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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

With its powerful processor, great camera, decent screen and gorgeous, waterproof design, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the best small Android phone around.

January 28, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating January 28, 2014

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Sony Xperia Z1S

The Xperia Z1S is the most impressive smartphone Sony has ever sold on any carrier, but an inferior screen makes Samsung's Galaxy handsets better deals.

January 13, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating January 13, 2014

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

Quibbles aside, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones are a modestly improved version of the already spectacular model they're based on, and among the best-sounding pairs you'll find for less than $200.

May 21, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating May 21, 2014
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This little Sony will pump up the sound of your headphones

The Audiophiliac oohs and aahs over Sony's portable PHA-2 digital converter and headphone amplifier.

By July 5, 2014

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Bose sues Beats over patents on noise-canceling headphones

Bose says Beats' Studio and Studio Wireless headphones, soon to be owned by Apple, copy five of its patents.

By July 25, 2014

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PSB M4U 1 headphones

The PSB M4U 1 delivers first-class audiophile sound at home or on-the-go with your mobile device.

June 6, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating June 6, 2013
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Sony MDR-7506 headphones

They've been around since 1991, but the Sony MDR-7506s are still great sounding -- and fitting -- headphones for less than $100.

July 22, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating July 22, 2013
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Sony MDR-V6 headphones

They may be close to 30 years old, but the comfortable fitting Sony MDR-V6s are arguably the best-sounding headphones for under $100.

July 19, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating July 19, 2013
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Philips Fidelio M1 on-ear headphones

While they fall short of delivering truly excellent sound, the well-designed Philips Fidelio M1 on-ear headphones are comfortable to wear and well-suited for day-to-day use.

May 13, 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating May 13, 2013
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

As with the original flagship, Samsung is counting on the midrange phone's fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor, and extra apps to stand out.

July 1, 2014

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