If you’ve just bought a set of expensive headphones, there’s really only one way to protect them from falling to the floor while also displaying their majesty—and that’s 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 while making your battlestation look as attractive as it sounds.

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

Sieveking Sound Omega Headphone Stand

These are quite expensive, but there’s nothing quite like a well crafted solid wood headphone stand. Sieveking may not be a household brand, but they’re 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 a bit lower quality.

Get something different with the Glass Head Universal Display

Glass head universal display

For the more avant garde among you, a glass head may not be the worst 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 may not be the worst thing in the world if you find that 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.

Corsair ST100 RGB

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 best design is the Satechi Aluminum USB Headphone stand

Satechi Aluminum USB Headphone Stand

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

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.

Notable mentions

  • 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.
  • 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 Chroma: Similar to the Corsair stand, this is RGB enabled and can emit 16.8 million color combinations. The three-port USB 3.0 hub lets you connect multiple devices without adding much clutter.
  • 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.

While I didn’t include the comedy option banana hanger as a headphone stand, there are plenty of other items you can use even if they’re not branded as “headphone stands.” There are loads of really kickass headphone stands welded out of metal or crafted out of wood on Etsy. You can even build your own if you’re an enterprising individual! The great thing about it is: headphone stands are simple devices, so they’re pretty hard to screw up.

Why you should trust us

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We try and take the consumer’s perspective when testing audio products to give a more holistic evaluation beyond objective measures.

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.

Sound off in the comments if we’ve missed your favorite headphone stand, and who knows? Maybe it makes our list next month.

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