Pairing old-school early-seventies looks with Kicker's signature low-end muscle, the Kicker HP1973 Headphones ($70) are a great mid-range pair of cans. They feature a lightweight over-the-ear design, padded headband, black braided cloth cable, a 3.5mm iPhone-compatible plug, and a sleek black paint job. Plus, it sure beats strapping a pair of Solo-Barics to your back.
Continuing our 5th anniversary celebration, we're giving away 5 pairs of these sweet cans, thanks to the folks at Kicker. To enter, just make sure you're subscribed to our daily dispatch. We'll choose one of you gents at random.
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."