Price: $1,700 

The Brooklyn-based company has made some serious headway over the years with its sound cans. Favored mostly for rock music, the PS 1000s are the first in the series to feature a better dynamic soundstage that produces standout transparency, which makes for life-like harmonics. Instruments such as drums, violins, and pianos are pronounced more accurately in comparison to previous Grado models. The full-alloy construction and mahogany earcups only add to its mass appeal.