The 5 Best Headphones to Block Out the Annoying Sounds of Spring
Ever since Dr. Dre hit the streets with his Beats, anyone who's serious about filling their skull with bass has ditched the earbuds and started rocking a pair of over-the-ear cans. But which headphones are the best of the bunch?
Once only seen on the head of your dad and that weird neighbor who still smokes a pipe, these new full-sized headphones not only deliver high-end, crystal clear sound, they're actually stylishly designed so you don't look like you just came from your job hawking fries at the drive-thru. These are the best headphones your minimum wage salary will allow -- though it might take some time to save up.
Here are 5 of the best new headphones that'll let you rock out and look good doing it. As long as you don't break into the Dougie.
The whole East Coast /West Coast thing has spread to a headphone battle with 50 Cent dropping his SYNC on Dr. Dre's Beats. The SYNC headphones are wireless, so there's no dangling cord to get in the way of your epic throw down. You get CD quality digital sound from up to 50-feet away from your tune source. The 40mm drivers, memory foam ear cushions, and up to 17 hours of battery life means you can rock the whole day without losing power. The shatterproof polymer covers can take a beating when you're partying in the club with a bottle full of bub. All these features make Sync one of the best headphones available.
Proving it's hip to be square, the wireless BT headphones from Harman Kardon has ear cup controls, a ridiculous 40-hour battery life, and a built-in mic so you can take calls while rocking. These wireless headphones feature an exclusive acoustic system that integrates superb mechanical design, materials and electronics. Lightweight and lined with leather, the BT headphones have a bass tube that boosts optimal performance at any volume level, so you can push it to 11 when the bass drops.
Feeling a little retro? These headphones are inspired by the sets worn by aviators flying combat missions during WWII. They're built to survive the kind of abuse you'd expect banging around the sky all day, shooting down Nazis. Made of die-cast, brushed metal components for durability, the Laredo and Silverado headphones leave the hip hop market to a certain Doctor because the 40mm titanium drivers in these bad boys are tuned with country and rock music in mind. The coolest and best feature on these headphones? The zebra-braided Duo-Jack cord has an extra port so you can jack in that girl at Whole Foods and share some Mumford & Sons. These might be the best headphones for listening to tunes AND picking up women.
Why not use wood to deliver your rock? Unlike the cheap plastic headphones worn on the heads of lesser men, the Rosewood headphones are made from ebony. It wasn't the material of choice because it turns your cans into works of art from Mother Nature herself, but because the wood gives them natural noise canceling properties while absorbing echoes. The result is sound as clean as the great outdoors. They come with a detachable cable and foldable headset for travel and are packaged not in wasteful cardboard, but in a bamboo box the company wants you to keep forever. Um, thanks… we'll store our old mix tapes in it.
If you need to block out the sound of that screaming kid at 30,000 feet, but don't have the coin to drop three bills on noise canceling headphones, the Traveler's Choice headphones from Able Planet are your only call. These lightweight, foldable racket blockers feature award-winning active noise cancellation, and they'll only set you back $79 bucks. This will leave you with plenty of money left over for a few overpriced airline cocktails.