TURN­ING HEADS

THE LUX­URY OF WIRE­LESS BLUE­TOOTH MU­SIC IS NO LONGER JUST THE DO­MAIN OF RUN­NERS – NOW THEY’RE OVER-EAR AND FOR SE­RI­OUS AU­DIO­PHILES. WE TEST-DRIVE THE BEST.

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‘Beoplay H8’ by Bang & Olufsen

The ‘Beoplay H8’ is a thing of beauty. Bet­ter yet, the de­sign matches the style. The ges­ture con­trols – swish your fin­ger on the right cup – are bril­liant, while the de­tail ex­tends to the mem­ory foam pads cov­ered in sheep­skin. The sound is rich and ex­pan­sive – but, like all on test, is slightly bet­ter when wired. Apart from that, flaw­less. $800; ap­ple.com/au WIN: BEAU­TI­FUL; WON­DER­FUL CON­TROLS; RICH SOUND FAIL: AT $800, THEY AIN’T CHEAP

‘Zik 2.0’ by Par­rot

The Philippe Stark-de­signed Par­rot ‘Ziks’ are cer­tainly dis­tinc­tive. They’re fea­ture-packed, too – with swipe con­trols, along with six (yes, six) built-in mi­cro­phones. Best is its app, which al­lows you to tweak set­tings. Down­side? The bat­tery, when us­ing noise-can­celling, isn’t close to its vaunted 18 hours (in re­al­ity: more like six). $549.95; ap­ple.com/au WIN: GREAT MIC; SET­TINGS CUS­TOMIS­ABLE VIA APP FAIL: LOOKS WILL DI­VIDE; SO-SO BAT­TERY LIFE

‘P5 Wire­less’ by Bow­ers & Wilkins

Bow­ers & Wilkins was late to the wire­less mar­ket, but with its ‘P5’, it has some­how crammed the bat­tery into the same slim­line leather pads, making th­ese still the only choice of head­phones to wear with a suit. The one down­side is, as they’re pads not cups, the noise-can­cel­la­tion isn’t as good as the oth­ers. $649.95; ap­ple.com/au WIN: SUB­TLE SOUND; SLEEK DE­SIGN; GOOD BAT­TERY LIFE FAIL: NOISE-CAN­CELLING LESS EF­FEC­TIVE

‘Mo­men­tum 2.0 Wire­less’ by Sennheiser

The Sennheiser’s rich and deep sound will not dis­ap­point, while the cups are small enough to feel neat, but large enough to cover com­pletely over-ear. Add in a max 22-hour bat­tery life and a col­lapsi­ble band, and our only quib­bles are the looks (in­dus­trial rather than chic) and the price (a lot). $799.95; sennheiser.com WIN: WON­DER­FUL SOUND; GREAT BAT­TERY FAIL: COM­PA­RA­BLY PRICEY; IN­DUS­TRIAL LOOK

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