Headphones

Schitt Gungnir Multibit DAC and Mjolnir 2 Headphone Amplifier

March 29, 2016
Schitt Gungnir Multibit DAC and Mjolnir 2 Headphone Amplifier

Smit Patel has posted a review of the Schitt Gungnir Multibit DAC ($1249) and Mjolnir 2 headphone amplifier ($849) at Audioholics. His conclusions: “As with their more budget-oriented models, the Schiit Gungnir Multibit and Mjolnir 2 combo have highly impressed me. Many would consider this an end-game setup and I would not blame them...
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HiFiMAN Edition X Planar Magnetic Headphones

March 29, 2016
HiFiMAN Edition X Planar Magnetic Headphones

Carlo Lo Raso has posted a review of the HiFiMAN Edition X planar magnetic headphones ($1799) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The Edition X are essentially a close to reference quality set of headphones, with all their planar magnetic virtues, that can be used in almost any situation to...
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Sennheiser HD800s Headphones

March 29, 2016
Sennheiser HD800s Headphones

Matthew Jens has posted a review of the Sennheiser HD800s headphones ($2599) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “The Sennheiser HD800s is both capable and versatile. The tweaks that Sennheiser have administered to the HD800 have resulted in an overall superb headphone – one that is able to adapt to a wide range of listening habits...
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Cypher Labs Sustain84 Headphone Amplifier

March 27, 2016
Cypher Labs Sustain84 Headphone Amplifier

Marcusd has posted a review of the Cypher Labs Sustain84 headphone amplifier ($1200) at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “That being said those looking for aggressive dynamics, a heavy hitting bass line or supreme headroom with soaring treble performances might be better suited to a more solid state amp as the Sustain84’s big strength is...
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Audeze LCD-4 Planar Magnetic Headphones

March 26, 2016
Audeze LCD-4 Planar Magnetic Headphones

Tyll Hertsens has posted a review of the Audeze LCD-4 planar magnetic headphones ($3995) at Inner Fidelity. His conclusions: “The LCD-4 is a clear improvement over previous LCD models both technically and musically with better clarity, and bass through mid-range control and evenness. Audeze LCD line fans will be tickled pink with the LCD-4.”...
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SoulNote SD300 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

March 26, 2016
SoulNote SD300 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the SoulNote SD300 headphone amplifier-DAC (€1500) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Returning to its double-trouble proposition as a one-box DAC/headfi amp, this benign grounded voicing and civilized gentleness on attack and treble detail make the SD300 a good choice for lit-up fast dynamic headphones like the Sennheiser HD800,...
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Woo Audio WA7tp Fireflies Headphone Amplifier

March 26, 2016
Woo Audio WA7tp Fireflies Headphone Amplifier

Brian has posted a review of the Woo Audio WA7tp Fireflies headphone amplifier ($1749) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “Talk piece combined with audiophile analog traits make the all-in-one unit a fine complement to any upscale desktop or the top shelf of your audio gear rack. If you are a fan of Woo gear...
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Acoustic Research AR-M2 Portable Digital Audio Player

March 25, 2016
Acoustic Research AR-M2 Portable Digital Audio Player

John Atkinson has posted a review of the Acoustic Research AR-M2 portable digital audio player ($1199) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “I recommend the AR-M2. It’s good to see the Acoustic Research brand applied to such a well-engineered product after all these years. It’s just a shame that the beautiful-looking and -sounding AR-M2 couldn’t be...
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Queststyle QP1R Portable Digital Audio Player

March 25, 2016
Queststyle QP1R Portable Digital Audio Player

Hi-Fi Choice has posted a review of the Queststyle QP1R portable digital audio player (£699). Their conclusions: “In a market populated increasingly by touchscreen, do-it-all smartphone clones, the QP1R is a refreshing and desirable departure that’s wilfully a little old school in appearance and operation, but offers a sublime twist. It’s a gorgeous thing...
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Astell&Kern T8iE In-Ear Monitors

March 24, 2016
Astell&Kern T8iE In-Ear Monitors

Matthew Jens has posted a review of the Astell&Kern T8iE in-ear monitors ($1600) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “In a market saturated with multi driver balanced armature systems, it’s refreshing to see a familiar and experienced name step up to the plate, to create a proprietary driver that’s ready to compete against the usual contenders.”...
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Chord Electronics MOJO Headphone Amplifier-DAC

March 24, 2016
Chord Electronics MOJO Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Marc Rushton has posted a review of the Chord Electronics MOJO headphone amplifier-DAC ($899) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “MOJO has introduced me to the joy of listening through headphones. End of story. ” You can read the full review here. You can find links to more reviews of the Chord MOJO headphone amplifier-DAC here.
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NAD Viso HP30 Headphones

March 24, 2016
NAD Viso HP30 Headphones

Steve Guttenberg has posted a review of the NAD Viso HP30 headphones ($229) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “The NAD Viso HP30 is a perfectly fine headphone, and its punchy bass kicks harder than any audiophile-oriented on-ear I’ve heard to date. I wish it sounded more like the Viso HP50, but I’m just...
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Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

March 23, 2016
Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD headphone amplifier-DAC ($1500) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD gives you far more than a taste—it will fatten you right up. If you don’t require a balanced headphone output, the Neo 230HAD may be all the...
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Focal Spirit Classic Headphones

March 23, 2016
Focal Spirit Classic Headphones

Smit Patel has posted a review of the Focal Spirit Classic headphones ($599) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “I feel that they are an overlooked headphone in the crowded headphone market and one that certainly deserves more recognition. Perhaps Focal need to address the potential comfort issues to truly captivate the attention of the unsuspecting...
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Master & Dynamic MW60 Headphones

March 23, 2016
Master & Dynamic MW60 Headphones

Smit Patel has posted a review of the Master & Dynamic MW60 headphones ($799) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “The MW60 is an adept beast with many specialities including its brilliant throwback design, premium build and sound fidelity. At times I have often found myself trying to feel for a wire in wireless mode and...
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Meze 99 Classic Headphones

March 22, 2016
Meze 99 Classic Headphones

Kevin Heine has posted a review of the Meze 99 Classic headphones ($309) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “If you are looking for an easy to drive, fun, dynamic, isolating you from extraneous sounds, and those nearby from your music (or noise, it’s in the ear of the beholder) headphone, they are an absolute steal....
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Pass Labs HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier

March 22, 2016
Pass Labs HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier

Steve Guttenberg has posted a review of the Pass Labs HPA-1 headphone amplifier ($3500) at C/NET. His conclusions: “The Pass Labs HPA-1 is a reference-grade component designed with well-heeled headphone enthusiasts in mind — ones that already own at least one world-class headphone. If that describes you, I hope you can get to hear...
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Chord Electronics Mojo Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

March 20, 2016
Chord Electronics Mojo Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Chord Electronics Mojo portable headphone amplifier-DAC (£399) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “In summary, the Chord Mojo is a marvel both of sound-quality-first design and cost-effective engineering. It is one of the finest and most capable portable amp/DACs I have yet heard regardless of price, and one...
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Ayre Acoustics Codex USB Headphone Amplifier-DAC

March 19, 2016
Ayre Acoustics Codex USB Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Steven Plaskin has posted a review of the Ayre Acoustics Codex USB headphone amplifier DAC ($1795) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “Given the price, performance, and features found in the Codex, I feel it is the most significant product I have reviewed in 2015.” You can read the full review here.
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Audeze Sine Headphones with Cipher Headphone Cable

March 19, 2016
Audeze Sine Headphones with Cipher Headphone Cable

Lauren Dragan has posted a review of the Audeze Sine headphones with Cipher headphone cable (together $499) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “Overall, the Sine are fantastic, especially with Cipher. If you are an audio fan who wants a high quality listening experience on the go without the bulk of an amp, you...
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Aurisonics Rocket In-Ear Monitors

March 19, 2016
Aurisonics Rocket In-Ear Monitors

Ljokerl has posted a review of the Aurisonics Rocket in-ear moonitors ($) at Inner Fidelity. His conclusions: “Whereas normally I am happy with a great-sounding earphone that doesn’t actively bother me when it comes to fit, design, or construction, the Aurisonics Rockets raise the bar pretty much across the board. In addition to superb...
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RHA T20 In-Ear Monitors

March 19, 2016
RHA T20 In-Ear Monitors

Scot Hull has posted a review of the RHA T20 in-ear monitors ($239) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “This is a new approach from RHA and sports a whole new driver, this one featuring two voice coils, each operating independently and manipulating a different part of the diaphragm, in effect, creating two drivers out...
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Questyle QP1R Portable Digital Audio Player

March 18, 2016
Questyle QP1R Portable Digital Audio Player

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Questyle QP1R portable digital audio player ($899) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “With its impeccable sound quality, flexible storage, and ability to drive a wide variety of headphones the Questyle QP1R ranks among the best portable players I’ve heard. The Questyle QP1R’s shortcomings are that...
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HiFiMAN HE-560 Headphones

March 17, 2016
HiFiMAN HE-560 Headphones

Steven Stone has posted a review of the HiFiMAN HE-560 headphones ($899) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “For me the HiFiMan HE-560 headphones were somewhat of a mixed bag of blessings and brickbats. They are well-constructed and have a neutral sound signature, but they are not all that “portable-friendly” due to their open-back, non-isolating design...
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RBH Sound HP-2 Headphones

March 16, 2016
RBH Sound HP-2 Headphones

Brent Butterworth has posted a review of the RBH Sound HP-2 headphones ($249) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “For me, the HP-2s’ clamping force is too strong for long-term comfort, but those with smaller heads — i.e., almost everyone — will probably find them more comfortable. Sure, there are a few reasons that this...
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