Cover your ears.
FOR THE MUSIC PRODUCER
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.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|
|Date:||May 20, 2013|
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