Headphones

Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 22, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Gatski has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199) at Everything Audio Network. His conclusions: “At $1,199. the Oppo HA-1 is an outstanding DAC/headphone preamp — with the ability to connect to computers, tablets, and smart phones at the highest resolution available, as well as the typical digital player. When...
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Astell&Kern AK240 Portable High Resolution Digital Audio Player

July 22, 2014
Astell&Kern AK240 Portable High Resolution Digital Audio Player

Michael Mercer has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK240 portable high resolution digital audio player ($2499) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “So, does $2,500 bucks sound like a boatload of money now? I’m not saying it’s cheap, or, even, what many would call affordable! It’s a lot of loot. But, and believe me...
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Oppo PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

July 22, 2014
Oppo PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

John Gatski has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 planar magnetic headphones ($1099) at Everything Audio. His conclusions: “All in all, Oppo did a great job with its inaugural headphone, the PM-1. It is not cheap, but in the high-end audiophile world, its price is reasonable, given its quality build and top-notch sonic...
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Cypher Labs’ Theorem 720 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 21, 2014
Cypher Labs’ Theorem 720 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Darko has posted a review of the Cypher Labs’ Theorem 720 headphone amplifier-DAC ($799) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “For the vast majority of headphones, the sound quality from iPod Touch + Cypher Labs brick aces the iPod Touch: better separation, better frequency extension, less nervy/twitchy dynamics. All the audiophile-centric touchstones are...
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HiFiMAN HM-802 Portable High Resolution Music Player

July 21, 2014
HiFiMAN HM-802 Portable High Resolution Music Player

John E. Johnson, Jr. has posted a review of the HiFiMAN HM-802 portable high resolution music player ($679) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The HiFiMAN HM-802 is a great little player. It is a wonderful alternative to other more ubiquitous players out there, because you can use a full...
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Questyle CMA 800R Headphone Amplifier

July 20, 2014
Questyle CMA 800R Headphone Amplifier

Audiohead has posted a review of the Questyle CMA 800R headphone amplifier ($1500) at audiohead.com. His conclusions: “While the monoblock configuration on the Questyle CMA 800R may be a bit quirky, its singled ended output is one of the best in its price range. Dual SE ¼ headphone jacks are a nice perk to...
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MrSpeakers Alpha Dog Headphones

July 20, 2014
MrSpeakers Alpha Dog Headphones

Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney has posted a review of the MrSpeakers Alpha Dog headphones ($299) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “I’ll likely stick to earbuds for public transit or overnights that require everything to fit neatly into one bag. For sheer comfort and isolation, the Alpha Dog are now my new reference for in-home listening....
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HifiMan HE-560 Planar Headphones

July 17, 2014
HifiMan HE-560 Planar Headphones

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the HifiMan HE-560 Planar headphones ($899) at 6moons. His conclusions: “To recap, for the HE-560 a Bakoon/Questyle type amplifier becomes a like+like proposition. The same voicing intensifies. Burson’s house sound dovetailed for opposites attract. This mellowed the HE-560 and built out its foundation as counterweight to its...
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Grado PS1000e Headphones

July 17, 2014
Grado PS1000e Headphones

Larry Goh has posted a review of the Grado PS1000e headphones ($1695) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “The PS1000e is no doubt a masterful headphone, one which will send a true audiophile to audio bliss. It’s reference sounding, crystal clear mids and highs and the well defined bass are it’s strongest points. Folks looking for...
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Stax SR-009 and SRM-007tII ‘Kimik’ Electrostatic Headphone Systems

July 16, 2014
Stax SR-009 and SRM-007tII ‘Kimik’ Electrostatic Headphone Systems

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Stax SR-009 headphones (£3495) and SRM-007tII ‘Kimik’ electrostatic headphone amplifier (£2295) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “There are few things in life that can be bought and which are incontrovertibly among ‘the best’, but the Stax SR-009 is a part of that select band. Perhaps the best...
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Audeze LCD-2 Planar Magnetic Headphones

July 12, 2014
Audeze LCD-2 Planar Magnetic Headphones

Henry Wilkenson has posted a review of the Audeze LCD-2 planar magnetic headphones ($995) at Audiophilia. His conclusions: “If it was the intention of the manufacturer to produce a pair of headphones with exceptional speed, transparency and dynamics, Audeze has succeeded admirably. The LCD-2s possess a quality of sound and level of performance that...
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 11, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Michael Piskor has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “True, there are summit level products are only a few steps beyond the mid tier titans, yet cost a lot more but when a little extra clarity brings a lot more bliss and enjoyment, I have no...
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Astell&Kern AK240 High Resolution Portable Media Player

July 11, 2014
Astell&Kern AK240 High Resolution Portable Media Player

Tyll Herstens has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK240 high resolution portable music player ($2500) at Inner Fidelity. His conclusions: “The sound quality is superb—the best of any PMP I’ve heard—and is at a level commensurate with its price. Tonally it’s neutral with possibly a slight bias toward bright, but the resolution and...
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Westone W10 Earphones

July 7, 2014
Westone W10 Earphones

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Westone W10 earphones (£199) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “I’m impressed by Westone’s W10. It is well thought out, well executed, and comes with a cool and genuinely useful set of accessories. More importantly, as I suggested above, it doesn’t cost all that much more than an...
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Jadis I-35 Integrated Amplifier

July 5, 2014
Jadis I-35 Integrated Amplifier

Rafael Todes has posted a review of the Jadis I-35 integrated amplifier at Hi-Fi World. His conclusions: “The Jadis I-35 is a beautiful-looking amplifier that produces a rich, resonant sound. Detail is good for the price and orchestral textures well realized and fulsome. Indeed the Jadis goes about its job with aplomb giving a...
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 5, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Brian Hunter has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “From a straightforward up-to-date techs-and-specs position the Oppo is currently unchallenged at its price point. It is a features-driven product with spectacular results. It is so much more than a headphone amplifier in the same fashion...
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Audioengine D3 Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 4, 2014
Audioengine D3 Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the Audioengine D3 portable headphone amplifier-DAC ($189) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “Audioengine’s D3 is the best stick-type USB DAC and headphone amp I’ve heard yet. It sports a nearly nothing form factor and blissful independence from cumbersome USB-driver installation and wall warts. Its five-star performance...
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Astell&Kern AK240 Portable Music Player

July 4, 2014
Astell&Kern AK240 Portable Music Player

Frank Iacone has posted a review of the Astell&Kern portable music player ($2500) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The Roxanne’s and AK240 together produced a system that was musical and easily transportable. Synergy, transparency and musicality are what these two products are about. Both of these stellar products are highly recommended.” You can read...
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NAD D 1050 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 4, 2014
NAD D 1050 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the NAD D 1050 headphone amplifier-DAC ($499) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “The NAD D 1050 is a great-looking and dependably fine-sounding product that fits onto your desk without a fuss. It does its job without calling attention to itself and is a reliable guide to...
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Essence HDACC DAC Headphone Amplifier

July 4, 2014
Essence HDACC DAC Headphone Amplifier

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the Essence HDACC DAC headphone amplifier ($699) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “The Essence HDACC is everything a good headphone amp and DAC should be, and then some. The addition of HDMI may be transformative for those looking for a way to get high-res Blu-ray soundtracks...
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