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: LIGHT TRAVELERS IN SEARCH OF BIG SOUND
Hitting the road with a nice pair of 'phones can mean sacrificing serious bag space in the name of audiophilia. A clever folding design makes these cans easy to stuff into small spaces. Our listening crew dug their "clear, resounding" bass, courtesy of big 50mm drivers. [$300; store.sony.com]
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