Best Headphones to Use With the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Best Headphones to Use With the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • The iPhone 7 does not have the 3.5mm jack, so special headphones are need
  • Headphones with a Lightning plug can be used
  • Bluetooth-powered wireless headphones also work with the iPhone 7

Love it or hate it, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus - which will be launching today in India - do not have the otherwise ubiquitous 3.5mm headphone jack. The phones are sold with an adapter that lets you plug in traditional headphones through the lightning port, but it isn't the most convenient or ideal way to plug into your music.

Fortunately, there are some decent headphone options to use with the iPhone 7, and we've put together a list of the best ones for you. You'll find both wired and wireless options in this list, with prices ranging from affordable to premium.

(Also see: The Pros and Cons of iPhone 7 Dropping the Headphone Jack)

Best for wired affordability
boAt DSP 4000 Lightning headphones (Rs. 1,999)
At just under Rs. 2,000, the boAt DSP 4000 is among the most affordable iPhone-ready headsets around. Plugging directly into the Lightning port on compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod devices, the DSP 4000 in-ear headset also has a three-button in-line remote and microphone and a flat 1.2m cable. If you aren't happy with the Lightning Earbuds that come with the iPhone 7, the boAt DSP 4000 is a decent and reasonably-priced alternative to consider.

Best for sound
Audeze Sine (Rs, 39,990)
At the other end of the spectrum is the premium Audeze Sine, which is available with both a regular 3.5mm stereo cable as well as a Lightning cable that activates the DAC and amplifier within the headphones. The headphones feature planar magnetic drivers and an on-ear fit, along with the top-quality sound that Audeze is known for. Meant to be used with the iPhone 7 and other Apple products, this is one of the best headphones you can buy for your new iPhone 7.

Best for noise cancellation
Bose QC35 (Rs. 29,363)
Until the QC35, Bose either did noise-cancellation or Bluetooth, but never both in the same headphones. Bringing in wireless connectivity means that you can use the new QC35 with the iPhone 7 and enjoy the excellent noise-cancellation as well. For iPhone buyers, this is the best noise-cancellation headset you can use with your new phone, hands down. Read our detailed review of the Bose QC35.

Best for wireless affordability
Brainwavz Blu-200 (Rs. 3,499)
Among the most affordable wireless headphones we've reviewed, the Brainwavz Blu-200 is one of the most affordable wireless headsets around. It's great for use while running, and has decent battery life for a compact pair of wireless in-ears. The Blu-200 also comes with Comply foam tips, ear wings, extra tips and a charging cable. It's a great and affordable upgrade to pick up after you buy your new iPhone 7.

Best for style
V-Moda Crossfade Wireless (Rs. 24,990)
Based on the excellent V-Moda Crossfade M-100, the Crossfade Wireless is one of the best-looking over-ear headphones you can buy that will work wirelessly with the iPhone 7. It has a punchy bass-favouring sound that works well with electronic music, and the customisable plates mean that you can get the headphones with your own designs on the outer casings.

That's it for our recommendations of the best headphones to use with your new iPhone 7. Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know via the comments.

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Ali Pardiwala
Ali Pardiwala writes about audio and video devices for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for a decade now. Ali is a Senior Reviewer for Gadgets 360, where he has regularly written about televisions, home entertainment, and mobile gaming as well. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on email at, so do send in ...More
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