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Travelers' favorite: The Stretch headphones by Philips O'Neill

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Someone we know hasn’t taken these headphones off his head for over a month. Well, okay, maybe two months. Make that two years. Not since the Christmas he received them.

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That’s saying something about this collaborative effort from two pioneers of lifestyle innovation. You’ve probably heard of Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands, one of the global leaders in flat television and portable entertainment.

As for O’Neill, that would be the original snow, surf and lifestyle brand founded in 1952 by Jack O’Neill to sell the world’s first neoprene wetsuit. In 2010, these two innovators in style and technology launched a new line of durable headphones designed to withstand – well, almost anything.

Tested on the toughest O’Neill team riders, the Philips | O’Neill headphones were inspired by the styling and heavy-duty materials of wetsuits, thereby guaranteeing high performance while remaining impact-resistant.

The Stretch, the toughest of the four models, is both flexible and strong, with a retro, no-tangle cord, and a wetsuit-inspired super-stretch headband that hugs the head comfortably.

As for the sound, we’re talking high-fidelity, quality sound: powerful 40mm drivers for deep, dynamic bass and super-soft, noise-isolating, ear cushioning – which is probably why that person we know has been wearing these phones for the past two years.

The entire four-product line of Philips | O’Neill headphones is a consummation of Philips simplicity and innovation, married to O’Neill’s core values, resulting in products that are definitive in their category.

As the marketing has it, “Tested on animals,” by which they mean the toughest O’Neill riders the world over. If these phones work for the most daring boarders, then there’s no question that they’re going to make you an extreme sports animal, too – or at least in the bedroom.

Once these headphones are around you, nothing else is coming between you and your music.

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