The Best Lightning Headphones for Your iPhone

By ditching the headphone jack in their latest phone models, Apple created a whole new market for wired headphones that utilizes its own Lightning port. We've rounded up a few great picks worthy of your attention.

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Be warned: Lightning headphones will cost you a pretty penny because they require an Apple MFi chip in order to work properly with iPhone and iPad devices. Shop the best-selling picks that we guarantee have quality sound to match the price.

1 Pioneer Rayz Plus Lightning Earbuds
amazon.com
$114.30

Best Overall

The Pioneer Rayz Plus are our favorite earbuds with an Apple Lightning connector. They have adaptive noise canceling, as well as a Lightning input, which allows you to charge your iPhone while you're using them.

A mobile app will let you calibrate the headset to your hearing and customize its controls. Lightweight and stylish, the Rayz Plus also deliver great sound quality.

More: Wireless Headphones We Really Like

2 Apple EarPods with Lightning Connector
amazon.com
$24.23

Best Budget Buy

In case you're not keen on splurging for third-party Lightning headphones, consider an extra pair of Apple EarPods as backup. The earbuds have a familiar design and build quality, coupled with an affordable price tag.

3 Audeze iSINE 10 Lightning Earbuds
Audeze amazon.com
$350.00

Best Splurge-Worthy Earbuds

The Audeze iSINE 10 set is a solid contender for being the best-sounding earbuds in their price range and well beyond. They feature 30-millimeter planar magnetic transducers, creating a sonic experience that's worthy of an actual pair of on-ear or over-ear headphones.

Just like all the other members in the Audeze range of Lightning headphones, the remote control of the iSINE 10 earbuds has a built-in amplifier. The iSine 10 come bundled with a standard audio cable too — they are the only earbuds with swappable cables on this list. 

The iSINE 10 earbuds received a high review score from CNET. The tester praised their excellent sound, but noted that the open design of the earbuds leave a bit to be desired in terms of noise isolation. 

4 Master & Dynamic MH40 Over-Ear Headphones
amazon.com
$306.59

Best Over-Ear Headphones

Combined with the manufacturer's optional Lightning cable, the Master & Dynamic MH40 headphones are the best over-ear option worth your attention today. Designed and developed in New York City, the headphones offer attention-grabbing looks and craftsmanship, and exceptional audio quality. 

In an in-depth review, a CNET editor praised the Master & Dynamic MH40 headphones for their excellent sound and workmanship. He also noted that the earbuds are a bit heavy and thus not suitable for long listening stints.

The MH40 headphones are available in a multitude of finishes. Our favorite pick is this collaboration between Master & Dynamic and the German camera manufacturer Leica. It celebrates the camera maker's fastest prime lens. 

5 Razer Hammerhead Lightning Earbuds
amazon.com
$98.85

Best for Powerful Bass

The Razer Hammerhead Lightning earbuds are a great option for watching video and gaming on the go. Their 10-millimeter audio drivers have been tuned to deliver immersive, yet distortion-free bass. You can customize the audio experience to your exact liking, as well as update the firmware of the earbuds via a mobile app. 

We really like the all-metal design of the earbuds, as well as their tangle-free flat cables. When not in use, the earbuds snap together via built-in magnets for easier storage. 

6 JBL Reflect Aware Lightning Earbuds
jbl.com
$49.95

Best for Working Out

The JBL Reflect Aware wired earbuds have a sweatproof build and comfy fit, which make them perfect for workout warriors. Their sound quality is really good, courtesy of a duo of large audio drivers. Adaptive noise canceling is also on board — you can control the feature with a dedicated button.

As their name suggests, the headphones have a reflective cable, which late-night and early-morning runners will surely appreciate. JBL offer the Reflect Aware earbuds in a quartet of colors — black, red, blue, and teal. 

7 1MORE Triple Driver Lightning Earbuds
usa.1more.com
$124.99

Best for Great Sound and Rich Retail Package

These all-metal 1MORE Lightning earbuds deliver excellent sound quality, thanks to a sophisticated triple-driver setup, tuned by a Grammy Award-winning producer. A high-quality DAC is also on board, as is a convenient remote control with a five-directional controller. 

We really like the retail package of the headset. In includes a leather carrying case, as well as nine sets of ear tips for finding a perfect fit. There are two distinct finishes to pick from — titanium and gold.

8 Libratone Q Adapt Lightning Earbuds
amazon.com
$132.99
$89.00 (33% off)

Best for Colorful Design

The elegant Q Adapt earbuds by Libratone are available in colors that match those of the iPhone, making for a perfect pairing. The earbuds deliver a stellar audio experience, which is customizable via a sleek smartphone app.

The Lightning headset features adjustable noise cancellation, too. The latter has four levels, including the ability to let ambient noise in so that you can be aware of your surroundings. We like that the four-button remote of the earbuds has a dedicated button for adjusting the noise canceling.