Headphones

Cavalli Audio Liquid Crimson Headphone Amplifier

January 29, 2015
Cavalli Audio Liquid Crimson Headphone Amplifier

Eric Neff has posted a review of the Cavalli Audio Liquid Crimson headphone amplifier ($2850) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “Amp reviewing can be a challenge. I am a tube fan and I appreciate what tubes bring to the chain. Reviewing a piece of gear designed to not have a signature is an interesting exercise....
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RAL KEB02iP Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

January 29, 2015
RAL KEB02iP Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Michael Mercer has posted a review of the RAL KEB02iP portable headphone amplifier-DAC ($350) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “With my Audeze LCD-X, the RAL sounded far bigger than I ever imagined it would, considering its diminutive size. If you’re on a search for a technically capable and musically-pleasing portable headphone amp/DAC (with...
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RHA T10i In-Ear Headphones

January 26, 2015
RHA T10i In-Ear Headphones

Paddy Carroll has posted a review of the RHA T10i in-ear headphones ($199) at Headphone>uru. His conclusions: “I believe that RHA have set an incredibly high benchmark in creating the T10i; the build quality and accessories that you receive with this earphone at its price point are outstanding, from the stainless steel mouldings to...
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Cavalli Audio Liquid Lightning 2T Headphone Amplifier

January 24, 2015
Cavalli Audio Liquid Lightning 2T Headphone Amplifier

Peter Pialis has posted a review of the Cavalli Audio Liquid Lightning 2T headphone amplifier ($4250) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “Overall, I was impressed with the Liquid Lightning 2T and I think it is a wonderful new addition for Cavalli Audio to offer alongside the solid-state based Liquid Lightning 2. I do have a...
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Pono High Resolution Digital Audio Player

January 22, 2015
Pono High Resolution Digital Audio Player

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Pono high resolution digital audio player ($399) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “Would I buy, or recommend, the Pono Player knowing what I now know? Yup. If you are looking for a portable high res player that can do double duty in your hi-fi and deliver a...
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Grado Reference Series RS1e Headphones

January 22, 2015
Grado Reference Series RS1e Headphones

Jez Ford posted a review of the Grado Reference Series RS1e headphones ($695) at AVHub. His conclusions: “We were aware that these are headphones expected to run in over time, and Grado specifically warns against doing this in one long process. We kept them around for several months, but their forward nature didn’t temper...
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Focal Spirit Classic Headphones

January 20, 2015
Focal Spirit Classic Headphones

Hi-Fi Choice has posted a review of the Focal Spirit Classic headphones (£299). Their conclusions: “The Spirit Classic is a headphone that’s worthy of the Focal name, its closed-back nature makes it suitable for use on the move, but its resolution and timing with an effortless but musically arresting style mean it warrants your...
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Sony NWZ-F886 Digital Audio Player

January 20, 2015
Sony NWZ-F886 Digital Audio Player

Hi-Fi Choice has posted a review of the Sony NWZ-F886digital audio player (£250). His conclusions: “I’m not a huge fan of the Sony’s fiddly operating system and the capacity is an annoyance, but both are forgivable in the face of such awesomely good performance.” You can read the full review here.
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HiFiMAN HM-650 Digital Audio Player

January 19, 2015
HiFiMAN HM-650 Digital Audio Player

Kyle has posted a review of the HiFiMAN HM-650 digital audio player ($449) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “I’m at a bit of a loss as to how to describe the HM-650. It sounds fantastic—for “only” $100 more it’s a solid step up from the FIIO X5. The only problem is that its battery life...
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FiiO X3 Digital Audio Player

January 19, 2015
FiiO X3 Digital Audio Player

Patrick Cleasby has posted a review of the FiiO X3 digital audio player (£159) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “There is no stronger recommendation for the FiiO X3 than that ‘I want one’ feeling. If it had been more readily available when I procured my own AK100 it would have been a tough call...
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Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones

January 18, 2015
Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones

Hi-Fi Choice has posted a review of the Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphones (£330). Their conclusions: “The P7 is a very good headphone for those who want to enjoy their music in the home and on the move – you find something better for quiet environments by looking for an open-back design, but as...
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Calyx Audio M Digital Audio Player

January 16, 2015
Calyx Audio M Digital Audio Player

Rad Bennett has posted a review of the Calyx Audio M digital audio player ($999) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “I wouldn’t buy a Calyx M sight unseen. Try it yourself, to see if its operating system is satisfactory and if its size agrees with your lifestyle. I have no pockets big enough for...
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Violectric HPA V220 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

January 15, 2015
Violectric HPA V220 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Warren Chi has posted a review of the Violectric HPA V220 headphone amplifier ($1929) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “Okay that might be a little harsh. Instead, I will simply say that the V220 – as an amp – sounds quite good. If you are looking for a V200 with preamp capability, balance control and...
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DiDiT High-End DAC212 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

January 13, 2015
DiDiT High-End DAC212 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Marja and Henk have posted a review of the DiDiT High-End DAC212 headphone amplifier-DAC (€2995) at 6moons. Their conclusions: “The team at DiDiT have entered a small but highly competitive market. From the DACs we know which are most comparable by using the same ESS Sabre engine and are built up from there, the...
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HiFiMAN HE400i and HE560 Headphones

January 13, 2015
HiFiMAN HE400i and HE560 Headphones

Marcusd has posted a review of the HiFiMAN HE-400i ($499) and HE-560 ($899) headphones at Headfonics. His conclusions: “Perhaps the biggest area of debate might be the bass performance of the HE500 compared to the HE560 and the HE400i. No question they are different beasts in much the same way the HE400i is to...
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Astell&Kern AK240 Digital Audio Player

January 13, 2015
Astell&Kern AK240 Digital Audio Player

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK240 digital audio player ($2495) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “As I said at the start, the pace of new portable player introductions has been phenomenal. And if Astell&Kern and others continue releasing new players at this clip the AK240 will most certainly find...
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HiFiMAN HE-400i Headphones

January 11, 2015
HiFiMAN HE-400i Headphones

Lieven has posted a review of the HiFiMAN HE-400i headphones ($499) at Headphonia. His conclusions: “To me the HE-400i is tuned more linear than the 500 and the 500 is more laid back sounding. The 400i has a smoother and more musical presentation in the mids section with more body. It is less dry...
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Heed Canalot Headphone Amplifier and Q-PSU Power Supply

January 11, 2015
Heed Canalot Headphone Amplifier and Q-PSU Power Supply

Eric Neff has posted a review of the Heed Canalot headphone amplifier ($750) and Q-PSU power supply ($1200) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “I recently had the opportunity to review the Meier Audio Corda Classic Amp and DACCORD DAC. The pair priced in at about $1500 USD. The Canalot with DAC and USB cards plus...
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Inspire IHA-1 Headphone Amplifier

January 10, 2015
Inspire IHA-1 Headphone Amplifier

Frank Iacone has posted a review of the Inspire IHA-1 headphone amplifier ($1599) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “The Return of the Legend was well worth the wait as Dennis Had has brought an affordable music lover’s product to the marketplace. So if you want to see what the fuss is all about with the...
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Marantz HD-DAC1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

January 10, 2015
Marantz HD-DAC1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Marc Andre has posted a review of the Marantz HD-DAC1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($799) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “At $799, the Marantz HD-DAC is very easy recommendation for those who are looking for a DAC that offers superior dynamics, fantastic looks, and a rich feature set with a pedigree that is just about...
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Violectric HPA V281 Balanced Headphone Amplifier-DAC

January 8, 2015
Violectric HPA V281 Balanced Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Frank Iacone has posted a review of the Violectric HPA V281 balanced headphone amplifier-DAC ($1000) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “The V281 performed much better using external DACs, which is a testament to the transparency of the amplifier. Using the best source you could afford with the V281 will pay big dividends in musicality. The...
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Oppo Digital HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC and PM-1 Headphones

January 8, 2015
Oppo Digital HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC and PM-1 Headphones

David Robinson has posted a review of the Oppo Digital HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199) and PM-1 Headphones ($1099) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “At its price point, I haven’t heard anything like the Oppo HA-1/PM-1 for the quality of its sound and the exceptional degree of utility that it offers the audiophile or music...
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RHA Audio T101 In-Ear Monitors

January 3, 2015
RHA Audio T101 In-Ear Monitors

Chris Martens has posted a review of the RHA Audio T101 in ear monitors (£149) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The point is that the T10i’s give you the means to fine-tune tonal balance to suit your personal listening tastes and preferences, yet without veering into the realm of garish sonic colourations.” You can read...
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M2Tech Marley Headphone Amplifier

January 2, 2015
M2Tech Marley Headphone Amplifier

Uday Reddy has posted a review of the M2Tech Marley headphone amplifier ($1699) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “The M2Tech Marley is a very fine headphone amplifier that I found well suited to a broad selection of music. Its differences in sound quality from the Oppo HA-1 are minimal, and I know I could...
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Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies Headphone Amplifier-DAC

January 1, 2015
Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199) at Home Theater Review. His conclusions: “Given the sheer number of new headphone amplifiers on the horizon, many promised for the 2015 CES, I can’t imagine that the Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies headphone amplifier won’t see some stiff competition...
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