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(2018) Headphones and Related

Price: $249.99

Website: www.acousticresearch-hifi.com

Brent said: The industrial design is great, the sound is very good, and the ergonomics are excellent. I wish more of the products I review were this well executed.

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The gist: All the features you want and great sound too.

Price: $599.99

Website: www.acousticresearch-hifi.com

Brent said: What I love about them is that there’s nothing spectacular or exaggerated about their sound -- just as there’s nothing spectacular or exaggerated about the sound of a great violin, tenor saxophone, or singer. If you want something spectacular, that’s fine -- but if you want headphones you can enjoy day after day with all kinds of music, I strongly recommend the AR-H1s.

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The gist: One of an elite group according to Brent.

Price: $299.95

Website: www.akg.com

Rad said: The more I listened, the less I liked AKG’s N60 NC Wireless noise-canceling headphones.

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The gist: These pretty much sucked.

Price: $1999

Website: www.audio-technica.com

Brent said: I can’t imagine any audiophile or headphone enthusiast wouldn’t consider the ATH-ADX5000s sonically competitive with anything on the market up to at least $3000. If you’re looking for high-end open-back headphones, they’re a must-hear.

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The gist: Audio-Technica is back on the map.

Price: $199

Website: www.audio-technica.com

Rad said: You can do better for the money.

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The gist: Rad does not recommend.

Price: $499

Website: www.beoplay.com

Rad said: At $499, plus $99 for a decent case, the H9i headphones aren’t the best value in this category -- but if styling and NC are important to you, they offer some of the best of both.

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The gist: Quirky design offers good NC but not much else.

Price: $349

Website: www.base-audio.com

Brent said: They’re definitely for listeners who like their sound tilted slightly to the bright side, but the upside they deliver in clarity, spaciousness, and bass precision will be worth it for many audiophiles and headphone enthusiasts.

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The gist: A little extra treble is the thing here.

Price: $449

Website: www.beyerdynamic.de

Rad said: The Beyerdynamic Aventho Wirelesses are some of the best-sounding headphones I’ve ever heard. They reveal the nuances of all types of music, and have a cool retro look.

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The gist: Some functional issues, and the price is a little high, but the sound sure is good.

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