Headphones

McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

July 30, 2014
McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

Michael Mercer and Michael Liang have posted a review of the McIntosh MHA100 headphone amplifier ($) at Audio360. Their conclusions: “In the beginning I was skeptical of the MHA100 mainly because of the speakers output feature. I wanted so badly for McIntosh to make a dedicated headphone amplifier I saw very little if any...
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Grado PS1000e Headphones

July 30, 2014
Grado  PS1000e Headphones

Robert H. Levi has posted a review of the Grado PS1000e headphones ($1695) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “New to audiophiles, headphone aficionados, and recording engineers comes a newly reimagined top of the line headphone from Grado called the 1000e, replacing the 1000. With no increase in price, you might think the improvement in...
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AURALiC TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amplifier

July 29, 2014
AURALiC TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amplifier

Stephen Hornbrook has posted a review of the AURALiC TAURUS MKII balanced headphone amplifier ($1800) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, His conclusions: “The AURALiC TAURUS MKII is simply one of the finest headphone amps on the market and should not be missed. This is one of the few blind purchases you...
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Lab12 HPA Headphone Amplifier

July 29, 2014
Lab12 HPA Headphone Amplifier

Tomasz Karasiński has posted a review of the Lab12 HPA headphone amplifier ($1200) at StereoLife. His conclusions: “Greek amplifier looks great and is able to engage the listener for long hours. I was wondering what is the reason of this. The key to success is probably the fine combination of all those features that...
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AURALiC GEMINI 2000 Headphone Amplifier-DAC-Stand

July 28, 2014
AURALiC GEMINI 2000 Headphone Amplifier-DAC-Stand

Chris Martens has posted his initial impressions of the AURALiC GEMINI 2000 headphone amp/DAC/stand ($1995) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “If you want a big—and I mean really big—taste of what top-tier headphone electronics can be like, yet at a price that must be considered a bargain, then look no further.” You can read the...
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OPPO PM-1 Headphones

July 27, 2014
OPPO PM-1 Headphones

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the OPPO PM-1 headphones ($1099) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “Considerable time with the OPPO PM-1s reveals no shortcomings. While the hardcore headphone enthusiast will no doubt want to add the PM-1 to their stable, more monogamous headphone lovers will find simple sonic bliss. I know I did....
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NuForce HA-200 Headphone Amplifier

July 27, 2014
NuForce HA-200 Headphone Amplifier

John Grandberg has posted a review of the NuForce HA-200 headphone amplifier ($349) at Inner Fidelity. His conclusions: “NuForce has the right idea here—start with a really nice amp, price it very aggressively, and add in the monoblock option as a twist. I hazard to guess relatively few HAP-100 users take full advantage of...
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Audio-Technica ATH-W1000X Headphones

July 27, 2014
Audio-Technica ATH-W1000X Headphones

Michael Liang has posted a review of the Audio-Technica ATH-W1000X headphones ($699) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “Audio-Technica has done a phenomenal job building an elegant, versatile headphone that is not limited to any specific genre of music. A modest, benign load makes them easy to drive and easy to integrate into whatever your system...
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Tisbury Audio Challenge Amp 1 Headphone Amplifier

July 27, 2014
Tisbury Audio Challenge Amp 1 Headphone Amplifier

Skylab has posted a review of the Tisbury Audio Challenge Amp 1 headphone amplifier ($600) at InnerFidelity. His conclusions: “I have a VERY expensive tube amp sitting on my desk waiting to be reviewed next. I haven’t turned it on yet, or even plugged it in. Typically I wouldn’t have been able to dispense...
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Musical Fidelity MF-100 Headphones

July 27, 2014
Musical Fidelity MF-100 Headphones

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity MF-100 headphones ($199) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “It’s safe to say that Musical Fidelity’s first attempt at a closed-back, over-ear headphone is a massive success—enough that we happily award it one of our Exceptional Value Awards for 2014 and purchase the review sample for...
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Oppo PM-1 Headphones

July 25, 2014
Oppo PM-1 Headphones

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Oppo PM-1 headphones ($1099) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “If you are looking for the most revealing, highest resolution headphone regardless of fit or amplifier compatibility, the Oppo PM-1 will probably not make it on your short list. However, if you want easy-to-drive, ruggedly constructed headphones that...
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iFi Nano iDSD portable DSD DAC/Headphone Amplifier

July 24, 2014
iFi Nano iDSD portable DSD DAC/Headphone Amplifier

Chris Martens has posted a review of the iFi Nano iDSD portable DSD DAC/headphone amplifier (£165) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “n sum, when paired with appropriately revealing, accurate, and high-sensitivity transducers, the affordable Nano iDSD DAC/amp provides an amazingly versatile and sonically sophisticated high-end solution. The only caveat is that, for best results, you...
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HiFiMAN HE-560 Planar Magnetic Headphones

July 24, 2014
HiFiMAN HE-560 Planar Magnetic Headphones

Chris Martens has posted an initial review of the HiFiMAN HE-560 planar magnetic headphones ($899) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The HE-560 strikes me, even at this early stage, to offer excellent value for money. It really does combine some of the best sonic aspects of the critically acclaimed HE-500 and HE-6, but in a...
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Astell&Kern AK120II and AK240 Digital Audio Players

July 23, 2014
Astell&Kern AK120II and AK240 Digital Audio Players

Lieven has posted a review of the Astel&Kern AK120II ($1699) and AK240 ($2499) digital audio players at Headfonia. His conclusions: ” It’s obvious I don’t like everything about the AKs but in the end I really love how they sound. Plug in your headphone, push play, close your eyes and dream away. Yes, they...
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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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