Headphones

Lehmannaudio Traveler Portable Headphone Amplifier

February 26, 2015
Lehmannaudio Traveler Portable Headphone Amplifier

Chris Sommovigo has posted a review of the Lehmannaudio Traveler portable headphone amplifier ($650) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “Traveler isn’t for you unless it is – that means this: if your portable rig includes some harder-to-drive circumaural cans, Traveler is worth your time to audition. It has seemingly endless reserves of power (I once...
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HiFiMAN HE-400i Headphones

February 26, 2015
HiFiMAN HE-400i Headphones

Fred Manteghian has posted a review of the HiFiMAN HE-400i headphones ($499) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “Compared with my Stax Gamma electrostatic headphone, the HiFiMan isn’t as useful to me in the studio, where I like my sound very sharp and detailed. But for enjoying music, the planar magnetic technology provides a...
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MrSpeakers Alpha Dog Prime Headphones

February 24, 2015
MrSpeakers Alpha Dog Prime Headphones

Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney has posted a review of the MrSpeakers Alpha Dog Prime ($999) headphones at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “The Alpha Prime headphones are both a beautifully complete product and a tweaker’s dream, and well worth the price tag. Paradoxically, considering what I think of as “affordable” in terms of speakers and amplification, I’ve...
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Audio Technica ATH MSR7 Headphones

February 24, 2015
Audio Technica ATH MSR7 Headphones

Lauren Dragan has posted a review of the Audio Technica ATH MSR7 headphones ($250) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “Acoustic guitars and strings (especially celli) have depth to their body, and live recordings have a sense of space, as do movie soundtracks. The only instance where the Q can sound a bit overdone...
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Beats Solo 2 Headphones

February 23, 2015
Beats Solo 2 Headphones

Audiohead has posted a review of the Beats Solo 2 headphones ($199) at Audiohead. His conclusions: “The Beats Solo 2 also has a place. Nestled very close to bass lovers and warding off a wide swath of $200 competitors, the brightly colored headphone doesn’t need warm reviews to sell headphones, the lower case “b”...
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Audeze EL-8 Headphones

February 19, 2015
Audeze EL-8 Headphones

Michael Mercer has posted a review of the Audeze EL-8 headphones ($699) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “he bass is thumpin’, the percussion is wickedly dynamic, the mids and lower-mids are full-bodied and tight and Nas’ vocals are fantastically rendered and represents the present and the past for me. Heard this song a...
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MrSpeakers Alpha Prime Headphones

February 18, 2015
MrSpeakers Alpha Prime Headphones

Marcusd has posted a review of the MrSpeakers Alpha Prime headphones ($999) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “But isn’t it kind of ironic we are bracketing the Prime in the same category as the LCD-2 and HE-6 as peers given the humble beginnings of the Primes driver, a stock T50RP driver? It is really quite...
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Aurender Flow Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

February 17, 2015
Aurender Flow Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Aurender Flow portable headphone amplifier-DAC ($1295) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “As to power, I’m not ready to comment on the Flow’s output capabilities just yet, other than to say that it seemed to have (just) enough oomph for the fairly power-hunger HiFiMAN HE-560 headphones, yet was...
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

February 17, 2015
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC (£1199) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Oppo has a long history of building well-respected high-value products, but in my view the HA-1 stands as the firm’s best all-around effort to date. What is impressive is not just the number of roles the HA-1...
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

February 15, 2015
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

David Price has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC (£1099) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “Right now, the HA-1 is surely the best do-it-all DAC/preamplifier/headphone stage at the price. It’s hard to fault, and makes a wonderful partner for Oppo’s excellent PM-1 headphones – with which it works hand-in-glove…As a preamp,...
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Astell&Kern AK240 Digital Audio Player

February 14, 2015
Astell&Kern AK240 Digital Audio Player

Adrian Justins has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK240 digital audio player (£2200) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “Is the AK240 the ultimate hi-res portable? Not quite – operationally it’s not perfect, but the build quality is insanely good and the AK240’s ability to take medium-resolution files and squeeze every lost drop of...
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FiiO X1 High Resolution Digital Audio Player

February 13, 2015
FiiO X1 High Resolution Digital Audio Player

Bowei Zhao has posted a review of the FiiO X1 high resolution digital audio player ($99) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “I’m astounded by the vibrant (but not as accurate) sound that FiiO can push out with the X1 with the features it has and the price point it sits at. If you are in...
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HiFiMAN HE-560 Headphones

February 13, 2015
HiFiMAN HE-560 Headphones

Steve Guttenburg has paosted a review of the HiFiMAN HE-560 Headphones ($799) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “Back at home, the HE-560 is more see-through transparent, with more sharply focused imaging than the latest version of the Audeze LCD-2 planar magnetic headphones ($995). Some classify the Audeze sound as “dark”; I don’t, but...
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Nobel Audio Kaiser 10 In-Ear Monitors

February 11, 2015
Nobel Audio Kaiser 10 In-Ear Monitors

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Nobel Audio Kaiser 10 in-ear monitors ($1599) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “By way of summing up, let me concede in advance that the Kaiser 10s won’t suit every taste (and, truth to tell, I initially wondered if they would suit my own). The K10 might not...
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Lear LCM-BD4.2 In-Ear Headphones

February 10, 2015
Lear LCM-BD4.2 In-Ear Headphones

Hadi Ozyasar has posted a review of the Lear LCM-BD4.2 ie-ear headphones ($1400) at 6moons. His conclusions: “With its technical innovation and sound character, it’s also quite the listener’s gem. Finally the bass adjustment gives the listener more choices and also makes for plain fun. When considering its $1’400 tag, this challenger from Hong...
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Astell&Kern AK240 Digital Audio Player

February 9, 2015
Astell&Kern AK240 Digital Audio Player

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK240 digital audio player ($2400) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “From its app to its output, the Astell&Kern AK240 delivers a rich user experience. Driving NAD’s Viso HP50 headphones, it provided a rewarding sound from files ranging from CD to DSD quality and every resolution in...
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Sony NWZ-ZX1 Digital Audio Player

February 8, 2015
Sony NWZ-ZX1 Digital Audio Player

Adrian Justins has posted a review of the Sony NWZ-ZX1 digital audio player (£549) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “Sony’s players aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you can live with (or like) Android and want the wealth of non-audio features it brings then rest assured that the NWZ-ZX1 is a triumph in...
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Covalent-Audio Nucleus Headphone Amplifier

February 4, 2015
Covalent-Audio Nucleus Headphone Amplifier

Dean Seislove has posted a review of the Covalent-Audio Nucleus headphone amplifier ($399) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “So, is this the headphone amp for you? Well, if you love a razor sharp sound that bears all and takes no prisoners, then probably not. Similarly, if you’re looking for that tube amp sound, with...
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Sony NWZ-A17SLV High Resolution Digital Audio Player

February 4, 2015
Sony NWZ-A17SLV High Resolution Digital  Audio Player

Sean Killebrew has posted a review of the Sony NWZ-A17SLV high resolution digital audio player ($299) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “As is often the case, reviews can leave the reader, and quite honestly the writer, in a bit of a quandary as to whether or not a purchase is warranted. In the case of...
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B.M.C PureDAC Headphone Amplifier-DAC

January 31, 2015
B.M.C PureDAC Headphone Amplifier-DAC

David Price has posted a review of the B.M.C PureDAC headphone amplifier-DAC (£1,290) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “One of the ancient hi-fi laws laid down way back in the mists of time – probably somewhere around the seventies – is that sound quality stands in inverse proportion to style or functionality. Well, products...
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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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