Philips CitiScape Downtown
If you want a pair of headphones to complement the S4’s understated good looks and all-round air of good taste, don’t look any further. The CitiScape Downtowns (we know, we know – but the name is by far the clunkiest thing about the Philips’) look, feel and, crucially, sound like they cost a fair bit more than the $99 its priced at. Deep, crisp and even throughout the frequency range, they’re an easy listen in the best sense of the words.
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Beats by Dre Powerbeats
Make the most of the S4’s fly-away 130g weight by using it as an exercise companion. The ideal companion to your exercise companion are these rather torturous-looking Powerbeats. The chunky bands loop over your ears, and they work a treat – it’s pretty much impossible to work the Powerbeats loose, even if you favour a vigorous workout. And if your regime is a pacy and powerful as the sound the headphones produce you’ll be fighting fit in no time.
Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear
Once you’ve decided to pay this sort of money for headphones, you want a bit more than just great sound for your cash. And the Sennheisers have you covered. They sound superb, of course: delicate but punchy, poised but muscular, and stuffed with detail. But it’s the use of materials – Alcantara for the headband, stainless-steel sliders, memory-foam earpads – that let you know where your money’s gone.