Holiday Buyer's Guide 2006, Part 4: Gifts for Non-Geeks

Ultrasone ICans Headphones

The Ultrasone iCans Headphones

It's the time of year when we all do lots of traveling to visit family, and there's nothing worse than a holiday airline delay. We all know the scenario: you're sitting around in a lonely airport terminal snuggled up with your favorite media player, when the slow numbing pain from a set of uncomfortable headphones sets in. This year, make sure you're prepared, with one of the most comfortable sets of headphones we've ever tried on: the Ultrasone iCans.

The iCans use so-called "S-Logic" technology, which helps to prevent any hearing damage you might get from wearing headphones for extended periods of time. S-Logic works by reducing the sound output by the headphones, while maintaining the same loudness sensation that you expect from a high-quality headset. When you're done listening to the iCans, you don't have to worry about ruining them by stuffing them into your carry-on bag; they can easily be folded up and stored away in an included metal storage box.

Whether you have a college student flying in for Christmas, or a spouse who does a lot of business traveling, take our word for it: Ultrasone did an outstanding job designing a comfortable, safe and great-sounding set of headphones.