Polk UltraFocus 8000Price: $349.95

Website: www.polkaudio.com

Rad said: Polk Audio’s UltraFocus 8000 active noise-canceling headphones offer much. They sounded better than any of the commuter headphones I’ve auditioned, and are easy to operate. They’re smartly and simply designed, with superior build quality.

Read the SoundStage! Xperience review.

The gist: Knockout headphones from the venerable loudspeaker company.