Audeze LCD-XPrice: $1699

Website: www.audeze.com

S. Andrea said: The LCD-Xes imbue every recording with a little extra glow, but their enhanced high-frequency performance, and the fact that they’re more easily driven, will likely broaden their appeal beyond Audeze’s current fan base. Last, the LCD-Xes’ materials, build quality, and accessories embrace both luxury and utility. For anyone truly serious about headphones, the Audeze LCD-Xes are a must audition.

Reviewers' Choice

Read the SoundStage! Xperience review.

The gist: Newish company stands apart in a crowded headphone market.

SoundStageNetwork.com | SoundStage.com