Price: $2,300 

Fostex has gained notoriety since launching its first pair of high-end headphones. Under the Japanese Cherry Birch wood housing is all-new 50mm dynamic driver units with a 1.5 tesla (15,000 gauss) magnetic circuit, which is said to boost wider dynamic range. The company has also included its “Biodyna" diaphragm to help generate “transparent” reproduction and "reduce internal vibrations.” What does all that mean? It'll sound so good, you'll forget you dropped over two stacks.