This story appears in the March 2016 issue of Playboy. Subscribe

GRADO RS1E, $695
Long before the headphone wars—the Apple earbud versus generic earbud versus Beats versus WannaBeats wars—there was Grado. For decades the company has been making—in Brooklyn, no less—the best headphones money can buy. Out of metal. Out of mahogany. With gold-plated adapters. In the USA. They’re timeless, perfect, and they make all genres sound amazing with a dynamic range much broader than other, more aggressively marketed headphones not made in the USA. If there’s such a thing as heirloom headphones, the Grado RS1e is that thing.