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Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
Top 50%656 points
Top 50%
Top 3%1,276 points
Top 3%
Top 16%1,114 points
Top 16%
Top 43%750 points
Top 43%
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
Top specs and features

Audio-Technica ATH-ES88 vs Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 vs Sony WH-1000XM2 vs V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition: 27 facts in comparison

1. highest frequency

The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.
26000Hz
Sony MDR-Z1R: 120000Hz
20000Hz
40000Hz
30000Hz

2. lowest frequency

The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.
9Hz
Sony MH1CBLK: 1Hz
20Hz
4Hz
5Hz

3. has sound isolation/passive noise reduction

The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
44% have it

4. weight

130g
Sony MDR-EX150AP: 3g
289g
275g
260g

5. impedance

Impedance is the device’s electrical resistance to the current being pushed through it. The lower the impedance, the easier it is to get higher volume and requires less power.
34 Ohms
Flips Solo 2 Social: 4 Ohms
32 Ohms
46 Ohms
32 Ohms

6. has a neodymium magnet

Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
36% have it

7. no battery needed

This device works without batteries. It weighs less and you don't have to worry about recharging or replacing the battery.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
66% have it

8. has a detachable cable

With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
39% have it

9. has stereo speakers

Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
76% have it

10. can be folded

Folding devices are good for transporting as they take up less space in your bag.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
31% have it

11. can be used as a headset

A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for applications which require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones etc.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
47% have it

12. has a tangle free cable

The cable is designed to minimize tangling.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
23% have it

13. has active noise canceling/noise reduction

This type of device allows you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the volume to overcome background noise. Ideal for plane rides and morning commutes.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
15% have it

14. Can be used wirelessly

Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
27% have it

15. has an over-the-ear form

Comfortable full-size form with earcups that fully enclose your ears. This model is loved for its increased sound isolation and the fact that it won't leak sound to your neighbors. It offers potential for maximum bass and loudness levels.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
39% have it

16. driver unit size

The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device. Bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.
40mm
Audeze LCD2 Classic: 106mm
40mm
39.8mm
50mm

17. control panel placed on a device

There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
19% have it

18. travel bag is included

The device comes with its own special case or pouch, which is useful for safe transportation.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
64% have it

19. has included ear pads

Allows you to change ear pads without buying new ones.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
44% have it

20. has a straight plug

A straight plug is better when the jack is on the top or bottom of your player.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
48% have it

21. has an L-shaped plug

An L-shaped plug is better if the jack is on the left or right side of the device, so that the cable isn't bent, and is less likely to break when the device is in your pocket.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
30% have it

22. has a battery level indicator

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
18% have it

23. has a 3.5mm male connector

A standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
80% have it

24. has a rechargeable battery

The battery can be recharged and used over again.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
20% have it

25. has an on-ear form

This device comfortably rests on top of your outer ears. As it doesn't block out everything from the outside world, it's preferred in places like office environments and recommended for outdoor activities.
Audio-Technica ATH-ES88
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony WH-1000XM2
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Special Edition
22% have it

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