Over the course of the last five years, headphones have actually become more popular than speakers! It’s no wonder, with the ability to take your music anywhere; headphones have become the way to enjoy your music on the go or in situations where speakers would disturb those around you.
When the iPod first came out, the headphones called “ear buds” became extremely popular as they were unobtrusive and easy to carry around. As time has passed, more and more people are going back to the traditional over the ear headphones for reasons of long term comfort and better sound in most cases.
At Audio Advice, we pride ourselves in having a great selection of the better sounding over the ear type headphones. We’ve got some pretty serious listening stations set up so you can compare different models for as long as you like using either your own portable device or our selections. We also offer the new in ear type headphones from B&W that will make your regular iPod headphones sound broken!
Our favorite line of headphones comes from a 60 yr. old US company called Grado, based in Brooklyn, New York. Grado offers mostly over the ear headphones with 10 different models priced from around $49 to $1700. The bulk of the Grado models are in the Prestige series, with six choices between $49 and $295. These headphones have received consistent high praise from the audio press for years and are just an incredible value for the money. Grado also offers a few models of in ear headphones perfect for when you need something really light.
B&W, known for over 40 years for their fantastic reference quality speakers have three models of headphones, two on the ear and in ear at $295 and $195, plus the in ear at $179. The P5, an on ear headphone, is one of our favorite choices for travel. Your neighbor will not hear a thing while the very comfortable leather headset blocks out external noise. The P3 is a lighter and slightly scaled back version of the P5 with cloth components instead of leather. Their new C5 in ear headphone at around $179 is one of the best in ear headphones we have heard, regardless of price.
PSB has two models of headphones that are of the over the ear type. The M4U2 is without question one of the best sounding headphones on the market, regardless of price. At $399, it really has no peer. It even offers an incredibly efficient noise cancelling circuit for travel. The M4U1 is the exact same headphone without the noise cancelling at $299.
Take it up a notch
If you are really into your headphones, you can get some pretty big audio improvements by using a separate headphone amp designed specifically to drive your headphones. We’ve got the Grado headphone amps set up for you to test out as well.
Come and Listen
In both our Raleigh and Charlotte locations you will find all of our great headphones on display for you to try out. Bring your own music or try ours. We’ve got a comfortable environment where you can sit and listen for as long as you like.