone compatibility.

Many smartphones are now shifting away from their existing charging ports, and towards the newer USB-C standard. Most major 2017 flagship phones support USB-C, and so to will this year’s crop.

And yet, there’s a big problem: The market for USB-C headphones has been slow to catch up, leaving audiophiles who want a wired headset with few places to go. That’s especially important as more and more phone manufacturers follow Apple’s lead in ditching the headphone jack.

Even so, there are a few USB-C audio options available that users can consider. Prospective buyers be warned, though, that USB-C headphones are pricey, and may not work with all models of phone.

Here are some of the best USB-C headphones to buy:


Libratone Q-Adapt in-ear USB-C headphones

LibratoneLibratone Q-Adapt In-ear USB-C

These “Made for Google” USB-C headphones sell for $US150 and work best with the Google Pixel 2 smartphone, but can be used with other USB-C devices.


JBL Reflect Aware C earphones

HTCJBL Reflect Aware C Earphones

These earbuds were the first-ever noise-cancelling USB-C headphones. They vary in price but sell for about $US120 on Amazon.


HTC USonic adaptive audio earphones

HTCHTC USonic Adaptive Audio Earphones

The Sound Guys count these headphones as some of the best on the market. However, they only work with HTC devices and the Huawei Mate 10. They sell for $US40.


Xiaomi Mi noise-cancelling USB-C headphones

Screecap: XiaomiXiaomi Mi Noise-cancelling USB-C headphones

Xiaomi is not well known in the US, but it does does offer a pretty extensive line of accessories. Its latest noise-cancelling USB-C earbuds have been recommended by many tech blogs. They sell for about $US57.


Razer Hammerhead USB-C headphones

Screencap: RazerRazer Hammerhead USB-C headphones

Last year, the gaming company Razer had dipped its toe into the mobile sector with the Razer Phone, a high-powered USB-C smartphone. To go with it, Razer released a pair of USB-C headphones for $US80.

In addition to the Razer Phone, they are compatible with the OnePlus 5, HTC U11, Xiaomi Mi 6, Xiaomi Mi Max 2 and also the Huawei Mate 9, Huawei Nexus 6p, Moto Z, LG Nexus 5x and Google Pixel.


Essential HD earphones

EssentialEssential HD earphones

Essential’s HD earphones are some of the newer USB-C options on the market. They have been recommended by many for their compatibility with several smartphones and the USB-C MacBook Pro. They sell for $US99.

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