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2017 Audiophile Headphone Gift Guide to Break The Bank
Audeze LCD-MX4 $2,995
This special release headphone is modeled after the highly-praised Audeze LCD-4, but it is 30 percent lighter and drives at an impedance 20 ohms. It is basically a “portable” open-back headphone for that audiophile who can’t sit still. Audio46, Amazon
Audeze LCDi4 $2995
Modeled after the acclaimed Audeze LCD-4, this planar earphone is made with the most premium quality. It exhibits pristine, clean, and crisp sound with a bass response flat from 900Hz down to 5Hz with a wide soundstage. It’s also got a beautiful frame featuring a magnesium frame against a gold grill. Audio46
Audeze iSine 20 $549.99 (3.5mm), $599.99 (Lightning)
Open-back, planar earphones designed to deliver clear and balanced sound. Also features a wide soundstage in a portable frame. Audio46 (3.5mm), Amazon (3.5mm), Amazon (Lightning)
Sennheiser IE 800 S $999.95
The impressive IE 800 headphone has been revamped to provide listeners with crisp and clear sound in a better fitting frame. Audio46, Amazon
Sennheiser HD 800 S $1699.95
Over-ear, open-back, lightweight headphones for use with a DAC-Amp. Overall, smooth and balanced response. Audio46, Amazon
Sennheiser HDV 820 $2399.95
Amplifier specially designed to complete the perfect Sennheiser set-up. Delivers the best in acoustic performance when paired with high-end audiophile headphones, like the aforementioned Sennheiser HD 800 S. Audio46, Amazon
Beyerdynamic Xelento $899
Literally a piece of jewelry that plays music as beautifully as it looks. Fit with Tesla technology, the silver-plated earbuds with matching cable provide a balanced sound signature with an extended bass response. Audio46, Amazon
Shure SE 846 $999
In-ear monitors fit with four high-definition microdrivers for a sound signature with a bass-tuned low-end. Fun to listen to. Built with an MMCX design. Cable is detachable. Audio46, Amazon
Westone W60 $999
In-ear monitor fit with 6 balanced armature drivers. Delivers clean, cut, reference sound. MMCX-based. Includes audio cable, cable with an in-line mic, tips, and a hard-grade carry case. Audio46, Amazon
Westone W80 $1499
You said “money is no object” so opt for this IEM with a whopping 8 drivers. Super balanced, crisp, detailed, and clean. Audio46, Amazon
Focal Utopia $3999
Open-back headphone designed to reach a frequency response from 5Hz to 50kHz with ease. It features angled drivers to better transmit the sound to your ear with precision and clarity while providing a rich and full sound. Audio46
Focal Clear $1499
A step above Focal Elear, Clear is an open-back headphone that builds upon the supreme design of Focal Elear, while reaching more depth and richness of sound. Audio46, Amazon
Chord Mojo $529
This little unit drives the most prestigious of headphones with ease. Mojo operates via a microUSB to USB-based connection and can connect up to 2 headphones at a time. Simple, one of the best DAC-amp combos on the market. Audio46, Amazon
iFi Black Label $549
This unit delivers top of the line sound, as clean as Chord Mojo, but iFi differs in size and customizability. iFi connects via a variety of different ports (USB, balanced out, RCA) while offering a slew of different options to adjust the sound (Xbass, 3D sound, polarity, etc.) for the tinkering audiophile. Audio46, Amazon
FiiO X7 Mark II Hi-Res Player $649
High-resolution player. Features a balanced out and two external memory slots for microSDs up to 256 GB. Holds a 10 hour battery life. Features Bluetooth and WiFi. Supports the following formats: FLAC,WAV,DSD,AAC,AIFF,WMA,ALAC,MP3,APE,OGG
Astell&Kern AK70 Mark II $699
High-definition player built with Cirrus Logic chipset which aids in easy processing of all your files. Plays any resolution of files up to 24-bit/192 kHz. Features both Bluetooth and WiFi. Audio46, Amazon
If the aforementioned products made you want to clutch your wallet then head over to our 2017 Best Gift Guide, Other Tech featuring tiers starting well below $100 and working its way on up! Happy headphone hunting!
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