Ultrasone Pro 900Price: $599

Website: www.ultrasone.com

S. Andrea said: The Ultrasone Pro 900 is an excellent choice of closed-back headphone. Its exceptional high-frequency extension can exploit the ability of high-resolution recordings to deliver harmonic textures. Its rendering of fine detail is not quite up to the level of Ultrasone’s own Edition 8, but it comes remarkably close for 60% less money.

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The gist: Euro-sleek design with sound to match.