The Audiophiliac spends some quality time with FiiO's little X3, an awesome 192kHz/24-bit music player/headphone amplifier; it also sounds sweet with MP3s.
The Pono player is due in October, but the X5 is cheaper, plays more types of file formats, and sounds sweet says the Audiophiliac.
The Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2 has the same winning design of its highly rated predecessor, but now it sounds even better.
Hot off its acquisition by Apple, Beats delivers the Solo 2 on-ear headphones, the sequel to its best-selling model.
If you're looking for a $150-$250 on-ear headphone, the well-built V-Moda XS should be on your short list.
V-Moda's well-built XS features a folding design, strong sound, and gap-free fit for $200.
While it's fairly pricey at $289, the German-made Beyerdynamic T51p is one of the best on-ear headphones available, offering excellent sound and a comfortable fit.
The Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear may not fully match the larger Momentum's excellent sonics, but it gets you 80 percent of the way there.
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.
The British company's $300 headphones sound very good and feature excellent build quality.