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Christmas Gift Guide

FiiO EX1

Beyerdynamic DT 880 Edition

Focal Sphear

Hifiman HE400S

Koss Pro4S

Monoprice Hi-Fi Lightweight On-Ear Headphone

Audio Technica ATH MSR7

PSB M4U 4

Oppo PM-3

Sony MDR-1A

Sennheiser RS 175

FiiO is best known for its terrific affordable high-resolution music players like the X1 and X5, but this year they introduced the best sounding, under $100 (£70) in-ear headphone we've heard in the EX1.

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The DT 880 Edition is available in three different versions, a low-impedance 32 Ohm model for use with portable music players, and 250- and 600-ohm models for home use.

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The Focal Sphear's bass is ripe and full, and still definition and impact are still first rate.

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Bona-fide audiophile sound for a price that won't break the bank.

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This headphone has a fresher, more contemporary look, feel, and sound than other Koss headphones, and a lifetime warranty!

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A cheap, downright cheap price, but the sound is really pretty terrific!

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The Audio Technica ATH-MSR7 is a big step up from other headphones in its price class in resolution of fine detail.

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Where most in-ear headphones have dynamic or balanced armature drivers, the M4U 4 Hybrid Dual-Driver System has both.

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The PM-3 is now available in black, white, red, and blue finishes.

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There's a lot to like about the Sony MDR-1A, first and foremost, it's supremely comfortable, and its even tempered sound is easy on the ears.

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The Sennheiser RS 175 is a full-size, home-bound (not portable) RF wireless headphone.

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