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Android Audio Weekly: A Look at Three of Our Favorite Headphones

January 23, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

A number of us here at Android Headlines really like listening to music through headphones, and considering this is a mobile site it’s only fitting we focus on that once in a while. I’ve been told a number of times that I have a problem when it comes to headphones and amps; I spend a good amount of money on headphones and just love listening to music selfishly, keeping the artist’s work all to myself. This week, I’ve put together a set of three headphones from the three biggest headphone-listeners here at AH; myself, Alex and Jeremiah. This is not a list of what’s good to buy, and we’re talking about headphones here not earphones, but rather this is a list of our favorites right now. We’ve included Amazon links here if you want to take a look at their current cost, but if you see them cheaper then please sound out in the comments. In future weeks, we’ll feature good buys to look out for on earphones, headphones and speakers, so stay tuned! Feel free to shout out in the comments below which are your favorites and what you’d like to see us cover next week!

Alex: A-Audio Legacy Headphones

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The Legacy headphones from A-Audio are some of the best headphones I’ve ever tried. They aren’t cheap at $299, but they do have Bluetooth functionality. They also feature 3-stage listening technology, which allows you to change from Bass Enhancer, Active Noise Cancellation and Audio Modes. It’s built with 40mm drivers, and powerful circuitry for a power-packed set of headphones. I’ve been using these for about a week now and the sound is amazing. They are also very, very comfortable, and having Bluetooth is a huge perk.

Buy the A-Audio Legacy Over-Ear Headphones in Matte Phantom Black or in Black/Liquid Chrome

Tom: AKG K550/K551

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I’ve listed the AKG K550 and the K551 because they’re essentially the same headphone. The K550 came first, with a very long and thick cable for home listening, while the K551 (which is also available in white) has a shorter cable with a mic for portable use. I chose the K550 as they’re a reference headphone and ridiculous good value, too. They’re very comfy (once you get used to them) and while they are very large, they’re perfect for long listening periods at your desk or on a flight or something like that. These reference cans from AKG sound great, there’s no noise here and everything from bass to the mid-range of a song is represented well with these. This is not in your face bass, but more accurate and tight bass than anything else, so there’s that to be aware of. With quality source material, the AKG K550/K551 sound great and if you’re looking for an “audiophile” set of cans that don’t make your wallet cry, then I’d say look no further.

Buy the AKG K550 Reference Headphones or the AKG K551 Reference-Class Headset Mic

Jeremiah: Velodyne vTrue

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The Velodyne vTrue headphones are a bass lover’s dream come true. They offer booming bass that doesn’t drown out the mids and highs. The build quality is also excellent, although the headphones are a bit heavy. The vTrue headphones are made of aluminum and leather and they look and feel premium. These cans don’t offer a flat response, though. The highs are boosted, as are the mids. Sound is good but it can feel artificial because everything is boosted. The soundscape is artificially inflated and the bass is very powerful. Highs and mids are still evident because they are boosted. If you’re an audio purist looking for flat response cans, these may not be for you. If you are a bass lover that is also looking for good build quality, check out the Velodyne vTrue headphones.

Buy the Velodyne vTrue Aluminum Headphones with Mic