Headphones

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An Ultimate in Audiophile Headphones

Focal Utopia Headphones

Their drivers are similar to those found in $220,000 loudspeakers.

$1,600 Headphones Are the Real Deal

Noble Audio Kaiser 10

The Kaiser 10s have 10 drivers per earbud. Apple's EarPods have one.

For Bose's QC 35s, Going Wireless Wasn't Enough

Bose QuietComfort 35

More than just the next generation of the Bose QC 25 headphones, this is the traveler's must-have of 2016.

On the Go, At Home or at Work

6 Perfect Hi-Fi Headphone Setups

You love great music, and there's a good chance you listen to a lot of it. Now it's time to pair your tunes with equally great gear. Whether you're on the go, at home or at work, these perfect hi-fi headphone setups will let you get the most out of your daily soundtrack.

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WHAT'S NEW, NOW

Today in Gear: August 1, 2014

Today in Gear: New ECCO shoes, a ridiculous disco hammock, top-tier headphones, a new Super 8 camera and more.

Small size, big sound

Tested: Klipsch X11i In-Ear Headphones

The typical beef with earbuds is that they sound worse than similarly priced over- or on-ear headphones. That’s not to say audio engineers haven’t figured out how to squeeze spectacular sound out of a diminutive package, there’s just usually a hefty premium for having your cake and eating it too. Klipsch's X11i are the company's top of the line offering in-ear offering. We spent the last few weeks with a pair to see if they were capable of producing the high-end sound worthy of their high-end price.

GP Shorts
Putting products on a pedestal

Introducing: Gear Patrol Shorts

We’ve all experienced it before — that overwhelming desire to stop and marvel at something. For some, the response is sparked by the sight of art, a beautiful landscape or even particular members of the fairer sex (uncouth, we know). Certain things in this world simply demand more than a passing glance or two. For people like us, though, it’s all about great things that live at the intersection of impeccable design and remarkable engineering. Chances are you feel the same way.

Today, we’re introducing a new way of telling stories — one with fewer words and a higher focus on bringing products we test to life through the magic of short-form video, one perfect for a quick moment of inspiration (or awe) that’s mobile friendly and ready to go. We’re calling them GP SHORTS.

Click to watch our first take.

Buying Guide
What's that, now?

Sweet Sound of Silence: 10 Best Noise Canceling Headphones

A respite from noise might seem thin on paper, but spend a few hours on an inescapable airplane with crying babies, heaving green-faced passengers or even a chatty cathy neighbor and get back to us on what you're willing to pay for a little peace and music. What's more, NC options have some of the best sound profiles available, making them true gems for audiophiles and the easily distracted alike. Considering the vastly small market for noise-canceling headsets available at the moment, the problem isn’t necessarily narrowing down the field -- it’s choosing the best one for your audio needs. From pioneering audio staples to buzzing newcomers, these are the noise cancelers worth turning your ears to.

What's that?

Tested: AKG K391 NC Headphones

The term "noise canceling headphones" almost always summons images of big puffy over-the-ear numbers. As wonderful as those can be, they're bulky to pack if you're traveling light, and during workouts, they suck -- providing a feeling akin to sweating with scones strapped to your head. Austrian headphone maker AKG's K391 NC offer up noise canceling features in a compact package. We tried out a pair.