Sol Republic Tracks Headphone HD ( $129)
No one stays king of the reasonably priced, for-travel headphone wars for long. The competition is simply too brutal. But right this second I like what Wilsonville, Ore.-based Sol Republic is doing with its latest over-ear cans, the Track HDs. This three-part, modular headphone system is effectively indestructible. Two independent headphones slide onto a flexible plastic headband that can be bent in half and not snap -- a concept that opens all sorts of storage and usage possibilities. The overall fit and finish is also excellent. Now, the acoustics are not absolutely top-shelf, but they are perfectly good for headphones in this price range. As an upgrade to the disgraceful earbuds that ship with say, an iPhone, the Sol Republic Tracks is my current choice for your audiophile customers.
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