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Another world-class portable headphone!

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Pros: Superb sound quality. Gorgeous design. Luxurious build. Excellent isolation. Excellent comfort. No need for amp.

Cons: A tad large for a portable.

Just as I thought it couldn't get much better than the KEF M500 as far as headphones to plug in your smartphone goes, Bowers & Wilkins update their range with the P7.      Design & build quality   When you first unbox the P7 and see it laying there folded in its tilted presentation, you instantly know you are dealing with quality of seldom seen measures. The all leather and metal built P7 smells like a brand new car when you take it out of the box and B&W have paid attention to every little detail. The design is basically a larger and slightly refined version of the P5. The quality of the leather, the precise stitching, the steel...
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An amazing first headphone from KEF!

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Pros: Fantastic sound. Amazing value. Premium build quality. Very comfortable for an on-ear headphone. Very portable.

Cons: Isolation is mediocre.

Introduction  Until now, my pick for the best sounding portable headphone has been the Sennheiser Momentum. While slightly mellow overall with a noticeably forward bass and laid-back treble, until now the Momentum has provided a naturalness and transparency unrivaled by any competitor I've had the chance to try out. This includes Sony MDR-1R, Focal Spirit One, Logitech UE6000, B&W P5, Denon D600, Bose QC15, Sennheiser HD25, Amperior, Audio technica ATH-M50 and even the expensive Ultrasone Edition 8 (do I even need to include any of the Beats by Dre?). Until now, the Momentum has effortlessly wiped the floor with all else I've heard in it's class....
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A world-class high end smartphone

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Pros: Premium design. Stunningly clear display. Excellent, sleek user interface. Great multimedia machine. Very good performance. Water and dust-proof!

Cons: The camera is not on par with the rest of the phone and neither are viewing angles. Average battery life. High price. Some minor details..

Truly a fine comeback for Sony. The phone is put together with a precision you normally don't find with Android phones and it feels sleek and premium in the hand. It has a very clean, modern look to it and the overall visual impression is as good - if not better - than Apples latest iPhones. The weight feels just perfect; light enough to not feel bulky and hefty enough to not feel cheap. Compared to Samsung's plastic phones, this is miles beyond.     The 5 inch display is a thrill to watch overall. The Full-HD resolution allows for an extremely high PPI and a very crisp image. Watching HD content and reading text is a joy with this screen! Colors are great too, natural and...
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An excellent portable headphone!

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Pros: Warm, smooth and engaging high fidelity audio. Gorgeous design with quality materials. Very comfortable (for me). Very light.

Cons: Slightly excessive mid-bass and laid-back top-end may turn off purists. Soundstage isn't great. Remote volume up/down only usable on i-devices.

On sound alone, the Sennheiser Momentums are worth every penny. But aside from being wonderful sounding, the elegant design is beautiful and luxuriant with stainless steel band, real leather and quality plastic cups in a nice, dark bronze finish. The standard cable is also very high quality, with a substantial metal remote attached to it.  The case isn't as large and bulky as I expected from reviews, and it's sturdy enough to keep the headphones safe under most circumstances.  They are very comfortable. The light weight and the materials inside the earcups ensure the fit is great, with minimal headband pressure and without heating up your ears. The cups are on the small side,...
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Denon AH-D7100

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Pros: Extremely comfortable. Exciting, airy sound. Attractive wooden cups and cable.

Cons: Too much bass! Disappointing build quality. Too similar to D600. Ultimately very overpriced.

I am a quite happy D600 owner. They are not neutral by any means but as a general-purpose headphone the sound suits my needs. Loads of super-deep bass, nice midrange tonality and an open if somewhat troublesome high-end. The best thing is that they are great portable companions, with good fit, good isolation, iPod-made cable and the fact that they are very easy to drive. I think they are worth what I paid for them (bought them on a discount weekend) When I first held the new Denon flagship D7100 in my hands the first thing that struck me was the lack of luxury feel. I was certain the frame would be made of magnesium, or aluminum. But no, it's the same plastic as the D600 - just...
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Shure SE535

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Pros: Natural, grain-free midrange. Good bass response. Fairly comfortable

Cons: IEM soundstage. lack of treble. Lack of punch.

When I tried the AKG K3003 and disliked the clinical presentation, I decided to try another high-praised universal IEM - the Shure SE535. I've read a lot about how these things have "bottomless bass", "fantastic mids" and "lots of detail".    Well, one thing is true. The midrange is great. These have a mellow, grain-free and natural midrange presentation. They are held back, however, by the rolled-off treble response and poor soundstage (like always with IEMs IMO). The result is surprisingly congested and dark sound, lacking in air, detail and sparkle. Using a broad selection of music, ranging from bass heavy beats, to sweet female vocal, to acoustic guitar, I was very...
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A fine amp!

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Pros: Solid build. Smooth sound. Lots of power. Two headphones outs. DAC section included.

Cons: A tad large. Some may find it lacks bite.

This is a fairly large, heavy headphone amp that has no problem in driving two LCD-2s at the same time. The volume knob is smooth and satisfying to use, but I've found the amp suffers from hissing noise when touching the knob if not connected to a grounded outlet. So keep that in mind.    It's rock solid and it looks nice on my desk but the design is nothing ground-breaking.   Compared to amps like the Lehmann BCL or Burson HA-160, this one has a warmer, smoother tone. Things sound big and airy and there's an analogue feel when listening to it. It pairs well with all headphones I've tried it with.    That said, this is a very polite sounding amp,...
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Denon AH-D600

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Pros: Extremely comfortable. Clear, engaging presentation. Easy to drive.

Cons: Lack of coherency. Midbass resonance. Not the best choice for the MSRP. Design is maybe a bit dull?

EDITED! Picked these up for a special price after listening in store and liking what I heard very much. A clear, clean sound with a really fun bass response. A very different sound compared to my HD 800 and I liked the idea of a headphone that made you tap your feet. First of all the Denon D600 is an extremely comfortable headphone. The pressure on the head is spot-on for a closed can and the well shaped, memory-foam earpads feel wonderful. Only a slight headband pressure and heat issues usually present with closed headphones keep them under a solid 5 on that one. This is a fast, clear sounding headphone. They sound open and airy for a closed can, which I feel is their main...
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Unfortunately a big disappointment.

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Pros: Beautiful design, quality construction, smooth sounding.

Cons: Gets very hot very fast. A very muffled sound for this price.

First of all these look and feel like an expensive headphone. They have a nice weight to them and the leather, fine brushed aluminum and memory foam earpads all breathe quality.    They are fairly comfortable thanks to the soft pads, but the moderate clamping force coupled with the leather heats up the ears within 5 minutes.  I expected a little more for the price. They aren't really hi-fi headphones, there just isn't the resolution on offer. The sound is smooth and warm, with an emphasized bass that goes deep but lacks refinement. The treble is very shy and gives a veil to the sound, hiding away much of the detail and sparkle in the music. The elevated, loose bass...
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A superb, but pricey, flagship headphone.

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Pros: World-class build quality. Extremely comfortable. Detailed and utterly effortless sound.

Cons: Ridiculously expensive.

STAX have always been the choice when it comes to ultimate transparency through headphones, thanks to their superior electrostatic designs. When you listen to a good STAX headphone, suddenly everything sounds more like live music. The soundstage is perfectly defined, dynamics are explosive yet effortless, and the tiniest nuances and textures in the music come through clearly as can be with an absolute naturalness - all with a smoothness of sound that makes even the best dynamic headphones sound somehow rough around the edges.    In some ways, the SR-009 is the best headphone STAX has ever produced, but not in every way.    Starting with the...
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