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Four stylish on-ear headphones worth hearing

R. Matthew Ward | May 7, 2013
Comfortable, portable, on-ear headphones aren’t hard to find, but ones that sound and look great are. We tested four head-turning models that claim to satisfy your ears.

Bottom line

Among the four models here, I found two hits and two misses. The RHA SA950i isn't perfect, but it looks and sounds great for $60. The Skullcandy Navigator also looks great, but only committed bass heads should choose it over the SA950i. For its part, the Bowers & Wilkins P3 looks great but sounds crowded, closed-in, and overly bassy; I recommend stepping down to the SA950i or up to the V-Moda M--80 or over to the previously reviewed B&W P5. As for the M--80, it sounds fantastic and its build quality is impressive. In fact, though some people may prefer the smooth sound of B&W's P5, I think the M--80 delivers better audio for $100 less. (At a street price of $150, the M--80 is a spectacular bargain.)


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