Headphones are something almost every music-lover needs. Whether their headphones are used to keep out the competing noises of the world around them, to surround and immerse themselves in their music or just to keep the experience private and not disturb others, a good set of headphones is important to many people. Professional and amateur musicians, club DJs, students or people working at their jobs or sitting in their living rooms appreciate a good set of headphones when they have them. Here are just five great places to find the perfect headphones in Connecticut.

George’s Music Center
905 New Harwinton Road
Torrington, CT 06790
(860) 496-9362

George’s Music Center in Torrington is a one-stop spot not only for musical instruments and lessons, but also for all manner of gear and equipment that any musician, music-lover or band could ever need, and that includes headphones. George’s carries Audio-Technica, M-Audio and Shure brand headphones, which range from just under $20 to just over $125, although all brands are usually on sale for 10 to 20 or more percent off. The owner, George Donovan, Jr., and his staff are musicians, and they know which headphones work best for those who want to plug them into an amp for their own privacy and pleasure, as well as for those who need monitoring or studio quality headphones.

Gordon LaSalle Music & Sound
993 Main St.
East Hartford, CT 06108
(203) 289-3500

Founded in East Hartford with new branches open now in two locations in Massachusetts, Gordon LaSalle Music and Sound has one of the most comprehensive selections of headphones to be found anywhere. They carry over 100 models of in-ear and over-ear types. These include simple little buds for use with personal devices, high-quality headsets for home stereo use and big-name label professional studio headphones, such as the Quincy Jones Premium range that costs nearly $400. Gordon LaSalle carries AKG, Audio-Technica, Shure, Roland and Sennheiser, among other brands. Although not all headphones are in stock in each store, they are all available by order either through those stores or through their website.

Turnpike Music Garage
1485 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06825
(203) 368-6874

Anyone looking for Shure isolating clear headphones, Nady noise-canceling models or any headphones made by Sennheiser, Samson or Audio-Technica should consider talking to the staff at the Turnpike Music Garage in Fairfield. Although they have only limited selections in stock, they can and will special order any top-name, hard-to-find personal or professional headphones. Turnpike prides itself on being able to meet any music-lover’s need, from repairing their instruments to providing accessories for their playing, performing or listening pleasure.

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Altel Sounds Systems, Inc.
2392 Main St.
Bridgeport, CT 06606
(203) 374-0162

Since 1973, Altel Sound Systems, Inc. has been providing headphones and other equipment to bands, musicians, nightclubs, schools and music-lovers of all stripes. They carry CAD, H & F, Telex, Sennheiser, AKG and Audio-Technica and many other brands of headphones, as well as microphones, amps, mixers and related recording and listening equipment. Altel covers every sound need, from speakers, processors and sound reinforcement to wires and cables. They even cater to those who need wireless systems and can supply the equipment needed to light a stage.

The Audio Store
2457 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06111
(860) 666-5006

Bernard Manocchio and Harry Misteri love listening to music, so much so that just over a quarter of a century ago, they opened their own store in Newington to provide their neighbors and other customers with some of the finest audio equipment available in the state. The Audio Store is one of the few places in Connecticut where music-lovers can find the Audioquest Nighthawk headphones, an ergonomic device made with a unique material known as “liquid wood,” which is designed in such a way as to “remove unnecessary boundaries” between the listener and their music. The Audio Store also carries other high-end headphones, notably the hand-built sets from the Grado family operation in Brooklyn and the Spirit Classic by the noted French firm, Focal.

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