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I lifted the magnetic latch of Focal Elear’s cardboard storage box, its soft lining reminiscent of acoustic foam, as though pushing open a heavy mahogany door. Within, I found the open back headphones reclining on a chaise lounge by an open fire, shirt open.

“I’ve been waiting for you,” Elear said in French-accented English, cradling a glass of red wine.

You don't have to shell out thousands of dollars to build a system that'll make your music -- whether it's on PC, whether it's on your phone, whether it's on a record collection -- sound amazing. We got hold of a simple, three-piece stereo audio kit with two bookshelf speakers, an amp and a turntable that will handle just about anything you throw at it, and all at a price that didn't break the bank.

The best headphones transform the music. They reveal notes lost and whispers hidden and the rub of a finger down the string of a guitar. They expand the music and transport you. Whenever you move up a price point, the sound should move too. And that's exactly what happened with the Fender FXA7 in-ear monitors (IEMs).

It rarely occurs to me to defend my interest in recreating the sound of live music. I do it because I love to listen to beautiful sound. Is wanting great audio crazy?