Forget the celebrity-endorsed models—there is a sleek pair with mind-blowing sound for every need.
1. BEST FOR TRAVEL
Bowers & Wilkins P3
B&W designed the foldable P3s for travel, but the handsome headphones produce such incredible sound they would be ideal for everyday use.
2. BEST FOR HI-FI STEREOS
AIAIAI TMA-1 Studio
AIAIAI—a favorite of the DJ-producer set—has created retro-style cans with balanced audio (and a receiver-ready 1/4-inch plug) for all sound lovers.
3. BEST HOME WIRELESS
Sennheiser RS 220
Wireless headphones often disappoint (thanks to static and subpar audio), but these exceptions pump out a digital signal that's rich and immersive.
4. BEST NOISE-CANCELING
Besides silencing the outside world, AKG's new phones feel great, kick serious beats, and, unlike most noise-canceling models, still work when the rechargeable battery is spent.