I think we can all agree that headphones are a must-have accessory. Whether it’s to make your waiting time bearable, pump you up for a run, or just jam out to your favorite tunes in your own little world, headphones are often on our checklist before leaving the house — right up there with keys, wallet, and phone.
In the past few years, however, I’ve found that while convenient and small, Apple’s earbuds don’t always do it for me. They’re just not that great at shutting out the noise around me, and sometimes that’s exactly what I’m looking for. So I found three alternatives! And, because the holidays are coming up, I found them in three different price ranges.
Don’t let the size fool you. These headphones deliver powerful sound. They smoothly pair up with your smartphone, and the built-in microphone and automatic call notification make it easy for you to navigate between music and phone calls. Krankz Audio is your perfect travel companion, as the high-efficiency, rechargeable battery will give you over 36 hours of battery life. No more running out of power in the middle of a 12-hour flight and having to resort to the airline’s supplied headphones. To recharge, simply plug them into your computer or a USB power cube. The smaller size makes it easy to bring your headphones with you — and the classic colors of white, red or black give them enough versatility to find a pair that matches your style.
Krankz Audio headphones are priced at $99.99 and can be purchased here.
You didn’t think we’d talk headphones without mentioning Beats By Dre, now, did you? This brand has made quite a name for itself when talking about sound. The Beats By Dre features a wide selection of headphones, earphones, and speakers with impeccable sound, and the Beats Solo3 Wireless is no exception. Technology and design blend seamlessly in these headphones. Design-wise, you can choose from an array of colors, such as black, gold and of course, Apple’s popular rose gold in both matte and glossy — and these headphones fold right up. Technology-wise, where do we begin? Battery life lasts up to 40 hours, connecting to your device is simple, and they deliver premium sound — the comfort-cushion ear cups block outside noise for a truly immersive experience.
Beats Solo3 Wireless are priced at $299.95, and can be purchased here.
Master & Dynamic has quickly become a popular audio brand — and we can see (or hear) why. The headphones are high quality, as is the audio. With a sleek and classic design, they’re beautiful and luxurious to wear, while the technology makes the sound rich and enveloping. Comfortable and easily adjustable, they’re built for a prime experience. You can tell that these were built with no detail overlooked. The body is made of forged aluminum for years of use, and is clad in heavy-grain premium leather and soft lambskin for superior comfort and wear. These headphones mean business, and everything that comes along with it. Tough on the outside for durability, soft on the inside for comfort and pristine sound.
MH40 are priced at $399 and can be purchased here.