When we think of Koss, we think of the not-so-impressive headphones and jukeboxes of our Big Lots-shopping youth. As it turns out, however, they've actually made some fairly impressive stuff over the years, such as these Koss PortaPro 25th Anniversary Edition Headphones ($60). These on-ear 'phones feature mylar construction, neodymium magnets, oxygen-free copper voice coils, and foam ear cushions. The one downside? They look like they really did come from a Big Lots crica 1985. [Thanks, Neil]
You might think those white Apple earbuds are making a statement, but if so, it's a squeal of conformity compared to the roar of rebellion exuded by these V-Moda Crossfade LP Headphones ($250). These bass-tastic cans feature a heavy-duty steel frame, 50mm Dual-Diaphragm High-Definition Drivers, two detachable Kevlar-reinforced fabric cables — including one with an Apple-friendly three-button remote and mic — a flexible memory headband, and a unique, stylish design. Available in white pearl, gunmetal black, or the chrome-covered phantom chrome, otherwise known as "the ear mirrors."
Wishing you could get Zeppelin-like performance on-the-go? Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Headphones ($300) are likely to be as close as you can get. While the metal and sealed-leather construction isn't nearly as attention-grabbing as the company's stationary speakers, the P5 is a solid sonic performer, featuring ultra-linear neodymium magnets, mylar drive units, a noise-isolating design, and comfortable, cushy ear pads. As an added bonus, it includes an Apple Remote + Mic cable, letting you take calls on your iPhone, or control that silly buttonless shuffle you got as a stocking stuffer. [Thanks, Craig]