Back in 2006 when I was just starting out with this hobby, I thought the Shure E500 was some sort of unattainable grail: $500 for an IEM was unfathomable back then, when its only other universal competition were the Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10 and Etymotic ER4S and I believe those who wanted to shell out […]Read more "Shure SE535 Review"
Denon’s original line of Foster 443742 variants in the D2000, D5000, and slightly different D7000 was one of the most recommended lines of headphones when it was in production. That contrasted the line that succeeded: the D600 and D7100, with a much less agreeable sound signature and higher distortion characteristics. But in late 2016, Denon […]Read more "Denon D7200 Review"
I reviewed the original Monoprice M1060 here, so those who haven’t read that review yet should check that out first. I was given the opportunity to try to mod a new pair. This article is meant to outline the three most popular mods for these “budget” planars meant to tame the ringing and overall make […]Read more "Monoprice M1060 Mods"
“Hey can you recommend me a headphone? I can reach for like…$100 but I’m not sure I want to spend that much.” “Uhh…” Headphones don’t have to be ridiculous. They don’t have to weigh over a pound or cost as much as a used car. They’re headphones: things people use to listen to things. Of […]Read more "Audio Technica M40X Review"
A few months ago, I asked Zach Mehrbach of ZMF Headphones if it would be possible for both Amar and me to review the Eikon and Atticus, as we have quite different tastes so I was curious to see how our opinions of the two differed, and Zach graciously obliged. Amar published his reviews for […]Read more "ZMF Atticus Review (Alternate Perspective)"
What’s this–a planar magnetic IEM? Cool! Wait, it leaks sound and lets sound in? It also needs an iOS device to use its Cipher cable that has a necessary EQ? Oh… I’ll be honest, I don’t really understand the point of the iSine. It’s not particularly suitable for public transportation because it barely attenuates more […]Read more "Audeze iSine10 Review"
Thanks to Arv for loaning this to me for review. Pictures Background AKG released the K812 in 2010 for $1500 and was seen as a response to Sennheiser’s HD800 which had been released 2 years earlier in 2008. The K812 seems to take all the design cues AKG has used with their previous flagships and […]Read more "AKG K812 Review"
Thanks to Super Best Audio Friends for providing this loaner unit of the Kennerton Vali for review. Pictures Background Kennerton is the luxury arm of Fischer Audio and maintains their line of ToTL headphones. The Vali is an open back dynamic headphone that uses a Tympany paper driver. Fit and Comfort The fit of this […]Read more "Kennerton Vali Review"
Thanks to Nick for organizing and thanks to Music to My Ears in Pittsburgh, PA for hosting this meet. Sound Impressions AKG K872 This is headphone is kind of like taking the K812 and turning all of its features up to 11. The headphones are extremely sensitive, they seem to run out of a phone […]Read more "Music to My Ears Meet Impressions 7/22/17"
Had lunch and a mini meet with a couple of friends from the local Head-Fi group and got to try two new-to-me and relatively new-to-the-market pieces of gear, the MrSpeakers Aeon closed back portable headphone and the Metrum Amethyst, an all-in-one DAC and headphone amplifier. Pictures MrSpeakers Aeon I was fortunate in that both the […]Read more "DC Area Lunch Meet 7/8/17"