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6 New Headphones Worth a Listen

Travel headphones

Our five favorite new headphones, all sound-checked by T+L tech correspondent Tom Samiljan, deliver top-notch audio—and serious style points.

For the Aesthete: Skullcandy Crusher

Available in 10 colors and patterns, this over-ear model delivers on personality. But it’s not all about looks. A built-in amp lets you turn up the bass with a tiny dial, and twin drivers (designated speakers for high and low frequencies) keep sound balanced. $100.

For the Audiophile: Bose SoundTrue

Memory-foam liners maximize comfort, a fold-flat design makes for compact storage, and a built-in remote lets you switch between music and phone calls. And then, of course, there’s Bose’s signature full-bodied and well-defined audio. $180.

For the Senitive Listener: Able Planet Linx Fusion

With a state-of-the-art system that uses haptic technology, this pair channels sound not just through your ears but also via skin and bone. The big advantage? Music that’s just as robust and clear at decibel levels that are far lower than normal—a boon to your long-term hearing. $350.

For the Tech Lover: Beats Studio Wireless

The best wireless headphones on the market, Beats connect via Bluetooth and offer active noise cancellation and powerful bass tones. A single USB charge lasts up to 12 hours, and control buttons on the frame make it easy to toggle between tracks. $380.

For the Road Warrior: V-Moda XS

Made out of bendable Steelflex, V-Moda’s headband is virtually indestructible. (The same goes for the Kevlar-reinforced, tangle-free cord.) As for your listening experience, expect a studio-worthy output that does justice to complex instrumentations. Bonus: This already-petite model collapses for maximum space efficiency. $212.


Best Buds

Two pocket-size options when space is at a premium.

NAD Viso HP20

The venerable brand’s in-ear debut has a feature called RoomFeel, which offers such good sound separation, it rivals the full-size models above. $169.

Monoprice Enhanced Active Noise Cancelling Earphones

Affordable, powerful, and effective against all sorts of noise pollution, they’ll last 50 hours on a single AA battery. $80.

Photo by Yasu + Junko


Looking for more travel headphones we love? Watch our Quick Tips video on the Best Travel Headphones.

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