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In a world where seemingly everyone owns something Apple including an iPhone, iPod, iPad and beyond – getting great sound out of your music and movies takes more than popping in your ear buds. In fact – do yourself a favor and throw them in the trash. On this resource page, find a comprehensive listing of the best in audiophile grade headphones, in-ear monitors, headphone amps and much more. Whether you need some headphones to take with you on the airplane or for late-night listening or headphones for pure audiophile listening – you’ve got choices. Read all of the reviews you like from brands like Grado, Stax, Bowers & Wilkins, B&O, Monster Cable and many others.

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Audeze LCD-4 Over-the-Ear Headphones Reviewed

Audeze LCD-4 Over-the-Ear Headphones Reviewed

By Scott Schumer

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Audeze is a California-based designer and manufacturer of headphones, microphones, and amplifiers since 2008. The LCD-4 ($3,995) is the flagship headphone employing planar magnetic technology. Planar magnetic transducers suspend a flat, lightweight diaphragm in a magnetic field rather than employ... Read More

 
Focal Utopia Over-the-Ear Headphones Reviewed

Focal Utopia Over-the-Ear Headphones Reviewed

By Scott Schumer

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Scott Schumer explores Focal's flagship headphone, the Utopia. This $4,000 open-back over-the-ear headphone features pure Beryllium drivers. Read More

 
Optoma NuForce HEM8 In-ear Monitor Reviewed

Optoma NuForce HEM8 In-ear Monitor Reviewed

By Steven Stone

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Besides being a year when too many fine musicians joined the angel band, 2016 could be called the year of the earphone. Unlike a few years ago when choosing a good-sounding, well-made, comfortable, mid-priced earphone was a case of choosing... Read More

 
Puro Sound Lab BT2200 Wireless On-Ear Headphones Reviewed

Puro Sound Lab BT2200 Wireless On-Ear Headphones Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

According to the Hearing Health Foundation, 20 percent of American teenagers--and 50 million Americans total--suffer from hearing loss, and noise-induced hearing loss is a major culprit. This type of hearing loss can be caused by a single exposure to an... Read More

 
Bravo V3 Tube Headphone Preamp Reviewed

Bravo V3 Tube Headphone Preamp Reviewed

By Scott Schumer

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Your ears aren't flat...literally or sonically. And oh yeah, they're not digital, either. Sound isn't flat, and the world isn't flat. I could go on and on about why we like round things better than flat things, but this is... Read More

 
Sony NW-ZX100HN Portable Player and In-Ear Headphones Reviewed

Sony NW-ZX100HN Portable Player and In-Ear Headphones Reviewed

By Steven Stone

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Steven Stone reviews the Sony NW-ZX100HN portable hi-res audio player, which comes with a pair of Sony in-ear noise-canceling headphones. See how the duo performs. Read More

 
1MORE E1001 Triple Driver Earphones Reviewed

1MORE E1001 Triple Driver Earphones Reviewed

By Steven Stone

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Steven Stone auditions the new E1001 earphones from a relatively new player in the headphone market, 1MORE USA. The design, build, and performance of these triple-driver earphones go beyond expectation, given their $99.99 price tag. Read More

 
HiFiMan HE-560 Over-the-Ear Headphones Reviewed

HiFiMan HE-560 Over-the-Ear Headphones Reviewed

By Steven Stone

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Steven Stone reviews HiFiMan's $899 HE-560 planar headphone, which promises to combine the sonic attributes of HiFiMan's flagship models in a less expensive, easier-to-drive design. Read More

 
Blue Microphones Lola Over-the-Ear Headphones Reviewed

Blue Microphones Lola Over-the-Ear Headphones Reviewed

By Steven Stone

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

I reviewed Blue Microphones' first entry into the headphone market, the $349 Mo-Fi, in November 2014. Since then the Mo-Fi has continued to garner favorable press, but there were several areas where I felt the Mo-Fi could have been improved.... Read More

 
Monster DNA Pro 2.0 Over-the-Ear Headphones Reviewed

Monster DNA Pro 2.0 Over-the-Ear Headphones Reviewed

By Brian Kahn

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Brian Kahn reviews Monster's DNA Pro 2.0 over-the-ear headphones and the accompanying Monster Sound Experience app that serves as a music player and includes EQ options for different music genres. Read More