Die-cast metal, leather, and titanium — no, it's not a new designer chair. It's California Silverado Headphones ($230). These country- and rock-tuned over ear cans feature die-cast sound chambers and 360-degree articulating hinges, contrast-stitched, padded headbands, leather ear cups, Duo-jack removable cord plugs with a knitted zebra cloth finish on the cables, a collapsible tri-fold design, and, most importantly, 40mm titanium drivers for spectacular sound.
If you guessed that the BT in the name stood for "Bluetooth", give yourself a pat on the back. Harman Kardon BT Headphones ($200) are designed to perfectly match your Apple device, with black, rounded rectangular earcups, 40mm drivers and AAC and aptX wireless coding for great sound, small and large user exchangeable headbands for a great fit, built-in playback buttons on the earcup, an integrated mic for taking calls, a rechargeable battery good for up to 12 hours of playback, and the ability to operate in wired mode when the battery runs down. Available exclusively from the Apple Store.
Used to be that if you wanted wood-based headphones, you weren't getting noise cancelation — and vice versa. The Tivoli Radio Silenz Headphones ($160) are set to change all that. Sporting solid wood ear cups that house 40mm high performance drivers, the Radio Silenz feature an in-line box that holds a single AA battery and advanced noise cancelation technology, as well as a unique defeat button that temporarily switches off the cancelation and lowers the volume so you can hear the pilot telling you something unimportant. Other features include a folding design, an included travel pouch, and your choice of black ash, walnut, or cherry finishes.
Color us surprised - Koss is about the last company we'd expect to be launching new Wi-Fi equipment, yet here we are, staring at these Koss Strivia Headphones ($450-$500) Available in over-ear Pro and in-ear Tap models, each uses built-in Wi-Fi to receive music directly from the Internet, working in conjunction with the new MyKoss service to deliver audio streams without the need for a middleman. If you want to receive music from your smartphone or tablet, you can do that too, of course, courtesy of the included Cap headphone jack adapter.