Category: Headphones

Campfire Audio Vega Review – A Dynamic Delight

ALO Audio isn’t a stranger to anyone. I’ve heard their portable Continental amp last year and thought they sounded and looked great. It would definitely be quite a conversation starter at your local Starbucks. I was just stopping by The Source AV and they were just setting up a few Campfire Audio IEM demos. I…


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…


Audeze Sine Portable Planar Magnetic Headphone Review

Introduction A few readers have requested a review of the Audeze Sine ($449). When I first heard the Audeze Sine at CanJam 2016, my first thought was “Oh man, on-ears? Painful.” And indeed, it was. It was painful while they were on my head and even more when I took them off. I really didn’t…


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…


Meze 11 Neo Earphones – Oh So Beautiful

Meze Headphones is a premium headphone company founded in 2009, based in Baia Mare, Romania. Meze is designing and developing its products in house, with a focus on good sound, iconic design, and quality build and materials. I’m a huge fan of their Meze 99 Classics and look forward to their new offering in ear-bud form. They…


Meze 99 Classics Headphone Review – Quest to Find a Portable Over-Ear Headphone

As a software developer who telecommutes 99% of the time, I wanted to lessen my usage of in-ears and decided to get a pair of Sennheiser Momentum 2.0. I love how they were stylish, light, and could be folded. I enjoyed the sound but it was a bit too clinical for most of my listening….


Best Portable USB Amp/DACs Shootout with the Custom JH Audio Angie IEM

The Challengers Chord Hugo Aurender Flow Chord Mojo LH Labs Geek Out V2 LH Labs Geek Out V1 Meridian Explorer2 DacMagic XS Audioquest Dragonfly V1.2 Equipment used: Audioquest Jitterbug Lenovo T420 JH Audio Angie (CIEM) Figuring out which portable DAC/amp you should get is a daunting and time-consuming task. Instead of going through the buying/selling…


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…


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