Now that Oprah’s named Beats by Dre as one of her favorite products of 2013, it’s probably time to consider other headphones. Sure, Beats deliver bold bass and a slick look, but there are plenty of other headphones that help you rock out in style. We look at the best of the bunch right here.
Inside these earbuds, something big is happening on a very small scale. Set on a tiny lattice of silicon, electrified nanotubes of carbon are rapidly warmed up and cooled down, producing sound waves as their temperature fluctuates. The technique is known as “thermoacoustics,” and it means these speakers lack the moving parts of conventional, mechanical models, and as a result are likely to last much longer.