Best Headphones with Volume Control

Headphones with Volume ControlThe stock earbuds that come with your portable playback devices actually spoil you for other headphones in more ways than you think. One of those facilities that become conspicuous in their absence is the volume control. When your phone or MP3 player is lodged deep inside the pocket of skinny jeans, you would prefer to have volume control buttons on your headphone. Many of us move on to large over-ear headphones in pursuit of audiophile-style music. But how many of us can say goodbye to the volume wheel/buttons of stock earbuds? Not many. Which is why, we shortlisted 10 best headphones with volume control. We have covered a healthy dose of both Android- and iOS-compatible volume control headphones so that neither party feels left out.

Why do the volume controls of some 3-button headphones work with iPhone but not Android and vice-versa?

Many of us might not even have noticed this. The Play/Pause button of cable remote is universal and works with all Android and iOS devices. However, the volume controls of certain headphones work only with Android and not with iOS or vice versa.This is what they mean when people say that the 3-button inline control has ‘limited’ functionality with Android/iOS phones.

This is because of the difference in configuration of the TRRS phone connector that goes into the phone’s audio port. The original configuration of this plug was Left Audio, Right Audio, Mic and Ground. Apple wanted to mark itself different so it created its pinout with a different configuration: Left Audio, Right Audio, Ground and Mic. Due to this small change the volume buttons of normal headphones do not work with the Apple devices.

There are plenty of volume control headphones that are configured for iOS. Some of the best headphones with volume control we covered here are available in two versions: Android-friendly or iOS-friendly. By selecting the right package for your phone, you can ensure that they work for you.

Is there a work-around for this Android/iOS volume button compatibility problem?

Rejoice! There is.

There are apps in Playstore than can alter button functionality. Headset Droid is one such application which can customize button functionality of the headphones connected to your phone.  It runs in the background and uses minimal CPU capacity. You can set how a button responds to a click using this app.  Headset Button Controller is another Android app that lets you customize button actions no matter which headphone you are using.

The tough way is to split open the cable of your headphone and get working on it like a pro Electronic Engineer. The circuit changes are minimal but we still won’t suggest this method.

Which are the best headphones with volume control?

In terms of headphones, there are a number of categories which offer volume control. We invaded Bluetooth headphones, noise-cancelling headphones, audiophile-grade headphones and budget headphones categories for cans with volume control. They were selected based on:

Audio: The primary aim of getting a new pair of headphones is to upgrade our audio experience. Quality headphones usually feature bigger drivers for bigger and better bass and a more open soundstage audio performance. All the best headphones with volume control on this list have proven their mettle in the audio world. They bring you excellent acoustic value on money.

Volume Control: You might be using your headphones for gaming, watching movies etc. It’s a pain to reach out to the system to change volume every time. So volume control is a must-have for the headphones selected here. We have researched and carefully selected headphones which have volume controls that are either compatible with Android with iOS.

Features: Since convenience is on the top of your mind, you might be game for other features in headphones. Some of the best headphones with volume control have Active Noise Cancellation(ANC), Bluetooth connectivity, foldability, ability to customize looks or hi-resolution audio.

Value on money: We have covered the best headphones with volume control over a wide range of budgets. Since each person has a different spending potential, we judged these cans on the value they provide for money. It isn’t fair to compare two headphones of widely different prices. Hence our move to normalize the comparison.

Top 10 Best Headphones with Volume Control

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Name
Features
Price
Rating
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Name
Feature
Price
Rating
  1. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 wired headphones  Noise isolation $$$ 4.4 
  2. Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones  Lightweight, Noise-Cancelling $$$ 4.3 
  3. V-MODA Crossfade LP2 Vocal Limited Edition Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone  Detachable Kevlar reinforced 3-button audio and mic  $$$ 4.2 
  4. BÖHM Bluetooth Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones with Inline Microphone  Active Noise Cancellation $$  4.1
  5. Panasonic Over-the-Ear Stereo Headphones RP-HT227  Foldable, lightweight, volume-control $$ 4.0 
  6. Sony MDR1R Premium Over-the-Head Style Headphones  Beat Response Control $$$ 4.0 
  7. SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD On-Ear Headphones  Tracks HD are REMIX compatible $$ 4.0 
  8. Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones II  Redesigned with a slimmer profile $$$ 4.0 
  9. Denon AH-D600 Music Maniac Over-Ear Headphones  Android-phone-control, ios-phone-control, volume-control $$$  4.0
  10. Sennheiser PX 100-II i Light Weight Supra-Aural Headset  Foldable, ios-phone-control, lightweight, volume-control $$  4.0
  1. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 wired headphones

Best Headphones with Volume ControlSennheiser has touted their Momentum headphones in many forms: noise-cancelling, wireless, over-ear, on-ear etc.  We picked out the Momentum 2.0 over-ear headphones as our best bet. They overcame the comfort issues of the first generation and turned the tide into their favor. The audio is a revelation with Sennheiser focusing on casual listeners rather than purists. Momentum 2.0 has a convenient buying option on their detachable cable as well. It just had to sit and sing pretty to top the best headphones with volume control list.

Volume controls for:  Android or iOS based on model picked

Design and Features

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 volume control headphones are easy to pick out because of their novel design.The earcups look mounted on a padded metal arch. The original Momentums had smaller earcups than these. So they would rest on your ears and create pressure points over prolonged wearing. 2.0 version has big racetrack oval memory foam pads that engulf the ears. These are coated in real leather. They position correctly around the ears and put no pressure on them. The headband is similarly coated in foam and high-quality leather.

The Momentum 2.0 headphones are available in either Android or Apple version. Only the detachable cables differ in both.  If you buy the Android one, the volume controls of the 3-button inline remote will work with Android. Given the price that these cans demand, they could have included both cables in every pack. The cable attaches to one earcup with a twist-and-lock mechanism for extra safety. Since it’s detachable, you can always swap it out for a separately bought iOS compatible cable.

The arms of the headphone fold into a compact structure. They are lightweight with optimum clamping pressure. The headband has only enough tension to hold them steady and this pressure is evenly dispersed by the soft earpads. The headphones are available in a whole black design with contrast stitching patterns. Otherwise you can go for the brown and tan model.

Audio

Sennheiser has reserved the Momentum 2.0 volume control headphones for the music-loving non-purist group. They have the wonderfully enjoyable audio that takes small freedoms on accuracy to appease the ears. The bass is visceral and gauges much depth. So the sub-bass region has definition even at low volumes. The lower-registers sound meaty because of the tiny mid-bass bump which does not interfere with the mids in anyway.

Midrange of these headphones with volume control has plenty of details. The refinement limits only to keep the music smooth and easy on ears. The treble sparkles the right amount to match up with the energy of bass. The rich and dynamic audio is set up in a massive soundstage with expansive stereo-imaging.

Pros:

  • Built with premium leather and memory foam
  • Rich, dynamic audio
  • Powerful bass
  • Foldable
  • Comes with either Android cable or iOS cable
  • Detachable cable

Cons:

  • Could have come with Android AND iOS cable for the price.
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  1. Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

bose-quietcomfort-25-acoustic-noise-cancelling-headphonesBose QuietComfort 25 headphones come from their prestigious line of noise-cancelling headphones. Only second in line to the top(and more expensive) choice, QC35, these headphones have the volume control deal all figured out. Just like the Momentum 2.0, they sort their Android-friendly cable from iOS –friendly cable. Although they demand a steep price, they have a lot to offer including best-in-industry Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). Packed with big audio, they easily made their way to the best headphones with volume control list.

Volume controls for:  Android or iOS based on model picked

Design and Features

The QC25 headphone from Bose is one of the most comfortable headphones around. Weighing a meager 196g, it expertly balances lightweight characteristics with durability. The earcups are padded with foam sheathed in leather. The headband fits snugly with similar cushion underneath. The oval earpads completely encircle your ears instead of sitting annoyingly on them. The ear pieces fold flat and pivot on Zinc hinges for packing into a portable carry case. Clamp pressure is enough to hold the headphones stable when you run or jog, but not high enough to be painful in the long run.

The ANC functionality of QC 25 volume control headphone works on AAA which last through 35 hours of music playback.  This way you have the option to change batteries mid-flight if they run out of charge.  It can also be used in wired mode without ANC in case you are out of batteries. You can turn this feature off.

QuietComfort 25 headphones have a detachable cable with 3-button inline remote. You can either buy the Android bundle with the volume controls compatible to Android devices. Or you can choose the iOS bundle. The cable has a 2.5mm plug on the headphone end and terminates in a 3.5mm plug.They are shipped with an airline adapter and a carry case.

Audio

The ANC feature of Bose QuietComfort 25 volume control headphones is so effective that it is inherited without changes into their newer QC35. You get utter silence in the background which may take some getting used to. Since the major portion of investment goes into travel comfort and ANC, the audio of QC25 is conservatively good. The bass has a punchy presence. It rumbles well within its confines. The treble is bright and partners well with the lows.

Midrange of these headphones is clean of any bleed-in from mids. The audio is set in a wider soundstage than any closed-back headphone should have. So the sound is open and airy.On an audiophile-level the audio response was quite satisfying. But if we compare it with the top headphones in its price range, it’s not the best. Given that no headphone can best QC25 in terms of ANC, we can take the trade-off.

Pros:

  • Active Noise Cancellation which can be powered off
  • Very lightweight
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Balanced enjoyable audio
  • Comes with either Android cable or iOS cable
  • Detachable cable
  • Foldable

Cons:

  • No auto power off
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  1. V-MODA Crossfade LP2 Vocal Limited Edition Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone

v-moda-crossfade-lp2-vocal-limited-edition-over-ear-noise-isolating-metal-headphoneV-Moda is known for their sleek and stylish headphones. We could barely get over their Crossfade M-100 when we came across the LP2 headphones. One advantage they have over M-100 is that they are shipped with an iOS-compatible cable with a 3-button inline remote. The rest of V-Moda’s typical infantry of accessories and joyful audio is part of LP2’s package as well. For a basshead who doesn’t compromise much on clarity, these are one of the best headphones with volume control.

Volume controls for: iOS devices

Design and Features     

V-Moda uses their trademark hexagonal earcups in the Crossfade LP2 volume controlled headphones.The backside of the earcups has metal plates. You get a gunmetal shield kit which can be customized with laser engravings.  Both the earcups and the headband are generously padded and sheathed in leather. The earcups fit comfortably around small ears, but they sit on the large-sized ones. They swivel forward in the arch that connects to the headband. This way they adapt better to the shape of the user’s head. The steelflex headband expands to fit any dome size easily.

To prove their strength, the LP2 headphones come with a Kevlar-reinforced 3-button Speakeasy mic cable and an extended audio cable for purely enjoying music. People who bought directly from V-Moda get the iOS-friendly volume control cable but on many platforms V-Moda has listed a 1-button mic with LP2.  The cables end in a 3.5mm plug. They are accompanied by a 6.3mm adapter that can be plugged into studio equipment.

Apart from all these great accessories, LP2 also comes with an Exoskeleton hard carry case with a V-Strap to hold the headphone securely.  A carabiner clip is shipped to connect this case to any loop.

Audio

V-Moda LP headphone line usually emphasizes the bass performance. LP2 is no different. There’s a guttural storm in the  lower registers of its audio response. If you are a basshead, this would sound spot-on. If you are a die-hard purist then you might term the bass to be ‘loose’. Bass is also laidback as in it does not respond to rhythm changes with agility. This helps its case in case of genres like EDM, Techno , Hip Hop etc.

The midrange of these volume-controlled headphones is smooth. In bassy songs, you can spot the bleeding of bass into the midrange. The high end is clear throughout with sparkly treble to go with it. The mids are the only unflattering portion of their frequency response.

Pros:

  • Powerful bass
  • Sparkling treble
  • Stylish and classy design
  • Durable build with Kevlar-reinforced cable
  • Detachable iOS cable
  • Comes with speakerplate customization kit

Cons:

  • Bass is not balanced
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  1. BÖHM Bluetooth Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones with Inline Microphone

bohm-bluetooth-wireless-noise-cancelling-headphones-with-inline-microphoneBluetooth headphones take away the confusion of in-line control because their volume controls work with all devices. That’s why we picked a moderately-priced high-functioning Bluetooth headphone for our list next. The BÖHM Bluetooth noise-cancelling headphones are everyday Joe’s Bose QC 35. At less than one-third the price, you get ANC and an art piece of a headphone. This on-ear model is absurdly comfortable and has jewel-like buttons for volume control. We flew it right into the best headphones with volume control list.

Volume control for:Both Android and iOS via Bluetooth

Design and Features

The BÖHM Bluetooth ANC volume control headphones tread a fine balance between functionality and budget. They have plenty of features and they are executed properly under the price. They are gorgeous with their metal and leather construction. The earcups are supra-aural. They sit on the ears and allow more ventilation compared to over-ear headphones.  The matte metal backplate of the earcups have glossy beveled edges. The buttons for volume control and ANC sit like jewels on the earcups. The headband and ear pieces have foam padding sheathed in protein leather that makes skin-like contact with your skin.

The Active Noise Cancellation feature is fairly good on BÖHM wireless headphones. It diminishes the low-frequencies drones like AC, engine etc. The high frequency noises are muffled to some extent. The effect is not as complete as the QuietComfort 25 headphones. But they cost almost thrice as much and are over-ear headphones. The ANC functionality can be switched off on BÖHM headphones.

Bluetooth has a range of 33m on this headphone. So BÖHM can be used as a headset.  It can go through 16 hours of music playback or 18 hours of talk time on one charge. The volume buttons sit at the bottom of the right earcup along with the multifunctional button. It can be used in wired mode with the supplied cable. This cable has inline remote with mic.

Audio

BÖHM Bluetooth headphones have plenty of hi-end gimmicks so you would expect it’s audio to be down the drain. Well, clearly not. BÖHM has an enjoyable sound which can impress any casual listener. The bass is meaty with a small mid-bass bump. It doesn’t have the extension of Momentum or QC 25 but there’s plenty of punch.

The midrange of this volume control headphone is clear and devoid of any bass bloating. There are plentiful details here to transform your movie experience. The vocals are clear at every volume and stand out from the background din. The high have good detailing and remain crisp across all genres. The audio quality of calls also matches with these standards. They sound clear and articulate.

Pros:

  • Pretty headphones
  • Wireless ANC headphones
  • Affordable
  • Comfortably padded
  • Volume buttons on earcup
  • Enjoyable, balanced audio

Cons:

  • Clamp takes some time to loosen for big heads
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  1. Panasonic Over-the-Ear Stereo Headphones RP-HT227

panasonic-over-the-ear-stereo-headphones-rp-ht227If you are on a tight budget and still want to invest in a trusted brand, Panasonic RP-HT227 headphones might do the job.  These inexpensive headphones use a volume wheel to manage the volume of playback devices. Since these are primed for travel, the volume wheel is a big help. It saves you from reaching out to the volume controls of your entertainment system during flight.  They pack an amazing sense of durability and audio for their price. That earns them a spot on the best headphones with volume control list.

Volume control for: Both Android and iOS

Design and Features

Panasonic RP-HT227 headphones are a pair of on-ear cans like BÖHM, that is, they rest on the ear rather than around it. This design may take some getting used to. The upside is they don’t look dorky on your head. The build is mainly plastic but the backplate of earcups are metal with a stylish pattern and branding. The earpads are cushy and coated in pleather that rests softy on the ears. The headband is only lightly padded but it’s comfortable for continuous use.It can be extended on either side to fit your dome.

The cable of these volume control headphones is connected to both earcups. When most cans are moving to one-sided cable, we found this to be a small inconvenience. After the Y-junction, you find an inline volume controller that works with most devices. It is built to tactile advantage and is easy to spot in the dark. The cable ends in a 3.5 mm jack. A threaded 6.3mm adapter is also provided to connect the headphones to home or studio equipment.

Owing to the travel-friendly image of the RP-HT227 headphones, their arms can fold to reduce the footprint of the headphone by almost half. The earcups rotate to allow single-sided monitoring when you have to pay attention to flight instructions.

Audio

For headphones the price of RP-HT227, it is not fair to critique based on bass, mids and highs. These are not made for audiophile grade music. But they perform their basic duties very well. There’s plenty of bass so you won’t complain the music of being tinny compared to stock headphones. The audio is clean and you can easily hear the dialogues of the movie on a plane. There’s a moderate amount of noise isolation also.

Issues like distortion or sibilance were not reported with the performance of these volume control headphones. While they don’t offer the details or brightness of expensive headphones, they have enough details to sound clear.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Foldable
  • Has volume control wheel
  • Durable if treated well
  • Comes with 6.3mm adapter

Cons:

  • Double-sided cable
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  1. Sony MDR1R Premium Over-the-Head Style Headphones

sony-mdr1r-premium-over-the-head-style-headphonesSony MDR1R headphones are one of their moderately-priced headphones. They have come down on the price ladder lately.    Their USP is that they come with two cables: one with inline volume and mic and another, a plain cable. They have Sony’s excellent architecture that is designed for long-lasting comfort. The audio is modeled to sound fun just like the Sennheiser Momentums. At their current price, they are a worth-it deal, hence their place in the best headphones with volume control list.

Volume control for: iOS, Android cable easily available

Design and Features

Sony mixed Aluminum and plastic at optimum proportions to create the MDR1R volume control headphones. These feel solid in your hands but they are lightweight at 8.5 ounces. Most of the metal goes at the back of the speakerplate. Sony has indulged in fashion here. They go for a cool modern look for the MDR1R. Both the headband and the earcups are padded and draped in synthetic leather. The padding goes from ear to ear on the headband. The earcups are racetrack oval and engulf the ears. Earpieces swivel flat on metal hinges.

The detachable cable of these headphones can connect to either side. The plug goes into a tube that’s connected to the swiveling bracket of the earpieces.   They come with two cables. One is a plain audio cable. The other one has an inline mic and 3-button remote. Of these, the volume controls only work with Apple devices. Replacement cables with Android-friendly controls are easily available for MDR1R. The cable is tangle-free.

Like most of their other offerings, Sony MDR-1R headphones ace the comfort part. The sizeable earcups provide good passive noise isolation. But unlike the dork-like headphones of Sony, MDR-1R does not stick out a mile from your head. It is relatively sleek-looking.

Audio

Sony MDR1R is an all-genre headphone. The audio is refined enough to sound smooth with all types of music and recording formats. The bass has a rich definition and extends deep into the sub bass region. So even though there are bass-heavy headphones like V-Moda LP2, you can differentiate certain bass pitches only with the MDR1R. The detailing of low-end is superbly done. The midrange benefits from the wide and deep soundstage. It is not as detailed as the Momentum 2.0 but the tonal balance makes the audio sound very natural in MDR1R.

The airy audio and detailing combine to form a realistic movie-watching experience with these volume control headphones. You will be listening to sonic intricacies around your head rather than inside it. The bass makes Hip, EDM and Techno sound like a blast. But you will be amazed at the subtlety of female vocals and treble detail as well.

Pros:

  • Well-rounded balanced audio
  • Outstanding bass extension and definition
  • Comfortable fit
  • Two detachable cables
  • Earcups fold flat

Cons:

  • None
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  1. SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD On-Ear Headphones

sol-republic-tracks-hd-on-ear-headphonesSol Republic has a solid performer in the Tracks HD headphones. These are cans that play into the aesthetic and acoustic tastes of today’s generation. Because of their modular design the look of these headphones can be altered. They even have detachable cables with volume control. All the funky colors offer comfort along with stylish looks.  Sol concentrates on bass in Tracks HD. For their low price, they bring a lot to the table. There’s no way we could have left them out of the best headphones with volume control list.

Volume control for: iOS

Design and Features

Sol Republic Tracks HD volume control headphones look like they just fell off the geek ramp. They look fancy in a tech-savvy way. The two earpieces known as ‘Sound Engine speakers’ are mounted on a headband. The headband is quite flexible. It can be bent flat out of shape and it still springs back into the original form. The earpieces are done with black earpads and muted silver speakerplates. You can buy spare headbands of other colors and change them to go with your attire or mood. There’s cranial padding on the headband which makes soft contact with your head.

These headphones use a detachable cord which connects to both earcups. There’s an inline 3-button remote on the cable. Its central button works with all devices but the volume controls are only for iOS devices. The cables are color matched with the headband color.

If you own an Android device, you can order an Android compatible cable for it like New Neomusicia replacement cable for Sol. These headphones can replace Beats Solo2 for both appearance and audio quality. For more Beats-like headphones that are better than Beats, click here.

Audio

Sol Republic Track HD headphones were a revelation given our presumptions. Since these look like Beats contenders, we expected a similar audio signature as that of the Beats Solo. However, Tracks HD show much more refinement in their audio. The bass has a definite boost but not enough to put the balance off kilter. The midrange is clean and does not invite any muddiness from bass. The treble is bright and matches the bass in its energy.

The soundstage of these volume control headphones is wide for their closed-back design. The warm audio plays loud and with good extension on either side of the spectrum. So you hear details even when the volume is turned low.

Pros:

  • Stylish headphones
  • Replaceable headband
  • Detachable cable
  • Cable has iOS-friendly volume controls
  • Natural, enjoyable sound
  • Moderate amount of details in audio

Cons:

  • Cable is double sided
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  1. Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones II

bose-soundtrue-around-ear-headphones-iiBose is so famous for their QuietComfort line that it’s easy to forget their other great headphones like Around-Ear II. There is no questioning the comfort of these headphones either. They match their legendary cousins in terms of keeping your ears happy.  Like QC25, these also come with an option of either iOS-friendly remote on the cable or Android-friendly. We enjoyed the ability to choose that, so much so put the SoundTrue II in our best headphones with volume control list.

Volume controls for:  Android or iOS based on model picked

Design and Features

Since the SoundTrue II volume control headphones do not carry any wireless or ANC circuitry they are lighter than the QC25s. At 181g they weigh only half as much as the Denon D600s.But they have upgraded from the original SoundTrue in terms of durability. The headband is much wider and dissipates the weight of headphones more effectively. They feature fully oval earcups likeQC25. These are lavishly padded and yet go around the ear as specified by the name.

The cable of this headphone is detachable. It connects only to a single side and is therefore easy to replace. You select a bundle that comes with Android-friendly remote or the other that comes with iOS-compatible remote. This is the same choice that you get with QC25. If you pick one, you can easily buy a spare cable for the other platform.

The earcups of the SoundTrue II headphones fold flat. So it easily fits into the flat rigid case provided by Bose. The ear pieces provide a good seal over your ears, so you get some passive noise cancellation as well.

Audio

We found the SoundTrue II headphones to be generally agreeable to all our music. There’s oomph in the well-defined bass frequencies. But it is tightly controlled and balances the audio response.  The soundstage is big and open despite these headphones being closed-back. The tonal balance makes the audio sound very natural, just not as energetic as the expensive headphones like Momentum 2.0.

The midrange of these volume control headphones is the real stunner. You get a ton of details and clarity. The vocals shine with subtle changes in the voice making themselves known. Highs are smooth and detailed. There’s no edginess that used to creep into the highs in the original SoundTrue. Bose plays the safe route with audio here.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Enjoyable, refined audio
  • Detachable cable
  • Comes with either Android cable or iOS cable

Cons:

  • None
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  1. Denon AH-D600 Music Maniac Over-Ear Headphones

denon-ah-d600-music-maniac-over-ear-headphonesDenon headphones ride the high tide in the audiophile market.Their AH-D600 is one such headphone that brings premium audio to the table. It comes with quite the haul of accessories. These include a cable with a 3-button iOS-friendly remote. Denon has added some metrosexual funkiness to the design of the headphones, which did not convince us entirely. But beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. With a heavier low-end, this headphone treats the bassy genres very well. It rode the wave right into the best headphones with volume control list.

Volume control for: iOS

Design and Features

The design of Denon AH-D600 headphones is nothing like that of the dignified audiophile headphones. They use a combination of white and black which looks equally attractive to kids and young adults.  The headband is all black right till the back of the earcups which carries the Denon logo. It’s made of anodized metal hence its sturdy feel. The cranial arch has foam padding stitched on to it with white thread.  The ear pieces are white with black memory foam padding. D600 uses pentagonal earpads that sit comfortable on the ears with quality synthetic leather coating. The closed design and encircling earcups help with noise isolation.

These volume control headphones come with two types of detachable cables. One is what Denon calls ‘obsessively’ long 10 foot heavy-duty cable for home applications like watching TV or movies on PC. The other one is a 3-foot long portable cable with a 3-button inline remote. The volume buttons here only work with iOS devices. Unfortunately the cable connects to both earcups and it’s harder to find an Android replacement.

Audio

Denon packs a lot of punch in the lower registers of the AH-D600 volume control headphones. In fact they almost hint at being too bassy. As result, the audio is not as balanced as the Sony MDR1R. But the bass is not as loosely held as Beats headphones. So it does not muddy the mids for most part. Bass has good extension into the lower end. It is set in a majestic soundstage, so the audio has impressive energy.

The midrange is fairly clean except in the subtle songs. The treble extends well into the high frequencies. The audio is best suited for genres like Hip Hop, Rock, EDM etc.

Pros:

  • Comfortable fit
  • Detachable cables
  • Comes with one 3-button inline remote cable
  • Powerful bass

Cons:

  • Bass bleeds into mids sometimes
  • Hard to replace double-sided cables
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  1. Sennheiser PX 100-II i Light Weight Supra-Aural Headset

sennheiser-px-100-ii-i-light-weight-supra-aural-headsetSennheiser has a healthy presence in the budget headphones market also. Those of us who look for over-ear headphone comfort with affordable, lightweight build should consider their PX100-IIi headset. It is special also because it comes with a 3-button remote that is completely compatible with iOS devices.  The foldable package of these headphones is compact and portable for everyday use. We whipped them up right into the best headphones with volume control list.

Volume control for: iOS

Design and Features

The PX100-IIi headphones from Sennheiser are as petite as one of those PC headsets. The lightweight headband can easily manage the weight of relatively small on-ear earpads. The sides of cranial arch under the headband are padded and swathed in faux-leather. The earpads are little foam circles that sit on the ear given the clamp from the headband. The size of the headband can be stretched to meet the demands of your noggin.

The 4-foot cable of these volume control headphones is permanently attached to the right earcup. One-sided cables like these are easier to manage and pack away. There’s an inline 3-button remote on this. The volume buttons work only with iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod etc.

The PX100-IIi headphone can be folded to the size of a pair of sunglasses. It comes with pouch which can easily fit into your pocket too.

Audio

The PX100-IIi volume control headphones do not differ much from their predecessors in terms of sound signature. They do sound much better though. There’s a marked emphasis on the lower frequencies.  The popular concept of casual listeners of needing a big dose of bass is all there. It does not give away to muddy audio though. The midranges and highs are clear. They have a nice sprinkling of details which makes these headphones big bang for the bucks.

If you want to enjoy good sound every day under a budget, PX100-IIi can easily shoulder the responsibility.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Cable has 3-button iOS remote
  • Decent audio with well-defined bass
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Cable is permanently attached
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