If you're not listening to your music on one of these, you're doing it wrong.
Inspired by the Ferrari GT car, these absolute stunners pack as much horsepower as any pair of headphones on the market today. The T350s feature fine leather detailing, ultra-soft ear cushioning, anti-tangle detachable cables for universal device compatibility, a fancy protective case, and the inherent satisfaction that comes with knowing your headphones are, quite literally, the Ferraris of headphones. Ambient noise is non-existent thanks to Active Noise Cancelation technology (not to be confused with its Passive cousin, which just rolls its eyes in judgment until the noise just gives up). So while you may never have the chance to get behind the wheel of a Ferrari, at least you can listen to music like someone who might.
The New Beats Studio Headphones / $299.95
The Beats Studio headphones became iconic because of their comfortable design and ability to deliver quality sound. Now, Beats has reintroduced the Studios with a tweaked out formula that adds a rechargeable 20-hour battery and new noise-cancelling technology. Most importantly, these bad boys are wireless, nullifying your chance of strangling and/or embarrassing yourself when taking them off to talk to somebody in person. –John Sciarrino
earHero / $124
Sometimes the beauty of a headphone lies in what you don’t see—which in this case is anything. The handiwork of a professional audiologist, these in-ear wonders are practically invisible, and contain speakers so small they don’t block your ear canal, meaning you can listen to music and still hear what’s going on around you while skiing, running, or biking. If you’re not into “sports,” think of it this way: With earHeros, you can enjoy the complete musical catalogue of one Billy Joel while your Aunt Gladys drones on about her cats for three hours, and she’ll never be the wiser. Admittedly, figuring out exactly how to use them is way beyond our pay grade, but thankfully this video explains it pretty well.
Marshall—the company whose familiar logo is emblazoned across the amps of every great band in history (plus a few shitty ones)—knows more than a little bit about sound. Case in point: the Marshall Monitor line of headphones. Substantial without being clunky, these matte-black, vinyl-leather lookers boast an FTF system that allows you to choose between two different sound experiences (warmer and more laid-back, or sharper and clearer) based on your mood. A completely detachable double-ended coil cord with mic and remote can plug into either side, for added customization. And while these babies deliver some monster sound, it’s the legendary Marshall logo on the outside that gives them an extra edge.
Munitio Nines / $169
These sleek and powerful 9MM tactical headphones are the only bullets we would ever recommend putting in your head—and recommend them, we do. Coated in titanium and housed in a copper alloy casing, each bud contains a rare neodymium magnet that allows for superior dynamic range and rapid recovery. We don’t know what any of that means, but we do know that no one wants to fuck with the guy who’s got heavy bass thumping through his Kevlar-reinforced 9MM headphone cables.
We didn’t really expect to see Nokia getting into the headphone game, but that’s exactly what they’ve done with their new partnership with Monster. The Purity Pros are comfortable, portable, and extremely versatile, since they can connect to just about any device via Bluetooth OR with an included wire. We especially appreciated the fact that the Purity headphones have a mic built right into the headset—because in-line microphones are so last year. –John Sciarrino
Outdoor Tech Privates Headphones / $99.95
Wireless headphones are cool, but these wireless headphones with a touchpad on the earpiece are obviously from the future (literally; they’re not out until later this year). Pair your device over Bluetooth, and simply swipe your finger over the touch controls to change the volume, adjust the track, or play and pause your tunes. One charge gives you 10 hours of playtime, and the Privates project a battery meter onto your mobile device so you always know exactly how much juice you’ve got left. A built-in mic lets you make and receive calls without missing a beat. Better yet, they’ve got an impressive range of 32 feet, which means you can roam about the house freely without keeping your phone in your pocket.
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Urbanears / $34.90 - $99.90
At this point you might be thinking, “These are great and all, but I can barely afford to pay for my
drinking problem living expenses, let alone drop mad cash on a pair of headphones. Do you have any less expensive suggestions?” We do! Meet the new fall/winter collection from Urbanears, which features several headphone styles in rich hues like cobalt blue and clover green. We are partial to the Plattans (pictured above), which retail for $59.90, but you can also opt for the more compact Bagis line—in-ear, noise-reducing buds that snap together for easy stow-and-go capability. They’re available in the same bold colors, and will only cost you $34.90.
Get ready to have your mind blown. These powerful HD headphones double as—wait for it—full-on external speakers when the ear pads are flipped outwards. That means you can listen to your music privately while you’re walking to the party, then flip them out to become the life of the party when you get there. We were skeptical at first too, but ultimately we were surprised at how well these little guys performed. And Flips is so confident in their product that they’ll let you try them free for 30 days. One device, two completely different ways to enjoy your music (and/or force everyone else on the subway to listen to Insane Clown Posse). Everybody wins!
LSTN Troubadors / $150
We had like 50 different wood jokes lined up for this one, but honestly these things are too sexy to mock. Made from reclaimed wood leftover from furniture and flooring manufacturing, no two pairs of Troubadors are exactly alike. Choose from beech, cherry, or ebony, and marvel at the distinctive sound quality that results from the wooden housings (hence the reason so many musical instruments are made of wood). As an added bonus, for every pair of headphones sold, LSTN makes a contribution to the Starkey Hearing Foundation to help children in need of hearing aids, so buying them will be the nicest thing you’ve done for humanity, like, ever.
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