Whether you're at the gym, on the road or just at home, nothing sets the mood like a great pair of headphones delivering jam after jam. From over-ear headphones to in-ear monitors and an portable amp or two, here are some of our most anticipated headphones and accessories.
Beyerdynamic is known for its sleek, solid construction and great audio quality. So I wasn't surprised by the rich, full audio the buds produced. The company's proprietary Tesla drivers ensure that the buds can handle high-res audio, so you can get audiophile-quality sound on the go. - Sherri L. Smith
While Periodic Audio didn't have its upcoming $299 amp in a casing, it still impressed. Not only did it work in a brief, hands-on testing, adding some punch to songs by the post-punk band And So I Watch You from Afar, but it's impressively small. And to be frank, size is one of the most important features when you're adding another item to your already-crowded bag or pocket. - Henry T. Casey
Sometimes all you need to transform your cheap headphones into something rivaling a pricier pair is a good portable amplifier. If you don't want to break the bank, check out the $99.99 Fiio Audio Q1 Mark II amp. Slim enough to slip into a front pocket, the Mark II can give your audio a much-needed oomph. Keep in mind that it's made for iDevices, but the amp does have limited Android support. - Sherri L. Smith
Who says you have to break the bank to get a pair of great-sounding earbuds? I was pleasantly surprised by the crisp details and generous soundstage produced by the $99.99 Fiio Audio F9 earphones. The buds are discreet and stylish and fit comfortably in my tiny ears. - Sherri L. Smith
Luxury headphone maker Audeze is finally making some attainable products. The company's new earbuds, the iSine LX, are priced at an affordable $199. For the price you get a colorful, striking pair of semi-open earbuds that deliver a spacious soundstage and warm audio. - Sherri L. Smith
Known for its high-end audio products, including the $4,000 Utopia headphones, Focal is launching a headphone for those of us with modest bank accounts. Priced at $248, the Listen are made for some serious wear and tear with a thick, twistable plastic design. The closed-back design and thick ear pads help shut out ambient noise from the outside world. - Sherri L. Smith
Dekari Audio, one of the leading makers of ear-pad replacements, is throwing its cans into the headphone arena with its first set: the Dekari Blue. The $299.99 over-ear cans feature planar magnetic drivers, and are the result of a collaboration with pro-audio manufacturer Fostex. - Sherri L. Smith