The large majority of everyday headphones will be fine, including the ear buds that come with Phones and mp3 players.
However, closed back headphones are most preferable, as they block out external sound and give you a more “in-head” experience and create less distraction.
Also preferable is a reasonable length of headphone cord, to allow you to be comfortable while connected to your computer, phone or mp3 player
We don't advise using bass boost or any other EQ enhancement.
Noise cancelling headphones are generally fine, because they cancel out external sound not internal sound within the music. There may have been some issues with the very early models, but newer, higher-end models like Bose are very efficient. On some models you can turn this feature off, so if you can do that you might like to test with and without this feature.
If you are in the market for a new pair of headphones, you can click here to read our buying guide.