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Best Headphones 2014

Best Headphones 2014
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Your music, movies and games deserve better than those hard standard-issue plastic earbuds. Whether you’'re looking to cancel airplane noise, listen without wires, get your frag on or rock your workout, there’'s a wide variety of headphones to suit your needs from a host of brands. You’'ll also find plenty of wearing styles -- including in-ear, on-ear and over-the-ear -- at a range of prices.

To help you get the most out of your entertainment, here are the best options available, from $30 earbuds to $1,000 audiophile-grade headphones.

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    brisssou , December 24, 2013 12:15 AM
    hey, the picture used for id America New Metropolitan is one of sennheiser CX serie

    ;-)
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    natcparis , December 24, 2013 1:25 AM
    @brisssou well spotted
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    xyzzy1 , January 15, 2014 10:36 AM
    Wow, what a vacuous list that does not include good sounding headphones!Where is Grado? Where is B&W? Where is NuForce?This is like list of best beers that are limited Budweiser, Miler, and coors. Jeezzz.....
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    K2N hater , February 12, 2014 3:40 PM
    Gosh a pair of se535 are pretty good yet much more affordable. Westones are also excellent (I own them personally) and they're made in the US.
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    Allan Hundeboll , March 23, 2014 6:04 AM
    What about Creative aureal Live! and Grado ??Tom doesn't seem to know how real hi fi is supposed to sound like. Please go to head-fi.org if you want serious info about headphones...
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    markbanang , August 14, 2014 7:07 AM
    How can we trust an article about headphones which puts Bose headphones right at the top and doesn't mention a single option from Etymotic Research!

    The awesome ER-4 series may be 20 years old, but they are still are amongst the most transparent reference-quality earphones you can buy at any price. Meanwhile the amazing hf2's bring close to the same reference-quality transparency to your smartphone headset! When passive noise isolation is as good as it is with the Ety's you rarely need active noise cancellation.

    Even if their neutral, transparent sound is not to your liking, they should at least be mentioned as an option.
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