1. Skullcandy Mix Master Mike headphones
Skullcandy Mix Master Mike headphones
A hip hop icon currently flexing his turntablist skills on XFM, Beastie Boy Mix Master Mike lent his expertise to the folks at Skullkandy for these DJ-friendly headphones. Sporting big 50mm drivers, ambidextrous audio inputs, and dual cue control to make mixing easier, all is housed in a body made from a combination of stainless steel, aluminium, polycarbonate and ABS.
Out: January 2nd 2012
2. Soul SL300 GG by Ludacris
Soul SL300 GG by Ludacris
These high-definition, noise-cancelling headphones have been engineered to be used by music professionals (aren't they all?). Featuring "world-class" audio technology, they’re as sonically superior as they are, er, gold.
Link: Soul by Ludacris
3. Lou Reed X10i Signature Edition earphones
Lou Reed X10i Signature Edition earphones
Klipsch has opted against going down the hip hop artist route instead enrolling Lou 'Take a Walk on the Wild Side' Reed to help ship a few more pairs of its impressive X10i earphones. Boasting the same noise isolation technology as the original X10i 'phones and a 3-button remote for switching between calls and your music, Reed claims that these are 'Serious headphones for the serious listener.'
Price: TBC (Available from December 10th)
4. Chambers by RZA
Chambers by RZA
Swedish based outfit WeSC (We Are the Superlative Conspiracy) has collaborated with Wu Tang Clan's RZA for the noise cancelling can collection which is set to launch in professional and mobile-friendly models. Notable features include an LED equalizer that moves to the beat of your tunes, the ability to share music and hands-free support when they are hooked up to your smartphone.
Price: 275 Euros
5. AKG Q701 Quincy Jones
AKG Q701 Quincy Jones
On the slightly pricier side, these headphones, endorsed by legend record producer Quincy Jones, aim to deliver "flat-out perfection". They feature flat-wire voice-coil technology which delivers extremely accurate sound, a high-performance neodymium magnet system for minimum distortion and a 3m cable. Available in green, black or white.
6. Monster Miles Davis Tribute
Monster Miles Davis Tribute
Monster, the bods behind the ubiquitous Beats line of cans, call The Miles Davis Trumpet earphones ‘the musician’s headphone’. Monster claim that every note is captured with realism never heard before from a headphone, while the earbuds are based on a trumpet mouthpiece and feature ControlTalk buttons based on a trumpet valve configuration.
7. Bob Marley Destiny TTR
Bob Marley Destiny TTR
Combining a mixture of natural materials and top-end tech, these over-the-ear headphones provide exceptional comfort, clear sound reproduction and battery powered noise-cancelling technology. A 52-inch fabric cord also reduces tangles and cuts down on static.
Link: House of Marley
8. Lady GaGa Heartbeats
Lady GaGa Heartbeats
Designed by the controversial pop star herself, the second version of these in-ear headphones are smaller and lighter for a better fit. They’ve now been equipped with ControlTalk Universal which allows you to take calls from any smartphone. Couple this with Beats audio technology and you’ve got one seriously desirable piece of Gaga kit (that thankfully isn’t made out of meat).
9. Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviator
Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviator
Designed and endorsed by hip-hip big daddy and Beyonce-dating Jay-Z, these retro style Skullcandy headphones provide exceptional clarity. They also feature a volume control that doubles as a microphone and come in black, white or brown.
10. Sync by 50
Sync by 50
Expected to be released in time for Christmas, these wireless headphones from rapper 50 Cent offer high quality audio and gangsta gadget styling. Included with a 3.5 mm wireless transmitter that offers a 50-foot range means you’ll be able to dance round the house like a lunatic, or flee from the Popos without losing track of your playlist. No official word on a UK release just yet, but at $399.95 they’ve got their Air Force Ones firmly planted in Beats By Dre territory.
11. Justin Bieber ‘Just Beats’ Solo
Justin Bieber ‘Just Beats’ Solo
The teenager has put his name and own colour choice onto these standard Beats ‘phones. Still providing excellent sound quality and rocking Bieber’s “signature colour” (purple), these headphones still deliver awesome Beats bass-iness.