February 09, 2010 2 min read
[caption id="attachment_1458" align="alignright" width="298" caption="Read about the best headphones on the planet here."][/caption] There's really no such thing as "The World's Best Headphones." For starters, the best headphones for travel are not the best for your listening room. Headphone utility is highly application specific, so no one headphone will be best for all uses. And second, everyone has different ears and tastes, so even within one application there may be more than one headphone at the top of the heap. Nonetheless, there are clearly some world-class headphones out there, and we thought it would be fun to give them a rundown. Click on the headings to read the full review!
|[caption id="" align="alignright" width="198" caption="The HD 800 is as stunning sounding as it is striking to look at."][/caption] Sennheiser HD 800 Introduced in 2009, the HD 800 is a fascinating exercise in headphone technological advancement with it's high performance toroidal angled driver delivering incredible imaging.|
|[caption id="attachment_1413" align="alignright" width="200" caption="The Beyerdynamic Tesla T1 Look, feel, and sound world class!"][/caption] Beyerdynamic Tesla T1 Introduced in early 2010, the Tesla T1 is Beyerdynamic's powerful answer to the HD 800. Breakthrough magnetic flux density makes these headphones play like light and silk.|
|[caption id="attachment_1281" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The surprisingly good sounding line-up of high-end Denon sealed cans: D7000, D5000, and D2000."][/caption] Denon D2000, D5000, and D7000 A great sealed headphone for audio professional and headphone enthusiast alike, the top-of-the-line Denon sealed headphones sound and look spectacular.|
|[caption id="attachment_1307" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Sennheiser HD 650, HD 600, and HD 580 topped the headphone world for almost 20 years. "][/caption] Sennheiser HD 650, HD 600, and HD 580 The HD650/HD600/HD580 ruled the roost for well over a decade as the finest sounding dynamic headphone available. Though surpassed now (at much higher prices) the HD 650 remains a great buy in headphones.|
|[caption id="" align="alignright" width="198" caption="Beautiful and round in the fashionable iWhite of the day. "][/caption] AKG K701 Clothed in the oh-so-fashionable iWhite of its generation, the AKG K701 unseated the Sennheiser HD 650 as King of Headphones, though it wasn't quite able to take the throne for itself.|
|[caption id="" align="alignright" width="198" caption="A terrific looking and compact full-size headphone."][/caption] Ultrasone Edition 8 Designed as the world's best portable headphone, the Edition 8 can easily be driven by a portable player, and is both punchy and smooth at the same time.|
|[caption id="attachment_1443" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Grados top-of-the-line GS1000 and PS1000."][/caption] Grado PS1000 and GS1000 Though the headphone world is somewhat divided about Grado headphones, the GS1000 and PS1000 will make almost anything sound great. They're also one of the very best headphones for low volume listening.|
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