Comfort and design
Assessing wearability, storage and style
Out of all the cans, the BeoPlay H8 exudes the most style – the brushed metal cups look great, the leather headband is comfy and the lambskin-clad memory foam earpads feel luxurious. They are are also light, though they can get warm after an hour or two, and the solid hinges fold up snugly.
Parrot’s hinged design folds flat and comes second style-wise; the over-ear pads sit comfortably (unless you wear thick-rimmed glasses), but pressure increases on the headband at the second hour of wear. Removing the cans activates auto-pause, which is also a tad oversensitive. Plantronics’ auto-pause feels more aware, plus the cans are light, enduringly comfy, and fold down conveniently around the neck, preferring functionality over style. Jabra’s and Philips’ on-ear designs look street-savvy and fold up compactly, but are less geared to protracted listening, while the Sennheisers have that Beats by Dre aura yet are surprisingly light – although the metal hinges are apt to pinch skin painfully when folding.