How hip are headphones? Well, in an unusual turn, it seems to me that a major fashion house may have been inspired by a very hip headphone house. ChipChick also caught news of Prada's new headphones ($595) at Esquire, and stated that it looked a lot like the Bose OE2. I think Prada's piece looks a lot more like Phiaton's PS320 ($159). Perhaps the two companies have a deal?
To be clear, I'm not saying right now that they're the same headphone, only that they look very similar to me. Given that Phiaton's PS320 is a dual-driver design, it would be very telling if Prada touts theirs as the same.
(Click here to see the new Prada headphone as it appears on Esquire's gift guide.)
It's interesting to me that headphones have never been more fashionable than now (and getting more so by the day); but I don't see it as a simple fad, as I think it's driven largely by the fact that we're pretty much all now carrying media players with us everywhere we go (in the form of media-capable mobile phones).
My fellow Head-Fi'ers, I always considered us more headphone geeks, but I guess now we're also hip.