People who wear glasses on a daily basis face some problems unknown to those who don’t need them. One of these problems is finding a set of headphones that work well with glasses. With the added challenge of accommodating the glasses frame, many headphones end up failing miserably in the comfort department.
With that in mind, we set out to find 12 best headphones for glasses wearers. We looked for wide, adjustable headbands, plenty of cushioning, and as much flexibility as possible to make sure that the headphones can be set up to accommodate even the thickest glasses frames. Heck, they’ll be be fine with anyone using a pair of sunglasses.
If you’re looking for budget-friendly pair of headphones that won’t squish your glasses into the sides of your head, the Audio-Technica ATH-M30 wired headphones could be right up your alley. Audio-Technica is a well-known name in the world of quality audio, so you can be sure that these headphones sound great, especially considering their price. They may not match the sound quality offered by their older sibling, the ATH-M50s (spoiler alert: those headphones are also featured in our guide), but at less than half the price, there’s really nothing to complain about.
The ATH-M30 are full-size headphones, which allows them to comfortably sit on your head without applying unnecessary pressure to your ears. This means that you can wear any kind of glasses with these headphones and experience little to no discomfort for hours.
One issue you may have with the ATH-M30 is that they aren’t very portable. These headphones under $100 aren’t as sturdy as the senior models in the ATH-MXX line, so it’s a good idea to avoid throwing them into your backpack too often. The long cable isn’t exactly smartphone-friendly either, and there’s no microphone for taking calls. So, you may want to keep looking if you want to use your new headphones for commuting or working out, but they’re a perfect budget set of headphones for the workplace, college library, or home use.
Those looking for a more “professional” set of headphones but not looking to part with a lot of money are going to love the DT 770 Pro model from Beyerdynamic. It is available in multiple impedance options, ranging from 32 to 250 Ohm, but unless you’re working with audio professionally, we’d recommend you to stick with the 80 Ohm impedance model in the middle. The DT 770 Pro 80 Ohm are extremely versatile and are going to sound good almost regardless of the sound source (just don’t play 128-bit lossy audio on a no-name MP3 player through them, and you should be fine).
As far as the comfort goes, the Beyerdynamics are a good option for people with wider and/or larger heads thanks to their extra flexible headband with lots of soft padding. Similarly to ATH-M30, they’re also full-size headphones, so you shouldn’t have any issues with your glasses while wearing them. These headphones may require some time to wear-in and adjust to your head, so don’t be disappointed if they don’t feel very comfortable straight out of the box.
The DT 770 Pro headphones are not the most portable headphone set imaginable. They can’t be folded, and the non-detachable cable means you need to be extra careful with it. On the bright side, the velour pads are replaceable, so you don’t have to worry too much about damaging those. Just like the ATH-M30, these Beyerdynamics really shine when being used at home or at the workplace, and we wouldn’t recommend putting them through the daily wear and tear inside a work backpack.
If a set of stylish, portable headphones is what you’re after, you need to take a closer look at the Sennheiser Urbanite XL. Sennheiser is a German brand with over 100 years of experience in all things audio-related, so we think it’s pretty safe to say you’d be getting a quality piece of gear with the Urbanite XL. However, they might not be the best option if you’re into classical music or jazz, as they’re pretty bass-heavy and thus more suitable for modern electronic music.
Wearing the Urbanite XL with glasses should be no problem at all, as they have a wide, adjustable headband. It is well-padded and provides a very comfortable fit even for people with larger heads. Covered in durable jeans cloth, the headband can take a lot of wear and tear before something goes wrong with it.
Since these headphones were designed for portable use, you get a nice travel pouch to protect them from scratches and physical damage, so they make great headphones for travel and commute. The cable is detachable, and you can choose from several cable options, including cables with customized controls for iOS and Android devices. Compared to the regular Urbanite model, the XL one’s ear pads feel huge and comfortably hug your ears. This means you can wear the Urbanite Xl headphones for hours without feeling any discomfort or pain.
Bose is a force to be reckoned with in the audiophile world, so we were pretty excited to test the second revision of the extremely popular QC 35 model. We weren’t disappointed, as the sound quality delivered by these headphones is nothing short of amazing, and they’re definitely one of the best choices in their price segment. The audio performance is very balanced, making Bose QC 35 II great headphones for just about any kind of music. What’s more, it remains balanced even if you crank up the volume, which is not true of many headphones we tested.
Comfort-wise, Bose QC 35 II perform equally well when worn by people with and without glasses. Admittedly, the headband would have benefited from more padding, but since the headphones are quite comfortable as they are, we don’t find that to be a big issue. Since the QC 35 II model can be connected to your device wirelessly, you don’t have to worry about tangled and damaged cables. Of course, there’s also a headphone out jack in case you want to use the traditional wired connection.
If you commute a lot, you’re probably going to love the built-in noise cancellation feature available in Bose QC 35 II. It is very effective, canceling out even louder outside noises and allowing you to concentrate on your music. In addition, the QC 35 II model is officially Alexa-certified, which means that you can talk to Alexa when wearing these headphones. Whether you want to find out more about the weather, add bread to your shopping list, or play some smooth jazz, just say it, and Alexa will take care of it for you.
Being a small company, Böhm is entirely focused on producing high-quality audio gear for people who want to appreciate the finest details in their music. Their lineup does not include many models, but the headphones and speakers that are out there are all products of extensive research and creative experimentation with sound. As a result, the Böhm B76 headphones sound so good, we would’ve placed them in a higher price range if we had to guess. One thing to note about them though is that their sound isn’t neutral, but rather bass-heavy, which could be a dealbreaker for some people.
Of course, these headphones wouldn’t have made our list if they weren’t comfy for glasses wearers and non-bespectacled folk alike. You anticipate how comfortable they’re going to be just looking at the ample cushioning, and they don’t disappoint. The earpads are one of the softest we’ve tested, and since the headband doesn’t put any pressure on your ears or the top of your head, you’re likely to be able to spend hours in these headphones without even noticing that they’re there.
If we’ve already sold you on the Böhm B76, wait till you hear this: these headphones also have active noise cancellation! This feature is normally only present in higher-end models, so we were pleasantly surprised to discover that it is there and that it actually works very well. The only issue we have with the Böhm B76 is that some units seem to fail after several months of use, but we’d still take our chances with this model given the price tag.
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Have you checked out all the headphones we’ve already mentioned and kept getting more and more disappointed because they’re above your preferred price range? If so, we’re happy to say we’ve included Samson SR850, a truly budget-friendly set of headphones, on our list. At just a fraction of what most our previous entries cost, these headphones still manage to deliver good-quality audio and be surprisingly comfortable for glasses wearers (we’ll get to that later).
We have to admit that the sound quality is definitely worse than what the higher-end models can offer, but with the “you get what you paid for” principle that’s almost a given. Still, the sound coming out of the SR850 headphones is surprisingly clear, with crisp highs and punchy lows. So, don’t expect the muffled, thin sound associated with many off-brand headphones from Samson SR850, because they’re clearly capable of more.
The SR850 model is available in several versions. It may be tempting to get the Basic or Studio ones, since they’re cheaper and they actually look pretty cool, but we did specify the “Studio Reference” in the title for good reason. The headband of the Studio Reference headphones is completely different than what you get with the other two models, meaning a world of difference for people wearing glasses. Thanks to the extremely wide, adjustable headband these headphones can be a good fit for just about anyone, and they surely allow a lot of space to comfortably accommodate your glasses.
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We started our list with the M30 model from Audio-Technica, and it would almost be weird not to mention the senior M50X model as well. The Audio-Technica M50 headphones have been something of a legend in the world of high-quality audio for years, so the Japanese company decided to improve on the original design with the revised M50X model.
The ATH-M50X headphones have a more even, balanced sound, which is so important for studio headphones. Thanks to this sound signature, they are extremely popular with people who prefer complex styles of music with lots of different frequencies that shouldn’t be overridden by thumpy bass. They also have an improved headband design, making them even more suitable for glasses wearers. Being studio monitors, the ATH-M50X have swivelling ear cups to allow for comfortable one-ear monitoring. If you wear glasses, this feature promises another degree of flexibility and adjustment for you.
With the ample cushioning and sturdy build, these headphones are probably not a commuter’s dream. Still, they do fold and have a detachable cable, so they can totally work as a portable set for daily use. Since they sound so good and feel so comfortable, we expect you’ll be willing to sacrifice the extra space in your backpack for the sake of having your favorite ATH-M50X headphones with you wherever you go.
You may know Sony as the company that makes Playstation consoles, or is capable of designing TVs that offer mind-blowing image quality. However, Sony is also a strong player in the audio field, selling a number of headphone and speaker models that are very tough to beat. The MDR-1A model is a good example of why Sony is well-respected in the audiophile world. These headphones sound almost neutral, with a slight emphasis on the lower mids and bass. This allows the MDR-1A to sound warm but not distorted and makes them a great option for both casual listening and enjoying your favorite tracks on vinyl.
The MDR-1A headphones look reasonably well-padded but not so soft and welcoming as the Böhm B76 or Beyerdynamic DT 770. This may lead you to believe they aren’t as comfortable, which would be an utter mistake. In fact, we’ll go as far as to say these headphones may be the most comfortable model for people with glasses. The ergonomic headband design allows the weight of the headphones to be distributed evenly without creating points of pressure on your head or ears. You can literally put them on and forget that they’re there after a while – that did happen to us!
The MDR-1A headphones don’t fold, but their ear cups do rotate toward the inside of the headband for more convenient storage and transportation. They come with a travel pouch, so you can take them with you everywhere you go, as long as you have a bag or backpack that’s large enough. In this price segment, it almost goes without saying that the cable is detachable, and in case with the MDR-1A model, it can be stored in the special pocket inside the pouch.
Okay, so our next entry may not technically be a set of headphones, but we still decided to give it a spot on our list. The reason behind this decision is simple: some people seem to experience discomfort wearing headphones with glasses no matter how comfortable the former are. In such cases, switching to earbuds may be the only viable alternative.
Since there are so many in-ear headphones available on the market, choosing the exact model to be featured here wasn’t easy, but we ended up going with the Soundbuds Surge for a number of reasons. First, they offer reasonably good sound quality, which is actually better than anything else we’ve heard in and around their price segment. Second, they do a great job isolating the outside noises. If you need to concentrate in noisy environments but can’t afford a good pair of noise-canceling headphones, the Soundbuds Surge can be a great temporary solution.
Finally, they are also very comfortable. We’ve tried lots of earbuds that end up feeling very “out-of-place” and plain uncomfortable in your ears after just an hour or two of using them. This is not the case with the Soundbuds Surge, as they fit snugly inside your ear canal and don’t cause any tension or pain. You may have to experiment with the included ear tips in different sizes to achieve the best result, but you’ll surely find that ideal combination that works great for you. In the end, these earbuds may not be as comfortable as a good set of headphones, but if you absolutely can’t make your glasses work with any headphones or simply are on a very tight budget, the Soundbuds Surge are the way to go.
Sennheiser is known for unique technologies and unexpected innovations when it comes to crafting the ultimate listening experience. The HD600 model is one of the higher-end Sennheiser products that were developed with years of research and experience in mind. Their sound can be described as “open and warm,” which is the preferred sound signature for people who want to really appreciate their tunes rather than just having them playing in the background.
The headband of the Sennheiser HD600 model is heavily padded, but it may still seem rather rigid and uncomfortable to some people. If you’re under this impression as well, we recommend you find the HD600 in your local electronics store or specialized audio shop and try them on. The soft ear cups and ample padding on the top of your head make these headphones extremely comfortable. What’s more, the headband design allows for quite a lot of free space around the ears, so wearing your glasses is not going to be a problem.
The one thing that makes these headphones different from most other models on our list is that they are open-backed. This means that the sound from the headphones is likely going to leak into your environment, and you’ll get to hear some noises around you as well. This may be an issue in situations where two-way noise isolation is desirable, but if that’s not critical, the HD600 headphones are hard to beat.
While we’re on the subject of open-back headphones, we have to mention the Grado SR125e headphones. Hand-made in Brooklyn, the Grado Prestige Series headphones are very popular among audiophiles thanks to their unique sound and classy looks. The SR125e headphones are a mid-range model, so you’ll be getting the best Grado experience possible without shelling out a lot of money.
If you’re after headphones that deliver a lot of bass, you won’t be happy with the Grado SR125e. The sound signature of these headphones is pretty balanced, with slightly rolled-off treble to create a warmer sound. However, what makes these headphones truly remarkable is the wide soundstage they offer. Even if these aren’t your first higher-end headphones, you’ll still be amazed at how different your favorite songs sound. Instead of hearing all the instruments compressed into one single audio stream, you’ll experience them properly staged and interacting with each other.
Overall, the SR152e headphones aren’t the most comfortable ones you’ll find. Still, they do work quite well with glasses, thanks to their adjustment mechanism. With nothing but the thin metal rod in the area around your ears, it is very easy to find the sweet spot where your glasses and your headphones seem to be unaware of each other’s existence and don’t cause any discomfort at all.
Last but not least, the soDrop Pro headphones from Ghostek turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. Ghostek is far from being a household name when it comes to consumer electronics or even audio products, but the small company behind these headphones must’ve been doing some solid research when designing the soDrop Pro model. Admittedly, we were able to find better-sounding headphones in the same price segment, but it is the overall value you get for your money that is the selling point here.
With the wireless connectivity option, Ghostek soDrop Pro is already challenging many other models even in the higher price ranges that only offer the traditional wired connection. However, it gets even better, as you also get fully-featured active noise canceling and the ability to connect a second pair of headphones through the output jack to enjoy your favorite music with a friend or loved one. With so many features, you’d expect the sound quality to have been compromised to somehow justify the low price tag, but the high-definition audio drivers actually deliver a pretty great sound. Unless you’re very picky about your headphones, you’ll likely be satisfied with how the soDrop Pro model sounds.
Finally, Ghostek soDrop Pro caused no discomfort at all when tested with glasses on. The round headband doesn’t create pressure in your ear region, and the headphones barely come into contact with the glasses frame at all. This means that you can put them on for an extended listening session and not worry about a growing unpleasant sensation in your ears even after hours of use.