The headphone market is among the most confusing and overpopulated tech sectors out there. With so many names and competing products it’s not surprising to find that large swathes of customers have settled into following just a handful of recognizable brands. The result? Those brands get lazy, churning out substandard product at ever-increasing prices to customers too bewildered to seek out something better.
Keen to disrupt that disappointing cycle is British brand BLOC & ROC, who launched late last year with their two flagship models – the Galvanize S1 and S2. Made entirely in the UK using aircraft-grade aluminum, the Galvanize headphones are the result of over two years’ research and development. Packing bespoke 40mm dynamic drivers, they deliver clear and resonant audio (with particular attention to those low frequencies), while little touches like a fiber-wrapped cable, memory foam ear cups, and soft protein leather finishing result in something that both looks and feels noticeably more luxurious than the sea of plastic options out there.
Most surprisingly, at $190 a pair, they’re well within the budget of most semi-serious customers. Although, if you really want to max out your luxe credentials they also make a 24-karat gold-plated version.
Check out the full range via their website or shop them in person exclusively at Selfridges.