Headphones for Every Occassion

From the mountain to subway, six situation-specific headphones for all your listening needs

Even audiophiles will tell you that sourcing the ultimate headphones is a hunt for the Holiest of Grails. Rather than look for an all-purpose solution, we surveyed the latest models to come up with the following favorite pairs tailored for different uses. Matched with some recent tracks that have been on heavy rotation in the CH offices recently, consider this your guide to total listening …

McIntosh MXA60

Prosumer audio components shrunk into a shelf-sized unit

A favorite of audiophiles everywhere, McIntosh has been known for its top-of-the-line amplifiers and stereo equipment for over 60 years. We recently got the chance to spend some time with the MXA60 integrated audio system, released to celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary. As with all of their products, the system’s looks alone won us over instantly. With a glass face, metal casing and anodized aluminum …

Sculpted Eers

Find the perfect fit with custom molded earbuds

Custom-fitted to the unique shape of your ear in just four minutes, the Sculpted Eers earbuds from Montreal-based Sonomax deliver dynamic sound in an ultra-comfortable way. The DIY kit comes with easy instructions for achieving a perfect fit for either of their two models—a single speaker PCS-100 or superior dual driver PCS-200. The recently-launched earbuds will be available beginning spring 2011, and will sell for …