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(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Beats Studio
Arguably one of the headphones that kicked off the large and colourful trend, the original Beats by Dre headphones drove appeal through product placement in music videos. Pushed by the music marketing powerhouse of Dr Dre (pictured above) and Jimmy Iovine, Beats brought big, aggressive bass-y sound at a big price and made it fashionable.
Bowers & Wilkins P5
Proving that expensive, fashionable headphones could sound good, the Bowers & Wilkins P5 ooze luxury and sound great, with excellent noise isolation and good range, which makes the equally pricey Beats sound downright mediocre.
The commuter's favourite, Bose took noise-cancelling technology - which silences the outside world by blasting sound waves to cancel out the noise leaving only the music audible - and made it popular. On their third revision, the Bose QuietComforts are still the active noise-cancelling headphones to beat for many.
Long-standing quality audio company Sennheiser was late to the stylish headphone game, but its Momentum series combines a sophisticated look with top-notch acoustics.
A collaboration between the French designer Philippe Starck and the Bluetooth specialists Parrot, Zik headphones are some of the best wireless headphones around, with intuitive touch controls, active noise-cancelling, and sound profiles and acoustics that can be modified with iPhone and Android apps.
Battery-powered bass means that the Crusher gives real wallop to what otherwise might just be loud music.
Cavernous earpieces (made of "soft touch" leather) also come with a
amplifier, foldable hinge (for storage) and a microphone and remote on the detachable headphone cable. CA and SG
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