Category: Full-Size Open

Abyss AB-1266 Phi Headphone Debut – Preliminary Review and How it Compares to V1

Quick impressions! The Abyss Phi made its debut at SoCal CanJam 2017. The original Abyss was my reference headphone for the past few years and I was excited to hear the updated drivers. Many in the community were curious as to whether the upgrade was worth $1,500. New doesn’t necessarily mean better. The original was…


HiFiMAN HE-1000 V2 Headphone Review

The original HE-1000 was a part of my shootout a few years ago. I remember how comfortable and sweet the headphone sounded. I mentioned if the HEK had more shine and a blacker background, it would compete hard with the Abyss. For what it was worth, I had a few music lovers over and 90% of…


World’s Best Electrostatic Headphones – Sennheiser Orpheus HE 1, HIFIMAN Shangri-La, and Mr. Speakers Electrostatic

I was fortunate enough to stop by Source AV’s Electrostatic Headphone Event earlier tonight. It was fun sharing impressions and talking audio with all the folks there. What I liked the most about this event were the private rooms. Listening under normal “show conditions” weren’t applicable anymore and you’re now able to audition gear in isolation away…


Sennheiser HD 800 S Review – A Pure, Smooth, and Balanced Headphone

I reviewed the infamous HD 800 here. As mentioned, with the Anax mod, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend that headphone for a price point under $2,000. As ludicrous as it sounds, it’s a fantastic value for an audiophile-grade headphone. In order to free myself from time limitations on the review, I purchased the HD800S outright. Equipment…


Headphone Review: Anaxilus Modified Sennheiser HD 800 Headphones

This headphone doesn’t require an introduction. Six years later and it’s still kicking ass and taking names. I’ve seen them glorified in many publications as the “Best Headphone in the World!” back in 2009 and ever since, I wanted one. The price tag was a bit prohibitive at the time but I was able to…


Headphone Review: Philips Fidelio X2

There have been rave reviews about the new Philips Fidelio X2. I couldn’t wait to get my ears between one. I purchased this pair and started to do some comparisons to the Sennheiser HD 600 and Sennheiser Momentum 2.0. The build quality is superb: very sturdy, no exposed wires, and cables were nice.  The pads…


Headphone Shootout: Ultra-High-End Full-Size Open Cans

Amp: Wells Audio Headtrip – $7,000.00 Source: Chord Hugo with stock USB cable – $2,495.00 Cables: Kimber Silver Streak Interconnects RCA – $257.00 Power Conditioner: Panamax M5400-PM – $729.99 Headphones: Abyss AB-1266 – $5,495 (Deluxe) Sennheiser HD 800 – $1,599.95 HiFiMan HE-1000 – $2,999 Audeze LCD-3 – $1,945 Audeze LCD-X – $1,699 I’ve spent at…


Headphone Battle: Abyss AB-1266 vs. Audeze LCD-3F

DAP Tidal ($19.99/month USD) Amplifier Pathos Aurium with 6922EH stock tubes ($1,495 USD) 2 x Amperex USN 7308 ($100/each USD) Source Chord Hugo with stock USB cable ($1,495 USD) Cable Kimber Kable Silver Streak ($257) Headphones Audeze LCD-3 (Fazor) ($1,945) Abyss AB-1266 ($5,495/$4,494 Lite) To avoid potential biases, I own all equipment in this review. The…


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