The latest crop of on-ear and over-the-ear headphones boasts sonics that rival home hi-fis. To test them out, we started with a group of the most promising headphones, then cycled them through our team of eight testers, who spent two weeks working, commuting, and even flying with them while listening to an array of music from hip-hop to classical played through computers, phones, and home stereos. These are the best ones we tried.
Bowers & Wilkins P3 On-Ear Headphones
BEST FOR: THE DESIGN SAVVY
You can wear the B&W P3s on-ears around town without looking like you just stepped out of the DJ booth. B&W's engineers custom-designed the compact drive units to deliver the decibels. Though one tester complained about their short cord, all raved about the sound – and cushioning. One called it "pillowy," another "marshmallow-like." [$200; bowers-wilkins.com]
Credit: Photograph by Michael Pirrocco