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.
BEST FOR: BASS JUNKIES
Much like the sound signature made famous by the uber-popular Beats headphones, these over-ears are all about Barry White–like bass and exaggerated highs. Testers were mixed on their Darth Vader-esque styling, but this pair won points for passive noise isolation (battery-free) that actually works to silence unwanted racket. [$300; monsterinspiration.com]
Credit: Photograph by Michael Pirrocco