It’s music to our ears
Let’s hear it for these top- notch sets of headphones, write Jennifer Dudley- Nicholson and Rod Chester
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.