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Updated: Dec 18, 2014 12:32
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#26
alaScore 95

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

#27
alaScore 95

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 | 2 user reviews

#28
alaScore 95

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

#29
alaScore 94

Shure SE846

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

5 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#30
alaScore 94

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

#31
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 | 17 user reviews

#32
alaScore 94

beyerdynamic T 51 P

The Beyerdynamic T 51 p is one of the best on-ear headphones available, offering excellent sound quality and a comfortable fit.

6 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#33
alaScore 94

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 | 59 user reviews

#34
alaScore 94

Focal Spirit Professional

Detailed, dynamically good, and compact cans that require a touch more ‘oomph’ for a full star set

7 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#35
alaScore 94

Philips Fidelio S2

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

8 expert reviews | 72 user reviews

#36
alaScore 94

Marshall Monitor

Rawk-themed headphones have been popping up more and more lately—we recently had the Motörheadphones Motörizer storm into our labs, and now we have the Marshall Monitor. At $200, the Monitor is a classy homage to the legendary guitar amps. But it's...

8 expert reviews | 28 user reviews

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#37
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 | 229 user reviews

#38
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...

6 expert reviews

#39
alaScore 94

Onkyo ES-HF300

Onkyo, a long time player in home theater electronics, has set its sights on the personal audio market with the new ES-HF300 headphone. The ES-HF300 is a closed-back headphone design featuring two 40 mm titanium drivers, sub-chambers for optimized...

18 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#40
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 | 164 user reviews

#41
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

#42
alaScore 94

Sennheiser CX 3.00

The Sennheiser CX 3.00 are almost the perfect entry-level earphones. They’re incredibly light and comfortable, and just easy to get on with. However, they're very bass-heavy, so only really for casual listening unless you're seriously into low...

2 expert reviews

#43
alaScore 93

Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1

I have a ribbon mic that's a little too soft going through the preamp of my audio interface. With this device you just turn on your phantom power, hook it in front of your mic (you'll need two XLR cables) and voila! You get +20 dB of clean gain. It...

1 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#44
alaScore 93

Sony MDR-HW700DS

Although expensive, we rate the Sony MDR-HW700DS wireless surround headphones as a compelling alternative to a physical multichannel speaker setup, and they're a great practical solution when it's just not possible to crank things up.

4 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#45
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 | 72 user reviews

#46
alaScore 93

Philips Fidelio L1

Philips is coming to CES with high-end and beautifully crafted headphones Fidelio L1 that that offer a crisp and clear sound delivered through very comfortable to wear large ear pads made of memory foam. The headband is made of aluminum covered with...

89 expert reviews | 410 user reviews

#47
alaScore 93

Sennheiser IE 800

Somehow, there's the perception that extremely high quality audio should be inexpensive to buy, whether through speakers or earphones, while a high quality television should naturally set you back about a thousand bucks. I get it—we're a visual...

14 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

#48
alaScore 93

Klipsch STATUS

Klipsch’s Status offer superb style, roughneck durability, and a smooth, well-balanced sound signature that we’d be happy to take with us on our next journey abroad, or just down the street.

5 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#49
alaScore 93

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

#50
alaScore 93

Sony MDR-1RBT

Some days you want to throw open the windows, crank up your stereo and rattle the walls with your favorite music. Other times, you want to drift off into your own little sonisphere, totally walled off from the rest of the world. The most crucial...

14 expert reviews | 181 user reviews

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