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Best headphones for listening to Tidal

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Tidal is the go-to streaming service for audiophiles thanks to its emphasis on high audio quality. The pursuit of audio in its purest form is a life-long adventure. Tidal has spiced up the chase by offering lossless CD-quality audio and thousands of authentic high-resolution files from the mastering process. To fully experience Tidal's audio ingenuity, you need the best headphones — well-crafted, hi-res audio headphones capable of reproducing high-resolution sound, that bring out every musical detail.

Topping our list is the Beyerdynamic Amiron Home (opens in new tab) for the precise, high-resolution audio across varied music genres. We've picked some other equally good options across various price points and listening needs.

Beyerdynamic Amiron Home

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1. Beyerdynamic Amiron Home

Best overall

Reasons to buy

Fantastic German build quality
Superb bass detail
Undeniable comfort
Hi-res audio certification

Reasons to avoid

The open design may leak sound

There is no going back once you hear the first few notes using Beyerdynamic's Amiron Home headphones. As the name suggests, Amiron is the musical companion that makes your home sound like a real concert. Beyerdynamic built Amiron Home to handle different genres of music by digging out low frequencies, keeping a steady grip on high frequencies, and maintaining transparent mids.

These Hi-Res Audio Certified headphones retain and play all musical details of high-resolution audio files with remarkable transparency, just like the artist recorded and intended the song to sound. The open-back design produces a spacious, three-dimensional sound, allowing you to enjoy natural airy sounds.

Amiron Home achieves velvety soft headbands and earcups with balanced contact pressure by using Alcantara microfibers and Microvelour, making them incredibly comfortable for listening hours on end. The major downside of open-back cans is that sound from your music leaks out and ambient noise could leak in.

Sennheiser 800 S headphones

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If you want to hear sound as natural as possible and authentic in every detail, then the reference Sennheiser HD 800 S was built for you. Apart from the hefty price tag; they could be our best pick. This near-perfect headphone (because sound quality is subjective) is an improved version of the HD 800, which was plagued by some shortcomings. 

The cans have luxurious hand-made ear cushions, ergonomic ear cups, and a damped headband have a premium feel and exert minimal to no pressure, perfect for extended use. Although the headphones look relatively big, they are super light with a very comfortable overhead fit and zero creeks even under pressure. 

Aesthetics aside, the HD 800 S does sound unique. They are fitted with a sizeable 56mm ring radiator, which ensures that the middle of the transducer does not move.

Compared to regular headphones that blast sound directly into the ear, the HD 800 S transducer transmits sound waves at an angle, creating a naturally spatial listening experience. If the price is a non-issue, any audiophile will love these cans.

Sony WH-1000MX3 headphones

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Available in two color choices, the Sony WH1000XM3 is the industry's favorite noise-canceling headphone offering you plush comfort and incredible high-res sound. The headphones are fitted with an HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1, which blocks out daily noise destructions without interfering with music reproduction.

Besides giving you wireless freedom, Sony uses LDAC technology to transmit data over Bluetooth, which is up to three times faster than conventional Bluetooth wireless audio transmission. Since LDAC is as good as a dedicated wired connection, you don't have to fret about subpar audio quality.

Enhanced with Smart Listening, these cans detect your activity and auto-adjust the ambient sound so you can have the right noise cancellation level. To have a quick conversation, simply cover the right ear cup to turn down the volume. The earcups have an ergonomic design for all-day comfort, and the foldable swivel structure ensures they pack up into a compact carry case for easy portability.

Anker Soundcore Life Q20 heaphones

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4. Anker Soundcore Life Q20

Best budget buy

Reasons to buy

Well-suited for a range of genres
High-res certified
Superb battery life

Reasons to avoid

Hybrid ANC blocks out only 90% of select ambient noise

Even on a budget, you can still get a pair of decent headphones and enjoy Tidal's magic. The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 headphones are great for anyone trying to try this audiophile thing. Anker is a reputable phone accessories manufacturer, and Soundcore is its audio brand and does produce very affordable and reliable audio accessories.

Fitted with 40 mm dynamic drivers, these high-res certified headphones do reproduce crystal clear audio with Bossup Technology as a bonus. To pump up the bass output of low-frequency songs, all you have to do is double press the play button. Also, the cans do cancel out 90% of low to mid-frequency ambient noise so you can enjoy a fully immersive listening experience.

For added comfort, the earcups are made from memory foam cushions with a soft protein leather cover. For universal and maximum comfort, the joint between the headband and earcups does rotate depending on the wearer's head shape.

Jabra Move Style Edition headphones

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5. Jabra Move Style Edition

Best on-ear

Reasons to buy

Decent sound quality
Excellent design $ build quality
Good battery life
Super light

Reasons to avoid

No folding hinges

While in-ear headphones burrow uncomfortably into the ear, and over-ear can feel quite chunky, on-ear cans do offer the perfect middle ground. The Jabra Move headphone series is popular with audiophiles on the move and an excellent choice for beginners. Available in Gold Beige, Navy, and Titanium Black, the Style Edition offers crisp digital audio thanks to Jabra's signature Digital Signal Pro-cessing (DSP), which gives sound better depth and real transparency.

Combining an ultra-light adjustable headband and soft angled earcups ensures you get to enjoy absolute comfort and optimal immersive sound all day long. With a single charge, the battery can last you up to 14 hours. The cans come with a handy 3.5mm cable for a wired connection in case you run out of battery or are unable to establish a wireless connection.

1more Quad Driver Earphones Lifestyle

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Adding a pair of in-ears to your collection means you can always incorporate Tidal magic into an active lifestyle. First off, the meticulous build quality & design is astounding, and the hi-res sound reproduction is unmatched. Second, these in-ear headphones have four drivers, which is equivalent to having four speakers in each ear and are angled at 45° to match your ear canal for a naturally secure fit—resulting in excellent sound isolation and an intimate sound stage.

Fitted with a Diamond-like Carbon Driver, the 1MORE Quad Driver in-ear earphones transfer midrange and bass sound frequencies with minimal distortion. At the same time, three balanced armatures immaculately handle high and ultra-high frequencies. Even better, the earphones come with a built-in chip that auto-detects your device or OS allowing you a better control experience.

Headphones are personal

Beyerdynamic Amiron Home Lifestyle

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As diverse as music is, so are our listening needs, tastes, and preferences. Whether over-ear or in-ear, wireless earbuds or cans, pairing Tidal (opens in new tab)with well-crafted headphones creates a well-balanced and ultra-realistic soundstage.

While the chase for high-resolution audio can be an expensive hobby and requires you to change gears from time to time, we think the Beyerdynamic Amiron Home offers the perfect balance between price and value. Hand-crafted in Germany, the Amiron Home sound as incredible as they feel. The circumaural design and Optimised Tesla Technology reproduces authentic and high-res audio for an incredible listening experience across all music genres. The headband and earcups are optimized for comfort and all-day listening.

All other options on the list offer an immersive and enjoyable listening experience. Even on a tight budget, you can pick up some good cans and listen to your favorite tunes all over again.

Grace Monene is an avid Tech Writer. If she is not reading, she is reviewing or testing new technology. She also probably tweets way too much.