It’s mu­sic to our ears

Let’s hear it for these top- notch sets of head­phones, write Jennifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son and Rod Ch­ester

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH -

M50X – AU­DIO- TECH­NICA

$ 249, au­dio- tech­nica. com. au

AU­DIO- TECH­NICA doesn’t call these pro­fes­sional mon­i­tor head­phones with­out rea­son. The fresh M50x cans deliver au­dio de­tails you would not hear us­ing other head­phones, even when lis­ten­ing to dig­i­tal tracks. Bass re­ver­ber­ates from the speak­ers, though the mid- range is just as ev­i­dent thanks to 45mm driv­ers and cop­per­coated alu­minium wire coils. Their padded leather ear cups sit firmly but com­fort­ably, and they come with three cords and a carry case.

BACK­BEAT FIT – PLANTRON­ICS

$ 159.95, plantron­ics. com. au

THESE clev­erly de­signed sporty head­phones meet all ex­pec­ta­tions. With over- the- ear clips and a rub­ber strap to sit be­hind your head, they stay in place and are tan­gle- free. They deliver eight hours of per­for­mance per charge, are sweat­proof and their rub­ber strap has a re­flec­tive strip for pre- dawn runs. The but­ton on the right ear con­trols your phone, the but­ton on the left con­trols mu­sic and an app keeps their firmware up­dated. A re­versible carry case dou­bles as a smart­phone arm­band with key pocket.

SOUNDTRUE – BOSE

$ 229, bose. com. au

THESE head­phones are even more com­fort­able than they are cute. Bose’s new re­lease SoundTrue head­phones fully en­case the wearer’s ears, land­ing softly around them with sig­nif­i­cant foam cush­ion­ing. Long lis­ten­ing ses­sions, there­fore, play out with un­com­mon plea­sure. They don’t ac­tively can­cel out­side noise but much of it is phys­i­cally blocked, and fold­ing arms, plus an in- line re­mote con­trol with mi­cro­phone, make these head­phones an easy travel com­pan­ion.

G4ME ZERO – SENNHEISER

$ 400, en- au. sennheiser. com

EVEN the most se­ri­ous gamer ( with the largest head) should ap­pre­ci­ate Sennheiser’s G4me Zero head­phones. Named for the lack of out­side noise they al­low, the Zero seals around the wearer’s ear with thick leatherette pad­ding. More pad­ding fea­tures on the top band, cre­at­ing a float­ing ef­fect for long play­ing ses­sions. An ex­te­rior vol­ume dial, noise- can­celling boom mi­cro­phone, and braided cord add to its con­ve­nience. This head­set is good for just one thing – gam­ing – as you can­not re­move its sub­stan­tial mic or swap its two- pronged cord.

ATH- CKS55XI – AU­DIO- TECH­NICA

$ 79.95, au­dio- tech­nica. com. au

THESE ear­buds will meet most of your needs if you’re look­ing for an easy way to fire up your work­outs with mu­sic. They’re com­fort­able while you move about, give as good a sound as you ex­pect in this range and they have a sim­ple re­mote con­trol and a ba­sic car­ry­ing pouch. Where they fall short are with the lit­tle de­tails – the ad­di­tion of a shirt clip near the re­mote would be enough to stop the 1.2m cord from bounc­ing around and an ex­tended wing on the ear bud would keep them se­cure.

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