Headphones

Tralucent Audio 1plus2 In-Ear Monitors

April 24, 2014
Tralucent Audio 1plus2 In-Ear Monitors

Amos Barnett has posted a review of the Tralucent Audio 1plus2 in-ear monitors ($1300) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “What is most remarkable about these IEMs is not just their capability to deliver a spacious sound, but the fact that they are not the result of an engineer’s efforts, but rather a single man...
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OPPO PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

April 23, 2014
OPPO PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

John E. Johnson, Jr. has posted a review of the OPPO PM-1 planar magnetic headphones ($1099) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “There are many phones in the hundreds of dollars category. Once you go above $1,000 ($999.95 is included :=>), the consumer has what I would call “Ultra-Phones” available....
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Abyss AB-1266 Planar-Magnetic Headphones

April 23, 2014
Abyss AB-1266 Planar-Magnetic Headphones

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Abyss AB-1266 planar-magnetic headphones ($5495) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Is the Abyss AB-1266 the finest headphone in the world? The Abyss is without a doubt the finest headphone I’ve yet heard—one that sets a standard against which fine top-tier headphones from the U.S., Europe,...
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AURALiC Taurus MKII Headphone Amplifier

April 21, 2014
AURALiC Taurus MKII Headphone Amplifier

John Darko has posted a review of the AURALiC Taurus MKII headphone amplifier ($1899) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “The Taurus MKII is so darn dandy with inner-illumination and rhythmic timing that I was still able to enjoy the sound of artists I don’t dig so much e.g. Untold, The Eagles, Wilco. Tough...
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Hifiman HM-901 Portable Digital Audio Player

April 21, 2014
Hifiman HM-901 Portable Digital Audio Player

Marcusd has posted a review of the Hifiman HM-901 portable digital audio player ($999) t Headfonics. His conclusions: “Wow – what a journey I have had with the HM-901 and thank you if you managed to get to the end of this review without an overnight sleep! It is probably one of the most...
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Audeze LCD-XC Closed-Back Headphones

April 18, 2014
Audeze LCD-XC Closed-Back Headphones

Audiohead has posted a review of the Audeze XC closed-back headphones ($1699) at audiohead.com. His conclusions: “The XC’s attention to detail is undeniable. While the technical restrictions of being a closed-back design may prevent it from overtaking the Audeze flagship in terms of air and openness, the level of quality, tonal balance and transparency...
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Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

April 18, 2014
Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS portable DAC and headphone amplifier ($189) at AudioStream. His conclusion: “If you’re looking for a highly resolving micro-detail champ of a portable PCM DAC/headphone amp, the Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS may have your magic number. With the ability to play...
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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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Grace m905 Stereo Monitor Controller

April 13, 2014
Grace m905 Stereo Monitor Controller

John Marks has posted a review of the Grace m905 Stereo Monitor Controller ($3495) in his The Fifth Element column at Stereophile. His conclusions: “I am totally knocked out by the Grace m905. It has made its way onto the short list of the most impressive pieces of audio gear I have ever evaluated...
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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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