Audeze LCD-2Price: $945

Website: www.audeze.com

S. Andrea said: If you find that most high-end headphones sound analytical, bright, diffuse, insubstantial, or lacking in bass, then the Audeze LCD-2s may be for you. Their sound is warm, solid, and dense, with a robust bass response that remains under control. They present the music to you rather than shoving it at you, and their way of handling ambience creates a deeply immersive listening experience. 

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The gist: Ever heard planar-magnetic headphones?

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