The rise of the iPod and general music consumption on-the-go have re-ignited the trend for funky headphones and good-looking audio gear. Not since boom boxes were on shoulders has there been such an acute desire for the hardware to be as appealing as the music it’s playing. See some of the slickest headphones available below.
California Headphone Company Silverado
The Limited Edition Silverado Over-Ear headphones are not only sleek and stylish but have a full-bodied sound to match their California attitude. Vocals and guitars are amplified to create a ‘true to life’ effect, with rock, country and alternative tracks maintaining an acoustic live concert feel. The audio experience matches the retro metal and leather styling, with die-cast hinges and a stitched headband.
Ultrasone Edition 10
The specialist headphone company has always received top honours for its technological prowess but the Ultra 10’s have a distinctly retro flavour with a luxurious edge. Sheep leather ear cushions and precious ruthenium matte-coated metal are designed for comfort and style, with rusted colours and a ‘3-dimensional sound’ that ‘artfully combined the latest technology with pure luxury.’
AKG K 142 HD
Known to be the ‘musician’s choice’, AKG headphones feature advanced technologies and are ‘semi-open’ to deliver undistorted sound ‘even at the highest listening levels.’ Aside from their wide dynamic range and comfortable, highly-adjustable fit, the two-barred headband with leather detail and extra big phones are a modern-take on studio-style audio gear.
A built-in microphone, playback buttons and high quality Bluetooth audio make this rectangular headset a gadget with an edge over the rest. There’s 40 hours of playback time for serious commuter listeners, plus they’re great for hands-free mobile use as well. Over and above that, they’re a clean piece of kit, with a modern look and revolutionary feel.