THE BEST Headphones

Buhel Soundglasses

Buhel Soundglasses

Unlike most sunglasses with built-in earphones, Soundglasses use bone-conducting transducers to deliver sound through your temple, leaving your ears free to listen to your surroundings. It also has attachments for prescription lenses.

Marshall Major II Headphones

Marshall Major II Headphones

The on-ear Major sounds good for its price and size but it was too tight and flimsy. Marshall hopes to correct those mistakes with the Major II. It has a more flexible headband, dual 3.5mm jacks and an L-plug. Drops 2/15 for $120.

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Philips Fidelio NC1L

Philips Fidelio NC1L

The Philips Fidelio NC1L are the world’s first active noise-canceling headphones that don’t require batteries. They plug into iOS devices with a Lightning connector and draw a trickle of power from the device. Drops 4/15 for $299.

AKG N90Q Headphones

AKG N90Q Headphones

AKG’s top-of-the-line headphones were inspired by music producer Quincy Jones. They offer audiophile-grade sound, automatic self-calibration, adjustable equalization and active noise cancellation tech. Out Summer 2015.

Chips All-in-One Headphones

Chips All-in-One Headphones

Outdoor Technology’s Chips headphones were originally made to fit inside snow helmets. This new set of headgear and headgear accessories – including a headphone frame and a beanie – make Chips more versatile.

Hush Earplugs

Hush Earplugs

Hush not only uses memory foam to provide passive noise cancellation. It can also play soothing background noise to block out more unwanted sound and help you relax. Pick from different background noises using its mobile app.

Abyss AB-1266 Headphones

Abyss AB-1266 Headphones

Abyss’ extravagant audiophile headphones use planar magnetic transducers to produce sound like nothing else out there, with a huge, open soundstage and replication of every sonic detail. Add another $4K for the ideal headphone amp.

Win: Grain Audio Headphones!

Win: Grain Audio Headphones!

We’ve teamed up with Grain Audio and Gear Diary to give away a pair of fantastic OEHP.01 headphones, worth $199. These walnut wood headphones offer the perfect balance between design, comfort and sound quality. (Ends 12/1/14)

Sony NWZ-WS610 Walkman

Sony NWZ-WS610 Walkman

This waterproof wearable MP3 player has a ring-shaped Bluetooth remote control for on-the-go adjustments. Lasts up to 8h but can get 1h of use on just a 3min. charge. Comes with 4GB of storage (16GB version available in EU).

BeoPlay H6 SE Headphones

BeoPlay H6 SE Headphones

With three dynamic new metallic colors, Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay H6 headphones not only look great, they’re comfortable and offer clean, natural sound. And contrary to the images, you don’t need to be an edgy fashion model to wear them.

GQ: Most Expensivest S**t

GQ: Most Expensivest S**t

(NSFW: Language) GQ’s series Most Expensivest S**t sees rapper 2 Chainz check out luxury items, such as a $295 burger, a $30,000 pair of headphones and a $2 million rust bucket, and evaluates how many chainz they’re worth.

Sennheiser: Meet the Urbanite

Sennheiser: Meet the Urbanite

Sennheiser chose to promote its new Urbanite headphones using the tried and tested Old Spice route. Watch as a German dressed as a pair of headphones pampers a huge and hairy ear. Join the Urbanite giveaway here.

Blue Mo-Fi Headphones

Blue Mo-Fi Headphones

Mic maker Blue breaks into the headphone market with the Mo-Fi. They not only have 50mm drivers, memory foam cups and a highly adjustable headband, they also have a built-in analog amplifier. That’s crazy value.

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Earin Wireless Earbuds

Earin Wireless Earbuds

Earin claims it has developed the world’s smallest earbuds. The earbuds connect to media players via Bluetooth and last up to three hours per charge. They come with three different foam tips and a carrying case that doubles as a charger.

Streamz Headphones & Player

Streamz Headphones & Player

Streamz headphones have a built-in music player and storage for audio files. It can stream from cloud services like Spotify, Rdio, Pandora and Google Drive. It also has a 3.5mm input. We’re not sure about its battery life though.

Sony MDR-HW700DS

Sony MDR-HW700DS

Made for home theater and video gaming, the Sony MDR-HW700DS headphones system can stream over the 5GHz band for less interference and better sound quality. It can also emulate an immersive 9.1 surround sound system.

BlueAnt Pump Headphones

BlueAnt Pump Headphones

The Pump Bluetooth headphones are coated with Teflon and have Kevlar shielding, making them waterproof and dust-resistant. Their battery lasts up to 8 hours and it comes with several ear bud tips to ensure you get a good fit.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

An improved version of the ATH-M50, one of the best pro-level yet affordable headphones. The ATH-M50x retains the sound of its predecessor but adds more comfortable ear cups and three detachable cables. Sound tests here.

Dash Wireless Headphones

Dash Wireless Headphones

This tiny pair of devices are much more than just headphones. Dash streams music via Bluetooth, but it’s also a music player by itself with 4GB of storage. It’s also a fitness tracker and a Bluetooth headset.

Avegant Glyph Beta

Avegant Glyph Beta

The Glyph is a mobile head-mounted display that doubles as a pair of headphones. It reflects 720p video directly to your retinas. It uses an HDMI input and lasts up to 3h per charge. Note that the Kickstarter reward is a beta unit.

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Jabra Rox Wireless Earphones

Jabra Rox Wireless Earphones

Jabra Rox earphones use Bluetooth or NFC to connect to media players. They have a built-in mic and playback buttons. Embedded magnets let you attach the earbuds to each other, prompting Rox to enter a power-saving mode.

Razer Kraken Forged Edition

Razer Kraken Forged Edition

Offering immersive sound with deep bass, clear mids and clean highs, the Kraken Forged Edition headphones feature a slick brushed aluminum finish, large comfortable earcups, and swappable cables for gaming or voice calls.

KEF M500 Headphones

KEF M500 Headphones

Lightweight aluminum alloy headphones with clean, natural sound and long-wearing comfort. They offer a flat, tangle-free cable, inline remote control w/microphone, and a sturdy matching case. Full review on Technabob.

AIAIAI TMA-1 X Headphones

AIAIAI TMA-1 X Headphones

The TMA-1 X is the entry level variant of AiAiAi’s critically-acclaimed DJ headphones. It’s lighter and smaller and is also tuned to provide a more well-rounded sound compared to the subdued highs and mids of its big brothers.

Urbanears x Pendleton

Urbanears x Pendleton

As part of its 150th anniversary, Oregon’s Pendleton Woolen Mills teamed up with Urbanears to release a special edition of the latter’s Plattan headphones, covering it with Native American-inspired patterned wool.

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