Headphones

Oppo Digital PM-1 Headphones

September 2, 2014
Oppo Digital PM-1 Headphones

S. Andrea Sundaram has posted a review of the Oppo Digital PM-1 headphones ($1099) at SoundStage Xperience. His conclusions: “Oppo Digital’s first headphone model proves itself a strong competitor in the very demanding premium-headphone segment. The PM-1s’ warm balance pairs wonderfully with voices, offers enough extension to capture the essence of all manner of...
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Resonessence Labs Concero HD DAC and Concero HP Headphone Amplifier

September 2, 2014
Resonessence Labs Concero HD DAC and Concero HP Headphone Amplifier

Tim Smith has posted a review of the Resonessence Labs Concero HD DAC ($850) and Concero HP headphone amplifier ($850) at Wall of Sound. His conclusions: “In sum, most audiophiles would be perfectly content with the Concero HD, and nothing but the Concero HD, in their main rig. It’s that good. Likewise, the Concero...
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Goldmund HDA Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 31, 2014
Goldmund HDA Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Goldmund HDA Headfi DAC (CHF 8600) at 6moons.com. His conclusions: “As a reviewer, excitement can come from unexpected performance at everyman prices. It can also come from exclusively positioned products that push the envelope. To this writer, the former happens more often. Cynicism, general appeal and...
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iFi Audio Micro iDSD Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 31, 2014
iFi Audio Micro iDSD Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Steven R. Rochlin has posted a review of the iFi Audio Micro iDSD portable headphone amplifier-DAC ($499) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The bottom line here is that it will be very hard for any such unit in the years to come to sound better while also providing so many features at this...
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Cavalli Liquid Lightning 2 Headphone Amplifier

August 28, 2014
Cavalli Liquid Lightning 2 Headphone Amplifier

Michael Piskor has posted a review of the Cavalli Liquid Lightning 2 headphone amplifier ($4250) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “Even though I am not fond of neutral sound signatures and very much prefer a more warm and gently colored appeal to tonality, I found Alex’s amplifier overly addictive and something I cannot dream of...
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Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DAC-Headphone Amplifier and Voltikus Power Supply

August 28, 2014
Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DAC-Headphone Amplifier and Voltikus Power Supply

John Iverson has posted a review of the Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DAC-headphone amplifier ($6000) and Voltikus poswer supply. His conclusions: “In the end, Antelope Audio’s Zodiac Platinum with Voltikus power supply has a complete set of features for the modern audio system, performs flawlessly, and trades jabs with some of the best DACs...
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Heir Audio 8.0 Universal In-Ear Headphone

August 24, 2014
Heir Audio 8.0 Universal In-Ear Headphone

Marcusd has posted a review of the Heir Audio 8.0 universal in-ear headphone ($1099) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “Its funny that for all the tech being stuffed into headphones and earphones these days less and less are stopping to think is their latest and greatest creation actually an enjoyable listen or striving to be...
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Apex Audio High-Fi Teton OTL Headphone Amplifier

August 23, 2014
Apex Audio High-Fi Teton OTL Headphone Amplifier

Skylab has posted a review of the Apex Audio High-Fi Teton OTL headphone amplifier ($5000) at InnerFidelity. His conclusions: “I do feel the Teton is deserving of being included in InnerFidelity’s “Wall of Fame”, with the understanding that not everyone is going to be in the market for a $5,000 headphone amp. For those...
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Sony PHA-2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 20, 2014
Sony PHA-2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Sony PHA-2 headphone amplifier-DAC ($595) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “For those audiophiles who strongly favor a difficult-to-drive headphone, the PHA-2 will be a better option than the headphone amplifiers built into most portable devices. Also for owners of highly sensitive, custom, in-ear monitors, who...
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Mr. Speakers Alpha Dog Headphones

August 19, 2014
Mr. Speakers Alpha Dog Headphones

Robert H. Levi has posted a review of the Alpha Dog headphones ($299) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “From MrSpeakers comes an American dream in headphones that are both planar and closed-back… the Alpha Dogs! They are the world’s first 3D-printed cans, and sound fantastic. Efficient enough to run on most everything, and beautiful...
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Burson Audio Soloist Class A Headphone Amplifier

August 18, 2014
Burson Audio Soloist Class A Headphone Amplifier

Henry Wilkenson has posted a review of the Burson Audio Soloist Class A headphone amplifier ($995) at Audiophilia. His conclusions: Is the Soloist the very last word in extension or transparency? Well, no. If that is very high on your sonic checklist, be prepared to spend many times the price of the Burson Soloist...
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Final Audio Design Pandora Hope VI Headphones

August 15, 2014
Final Audio Design Pandora Hope VI Headphones

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Final Audio Design Pandora Hope VI headphones (£699) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Final Audio Design’s Pandora Hope VI is one of the most musically expressive headphones in its price class and for this reason it is one I turn to early and often when seeking richly...
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Astell&Kern AK240 Portable Media Player

August 15, 2014
Astell&Kern AK240 Portable Media Player

Rad Bennett has posted a review of the Astell&Kern Ak240 portable media player ($2499) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “The Astell&Kern AK240 makes it possible to listen to high-resolution music practically anywhere. It’s pricey, but look at what it can do and what components it can replace, and see if that doesn’t lessen the...
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Schiit Lyr2 and Vahalla2 Headphone Amplifiers and BiFrost Uber DAC

August 11, 2014
Schiit Lyr2 and Vahalla2 Headphone Amplifiers and BiFrost Uber DAC

Dave Sieslove has posted reviews of the Schiit Lyr2 ($449) and Valhalla2 ($349) headphone amplifiers and BiFrost Uber DAC ($519) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “All three Schiit products are stellar accomplishments that should please even the fussiest headphone audio enthusiast. They are all stay at home models, of course, unless you really want...
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Resonessence Labs Herus Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 10, 2014
Resonessence Labs Herus Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Tim Smith has posted a review of the Resonessence Labs Herus headphone amplifier-DAC ($350) at Wall of Sound. His conclusions: “How much did I like the Herus? I cannot imagine listening on the go or at my desk without it. I bought the review sample.” You can read the full review here.
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Woo Audio WA6 SE Headphone Amplifier

August 10, 2014
Woo Audio WA6 SE Headphone Amplifier

Tim Smith has posted a review of the Woo Audio WA6 SE headphone amplifier ($1190) at Wall of Sound. His conclusions: “The Woo does it all: it plays complex, driving music with ease. It captures the tone of Jordi Savall’s viola da gamba better than any loudspeaker amplifier I know except my Line Magnetic...
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iFi Micro iDSD Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 10, 2014
iFi Micro iDSD Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted his initial impressions of the iFi Micro iDSD portable headphone amplifier-DAC ($499) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “When you get right down to it, one of the reasons people either choose to buy (or not buy) iFi products involves the firm’s ‘house sound’, which is quite natural-sounding with generous helpings of...
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NAD Viso HP50 Headphones

August 8, 2014
NAD Viso HP50 Headphones

S. Andrea Sundaram has posted a review of the NAD Viso HP50 headphones ($299) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “Knowing that the NAD Viso HP50s were designed by Paul Barton, I had high expectations for them. I wasn’t disappointed. Their tonal balance is close to neutral, with a little extra upper midrange that highlights...
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Audeze LCD-XC Headphones

August 7, 2014
Audeze LCD-XC Headphones

Marek Dyba has posted a review of the Audeze LCD-XC headphones ($1799) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “When it comes to performance these cans combine amazing musicality with quite an analytic approach to sound presentation so there is a pretty good chance they could convince both – those who only care about music and...
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier

August 6, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier

Andrew Everard has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier ($1199) at Words and Music. His conclusions: “The combination is both intriguing and very seductive: yes, using the HA-1 does change the sound of the PM-1s, adding those undertones of warmth and richness to complement the speed, detail and airiness of the...
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