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Best headphone stands
There’s only one way to protect expensive headphones from falling to the floor while also displaying their majesty—with a headphone stand. Sure, it may seem like a bit of excess for some, but it is a good way to clear up some space on your desk while showing off one of your prize posessions.
Thankfully, there’s a stand out there for whatever budget or aesthetic you like—whether you have fashionable headphones or audiophile cans. Here are some of the best we’ve found to date.
The best headphone stand is the Sieveking Sound Omega
This is quite expensive, but there’s nothing like a well crafted solid wood headphone stand. Sieveking may not be a household brand, but it’s popular with audiophiles because you get exactly what you pay for: a well-formed omega-shaped stand crafted out of hardwood. With options ranging from Maple to Walnut, you can probably find a matching finish—or at least a complimentary one. If you don’t want to shell out that much cash, you may want to consider this knockoff, but keep in mind that it’s lower quality.
Why should you get a headphone stand?
Headphones can be really pricey, and if you’ve spent several hundred dollars on a pair of cans, you should be treating them as such. Everyone’s desk gets cluttered sometimes, and having a headphone stand can help you avoid damaging your headphones by shoving them to the side or into a drawer. It can also help keep your desktop organized and you’ll never lose your headphones among the clutter.
For the most part, headphone stands are very inexpensive, though you can find ones that come with all sorts of bells and whistles. If you’re not willing to spend on a stand and happen to have a 3D printer, you can make one of your own pretty easily considering how simple most of their designs are.
Get something different with the Glass Head Universal Display
For the more avant garde among us, a glass head could be a good choice to adorn your desk. It certainly looks a lot better than the head on my desk, and serves as a high-concept headphone stand if you’re a fan of transparent objects. Though it may stretch out your headphones a bit, that could be a benefit of the stand if your cans clamp on your head too hard. If I had more desk space I’d consider this, but much like it is in Highlander: only one head survives in my office.
Gamers, grab the Corsair ST100 RGB headphone stand
Corsair, much like Razer, is recognized for its gaming equipment, and the ST100 RGB is a great final touch to any gamer’s workstation. The perpendicular support protruding from the base is adorned with Corsair’s logo. Extending from the beam is a lipped hanger which wide enough to comfortably support a gaming headset.
Its aluminum build looks and feels sturdy and is well contrasted by the RGB lighting emitted from the rubberized base. Users can customize the lighting across nine zones for virtually unlimited color combinations. On the side of the platform is a USB 3.1 port adjacent to a 3.5mm input, which supports stereo or 7.1 surround sound with a compatible headset. The secondary USB 3.1 input rests on the top of the base.
If you do decide to take advantage of the 7.1 surround sound, Corsair iCue permits custom EQ settings. What’s more, color synchronization is easy so long as you’re using compatible Corsair peripherals.
See: Best gaming headsets
The Satechi Aluminum USB Headphone stand has the best features
If you have Bluetooth or ANC headphones that charge over USB, I’m pretty confident that the Satechi headphone stand is something that should be on your shortlist. Not only can it charge your cans, but it also has a really awesome cable management system behind the stem so your cords don’t make an ugly appearance on your desk. There aren’t any wood-finish options, but there are a variety of different metal finishes available. Consequently, it may not belong on certain desks.
Save some cash with the Avantree Bamboo Headphone Stand
Bamboo enthusiasts will like Avantree’s entry into the headphone stand arena. While it’s fairly plain-looking, I appreciate the tray on the bottom to store the cables or whatever else you’d like to toss in there. The bamboo is a nice touch and should fit in on any solid-colored desk or dark-finish wood. It’s not complicated, and at its price: it doesn’t need to be.
Best headphone stands: Notable mentions
- Bluelounge Posto: The holder on this stand is made of rubber and forms around the shape of your headphones’ headband. It’s very light and may not be the best for fragile headsets, but for only $20 it’s not a bad deal.
- Casanova Wooden Omega Headphone Stand: If you don’t mind that this is an omega-shaped piece of particle board with a walnut finish, rather than the real magoo, then this stand is a great buy for anyone on a budget.
- EletecPro Headphone Stand: This is even more affordable than the Avantree headphone stand and maintains a low profile on any desk. For less than $15, it gets the job done and looks good doing it.
- Razer Base Station V2: Though it is pricey, this headphone stand screams style and functionality and is an excellent alternative to the Corsair ST100. Its base has a non-stick coating and is lined in RGB LED lights. The stand doubles as a USB charging hub with a 3.5mm input that supports 7.1 surround sound audio when registered with the Razer website.
- The Anchor: For less than $12, The Anchor descends from the bottom side of your desk or table and can hold two headsets at a time. It’s about as minimalist as things get and remains securely fastened via 3M adhesive.
- Master & Dynamic MP1000S: This stand is very minimalistic, composed of only a metal base, metal post, and metal hanging rod. It’s perfect if you don’t want your headphone stand to attract attention.
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Although we predominantly focus on audio products like headphones and speakers, we recognize the demand for headphone peripherals. While we don’t objectively test headphone stands the same way that we do earbuds and wireless products, we cull through user reviews and try to pick an array of designs to suit multiple tastes.
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