Serious about your music? Then grab yourself a pair of equally serious cans, like the Grado RS1i Reference Series Headphones ($700). These high-end personal speakers features handcrafted Mahogany earpieces, upgraded dynamic transducers and a new 8 conductor cable design that offers more lively sound than the RS1, an open-backed cup configuration, and an astronomical price.
Having been spotted on countless stages and in myriad music videos, Marshall's iconic script logo has decided it wants some new real estate: your ears. These Marshall Major Headphones ($100) promise to offer up all the clean, heavy sound of the company's amps and speaker cabinets in a much smaller, over-the-ear headphone thanks to 15.4mm moving coil drivers, cushy black pads, a collapsable design, amp-matching cups, and a MP3 player-friendly 3.5mm plug. [Thanks, Justin & Pat]
If you've been searching for ridiculously overpriced headphones to match that $19,000 turntable you bought a while back, search no more. The Ultrasone Edition 10 Headphones ($2,750) come with eye-popping looks and sound to match their price, featuring open-back ear cups with galvanic Ruthenium plating and a Zebrano wood inlay, Ethiopian sheepskin leather ear cup pads, Titanium-plated 40mm drivers, silver-plated OFC 99.99% pure copper wires with Kevlar casing, S-Logic Pus technology, and a bunch of other high-end nonsense no one will ever notice because your ears will look like zebra. [via]
Sure, Beats are stylish, but if you're serious about sound, you'd be way better off with a pair of AKG by Harman K 701 Headphones ($450). These high-end, reference-quality cans feature a patented two-layer Varimotion diaphragm, a high-performance Neodym Magnet System, an oxygen-free high-performance cable, a 6.3mm professional jack plug — which means adapters for all you portable listeners out there — true bi-wiring, 3D-form comfort ear pads, and a white retro design that will turn nearly as many heads as physically strapping Dr. Dre to your noggin.
Getting ready to record or mix your own masterpiece? Make certain it sounds the way you want with Ultimate Ears In-Ear Reference Monitors ($1,000). Developed in collaboration with Capitol Studios, these insane in-ear cans feature three balanced armature speakers in each earpiece, which are enhanced by passive crossovers and up to -32 dB of noise isolation to deliver the most crisp, clear sound possible. They won't make your playing any better, but maybe they can help you hide those weird-sounding chords.