HTC One S and crazy-expensive headphones are the top-reviewed tech this week

CNET Reviews Editor in Chief Lindsey Turrentine dishes on T-Mobile's best phone and why we think you (or, someone, anyway) should pay $1,300 for a pair of headphones.

Sometimes, you really do get what you pay for. In this week's roundup of CNET's top-rated gear, I'll explore some premium choices, but prepare yourself for sticker rage.

HTC One S shows T-Mobile customers how the other half lives
Case in point: On T-Mobile, cheaper phone plans mean fewer high-end smartphone choices -- and by fewer, we mean no Android Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones at all...until now. This week, T-Mo joined the ICS club with the HTC One S , which our reviewer Brian Bennett calls T-Mobile's best phone yet. It's thinner than the iPhone 4S or the Samsung Galaxy Nexus , with an 8-megapixel camera that plays with the big boys. The One S' dedicated image processer and HDR mode make your photos look deeper and brighter, too. (Don't know about HDR photography ? Educate yourself with this fantastic tutorial from Sharon Vaknin of CNET How To. Your photos will thank you.)

The HTC One S doesn't have a quad-core CPU, but sometimes quad-core doesn't matter , and we found the phone snappy nonetheless. You'll have to pay $200 for the One S, though -- a lot when you can buy phones like the Nokia Lumia 900 for $50 from other carriers.

Ultrasone Signature Pro headphones sound like (really freaking expensive) butter
The One S is a downright bargain compared with the $1,300, German-engineered headphones we reviewed this week. The Ultrasone Signature Pro over-the-ear headphones sound like they cost, though: rich. Our reviewer says that this set has "vivid clarity, producing remarkable sound even compared with other high-end headphones." Plus, these headphones are made of leather. Can't beat that for fancy, but to put these cans in perspective pricewise, most rave-reviewed, audiophile-ready sets of headphones cost between $150 and $300.

The high-end products this week don't stop at headphones -- there's plenty more to make you jealous of your rich friends. Lori Grunin says that the $1,700 Fujifilm X-Pro 1 approximates a Leica with bar-none image quality, and TV reviewer David Katzmaier gives the $3,300 Samsung PN64E8000 positive marks for the kind of picture quality only plasma can muster, plus "the industry's most capable Smart TV platform."

About the author

Lindsey Turrentine is Editor-in-Chief of, where she sets the direction for CNET Reviews, CNET Video, and CNET How To. She has helped shape digital journalism since digital journalism was born.


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