Headphones

KEF M200 Earphones

September 17, 2014
KEF M200 Earphones

Hans Wetzel has posted a review of the KEF M200 earphones ($199) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “KEF’s M200 earphones offer a highly engaging sound that excites without fatiguing, and remains smooth and concise throughout the audioband. Prospective buyers should consider their somewhat bass-heavy tonal balance in light of their own musical tastes. Despite...
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Glove Audio A1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

September 16, 2014
Glove Audio A1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Michael Mercer has posted a review of the Glove Audio A1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($599) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “So, I’m keeping the damn thing. Whenever a product grabs me like this I always say the fact that I’m keeping it and making it a permanent fixture in the Sonic Satori personal audio arsenal....
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HiFiMAN HE-400i Planar Magnetic Headphones

September 15, 2014
HiFiMAN HE-400i Planar Magnetic Headphones

Chris Martens has posted a review of the HiFiMAN HE-400i planar magnetic headphones ($499) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “One point I probably cannot overstress is that the $499 HE-400i is good enough that one might instinctively seek to compare it to models costing $700, $800, $900, or more. The HE-400i might win some and...
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Chord Hugo Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

September 15, 2014
Chord Hugo Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Malcolm Steward has posted a review of the Chord Hugo portable headphone amplifier-DAC (£1400) at TopAudioGear. His conclusions: “In short then one can summarise the Chord Hugo as a component that can be viewed as vital to complete any streaming source, not to mention its truly fantastic, outstanding capabilities as a headphone amplifier. In...
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Ultrasone Edition 5 Headphones

September 14, 2014
Ultrasone Edition 5 Headphones

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Ultrasone Edition 5 headphones (~€3725) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Listening to transducers like the Edition 5 is an eye opening experience and proves that headphones are capable of recreating the sound in an unusual way. The closest to what this design offers are the electrostatic...
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OPPO HA-1 Headphone Amplifier and PM-1 Headphones

September 14, 2014
OPPO HA-1 Headphone Amplifier and PM-1 Headphones

Marek Dyba has posted a review of the OPPO HA-1 headphone amplifier (~€1649) and PM-1 planar magnetic headphones (~€1539) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “That leads us to a simple statement – the OPPO’s first headphones and DAC/headphone amplifiers set the bar really high. PM-1, in my opinion, do not offer the highest sound...
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Questyle CMA800R Headphone Amplifier-DAC

September 13, 2014
Questyle CMA800R Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Marek Dyba has posted a review of the Questyle CMA800R headphone amplifier-DAC (€1499) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “A single CMA800R is a damn good headphone amplifier, one of few best I had a chance to listen to so far. It offers an amazingly clear, transparent sound, detailed, resolving and fast. But at the...
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AURALiC Gemini 2000 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

September 9, 2014
AURALiC Gemini 2000 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Audiohead has posted a review of the AURALiC Gemini 2000 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1999) at audiohead.com. His conclusions: “It’s the all-in-one-lover’s all-in-one . The Gemini cleans up the extremities and puts the entire headphone listening experience in the footprint of a coaster. It makes an excellent compliment to any swinging desktop and is an end-to-end...
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AURALiC Gemini 2000 Headphone Amplifier

September 8, 2014
AURALiC Gemini 2000 Headphone Amplifier

Jerold O’Brien has posted a review of the AURALiC Gemini 2000 headphone amplifier ($1995) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “The form factor is elegant and practical, with options to match any décor or preference. The sound it offers is very good, and it pairs well with the headphones I had on hand for testing. A...
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Paradox Audio Enigma Headphones

September 8, 2014
Paradox Audio Enigma Headphones

Kyle has posted a review of the Paradox Audio Enigma headphones ($999) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “While most companies have tried to do the impossible in creating a state of the art headphone that, in their eyes, are neutral, Luis does something much more admirable. He hand-makes a headphone using woodworking skills passed down...
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Nuforce Primo 8 In-Ear Headphones

September 6, 2014
Nuforce Primo 8 In-Ear Headphones

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Nuforce Primo 8 in-ear headphones ($499) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The Primo 8 is quite simply a world-class universal-fit earphone – one that can equal or surpass the performance of models costing considerably more. It is an honest, accurate, revealing, and musically coherent transducer that appeals...
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Chord Hugo Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

September 5, 2014
Chord Hugo Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Paul Messenger has posted a review of the Chord Hugo portable headphone amplifier-DAC (1400) at Hi-Fi Critic. His conclusions: “The unique collection of features combined in this unit make any sort of comparative assessment virtually impossible. While I suspect some less costly DACs can get quite close, it’s hard to imagine one that sounds...
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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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