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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.

Detailed Test Results

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.

Detailed Test Results

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.

Detailed Test Results

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.

Detailed Test Results

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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