AKG K812 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 […]

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Kennerton Vali 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 […]

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DC Area Lunch Meet 7/8/17

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 […]

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Sony Z1R Review

I grew up a huge Sony fan. My first music device was a Sony Discman. My first laptop was a VAIO of some sort. There’s an old Sony CRT TV in my childhood home. Even the first headphones I remember buying were a pair of Sony earbuds. But Sony isn’t exactly well renowned for their […]

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Monoprice XXX Review

I purchased this IEM soon after its release directly from Monoprice.  Monoprice shipping took about a week to get the IEMs to me and cost a little over $50. Pictures Background The in-ear monitor (IEM) market seems more competitive than ever, with a trend toward more drivers per side, hybrid balanced armature/dynamic driver designs in […]

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Monoprice M1060 Review

The Monoprice M1060 is some sort of anomaly. In an industry where the market seems to almost welcome price ceilings being pushed higher and higher, Monoprice went the opposite direction: they released a large diaphragm planar magnetic headphone for the low, low price of $299. They easily could have tacked on another $100 and nobody […]

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