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The Best Fashionably Stylish Headphones

posted by on May 15, 2013 in Headphones, Music and Video, Home Audio, Guides & Reviews, Shopping :: 0 comments

Headphones are as much of a fashion statement as any other accessory you wear, especially if you're always wearing them. Why shouldn't they be as stylish as you are?

Prices valid as of May 15, 2013.

Editor's Choice: Sol Republic Tracks HD and Tracks Ultra

Sol Republic Tracks HDIf you're the type of person who loves to accessorize and match up every aspect of your wardrobe, the Sol Republic's line of headphones is perfect for you. Each element of the Tracks HD line -- ear cups, headband, and cable -- can all be bought separately and all work with each other. You can mix and match solid colors or go for a patterned set designed by tokidoki, deadmau5, and Steve Aoki, to name a few. Or, if you want to go chic and subtle, the Tracks Ultra color palate is reminiscent of moonlight on water.

Style: On Ear
Controls: In-line three button, mic; compatible with iPhone. In-line one button, mic; compatible with Android and some Windows Phone, BlackBerry models
Noise cancelling: Passive isolation
Wired: Detachable, interchangeable cords available in different colors and different in-line controls
Loudness: Not provided

Price: Tracks HD $80 - $130 on solrepublic.com and Amazon, Tracks Ultra $180 on solrepublic.com, $127 on Amazon

High-end: Velodyne vFree

Velodyne vFreeThese wireless Bluetooth headphones are nice enough on their own and offer good audio quality both over the air and when wired up. But the real reason to get excited about them is that they're literally a blank canvas. The body is designed to work with rubber skins, which you can get with a variety of really cool patterns by amazing artists. More choices are on the way, and switching them up takes just a few minutes.

Velodyne has plans to offer customers a chance to design their own patterned coverings later in the year, so you can make your headphones even more personal.

Style: On Ear
Controls: Playback, volume, in-call on earcup
Noise cancelling: Passive isolation
Wireless: Bluetooth 2.1 with wired option
Loudness: 98 dB

Price: $299 on velodyne.com and Amazon, $40 and up for the skins on velodyne.com

High-end: Diamond Tears by Monster

Diamond TearsIf you want headphones as blinged out as the musicians on your iPod, the Diamond Tears are perfect. The faceted design on the cans is accented with a sparkly diamond-esque bit of décor that will catch the light on a sunny day. Of course, none of that is useful if the headphones can't deliver (or they're uncomfortable). The audio quality matches the outer beauty, delivering clear and balanced sound.

Monster includes three cables, two of them with in-line controls for iOS devices or Android phones. Soft on-ear cups aren't the normal circle, so they'll feel a bit odd until you get used to them. Overall, you'll get a steady and comfortable fit.

Style: On Ear
Controls: In-line three button, mic; compatible with iPhone. In-line one button, mic; compatible with Android and other smartphones
Noise cancelling: Passive isolation
Wired: Detachable cord, comes with three tangle-free cables: one button control, three button control, no control. Daisy chain compatible up to 4 headsets.
Loudness: Not provided

Price: $300 on monstercable.com and Amazon



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