Sound Advice: The New Headphones to Know

Forget the celebrity-endorsed models—there is a sleek pair of new headphones with mind-blowing sound for every need.

Photograph by Justin Fantl. Prop styling by Lisa Edsalv at Ba-Reps.com.

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.

$200; bowers-wilkins.com

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.

$285; aiaiai.dk

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.

$600; sennheiserusa.com

4. BEST NOISE-CANCELING

AKG K495NC

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.

$350; harmanaudio.com

—Jon Chase

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