Armin van Buuren - Baoli, Miami Beach

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There's a nascent feeling among certain electronic dance music connoisseurs that DJs were better when they were anonymous.

Since the rise of the brutal grinds of dubstep and the polished populism of electro-house, DJs are in the public eye more than ever. They adorn mainstream magazine covers, walk red carpets, win Grammys. (Your grandmother even owns a Deadmau5 record. It's behind the Bobby Darin.)

In part thanks to the antics of a noted few, there is a fear that this belated acceptance by the mainstream has gone to some of their heads, mouse shaped or not, and diluted the overall quality of the music.

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Courtesy of Getty Images for Phillips

On Thursday, Dutch trance icon Armin van Buuren was celebrating the release of his new headphone collaboration with his compatriot, technology monolith Philips, at South Beach's Baoli.

Is this another example of EDM running rampantly into the arms of all things commercial? Well, yes, probably. But the thing is, the headphones seem damn good. And van Buuren is not only perennially on a purple patch musically, but he is a bloody nice bloke to boot.

Talking to him, it's clear that the creation of the A5-Pro headphones have been a labor of love. "I'm very happy, as I as I was able to tour with these headphones for about four months," van Buuren says, enthusiastically. "I was wearing the prototype!"

The spinning Dutchman, who has consistently hit the top ranks of DJ Mag's Top 100 DJ Fan Poll for over a decade, is not simply putting his name to a product. He has helped build the headphones, from conception to production, with Philips Creative Tim Homewood. It was a process both readily admit was sometimes grueling, but ultimately rewarding.

"This is important, because, through my headphones, I control everything," van Buuren continues, "They need to be a good piece of equipment because you're using it the whole night of your DJ set. Philips believed in my idea for the A5-Pro and I believed in the idea Philips had."

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Baoli Miami

1906 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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