The Season's Best Headphones and Earbuds

With temps dropping, it's time for thicker skullwear, and whether you’re listening to Passion Pit or the Philadelphia Orchestra, NPR or Neil Diamond, these headphones will help it all sound better—and make you look more stylish.

SKULLCANDY
Skullcrushers, $80

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The brand's signature model (endorsed by Snoop Dogg) features a pair of mini subwoofers to amp up the bass. Your skull will not actually be crushed. We promise.

URBANEARS
Plattan headphones, $60

urbanears.com

A "zound plug" on the right ear cap lets friends plug into your headphones and hear what you're hearing. Good-bye, awkward earbud sharing.

SONY
MDR-NC300D Noise Canceling Earbuds, $300

sonystyle.com

Ultra-clear and headache-free, these were the best earbuds we tested -- and, based on quality, value, and the fact that you won't look obnoxious walking down the street with them on, our favorite headphones overall. Sony's digital technology senses your environment (plane, train, office) and adjusts the noise-canceling level.

FRENDS
The Classic, $60

wearefrends.com

The industrial-design-inspired Classic features an iPhone- and BlackBerry-compatible mic to let you answer calls. The ingenious fabric cord keeps you tangle free.

SENNHEISER
Noise Canceling MM450, $590

sennheiserusa.com

Probably the only thing that's not perfect about these headphones? The high price. Otherwise, you can't beat the wireless listening, Bluetooth compatibility, top-notch noise cancellation, impeccable sound quality, and collapsible design for extreme portability.

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  • kobe

    these are awful recommendations; please don't write about things that you clearly don't know sh*t about.

  • wade

    I also just wasted 2 minutes of my life creating an account just to completely agree with bob saget over here.  Those are some of the worst headphone recommendations I've ever seen and whoever wrote this should be fired.

  • bob saget

    i just wasted 2 minutes of my life creating an account on this website to tell you that these are the worst headphone recommendations/reviews that i've ever read. Anyone who uses skullcandy and "best" in the same sentence has some sort of learning disability.