“Do you like music?”
“Do you like breathing?” was Emma Roberts’ (or any other typical teenagers’) response in movie It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Very few things are more important to young adults than enjoying music on-the-go. Why not help them do so in style?
Headphones have become more of a fashion accessory these days. Not only do they need to deliver superb sound, they also need to look good too. If your freshman listens mainly rock and hip-pop, these headphones will make great gifts.
Beats by Dr Dre is famous for their powerful lows and stylish design, although they are pretty pricey.
Bose headphones are known for their Noise Cancelling® features. If your freshman will travel a lot in college, such as athletes, then these Bose QuietComfort® 15 headphones are the right choice for you.
If your freshman is more of a classical music lover and enjoys sound quality more than the looks, then consider these brands:
Sennheiser offers a wide range from consumer to high-fidelity (hifi) products. The German company was established short after WWII and is known for their accurate yet smooth delivery of all ranges. The PX 200 II is a classic model for portable on-ear headphones and they are also significantly cheaper than many other options.
Audio-Technica, in my opinion, is the best option for classical and human voice listening experiences. If your freshman enjoys listening to Norah Jones in the sun, then check out these ATHESW9A wooden headphones. I particularly like the comment from Ethan. B., on Amazon, “I can now hear EVERYTHING in any given song. Kind of crazy how many noises and counter-melodies can be super quiet and sometimes unnoticeable in lower quality headphones than these”. Wooden housings made of African Padauk also gives these headphones a super classic look:
Feature image from Nickolai Kashirin.