E- PANDA HOOLIGAN EDITION RAZER KRAKEN
$ 149.95, razerzone. com, above THESE headphones are anything but subtle. The special- edition Razer Kraken headphones produced by Eric Hernandez – the drumming brother of Bruno Mars – are large, gold and thoroughly padded. As a result, they’re very comfortable on the head and songs are given plenty of room to breathe. The sound is powered by 40mm drivers and is tuned to deliver detailed treble. Audio can sound distant given the earcup design, and there is no in- line remote, but these headphones fold down well for travel.
HD 25 ALUMINIUM SENNHEISER
$ 549.95, sennheiser. com. au TWENTY- FIVE years ago, Sennheiser released broadcast- friendly headphones that captured the attention of a wider audience, from DJs to music aficionados. The German company has now reissued the HD 25 headphones in an Aluminium edition that adds metal accents to the hinges and earcups. But little else has changed, giving these cans a slightly retro look but a reassuringly crisp and tight audio delivery. Their design is sturdy, but their over- ear, clamped design may not suit long sessions.
$ 349, polkaudio. com. au, left THESE chunky, stylish headphones are bound to attract attention.
The Polk Buckle headphones sit over the ears, with generously cushioned earcups that block out external noise without employing a noise- cancelling system. At 816g, they’re not exercise or travelfriendly, but are solid and attractive.