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.
Denon Urban Raver AH-D400
BEST FOR: ELECTRONIC MUSIC
It's all about the bass, thanks to 50mm drivers multiplied by a baked-in headphone amp. A built-in control wheel lets you skip through tracks and adjust the volume. "These are the best for listening loud," said one tester. [$400; usa.denon.com]