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Updated: Mar 28, 2015 10:44
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#26
alaScore 95

Jabra REVO

Often, the headphone brands that try to reproduce deep bass frequencies faithfully (say, Grado or Sennheiser) are overshadowed by those that tend to boost them a bit too much (say, Beats). And then you have the Jabra Revo ($199 list). I'm not sure I've...

40 expert reviews | 875 user reviews

#27
alaScore 95

Beats Studio Wireless

Dr. Dre's Beats headphones lineup is found on the heads and around the necks of athletes giving press conferences and pop stars in music videos, and it would easy to write them off as overpriced, celebrity-endorsed plastic. That would be a mistake, as...

9 expert reviews | 92 user reviews

#28
alaScore 95

Master & Dynamic MH40

While Beats opened up the headphone market for lovers of massive bass response, companies like Bowers & Wilkins have carved out a niche in the headphone realm for users looking for luxury. Relative newcomer Master & Dynamic use fine leathers and a...

2 expert reviews

#29
alaScore 95

Plantronics BackBeat GO 2

Buying an audio product requires balancing your priorities for sound quality and price. If you can spend a lot on a pair of headphones, they're probably going to sound great (with certain distinctions between the models). If you can't spend a lot,...

26 expert reviews | 1434 user reviews

#30
alaScore 94

NAD VISO HP50

In this category of entry level audiophile headphones I look for several key components. First is a balanced sound, second is comfort, and third is value. We all like to find that product that presents a great value and makes you feel like you are...

9 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#31
alaScore 94

B&W P7

In the vast jungle of fancy headphones, some trees stand taller than others. The Bowers & Wilkins P7 , a gorgeous $400 pair of over-the-ear headphones, is one such specimen. I use “fancy” in the way one would speak of a Bentley or a Morgan. It gets you...

10 expert reviews

#32
alaScore 94

KEF M500

The KEF M500 are an absolute win for the on-ear headphone segment; easily one of the finest sounding and indescribably comfortable on-ear headphones in recent memory.

27 expert reviews | 32 user reviews

#33
alaScore 94

JBL E40 BT

For all the different configurations of headphones on the market, it's always a tough choice for buyers to get something that is just right. For consumers searching for a strong sound but who don't want to shell out a couple hundred dollars on over-t

4 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#34
alaScore 94

V-Moda Crossfade M-100

V-Moda, with its True Blood-branded products and its serious focus on visual design and flair, could be mistaken for a headphone company that's all style and no substance. Underneath the attractive style of the V-Moda Crossfade M-100, though, there's...

23 expert reviews | 280 user reviews

#35
alaScore 94

Audio-Technica ATH-M40X

I bought these mainly to use with my laptop, phone, and iPod touch. While the sound quality of the headphones is fine, both of the audio cables that came with the product had problems that distorted the sound by either distorting the music entirely or...

3 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#36
alaScore 94

Beyerdynamic DX 160 iE

While the Beyerdynamic DX160 iE has some small downsides, it's a bona fide audiophile in-ear headphone at an invitingly affordable price.

5 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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#37
alaScore 94

JBL Synchros S400BT

If you're looking for flat response-style headphones that color the sound very little and offer an accurate frequency response, let me save you some time: No need to read this review. The JBL Synchros S400BT is aimed at those of you who live for...

7 expert reviews

#38
alaScore 94

Beats Studio 2.0

They may not be a bargain at $300, but the new Beats Studio headphones are lighter and better-built, and sound significantly better than the original Beats Studio model.

12 expert reviews | 252 user reviews

#39
alaScore 94

Klipsch R6i

Klipsch’s R6i blend comfort, style and convenience into an earbud with an approachable sound quality that anyone can recognize as excellent. Were it not for a noisy cable, we might be looking at a near perfect score. Still, we think the R6i are about...

5 expert reviews

#40
alaScore 94

BlueAnt Pump HD Sportbuds

The $129 BlueAnt Pump HD may not sound stellar but it offers a secure fit and a waterproof design that makes it an appealing workout headphone.

8 expert reviews

#41
alaScore 94

Beats PowerBeats 2 Wireless

Some audiophiles may thumb their noses at Beats' bass-boosted, celebrity-endorsed speakers and headphones, but the brand helped bring better sound to the forefront for otherwise casual listeners. But despite my gratitude toward Beats for making people...

5 expert reviews | 729 user reviews

#42
alaScore 94

Harman Kardon Soho-A

Fans of the handsome Harman Kardon Soho-I now have a Bluetooth version of the headphones to consider. At $249.95 (direct), the Soho Wireless is an expensive but well-made option. The on-ear controls are trickier to operate than most, but their...

10 expert reviews | 21 user reviews

#43
alaScore 94

Philips Fidelio NC1

These comfortable headphones are great for noisy commutes, although the sound lacks a little bite.

2 expert reviews

#44
alaScore 93

Shure SE846

There are few in-canal earphones available that offer the stellar sonic experience of the high-end Shure SE846.

5 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#45
alaScore 93

Philips Fidelio X1

It wasn't that long ago that Philips wasn't the first name that would come to mind for audiophile headphones. Things picked up early last year when the company totally revamped its headphone lineup, and the Fidelio Series turned a lot of heads. Philips...

23 expert reviews | 361 user reviews

#46
alaScore 93

Oppo PM-1

Oppo’s PM-1 succeed on all levels – not bad for the first shot out of the gate. Perhaps just as exciting, the company’s forthcoming PM-2 is priced much more reasonably ($700), and promises comparable sound quality. For those who do a lot of listening...

5 expert reviews

#47
alaScore 93

Shure SRH1540 Premium Closed-Back

Most headphones we test tend to have a moderate-to-intense bass response, so reviewing a pair like the Shure SRH1540 almost comes as a shock. Few headphones can extend down as low as 5Hz and yet deliver accurate bass response that doesn't boost the...

5 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#48
alaScore 93

PSB M4U 2

PSB’s M4U 2 is a superb example of a premium headphone that does almost everything right.

27 expert reviews | 104 user reviews

#49
alaScore 93

Philips Fidelio S2

The Fidelio S2s provide great sound, but the cheaper S1 is a better buy

9 expert reviews | 81 user reviews

#50
alaScore 93

Sol Republic RELAYS

The marketing behind the SOL Republic Relays claims that they're "crossover" earphones, combining the superb fit of exercise-focused pairs with the excellent sound that exercise earphones supposedly lack. This is a pretty bizarre notion—the Sennheiser...

4 expert reviews | 60 user reviews

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