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With mobile devices in everyone's pocket, headphone sales are hot, especially with manufacturers like Beats by Dr. Dre reinventing their look with brighter colors and bolder designs encasing improved sound technology. With consumers now comfortable spending more than $100 for a pair, and owning more than two higher-priced headphones on average according to NPD Group, companies are eager to grab a larger share of the premium market. With more options flooding retailers, we look at which headphones may best suit your lifestyle.

FOR THE MUSIC PRODUCER

Skullcandy Crusher

Skullcandy.com | $100

Packing powerful bass-boosting technology in a sleek retro but modern package, the Crusher delivers brain-shaking tunes to sound-obsessed audiophiles.

FOR THE GAMEMAKER

PlayStation Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset

Us.playstation.com | $150

Sony PlayStation still makes the best headphones for gamers, with the Elite Edition of its feature-packed Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset the best of the bunch, capable of altering the sound profile of original scores to emphasize certain sounds. Its cheaper, bulkier Wireless Stereo Headset ($85) is also tops in the category, delivering 7.1 virtual surround sound.

FOR THE YOUTUBE STAR

Sol Republic Tracks HD

Solrepublic.com | $130

In addition to delivering clear vocals, Sol Republic's sturdy headsets enable headbands and cords to be customized in a variety of colors and designs, shown off by Michael Phelps during last year's summer Olympics. An upgraded Ultra pair runs $180.

FOR THE AGENCY PARTNER OR STUDIO EXECUTIVE

Meze 88 Classics

Mezeheadphones.com | $309

Featuring a satin or glossy wood finish, this high-end pair from Romania's Meze brand elevates the listening experience and adds comfort with its suspension-supported headband, a must for long listening experiences. Wood-covered earbuds also are available.

FOR THE FILM FINANCIER

Parrot Zik

Parrot.com/zik | $400

Rather than the wood housing found on the Meze, Parrot's slick steel and black Zik, designed by Phillippe Starck, complete with the designer's trademark orange accents, packs the ear cups with impressive noise control, five microphones and touch panel sensors.

FOR THE ACTOR

Beats by Dr. Dre--Studio

Beatsbydre.com | $300

It's hard to go anywhere without seeing a pair of Beats on someone, lured by the company's iconic shape, variety of bright colors and robust sound only amplified by impressive noise-canceling technology. Headed by music industry vets Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, company also offers a slicker all-silver Executech pair for $300.

FOR THE VP OR TALENT AGENT

Jabra Revo Wireless

Jabra.com | $250

After making hands-free calling stylish with its Bluetooth headsets, Jabra has incorporated its voice technology and history of cool design into durable headphones designed for the busy exec. With controls built into the earpad, the handsome wireless Revos enable music and phone calls to be easily managed, with devices pair up nicely with NFC technology.

Size of the Headphone Biz

$2.4b in overall U.S. sales in 2012 up from $1.8 billion in 2011

73% growth of U.S. sales in 2012 of headphones that cost more than $100

43% share of the premium headphone market

40% marketshare of Beats by Dr. Dre in United States

SOURCE: NPD GROUP
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Title Annotation:EXECUTECH: Keeping Executives Plugged In and Turned On
Author:Graser, Marc
Publication:Variety
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 20, 2013
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