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Audeze EL-8 review

The newest member of the acclaimed Audeze family folds a wishlist of high-performance technologies into Audeze’s most affordable package yet. See Full Review »

Our Score 9
User Score 0

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Klipsch R6i Review

  • Sweet, sweet treble
  • Powerful, controlled bass
  • Comfortable, great fit
  • Compact carrying case with secure eartip storage
  • Loud, unwieldy headphone cable
Our Score 9
User Score 10

Oppo PM-1 Review

  • Vivid detail and definition
  • Warm and rich low end
  • Subtle, yet accurate treble
  • Huge sound stage
  • Pure, distortion-free sound
  • Comfortable, stylish design
  • Flimsy headphone cable
  • Elite price tag
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Nuforce Primo 8 Review

  • Incredible detail, definition, clarity and realism…
  • Best bass we’ve heard from armatures yet
  • Secure fit suits active lifestyles
  • Punch above their price
  • Detachable cables
  • Look may not suit everyone
  • Odd shape may not fit all users
Our Score 9
User Score 0

V-Moda XS Review

  • Extremely compact and portable
  • All-day comfort
  • Premium sound signature
  • Highly customizable
  • Upper midrange can get a little forward
  • Refined lows may leave bass-heads wanting more
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Audiofly AF45 Review

  • Clear, open sound signature
  • Smooth, powerful bass
  • Good instrumental separation
  • Attractive design
  • Sharp upper midrange
  • Very noisy cable
  • Anodized caps can wear on the ears
Our Score 7.5
User Score 0

NOCS NS900 Live Review

  • Slick design and killer build quality
  • Ample padding on ear cups
  • Superior noise isolation
  • Lively, vivid sound signature
  • Big, hearty bass response
  • Clamping force may be excessive for some
  • Performance on iPhone lags behind pro gear
  • Occasionally bright treble
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Polk Audio Buckle Review

  • Powerful, distortion-free sound
  • Rich, well-defined midrange
  • Heavy-hitting bass
  • Built-in iOS control
  • Great value
  • Lack of presence/excitement in treble
  • Imaging a little murky toward center
Our Score 8
User Score 4

Beats Studio Wireless Review

  • Bluetooth tames treble some
  • Better-controlled bass
  • Adequate noise cancelling
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Sleek design
  • Lack of dynamics
  • Some hiss when music isn’t active
  • Response curve changes with volume
  • When the battery dies, so does the music
Our Score 7.5
User Score 7