Headphones

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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Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro Headphones

August 5, 2014
Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro Headphones

Kyle has posted a review of the Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro headphones ($229) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “Somehow, in the pursuit of neutrality, Beyerdynamic created a headphone, to me, that sounds like a tool and not like music. Sadly, it didn’t work for me, but I wouldn’t necessarily view that as an objective con. I’m...
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Noble Audio Kaiser 10 (K10) In-Ear Monitors

August 2, 2014
Noble Audio Kaiser 10 (K10) In-Ear Monitors

Chris Martens has posted his first impressions of the Noble Audio Kaiser 10 (K10) custom-fit in-ear monitors ($1599) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “I’ll have much more to say about the K10’s sound and the particulars of its voicing when I craft my full-on Hi-Fi+ review, but for now let me just observe that the...
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ALO Studio Six Headphone Amplifier

August 1, 2014
ALO Studio Six Headphone Amplifier

Stephen Hornbrook has posted a review of the ALO Audio Studio Six headphone amplifier ($3900) at Secret of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The ALO Studio Six is one of my new favorites for powering the illustrious Audeze headphones. The combination is straight up intoxicating. It might be slight overkill for the...
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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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