The general notion of the “best gift ever”, especially from a guy’s point of view, wraps its concept around two main aspects that – once covered – lead straight to making someone extremely happy. The gift has to be manly enough to make him feel comfortable while receiving the wrapped package for one, but it has to also be personal, unexpected and quite useful, for it to not end up forgotten in the darkest corner of the room.
The missing puzzle piece from this scenario would make for that brilliant idea combining all of the right elements. And luckily enough, we found it already. A hip, high-tech but fancy set of headphones would definitely win the title of the most inspired gift idea this Christmas. Here are five of the most reliable headphone sets that will push the limits towards a one-of-a-kind sound experience.
Best design: Parrot Zik by Starck
Sometimes it’s all about what meets the eye, as Parrot and Starck’s first portable audio collaboration brings along the most dashing set of headphones, tweaked with an impressive audio quality and tech features, envisioned to make the sound experience as personal as possible. Investing a total of $400 in this particular set guarantees for massive comfort, an elevated design and some innovative features like active noise cancellation, the Parrot concert hall effect or the integrated sensitive touch panel. However, keep in mind that the batteries cannot be charged outside of the headphones, so they’re practically tied to the PC.
Another great choice in the matter would be the Bowers & Wilkins non-compact headphones, but we will further discuss the compact version of the set in the compact category.
Best sound: AKG-702
For those guys who are completely serious about their sound options, the AKG-702 professional headphone set will reward them with the ultimate recording and live sound technology, crammed inside a high-quality design, with 3D-form shaped ear pads able to provide an ideal fit. The remarkable sound experience and the detail-oriented concept meant for monitoring, mastering and studio mixing, put the AKG-702 under the spotlight as the absolute best alternative in this category.
Best on a budget: Skullcandy Hesh 2
Skullcandy offers the top-choice when it comes to superlative sound quality, available at the most affordable price. The Hesh 2 headphones feature an array of funky color combinations, they are lightweight and above all, they make for a fantastic sound experience that could almost compete with some of the more expensive brands on the market. With a price ranging between $60 and $70, the Skullcandy Hesh 2 headphones are definitely ones to be taken into consideration.
Best compact: Bowers & Wilkins P3
As previously stated, the Bowers & Wilkins P3 compact headphones bring along a sharp and powerful design, while at the same time exceeding any of the expectations related to the sound department. The innovative concept mixes an improved audio performance, with a slimline design, meant to be wearable, comfortable and even more enjoyable on the move. The foldable design makes the headphones a lot easier to store and carry around, effortlessly fitting in a pocket.
Best wireless: Sennheiser RS 220
The digital wireless RS 220 headphones feature an uncompressed digital audio transmission, matching the assets of the premium wired headphones. Manufactured out of highly qualitative materials, this particular set of headphones is conceived to offer new levels of sound particularities, while extending an extraordinary wearing comfort. The Sennheiser RS 220 headphones stand for a modern take on technology and audio performance. They’re certainly not the cheapest wireless option on the market, but many disciples swear they’re the best.
Classic headphones on a budget: RHA SA950i (15 Dec 2012)