by Abheer Monga October 14, 2016

You are going to come across some mind-blowing headphones in the next few minutes. These extraordinary headphones have some of the most insanely precise technologies we've ever known. So hold your breath and get ready to explore!

1. Audeze - LCD-3

The uber high-end Audeze LCD-3 Fazor Edition audiophile headphone features new 'Lotus' planar magnetic drivers with special alloys in the conductive traces for excellent driver control and lower distortion specs. Expect precisely musical, liquidy headphone goodness with unsurpassed frequency extension taken to the furthest reaches of reference audio performance. There's no question about it, Audeze is revolutionizing the high-end headphone industry. Designed and manufactured in the USA,  Audeze carries  3-year warranty.

2. JH Audio - Layla II

The JH Audio Siren Series Layla is nothing short of stunning, both sonically and visually. Named after one of the most famous love songs in rock history and recorded By Eric Clapton, with his band Derek and the Dominos, Layla was inspired by Clapton’s unrequited love for Pattie Boyd, wife of his friend George Harrison Layla has the most sophisticated crossover network ever put into a IEM. The shape of all crossover filters are all 4th order. This crossover circuit combined with the FreqPhase waveguide and new proprietary quad drivers deliver an audio quality that will truly put you at the mix position in the recording studio, whether it's hearing exactly what the mixer/producer and band wanted you to hear, mixing your own tracks or performing live.

3. Hifiman - HE-1000

HiFiMAN was right there at the very start of the high-end planar magnetic headphone resurgence back in the mid-2000s. Their currently supreme flagship model is the HE1000, a full-size open-back headphone chock full of unique advancements and newly engineered materials. Like a deep ocean diver bringing back buried musical pearls, the HiFiMAN HE1000 rises to the top with more detail retrieval ability than any other HiFiMAN headphone to date. Its lovely, uncomplicated sound and easy efficiency allows for use with virtually any audio system or player device. You don’t just listen to the music, you are in it. So seductive, you’ll forget your wife!

4. Shure - SE846

The Shure SE846 continues to be the Shure's flagship earphone following a long line of outstanding in-ear headphones and years of experience in the industry. Featuring Quad High-Definition MicroDrivers with True Subwoofer, the SE846 delivers extended high-end clarity and unparalleled low-end performance. A patent-pending design includes a groundbreaking low-pass filter that enables deep low-end performance of a True Subwoofer without sacrificing clarity or detail. Customizable frequency response, detachable cable and a wide variety of accessories ensure an unequaled, perfectly tailored listening experience.

5. Audeze - Sine

Audeze SINE headphones are the world’s first on-ear planar magnetic headphone. Audezes' planar technology gives you a sound that's punchy, dynamic, and detailed. The 80mm X 70mm planar magnetic driver has more than 3X the surface area of any on-ear headphone in its class, which makes these the clearest and most detailed On-Ear headphones you can purchase. Using Audeze’s Fluxor technology, same as found in the EL-8s, these can simply be powered off of your smartphone.

6. JH Audio - Rosie

JH Audio has joined forces with Astell&Kern to expand the highly regarded Siren series. Specifically tuned for the Astell&Kern range of portable MQS players and including a dedicated balanced cable for a true balanced sound. The Siren series has been expanded to include a new state-of-the-art flagship model, the Rosie. The Angie offers you the most sophisticated crossover network ever included in an in ear monitor. It is arguably the best in-ear consumer monitor and you will be blown away by the sound profile and attention to detail provided by these earphones. The Rosie has been designed to offer the consumer a mastering quality IEM that can offer listeners live rock and roll tuning with a warm rich sound. The crossover network consists of four 4th order filters that create the exact sound the artist and producer intended. The Angie has 8 drivers (dual low, dual mid, and quad high) that let listeners to hear and enjoy every part of the music. The adjustable bass allows for customisation determined by the user’s listening preferences.

7. Sennheiser - HD800S

The Sennheiser HD800S is the revised HD800 offering an improved low-end response over the original and a cool updated black color scheme. Sure, it’s a welcome enhancement in bass presence but exactly how much better is the HD 800S than the original? Safe to say new buyers should definitely look here, but previous HD800 owners need not fret - the sound is fairly close between the two models.

8. Sennheiser - IE800

The IE800 in-ear headphones represent one of the industry's premiere dynamic driver high-end earphones; specifically designed for easy wear and on the go use. The IE 800 are a perfect choice for the discerning audiophile who wants some of the best sound possible out of a universal fit in-ear headphone, coupled with excellent fit & build. The IE-800's offer near perfect music reproduction, with excellent overall detail and instrument imaging. They boast supreme ergonomics and build quality, a signature feature we've come to expect from Sennheiser's stellar product development efforts.

9. Beyerdynamic - T1 (2nd Gen)

The expansively deep soundstage imaging and precise tonal balance of the Beyerdynamic Tesla T1 headphone is a stunning feat of audio engineering, partly due to freshly patented driver arrays creating over '1 Tesla' of flux density at the voice coil. This remarkable advancement results in extraordinarily accurate signal response, immeasurably quick dynamic range extension and beautifully uncluttered timbral textures. The stringent build quality and attention to manufacturing detail is superb, as is the strong pewter-gray look. Hand made in Germany; individually serial numbered. Newly updated design with a detachable cable system.

10. Oppo - PM-1

This is Oppo’s first foray into the world of high end Planar Magnetic Headphones and what a headphone they have made. Being known for making some of the best High-End Blu Ray players on the market, Oppo has an understanding for what the High-End market wants and after entering the smartphone market, they also know the kind of quality people expect from high-end smartphones. Super lightweight design, luscious sound, and fully featured the OPPO PM-1 Planar Magnetic headphone offers a different way of thinking about planar magnetic technology. The PM-1 is characterized by its natural, dynamic, and engaging sound quality with an emphasis on comfort and reduced weight. A very smooth, warm sound signature with great detail and extension. The bass is tight and accurate, but may lack the overall punch and impact some may require for certain genres of music. It is the result of many years of research led by a team comprised of passionate audio and acoustics engineers, chemical and materials scientists, and audiophiles. A number of technological breakthroughs have made their way into the PM1, including the use of a unique 7-layer diaphragm, double-sided spiraling coils, and an FEM-optimized magnet system.

Get ready to jot down your bucket list for your dream headphones.


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