Headphones

Meridian Explorer Portable USB DAC

April 17, 2014
Meridian Explorer Portable USB DAC

Doug Blackburn has posted a review of the Meridian Audio Explorer portable USB DAC ($299) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “It might sound as if the giant-killer AudioQuest DragonFly was handily bested by the Meridian Explorer — but keep in mind that the DragonFly is smaller and doesn’t have the stubby USB cable to...
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Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amplifier/DAC

April 16, 2014
Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amplifier/DAC

Mike Liang has posted a review of the Sennheiser HDVD 800 headphone amplifier/DAC ($1999) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “As good as the HDVD 800 performs with Sennheiser’s latest headphone creations, those with older models will not be disappointed. Revisiting the older HD 650 headphones, a workhorse for many enthusiasts, also turns in an exceptional...
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Alpha Design Labs X1 USB DAC-Headphone Amplifier

April 16, 2014
Alpha Design Labs X1 USB DAC-Headphone Amplifier

Vince Hanada has posted a review of the Alpha Design Labs X1 USB DAC-headphone amplifier ($479) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “Although other portable USB DAC-headphone amps work well with Apple devices, the ADL by Furutech X1 is a unique device that adds 24/192 capability via USB. It sounded splendid at all resolutions, and...
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ADL X1 Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

April 15, 2014
ADL X1 Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Steven Stone has posted a review of the ADL X1 Portable DAC and headphone amplifier (£395) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “While £395 isn’t inexpensive, when you consider the X1’s capabilities, both sonic and ergonomic, it must be ranked as an excellent value that can serve a multiple of useful functions in a variety of...
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Oppo PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

April 14, 2014
Oppo PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

Chris Martens has posted a preliminary review of the Oppo PM-1 planar magnetic headphones ($1099) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “We’re still in the early going, here, but my instinct is that Oppo has a runaway winner on its hands with its PM-1 headphone. Give a pair a listen and see what you think. One...
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Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphone

April 13, 2014
Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphone

Steve Guttenberg has posted a review of the Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphones ($400) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “The P7 didn’t miss any details, but the soundfield dimensions scaled back a smidge compared with what I heard from the X1. Of course, closed-back ’phones are usually the preferred choice for watching movies...
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HeadAmp GSX Mk2 Balanced Headphone Amplifier

April 12, 2014
HeadAmp GSX Mk2 Balanced Headphone Amplifier

Frank Iacone has posted a review of the HeadAmp GSX Mk2 balanced headphone amplifier ($2995) at Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “The Mk2 is a stellar performer that will compete with anything that is manufactured today at any price, and could be your final end game solution. If you are looking for...
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Audioengine D3 Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

April 9, 2014
Audioengine D3 Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Steven Meijas has posted a review of the Audioengine D3 portable USB DAC and headphone amplifier ($189) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “The sound? In a word, glorious. Whereas the AudioQuest DragonFly traded some speed for a more relaxed, full-bodied sound, and the Audioengine D3 sacrificed some grip and control for transient clarity and overall...
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Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold Headphone Amplifier

April 6, 2014
Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold Headphone Amplifier

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold headphone amplifier ($6450) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Like many of you, I keep a sort of running tally of the best audio systems I’ve heard to date—including, of course, the best headphone/amplifier combinations I’ve sampled. For now, Cavalli’s Liquid Gold, used in...
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LH Labs Geek Out Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

March 30, 2014
LH Labs Geek Out Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Scot Hull has posted a review of the LH Labs Geek Out portable DACC and headphone amplifier ($299) at Confessions of a Pat-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “I’m having a blast with my Geek. It blew away my already-high expectations. I could recommend it to a nu jack audio hobbyist or even the most seasoned...
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Bottlehead Crack DIY Headphone Amplifier

March 27, 2014
Bottlehead Crack DIY Headphone Amplifier

Timothy Smith has posted a review of the Bottlehead Crack DIY headphone amplifier ($269) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Can the Bottlehead render this insufferable crime against the ear tolerable? Yes, yes, it can. Ivan’s synthesizer is so… nuanced. Who knew? That this amp allowed me to endure this song through headphones is a testament...
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AMI Musik DDH-1 DAC and Headphone Amplifier

March 27, 2014
AMI Musik DDH-1 DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the AMI Musik DDH-1 DAC and headphone amplifier ($549) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Five years ago, computer audio this good wasn’t possible at any price. Four years ago, this kind of performance would have set you back a couple of thousand at least. Now, you can get...
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AudioQuest DragonFly v1.2 DAC and Headphone Amplifier

March 26, 2014
AudioQuest DragonFly v1.2 DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Thad Aerts has posted a review of the AudioQuest DragonFly v1.2 DAC and headphone amplifier ($149) at HiFiZine. His conclusions: “Recommending the DragonFly is an absolute no-brainer as far as I’m concerned. I would readily recommend it to folks not well versed in the world of audiophile jargon as well. The little device is...
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AMI Musik DDH-1 DAC and Headphone Amplifier

March 25, 2014
AMI Musik DDH-1 DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the AMI Musik DDH-1 DAC and headphone amplifier ($549) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Five years ago, computer audio this good wasn’t possible at any price. Four years ago, this kind of performance would have set you back a couple of thousand at least. Now, you can get...
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Chord Hugo DAC and Headphone Amplifier

March 25, 2014
Chord Hugo DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Darku has posted a review of the Chord Hugo DAC and headphone amplifier (£1195) at SoundNews. His conclusions: “Hugo had impressed me from the first moment I had read its specifications & from the first second I had pressed the play button. Do you want me to continue? It plays in the league of...
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The Audeze LCD-XC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones

March 23, 2014
The Audeze LCD-XC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones

Mike has posted a review of the The Audeze LCD-XC closed-back planar magnetic headphones ($) at Headphonia. His conclusions: “It’s a little bit more laid back than the other Audez’es. Not a hallway or tunnel-vision step back, but like moving one row back and this new listening spot perfectly puts me in a position...
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Resonessence Labs Herus Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

March 22, 2014
Resonessence Labs Herus Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Eric Teh has posted a review of the Resonessence Labs Herus portable DAC and headphone amplifier ($350) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “The Herus is a neutral, transparent and dynamic sounding DAC and headamp. I initially found it bright, but this is probably in contrast to the Calyx Coffee which I was using prior...
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Gold Note HP-7 Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

March 19, 2014
Gold Note HP-7 Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

Matteo Turotti has posted a review of the Gold Note HP-7 preamplifier and headphone amplifier (€715) at ReMusic. His conclusions: “If you are looking for a good amp for dynamic headphones and you strongly need a remote control, the HP-7 can be the right deal. Nice on view and with a convincing sound, it...
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CEntrance HiFi M8 Portable Headphone Amplifier and DAC

March 17, 2014
CEntrance HiFi M8 Portable Headphone Amplifier and DAC

Tyll Hertsens has posted a review of the CEntrance HiFi M8 portable headphone amplifier and DAC ($) at InnerFidelity. His conclusions: “The CEntrance HiFi-M8 is going up on InnerFidelity’s “Wall of Fame” as the best hard core headphone enthusiast portable headphone amp. I certainly won’t go to a trade show where I have to...
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Audeze LCD-3 Headphones

March 16, 2014
Audeze LCD-3 Headphones

Garrett Hongo has posted a review of the Audeze LCD-3 headphones ($1945) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “In the LCD-3s, Audeze has produced a superb set of headphones. They performed wonderfully with all types of music, producing a rich yet well-defined sound with good spectral balance across the audioband. They’re certainly of reference level....
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