The 5 Most Durable Headphones (2023)

When looking for durable headphones that will stand the test of time, it’s usually a good idea to choose ones that are well-built and have detachable cables.

In this article, we’re going to show you 5 of the most durable headphones on the market today. Besides the durability of their build, they also provide you with great sound quality, giving you the best of both worlds!

The 5 Most Durable Headphones (2023)

1. Audio-Technica ATH-M50X
Editor's Choice - Great price/quality ratio and a detachable cable
2. Sony MDR7506
Affordable Option - Well-known for their durability and have lasted people many years
3. Shure SE215-K
Great noise reduction abilities, perfect for stage use
4. V-MODA Crossfade M-100
High-end wireless headphones with cable option for everyday use and built-in mic
5. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0
Great-sounding headphones with a durable build

1. Audio-Technica ATH-M50X

We start off this list with our top pick. The ATH-M50X headphones are one of the best-known headphones in this class, and for a good reason. They offer studio-grade quality and durable build for a very reasonable price.

The cable is detachable, so if it breaks, you can easily just replace it with another. Fixed wires on headphones generally make them the weakest link when it comes to build quality, therefore the detachable cable on this certainly increases its overall durability.

The headphones are made out of thick plastic, giving you lightness while keeping everything sturdy.

These headphones have a 45mm driver size and a frequency response range of 15–28,000 Hz. The cups have a circumaural design that contours around the ears, keeping them comfortable when wearing the headphones for prolonged periods.

The cups can be collapsed or swiveled 90 degrees to each side, giving you the option for one-ear listening and helping you pack them for the road more easily.

Overall, you can’t really go wrong with these headphones!

2. Sony MDR-7506

The Sony MDR-7506 model is a great pick for anyone looking to stay on a budget but still get good quality headphones that will last them for a long time.

The Sony MDRs have a reputation for being very durable even though the cable is not detachable.

The MDR-7506 is a standard headphones model with an attached cord. You will get an adapter with the cord to transform it from 3.5mm to a 1/4” jack, so you don’t have to worry about connectivity.

The build of this model is sturdy, with a metal and plastic frame. Nonetheless, it is very comfortable for extended wear, as it is padded all the way around.

The sound comes from neodymium 40mm drivers, which give a very nice and clear sound.

The cups are closed, protecting you from outside noise, all the while giving you the sound you need from the inside.

The padding is nice and comfortable, even though it will flake over time. All in all, this is a great buy for people on a budget.

3. Shure SE215-K

When buying durable headphones, you don’t always have to go for the large and bulky on-ear models.

The Shure’s SE215 model includes earbuds with detachable cables, which evolved from their line of in-ear monitors (IEMs, musicians often wear them on stage).

A nozzle angle is designed to fit in your ear comfortably, with an over-the-ear design helping with keeping the cables out of the way.

4. V-MODA Crossfade M-100

This V-MODA model is a very durable, Bluetooth-connected headphone set that offers versatility and quality at the same time. These headphones have 50mm dual-diaphragm drivers, which, combined with other technology, give the Crossfade 100-M excellent sound quality.

These headphones’ build is very durable, with a steel frame and plastic skeleton and padding made out of vegan skin. The batteries for Bluetooth can last up to 12 hours and have a connection range of 33ft (10 meters). They can be charged through a micro USB input hidden in the cups and connected through the detachable cable. The cups are noise reductive, but they will not act as noise-canceling headphones.

It’s also worth mentioning that these headphones come with a built-in microphone, which works very nicely as a casual mic for gaming or online meetings.

5. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0

The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 headphones are wireless and made for serious work and professional use.

They have a steel frame with plastic details around it. The structure is collapsible, making them much easier to travel with. The earcups are large—they will cover all of your ears and have memory foam padding with a leather cover. Because of this, they are incredibly comfortable, and you can wear them for hours without getting uncomfortable.

They are connected only through Bluetooth and have a strong battery inside, giving you up to 12 hours of work. The design is sleek, and you can control them through the buttons on the cups, which are easy to use but still discreet.

This model also has the ability for multiconnection, making it possible to have up to three different sources connected to your headphones at once. This is a very nice feature which can make your life easier in your everyday work.

There is a built-in mic, perfect for voice calls.

The sound quality is really awesome from these.


We hope that this article has helped you learn about different options for durable headphones on the market today.

There are many more products on the market, but we selected these 5 to give you a range—from earbuds to headphones and from wireless to cable-connected ones.

You don’t have to spend a whole lot of money to get decent-quality and sturdy headphones. They are great for home musicians, studio work, DJs, or just people who don’t want to have to replace their set of headphones any time soon!

Brian Clark

Brian Clark

I’ve been a writer with Musician Wave for six years, turning my 17-year journey as a multi-instrumentalist and music producer into insightful news, tutorials, reviews, and features.

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