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You splurge for the upgrade into business class and are man enough to pay for a bottle of the good stuff, so why are you still using those inferior factory headphones? Enter Grado Labs. John Grado's family-owned business has been crafting high-quality HiFi headphones out of its Brooklyn factory for more than 50 years. At first glance, you might think the retro-inspired SR60 cans were pulled from Beatles-era Abbey Road Studios, but detailed, punchy sound never goes out of style. Do yourself a favor and replace your dud buds with a pair of these. Your ears will thank you. $69, at Amazon.com. - Alex Miller

  • The SR60—with its vented diaphragm, non-resonant air chamber and copper coil wire—has twice been awarded Stereophile's "Product of the Year" award.



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