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Best Audiophile Headphones
Reviews of Sennheiser HD-555, Audio Technica ATH-AD700, Grado SR-80i

We review three of the best audiophile headphones you can buy that won't cost you an arm and a leg—from top brands like Sennheiser, Audio Technica and Grado.

Audiophile Headphones

For many people, all headphones are the same, and spending money on expensive headphones is a waste. But, for audiophiles, this is a totally false statement.

An audiophile is a person who enjoys high fidelity sound reproduction. And, for these people, spending the money to get the highest quality of sound that from headphones is the only way they can listen to music.

Some people might argue that the headphones that will please an audiophile are very expensive, sometimes exceeding $1,000. Even though these expensive headphones would sit well with audiophiles, they are not necessary.

Some audiophiles cannot afford such luxuries, so they have to rely on cheaper alternatives. And, sometimes, these alternatives are about as good as the more expensive headphones.

Audiophiles can definitely find some high quality headphones that are a fraction of the price of others that can still give the performance they demand.

Sennheiser HD-555

Sennheiser HD-555 Audiophile Headphones
There are many different types of high fidelity headphones, all made by different manufacturers. But one of the companies that are said to be the best at high quality sound reproduction is Sennheiser.

One of the best known audiophile headphones made by Sennheiser is the HD-555 Audiophile Headphones. With these comfortable headphones, Sennheiser has also included some great features that audiophiles will love.

Built into these headphones is Sennheiser's innovative E.A.R. (Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement) technology and optimized Duofol diaphragms that are able to make the listening experience for users even more enjoyable.

Another great feature about these headphones is the special internal Surround Reflector by Sennheiser. This reflector allows the headphones to generate a more spatial sound field. This feature makes these headphones great for home theater and music.

Also inside of these headphones are neodymium magnets. These magnets help to deliver great sounding, deep bass, and sharp, crisp high notes.

The velour ear pads that come with the HD-555 headphones make sure that the user has comfort. You can even wear eyeglasses with these headphones very comfortably.

Some users of these headphones found that some of the bass and high sound are lacking when compared to other audiophile headphones.

You can pick these up for about $130 if you shop around online.

Best price on the Sennheiser HD-555

Audio Technica ATH-AD700

Audio Technica ATH-AD700 Audiophile Headphones
Another great brand for high fidelity audiophile headphones is Audio Technica.

One of their best higher quality headphones is the Audio Technica ATH-AD700 Open-air Dynamic Audiophile Headphones.

The open-air dynamic of these headphones make for natural and high quality sound reproduction with vocal projection and deep bass. With this dynamic, you will not feel any pressure from the headphones themselves when you where them, making them extremely comfortable.

To make things even more comfortable, these audiophile headphones are made with a honeycomb aluminum casing and a magnesium frame structure. This makes the headphones very light, adding to the open-air dynamic effect.

For a perfect fit on your head, these Audio Technica headphones have self-adjusting wing support, which automatically adjusts to fit your head perfectly to make wearing them even easier.

The cord comes out of the left earpiece, which also can be changed to a 1/4" input using the included adapter.

Some customers who purchased these headphones found that they don't accommodate to people with smaller heads and they can become somewhat uncomfortable on a smaller head.

These high fidelity headphones have a MSRP of about $250, but they can be found for around $90 online.

Best price on the Audio Technica ATH-AD700

Grado SR-80i

Grado SR-80i Audiophile Headphones
One of the most famous manufacturers of high quality headphones is Grado. This brand is headed by John Grado and his headphones are used prominently in the music business and by audiophiles.

A superb pair of headphones by Grado is the Grado Prestige Series SR80i Stereo Headphones.

These audiophile headphones are some of the most comfortable on the market. With large ear cushions and an adjustable, soft vinyl headband, you can wear these headphones without any discomfort.

These include the standard 3.5mm headphones jack that is included on most headphones. But, if you want to connect these high fidelity headphones into more advanced equipment, a ¼" jack adapter is also included.

These Grado headphones utilize a special "de-stressing" process to the diaphragm to enhance the inner detail of the sound. This superb audio reproduction gives the sound a more open stage.

Some of the problems that some people are having with these headphones are that they are lacking in some of the bass sound reproduction and that they can extremely uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time.

These headphones can be found online for about $100.

Best price on the Grado SR-80i

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