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A Feature-Filled Offering from Phiaton

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Pros: Loads of features, versatility, design, build quality, comfort, ANC ability, Bluetooth range, battery life

Cons: Relatively sub-par sound, ANC greatly affects sound quality

The Phiaton Chord is a stylish and functional full-size on-ear headphone that features both Bluetooth connectivity and Active Noise Cancelling.   Build/Design - Phiaton has, for the most part, a great design team. The Chord is quite stylish and attractive in design. The headphones are made of a few different materials, including aluminum, plastic, and rubber. The headband and cups are made out of plastic. This plastic feels pretty dense and not prone to breaking, cracking, nor spontaneously combusting. I don't advocate for dropping pieces of technology, but I think the Chord's plastics would be just fine if you were to let it fall. Aluminum. Aluminium. 'Luminum. However you...
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Near-Perfection in an uber-Portable Package

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Pros: Build, folding, overall tonal balance, immense detail and precision, style

Cons: Small soundstage

The XS is the direct successor to V-Moda's famed Crossfade M80. This successor stays true to the root of the word, and is a massive success of both a headphone and a product.        The build quality of the XS is beyond almost every other portable headphone that I've used, except for other V-Moda models, which it is on par with, naturally. XS is built using a lot of high quality stainless steel and some rock-solid plastics. The folding mechanism is extremely rugged as well, and should promise a very long lifespan.  This durability doesn't just end with the headphone however. Like other V-Moda headphones, the cables that are supplied are reinforced with...
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Now a Budget solution for Portable Audiophile Needs

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Pros: Current Price, Build, Style, bass, mids, case, portability, accessories

Cons: Doesn't fold, treble is a bit unimpressive

The M80 is a famed headphone for being exceptionally good despite its very small stature.    Well, it's true.    The M80 follows V-Moda's classic styling, but smaller.    V-Moda has a reputation for building extremely durable on-ear and over-ear headphones that utilize a variety of high quality and rugged materials. The M80 features a stainless steel frame that's sure to last. Some outer parts are made of a gloss-finished plastic that also feels solidly built.  The headband also has a metal frame, and is covered with a soft fabric, on which the V-Moda logo is printed.  The cable is a V-Moda tradition. Bulletproof Kevlar reinforced, 45°...
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Bassy, but versatile

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Pros: Design, build, isolation, accessories, portability, versitility

Cons: Thin pads

The M100 is V-Moda's top of the line over ear headphone for just about everyone, from DJs, to audiophiles, to casual listeners. Accessories - Clamshell case, 6.3mm adapter, V-Moda Crossfade advertisement, owner's manual, extra headphone jack cover, and 2 cables- one orange with mic and single-button, one black with a headphone splitter for shared music listening. Both sleeved in Kevlar.  One thing I must say, though. V-Moda has made the best cases that I've seen so far that come with a headphone. Not only do they look absolutely fantastic in style, but they're extremely rugged. This is no different here. While it is shaped differently than V-Moda's other cases, like the one for the...
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Heaven in a Can

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Pros: Detail, tonal balance, fun, accurate, comfort, portability, efficient, build, style, accessories, genuine leather

Cons: None that I can see

The Bridge is a headphone that combines the epitome of elegant design, comfort of kings, and an exquisite sound that you can get by just plugging into a smartphone. It is a pure audiophile headphone.  Accessories - Soft leather pouch, 6.3mm adapter, two cables (one with single button remote and mic). The cables are covered with fabric, and are pretty thick. They're both teriminated with a 90 degree 3.5 jack. Packaging - The Bridge comes in the largest box that I've ever seen for a headphone package. It's got Phiaton's trademark color scheme- black and red, however there is white to the box as well. Build/Design - What can I say.. So many things.. I think the Bridge is the best-looking...
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Bass-monsters with normal tips, anemic with "custom" tips

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Pros: Build, cable, case

Cons: "Custom" tips aren't custom and don't create an acoustic seal, bass distorts at high volumes, bass overpowers mids and treble, poorly extended treble

The ZTONE from I-Mego is an interesting headphone that attempts to combine the style of custom in-ears with the fit of pre-made silicone.  It was an incredibly valiant effort, but it just doesn't seem to work well.    Build/Design - Well, probably the best part of the ZTONE is its build. It's got an excellent braided silver-plated copper cable that I've not seen on anything this cheap before.  Also, the memory wire near the shells is also quite nice, as is the strain relief that comes from the shell.    The housings themselves have a gunmetal black coloring on the outer half and a clear plastic on the inner half.    The jack is also well...
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An Audiophile Gem

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Pros: Amazing accuracy, detail, build, style, portable, efficient, isolation, soundstage

Cons: Somewhat bass-light, fit can be a bit tough depending on ear size

The MS430 Fusion is part of Phiaton's new line of headphones, sporting an impressive build, style, and sound, like many other models from the company.   [[SPOILER]]  Accessories - 3.5mm cable, carrying pouchThe cable features an in-line microphone with universal remote and volume control. I personally would prefer a version that has this and a separate version just for Apple devices, but that's just me. The cable is terminated with a 90° angle jack  The carrying pouch is pretty rugged on the outside, with a very soft red faux-velvet inner lining, which seems to compliment the Fusion's design perfectly.  Build/Design - The Fusion has a mostly plastic outside with an aluminum frame. The...
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Versatility and style put together

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Pros: Style, sound, soundstage, detachable cables

Cons: No carrying pouch

The WS-99 are Audio-Technica's top of the line headphones in the Solid Bass line- and rightfully so. These headphones are among the best that I've heard.   [[SPOILER]]    Build - The WS-99 shares a lot of its overall design with the the mid-level WS-77. However, the parts and quality of the WS-99's build are much, much above that of the 77's. The outer circles of the cups are much more high-quality. The ridges are more deep and give the headphones an even better look when hit by light at any angle. The ridges are actually quite sharp. They're able to cut through a shirt if rubbed on it. Learned that the hard way. They're made out of a high quality what I believe to be aluminum. You can...
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Great build and style, but sound is lacking

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Pros: Build quality, pads, thick cables, soundstage, isolation, styling

Cons: Highly bloated mids detract from overall experience

The R-DJ is part of Rock-It's new lineup of headphones, complete with the signature Rock-It styling excellence.   Accessories - Straight cable, coiled cable   Simplicity aside, these cables are, without a doubt, the sturdiest and thickest detachables that I've ever felt. Not to mention, they literally "fit" perfectly with the headphone's design.    Build/Design - As always, Rock-It a Sounds has nailed the styling of yet another headphone. The R-DJ features a matte black finish with some glossy orange parts that make it truly unique. The Rock-It logo on the cups is featured on a diamond-shaped piece of metal.  The headband has it's own pieces of gloss...
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Skullcandy has a Winner

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Pros: Bass, Soundstage, Versatility, appearance, built-in amp

Cons: Clamping force distribution, cable is a bit thin

The Skullcandy Crusher is a consumer-oriented headphone that has highly impressed me with both its sound and features.  [[SPOILER]]   [[SPOILER]]  Accessories - Carrying pouch, 1x AA BatteryThe carrying pouch is a bit thin, in my opinion. It is quite stretchy due to that, and I'm a bit scared that it might rip after a decent amount of use.On the front of the pouch is the Skullcandy logo.Build/Design - The Crusher is all plastic, but it doesn't feel flimsy. The cups are made of a gloss-finished plastic, while the headband and adjusting frame is made out of a more bendable type of plastic. Both cups have some vents on the bottom portion, probably for bass control. The left cup has a 3.5mm...
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