You don't have to be Dr Dre to notice that the headphone market has exploded. In line with other big tech launches – new TVs, new cameras, new iPhones, apparently – this September most of the big headphone makers have also got new products in the shops. Some are updates of classics, some are completely new launches. These are the half-dozen we reckon are the best of the bunch.More
Aedle is a French company whose VK-1 (‘valkyrie’) headphones have wowed hi-fi fans thanks to their striking looks and high-performance sound.
Available in Carbon and Classic styles, in 2011 a Legacy set was produced as a limited edition for the Salone del Mobile, the swanky Milan design festival.
Now they’ve become a permanent addition to the family. With a Titanium diaphragm, hand-sewn lambskin leather cushions and a solid one-piece of aluminium construction, is it time to indulge your inner minimalist?
Bose's QuietComfort 15s always pitch up near the top of the Best Headphones charts, despite being released as long ago as 2011. Now the company have issued a timely upgrade. The QC 25s feature a new design, new electronics and greatly improved noise-cancelling - a function that was already impressive on the QC 15s. For anyone who travels regularly – planes, trains, probably not automobiles – they’re little short of life-changing.