Best High-Fidelity Headphones for 2018

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Sennheiser HD800

Enduring quality for exquisite tastes

Design : 10Features : 9Performance : 9
Top-notch engineering, highly accurate sound, and a super comfy over-ear design keep the Sennheiser HD800 headphones at the top of our list of high-fidelity headphones.

Beyerdynamic T90

Pricey but remarkably accurate sound

Design : 10Features : 9Performance : 9
The T90 is very comfortable to wear for long periods and its sound quality measures up well against headphones that cost $1,000.

Audeze Sine

Planar magnetic driven excellence

Design : 10Features : 9Performance : 9
The swanky, sturdily built Audeze Sine is among the smallest and most affordable headphones to use planar magnetic drivers, revealing a very spacious sound in a closed-back design.

Sony MDR Z7

High-end Sonys worth the cost

Design : 10Features : 9Performance : 9
The Sony MDR-Z7 can go toe to toe with top audiophile models—and it better, considering it costs $700.

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Studio

Audiophile sound without the pricetag

Design : 10Features : 9Performance : 9
The Beyerdynamic DT 770 Studio is an excellent pair of monitor headphones for a good price.

Oppo PM-3

Groundbreaking planar magnetism

Design : 10Features : 9Performance : 9
The Oppo PM-3 is an affordable, attractive planar magnetic headphone optimized for use with mobile devices. They deliver high-fidelity sound and come with a nice carrying case and a bonus smartphone cable.

Audio Technica ATH-MSR7

Low-priced, high-resolution headphone

Design : 10Features : 9Performance : 9
Available in a few different colors, the ATH-MSR7 is a premium closed-back headphone with highly detailed sound and a tough housing.

HiFiMan HE-400i

Full-sized planar-magnetic headphone

Design : 10Features : 9Performance : 9
The HiFiMan HE-400is a sound compromise for anyone looking to own a pair of budget-friendly planar-magnetic headphones.

Grado Prestige Series SR325e

Spacious, open-sounding imaging

Design : 10Features : 9Performance : 9
The sturdily built Grado Prestige Series SR325e headphones offer very clear, detailed sound and spacious stereo imaging thanks to the open-back design.

Ultrasone Signature Pro

German-made, Mercedes-class headphones

Design : 10Features : 9Performance : 9
The Signature Pro ($1,299) is one Ultrasone’s top-of-the-line models and its sound quality reflects that pedigree.

Bowers & Wilkins P7

One of the best luxury headphones you can buy

Design : 10Features : 9Performance : 9
The Bowers & Wilkins P7 may not the best headphone you can buy in its luxury price range, but it certainly is among the best, with excellent build quality and rich sound that works well with a wide range of music genres and sources.

Sennheiser HD 598

Highly dynamic and detailed range

Design : 10Features : 9Performance : 9
With a stylish makeover, the Sennheiser HD 598 updates a classic with lush materials, precision sound quality and a wide-open soundstage.

Sennheiser HD 700

Best large audiophile headphones

Design : 10Features : 9Performance : 9
The perennial Sennheiser HD 700 is a large, full-size audiophile headphone with a wide-open sound profile and transparency that sounds great on digital music players.

Shure SRH1840 Professional

High comfort for long listens

Design : 10Features : 9Performance : 9
The rugged Shure SRH1840 Professional feature the company’s extra-comfy earpads and a wide sound stage that will surely thrill demanding listeners.

Grado Prestige Series SR80e

Retro looks and impressive sound

Design : 10Features : 9Performance : 9
The Grado SR80e headphones offer impressive sound for the modest $100 price and are comfortable to wear, especially for an on-ear model. Thanks to the open-back design, stereo imaging is more spacious and natural.


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