Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H2


Bang & Olufsen's BeoPlay line adds a new headphone to the collection, a new over-the-ear model called the H2. The headphone continues the lifestyle-oriented styling of the line with genuine lambskin detailing and rugged textiles. The headphone is much more compact than its larger sibling and features adaptive fit technology that molds to your head for the perfect fit. The headphones are powered by 40mm drivers, a bass port for deeper lows, and an in-line mic and remote.

$199, BeoPlay

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Magnat LZR 980


Supercar styling comes to a high-end headphone with the Magnat LZR 980, a new luxury headphone from the German audio company. The company combines German engineering with the sleek contours of Pininfarina's design language, the same people behind Ferrari's most iconic cars.

Featuring a wide frequency response, the headphones are powered by Magnat's metal core drivers which are complemented by a swath of premium materials. They've also kept a close eye on ergonomics with the comfort of memory foam ear cushions and even an "Air-Tec" ventilation system that keeps your head cool.


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BeoPlay A2


Bang & Olufsen might be a little late with their portable bluetooth speaker, but we think you'll ignore the fact once you see the specs. The A2 follows the beautiful styling of the Bang & Olufsen line with a minimalist aluminum shell design and a touch of full grain leather.

All the good stuff is on the performance side, of course. The BeoPlay A2 features their "True360" sound experience that puts dual speaker units on both sides so you'll be in the sweet spot no matter where you are. Most impressive is the A2's incredible battery life. On just one charge you get a full day's worth of juice.

$399, BeoPlay

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Audio-Technica ATH-DN1000USB


If you spend a lot of time at your desk, odds are you have a good set of headphones to keep you going throughout the day. Audio-Technica wants to take that desktop pair to the next level with their all-digital ATH-DN1000USB headphones.

The headphones use big 53mm drivers that are capable of handling a wide frequency of sound and uses their Dnote DSP technology to get the best sound music from your digital tracks. The headphones plug right into your USB port and is compatible with Windows 7/8/8.1 and Mac OS X Mavericks and later.


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Bowers & Wilkins T7


British hi-fi experts Bowers & Wilkins take on the Jamboxes of the world with their new entry into the Bluetooth speaker market, the T7. The first thing you'll notice about the T7 is the unique honeycomb design that surrounds the main speaker unit. That's not just for looks, that "Micro Matrix" reduces vibration and distortion to give you the best sound possible.

Inside the speaker unit is a set of twin bass radiators to allow for well-rounded lows and two 50mm drive units pump out big sound from its small footprint. You also get a high quality DACs and custom DSPs for crystal clear audio at high volumes and the rechargeable lithium ion battery will keep your music going for up to 18 hours.

$349, Bowers & Wilkins

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Sony SBH60 Bluetooth Headset


Anyone who's ever owned a Walkman will feel a bit of nostalgia when they see the SBH60 headphones from Sony. The retro-inspired cans are a 21st century update complete with Bluetooth audio streaming in a beautiful, low-profile design.

The headphones pack a bit of punch for such a compact design. They not only feature Bluetooth streaming and NFC, but can last up to 13 hours on a single charge for both music streaming and phone calls. The SBH60s are compatible with any A2DP compatible device and has a standard 3.5mm plug for tethered listening.


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Alpine Headphones


Mostly known for their car audio products Alpine branches out into a segment dominated by Beats by Dre with their own set of bass-heavy headphones. What's unique about Alpine's pair is the ability to connect to an app via Bluetooth to change the sound profile of your headphones. They've also created what they call "Full Frequency Immersion technology" that is designed to replicate the feel of live music in your headphones.

The Alpines are powered by a set of twin drivers and amplifiers and integrated DSPs. The Level App that works alongside the headphones not only customizes the EQ, but also scans your music and sorts and organizes playlists to your liking.

$299, Alpine

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Denon AH-MM400


Hitting shelves this winter, Denon is releasing a new collection of premium headphones and at the top of the range is their new AH-MM400, a closed headphone with a newly-developed 40mm driver and a high-end, premium wooden earcup design.

The new 40mm drivers have a wide frequency range of 10Hz ~ 40kHz which can also be tuned with a companion app and the wooden housing is crafted from American walnut. The headphones are slated to release early in December and a North American release should follow shortly.


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Shure SRH144/145


Shure's new SRH144/145 will be music to your ears if you've been looking for a solid pair of headphones that don't break the bank. The headphones come in two models for two styles of listening. The 145 features a closed-back design for deeper bass and the 144s have a semi-open design for enhanced frequency response and a more natural sound.

Both headphones also features a collapsible design for easy portability and on-the-go storage and if you're bag is filled with iOS devices they also have the 145m+ that combines their bass-specific model with three button remote/mic for calls and music/video navigation.

$39-$49, Shure

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Phiaton BT 220 NC


Phiaton designed the BT 220 NC to be the only headphone you'll ever need. They pack all the essential features you would want in 2014 and more. Whether you pack them for travel or for casual listening, these will surely become a part of your everyday carry.

The headphones feature the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology for wireless connectivity and low power requirements. This allows playback for up to 16 hours and standby time of up to 500 hours. You also get noise canceling that blocks up to 95% of environment noise, 14mm drivers, and NFC technology for instant and easy device pairing.


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