Hear Here: 4 Headphones for Your Travels

  • Clockwise from top left: Parrot Zik, Marshall Monitor, BeoPlay H6 Special Edition, and Sennheiser Urbanite XL.

    Clockwise from top left: Parrot Zik, Marshall Monitor, BeoPlay H6 Special Edition, and Sennheiser Urbanite XL.

  • Parrot Zik comes in two colors, each with their own accent colors.

    Parrot Zik comes in two colors, each with their own accent colors.

  • The wide ear-pads block external sound.

    The wide ear-pads block external sound.

  • Attractive design and excellent sound quality.

    Attractive design and excellent sound quality.

  • The frame is made of rubber to ensure that it doesn't snap.

    The frame is made of rubber to ensure that it doesn't snap.

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Model: Monitor
Manufacturer: Marshall 
Price: US$250

Marshall amplifiers have long accompanied rock guitarists all over the world. With Marshall Monitor, that same sound quality is channeled straight into listeners’ ears. The look is very masculine—a black head hook, black vinyl leather cupolas, and a gold plug—while the design is all about practicality. Once folded, the headphones reduce to the size of a fist, so they can easily be stashed just about anywhere. The Monitor has up to a 40-ohm impedance, which effectively prevents sound from leaking out, though if someone wants to listen in, there’s an extra plug that can connect with another headset.

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