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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.

Detailed Test Results

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.

Detailed Test Results

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.

Detailed Test Results

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.

Detailed Test Results

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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