Sony MDR-D77

If you’re ever in Kyoto, Japan, or perhaps the lovely north-island city of Sapporo, pick up a set of the MDR-D77s. Otherwise, covet them from afar. These headphones aren’t available in the U.S., but according to our photo editor and certain pros who jet-set around the world, they’re pretty dope. The soft earpieces cup your ears in such a way that when your top-of-the-line player runs out of batteries on a thirteen-hour plane ride, the headphones still drown out the whiney noise of plane engines and crying babies. The MDR-D77s also collapse into a convenient little traveling pouch no bigger than an apple. SRP: 18,435 Japanese yen