Beyond smartphones, the two gadgets you see most often at the gym are fitness trackers and headphones. Samsung Gear IconX Earphones combine these two into a compact package. The 'phones have 4GB of internal storage, so you can play music without taking your phone with you, and built-in sensors record data like heart rate, distance, speed, and calories burned. Of course, you can also stream music to them over Bluetooth, an ambient sound mode ensures you can hear what's going on around you when you're running on/near the road, and the included carrying case doubles as a charger, giving you two extra top-offs before you need to find an outlet.
Our ears all look different. Turns out they hear differently, too. Nura Headphones are the first cans to take this into account. Using a microphone to measure both the tones going in and coming out of your ear canal, they adjust the sound automatically to match your hearing. Helping things along is a novel design that uses an in-ear driver to handle highs, and an over-ear cup with a bass driver, letting each note and tone breathe while also doubling up on noise isolation. They're powered by a digital connection to your device, so there's no battery to keep charged, and since the sound is custom tailored, you can leave the volume lower and save your hearing at the same time.
Blocking out external noises is one of the best ways to increase your enjoyment of music and movies. So is keeping the sound from your headphones in your ears. Normal Suit Headphones accomplish both with custom-fitted "dots" made from soft silicone that ensure an ideal seal. A five-way articulated design allows the phones to adjust to your body even further, with an arm to help keep them in place during activity and integrated USB that can plug into pretty much any open port for charging. Available in black or brown hand-stitched Napa leather, they offer eight hours of battery life and are also available in a silicone Sport edition.
Forget powders, pills, or shots — the fastest, most reliable way to boost your athletic performance might be inside your skull. The Halo Sport Neuropriming Headset uses pulses of energy to improve your training. Called neuropriming, it lets your motor cortex send stronger, more easily read signals to your muscles, so more fibers are activated with each rep, and strength is gained faster. Used in conjunction with specially designed workouts, it can also help with the learning and sharpening of skills like swings, kicks, and throws. It connects to your phone wirelessly, and also works as a pair of Bluetooth headphones, so you don't need to take them off once the priming is done and training begins.
The Fender name is synonymous with quality guitars. And now, the trusted instrument makers are bringing that same quality and attention to detail to the world or earphones with these Fender FXA7 Pro Earphones. The housings were 3D printed using scans of thousands of ears — making each pair feel like a custom fit. And the sound quality is top notch as well, with a pair of balanced armature tweeters and their patented Hybrid-Dynamic tuned Balanced Armature Array. Available in metallic gold or metallic black, they arrive in a deluxe carrying case with SureSeal tips, a cleaning tool, and cable.
Many of us wear headphones for a good portion of the day. So why not have them do more than just play music? Leveraging the tech used in the company's more traditional wearables, Misfit Specter Activity Tracking Headphones keep tabs on your steps, distance covered, calories, and sleep duration/quality, all while pulling double-duty as personal speakers. Despite their expanded functionality, they don't skimp on the sound, with dual drivers for richer, clearer audio, noise isolation technology to keep external sounds at bay, and multiple microphones to eliminate ambient noise when talking on the phone.
A precise fit is key to enjoying the noise-isolating benefits of in-ear monitors. Revols Custom-Fit Earphones ensure a perfect fit by using a tip that molds to the unique shape of your ear in just 60 seconds. They were developed in partnership with Onkyo, so they have great sound, and they connect to your phone over Bluetooth so there's no messy wires to contend with. The rechargeable battery is good for 8 hours of listening — or 14 using the included inline battery pack — and the outside bezel rotates to help keep them in your ears.
The next step in the evolution of Master & Dynamic is wireless, and arrives right now in the form of these beautiful MW60 Wireless Over Ear Headphones. The MW60 takes the signature design, sound quality, and build that Master & Dynamic are known for on-the-go, with a 15-hour lithium ion rechargeable battery. Their zero compromise construction includes several stainless steel components, a heavy grain leather headband, and memory foam ear pad wrapped in lambskin leather. Add in a best-in-class signal range, Master & Dynamic's rich, warm, signature sound, and you've got some of the most impressive wireless headphones on the market. Available in silver and brown or gunmetal and black.
In 1991, Sennheiser released the original Orpheus. At the time, they were claimed to be the best headphones ever made. The new Sennheiser Orpheus Headphones bring back the nameplate and the world-beating performance. The electrostatic headphones are designed to work with the included tube amplifier and DAC to deliver unrivaled sonic reproduction, with the amp seated in a glass housing, on a solid block of Carrara marble, and using four channels in parallel for both the right and left side for increased accuracy. To further reduce distortion, the headphones have a pair of Cool Class A MOSFET amps integrated into the ear cups to eliminate the reactance of the cable and deliver a dynamic range of 8 Hz to more than 100 kHz, as well as the lowest distortion ever measured in a sound reproduction system.
Pioneers in the world of clean, quality sound, it's easy to trust Bose when it comes to headphones, especially these QuietComfort 25 Triple Black Headphones. This special edition was customized just for Apple devices, with a triple black look and all the same amenities that make the QuietComfort special. The lightweight, comfortable headphones sit snugly on your head, while the noise cancellation function monitors the noise around you and drowns it out to let you fully experience the deep, crisp sounds of your music collection.
Master & Dynamic have already proven that they can deliver the same signature sound you get from their headphones into a pair of earphones, and now they're prepared to take the next step with the MEO5 Earphones. Precision-machined from solid brass and hand-finished, the MEO5 utilizes the sonic qualities that brass provides to take your listening experience to the next level. Featuring custom 8mm titanium-coated dynamic drivers, and balanced weight distribution for a ideal, cozy fit, the MEO5's not only look and feel like the best earphones you've plugged in, but also push the warm, detailed sound profile that is consistent throughout the Master & Dynamic line.
Grado's been making headphones in Brooklyn since the early '50s, and the family has run one business or another out of the same building since 1918. These Grado GH1 Brooklyn Tree Headphones honor that tradition by sourcing some of their materials from the same neighborhood. Built using a maple from Sunset Park that was otherwise destined to become furniture, the GH1 features a wooden body that imparts a dynamic sound with strong bass and crisp highs. The headphones otherwise feature Grado's classic styling, and arrive with a signed letter from third-generation headphone maker Jonathan.
The P5's weren't in need of fixing. Their blend of style and sound were already a hit. Unless, of course, you're the type of person that doesn't like wires (Hint: we're all that type of person). The Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Headphones offer outstanding sound quality without the wires. Tuned by the engineers at Abbey Road Studios, they use drivers with traditional speaker-like diaphragms for more precise sound, rechargeable batteries with up to 17 hours of playback life, and aptX technology for the best possible wireless audio reproduction.
Normally, falling asleep with headphones on isn't a good thing — unless you enjoy cauliflower ear. But Kokoon EEG Sleep Headphones aren't your normal cans. Developed in conjunction with Onkyo, they're designed to be worn overnight, and pack in miniaturized dry EEG sensors that monitor your sleeping patterns. The companion app can adjust both volume and equalization as necessary to help you fall asleep, then block out potential disturbances while you sleep. And when it's nearing time to rise, it will choose the right moment in your sleeping patterns to wake you, providing a much better experience than a buzzing alarm.
New York City-based Master & Dynamic continue to set themselves apart in a crowded field with products like their MH40 Over Ear Headphones. Built using high-quality materials like heavy grain cowhide on the headband, soft lambskin for the ear pads, forged aluminum earcups, dual ports for shared listening, stainless steel in every high strain area, and an easy to reach mute button. The sound is equally impressive, with 45mm high-performance Neodymium drivers that provide mid-range and low-end punch without disturbing a co-worker or fellow commuter. Choose from five different color combinations including the brand new navy leather, silver metal option. High-quality sound paired with design that's built to last even longer than most of the bands in your personal collection.
Designed with portability in mind, the Master & Dynamic x Zero Halliburton Headphone Kit combines high end audio tools with the most trusted name is travel cases. Only 200 units were made, and each includes a pair of Master & Dynamic's MH40 Over Ear headphones, or their equally impressive MH30 On Ear headphones. Also included is a matching metal headphone stand, the new MM800 Boom Mic, all the pertinent accessories, and a sleek aluminum case from the go-to brand for protective luggage, Zero Halliburton. Top notch sound, design, and portability for the serious music lover.
Musical tastes are different. Most headphones are the same. This is a problem: one Axel Modular Headphones aims to fix. When ordering, you can choose from three different driver configurations, set up for dance/hip-hop, jazz, classical, and folk, or pop and rock, respectively, and there's even an online app that mines your Spotify preferences to recommend one for you. From there, you choose from one of three band inserts, whether you want on-ear or over-the-ear cans, and your color preference — then prepare to listen to your favorites on a set of personal speakers tailored to your liking.
Music preference is a highly personal thing. Shouldn't your headphones be, too? With AIAIAI TMA-2 Modular Headphones, they can. With an emphasis on "modular", these new cans offer 360 possible configuration combinations, thanks to your choice of three headbands, four styles of earpads, six different cables, and four speaker units — each tailored for a specific sound. The result is a pair of headphones that reflects not only your personal taste but marries perfectly to your favorite music, as well.
Sadly, there's no Magsafe on the new MacBook. But there can be on any device you own, thanks to Magzet. This add-on to your current audio port relies on magnets to snap your headphone cable into the port, protecting your ears, your 'phones, and your device from potential ruin. It's also designed for modern gadgets, so all your in-line buttons and mics will work without a problem — meaning you can still change the song and then answer a call, all without catching your elbow on a cable and slinging your phone out of your hand and onto the floor.
Great sound, a sophisticated look, and the support of a great cause. You get all that and more with the Troubadour Headphones from LSTN. Each pair is made using reclaimed, authentic wood casing, with your choice of zebra, ebony, beech wood, or cherry wood finishes. Throw in great looking triangular shaped plush earcups, an in-line microphone, and a metal adjustable band and you'd think sound might be an afterthought — but instead you get a fully balanced and distortion free listening experience. Each pair of handcrafted headphones is as unique as the cause it helps to support, as LSTN helps restore hearing to people around the world that would otherwise live in silence, a gift given to over 20,000 people so far with a contribution to the Starkey Hearing Foundation for each pair sold.
Earphones get shoved in all sorts of places. Thus they fail when their delicate wires finally break. Overcome this with the new Q-Jays Earphones, the world's smallest earphones with exchangeable cables. They can work for years thanks to the smart design, and you'll want to keep them around thanks to the dual balanced armatures, injection-molded stainless steel body, tuned bass ports, and noise-isolating design.
Specially-designed 45mm drivers are at the heart of the Audio-Technica ATH-R70X Headphones' superior sound. The company's first open-back reference design, they feature an acoustically transparent mesh housing for natural, spacious audio, a dual-sided detachable locking cable, and breathable fabric ear pads. And since they also incorporate the company's automatically-adjusting 3D wing support headband design, you can spend less time fiddling and more time listening.
Created with legendary JBL audio systems in mind, the Synchros S700NC Headphones are much more than your average noise-canceling headphones. The S700s are the first to use Harman's exclusive Clari-Fi technology, which rebuilds audio details lost in digitally compressed music and then play it back in a form that is much closer to its original intent. Constructed using lightweight die cast aluminum, leather ear cushions, and tied together with a rechargeable battery — JBL has set a new standard for headphone innovation.
The original Momentum headphones were lauded for their good looks, but let's be honest: you can only look so good with a cord hanging off your body. The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Headphones get rid of the cord while adding features like NoiseGard Hybrid active noise cancelation, Bluetooth 4.0 with apt-X support for outstanding audio clarity, and a 22-hour rechargeable battery. And while the new stuff is great, they haven't lost what made them worthwhile in the first place. Namely, 40mm drivers, earpads and a headband made from soft Pittards leather, and a frame made from lightweight stainless steel so they're comfortable to wear all day long.
Headphones are as much about fashion as they are about sound — and the B&O Beoplay H2 Headphones are strong in both regards. These on-ear cans feature a 40mm custom driver with a bass port for added low-end response, an in-line remote and mic, genuine lambskin ear pads, and a weight of under six ounces thanks to a durable composite frame. Rugged textile coverings in your choice of three colors keep them from looking like something that belongs in a campus computer lab, and thanks to a unique adaptive build, they can fit your head perfectly within just a few minutes, but return to normal size after you take them off.
McIntosh, a brand already known for their legendary performance in the audio space, take their first shot at the world of personal audio with the MHP1000 Headphones. With a closed design, the MHP1000s isolate noise and distractions while delivering a listening experience that lives up to the McIntosh name. With premium, soft leather on the headband and ear pads, a lightweight design and a driver engineered to work with any current or legacy McIntosh amp, the only question is why didn't they enter the world of headphones sooner.
Taking a normal pair of headphones and making them wireless isn't that big a deal. Taking the most popular headphone in the world and adding wireless? Now we're talking. Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones are, as you'd expect, a Bluetooth-capable update to the streamlined, balanced Solo2. They allow you to take calls, skip songs, and change the volume right from the ear cup, and the built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 12 hours of playback. Should you run out of juice, it's no big deal — just plug in the included RemoteTalk cable and jam on. Available in black, white, blue, and Verizon-exclusive Red.
Crafted to pair perfectly with the B&O BeoPlay H6 Headphones, the Hard Graft Peak Headphone Case is a perfect example of one-size-fits-all equalling one-size-delights none. It's made from hand-stained, vegetable tanned Italian leather, it features a dark, soft interior, and when placed top-down serves as a handsome display stand.
Sharing old-fashioned headphones is easy — just plug in a splitter and start the music. Sharing music wirelessly? Not so much, unless you're using Wearhaus Arc Headphones. Thanks to Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX and a dedicated app, these headphones can allow multiple people to jam along to the same song, with excellent audio quality provided by 40mm dual diaphragm drivers and memory phone earpads that provide great noise isolation. Arc users around you can see and join your broadcast via the app, and even make suggestions on what to play next — and while the built-in battery lasts for up to 16 hours on a single charge, they also come with a standard 3.5mm aux cable for those times when a charging port just can't be found.