The best over-ear headphones
Why you should buy these: You want an equal balance of power, clarity, and durability.
Who are they for? Fashion forward folk with a penchant for clumsiness and a love for great sound.
How much will they cost? $210-250
Why we picked the V-Moda Crossfade M-100
Durability, iconic style, groovy bass, and details for days. Sounds like a pretty great combination, right? Those are the hallmarks that make the V-Moda Crossfade M-100 a killer choice. These headphones put V-Moda on the map. They helped the brand become so popular that musical titan Roland eventually decided to buy it.
One of the M-100’s biggest selling points is the robust headband, which can be twisted, wrenched, and generally abused with little to no ill effect. The hexagonal earpieces are made from rock-hard plastic and they’re also customizable thanks to removable plates, which V-Moda will make to order in just about any style you can think of.
Under the hood, the M-100 boast 50mm custom drivers that deliver high-quality sound highlighted by striking clarity up top, smooth and precise mids, and powerful bass. The latter renders instruments like bass guitar and string bass with chocolaty goodness and adds booming force to dance grooves, all without upsetting the balance required for a quality sonic experience. Throw in a nimble case crafted from Batman-esque putty armor, in which the cans fold down to perfect packing size, and you’ve got a winning blend that begs you to take these cans home.
Alternative: Looking for something more refined? We’re throwing in a two-for here with the Oppo PM-3. These cans won’t take the beating the V-Moda will, but at just $100 more, their planar magnetic drivers offer crazy-accurate sound performance to stand with some of the best in the business.