11 Pairs of Headphones That Are So Extra

Block out the world with a pair of sound isolating headphones that are stylish and comfortable.

The difference between upscale headphones and the dollar store version is sound and reliability. For example if you were at the airport wearing the ear buds that came with your phone, you would still be able to hear all the noise happening around you, such as announcements over the loudspeaker. With sound isolating headphones it is easier to concentrate on the audio or appreciate the music.

If you listen to music during the commute, walking around town, in the halls at school or work, and pretty much all the time, then you don’t want to look like a dork doing it. So we picked 11 pairs of headphones that are somewhat stylish as you can get with wearable technology.

The following headphones are Slutty Raver Costumes approved for female fans of EDM, or whoever wants to buy them.

1. Custom Crystal Bling Beats

Everyone knows about Beats by Dre but now designers are customizing them with fun embellishments and prints. IcyCouture will “bling out” your headphones, or buy a brand new pair at an additional cost to you. These ones have an ombre effect made from Swarovski crystals. The price ranges from about $225 to $645 depending on the options.

2. Master & Dynamic MH40

Master & Dynamic MH40 Over-Ear Headphones ($399) are sold in fine department stores. Made from heavy grain premium cowhide and lambskin, they have a rich, warm sound, and come in nine different color combinations. They are shown here in Black Metal/Camo Leather.

3. Sennheiser HD 650

Sennheiser HD 650 Reference Class Stereo Headphones ($315.35) have a circumaural design with audiophile sound reproduction and acoustic silk attenuation. It is made from lightweight aluminum and looks like it has a funny speaker on the side of the elliptical ear cuffs.

4. Beoplay H4

The Beoplay H4 Wireless, Over-Ear Headphones ($299), shown here in Violet, feature Bang & Olufsen’s signature sound. The advanced Bluetooth technology is designed to produce uncompromising audio, even when you are listening or talking via wireless.

5. Marshall Monitor Bluetooth

Marshall Monitor Bluetooth Wireless Over-the-Ear Headphones ($249.99) are made from the same black vinyl and brass details as Marshall guitar amplifiers. This is a wireless headphone with Bluetooth technology. It comes with a canvas carrying case for the road.

6. Bose® Soundlink

Bose® SoundLink® Around-Ear Headphones II ($229) are intended to give users a better wireless experience. They switch seamlessly between two Bluetooth devices, such as music and phone calls. And the rechargeable battery holds 15 hours worth of juice.

7. Audio-Technica ATH

Audio-Technica is an audio manufacturer that makes turntables. And the Audio-Technica ATH Over-the-Ear Headphones in Gun Metal ($199.99) are good for listening to music. The high quality audio resolution lets you hear the music the way the artist intended, while memory foam cushion allows for hours of comfort.

8. Kate Spade Wireless Headphones

Kate Spade is getting into the music equipment game with the Kate Spade Wireless Headphones ($150) shown here in Black/Multi Glitter. These headphones are wireless and Bluetooth enabled, with leatherette trimmed ear cup padding. But it doesn’t say much about what kind of audio they provide, which at this price better be good.

9. Brookstone Ariana Grande Cat Headphones

Ariana Grande and Brookstone recently collaborated to create the Brookstone Bluetooth Ariana Grande Cat Headphones ($149.99). They change colors and look like a silly kitty. The cat ears have external speakers for outside music. All of these features eat up a lot of power so the battery only lasts for about five hours.

10. Pioneer SE-MS7BT

The Pioneer SE-MS7BT Over Ear Stereo Headphones ($99) have a detachable cord, and function as both wireless or non-wireless. It has high resolution audio when plugged in, which is similar to HD video but with high quality audio files instead.

11. UGG® Sheepskin Earmuffs

Ugg has the Classic Shearling Sheepskin Earmuffs with Wired Headphones ($75). Actually they are ear muffs with ear phones, so sound quality is not the number one priority. Again it doesn’t say anything about the audio in the product description. But they do come in Black, Chestnut (shown here), Slate and Stormy Gray.


Any of these would be fine for listening to music. And you can DJ with most of them except the fashion ones. Cheap headphones do not have good sound, and might do that thing where one side goes out. This Black Friday invest in high quality headphones.

If you need help picking a song to listen to check out 90’s Music for Your Pregame Playlist.


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Elizabeth de Moya has contributed to DJ Mag, DJ TechTools, LA Weekly and Thump (Vice). She has a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley.