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Price: $350

Website: aiaiai.audio

Brent said: I absolutely love the modular concept of the TMA-2 HD Wireless headphones -- it’s well thought-out, gives the listener lots of options, and solves the largely ignored problem that headphones get broken often.

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The gist: You can listen to these for hours on end.

Price: $500

Website: www.andoveraudio.com

Brent said: I found them just really pleasant to use overall, especially with the rounded pads, which gave them a more relaxed sound that dudes in late middle age, like me, tend to prefer.

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The gist: Earpad options can alter the sound to your liking.

Price: $899.99

Website: www.danclarkaudio.com

Brent said: I’m always looking for the perfect headphones -- ones that are comfortable enough that you never feel the urge to take them off, with a natural tonal balance that never calls attention to itself and reproduces every recording faithfully. The Æon Flow 2 Closed headphones, fitted with the perfed pads, do that for me -- and they’re compact and portable enough to take anywhere.

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The gist: Get the perforated earpads to hear what these can really do.

Price: $399.99

Website: www.drop.com

Brent said: They’re more like good passive audiophile headphones with Bluetooth added as a convenience when you want it.

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The gist: Nicely balanced in almost all respects means most will like them.

Price: $119.99

Website: www.edifier.com

Brent said: The Edifier TWS6 earphones are something I have only rarely encountered: treble-focused, audiophile-oriented earphones that seem entirely free of nasty peaks and colorations in the treble.

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The gist: You may want fuller-sounding earphones than these.

Price: $2499

Website: www.focal.com

Brent said: The Arche is a good buy if you already have Focal headphones, but if you’re buying Utopias or Stellias, you’d be crazy not to add an Arche.

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The gist: If you’re springing for expensive Focals, get this while you’re at it.

Price: $3999

Website: www.focal.com

Brent said: The Utopias’ combination of a neutral, natural tonal balance with wonderful detail and natural, spacious soundstage, along with their outstanding comfort and the fact that they sound great with practically any amp (or no amp), makes them one of the safest recommendations in the world of high-end headphones.

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The gist: Easily one of the world’s best headphones.

Price: $299

Website: www.hifiman.com

Brent said: To me, the HiFiMan Deva headphones represent a whole new product category. I never realized how great it would be to get a real audiophile listening experience wherever I go.

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The gist: Odd but effective Bluetooth solution.

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