Headphones:

Best high-fidelity headphones of 2016

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High-end headphones like the ones listed below boast extraordinary sound, build quality, and comfort that justifies their lofty price tags for the most discerning audiophiles. With impressively clear accuracy, their sound profile tones are hard to resist...if you can afford them. If money is no object in your headphone shopping experience, follow the list below to aural gold.

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Sennheiser HD800

Sennheiser's exquisite HD 800s sound more like listening to full-size speakers than any other headphones we've heard to date.

Price: $1,278.97 - $1,599.95 Check prices

5 stars Spectacular

Beyerdynamic T90

Sure, the Beyerdynamic T90 is pricey, but no other less-expensive headphone can match the T90's combination of comfort, sound, and build quality.

Price: $488.00 - $649.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony MDR Z7

While expensive, the well-built and supercomfortable Sony MDR-Z7 can go toe to toe with competing high-end audiophile headphones.

Price: $698.00 - $699.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Oppo PM-3

The Oppo PM-3 is an impressive headphone -- both in terms of build and sound quality -- but just how impressive you think it is will depend on what music you feed it and from what source.

Price: $399.00 - $449.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

HiFiMan HE-400i

If you've always wanted to own a pair of high-end "audiophile" headphones but can't quite justify dropping a grand on a pair, the superb sounding HiFiMan HE-400i is a good compromise.

Price: $450.96 - $499.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Grado Prestige Series SR325e

While they aren't for bass lovers, the SR325e headphones deliver very open, detailed sound that makes for exciting listening.

Price: $295.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Ultrasone Signature Pro

The Ultrasone Signature Pro is a German-made Mercedes class set of headphones built for a discerning clientele.

Price: $1,299.00 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

HiFiMan HE-400

First-rate clarity, detail, and bass impact by way of new driver technology help propel the HiFiMan HE-400 headphones to the top of their price class.

4 stars Excellent

Bowers & Wilkins P7

The company's new flagship model, the $400 P7, has an over-the-ear design and offers richer, more detailed sound with deep bass.

Price: $399.49 - $399.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sennheiser HD 598

The new HD 598's "wow" styling updates the classic Sennheiser look, and the sound has more detail and higher resolution than previous models. We recommend these cans to anyone looking for a pair of headphones with precision sound quality and a wide-open soundstage.

Price: $138.00 - $143.49 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sennheiser HD 700

Sennheiser's HD 700 isn't just one of the best-sounding headphone models we've tested, it's also remarkably comfortable to wear for hours at a time.

Price: $483.95 - $501.46 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Shure SRH1840 Professional

One of Shure's first open-back designs, the SRH1840 headphones are comfortable and light, and the sound will surely thrill demanding audiophiles.

Price: $24.99 - $499.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Grado Prestige Series SR80e

While the open-back design isn't good for noisy environments, the Grado SR80e headphones sound exceptionally good for $100 and are also comfortable to wear.

Price: $99.00 - $202.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear

While the Bose SoundTrue has only minor design changes from the earlier AE2i, it remains one of the most comfortable-to-wear, full-size headphones, and it also sounds good.

Price: $131.49 - $179.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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