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It’s Time to Buy Headphones You’ll Actually Care About Losing

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Break the earbud cycle.

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Here’s a scenario that’s all too common: buying a new pair of cheap earbud headphones at the airport, corner store, and/or bus terminal because you realized at the very last second — somehow always comically just before you’ll be in a situation when you really need them — that your current pair is nowhere to be found.

And naturally, when that new pair breaks or gets lost in record time (again), the cycle continues.

But why keep it going? Instead, consider investing in headphones you’ll actually care to keep tabs on, like an over-the-ear pair. The style is popular for improved sound quality, but they pack equal style, too, and the size means they’re a lot harder to lose.

And contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to break the bank to get your hands on a pair. There are tons of options that hit just about every price point, and we’ve rounded up five of the best below.

baby pink over-ear headphones

Urbanears Plattan 2, $50

This update of the brand’s classic style features a flexible 3D hinge to ensure the perfect fit for your head shape, as well the ability to fold them in, twist up the cord, and be on your way. You can also say goodbye to the days of splitting earbuds with a friend; the Plattan 2 lets you to plug in another pair of headphones for seamless music sharing.

sleek white headphones

B&O Play Form 2I Headphones, $99

The Form 2I is sleekest silhouette you’ll find from an over-the-ear headphone, but its ultra-light fit doesn’t mean lack of quality; the pair is designed to bring you sound the way the artists intended you to hear it, with no tweaks or over-emphasized bass.

Black over-ear headphones

Aiaiai TMA-2 Modular Headphones, $145

The TMA-2 All Around preset is the perfect option for music fans, as it delivers balanced sound across all genres. Popular among DJs, producers, and musicians alike, these are just as good on the go as they are for at-home listening.

sliver and leather headphones

Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphones, $399

With a premium leather headband exterior, soft lambskin headband interior and ear pads, and an aluminum body built for decades of use, these are the kind of headphones you prop up and admire when you’re not using them. They reduce outside noise, but also feature things like a handy mute button, to keep you focused and in the zone, at work or play.

leather band headphones

Pryma 01, $499

The pieces of this model — from the removable ear cups to the interchangeable leather headbands — are handcrafted in Italy, using the same Italian leather that Bottega Veneta uses on its handbags. So if you couldn’t already tell by the price tag, these are fancy. The look is sharp, the sound is expansive, and Beyoncé wore them in Lemonade, so what more do you need to know?