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If you need to break away from re­liance on your liv­ing room speak­ers and still want the full sonic ex­pe­ri­ence, take your pick from these three world- class head­phones

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Head­phones round-up

1 Audeze LCD-X Dhs6,565 Pro­nounced 'Odyssey', these open-back head­phones have lamb­skin ear pads, but you could also go down the ‘ve­gan’ route and opt for the leather-free mi­cro suede trim. You can’t plug these into your smart­phone – they are de­signed for a head­phone am­pli­fier, mean­ing you get far crisper and fuller au­dio qual­ity than many com­peti­tors. The head­phones use pla­nar mag­netic driv­ers – bet­ter than dy­namic driv­ers used in other head­phones at this price point, which typ­i­cally have a higher dis­tor­tion com­pared to the pla­nar mag­netic op­tion. In other words: these are stu­dio-grade head­phones. 2 Klip­sch HP3 Her­itage Dhs4,500 Klip­sch is renowned for its speaker range and hand­crafted cab­i­nets, but it does make tech­ni­cally and aes­thet­i­cally ac­com­plished head­phones too. Need proof? Take a look at this retro-cool HP3 Her­itage pair of head­phones. The triple vented semi open back overear head­phones have solid wood ear cups and the head­band is made from cowhide, while there is a far softer mag­netic re­mov­able sheep­skin ear cush­ion. Sound is de­liv­ered by way of a pair of 52mm bio­dy­namic driv­ers. In­ter­est­ingly, these head­phones can be paired with a high-end am­pli­fier (as an add-on you can buy the Her­itage Head­phone Am­pli­fier) or they can link di­rectly with your smart­phone, mak­ing them a ver­sa­tile and por­ta­ble piece of au­dio­phile kit. 3 Fo­cal Utopia Dhs14,600 If money is no bar, these are about the very best head­phones you can get at the mo­ment. Ev­ery sin­gle piece is hand­crafted by a two-mem­ber team at the Fo­cal fac­tory in France, with one per­son ded­i­cated to mak­ing the driv­ers while the other is as­signed to mak­ing the rest of the com­po­nents. They are the only head­phones in the world with ul­tra-light­weight 40mm pure beryl­lium dome driv­ers that can de­liver across an in­cred­i­bly wide fre­quency range of 5Hz to 50kHz. The open de­sign means that as much am­bi­ent noise from the room can per­co­late through to the head­phones as noise from the in­side feeds out­wards – these are the op­po­site of noise-can­celling head­phones. The de­lib­er­ate feat is to mimic the ef­fect of lis­ten­ing to mu­sic through a pair of loud­speak­ers in your liv­ing room. That’s the level of tech­nol­ogy, which has been minia­turised into this pair of bench­mark-set­ting head­phones.

All the prod­ucts fea­tured on this page are avail­able at Dubai Au­dio

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