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Hear and be seen

October 5, 2010

Headphones have come a long way since the foam cushioned black ear cuffs we sported in the early 90’s, or even the “oh so trendy” white earbuds that we proudly wore when we purchased our first i-pod.

Now earphones are as fashionable as ever, appearing in a myriad of colors, styles, and one-of-a-kind designs by fashion designers and entertainment artists. Headphones are no longer a technical device but now a newly evolved style expression.

Among the brands that are pushing the idea of styling while you’re grooving are Skull Candy and Aeriad (both of which are available at the SU bookstore). These brands offer large, binurial earcups that comfortably form around your ears. Gone are the days of invisible earbuds; today, it’s about BIG headphones that are a throwback to the 80’s.

By trip to the bookstore earlier today reinforced this idea. The second floor “techie” section  displays the most coveted headphones behind a locked glass case. These headphones can range from $34.95 to $149.95.

High End Headphones at SU Bookstore in Schine

Searching the Internet, I found some more unique offerings for music fans:

The most glamorous headphones I've ever seen. "The Aviator" 149.95 at skullcandy.com

"Icon Soft Electric Animal" $34.95 at skullcandy.com

"Peace, Love, Noise" Headphones $69.95 at skullcandy.com

It seems that many celebs are getting on the “cool headphones” bandwagon too. Snoop Dogg has come out with his own pair, as well as Lady Gaga:

Lady Gaga Heartbeats Headphones $99.95 at SU Bookstore

So I guess it’s time for me trade in my bland black earbuds for something more flavorful. Now I can listen to La Roux, rock out, and look fabulous all at the same time.

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  1. October 7, 2010 8:29 am

    Even though Im a guy and into music entertainment, I have to say that those lady gaga headphones are pretty neat looking. It seems as if online sales, itunes and music videos have almost crushed the record and cd album being physically sold to artists and loosing out on the wonderful artwork on the covers and inside pages.

    Now we are seeing more and more designs translate into iphone covers, headphones, laptop stickers, mixtapes sold online and maybe even custom made posters. As a graphic designer I’m always looking for new things to put art on in the form of graffiti. Remember when we all used to draw, airbrush, or ink our hats, boots, radios, and clever devices. Now its classy and trendy and can be sold in stores.

    just dont replace visual quality with audio quality- i still like comfortable and great sounding ear phones:

    Empire Fashion
    http://www.theorangelife.org

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