Best Headphones of 2008
When it comes to headphones, 2008 could be called the "year of the headset". With the advent of the iPhone and other media phones, we saw for the first time a strong selection of products fusing of solidly-performing headphones with headset functionality, allowing you to listen to music and take calls with one pair of headphones. The Etymotic Research HF2 is our pick for the best balance of performance and durability, but customers also liked the V-MODA Vibe Duo for its style and strong bass response.
Noise-cancellation, not so long ago a high-priced luxury feature, became affordable at the same time that noise-isolation (using a fitted flange to block noise) took off in popularity as a way to get similar effects without the need for additional technology or clunky gear. We loved the Creative Aurvana X-Fi with its inclusion of the popular X-Fi music compression restoration tech, while customers couldn't get enough of the Audio Technica QuietPoint. Noise-canceling headphones also saw high-profile celebrity endorsements this year, with the Monster beats by Dr. Dre taking center stage--surprising us with amazing performance and the heaviest bass we've ever heard out of a headphone.
Here are our Editors' Picks for the best headphones of the year, the Top Sellers of the year, and the current products that garnered the best customer reviews in 2008.