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article image5 pairs of headphones for the true audiophile

By Tech News     Apr 23, 2014 in Technology
High-end headphones have come a long way in recent decades, and they're enjoying a golden age of super performance at super prices.
Once upon a time, you'd have to shell out megabucks for a set of bulky audiophile headphones. Those days are long gone. Today's high-end headphones are compact, lightweight and surprisingly affordable.
We've compared some of the best headphones on the market today and compiled this handy list of the five best audiophile phones for your reading-- and listening-- pleasure. Here they are, ranked fifth through first.
5. Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT: These over-the-ear headphones boast Bluetooth technology and outstanding sonic clarity and accuracy, even when listened to at low volume. THe HARKAR-BTs also win raves for their stylish design and passive playback mode. USB rechargeable. Oh, and that's real leather finish, for a luxurious touch and feel. From $156.
4. Denon AH-D600: These 50mm Free Edge Nano Fiber Driver phones deliver speaker box performance in an over-the-ear headphone. They come with a really long (10') 7-NOFC cable (no Bluetooth here). The memory foam ear pads deliver unrivaled comfort, and the sound quality is nothing short of spectacular. They are at the high end of the price spectrum, however, at $450.
3. Klipsch Image X10i: Klipsch's flagship Image headphones feature in-ear design for powerful, up-close sound in one of the world's smallest, lightest headphones. A unique feature of the X10i is its three-button remote control for answering phone calls and controlling music selections on certain Apple products. From $350.
2. Sennheiser IE 8: From legendary headphone maker Sennheiser comes these high-fidelity noise-isolating in-ear phones with unique sound tuning functionality and interchangeable cable. The dynamic speaker system is fitted with neodymium magnets for stunning sound quality and superb noise attenuation (95%, up to 26 dB). $450.
1. Grado PS1000: These top-of-the-line phones employ a vented diaphragm design with a larger air chamber that reduces distortion and boosts bass and non-resonant alloy metal, as well as neodymium magnets for incredible audio quality. The sound from these headphones is as good or better as a high-end pair of room speakers. The ultimate in audiophile headphones, and priced accordingly at $1,695.
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