Headphones for Audiophiles

Over the course of the last five years, headphones have actually become more popular than speakers! It’s no wonder, with the ability to take your music anywhere; headphones have become the way to enjoy your music on the go or in situations where speakers would disturb those around you.

When the iPod first came out, the headphones called “ear buds” became extremely popular as they were unobtrusive and easy to carry around.  As time has passed, more and more people are going back to the traditional over the ear headphones for reasons of long term comfort and better sound in most cases.

At Audio Advice, we pride ourselves in having a great selection of the better sounding over the ear type headphones.  We’ve got some pretty serious listening stations set up so you can compare different models for as long as you like using either your own portable device or our selections.  We also offer the new in ear type headphones from B&W that will make your regular iPod headphones sound broken!

Audeze LCD-X Headphones


These award-winning headphones are known for their signature sound created by advanced transducer technology allied with the finest craftsmanship and hand-selected woods. Employing unique design and advanced transducer technology, Audeze headphones provide total comfort for hours on end. Combining legendary style with the world’s most advanced planar magnetic technology, delivering the ultimate listening experience.

Audioquest Nighthawk Headphones


High-end headphones should allow the listener to become absolutely consumed by the experience. Compared to the sound of loudspeakers in a typical room, headphones can provide a dramatically lower noise floor resulting in unprecedented detail and clarity, significantly lower distortion, and imaging marked by exceptionally clear and present ambience cues. The result is a listening experience that is emotionally compelling and seriously immersive. While NightHawk is made for all those music lovers who grew up listening to headphones, we hope that it will also appeal to traditional loudspeaker enthusiasts who crave even deeper immersion in their music.

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones

Bowers & Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), known for over 40 years for their fantastic reference quality speakers have three models of headphones, two on the ear and in ear at $295 and $195, plus the in ear at $179.  The P5, an on ear headphone, is one of our favorite choices for travel.  Your neighbor will not hear a thing while the very comfortable leather headset blocks out external noise.  The P3 is a lighter and slightly scaled back version of the P5 with cloth components instead of leather.  Their new C5 in ear headphone at around $179 is one of the best in ear headphones we have heard, regardless of price.

Grado Labs GS-1000 Headphones


Our favorite line of headphones comes from a 60 yr. old US company called Grado, based in Brooklyn, New York.   Grado offers mostly over the ear headphones with 10 different models priced from around $49 to $1700.  The bulk of the Grado models are in the Prestige series, with six choices between $49 and $295.  These headphones have received consistent high praise from the audio press for years and are just an incredible value for the money.  Grado also offers a few models of in ear headphones perfect for when you need something really light.

Master & Dynamic MW60 Wireless Headphones

Master & Dynamic

All Master & Dynamic headphones are engineered to last, utilizing only the finest materials to create the perfect balance of aesthetics, strength, comfort and sound. They design their parts to be easily replaceable, ensuring that their headphones continue to perform with precision for decades to come.

Master & Dynamic sought a natural, detailed, live sound signature for their headphones. Their expansive soundscape captures the detail that well recorded music has to offer and the tuning was designed to complement a diversity of tastes and musical genres.

PSB M4U2 Headphones


PSB has two models of headphones that are of the over the ear type. The M4U2 is without question one of the best sounding headphones on the market, regardless of price.  At $399, it really has no peer.  It even offers an incredibly efficient noise canceling circuit for travel. The M4U1 is the exact same headphone without the noise canceling at $299.

Sony NC500 Headphones


If you’re looking to get into high-end headphones but want to stick with a brand you’re familiar with, Sony has some great options. The NC500’s are noise canceling which is great for travel. At $399, they’re right in the middle of the pack with regard to price.

Take it Up a notch

If you are really into your headphones, you can get some pretty big audio improvements by using a separate headphone amp designed specifically to drive your headphones.  We’ve got the Grado headphone amps set up for you to test out as well.

Come and Listen

In both our Raleigh and Charlotte locations you will find all of our great headphones on display for you to try out.  Bring your own music or try ours. We’ve got a comfortable environment where you can sit and listen for as long as you like.

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