A lot of people look at function over form, but there are also others who take form over function seriously. It’s never a sin to want to look good and have a lot of cool factor sprinkled over one’s head — especially if that someone has the money to burn. Some of you may be wondering if headphones that look aesthetically pleasing are good deals, and you’re perhaps worried that your friendly neighborhood audiophile would raise an eyebrow and lecture you on this. But I’d say if you’re someone who puts a value or premium on design aesthetics, then go for it.
If sound quality is directly proportional to the visual appeal of a pair of headphones, and if someone would give me an infinite budget, I’d choose one of the headphones below without batting an eyelash.
Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Pro
With a premium tag price of $399.95, the Beats Pro is expected to deliver and perform well. Released in 2010, three years after the world was introduced to the Beats by Dr. Dre line of headphones, Monster sets its sight to DJs, music engineers, producers, and artists with this bigger and badder pair of cans. With it, you’re not only paying for top-notch sound quality; you’re also paying for the super sleek and super stylish appeal of its predecessors. Although more on the heavy side in terms of weight, one cannot help but marvel at its quality construction. Its sturdy and solid design alone makes it a worthy investment.
Sennheiser HD 598
Aesthetically pleasing, sophisticated, and packed with impeccable sound quality and unbeatable comfort. This is how German manufacturer Sennheiser describes its beige-colored, open circumaural headphones dubbed the HD 598. Its plush premium metal mesh, high-gloss burl wood accents, and top-of-the-line velour ear pads contribute to its high-end, luxurious finish; its insides contain Sennheiser’s innovative E.A.R. technology (Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement), which channels audio signals directly into the user’s ears for outstanding sonic accuracy and clarity with virtually no distortion. At a price of only $249.95, you can score this damned good pair of headphones and take advantage of its stylish looks, to boot.
Swarovski Fashion DJ Headphones
Swarovski has never been into the production of earphones, and it has never been associated with producing audio accessories. In fact, items from its current line of headphones come from different manufacturers. The blindingly shiny set of Swarovski Fashion DJ Headphones, for instance, is based on the Audio Technica ATH-M50 over-the-head cans; it’s only a spiked-up version of the said model that’s pegged to attract extra attention. Designed to facilitate private audio enjoyment in lavish style, the entire exposed part of the unit is decked in (some say) up to 60,000 pieces of Swarovski crystals. Extravagant? Yes, but it sure would make a good gift to your fiancée in lieu of an engagement ring. It’s available at a starting price of $891.
Marshall Major White
Marshall has been around the audio business for quite some time; but this time, it’s teamed up with Zounds, the company behind the famous consumer brand Urbanears, to create classy and funky headphones. The white version of the Marshall Major bears the retro spirit the brand has always carried. The ear cups are distinctly square-shaped, while the exterior is made up of the same vinyl used in Marshall amplifiers. Noteworthy, too, is the gold accent in the plug that resembles a guitar cable plug. There’s also an in-line mic that has a button that lets you control incoming personal or RingCentral business phone calls when you plug it into your mobile phone. To put it simply, it’s a fashion accessory that will fit someone who loves music dearly.