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#1 Bowers & Wilkins P3 headphone

About  $125.00

The Bowers & Wilkins P3 portable headphones have a closed, on-ear design. These headphones are intended for use with iPods, iPads, some cell phones, as well as standard audio devices. This model has earphones that can fold for storage or traveling. The P3 comes with a detachable 47-inch standard audio cable, a detachable 47-inch alternate audio cable with built-in remote and mic for iPod/iPhone connections, and a storage case. It is covered by a 24-month warranty, longer than most.

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Design and features:Although this portable on-ear model uses a closed design, these headphones don't form a tight seal with the ears so you'll be able to hear a doorbell ring, or car horn while wearing these headphones. They have medium-high sensitivity, so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and even lower-powered portable audio devices. The P3 has a volume control plus an integrated microphone and player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. The earcups on this model can fold for traveling or storage. The headphones come with a detachable standard audio cable, a detachable alternate audio cable with built-in remote and mic for iPod/iPhone connections, and a storage case.

Sound quality: We found the P3 delivers good overall sound quality, with a warm character. Bass has good impact, but is smeared and lacks detail and definition. Midrange is muffled and a bit nasal and grainy, and treble is soft with an upper treble roll-off. Overall sound is closed in, with so-so dynamics.

Comfort: We found that these headphones are generally comfortable; there is a sense of moderately light pressure on the ears. The cloth ear pads might feel hot after prolonged use.

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#2 House of Marley Liberate headphone

About  $55.00

The House of Marley Liberate portable headphones have a closed, on-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a 51-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4-contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but it may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with and integrated volume, music player function, and call connect/disconnect controls. The Liberate comes with a carrying bag and is covered by a 24-month warranty.

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Design and features:Although this portable on-ear model lacks active noise reduction, the closed design helps to reduce both outside noise and sound leaking out into your environment. The headphones have high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used even with lower-powered portable audio devices. The Liberate has an inline volume control that works with iPads and some iPod and iPhone models, plus an integrated microphone and player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-iPod players or other audio equipment. This model comes with a carrying bag.

Sound quality: The Liberate delivers good overall sound, with a warm character. Bass has decent impact but is a bit pronounced, lethargic, and lacks definition. It also doesn't go deep. Midrange is recessed and somewhat muffled, and treble is uneven-- lower treble is slightly prominent compared to the midrange, while mid- and upper-treble are very rolled off. Overall sound is closed in, with so-so dynamics.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure on the ears, and the earpads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#3 JBL by Harman Synchros S300a headphone

About  $95.00

The JBL by Harman Synchros S300a portable headphones have a closed, on-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a detachable 48-inch audio cord with a stereo/modified stereo 4-contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but it may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with an integrated volume, music player function, and call connect/disconnect controls. The S300 has earcups that fold and swivel flat for travel and storage. This model comes with a carrying case, and is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:Although this portable on-ear model lacks active noise reduction, the closed design helps to reduce both outside noise and sound leaking out into your environment. The headphones have medium-high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels even when used with lower-powered portable audio devices. The S300a has a 48-inch-long detachable audio cable with an inline volume control that works with some Android and Windows smart phone models, plus an integrated microphone and player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, some Android phones, Windows phones, iPhones, and some other cell phones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some Android phones, Windows phones, iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-iPod players or other non-smartphone audio equipment. This model has earcups that swivel and fold flat for travel and storage, and it comes with a carrying case.

Sound quality: The JBL S300a delivers good overall sound, with a warm character. Bass has lots of impact, but is very pronounced, thuddy, and boomy. Midrange is constricted, gritty, and overwhelmed by the bass. Treble is recessed, and upper treble is rolled off. Overall sound is closed in, with so-so dynamics.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure on the ears, and the earpads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#4 UrbanEars Plattan headphone

About  $49.00

The UrbanEars Plattan closed, portable on-ear headphones sit on the ears. These headphones, which come with a 46-inch audio cord with a modified stereo mini-plug are intended for use with iPods, iPads, some cell phones, as well as standard audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and a remote with player and call connect/disconnect controls. This model also has an earpiece mini-jack for connecting a second set of headphones, a standard stereo min plug adapter extension, and a Nokia cellphone-compatible mini-plug adapter extension. It's covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:While this portable on-ear model features a closed design, it doesn't form a tight seal with the ears so you'll be able to hear a door bell or car horn when you're wearing the headphones. This model has high sensitivity, so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and even lower-powered portable audio devices. The Plattan has an inline microphone and remote control with player controls that work with iPads and some iPods and iPhones, and Nokia, HTC, and Blackberry phone models. The call connect/disconnect feature is compatible with the iPhone, and some Nokia, HTC, and Blackberry models. A unique feature is a jack on one of the earpieces that lets a second pair headphones be connected. This model also has a standard stereo mini-plug adapter extension and a Nokia cellphone-compatible mini-plug adapter extension.

Sound quality: We found the Plattan delivers good overall sound with a slightly warm character. The slightly prominent bass has good impact but so-so definition. The lower midrange seems to be absent; the remainder of the midrange is soft, hazy, and somewhat constricted. Treble is hazy and rolled off. Overall sound is closed in, with compressed dynamics.

Comfort: We found that these headphones are comfortable, with some sense of pressure on the ears. The vinyl ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#5 UrbanEars Humlan headphone

About  $30.00

The UrbanEars Humlan portable headphones have a closed on-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a 46-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4-contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but it may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with music player function, and call connect/disconnect controls. Additional features include machine-washable earcup pads and headband, and an output on the earcup that can be used to connect a second set of headphones. The Humlan comes with carrying bag that doubles as a washing machine bag for the earcup pads and headband. This model is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:Although this portable on-ear model has a closed design, it doesn't form a tight seal with the ears so you'll be able to hear external sounds, such as a doorbell or car horn while wearing the headphones. The headphones have medium-high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels even when used with lower-powered portable audio devices. The Humlan has an integrated microphone and player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-iPod players or other audio equipment. Features include machine-washable earcup pads and headband, an earcup mini-jack for connecting a second set of headphones, and a carrying bag that doubles as a washing machine bag for earcup pads and headband.

Sound quality: UrbanEars' Humlan delivers fair overall sound, with a warm character. Bass has so-so impact, sounds blunted, and doesn't go deep, and midrange is muffled. Treble is also muffled, and upper treble is very rolled off. Overall sound is closed in, with so-so dynamics.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure on the ears, and the earpads might feel hot after prolonged use.

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#6 Grado Prestige SR325e headphone

About  $295.00

The Grado Prestige SR325e home/studio-style headphones have a open-air over-ear design. These headphones have a 66-inch audio cord with a stereo mini-plug. The Prestige SR325e has earcups that swivel, comes with a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, and is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:This home/studio-style over-ear model has an open-air design that doesn't muffle outside sounds, so you'll be able to hear external sounds, such as a doorbell or car horn, when you are wearing the headphones. The headphones have medium-high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with even lower-powered portable audio devices. This model has earcups that swivel for storage or single ear monitoring, and it comes with a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter.

Sound quality: The Prestige SR325e delivers excellent overall sound, with a neutral to cool character. Bass has good impact, is well defined and goes fairly deep, but is a bit prominent and upper bass resonance is lacking. Midrange is very clean and has exceptional detail but lacks body, and treble is detailed and extended. The overall sound is somewhat open, with good dynamics. Compared to the Prestige SR325i that it replaces, the sound was similar but is subtly cleaner, a bit more relaxed, and the bass, midrange, and treble tonal regions are now better integrated into a sonic whole.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure around the ears. Some users might find that the earpad foam feels a bit rough on their ears, and the earpads might feel hot after prolonged use.

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#7 Grado Prestige SR225e headphone

About  $200.00

The Grado Prestige SR225e home/studio-style headphones have an open-air over-ear design. These headphones have a 66-inch audio cord with a stereo mini-plug. The Prestige SR225e has earcups that swivel, comes with a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, and is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:This home/studio-style over-ear model has an open-air design that doesn't muffle outside sounds, so you'll be able to hear external sounds, such as a doorbell or car horn, when you are wearing the headphones. The headphones have medium-high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels even when used with lower-powered portable audio devices. This model has earcups that swivel for storage or single ear monitoring, and it comes with a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter.

Sound quality: The Prestige SR225e delivers excellent overall sound, with a neutral to cool character. Bass has good impact, is well defined, and goes fairly deep but is a bit prominent, and upper bass resonance is lacking. Midrange is clean and very detailed but lacks body, and treble is detailed and extended. The overall sound is somewhat open, with good dynamics.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure around the ears. Some users might find that the earpad foam feels a bit rough on their ears, and the earpads might feel hot after prolonged use.

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#8 HiFiMan HE-400i headphone

About  $220.00

The HiFiMan HE-400i home/studio-style headphones have a open-air over-ear design. These headphones have a detachable 58-inch audio cord with a stereo mini-plug, and come with a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter. It's covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:This home/studio-style over-ear model has an open-air design that doesn't muffle outside sounds, so you'll be able to hear external sounds, such as a doorbell or car horn, when you are wearing the headphones. The headphones have low sensitivity, so while they can provide satisfying volume levels with home audio equipment and higher-powered portable audio devices, they may not be a good match for lower-powered portables. This model comes with detachable 58-inch audio cable and a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter.

Sound quality: The HE-400i delivers excellent overall sound, with a warm character. Bass has good impact and definition, and goes deep. Midrange is generally nicely balanced, full-bodied, and highly detailed, but the upper midrange is a bit dark. Treble is extended but very slightly recessed. The overall sound has good dynamics, and is open throughout the upper-bass and most of the midrange, but somewhat closed-in sounding in the upper midrange, and lacks treble air. The HE-400i has a sound that is similar to the HE-400s that is also covered in the Ratings, but HE-400i is a bit smoother throughout the midrange and the tonal balance is a little warmer (fuller) overall than the HE-400s.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure around the ears, and the earpads may feel hot after prolonged use.

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#9 HiFiMan HE-400S headphone

About  $299.00

The HiFiMan HE-400S home/studio-style headphones have a open-air over-ear design. These headphones have a detachable 56-inch long audio cord with a stereo mini-plug. The HE-400S comes with a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter and is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:The headphones have low sensitivity; so while they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and higher powered portable audio devices, they may not be a good match for lower-powered portables. This model comes with a detachable 56-inch audio cable and a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter.

Sound quality: We found the HE-400S delivers sound quality sound quality that falls in the excellent range; while no headphone is perfect, the sonic shortcomings of this model are minor. The overall sound can best be summarized as bit full and nicely detailed. Bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good impact and definition and goes deep, but seems slightly sluggish. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is generally nicely balanced, full-bodied, and highly detailed, but very slightly etched - a bit more sharply outlined then it should be. The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is extended but very slightly subdued. The sound has a good sense of liveliness and is open -- sound-wise it seems like you don't have anything covering your ears. The HE-400s has a sound that is similar to the HE-400i that is also covered in the Ratings, but HE-400s is not quite as smooth throughout the midrange and the tonal balance is a little more neutral (neither full nor lean) overall than the HE-400i.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure around the ears. The ear pads might feel hot after prolonged use.

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#10 Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphone

About  $399.00

The Bowers & Wilkins P7 home/studio-style headphones have a closed, over-ear design. These headphones are intended for use with iPods, iPads, some other cell phones, as well as standard audio devices. Features include earcups that can fold for travel or storage. The P7 comes with a carrying pouch, a detachable 51-inch long audio cable with built-in mic and answer/player control button for iPhone/iPod/iPad and smartphone use, a detachable 51-inch standard audio cable, and a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter. It is covered by a 24-month warranty.

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Design and features:Although this home/studio-style over-ear model lacks active noise reduction, the closed design helps to reduce both outside noise and sound leaking out into your environment. The headphones have medium sensitivity, so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with all but the lowest-powered portable audio devices. Features include a carrying pouch, a detachable 51-inch long audio cable with built-in mic and answer/player control button for iPhone/iPod/iPad and smartphone use, a detachable 51-inch standard audio cable, and a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter. This model has earcups that can fold for travel and storage.

Sound quality: The P7 delivers excellent, if somewhat constricted, overall sound, with a neutral character. Although the bass is a bit lean sounding, it has good impact and goes fairly deep. Midrange is clean and fairly detailed, but lacks a bit of body and warmth and sounds very slightly nasal. There is a bit of mid-treble sizzle, and the upper treble is somewhat rolled off. Overall this model is somewhat open sounding with good dynamics, though upper treble air is lacking.

Comfort: We found these headphones can produce a sense of medium pressure around the ears, and the earpads may feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#11 Grado Prestige SR80e headphone

About  $99.00

The Grado Prestige SR80e home/studio-style headphones have an open-air on-ear design. These headphones have a 80-inch audio cord with a stereo mini-plug. The Prestige SR80e has earcups that swivel, comes with a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, and is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:This home/studio-style on-ear model has an open-air design that doesn't muffle outside sounds, so you'll be able to hear external sounds, such as a doorbell or car horn, when you are wearing the headphones. The headphones have medium-high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels even when used with lower-powered portable audio devices. This model has earcups that swivel for storage or single ear monitoring, and it comes with a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter.

Sound quality: The Prestige SR80e delivers excellent overall sound, with a neutral character. Bass has good impact and goes fairly deep, but is slightly prominent and a bit boomy. Midrange is detailed and fairly even, but sounds a bit clinical and the bass somewhat crowds the lower midrange. Treble is extended and detailed, but is slightly recessed. The overall sound is somewhat open, with good dynamics. Compared to the Prestige SR80i that it replaces, the SR60e's sound is very similar but sounds a bit cleaner.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure on the ears. The earpads might feel hot after prolonged use.

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#12 Oppo PM-3 headphone

About  $399.00

The Oppo PM-3 home/studio-style headphones have a closed over-ear design. These headphones are intended for use with standard audio devices, as well as iPods, iPads, some other cell phones. The PM-3 has earcups that swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage, and comes with a detachable 119-inch standard audio cable, a detachable 47-inch long audio cable with built-in mic and call answer/music player control button for iPhone/iPod/iPad and smartphone use, a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, and a carrying case. It is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:Although this home/studio-style over-ear model lacks active noise reduction, the closed design helps to reduce both outside noise and sound leaking out into your environment. The headphones have medium sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and all but the lowest-powered portable audio devices. The PM-3 has earcups that swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage, and comes with a detachable 119-inch standard audio cable, a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, a detachable 47-inch long audio cable with built-in mic and call answer/music player control button for iPhone/iPod/iPad and smartphone use, and a carrying case.

Sound quality: The PM-3 delivers excellent sound quality, and It would be a good choice for the listener who won't be satisfied with anything less than top-notch music and movie soundtrack playback. The sound is best described as neutral (neither full nor lean) and pretty clean. While no headphone is perfect, the shortcomings of this model are minor. Bass (the tonal region that more or less covers bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good impact and goes deep, but lacks a bit of detail. Midrange (the tonal range that more or less covers voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is fairly even and you can hear all but the finest detail, but there is a hint of haziness. Treble (the tonal range that covers cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is slightly subdued compared to the rest of the tonal range, and the highest treble is a bit muted. The overall sound has a good sense of liveliness and is somewhat open (sound-wise it almost seems like you don't have anything covering your ears).

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure around the ears. The ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#13 Audeze Sine headphone

About  $398.00

The Audeze Sine home/studio-style headphones have a closed over-ear design. These headphones have a detachable 46-inch audio cord with a stereo mini-plug and earcups swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage. The Sine comes with a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter and a carrying pouch.

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Design and features:These headphones have low sensitivity; so while they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and higher powered portable audio devices, they may not be a good match for lower-powered portables. The Sine has a detachable 46-inch-long, standard audio cable and earcups that swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage. It comes with a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter and carrying pouch, and is covered by a 36-month warranty on its planer magnetic drivers and 12-month warranty on its earpads, headband, and audio cable.

Sound quality: We found the Sine delivers sound quality that falls in the excellent range; while no pair of headphones is perfect, the sonic shortcomings of this model are minor. The overall sound can best be summarized as slightly thin and a bit washed out. Bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good definition and goes fairly deep, but is slightly subdued and has so-so impact. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is a touch hazy and lacks a bit of body. The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is extended, but the lower- and mid-treble are slightly prominent and sizzly (sounds that should have a delicate shimmer have a sound reminiscent of bacon frying), while the upper treble is a bit subdued. While the sound has a good sense of liveliness, it is slightly closed-in -- sound-wise there is always a sense that you have something covering your ears.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderately high pressure around the ears. They may feel heavy to some users, the ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use, and their over-the-ear fit may feel cramped for all except those with smaller ears. When wearing this model while walking, the vibrations from each foot step can be faintly heard through the headphones.

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#14 Shure SRH1440 headphone

About  $249.00

The Shure SRH1440 home/studio-style headphones have a open-air over-ear design. These headphones have a detachable 81-inch audio cord with a stereo mini-plug. The SRH1440 comes with large storage case, mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, spare ear cushions, spare detachable audio cable. This model is covered by a 24-month warranty.

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Design and features:The open-air design of this home/studio-style over-ear model doesn't muffle outside sounds, so you'll be able to hear external sounds, such as a door bell or car horn, when you are wearing the headphones. The headphones have fairly low sensitivity, so while they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and higher-powered portable audio devices, they may not be a good match for lower-powered portable players. This model comes with an attractive, though fairly large, storage case, plus a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, spare ear cushions, and a spare detachable audio cable.

Sound quality: We found the SRH1440 delivers excellent overall sound with a neutral character. The slightly recessed bass has good definition, though it lacks a bit of impact. Midrange is clear, though it lacks some body, and the upper midrange and lower treble are somewhat pronounced. Treble is extended, but a bit aggressive. These headphones are open sounding with good dynamics.

Comfort: Despite their larger size, we found these headphones to be generally comfortable, although there is a slight sense of pressure around the ears. The velour ear pads might feel hot after prolonged use.

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#15 Grado Prestige SR125e headphone

About  $150.00

The Grado Prestige SR125e home/studio-style headphones have an open-air on-ear design. These headphones have a 66-inch audio cord with a stereo mini-plug. The Prestige SR125e has earcups that swivel, comes with a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, and is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:This home/studio-style on-ear model has an open-air design that doesn't muffle outside sound, so you'll be able to hear external sounds, such as a doorbell or car horn, when you are wearing the headphones. The headphones have medium-high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels even when used with lower-powered portable audio devices. This model has earcups that swivel for storage or single ear monitoring, and it comes with a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter.

Sound quality: The Prestige SR125e delivers very good overall sound with a neutral character. Bass has good impact and goes fairly deep, but is slightly prominent and a bit boomy. Midrange is detailed and fairly even, but sounds edgy, somewhat clinical, a bit constricted, and the bass somewhat crowds the lower midrange. Treble is extended and detailed, but slightly prominent. The overall sound is somewhat open, with good dynamics.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure on the ears. The earpads might feel hot after prolonged use.

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#16 Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones II headphone

About  $99.00

The Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear Headphones II home/studio-style headphones have a closed over-ear design. These Android/cellphone-centric headphones have a detachable 66-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4-contact mini-plug that works with Samsung Galaxy Android mobile devices and some other cellphones, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with an integrated volume, music player function, and call connect/disconnect controls. Additional features include earcups that swivel flat for ease of carrying and storage. The SoundTrue around-ear headphones II comes with a carrying case and is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:These headphones have medium sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and all but the lowest-powered portable audio devices. The SoundTrue Around-Ear Headphones II have an inline volume control that works with Samsung Galaxy and some other Android mobile devices, plus an integrated microphone and music player function control that are compatible with Android and Apple mobile devices and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some Android and Apple mobile devices and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-Apple/non-Android mobile devices or other audio equipment. This model has earcups that swivel: You can fold them flat for ease of carrying and storage, and comes with a detachable 66-inch long audio cable and a carrying case.

Sound quality: We found the SoundTrue around-ear headphones II deliver sound quality that falls in the very good range: It reproduces music and voice very well although it does have some noticeable sonic quirks. The overall sound can best be summarized as neutral (neither full nor lean) and a bit sterile. Bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has decent impact and definition and goes fairly deep. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is fairly even but slightly grainy. The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is extended and fairly detailed, but slightly prominent. The sound has a good sense of liveliness and is somewhat open--sound-wise it almost seems like you don't have anything covering your ears.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of light pressure around ears. The earpads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use. The sound is very dependent on the earpads forming a good seal around the ears; if a good seal is not achieved, bass and midrange performance suffers (bass becomes recessed and midrange gets nasal and plasticy sounding). Users with small or narrow heads or pronounced depressions around their ears may have problems getting a good seal.

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#17 Grado Prestige SR60e headphone

About  $79.00

The Grado Prestige SR60e home/studio-style headphones have an open-air on-ear design. These headphones have a 80-inch audio cord with a stereo mini-plug. The Prestige SR60e has earcups that swivel, comes with a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, and is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:This home/studio-style on-ear model has an open-air design that doesn't muffle outside sounds, so you'll be able to hear external sounds, such as a doorbell or car horn, when you are wearing the headphones. The headphones have medium-high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels even when used with lower-powered portable audio devices. This model has earcups that swivel for storage or single ear monitoring, and it comes with a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter.

Sound quality: The Prestige SR60e delivers very good overall sound, with a warm character. Bass has good impact and goes fairly deep, but is slightly pronounced and is slightly boomy. Midrange is very slightly grainy and the bass somewhat crowds the lower midrange. Treble has good detail, but there is a slight treble roll off. The overall sound is somewhat open, with good dynamics. Compared to the Prestige SR60i that it replaces, the SR60e sounds very similar but is a bit cleaner and warmer--it's a very musical, easy-to-listen-to headphone.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure on the ears. The earpads might feel hot after prolonged use.

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#18 Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphone

About  $149.00

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x home/studio-style headphones have a closed over-ear design. These headphones have earcups that swivel and fold for ease of storage/transport and for single-ear monitoring. The ATH-M50x comes with a detachable 47-inch audio cable for use with portable devices, a detachable 119-inch audio cable and a detachable coiled audio cable that stretched from 62 to over 107 inches for home/studio use, a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, and a storage pouch. It is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:Although this home/studio-style over-ear model lacks active noise reduction, the closed design helps to reduce both outside noise and sound leaking out into your environment. The headphones have medium sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and all but the lowest-powered portable audio devices. This model has earcups that swivel and fold for ease of storage/transport and for single-ear monitoring, and comes with a detachable 47-inch audio cable for use with portable devices, a detachable 119-inch audio cable and detachable 62-to-107+-inch coiled audio cable for home/studio use, a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, and a storage pouch.

Sound quality: We found the ATH-M50x delivers very good overall sound with a warmish to neutral character. Bass has good impact and goes fairly deep, but lacks a bit of definition and the lower bass is a bit prominent. Midrange is slightly recessed and a bit lean. Treble is a bit sizzly, and upper treble is somewhat rolled off. Somewhat open sounding with decent dynamics.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure around the ears. The ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#19 Blue Microphones Mo-Fi headphone

About  $279.00

The Blue Microphones MoFi home/studio-style headphones have a closed, over-ear design. These headphones--intended for use with iPods, iPads, some other cell phones, as well as standard audio devices--have a built-in amplifier powered by a rechargeable battery; they'll work in both powered and un-powered modes. The amplifier has an automatic shutoff feature when the earcups are returned to a rest position, and the headband has an adjustment wheel that can be used to increase or lessen the clamping pressure. The MoFi comes with a 119-inch detachable standard audio cable, a 47-inch detachable audio cable with built-in mic and answer/player control button for iPhone/iPod/iPad and smartphone use, a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, a mini-plug-to-airplane-jack adapter, a USB charging cable, an AC adapter, and a carrying pouch. It is covered by a 24-month warranty.

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Design and features:Although this home/studio-style over-ear model lacks active noise reduction, the closed design helps to reduce both outside noise and sound leaking out into your environment. The headphones have very high sensitivity in active (battery-powered) mode, so they can easily provide satisfying volume levels when used even with lower-powered portable audio devices. But the amplification produces high levels of background hiss and/or hum when used with home audio and studio equipment. When in passive (non-battery) mode the headphones have medium-high sensitivity, so they're able to provide satisfying volume levels even with lower-powered portable audio devices. The built-in rechargeable battery-powered amplifier has a bass-boost option, and automatically turns on when the earcups are separated; it shuts off when earcups are returned to a rest position. This model has a headband clamping pressure adjustment and comes with a 119-inch detachable standard audio cable, a 47-inch detachable audio cable with built-in mic and answer/player control button for iPhone/iPod/iPad and smartphone use, a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, a mini-plug-to-airplane-jack adapter, a USB charging cable, an AC adapter, and a carrying pouch.

Sound quality: The MoFi delivers very good overall sound, with a warm character. There is no significant difference in sound quality between the unpowered ("Off") and powered ("On") modes, though the powered mode plays much louder, especially when used with home/studio electronics. Bass has good impact, with decent definition, and goes deep. Midrange is a bit muted and hazy, and treble is somewhat recessed. The overall sound is a bit closed-in, with decent dynamics. Using the "On+" (bass boost) powered setting provides a mild bass boost that probably would not be offensive to critical listeners. The amplified settings are usable with mobile devices, but not with home audio or studio equipment that uses AC power, as the amp produces high levels off hiss and/or hum that can be heard even when music is playing. This wasn't an issue when the headphone amplifier was turned off.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a moderate to moderately high sense of pressure around the ears, depending on how the headband is adjusted. (Users with larger heads might experience more pressure at the various settings.) The earpads may feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use. The MoFi is fairly heavy in general, and some users may find them noticeably top-heavy. The powered mode plays much louder than unpowered mode, especially when used with home/studio electronics; care should be taken to make sure that the volume level on the equipment it is connected to is turned way down, or that the headphones are not worn while the switching from the unpowered to the powered mode.

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#20 NAD Electronics VISO HP50 headphone

About  $179.00

The NAD Electronics VISO HP50 home/studio-style headphones have a closed over-ear design. These headphones are intended for use with iPods, iPads, some other cell phones, as well as standard audio devices. The VISO HP50 comes with a detachable 46-inch long audio cable with built-in mic and answer/player control button for iPhone/iPod/iPad, and smartphone use, a detachable 45-inch standard audio cable, a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, a mini-plug-to-airplane-jack adapter, and a carrying pouch. It is covered by a 24-month warranty.

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Design and features:Although this home/studio-style over-ear model lacks active noise reduction, the closed design helps to reduce both outside noise and sound leaking out into your environment. The headphones have medium-high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels even when used with lower-powered portable audio devices. The VISO HP50 features "Room Feel" technology, which the manufacturer claims makes headphone listening sound more like a live performance. This model comes with a detachable 46-inch long audio cable with built-in mic and answer/player control button for iPhone/iPod/iPad, and smartphone use, a detachable 45-inch standard audio cable, a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, a mini-plug-to-airplane-jack adapter, and a carrying pouch.

Sound quality: The Viso HP50 delivers very good overall sound, with a neutral character. Bass is a bit recessed, has so-so impact, and doesn't seem to go deep. Midrange is fairly even but a bit hazy and constricted. Treble is extended, but upper treble is rolled off. The overall sound is somewhat open, with decent dynamics. Even though these headphones have decent dynamics and are fairly even tonally, the overall sound is a bit anemic.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure on the ears. The earpads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#21 Phaz P2 headphone

About  $61.00

The Phaz P2 home/studio-style headphones have a closed over-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a detachable 47-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4 contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with and integrated volume, music player function, and call connect/disconnect controls. Additional features include a built-in amplifier and switchable bass boost function, an earcup mini-jack connection for a second set of headphones, a built-in high capacity battery that can be used to partially recharge external portable USB devices such as phones and music players, and earcups that fold for ease of storage/transport. The P2 comes with a USB charging cable and a carrying pouch, and is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:The P2 features a built-in battery powered amplifier with a switchable bass boost function. The headphones have very high sensitivity in powered mode with or without bass boost feature activated; they can easily provide satisfying volume levels when used with lower powered portable audio devices, but the high level of amplification produces very noticeable levels of background hiss when used with AC powered home audio and studio equipment. When in passive (non-amplified) mode they have high sensitivity; so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with low powered portable audio devices. In passive mode they can also be used with home audio and studio equipment without background hiss. The P2 has an inline volume control that works with iPads and some iPod and iPhone models, plus an integrated microphone and player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-Apple/non-Android mobile devices or other audio equipment. Additional features include a high capacity battery that can be used to partially recharge external portable USB devices such as cell phones and digital music players, an earcup mini-jack connection for a second set of headphones, and earcups that fold for ease of storage/transport. This model comes with a detachable 47-inch long audio cable, a USB charging cable, and a carrying pouch.

Sound quality: In the powered mode without the bass boost function engaged we found the P2 delivers sound quality that falls in the very good range - it reproduces music and voice very well although it does have some noticeable sonic quirks. The overall sound can best be summarized as bright and a bit harsh. Bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good impact and is fairly detailed, but is slightly boomy and the deepest bass is lacking. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is thin, grainy, slightly constricted (think straightjacketed) and washed out. The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is extended, but prominent and sizzly - sounds that should have a delicate shimmer have a sound reminiscent of bacon frying. Above a moderate volume level the midrange and treble sound harsh. The sound has a good sense of liveliness and is partially open -- sound-wise it almost seems like you don't have anything covering your ears in the treble region, but that openness does not extend down into the midrange. When the bass boost function is used the overall sound quality level is still the same but the character of the sound changes significantly - the bass becomes prominent, boomy, and less detailed; the midrange changes from thin and washed out to full and a bit soft but still grainy and the upper midrange has a bit of an edge; the treble, while not prominent, remains sizzly; and the sound becomes fuller overall and less harsh above a moderate volume level. When used in non-powered mode the sound is very similar to the powered mode without the bass boost.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a moderate sense of pressure around the ears. The ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#22 Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear M2 (Wired) headphone

About  $230.00

The Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear M2 home/studio-style headphones have a closed on-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a detachable 54-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4 contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and remote with integrated volume, music player function, and call connect/disconnect controls. The Momentum On-Ear M2 has earcups that fold for ease of storage or transport, comes with a storage bag and carrying case, and is covered by a 24-month warranty.

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Design and features:Although this home/studio-style on-ear model is a closed design, it doesn't form a tight seal with the ears so you'll be able to hear that door bell ring, train announcement, or car horn when you are wearing the headphones. The headphones have medium-high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and lower-powered portable audio devices. The Momentum On-Ear M2 has a detachable 54-inch long audio cable with an inline volume control that works with iPads and some iPod and iPhone models, plus an integrated microphone and player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. The audio cable's 4-contact mini-plug works with most mobile devices but may not be compatible with some other audio equipment, and we found that the in-line remote's volume controls were hard to locate by feel. This model has earcups fold for ease of storage/transport and comes with a storage bag and a carrying case.

Sound quality: We found the Momentum On-Ear M2 (Wired) delivers sound quality that falls in the very good range - it reproduces music and voice very well although it does have some noticeable sonic quirks. The overall sound can best be summarized as bassy, full, and a bit remote. The bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good impact and goes deep, but is pronounced and boomy. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is even, but a bit dark (there is an opaqueness that covers up fine detail) and distant, and is somewhat overwhelmed by the bass. The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is extended but recessed. While the sound has a decent sense of liveliness it is closed-in -- sound-wise it is obvious that you have something covering your ears.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of medium pressure on the ears. The ear pads might feel hot after prolonged use.

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#23 Skullcandy Grind headphone

About  $53.00

The Skullcandy Grind home/studio-style headphones have a closed on-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a detachable 47-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4 contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have a built-in microphone and an integrated music player function and call connect/disconnect control. The Grind is covered by a limited lifetime warranty.

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Design and features:Although this home/studio-style on-ear model has a closed design, it doesn't form a tight seal with the ears so you'll be able to hear that door bell ring, train announcement, or car horn when you are wearing the headphones. The headphones have medium-high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and even lower-powered portable audio devices. The Grind has an integrated microphone and player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-Apple/non-Android mobile devices or other audio equipment. This model comes with a detachable 47-inch long audio cable with a 4-contact mini-plug that generally works with mobile devices but may not be compatible with other audio equipment.

Sound quality: We found the Grind delivers sound quality that falls in the very good range - it reproduces music and voice very well although it does have some noticeable sonic quirks. The overall sound can best be summarized as bassy and a bit bright. The bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good impact and goes deep, but is prominent and somewhat boomy. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is constricted (think straightjacketed), a bit hazy and gritty, and slightly thin. The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is extended, but is a bit pronounced and lacking in detail. The sound has a good sense of liveliness and is somewhat open--sound-wise it almost seems like you don't have anything covering your ears. This model sounds very similar sound to the Bluetooth version of the Skullcandy Grind.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of light pressure on the ears. The fit is loose and headphones will tend to fall off if the user leans far forward when wearing them, and the ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#24 Sony MDR-1A headphone

About  $298.00

The Sony MDR-1A home/studio-style headphones have a closed, over-ear design. These headphones are intended for use with iPods, iPads, some other cell phones, as well as standard audio devices. The MDR-1A has earphones that can swivel to flat for travel and storage. It comes with a detachable 47-inch long audio cable with built-in mic and call answer/music player control button for iPhone/iPod/iPad and smart phone use, a detachable 46-inch standard audio cable, and a carrying pouch. A free Smartkey app for Android OS 4.0 and later smart phones allows the music player control button to be used with those devices. This model is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:Although this home/studio-style over-ear model lacks active noise reduction, the closed design helps to reduce both outside noise and sound leaking out into your environment. The headphones have medium sensitivity, so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with all but the lowest-powered portable audio devices. The MDR-1A has earcups that swivel flat for travel, and comes with a carrying pouch. Also included are a detachable 47-inch long audio cable with built-in mic and call answer/music player control button for iPhone/iPod/iPad and smartphone use, and a detachable 46-inch standard audio cable. A free Smartkey app is available for Android OS 4.0 and later smartphones that lets you use the music player control button with those devices.

Sound quality: The MDR-1A delivers very good overall sound, with a warmish character. Bass has lots of impact and goes fairly deep, but is boomy and very pronounced. Midrange is fairly congestion-free, but is somewhat dark and edgy, a bit gritty, and the lower midrange is overwhelmed by the bass. Treble is extended; it's somewhat pronounced compared to the midrange, but not as pronounced as the bass. The overall sound is somewhat closed-in, with good dynamics.

Comfort: We found these headphones are generally comfortable, though they can produce a sense of light pressure around the ears, and the earpads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#25 beats by dre Solo2 headphone

About  $200.00

The Beats by Dre Solo2 home/studio-style headphones have a closed, on-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a detachable 52-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4-contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but it may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with integrated volume, music player function, and call connect/disconnect controls. This model has earcups that fold for travel and storage, and comes with a carrying case. These headphones are covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:Although this home/studio-style on-ear model lacks active noise reduction, the closed design helps to reduce both outside noise and sound leaking out into your environment. The headphones have high sensitivity, so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used even with lower-powered portable audio devices. The Solo 2 has a 52-inch detachable audio cable with an inline volume control that works with iPads and some iPod and iPhone models, plus an integrated microphone and player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cell phones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-Apple/non-Android mobile devices or other audio equipment. This model has earcups that can fold for travel and storage, and it comes with a carrying case.

Sound quality: We found the Solo2 delivers good overall sound, with a warm character. Bass has good impact and goes deep, but is pronounced and bottom-heavy. Midrange is soft and lacks detail, treble is a bit recessed, and upper treble is muted. The overall sound is somewhat closed-in, with decent dynamics.

Comfort: We found that these headphones can produce a sense of strong pressure on the ears, and the earpads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#26 Monoprice HiFi DJ-Style Pro headphones headphone

About  $23.00

The Monoprice HiFi DJ-Style Pro MHP-839 (also known as the Monoprice 8323 or 108323) home/studio-style headphones have a closed, over-ear design. These headphones feature earcups that can fold for travel and storage, and swivel for one-ear monitoring when used as a DJ headset. The HiFi DJ-Style Pro MHP-839 comes with detachable 139-inch cord for home or studio use, plus a 41-inch portable audio cable, both with stereo mini-plugs. A mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter is included. This model is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:Although this home/studio-style over-ear model lacks active noise reduction, the closed design helps to reduce both outside noise and sound leaking out into your environment. The headphones have high sensitivity, so they can provide satisfying volume levels even when used with lower-powered portable audio devices. This model has earcups that can fold for travel and storage, and they can swivel for one-ear monitoring if being used DJ style. The headphones come with a detachable 139-inch audio cable for home use, a detachable 41-inch portable audio cable, and a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter.

Sound quality: The HiFi DJ-Style Pro MHP-839 delivers good overall sound quality, with a neutral to warmish character. Bass has good impact but lacks a bit of definition and doesn't go deep. Midrange is a bit hazy and gritty, and has a slight plastic resonance. Treble is extended, but lower treble is a bit recessed and mid treble is a bit sizzly. Overall sound is a bit closed in, with decent dynamics.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of medium pressure around the ears, and the earpads may feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use

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#27 Sennheiser Urbanite headphone

About  $100.00

The Sennheiser Urbanite home/studio-style headphones have a closed, on-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a detachable 45-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4-contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but it may not be compatible with other audio equipment. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with integrated volume, music player function, and call connect/disconnect controls. The Urbanite has earcups that fold for travel or storage, and comes with a carrying bag. It's covered by a 24-month warranty.

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Design and features:Although this home/studio-style on-ear model lacks active noise reduction, the closed design helps to reduce both outside noise and sound leaking out into your environment. The headphones have high sensitivity, so they can provide satisfying volume levels even when used with lower-powered portable audio devices. The Urbanite has a 47-inch detachable audio cable with an inline volume control that works with iPads and some iPod and iPhone models, plus an integrated microphone and player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-Apple/non-Android mobile devices or other audio equipment. This model has earcups that fold for travel or storage, and comes with a carrying bag.

Sound quality: The Urbanite delivers good overall sound, with a warm character. Bass has good impact and goes fairly deep, but is a bit boomy; the upper bass is somewhat recessed. Midrange is a bit soft and somewhat congested, and treble is somewhat recessed, and upper treble is rolled off. The overall sound is closed in, with decent dynamics.

Comfort: We found these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure on the ears, and the earpads may feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#28 NAD Electronics VISO HP30 headphone

About  $129.00

The NAD Electronics VISO HP30 home/studio-style headphones have a closed on-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones are intended for use with iPods, iPads, some other cell phones, and will work with many, but not all, standard audio devices. The VISO HP30 has earcups that fold for ease of storage and comes with a detachable 46-inch long audio cable with built-in mic and answer/player control button for iPhone/iPod/iPad and smartphone use (the cable's 4-contact mini-plug may not be compatible with some other audio devices), a detachable 47-inch audio cable (which also has a 4-contact mini-plug that may not be compatible with some other audio devices), a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, a mini-plug-to-airplane-jack adapter, and a carrying pouch. It is covered by a 24-month warranty.

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Design and features:The headphones have high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with lower-powered portable audio devices. The VISO HP30 has earcups that fold for ease of storage. This model comes with a detachable 46-inch long audio cable with built-in mic and answer/player control button for iPhone/iPod/iPad and smartphone use and a detachable 47-inch audio cable without any inline controls (both of these cables have 4-contact mini-plugs that work with most mobile devices but may not be compatible with some other audio equipment), a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, a mini-plug-to-airplane-jack adapter, and a carrying pouch.

Sound quality: We found the VISO HP30 delivers sound quality that falls in the good range - it reproduces music and voice reasonably well despite the obvious shortcomings in its sound. The overall sound can best be summarized as full, bassy, and muted. Bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good impact, but is prominent, boomy, and doesn't go deep. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is fairly even, but hazy and congested (think sonic traffic jam). The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is extended, but subdued and the upper treble is muted. The sound is closed-in (sound-wise it is very obvious that you have something covering your ears) and lacks a bit of liveliness.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a moderate sense of pressure on the ears. The ear pads might feel hot after prolonged use. When wearing this model while walking the vibrations from each foot step can be heard through the headphones.

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#29 Sennheiser HD 2.30i headphone

About  $64.00

The Sennheiser HD 2.30i home/studio-style headphones have a closed on-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a detachable 55-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4 contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline remote with a built-in microphone and integrated volume, music player function, and call connect/disconnect controls. The HD 2.30i has earcups that fold for ease of storage and transport, comes with a carrying bag, and is covered by a 24-month warranty.

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Design and features:These headphones have medium sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and all but the lowest-powered portable audio devices. The HD 2.30i has detachable 55-inch long audio cable with an inline volume control that works with iPads and some iPod and iPhone models, plus an integrated microphone and player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-Apple/non-Android mobile devices or other audio equipment. This model has earcups fold for ease of storage/transport and comes with a carrying bag.

Sound quality: We found the HD 2.30i delivers sound quality that falls in the good range - it reproduces music and voice reasonably well despite the obvious shortcomings in its sound. The overall sound can best be summarized as somewhat hazy, constricted, and congested. Bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good impact, but is slightly soft and boomy and the deepest bass is lacking. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is somewhat nasal, hazy, constricted (as in straightjacketed) and congested (think sonic traffic jam), and slightly soft. The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is fairly extended slightly smeared (sounds that should have a delicate shimmer sound blurred ). While the sound has a good sense of liveliness it is somewhat closed-in -- sound-wise it is somewhat obvious that you have something covering your ears.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure on the ears. As typical of on-ear models the ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use. If this model is not carefully placed on the ears, which will be more forward than you expect, the sound quality suffers - the bass becomes subdued and the sound becomes thin and nasal.

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#30 Marshall Major II headphone

About  $55.00

The Marshall Major II home/studio-style headphones have a closed on-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a coiled detachable 47-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4 contact mini-plug /that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with a music player function/call connect/disconnect control. Additional features include audio cable jacks on both earcups which allows the audio cord to be connected to either side (the unused mini-jack can also be used as an aux output jack for a second set of headphones); the earcups also fold for ease of storage/transport. The Major II is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:Although this home/studio-style on-ear model lacks active noise reduction, the closed design helps to reduce both outside noise and sound leaking out into your environment. The headphones have medium-high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and even lower-powered portable audio devices. The Major II has an integrated microphone and player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-Apple/non-Android mobile devices or other audio equipment. Additional features include audio jacks on left and right earcups that allow the audio cable to be attached on either side (the unused mini-jack can be used as an aux output jack for a second set of headphones) a detachable coiled audio cable with a fully stretched length of more then 60 inches, and earcups that fold for ease of storage/transport.

Sound quality: The Major II delivers sound quality that falls into the good range, with sound that can best be described as full but muffled. Non-critical listeners may find it satisfactory for music and movie soundtrack playback despite a few shortcomings. Bass (the tonal region that more or less covers bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good impact and goes deep, but is thumpy and a bit prominent compared to the midrange. Midrange (the tonal range that more or less covers voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is muffled. Treble (the tonal range that covers cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is subdued compared to the midrange, and the upper treble sounds are cut off. The sound is closed in (lacks a sense of openness, making you well aware sound-wise that headphones are covering your ears), congested (think sonic traffic jam), and lacks a bit of liveliness.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a moderate sense of pressure on the ears. The ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#31 Panasonic RP-HD10C headphone

About  $194.00

The Panasonic RP-HD10C home/studio-style headphones have a closed over-ear design. These headphones are intended for use with iPods, iPads, some other cell phones, as well as standard audio devices. The RP-HD10C has earcups can be shifted horizontally for fit and swiveled to flat for ease of carrying and storage. It comes with a detachable 119-inch long standard audio cable, a detachable 50-inch long audio cable with a built-in mic and call answer/music player control button for iPhone/iPod/iPad and smartphone use, a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, and a storage bag. It is covered by a 3-month warranty.

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Design and features:These headphones have high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with lower-powered portable audio devices. The RP-HD10C has earcups that can be shifted horizontally for fit and swiveled to flat for ease of carrying and storage. It comes with a detachable 119-inch long standard audio cable, a detachable 50-inch long audio cable with a built-in mic and call answer/music player control button for iPhone/iPod/iPad and smartphone use, a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, and a storage bag.

Sound quality: We found the RP-HD10C delivers sound quality that falls in the good range - it reproduces music and voice reasonably well despite the obvious shortcomings in its sound. The overall sound can best be summarized as boomy bass coupled with a somewhat thin and occasionally piercing midrange. Bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has decent impact, but is somewhat prominent and boomy, and the deepest bass is lacking. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is somewhat thin, gritty, hazy, congested (think sonic traffic jam), slightly nasal, and the upper midrange has a peakyness that can sometimes sound piercing. The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is extended, but prominent, sizzly (sounds that should have a delicate shimmer have a sound reminiscent of bacon frying), and dry sounding. While the sound has a decent sense of liveliness it is somewhat closed-in -- sound-wise it is somewhat obvious that you have something covering your ears.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure around the ears. As typical of over-ear models the pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use. When wearing this model while walking the vibrations from each foot step can be heard through the headphones.

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#32 beats by dre Beats EP headphone

About  $96.00

The beats by dre Beats EP home/studio-style headphones have a closed on-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a 51-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4 contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have inline remote with a built-in microphone and integrated volume, music player function, and call connect/disconnect controls. The Beats EP comes with a carrying bag and is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:These headphones have high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with lower-powered portable audio devices. The Beats EP has an inline volume control that works with iPads and some iPod and iPhone models, plus an integrated microphone and player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-Apple/non-Android mobile devices or other audio equipment. This model comes with a carrying bag.

Sound quality: We found the Beats EP delivers sound quality that falls in the good range - it reproduces music and voice reasonably well despite the obvious shortcomings in its sound. The overall sound can best be summarized as bassy and somewhat muffled. Bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good impact and goes fairly deep, but is somewhat boomy and prominent. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is fairly even but somewhat muffled. The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is fairly extended, but subdued and soft. The sound is somewhat closed-in (sound-wise it is somewhat obvious that you have something covering your ears) and lacks a bit of liveliness.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure on the ears. As typical of on-ear models the ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use. When wearing this model while walking the vibrations from each foot step can be heard through the headphones.

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#33 JBL E35 headphone

About  $80.00

The JBL E35 home/studio-style headphones have a closed on-ear design. These headphones are intended for use with cell phones and have a detachable 51-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4 contact mini-plug that works with cellphones and tables, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with a music player function and call connect/disconnect control. Additional features include earcups that fold and swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage. The E35 is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:These headphones have medium sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and all but the lowest-powered portable audio devices. The E35 has an integrated microphone and player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-Apple/non-Android mobile devices or other audio equipment. Additional features include earcups that fold and swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage.

Sound quality: We found the E35 delivers delivers sound quality that falls in the good range - it reproduces music and voice reasonably well despite the obvious shortcomings in its sound. The overall sound can be summarized as boomy and muffled. Bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good impact and goes deep, but is somewhat prominent and boomy. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is a bit nasal, muffled, and dark (there is an opaqueness that covers up fine detail), and has a slight plastic resonance (something like what you would hear if you talked into a semi-rigid plastic cup). The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is subdued and a bit smeared (sounds that should have a delicate shimmer sound blurred). While the sound has a decent sense of liveliness it is closed-in (sound-wise it is obvious that you have something covering your ears).

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure on the ears. When wearing this model the sound of the cable rubbing on clothing can easily be heard; while walking the vibrations from each foot step may be heard through the headphones by some users. As typical of on-ear models the ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#34 Monoprice Hi-Fi Lightweight On-Ear headphone 13191

About  $20.00

The Monoprice Hi-Fi Lightweight On-Ear headphone 13191 home/studio-style headphones have a closed on-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a 48-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4 contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with music player function and call connect/disconnect controls. The Hi-Fi Lightweight On-Ear headphone 13191 has earcups that swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage and is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:The headphones have high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with lower-powered portable audio devices. The Hi-Fi Lightweight On-Ear headphone 13191 has an integrated microphone and music player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-Apple/non-Android mobile devices or other audio equipment. Additional features include earcups that swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage.

Sound quality: We found the Hi-Fi Lightweight On-Ear headphone 13191 delivers sound quality that falls in the fair range, meaning that it has sonic shortcomings that leave a lot to be desired when listening to music but don't rule it out for dialog and communication. The overall sound can best be summarized as full, muffled, and very bassy. Bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good impact and goes deep, but is very prominent and boomy, and a bit muddy. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is fairly even, but is hazy, and somewhat soft, grainy, distant, and overwhelmed by the bass. The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is subdued and smeared (sounds that should have a delicate shimmer sound slightly blurred). While the sound has a decent sense of liveliness it is closed-in -- sound-wise it is obvious that you have something covering your ears.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure on the ears. The ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#35 Monoprice Hi-Fi Over-the-Ear headphone 12230

About  $61.00

The Monoprice Hi-Fi Over-the-Ear headphone 12230 home/studio-style headphones have a closed over-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a detachable 48-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4 contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with and integrated volume, music player function, and call connect/disconnect controls. Additional features include earcups that swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage. The Hi-Fi Over-the-Ear headphone 12230 comes with a storage case and is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:The headphones have high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with lower-powered portable audio devices. The Hi-Fi Over-the-Ear headphone 12230 has an inline volume control that works with iPads and some iPod and iPhone models, plus an integrated microphone and music player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-Apple/non-Android mobile devices or other audio equipment. This model has a detachable audio cable, earcups that swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage, and comes with a storage case.

Sound quality: We found the Hi-Fi Over-the-Ear headphone 12230 delivers sound quality that falls in the fair range, meaning that it has sonic shortcomings that leave a lot to be desired when listening to music but don't rule it out for dialog and communication. The overall sound can best be summarized as nasal, washed-out, and sizzly. Bass (the tonal range that covers bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good detail and decent impact, but is slightly subdued and deep bass is lacking. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is nasal, somewhat constricted (think straightjacketed) and congested (as in sonic traffic jam), and has a very noticeable plastic resonance (something like what you would hear if you talked into a semi-rigid plastic cup). The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is somewhat extended but the upper treble dies off quickly and what's left is pronounced and sizzly - sounds that should have a delicate shimmer have a sound reminiscent of bacon frying. While the sound has a decent sense of liveliness it is closed-in -- sound-wise it is obvious that you have something covering your ears.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a moderate sense of pressure around the ears. The over-the-ear fit of the ear pads may be cramped for those with bigger ears, and the pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use. When wearing this model while walking the vibrations from each foot step can be heard through the headphones.

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#36 Sennheiser HD 461 headphone

About  $49.00

The Sennheiser HD 461 home/studio-style headphones have a closed over-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a detachable 51-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4-contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with integrated volume, music player function, and call connect/disconnect controls. The HD 461 is covered by a 24-month warranty.

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Design and features:These headphones have low sensitivity; so while they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and higher-powered portable audio devices, they may not be a good match for lower-powered portables. The HD 461 has an inline volume control that works with iPads and some iPod and iPhone models, plus an integrated microphone and music player function control that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-Apple/non-Android mobile devices or other audio equipment. Additional features include a detachable audio cable

Sound quality: We found the HD 461 delivers sound quality that falls in the fair range, meaning that it has sonic shortcomings that leave a lot to be desired when listening to music. But don't rule it out for dialog and communication. The overall sound can best be summarized as bassy and "plasticy". Bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good impact, but the mid-bass is somewhat prominent and boomy while the lower bass is subdued. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is a bit nasal and echoey and has a moderate plastic resonance (something like what you would hear if you talked into a semi-rigid plastic cup). The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is extended but prominent and sizzly--sounds that should have a delicate shimmer have a sound reminiscent of bacon frying. While the sound has a decent sense of liveliness, it is closed-in (sound-wise, it is somewhat obvious that you have something plugging up your ears).

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of light pressure around ears. The earpads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use. The sound is very dependent on the earpads forming a good seal around the ears; if a good seal is not achieved, bass and midrange performance suffers (the bass becomes recessed and midrange gets nasal and more plasticy sounding). Users with small or narrow heads or pronounced depressions around their ears may have problems getting a good seal. Although it has a detachable audio cable, it is very difficult to detach the cable from the headphone.

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#37 Skullcandy Crusher headphone

About  $49.00

The Skullcandy Crusher home/studio-style headphones have a ported over-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a 51-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4-contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with music player function and call connect/disconnect controls. This model features an integrated battery-powered bass-extension amplifier that powers secondary bass speakers in the headphone, which can be manually adjusted. On this model, the earcups can be folded flat for storage or travel. Other features include a detachable audio cable and a storage bag. These headphones are covered by a limited lifetime warranty.

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Design and features:Although this home/studio-style over-ear model lacks active noise reduction and uses a ported, rather than closed, design, it nonetheless reduces outside noise and sound leaking out into your environment. The headphones have medium-high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used even with lower-powered portable audio devices. The Crusher has an integrated microphone and music player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. But these headphones may not operate properly with some non-iPod players or other audio equipment. This model has an integrated battery-powered bass extension amplifier that powers secondary bass drivers (speakers) in the earcups. The amp has an auto on/off feature and a claimed 40-hour battery life; the level of bass enhancement is manually adjustable via a slider. The bass extension amp is not needed for headphone operation, so the Crusher can operate without batteries. The earcups on this model can fold for storage or travel. Additional features include a detachable audio cable and a storage bag.

Sound quality: The Skullcandy Crusher headphones deliver fair overall sound, with a warm character. When this model is adjusted to provide its most accurate sound quality, the bass has good impact but is slightly pronounced, sluggish, and boomy. Midrange is a bit muffled, congested, nasal, and has a plastic resonance, and treble is rolled off. Overall sound is closed in, with decent dynamics. The bass adjustment has a noticeable effect on the lower bass level, ranging from none to a boost extreme enough to actually make the headphones vibrate on your head.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of medium pressure around the ears, and the ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#38 UrbanEars Plattan 2 headphone

About  $49.00

The UrbanEars Plattan 2 home/studio-style headphones have a closed on-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a detachable 45-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4 contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and remote with music player function and call connect/disconnect controls. Additional features include earcup mini-jack connections for a second set of headphones and earcups that fold for ease of storage. The Plattan 2 is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:These headphones have medium-high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and even lower-powered portable audio devices. The Plattan 2 a detachable 45-inch long audio cable with an integrated microphone and player function control that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-Apple/non-Android mobile devices or other audio equipment. Additional features include an earcup mini-jack for connecting a second set of headphones and earcups that fold for ease of storage.

Sound quality: We found the Plattan 2 delivers sound quality that falls in the fair range, meaning that it has sonic shortcomings that leave a lot to be desired when listening to music but don't rule it out for dialog and communication. The overall sound can be summarized as bassy and somewhat muffled. Bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good impact and goes fairly deep, but is prominent and boomy. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is soft, hazy, somewhat congested (think sonic traffic jam), a bit grainy, and somewhat overwhelmed by the bass. The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is subdued and smeared (sounds that should have a delicate shimmer sound blurred). The sound is closed-in (sound-wise it is obvious that you have something covering your ears) and lacks a bit of liveliness.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce there is a light sense of pressure on the ears. As typical of on-ear models the ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#39 SOUL Electronics Combat+ headphone

About  $180.00

The SOUL by Ludacris Combat+ home/studio-style headphones have a closed over-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a detachable 48-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4 contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with and integrated volume, music player function, and call connect/disconnect controls. The earcups fold for ease of storage, and the manufacturer claims that this model is sweat resistant. The Combat+ comes with one pair of closed foam ear pads, one pair of mesh earpads, and a carrying case. It is covered by a 12-month warranty.

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Design and features:Although this home/studio-style over-ear model lacks active noise reduction, the closed design helps to reduce both outside noise and sound leaking out into your environment. The earphones have medium-high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and even lower-powered portable audio devices. The Combat+ has a detachable 48-inch long audio cable with an inline volume control that works with iPads and some iPod and iPhone models, plus an integrated microphone and a music player function control that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These earphones may not operate properly with some non-iPod players or other audio equipment. The earcups fold for ease of storage and transport, and the manufacturer claims the headphones are sweat resistant. This model comes with one pair of closed foam ear pads, one pair of mesh earpads, and a carrying case.

Sound quality: We found the Combat+ delivers fair overall sound with a warm character. Bass has good impact, but is pronounced, boomy, and doesn't go deep. Midrange is muffled, nasal, and has a plastic resonance. Treble is uneven - mostly recessed and rolled off, but has a sizzly mid-treble peak. Closed-in sounding with compressed dynamics.

Comfort: We found that these earphones produce a sense of uneven pressure (medium at top, heavy at bottom) around the ears that some might find uncomfortable. The ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#40 Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H4 headphone

About  $249.00

The Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H4 home/studio-style Bluetooth wireless headphones have a closed over-ear design. These headphones are intended for use with Bluetooth enabled audio devices including cell phones as well as cable connected audio devices, and have a claimed wireless reception range of 33 feet. The headphones have a built-in microphone and integrated volume, music player function, and call connect/disconnect Bluetooth controls. Additional features include earcups that swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage. The BeoPlay H4 comes with detachable 48-inch long standard audio cable and a USB charging cable, and is covered by a 24-month warranty.

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Design and features:These headphones can be used wirelessly with Bluetooth devices or can be cord connected. When cord connected they have low sensitivity; so while they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and higher powered portable audio devices, they may not be a good match for lower-powered portables. The BeoPlay H4 has an integrated microphone and volume, music player function, and call connect/disconnect controls for use with paired Bluetooth devices. Additional features include earcups that swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage. The free BeoPlay app download for Apple or Android mobile devices can be used to adjust tonal balance and sound stage (the apparent size of the audio "image), and to update firmware. This model comes with a detachable 48-inch long standard audio cable, and a USB charging cable.

Sound quality: We found the BeoPlay H4 delivers sound quality that falls in the very good range - it reproduces music and voice very well although it does have some noticeable sonic quirks. The overall sound can be summarized as boomy, a bit thin, and bright. Bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good impact and goes deep, but is prominent and boomy with the bass notes cutting off rather than decaying naturally. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is somewhat thin, and a bit hazy and constricted (as in straightjacketed), and "far away" sounding. The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is extended, but is somewhat prominent and sizzly (sounds that should have a delicate shimmer have a sound somewhat reminiscent of bacon frying). The sound has a good sense of liveliness and is somewhat open -- sound-wise it almost seems like you don't have anything covering your ears. There was no significant difference between Bluetooth and wired sound quality.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of light pressure around the ears; some may find that the headphones will tend to shift forward if the user leans far forward when wearing them. As typical of over-ear models the ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use. If a proper seal is not achieved with the earpads the sound quality is affected: the bass becomes slightly subdued and the midrange becomes a bit edgy.

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