THE BEST Headphones

HP Envy 15 Beats Ed.

HP Envy 15 Beats Ed.

It costs $500 extra, but HP’s ENVY 15 Beats laptop (available 10/22) may be just worth it: it sports a glossy piano black finish, Core i7, and Beats by Dr. Dre Studio Hi-Def headphones.

Magneat

Magneat

If you’ve ever had your headphones catch on gym equipment, Magneat is for you: wrap excess cable around it and then magnetically clip it to clothing for hassle-free exercising.

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Ultrasone HFI-2400

Ultrasone HFI-2400

Ultrasone’s HFI-2400 open-backed headphones feature 40 mm gold-plated drivers; they also fold up and include a detachable cable, MU Metal shielding and S-Logic tech.

Turbine PRO Headphones

Turbine PRO Headphones

Other than a gold housing, Monster’s Turbine PRO in-ear headphones improve on the original Turbines with improved clarity, bass and treble, along with new Super Tip ear tips.

Motion Activated Headphones

Motion Activated Headphones

If buttons bamboozle you, Sony Ericsson’s motion activated MH907 headphones will automatically play when both earbuds are worn; removing one will cause the music to pause.

Siberia Headset V2

Siberia Headset V2

SteelSeries updates their Sibera series; the V2 one features a closed design, larger 50 mm speakers, better frequency response, retractable mic and up to 7.1 USB surround sound.

Sony MDR-DS7100

Sony MDR-DS7100

Sony’s MDR-DS7100 wireless headphones mean business: they boast 7.1 channel sound, a 50 mm driver, 100 foot range via the 2.4 GHz band and 13 hours of battery life.

Sennheiser PX 100-II/200-II

Sennheiser PX 100-II/200-II

Known for their affordability, portability and premium sound, Sennheiser’s foldable headphones get upgraded: the PX 100-II and 200-II boast better build quality and a 1.2m cable.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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Plantronics Discovery 975

Plantronics Discovery 975

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

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

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

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

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+

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.

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Alienware TactX Headset

Alienware TactX Headset

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.

Nokia BH-905 Headphones

Nokia BH-905 Headphones

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

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

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).

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