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We’ve done the ground work for you guys. All of these headphones have undergone intense scrutiny. Every single one has undergone intense testing to delineate construction quality, sound quality, and overall effectiveness. We have not posted any lackluster headphones, these are all the better scoring headphones, so your selection process is better qualified. We will not post any headphones which do not meet our quality threshold.

 

        HEADPHONES:

 

 

CLARITY:

ath_m50xbl_2_sqAudio-Technica ATH-M50xBL Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

These are put quite simply, some of the best entry-level headphones one can buy (under $200). Entry level is not a knock on them at all, as after all, good chance most people aren’t spending $150 dollars on regular headphones. The build quality is extremely sturdy for what you normally get out of plastic; they are built like a tank.  These are also quite possibly your most popular and beloved among even your semi-serious audiophile. They’re too fun for precise studio work, but perfect for enjoying music.

Isolation: 3.75 Stars (3.75 / 5)

Sound: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Comfort: 3.75 Stars (3.75 / 5)

Overall: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Price: $160.00

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beyerd_dt660-02Beyerdynamic DT 660 Premium Headphones

If you’re not a hardcore audiophile, there’s a good chance you might find the sound of these a bit boring. The tonality is considered completely neutral; honest, uncolored and probably leaning toward bass-light. The clarity on these is exceptional, though, and almost make it the quintessential headphone for listening to classical music.

Isolation: 5 Stars (5 / 5)

Sound: 4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5) (extremely bass light but analytical and clear)

Comfort: 3.75 Stars (3.75 / 5)

Overall: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Price: $191.00

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AKG Pro Audio K702 Channel Studio Headphones

81zGKjDDusL._SX466_The k702 offers one of the widest soundstage presentations in the business. They provide a neautral-ish tonality; it lacks in the bass department so the tonality will steer more toward “clear” than balanced. Some complain about discomfort about the padding up top which has two leather bumps, but overall it’s still comfortable. The presentation is just a bit esoteric for many regular listener’s taste, but it is still very clear.

Isolation: 4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)

Sound: 4 Stars (4 / 5) (bass light if not paired with amp, also analytical)

Comfort: 4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)

Overall: 4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)

Price: $275.00

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41VXlU318nL._SY300_Audio Technica ATH-AD900X Open-Back Audiophile Headphones

For under $300 there is not a pair of headphones better suited for classical music than the ATH-AD900x’s. Strengths: tonality, mids, soundstage and comfort. Weakness: lacks transparency, lack of bass, and overall aesthetic. Exceptional price to performance ratio.

Isolation: 4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)

Sound: 4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)

Comfort: 4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)

Overall: 4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

Price: $145.00

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Beyerdynamic DT-1350-80 Closed Supraaural Headphone
These outperform their price class in just about every facet of the game. Bass is strong and punchy, but not overdone. The mids are not recessed, but not overdone. The treble is very controlled, and whilst present, not overbearing.

Isolation: 3.9 Stars (3.9 / 5)

Sound: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Comfort: 4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)

Overall: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Price: $179.00

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bowers-and-wilkins-p3Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones – Black

Elegant design is equitable to it’s unique tonal signature. A tad expensive, but you’re paying for the design. Most of its users have no problem forking out money over the aesthetic.

Isolation: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Sound: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Comfort: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Overall: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Price: $270..00

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BASS:

The ensuing reviews encompass nothing but the hardest hitting headphones we’ve tested. There is nothing else applicable or pertinent to these ratings.

 

 

718AxQ3mW5L._SY355_JVC Kenwood Victer stereo headphones HA-SZ2000 japan import

These are not for your average “basshead”. If you want jaw shattering, face rumbling bass, then these are your go to. They’re very fun, immersive and make you feel like you’re in a club. A 55mm driver dedicated to low frequency, it’s actually called a “subwoofer”, and boasts a double bass reflex design.

JetEffects :

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Mach3Bass +9 (volume 34)

Bass: 5 Stars (5 / 5)

Price: $225.00

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Sony-Outs-the-Massive-MDR-XB1000-Headphones-2SONY Stereo Headphones MDR-XB1000 | Extra Bass Over Headband Type

Highest quality over ear headphones sony has. Extremely bass heavy and big soundstage.

JetEffects :

BBE+8

Mach3Bass +9 (volume 34)

Bass: 4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)

Price: $225.00

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81DTcJ3XNzL._SY355_JVC Kenwood Victer Stereo Headphones Ha-sz1000

Sometimes you want to hear the pluck of guitar strings; other times you just want that detail sacrificed for some bass; enormous bass. These are that sacrifice. These are pretty good with rock too. They’re not like open backs but most non open backs don’t share their sonic specialties.

JetEffects :

BBE+8

Mach3Bass +9 (volume 34)

Bass: 4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

Price: $148.00

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31839_12001_1Yamaha PRO 500 High-Fidelity Premium Over-Ear Headphones (Piano Black)

The Pro 500s have a warm, bassy signature with a decent spacious enveloping sound for a closed headphone. Somewhat questionable whether they justify their price tag buy you can find them on a deal. Awesome sounding; sorta-questionable price tag.

JetEffects :

BBE+8

Mach3Bass +9 (volume 34)

Bass: 4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)

Price: $320.00

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B004KCLIFA_img1Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700MK2 Professional DJ Monitor Headphones

The Pro700MK2 headphones are made for DJ use, and as such, feel quite durable and capable of withstanding a good deal beating.The Pro700MK2 has gained something of a reputation for being very powerful about the bass regions; it has nice emphasis on sub bass and lacking a mid-bass hump; mid-range is slightly recessed; and sound stage is wide.

JetEffects :

BBE+8

Mach3Bass +9 (volume 34)

Bass: 4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)

Price: $126.00

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v-moda-crossfade-m-100-shadow-_left-angle_V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone (Shadow)

Warm sounding, bass-boosted, durable, compact head-phone. There aren’t many other portable choices that offer a combination of competing sound, style, portability, comfort and build quality.

JetEffects :

BBE+8

Mach3Bass +9 (volume 34)

Bass: 4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)

Price: $126.00

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Bluedio-R+-Wireless-HeadphonesBluedio R+ Legend Version Bluetooth Headphones Revolutionary 8 Drivers Deep Bass Effect Wireless Headphones Over-Ear Headphones Retail-Gift Packaging (Silver)

Very nice bass, relaxed mids and highs, but clear. These look exactly like the older Beats Studios but with better sound and less distortion. These are geared more towards bass heads.

Bass: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Price: $112.79

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        IN EARPHONES:

01_500x375DUNU DN-1000 Hybrid earphone (twin BA + 1 dynamic drivers)

There are no other headphones that compare to it in its entirety regarding headphones in it’s price range. Extremely clear, though maybe a tad bit harsh the soundstage is enormous. It is extremely sturdily built and comes with a lot of accessories. Making sure the extensions fit is key.

Isolation: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Sound: 4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5) (Overall package, bass, soundstage, etc.)

Comfort: 3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Overall: 4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)

Price: $176.00

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750_JVC KENWOOD In-Ear Headphones HA-FX750

JVC is a company especially known for bass, and this little delicatessen does not disappoint in that regard. Featuring a very aesthetic package, the construction quality is top notch; it weigh as much as it looks and is not plastic. The sound is very detailed and rivals that of the Dunu DN – 1000’s, though these are bit warmer, bassier and lack the soundstage of the Dunu’s.

Isolation: 3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Sound: 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5) (Very Bassy)

Comfort: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Overall: 4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)

Price: $199.00

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41A+4m2bKRL._SX425_Earsonics SM64 Earphones

There are 3-drivers with each drive recreating their own frequency section. The SM64 puts everything together quite well: balanced, transparent and coherent. These are not “basshead” headphones but get the job done.

Isolation: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Sound: 4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)

Comfort: 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Overall: 4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)

Price: $450.00

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41FFAouh4wL._SX355_Etymotic Research ER4S MicroPro Reference Earphones, Black

The ER4 series is considered by many to be the golden standard of accuracy. The ER4 is still one of the most revealing, while supremely detailed, neutral sounding inner ear monitor you can listen to. They have almost been around for 25 years.

Isolation: 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Sound: 4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

Comfort: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Overall: 4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

Price: $245.00

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DV016_Jpg_Large_H78089.001_silver_detailYamaha EPH-100SL Inner-Ear Headphone

The EPH-100 SL is a headphone that does everything well but nothing extraordinarily. Bass is good, but not too hard and doesn’t spoil over into anything else. The sound is detailed, but not entirely clear. A good adjective to explain the sound is “warm”. For its price its a very good headphone. If you mess around with the tips you can get a very isolated sound. The construction is very sturdy yet very small.

Isolation: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Sound: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Comfort: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Overall: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Price: $80.00

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412owKJATJL._SY300_RHA MA750 Noise Isolating Premium In-Ear Headphone- 3 Year Warranty

Based out of Scotland the RHA MA750 boasts a pretty balanced repertoire. Though, probably too bassy for true audiophiles, the RHA has relatively well balanced approach. The best way to describe its tonality is “warm”. Sometimes a bit harsh like the Dunu-1000 it’s not quite as clear nor does it possess as big a soundstage; however, it’s still pretty big. The bass lacks punch, though.

Isolation: 3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Sound: 4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)

Comfort: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Overall: 4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)

Price: $120.00

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Ja4toLUVSonic GR07 Bass Edition Dynamic Noise Isolation Earphones Earbuds IEM

Though these are the Bass Edition these are not your “basshead” headphones. That’s not to say bass is lacking, it’s prevalent but tightly controlled. The low bass and sub-bass are on the same level. They’re very detailed, but mostly smooth leaning more toward the “warm” side of the spectrum. These will please audiophiles and regular listeners alike.

Isolation: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Sound: 4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)

Comfort: 4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)

Overall: 4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)

Price: $128.00

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Front-with-TurnHiFiMan RE-400 In-Ear Headphones

If you want clarity in a semi budget-conscious package, these are your headphones.

Isolation: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Sound: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Comfort: 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Overall: 4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)

Price: $79.00

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      BUDGET CONSCIOUS:

S-SCS-4312S_1Original Xiaomi Piston Earphone Ii Headphone Headset Earbud with Remote & Mic for Smartphone (New version, silver color))

They originally only came in gold, but as time has gone on they’ve introduced new colorways. The Xiamoi Piston 2.0’s were a staple in many audiophile and regular user’s lineups (due to price and availability) but they are some of the best quality $20-dollar headphones you can buy. Their signature is warm but rather bassy. You wont get the complexity, sound stage or detail of some of its more expensive counterparts, but for its price, it’s very hard to beat. We would pit them up against the Yamaha EPH – 100SL’s any day of the week. Bass can hit hard, very hard, depending on what you listen to, and again it’s very hard to beat this performance/ price ratio.

PLEASE:

Be conscious of the fact that there are fakes/scams/duplicates out there. Use discretion to understand who you are buying from. These headphones are very good for the amount of money they are, as such, many companies tried to capitalize and create fakes. Your original ones will come in original packaging liHTB1AR3uGXXXXXagXVXXq6xXFXXX0ke this and smell “chocolaty”:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Audeo Perfect Bass Earphones 012 (Black)

Isolation: 3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Sound: 3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Comfort: 3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Overall: 3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Price: $45.00

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