Headphones

Alpha Design Labs GT40 USB DAC/Phonostage/Headphone Amplifier

December 15, 2010
Alpha Design Labs GT40 USB DAC/Phonostage/Headphone Amplifier

Neil Underwood has posted a review of the Alpha Design Labs GT40 USB DAC with Phono Stage ($495) at Canada Hi-Fi. Some of his observations: Playing digital music files through the GT40 was like discovering the songs all over again. Suddenly the midrange offered a substantially cleaner presentation and was filled with details that...
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Schiit Asgard Headphone Amplifier

December 7, 2010
Schiit Asgard Headphone Amplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Schiit Asgard headphone amplifier ($249) at 6moons. His conclusions: The Asgard's general character recalls single-ended transistor efforts in the FirstWatt stable – highly resolved, grainless, fast, microdynamically responsive, well controlled in the bass but not fat or maximally profound, direct, well separated, capable of fine incision...
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Woo Audio WA22 Headphone Amplifier

December 6, 2010
Woo Audio WA22 Headphone Amplifier

Robert Youman has posted a review of the Woo Audio WA22 headphone amplifier ($2150) auditioned with the Sennheiser HD800 headphones ($1399) at 6moons. His conclusions: The Sennheiser HD800 headphones and the Woo Audio WA22 integrated headphone amp configured in fully balanced configuration is one of the best audio systems I have heard. Tremble and...
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Sennheiser HD800 Headphones with Cardas Audio Cable

December 1, 2010
Sennheiser HD800 Headphones with Cardas Audio Cable

Phil Gold has posted a review of the Sennheiser HD800 headphones ($1399) with Cardas audio cable ($298) at Superior Audio. His conclusions: Like all the very best components, the HD800 doesn’t favor one type of music over another. It excels in solo piano, pop, jazz, folk, chamber music, opera, spoken voice. In fact the...
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Smyth Research Realiser A8 Headphone System

November 29, 2010
Smyth Research Realiser A8 Headphone System

Kal Rubinson has posted an extensive review of the Smyth Research Realiser A8 Headphone System ($3360) in his regular Music in the Round column at Stereophile. His conclusions: Even more remarkable was the Realiser's ability to create a two-channel soundstage from two-channel sources. No longer was the CSO clustered inside my head, but arrayed...
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NuForce Icon HDP Headphone Amp/DAC/Preamp

September 23, 2010
NuForce Icon HDP Headphone Amp/DAC/Preamp

Tom Martin has posted a review of the NuForce Icon HDP Headphone Amp/DAC/Preamp ($449) at Playback Magazine. His conclusions: As always, we should remind our gentle readers of the standard caveat that value is a function of your budget and your needs. That said, it is hard to imagine a logic that would find...
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