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 […]Read more "Sony Z1R 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 […]Read more "Monoprice M1060 Review"
A big thanks to Lee for organizing this event in his photography studio. It was an excellent meet, run by an incredibly generous and helpful host. Also thanks to xeph for the excellent photos of the meet, I was so busy going around trying stuff that I basically forgot to take pictures. Please do note […]Read more "Philadelphia Head-Fi Meet Impressions 1/29/17"
The easiest way to hype up a new headphone is to call it a “Sennheiser HD650 but better.” It’s an established “good” headphone that many people in the hobby have heard, so it’s a good reference. I’ve owned the HD650 three or four times in the ten years I’ve been in this hobby and I’m […]Read more "Focal Elear Review"
Thanks to Zach from ZMF and Will and Linear Tube Audio/Urban Hifi for making it possible for me to audition and review this headphone. I really appreciate the opportunity to spend some time with these headphones prior to their release so that I may share my opinions. Pictures Background I’ve reviewed some of the background […]Read more "ZMF Atticus (Padauk) Review"
Thanks to Zach from ZMF and Will and Linear Tube Audio/Urban Hifi for making it possible for me to audition and review this headphone. I really appreciate the opportunity to spend some time with these headphones prior to their release so that I may share my opinions. Pictures Background ZMF has taken an interesting path […]Read more "ZMF Eikon (Cherry) Review"
I’d like to give a shout out and my thanks to Will and Mark of Linear Tube Audio (makers of the MicroZOTL 2.0) and Urban HiFi for rearranging their store to host this meet. The space was fantastic for this sort of thing and it was obvious the hard work that went into organizing the […]Read more "Head-Fi Meet Impressions 12/05/2016"
The “mid-fi trio” has been pretty well-defined for a few years: the Sennheiser HD600/HD650, the Beyerdynamic DT880, and some variant of the AKG K7– series. Between these three headphones, one could usually find the sound they wanted. The Sennheisers are slightly warm and mid-forward, the DT880 is bright with a drier midrange than the Senns, […]Read more "AKG K612 Review"
I’m gonna make this one quick. This is the Sharkk Bravo. It’s an OEM version of the Verisonix dual driver design with one electret, which is a permanently charged electrostatic driver, and a dynamic driver. Sounds cool in theory but this headphone has literally no redeeming qualities. The Sharkk Bravo comes in a thick cardboard […]Read more "Sharkk Bravo Review"
All of the following impressions are based on notes taken during a meet. Disclaimers about meet conditions and impressions apply. Pictures Focal Elear The Focal Elear was a surprise to me when I first heard. Based on its price and relation to its sibling the Utopia, I expected the Elear to be worse in some […]Read more "Head-Fi Meet Impressions 10/16/16"