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Audio Brands ranking

Here’s my ranking of audio brands

Headphones/Earphones

Entry Level ($100-$300)

-Audio-Technica
-Beats Audio/SMS Audio/SOUL by Ludacris/House of Marley/etc other artist sponsored brands (please avoid these)
-Skullcandy (please avoid)
-Logitech/Razer/Corsair/Roccat/Steelseries/etc gaming brands (Logitech is ok, the others are usually way overpriced)
-Apple/Google/Dell/Microsoft/Lenovo/Amazon/etc tech brands getting into audio (usually ok, but lacking)
Samsung (usually partnering with AKG for headphones)
-Creative Labs
-Bose (entry level is better value than their high end)
-Monster (their non-cable stuff is actually decent value)
-Altec Lansing
-Etymotic
-Fender
-Marshall
-Philips
-V-Moda
-Koss

Midrange ($300-$1000)

-Klipsch
-Beyerdynamic
-Shure
-Westone
-Sony (good at every range, but midrange is the best)
-Grado
-AKG
-Master&Dynamic
-Bang&Olufsen
-Bowers&Wilkins
-Sennheiser (good at every range, but midrange is the best)

High End ($1000+)

-Hifiman
-Audeze
-Meze Audio
-STAX
-Jerry Harvey Audio
-Noble Audio
-Ultimate Ears Pro
-Fostex
-Focal
-Audioquest

Speakers

Entry Level ($100-$300)

-Apple/Google/Dell/Microsoft/Lenovo/Amazon/etc tech brands getting into audio
-Samsung (usually partnering with Harman Kardon for speakers)
-LG (usually partnering with Meridian Audio for speakers)
-Creative Labs
-Bose (entry level is better value than their high end)
-JBL
-Altec Lansing
-Pioneer
-Yamaha
-Emotiva
-Audioengine
-Fluance
-Ultimate Ears
-Boston Acoustics
-JAMO
-Libratone
-Edifier
-Fender
-Marshall
-Philips
-Peachtree Audio

Midrange ($300-$1000)

-Klipsch
-Polk Audio
-Harman Kardon
-Definitive Technology
-Sony (good at every range, but midrange is the best)
-Sonos
-Acoustic Research
-Lexicon
-Bowers&Wilkins
-Bang&Olufsen
-Infinity

High End ($1000+)

-KEF
-Dynaudio
-Wharfdale
-MartinLogan
-Magnepan
-Revel
-Focal
-Devialet
-Burmeister
-Mark Levinson
-Wilson Audio
-Quad Electroacoustics
-Eminent Technology
-Golden Ear Tech
-Paradigm
-McIntosh
-Sonus Faber

Amplifiers

Entry Level ($100-$300)

-Cambridge Audio
-Pioneer
-JVC
-Yamaha
-Oppo/FiiO/Xiaomi/iBasso/Shanling/Cayin/good quality Chinese brands
-Cowon

Midrange ($300-$1000)

-Denon
-Onkyo
-Marantz

High End ($1000+)

-Woo Audio
-Naim Audio
-Linn Audio
-Astell&Kern
-Meridian Audio
-McIntosh
-Technics