The Best Audiophile Headphones on Amazon

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With Drake’s recent pronouncement that there’s a new album coming in June 2018, Canadians will want to make sure they’ve got a good pair of cans to stream the release. Here, we take a look at the best audiophile headphones available on Amazon.


Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless

These German headphones boast comfortable, padded, rotating earcups and the wireless freedom of Bluetooth 4.2 and Near Field Communication connectivity. The ergonomic headband has a collapsible frame that folds flat and comes with an included travel case. And talk about intuitive! The headset powers on when you unfold it and off when you put it away, and the music pauses when you remove the earcups, which are equipped with touch-sensitive trackpads. Three built-in mics allow for voice prompts and hands-free calls, while speech-clarity technology filters out ambient noise so you’re always understood. The headphones offer hybrid-adaptive noise canceling, technology that works harder as the background sound gets louder, and a built-in limiter prevents extreme peaks in sound levels. Get up to 30 hours of continuous use on a full charge. This headset also comes with an inline cable for wired use.


Bowers & Wilkins PX

An AVS Forum Top Choice 2017 for noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones, these Bowers & Wilkins cans have customizable settings and three preset modes for optimal adaptive noise cancelation. City mode reduces urban noise pollution while keeping users aware of their surroundings, Office mode limits background noise but lets you hear nearby discussions, and Flight mode blocks out jet-engine and cabin sounds. The earpads are leather with ballistic-nylon outers and gold hardware accents. The fold-flat headband has intuitive controls—lift an earcup and the music pauses, put them on and the music starts again. Take the headset off and it goes into standby mode. The 40mm angled drive units are the same as those in the P9 Signature. These wireless headphones offer high-resolution Bluetooth 4.1 streaming and run up to 22 hours on a single charge.


Master & Dynamic MH40

These Master & Dynamic headphones are unlike the others on this list. Wired and vintage-inspired, the exterior is wrapped in a heavy-grain cowhide leather with soft lambskin on the interior and removable memory-foam earpads. A forged-aluminum body features stainless-steel hardware in high-stress areas. There is no plastic on these cans, no Bluetooth connectivity, no touch-sensitive trackpads, and no active noise cancelation. These headphones come with two woven cables. Made of oxygen-free copper to reduce cable noise, one is standard while the other has a remote and omnidirectional microphone. The 45mm neodymium drivers produce a warm sound. There’s a mute button, and the headphones are Apple compatible. Despite having been on the market for a few years, these headphones were recently reviewed on AVS Forum and earned a Recommended rating.


Audio-Technica ATH-ES770H

Stylish and well-engineered, the housings on these Audio-Technica earcups are made of acoustically efficient stainless steel in a dark blue, mirrored finish. The 42mm drivers have specially coated diaphragms and unified yoke. This wired headset has a detachable cord with omnidirectional microphone and a remote to take calls and control music. The headband has a fold-flat design, and these cans come with their own protective carrying pouch.


Periodic Audio Be

The only earbuds on this list, the Periodic Audio Be Beryllium in-ear monitors were an AVS Forum Top Choice 2017. Named after the element used for the transducer, the Be IEM has a pure beryllium-foil diaphragm with bonded PEEK surround. Beryllium is a metal with high rigidity, and the diaphragm outperforms other metals when it comes to max bandwidth and minimum distortion. The polyethylene terephthalate-wrapped cord is 99.999% pure copper. Each bud houses a 10mm dynamic driver, and the sound these headphones produce is the “best music reproduction I’ve ever heard” and “that ‘magic’ that I’d been searching for,” according to one customer’s five-star review.


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