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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: $199.99

Website: www.akoustyx.com

Brent said: Most of the focus with the R-220s is on the mids and treble, which are clear and largely uncolored. There is some bass -- and it’s precise, well-defined bass -- but it’s low in level relative to the rest of the sonic spectrum.

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The gist: Treble-heavy and bass-shy pretty well sums it up.

Price: $899

Website: www.audeze.com

Brent said: They have a full, natural tonality, lots of detail, and a gorgeous, enveloping sense of space.

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The gist: Heavy and bulky is the only real drawback in an otherwise stellar product.

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.

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