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Headphones Sennheiser HD238

As someone who still finds the sound signature of Sennheiser’s aging PX100 enjoyable in a relaxing sort of way after years of ownership, I had high hopes for Senn’s new ‘audiophile’-class portables. What I got was a more refined dose of the typical Sennheiser sound in what is admittedly a very handsome and convenient portable.

Headphones Sony MDR-XB500

The Sony MDR-XB500 is a solid, albeit not truly hi-fi, performer in the $50 range. The bass is strong and smooth and generally remains quite competent despite being slightly dull in nature.

Headphones Alessandro MS1

Though the Alessandro MS1 suffers from the same isolation, comfort, and portability issues as the competing Grados, they offer quite a lot of sonic bang for the buck.

Headphones Numark PHX Pro

Though most retailers want around $100 for the Numark PHX Pro, looking around ebay and amazon can yield an open-box or even brand new set for as little as 2/3 of that.

Headphones Ultrasone HFI-450

The Ultrasone HFI-450 / Yamaha RH10MS is a well-built, well-isolating, and very comfortable closed headphone that retails at a slightly lower price point than the Denon DN-HP700 and Audio-Technica ATH-M50, as it should.

Headphones Koss Pro DJ100

The Koss Pro DJ100 is a solid mid-range headphone that scores points for build and sound quality but loses out heavily on portability.

Headphones Denon DN-HP700

Unlike the lower-end DN-HP500, the Denon DN-HP700 faces some very fierce competition in its size and price class, namely from the venerable Audio-Technica ATH-M50.

Headphones AKG K430

AKG’s consumer-class K430 ‘mini’ headphone stays true to its name, impressing first and foremost with the convenience of its form factor.

Headphones Sony MDR-XB700

The combination of smooth but heavy bass and recessed but crisp midrange and treble of the Sony XB700 makes for an exiting and enjoyable sound signature.

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