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Fidelio M1BTBL/00
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Philips Fidelio M1BT

Bluetooth Headphone, HiFi Headphone; Headphones; Shape: On-ear, Closed; Detachable Cable, …

Although the Fidelio M1BTs boast a big, bass-heavy sound signature, the lower end is rich and tight, with no sign of boom, and it doesn't overpower other frequencies. Expert Reviews said that …

1 review | 19 opinions (Above average)

 

K-551
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AKG K551

HiFi Headphone, Clamshell headphones; Headphones; Shape: Closed, Over-ear; Fold-up, …

"Smashing all-rounders that really sing."

1 review | 16 opinions (Above average)

 

Harman/Kardon BT
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Harman/Kardon BT

HiFi Headphone, Bluetooth Headphone, Clamshell headphones; Headphones; Shape: Closed, Over- …

"FOR: Good clarity; neutral performance; lovely design; comfy; great battery life. AGAINST: Sound could be punchier; fiddly power button; wired sound still sounds better."

1 review

 

 
Shure SRH940
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Shure SRH940

Studio Headphone, HiFi Headphone; Headphones; Shape: Over-ear, Closed; Gold Plated Plug, Fold- …

"FOR: Open, transparent sound; well integrated across frequency range; comfy to wear. AGAINST: Revealing sound might not be to everyone's tastes."

1 review | 1 opinion (Excellent)

 

Master Tracks XC Studio Tuned by Calvin Harris
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Sol Republic Master Tracks XC

DJ Headphone, HiFi Headphone; Headphones; Shape: Over-ear, Closed; Remote Control, …

They ask for a hefty outlay, but the Master Tracks XC headphones Studio Tuned by Calvin Harris give a lot in return. Their build quality is simply impressive, their modular design means that the

1 review

 

More information at: Pocket-lint.co.uk, 11/2013 Sol Republic Master Tracks XC headphones Studio Tuned by Calvin Harris Celebrity-endorsed headphones tend to have more to do with marketing than with features or technical improvements, but could Sol Republic be offering something actually interesting with its Master Tracks XC headphones Studio Tuned by Calvin Harris? … to review

ADL-H-118
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Furutech ADL-H118

HiFi Headphone, Clamshell headphones; Headphones; Shape: Over-ear, Closed; 3.5 - 6.3-Adapter, …

Reviewers at Hi-Fi World were seriously impressed by Furutech's ADL-H118s, to the point that they recommended going out right now and getting a pair. They're very reasonably priced for a

1 review

 

More information at: Hi-Fi World, issue September 2013 Ear Candy With their big, comfy-looking earpads, detachable cable and reasonable price, Furutech's ADL-H118s look very promising indeed. Hi-Fi World put them through their paces. … to review

SRH 1840
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Shure SRH1840

Studio Headphone, HiFi Headphone; Headphones; Shape: Open, Over-ear; 3.5 - 6.3-Adapter

"... all that we could think of when testing was that they sounded 'just right'. Composed and refined, yet with plenty of agility, they're the perfect foil for any genre of music. …

2 reviews

 

Fidelio X-1
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Philips Fidelio X1

HiFi Headphone, Clamshell headphones; Headphones; Shape: Open, Over-ear; Gold Plated Plug, …

Hi-Fi World were so impressed by Philips' Fidelio X1s that they said they can shame even the best loudspeakers. Their sound balance is spot on, offering class-leading bass, clarity, outstanding …

4 reviews | 41 opinions (Excellent)

 

AKG K451
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AKG K451

HiFi Headphone, Clamshell headphones; Headphones; Shape: Half open, On-ear; Headband Adjuster, …

Few headphones at this price or even more expensive ones offer better value than AKG's K451s. They're far from being the last word in accuracy and studio-grade sound quality, but Trusted …

3 reviews | 386 opinions (Excellent)

 

MDR-MA-900
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Sony MDR-MA900

HiFi Headphone, Clamshell headphones; Headphones; Shape: Over-ear, Open; Single-sided Cable, …

Reviewers at Hi-Fi News were so impressed by Sony's MDR-MA900 that it led them to declare that they can stand up to any other headphones, regardless of price. Their sound is well balanced, …

1 review | 4 opinions (Above average)

 

 
M4U2
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PSB M4U 2

HiFi Headphone, Clamshell headphones; Headphones; Shape: Closed, Over-ear; Noise-Cancelling, …

Praiseworthy as PSB's intent is, reviewers at Hi-Fi News weren't entirely convinced of the capabilities of the M4U 2s. Its deep bass is excellent, but the lower midrange is recessed,

4 reviews | 36 opinions (Above average)

 

More information at: Hi-Fi News, issue 12/2013 PSB M4U 2 Using its experience in loudspeaker design, PSB has created a pair of headphones which the company claims produce a much more natural tonal balance than rival offerings. Hi-Fi News see if these claims hold any water. … to review

ES-HF 300
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Onkyo ES-HF300

HiFi Headphone, Clamshell headphones; Headphones; Shape: On-ear, Closed; Gold Plated Plug, …

At this price, it feels stingy of Onkyo not to supply a 6.3mm adaptor or inline controls, but the ES-HF300s certainly deliver where it counts, producing a detailed and agile sound with a strong …

5 reviews | 1 opinion (Excellent)

 

ATH-A-900-x
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Audio-Technica ATH-A900x

Clamshell headphones, HiFi Headphone; Headphones; Shape: Over-ear, Closed; Gold Plated Plug, …

If you want a neutral-sounding pair of headphones, the ATH-A900Xs are not it, but for those who appreciate musicality, they will come as a blessing. Hi-Fi News said that they made all music genres a …

1 review

 

M-500
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KEF M500

HiFi Headphone; Headphones; Shape: On-ear, Closed; Single-sided Cable, Headband Adjuster, …

They're terribly expensive, but luckily, KEF's M500s deliver on all fronts. They produce excellent bass reaching all the way into the deep end, with superbly balanced mids and treble, and

3 reviews | 14 opinions (Excellent)

 

More information at: IT Reviews, 8/2013 KEF M500 At this price point, the expectations for a pair of headphones are high, so IT Reviews are hoping that KEF's M500s don't disappoint. … to review

Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear
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Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear

HiFi Headphone; Headphones; Shape: Over-ear, Closed; Remote Control, Gold Plated Plug, …

The Momentum On-Ears might have larger bass than what Sennheiser is usually known for, but they're still a far cry away from the likes of Beats headphones, so they're a great choice for

6 reviews | 117 opinions (Excellent)

 

More information at: T3, 7/2013 Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones Sennheiser's Momentum headphones were quite a success last year, so the company is expanding the range with a smaller version that's also available in a number of fashion-friendly colours. … to review

Crossfade M100
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V-Moda Crossfade M-100

Clamshell headphones, HiFi Headphone; Headphones; Shape: Over-ear, Closed; Remote Control, …

Those willing to shell out for V-Moda's expensive Crossfade M-100s will be rewarded with sturdy build quality, a unique design and some nice extras, not to mention their stunning sound quality, …

2 reviews | 39 opinions (Excellent)

 

Tracks HD with V10 sound engine
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Sol Republic Tracks HD

HiFi Headphone, Clamshell headphones; Headphones; Shape: Closed, On-ear; Remote Control, …

The folks at PC Advisor were very fond of the Tracks HD's sleek, simple design and excellent sound quality, not to mention their different colour options which help make your pair unique.

1 review | 11 opinions (Excellent)

 

More information at: PC Advisor, 10/2013 Sol Republic Tracks HD review: Sleek, customizable cans with solid sound quality Sol Republic has aimed for a simple, understated design with its Tracks HD headphones, but that doesn't mean they look dull, or boring. PC Advisor see what lies in store for anybody who chooses to shell out for them. … to review

Wood Tones Over-Ear
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Griffin Technology WoodTones Over-Ear

HiFi Headphone, Clamshell headphones; Headphones; Shape: Closed; Detachable Cable, …

The folks at PC Advisor thought that the £75 price tag of Griffin's WoodTones was perfectly adequate considering the quality on offer here, both regarding its superb build quality, nice design

1 review | 2 opinions (Poor)

 

More information at: PC Advisor, 11/2013 Griffin WoodTones review - wooden over-the-ear headphones with a built in mic for hands-free calling Wooden headphones are always guaranteed to be eye catchers, but what good is a fancy design if their sound is not up to scratch? PC Advisor put them through their paces. … to review

Zoro HD On-Ear
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Noontec Zoro HD

Clamshell headphones, HiFi Headphone; Headphones; Shape: Closed, On-ear; Gold Plated Plug, …

For such an affordable pair of headphones, the Zoro HDs offer excellent audio quality and a very stylish design that is perhaps a bit too reminiscent of their Beats competitors. PC Advisor pointed

1 review | 18 opinions (Excellent)

 

More information at: PC Advisor, 7/2013 Noontec Zoro HD review - stylish headphones offer decent audio quality at a low price The influence that Beats has had over the headphone industry over the last years has led Noontec to design its cans in a very similar fashion in order to be able to compete in a market that puts visual appeal first and sound quality second, but coming in at around £50, just how good can they the Zoro HDs be? … to review

MM-400-X
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Sennheiser MM400-X

Bluetooth Headphone, HiFi Headphone, Clamshell headphones; Headphones; Shape: Closed, On-ear; …

"A must-audition for owners of aptX enabled phones and laptops."

2 reviews | 21 opinions (Above average)

 

 

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Product information and further reviews

Philips Fidelio L1 TrustedReviews 3/2012 - Premium headphones have become really popular since the arrival of the Beats by Dr. Dre range took off. One unfortunate side effect has been the increase in bass heavy headphones that cater for wealthy urban basshead commuters. Can Philips neutralise that trend?

Sennheiser MM 550 Travel TrustedReviews 3/2012 - The feature list of the MM550s is certainly eyebrow-raising, but features don't mean anything if sound quality is not up to scratch. Do these cans deliver what's expected of them at the price?

Philips Fidelio L1 headphones Pocket-lint.co.uk 3/2012 - Headphones are the current must-have accessory, with branded headphones proving people will spend lots of money on headphones that don't deliver audiophile quality. Can the Fidelio L1 from Philips offer something a bit different?

Mellow music marred by beefy bass What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 4/2012 - If we gave star ratings for design and build alone, the Embraces would be a shoo-in for the full five. ...

“Unadulterated pleasure” - enclosed design stereoplay 1/2010 - Review details: We tested 17 headphones with an enclosed design, which received ratings from “good - very good” to “satisfactory”. Test criteria were sound, measurements, practice and valency.

BlueAnt Embrace headphones Pocket-lint.co.uk 1/2012 - Choosing the right set of headphones is always difficult as there is so much choice out there. What makes the BlueAnt Embrace stand out from the crowd?

Sennheiser PX 210 BT Expert Reviews 1/2012 - Sennheiser are known for producing quality audio equipment. Will their PX 210 BT Bluetooth headphones match up to the usual standards?

Sennheiser HD 700 first look TrustedReviews 1/2012 - The HD 700 from Sennheiser comes in between the more expensive HD 800 and the slightly cheaper HD 650 models. This range is far from cheap, so will the HD 700 offer enough to make it worth the high price tag?

Style for cool kids MAC LIFE 7/2011 - The look and range of functions on offer make it perfectly clear that the On Ear Wangs from Fanny Wang were designed for a younger audience. ...

The Stretch MacWorld 12/2011 - The combination of different materials used in the construction of The Stretch and its transparent plastic headband give it a positively space-age look.

Philips Fidelio L1 TechRadar UK 3/2012 - The Philips Fidelio L1 premium headphones can be used both at home and when you are on the go. If you really care about sound quality, can these headphones fit the bill?

Urbanears Plattan headphone T3 10/2011 - Urbanears has made it their own personal mission to produce stylish headphones without a compromise in audio quality. With the Plattan model, have they hit the nail on the head?

Griffin MyPhones kids' headphones MacWorld 8/2011 - As children have much more sensitive ears than us adults - who've most likely already damaged our hearing with loud music - it is essential to select the right headphones for them.

Magnetostatic headphones - Audez'e LCD-2 hifistatement.net 4/2011 - Headphones with magnetostatic powered transducers were a hot topic for a good 30 years, however since then, things have been pretty quiet regarding these high-pitched surface transmitters. But recently, two new models have been thrust into the market: one by Chinese manufacturer, HifiMAN, and another by the American firm Audez’e. Both are now hotly debated in the headphone industry, and deemed by many as the ultimate in sound.

Xonar goes gaming Hardwareluxx [printed] 1/2011 - ASUS made an outstanding début on the soundcard market with its first Xonar model. Ever since then the series has generally been considered to be audiophile worthy and capable of holding its own against the likes of Auzentech and Creative. Its new Xonar Xense model, which comes as a package together with the Sennheiser PC350, is now targeting the gamer market.

Sennheiser HD 448 Digitale Generation 3/2010 - There are headphones which don’t bother with bells and whistles, and then there is the HD 448 from Sennheiser. Whether at home or on-the-go the HD 448 will captivate no matter what its surroundings, thanks to its excellent and natural stereo sound - let’s give it a listen...

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Headphones are small speakers that, as opposed to earphone, fit around the ear, often with a headband, and allow the user to listen to music or other audio without disturbing anyone in the immediate vicinity or indeed being disturbed by them. Alongside standard earbuds, wired headphones are available in Hi-Fi and professional studio quality, these are often a lot bigger than traditional headphones and use a thicker cable. The better the cable used, the higher the fidelity of sound reaches the headphones. Some headphone manufacturers use a spiral cable which takes up less space when not in use but when stretched a slight tug can be felt which could put some people off. When deciding for a professional set of headphones it is better to get a model that allows the user to change and replace the cable themselves, as to have the work done by a professional can be quite expensive. Headphones with only one cable leading to both ears are generally lighter but more prone to get pulled to one side, a twin cable set is more resilient when it comes to accidental tugging of the cable. Most professional grade sets will come with the larger 6mm jack so if planning to also use these headphones with an MP3 player for instance be sure to get the correct adapter. Also think about whether a portable player's amplifier will be powerful enough to drive a full sized set of headphones. It is also possible to buy wireless headphones and sets with built in surround sound decoders and virtual surround.