Klipsch's S4 series in-ears have been a favorite of Engadget for a while, thanks to their comfy oval eartips, pleasingly smooth audio and relatively modest pricing. Now in their second generation, the in-ears (which can also be had with an inline remote / mic for iOS and Android devices) feature tangle-proof flat cabling to lessen time spent fiddling with knotted cords on the go.
Bowers & Wilkins' P5 may finally have some competition in classiness, thanks to Harman Kardon's latest leather-clad over-ear cans: the Bluetooth (BT) and Classic (CL). Wireless lovers will appreciate the BT's on-earcup playback controls, while those who prefer cables get to command their playlists with the CL's inline remote and mic.
The Parrot Zik is optimal for audio-loving geeks. It's jam-packed with tech including Bluetooth, NFC for device pairing, active noise cancellation (assisted by four of five onboard mics), a sound-shaping Android and iOS app and touch-activated playback control -- not to mention a jawbone sensor that helps its mic pick up your voice during calls and a pressure sensor that knows to pause and start your tunes when you take 'em on and off your head. Then there's the gorgeous leather-and-metal-clad design by Philippe Starck that also makes these headphones ultra-comfortable. Despite some Bluetooth hiccups and a short six-hour battery life that'll keep you tethered via USB unless you opt for a spare $30 battery, the Zik is a winner.
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