Enduring quality for exquisite tastes
Top-notch engineering, highly accurate sound, and a super comfy over-ear design keep the Sennheiser HD800 headphones at the top of our list of high-fidelity headphones.
Pricey but remarkably accurate sound
The T90 is very comfortable to wear for long periods and its sound quality measures up well against headphones that cost $1,000.
High-end Sonys worth the cost
The Sony MDR-Z7 can go toe to toe with top audiophile models---and it better, considering it costs $700.
Groundbreaking planar magnetism
The Oppo PM-3 is an affordable, attractive planar magnetic headphone optimized for use with mobile devices. They deliver high-fidelity sound and come with a nice carrying case and a bonus smartphone cable.
Low-priced, high-resolution headphone
Available in a few different colors, the ATH-MSR7 is a premium closed-back headphone with highly detailed sound and a tough housing.
Full-sized planar-magnetic headphone
The HiFiMan HE-400is a sound compromise for anyone looking to own a pair of budget-friendly planar-magnetic headphones.
Spacious, open-sounding imaging
The sturdily built Grado Prestige Series SR325e headphones offer very clear, detailed sound and spacious stereo imaging thanks to the open-back design.
German-made, Mercedes-class headphones
The Signature Pro ($1,299) is one Ultrasone's top-of-the-line models and its sound quality reflects that pedigree.
Best luxury headphones
The company's new flagship model, the $400 P7, has an over-the-ear design and offers richer, more detailed sound with deep bass.
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Highly dynamic and detailed range
With a stylish makeover, the Sennheiser HD 598 updates a classic with lush materials, precision sound quality and a wide-open soundstage.
Best large audiophile headphones
The perennial Sennheiser HD 700 is a large, full-size audiophile headphone with a wide-open sound profile and transparency that sounds great on digital music players.
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High comfort for long listens
The rugged Shure SRH1840 Professional feature the company's extra-comfy earpads and a wide sound stage that will surely thrill demanding listeners.
Retro looks and impressive sound
The Grado SR80e headphones offer impressive sound for the modest $100 price and are comfortable to wear, especially for an on-ear model. Thanks to the open-back design, stereo imaging is more spacious and natural.