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Headphones

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
$200-$250  Buy Link Comment

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.

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Blue Mo-Fi Headphones

Blue Mo-Fi Headphones
$350  Buy Link Comment

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.

Earin Wireless Earbuds

Earin Wireless Earbuds
~$170  Pledge Comment

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.

Marshall Headphones Outlet Store

Marshall Headphones Outlet Store

Marshall’s new online outlet sells refurbished items at up to 40% off, even though at most they only have damaged packaging. Right now it has some awesome Stanmore speakers at $160 off. Don’t get the Minor though. Not even for free.

Streamz Headphones & Player

Streamz Headphones & Player
$299++  Pledge Comment

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
$422  Buy Comment

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
$130  Buy Link Comment

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
$169  Buy Link Comment

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
$199++  Pledge Comment

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
$499++  Pledge Comment

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.

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
$300  Buy Comment

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.

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KEF M500 Headphones

KEF M500 Headphones
$300  Buy Comment

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
$129  Buy Comment

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
$80  Buy Comment

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.

Sony 3-in-1 Walkman

Sony 3-in-1 Walkman

The upcoming WH Series aka 3-in-1 Walkman are headphones with a built-in digital music player. Available in 4GB and 16GB capacity with 20h battery life. They can also be used as normal headphones or as personal speakers.

Pogo Magnetic Headphone Jack

Pogo Magnetic Headphone Jack

Jon Patterson’s Pogo concept is a 3.5mm headphone plug with two parts. The parts are connected by magnets and Pogo pins. Like Apple’s MagSafe, Pogo is secure yet detaches safely to prevent damage to headphone cables.

Geek DAC & Headphone Amp

Geek DAC & Headphone Amp
$139++  Pledge Comment

Light Harmonic’s Geek is a DAC and headphone amplifier that plugs into computers via USB. It’s inspired by the Da Vinci DAC and can create a 3D surround sound effect. It can also accept two headphones at once.

OnBeat Solar Headphones

OnBeat Solar Headphones
~$102  Pledge Comment

A pair of headphones with a solar panel on the headband. The power that the panel gathers is stored in two batteries inside each ear cup, then harnessed via a USB port. It can also be plugged in to store power for later use.

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Jamboo Headphones

Jamboo Headphones
$30  Buy Comment

The wood accents on Jamboo headphones are made with bamboo and the cords are woven with anti-tangle cotton thread styled around specific nature-inspired themes. Each pair also comes with a leash for carrying your new buds.

earHero Earphones

earHero Earphones
$149  Buy Link Comment

Like the AfterShokz, earHero are open ear earphones. Its speakers are so tiny that they won’t block your ear canal, so you can still hear the sounds around you. Great for outdoor use or pretending you’re a secret agent.

LSTN Headphones

LSTN Headphones
$50-$150  Buy Link Comment

LSTN makes in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones with ear cups made from reclaimed cherry, ebony or beech wood, making each headphone truly unique. Part of its profits go to a charity for the deaf.

Zipbuds

Zipbuds
$20-$200  Buy Link Comment

Zipbuds are earphones and headphones with a patented tangle-free Zipper Cable – cords that can be easily zipped together. They could still get stuck on your shirt (or beard) though.

Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro

Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro
$195  Buy Link Comment

The Custom One Pro has removable and customizable headband, ear cup plates, ear pads and cable. It also has a highly customizable sound, thanks to a built-in bass and isolation slider.

AfterShokz Headphones

AfterShokz Headphones
$50-$100  Buy Link Comment

These “open ear” headphones sit directly in front of the ears and deliver sound through bone conduction, from the cheekbones to the inner ear. Wired and Bluetooth models available.

Tank DIY Headphones

Tank DIY Headphones
$83  Buy Comment

Aerial7’s Tank DIY Headphones is a blank canvas. Personalize them using spray paint, oils, acrylics, pens, markers etc. It has a 57mm driver and comes with 2 cables – a coiled one and one with a mic.

Tracks Ultra Headphones

Tracks Ultra Headphones
$180  Buy Comment

Designed for acoustic clarity and deep bass, Sol Republic’s Tracks Ultra offer good looks and good sounds. They’ve even got a three-button remote and mic so you can them with your smartphone.

Plattan Denim Headphones

Plattan Denim Headphones
$80  Buy Comment

A more casual follow-up to the Harris Tweed model, these Plattan headphones have been covered with a everyday blue jean denim, and accented with brass bits and a fabric-covered cord.

MartinLogan Mikros 90

MartinLogan Mikros 90
$300  Buy Comment

Midrange headphones from the luxury speaker maker. These noise-isolating on-ear headphones are made of leather and aluminum and equipped with MartinLogan’s vaunted electrostatic speakers.

Urbanears x Harris Tweed

Urbanears x Harris Tweed
$69  Buy Comment

Swedish headphone maker Urbanears collaborated with wool experts Harris Tweed to release a special edition of the former’s Plattan on-ear headphones, which of course get sweet handwoven wool covers.

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