Shure SRH1540

If you want to sit in one spot and listen to music and money is absolutely no object, these will be your new favorite headphones. There are no bells or whistles in Shure's SRH1540 – no noise-cancellation, volume dials, or inline phone controls – just a pure and perfectly-balanced audio profile. The bright, clean sound might seem light on bass, but top-tier headphones tend to force you to retrain your ears. These will have you singing (and hearing) a different tune. [$500;]