I’m an audio nerd, but don’t ask me about speakers and monitors; headphones are my thing. I love headphones and judge the quality of my headphones on their sound first, and looks second. But to most looks kill and are the first consideration when buying headphones. Working at Selectism, I’m lucky to test an incredible array of headphones on the market, many catering to folks with strong design sensibilities, and on rare occasions, those same cans happen to sound excellent.

Here, I share with you five headphones — Audeze EL-8 closed-back, q-JAYS in-ears, Grado PS500e, Master & Dynamic ME01 and Sennheiser Momentum 2 — that fit the criteria on both the high and low-end of the pricing scale. You’ll be happy with any of these picks.

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