Headphones, everyone has a pair. Big ones, small ones, even wireless ones. But with so many options how do you know which ones to pick? Well, the team here at IdleSociety have been scouring the headphone marketplace to bring you this list of must-have audio masterpieces.
Small, But Mighty: BEOPlay H3 (in-ears)
Overview: Beoplay H3 deliver a big, accurate Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound in a small format. And a miniature bass port in the internal cabinet provides a powerful bass performance. Using extra soft rubber earbuds ensures a perfect fit for almost any ear size and shape. The earbud is placed slightly off axis to the speaker unit to fit the funnel of the human ear. And because of the great fit, there is no sound leakage – and you get incredible acoustic performance.
Result: We used these for our everyday commute. We were slightly worried like most earphones they’d slip out or become uncomfortable after an hour or so, however, we found that the off-axis placement of the speaker unit allows for a more natural fit. The noise cancelling aspect of these in-ears is also the perfect asset for commuting on busy tubes. We suggest anyone serious about their listening experience go get these immediately! Beoplay.com £149.00
Sound rating: 8/10
For The Wannabe Designer In Us All: Aedle VK-2
Overview: The VK-2 is the successor of Aëdle’s first creation, the VK-1.
The VK-2, is a combination of warm leather and cold aluminium that are married for a unique feel. Discover the contrast between machined T6063 Aluminium and Genuine handstitched lambskin leather from South of France. These headphones were created as a companion for the modern traveller. Enjoy a comfort made of refined materials and an outstanding sound signature.
Result: We took these on a long-haul flight across the world. After packing them away in their own personal sleeve, if only for a short time we were off. The VK-2 is a remarkable piece of kit and we were in awe of the beauty of such an everyday product. Not only were we completely satisfied the VK-2’s beautiful modern, flawless design and clean methodical lines, but it was also an audio triumph, with a perfectly balanced sound that makes the users listening experience sheer joy. Aedle.net £330.00
Sound rating: 8/10
Because You’re A Master OF Life: Master & Dynamic MW60 Wireless
Overview: MW60 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones are designed to be the ultramodern mobile thinking caps: wireless tools to help focus, inspire, and transport your mind. Designed for decades of use, our Bluetooth headphones are built with only the finest materials and tuned to provide a rich, warm sound. The MW60s combine patent-pending stainless steel componentry with “form-meets-function” exposed all-aluminium antenna to create uncompromised durability, style and best-in-class signal range.
Result: After learning more about the brand and the fact they’ve only been in business 4 years. This New York based brand are already dominating the luxury headphone market with, what we can only be described as the best headphones we’ve ever used. Period. The merging of style alongside substance is something that not many brands are able to achieve, but with their offering of products Master & Dynamic appear to have nailed every single asset in the armoury. One to watch closely, this may just be our new favourite tech brand. masterdynamic.com £549.00
Sound Rating: 9/10