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Headphones

Sennheiser RS Headphones

Sennheiser RS Headphones

Sennheiser packs a 1-2-3 punch three wireless headphones: the RS 160, 170 and 180 feature lossless Kleer transmission tech, up to 100 meters range and 18-21k Hz response.

Grado GR8 Headphones

Grado GR8 Headphones
$299  Buy Comment

Best known for their over-the-ear cans, Grado’s GR8 is their first foray into the in-ear headphone market; each features a balance moving armature driver and is made in Japan.

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Sennheiser MM 400/450

Sennheiser MM 400/450

Designed for travelers, Sennheiser’s MM 400/450 bluetooth headphones feature noise cancellation tech, fold flat, include an airline adapter and can even receive phone calls.

Sennheiser HD 4×8

Sennheiser HD 4×8
$100-$160  Buy Comment

Sennheiser’s HD 4×8 headphones are a triple threat; the entry-level HD 428 uses neodymium, while the HD 448 tops out with gold plated plugs and a 16-24,000 Hz frequency response.

Bose QuietComfort 15

Bose QuietComfort 15
$300  Buy Comment

The successor to the QC2, Bose’s QuietComfort 15 headphone uses new mics and materials to both actively and passively cancel noise; the QC15 launches 8/20.

Plantronics Discovery 975

Plantronics Discovery 975
$130  Buy Comment

Plantronic’s Discovery 975 bluetooth headphones are style oriented, with chrome and pleather alongside dual mics, one-touch controls and a case that also doubles as a charger.

CTS Audio System

CTS Audio System
$250  Buy Comment

As slick as the A40 Audio System is, we’ve been hesitating until now: the Cardboard Tube Samurai Edition sports Penny Arcade tags and spearheads Astro Gaming’s Artist Series.

Pick Up Headphones

Pick Up Headphones
$55  Buy Comment

As if from a 1980s vision of the future, WeSC’s Pick Up headphones have a plastic and metal that’s at once forward looking and retro; they sport 30 mm drivers with 120 dB sensitivity.

iLuv iEA15 Adapter

iLuv iEA15 Adapter

iLuv’s iA15 adapter lets iPhone and iPod owners use their own headphones; it’s an in-line remote with built-in mic, VoiceOver support for shuffle and Voice Control for iPhone 3GS.

Klipsch S4i Headset

Klipsch S4i Headset
$99  Buy Comment

Klipsch throws its hat into the i-Ring with its S4i in-ear headphones, which include a mic and remote; like Apple’s own earphones, it’ll be compatible with the iPhone 3GS and Shuffle.

Shure SRH Headphones

Shure SRH Headphones
$75-$250  Buy Comment

Shure makes their first foray into over-the-ear headphones with the SRH line; it’s a triplet of circumaural earpieces and ranges from the budget SRH240 to the pro-grade SRH840.

Razer Moray+

Razer Moray+
$60  Buy Comment

Created for gamers, Razer’s Moray+ in-ear headphones pack an omnidirectional mic; they also includes adapters for the PSP/DS/DSi, thick no-tangle cables and swappable ear-buds.

Alienware TactX Headset

Alienware TactX Headset
$80  Buy Comment

Surprisingly tame in design for Alienware, the TactX Headset is a pair no-nonsense gaming cans with closed ear cups, retractable mic, and 3 ft cord with generous 7 ft extension.

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Nokia BH-905 Headphones

Nokia BH-905 Headphones
~$410  Buy Comment

While its “second to none” claim is a bit much, Nokia’s BH-905 headphones are worth a gander with 10 mics that use Wolfson noise cancellation tech, Bluetooth and call/music controls.

Ultrasone Zino Headphones

Ultrasone Zino Headphones
$130  Buy Comment

Best known for their uber-expensive cans, Ultrasone goes down-market with these Zino semi-closed headphones; it sports 40mm gold-plated drivers, a chrome trim and a folding design.

HiFiMan HM-801

HiFiMan HM-801

Only audiophiles need apply for HiFiMAN’s HM-801; it’s a souped-up MP3 player with a modular amp bay and a Burr-Brown DAC, good for driving gobs of power to your headphones.

Eskuché 33 1/3 Headphones

Eskuché 33 1/3 Headphones
$60  Buy Comment

Targeted towards DJs, Eskuch√©’s 33 1/3 headphones are vintage-style cans with metallic finishes; spec-wise, you’ll get 40mm drivers and two swappable cords (one with a mic).

Denon AH-NC600

Denon AH-NC600
$200  Buy Comment

For those who demand pure sound, Denon’s AH-NC600 earbuds not only reduce ambient noise by 99% but feature a Radial Cascade Damper; it cuts out the noise from touched cables.

LZR Racer Aquabeat

LZR Racer Aquabeat
~$145  Buy Comment

Iriver’s LZR Racer Aquabeat is an MP3 player that is designed for underwater use; it’s good at up to 3 meters and features 2GB of storage with up to eight hours of continuous playback.

ALP Horn Headphones

ALP Horn Headphones
$175  Buy Comment

From cans to blocks: WeSC’s ALP Horn headphones feature funky square earcups; they also sport a convenient dual headband system, with a flexible inner band that fits your head.

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Klipsch S2/S4 Earphones

Klipsch S2/S4 Earphones
$50-$80  Buy Comment

Klipsch isn’t known for kow-towing to the budget crowd, but their new in-ear S2 and S4 earphones do exactly that: less complex moving coil drivers and a larger enclosure keep costs down.

ColorWare Beats by Dre

ColorWare Beats by Dre
$249-$525  Buy Comment

Get a unique pair of Beats by Dre cans courtesy ColorWare; 11 areas and 35 colors are available to customize, as well as your choice of brand new headphones or your own used pair.

Ultrasone Edition 8

Ultrasone Edition 8
$1,499  Buy Comment

Marginally cheaper than the Edition 9s, Ultrasone’s Edition 8 is still a premium headphone, with Ethiopian sheepskin ear cups, Ruthenium plating and MU-metal shielding.

Sony XB Headphones

Sony XB Headphones

Short for “Extra Bass”, Sony’s XB Series headphones pound out ultra-low bass beats; chose between three closed-ear models (XB700, 500, 300) and two in-ear versions (XB20EX, 40EX).

iFrogz NervePipes

iFrogz NervePipes
$35  Buy Comment

If your ears perk up for one-of-a-kind gear, iFrogz’ NervePipe headphones come in an amazing 7,260+ color combinations — and that doesn’t include the artwork for earpiece covers.

Tune In Tune Out

Tune In Tune Out

Killing two birds with one stone, GoStereo’s Tune In Tune Out headphones also double as speakers; sound quality is average but it does save you from carrying two devices.

JB-200 BT Headphones

JB-200 BT Headphones
$130-$200  Buy Comment

Designed for those with active lifestyles, JayBird’s JB-200 wireless headphones include a tighter fitting earpiece and use Bluetooth to play music as well as handle phone calls.

Razer Carcharias Headphones

Razer Carcharias Headphones
$80  Buy Comment

Though virtually the same as Razer’s premium Megalodon in terms of headphone and mic specs, the Carcharias halves the price by leaving out the virtual 7.1 channel surround sound.

Creative HS-1100 Headset

Creative HS-1100 Headset
$130  Buy Comment

The Creative HS-1100 is their latest gamer-friendly USB headset; it uses Silencer tech to wipe out ambient noise while improving speech clarity, dual mics and 3D positional surround sound.

Zirconia Headphones

Zirconia Headphones
$230  Buy Comment

Panasonic’s RP-HJE900 in-ear headphones are the first to be made with Zirconia (ZrO2); the material boasts less resonance than plastic or aluminum for distortion-free sound reproduction.

Sony MDR-EX36SC Earbuds

Sony MDR-EX36SC Earbuds
~$41  Buy Comment

While we question their quality, Sony’s Japan-only MDR-EX36SC earbuds use convergence on a small scale: the protective case actually doubles as a passive speaker.

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