Look at Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" music video and Ariana Grande's "Break Free". What do they have in common? Yes, they're both female entertainers and include dancing in flashy outfits, but what else?
You got it. Beats by Dre. It's the most commonly seen headphones in American music videos and as a direct result, the brand people are most familiar with.
While they've evolved into pretty darn good headphones, plenty others are just as good and not as pricey. Some come with special functions that would blow Beats out of the water.
10. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
When they say for professionals, they're really not kidding. Critically acclaimed by top audio engineers, Audio-Technica delivers punchy, clear sounds over the frequency board with a special emphasis on bass.
Earcups swivel ninety degrees. Talk to your friends and jam to tunes at the same time.
Priced at $149.99 USD. 9. LIFE Headphones
Be as active as you want with LIFE. Four parts of your ear are used in its special, patent design. It performs the dual purpose of comfort and security.
Two balanced armature drivers in each earpiece separate high and low sounds in your music. Instead of focusing solely on bass, it relays your music the way it was recorded and mixed.
Priced at $250 USD.
8. Shine Bluetooth Headphones
Taylor Swift said her Red album was inspired by emotions she viewed as red in her head. Shine can literally turn her songs into a light show of crimsons, pinks, and maroons.
It comes in three modes. The first is rhythm, the 24 colour library pulsing to the beat. The second is sound to motion. The last is single colour, which is still customizable in different modes.
You can link it to your phone's Bluetooth. The music automatically pauses when you get a phone call. It has seven hours of playback with each charge.
Retail price to come in mid-2016.
7. Bose QuietComfort Headphones
Noise-cancelling headphones are a must while working in hectic environments. For years, Bose has released the best headphones for the jobs.
Voices aren't entirely shut out for your benefit. Deeper sounds give the illusion of being louder, while maintaining well-balanced presentation across the frequency range. Without music, it works like normal noise-cancelling headphones.
Priced at $229 USD.
6. Cat Ear Headphones
Me-wow! The light-up cat ears aren't just a fashion statement. They're speakers too. Both lights and speaker function are independently controlled. The plush earcups are comfortable for prolonged wear and reduce noise.
Cosplay while gaming. Plug in the detachable boom mike and you're ready to play! They contain up to five hours of battery and charge through USB.
Priced at $149.99 USD.
5. Aivvy Q The Aivvy Q suggests songs based on your music library. Like Spotify, Aivvy draws on its cloud service of existing songs to create personalized playlists while charging.
Don't like a song? Skip it and Aivvy will remember for future selection. The more you use it, the more attuned it becomes to your tastes.
Music automatically starts playing once you put them on and pauses upon removal. The battery is good for forty hours of continuous play on one charge. Noise cancellation has on/off function.
Priced at $299 USD.
4. Kokoon Sleep Sensing Headphones
Drift off to lullabies. Kokoon tracks your sleeping patterns and adjust the volume when you're about to sleep. It wakes you up at the optimal time of your sleep cycle, so you wake refreshed and ready to face the day.
The more you use it, it better it becomes at selecting the right sleepy time playlist. It features triple layers of noise protection.
Priced at $219 USD.
3. AXEL Modular Headphones
Different music genres sound better with different headphones. AXEL pinpoints the genres you like the best through Web algorithms and tailors your Soundscape to them.
There are three Soundscapes: pure, deep, and core. Pure is best for jazz, folk and classic. Deep is ideal for electronica, hip-hop and dance. Core is best for rock, pop, and contemporary. The exterior looks the same, but the interior is one of the three Soundscapes.
Customize your headphones when they arrive with two different earcup cushions: on-ear and over-ear. They come with headband choices too.
Priced at $175 USD.
2. NEOH Headphones
Get home theater to go. 360 degrees sound technology creates an artificial environment with sound sources coming from every direction, like you're actually there. Move, and your virtual environment shifts with you. Gamers will especially happy to know it gives them a tactical advantage. When you hear someone sneaking up on you, it's too easy.
All audio and movie formats are compatible. The battery lasts minimum eighteen hours.
Priced at $299 USD.
1. AEGIS Pro
Hearing loss is happening younger and younger these days. That's why the world needs AEGIS PRO. First using its top-notch noise cancellation technology to shut out outside noise, it restricts your music level at a safe decibel. Without other distractions, you'll find your music adequately loud without cranking it to ear-busting volumes.
Parents will find the LED light monitoring system particularly useful. Like traffic lights, it glows red when playing at unsafe volumes. It can be switched off entirely if needed.
Priced at $149 USD.