Headphones:

Best high-end headphones of 2014

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Take a deep breath; many of these headphones cost over $1000 and should be handled with the same respect you'd grant a Bald Eagle egg. 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 HD 800 - headphones

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

5 stars Spectacular

Best Bluetooth wireless headphone

Beats Studio Wireless (Black)

While it'll cost you a hefty $380, the Beats Studio Wireless is an excellent wireless Bluetooth headphone.

4 stars Excellent

Grado PS1000

They may cost as much as a big-screen TV, but the PS1000s are simply the best-sounding, most comfortable, and best-looking Grado headphones we've ever tested.

4.5 stars Outstanding

Ultrasone Signature Pro

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

4.5 stars Outstanding

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.

4.5 stars Outstanding

Phonak Audeo PFE 232 Perfect fit

The Phonak Audeo PFE 232 aren't cheap, but critical listeners may well find their swappable Acoustic Filters (for fine-tuning the headphones' already excellent sound quality) to more than justify the $600 asking price.

4 stars Excellent

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

Sony XBA-4

Sony's audiophile-grade XBA-4 in-ear headphones deliver highly refined sound, with potent bass, airy treble, and excellent noise-isolating performance.

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.

4 stars Excellent

Sennheiser HD 598 - headphones

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.

4 stars Excellent

Grado SR225i

Grado's audiophile-friendly SR225i headphones deliver stellar sound quality, though some design caveats may limit their appeal for on-the-go listening.

3.5 stars Very good

Sennheiser HD 700

The Sennheiser HD 700s offer a wide-open, crystal-clear sound that audio purists will appreciate. Thankfully, they've been built well enough to protect that £600 investment.

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.

3.5 stars Very good

Sennheiser RS 220

The Sennheiser RS 220 is one of the best-sounding wireless headphones on the market, but its super sonics don't offset its ambitious price tag when other models in the same line offer similar performance for less.

3.5 stars Very good
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