The list author says: "When a person like you sets out for a new pair of headphones, you are confronted by a dizzying array of brands and hundreds of pairs to choose from. How do you sift through the madness and feel confident you're getting the best sound available for your money? I created this list to help."
"A newcomer from the top Swiss hearing aid company, Phonak. I bought a pair for myself after auditioning them. Superb clarity and detail with plenty of top-end sparkle have made these the bang-for-your-buck winners of the past year! You have to spend a lot more (see the Senn. IE 8 above) to get noticeably better sound!"
"If you call yourself a budding audiophile and don't have a lot of money to move up from those awful white iPod earbuds, this should be your purchase. Sure, they look retro, but their sound will give you goosebumps if they are your first real set of headphones."
"Denon's made quite the surge in offering high quality, closed-back headphones lately, and these seem to offer the best sound for the money out of their whole range. Silky smooth throughout the frequency band."