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  1. It was my good luck to get another Audio-Technica headphone for review this month, on loan from MyMac for a couple of weeks. To be honest, I like most headphones I do get, since I choose only those that interest me. That said though, this A1000z is one of the better bets in a more-or-less neutral 'monitor' headphone, and I commented after the review that the only headphones I've had that are comparable in the A1000z's price range are the MrSpeakers Mad Dog and the AKG K712 (albeit they don't sound quite as neutral). I think the cheaper AKG K553 Massdrop edition was nearly as good as these, and probably the best bargain. Audio-Technica ATH-A1000Z Art Monitor Headphones - Review - MyMac.com
  2. Listening to the $350 Audio-Technica ESW990h wood-earcup headphone has been my most pleasurable hi-fi experience in a long time. The $1000 Focal Elear could have been even better if it weren't so recessed. Even though the ESW990h doesn't have quite the Elear's detail (when the Elear is EQ'd), the overall accuracy of musical tone puts the ESW990h in that rare category of mine - headphones that sound right, right out of the box. ATH-ESW990H Portable Wooden On-Ear Headphones - Review - MyMac.com
  3. Here is a very, very nice on-ear wood-earcup headphone from Thinksound. I previously reviewed their On1 headphone and Rain2 IEM. This time around, the On2 has a much better non-glossy wood finish, and I suspect better drivers, since the clarity is phenomenal. It isn't the easiest thing to have mellow sound with great clarity, so there ya go. On2 Headphones - Review - MyMac.com
  4. Budget headphone time! I found this in a grocery store, and a very nice surprise it was. The review has the details, but in advance I'm thoroughly enjoying a sparkly sound with solid bass and a great soundstage. Bell'O BDH806 On-Ear Portable Stereo Headphone review
  5. This is my first Grado 'woodie', excepting any Grado headphones where the wood parts are inside of the earcups only. I describe the sound compared to the SR325e, since I don't have a sense of how any of the Grado 'RS' series sound. This is a very good headphone, but be aware that some of the $650 USD price is because of the limited material from that Brooklyn tree. Grado GH1 'Brooklyn Tree' Wood-Cup Stereo Headphone review | Rock Grotto
  6. This is my third H6 - the first, in brown color, was reviewed prior to my having a measurement tool and was traded off. The second, the special edition in agave green, was reviewed at the beginning of my measurement experience and was traded off. This third H6, in black, got a good measurement shakedown this time and I expect to keep it permanently. Bang & Olufsen (B&O) Around-Ear Stereo Headphone review
  7. Here's my review of the Nighthawk, and this time in a nicely-formatted pasteup. I cover the solidly good points as well as any objections I found in other reviews. Audioquest Nighthawk Stereo Headphone – Audiophile Review
  8. Here's a headphone I got from Musical Fidelity direct. It's quite close to neutral, with a very slight mid-bass bump, color-free midrange, and smooth treble. It is on-ear however, it has low isolation, and a fairly strong headband clamp. If you're looking for really good sound in this price tier and are OK with these features, then I'd say highly recommended. As an aside, I've been told by a couple of users that some companies who are well-regarded for speakers and other components, who make headphones for the first time, often don't get involved in the design and end up putting their brand name on an inferior headphone. Not this time. Musical Fidelity MF-200 Audiophile Stereo Headphone review
  9. This is an earbud, so the expectations will be low. The tonality is definitely better than the Apple earbuds (not earpods), but not as good as the Yuin PK2 (and likely the PK1). I wouldn't be inclined to review an earbud as-is, but with the magic of parametric EQ, it sounds very hi-fi except for the deep bass, which can't be recovered any way that I know. FiiO EM3 Stereo Earbuds (not IEM) review | Rock Grotto
  10. And here's the best of Edifier, in one sense anyway - though the H850 has a more classic neutral bass, both the H840 and H850 share an excellent midrange and treble. But should you prefer the warmer bass, say, half to 2/3 the strength of a v-moda M100, at 1/6 the price of the M100, here for your consideration is the H840: Edifier H840 Around-Ear Budget Audiophile Stereo Headphone review | Headphones Hangout Forum
  11. Well, it's not a premium headphone by most standards, being a fashion brand I believe, but if you find yourself alone with one of these and you've an urge to hear some music, it's good enough with a spot of EQ here and there… Ecko Volt On-Ear Stereo Headphone review
  12. Here is a pleasant little surprise - a very light and comfortable on-ear headphone that sounds great and doesn't cost a lot (~$105 USD street). It has a trifle more bass and slightly less treble than the average Grado, which I think works well for an ideally-portable headphone. Apologies for the photo linked in the review - the colors didn't reproduce well. Zagg Ebony-Wood On-Ear Stereo Headphone review
  13. I had this AIAIAI Tracks on my radar for a long time, so in this lull after the holidays, I decided to get it and shake it down. It's very bright, or more specifically, has a very large peak around 3 khz, which is the opposite of most small on-ear headphones these days. Still, the magic of Audioforge EQ turns the frog into a prince…. AIAIAI Tracks On-ear Stereo Headphone review
  14. Here's the Bose QC-25 - the most famous of the noise cancelers I think. And it's extremely good at canceling noise, with a couple minor caveats. From what I hear with this headphone, they managed to not only be the best at noise cancellation, but they produced a near-perfect audiophile signature at the same time. I can't say that all aspects of the sound quality are audiophile-grade, but listening to many very familiar music tracks, the details were present and the tone qualities seemed correct. The build quality is luxurious, and if the QC-25 proves to be durable, the $300 USD price tag seems like a good value. In the picture links I included, you'll be able to see the major differences between the Active mode and Passive mode signatures. Bose QC-25 Around-ear Noise Canceling Stereo Headphone review
  15. Here is a headphone that I missed on the original release, but are now being closed out at amazing prices, in the U.S. at least. It's dark, it's bassy, and the details are in the review. I love how comfortable this is, in spite of using the standard earpads. From all I can see, the physical quality is the same as the pricy M100, although the tuning is decidedly different. I ordered from v-moda direct (although it was cheaper on Amazon), so I was able to customize the side earplates. V-MODA 'LP' Around-Ear (yet portable) Stereo Headphone review
  16. Almost identical to the Yuin PK2, except this PK1 is even thinner sounding than the PK2, and is 3 times the price. EQ can bring a measure of audiophile quality to the sound, but cannot recover the low bass. I like it, but I'm pretty flexible. Yuin PK1 Audiophile Stereo Earbud/Earphone review | Rock Grotto
  17. Taking a break from the very low-budget headphones and reviewing the Philips Fidelio X2 (which I missed in the initial intro), I was actually surprised at how good the X2 is. You'll appreciate the X2 if you've been using small plastic headphones like I've reviewed recently, even when you carefully EQ those small headphones, because Philips corrects the X2's resonances or other sonic anomalies with a much larger and better build, etc. I paid $199 at Massdrop, which is one heckuva deal. Philips X2 Around-Ear Open-Back Stereo Headphone review | Headphones Hangout Forum
  18. Here's a brand new item that's sure to be a hit - a fully modular headphone (i.e., design your own). My two configurations were very similar - a DJ orientation that has the spectrum tilted substantially toward the right (i.e. more bass, less treble). Unlike many such headphones, this one clearly resolves the 16 hz organ pedal tone so well that you can hear/feel the 16 cycle per second 'beats' that make up analog tones. The highs, despite the right-facing signature, are well resolved too - highly recommended for DJ-type sound, and for building other configurations with differing types of sound. BTW, the response in my testing (without any EQ or tone controls) was ultra-smooth. AIAIAI TMA-2 Young Guru/DJ Stereo Headphone review
  19. Here is the review of my second P7 - the first one was traded off in 2013, which I regret. Still, this was an opportunity to see if the current production of this headphone changed in any respect, and also to apply my Audioforge experience to find any major variances from neutral in the sound signature. I found three: A moderate recess in the low-mid midrange around 350 hz, another modest recess in the low-mid treble from ~3 to 6 khz, and a peak around 9 khz. None of these anomalies would require me to use EQ to have a satisfactory listening experience, and that's something I can say about very few headphones (Audeze LCD2, MrSpeakers Mad Dog, and possibly the Bose QC25). Highly recommended, even at the $400 USD price I paid. Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) P7 Stereo Headphone review (new)
  20. Here's an interesting coincidence, or maybe synchronicity: My last review, of the open-back Philips SHP-9500, described what to me is a near-perfect headphone at a low price, lacking only a little in the low bass but having a neutral overall sound with a great soundstage. This review, of the closed-back AKG K-553, is complementary in an interesting way. This headphone has a very similar neutrality and great soundstage (for a closed headphone), but where the Philips has a rolloff in the deep bass, the AKG bass is full-up and the overall sound is warmer and slightly darker than the Philips. If ever there were 2 headphones representing my ideal signatures (neutral-light and neutral-dark), with little to no coloration and good soundstage, open and closed, and very low in cost, these 2 are it. I present the AKG K-553: AKG K-553 Around-Ear Closed-Back Stereo Headphone review
  21. Here is a delightful little portable headphone from Beyerdynamic, and unlike most of their other low-end portables, this is a real (made in Germany) Beyer with their famous earcup forks and all. The signature is much flatter than the Beyer mini-Teslas (T51p, DT1350, ....), with better extension on both ends - I love it. Beyerdynamic Custom Street On-Ear Stereo Headphone review | Headphones Hangout Forum
  22. The MH30 is a work of art and metal, and I find it very charming... Master & Dynamic MH-30 Luxury On-Ear Stereo Headphone review | Rock Grotto
  23. I've always wanted one of these, but couldn't justify it until recently. I've been disappointed with more than a few expensive purchases in the past, but not this time. The PS-1000e is very different from the AKG K812, Beyer T1, and Sennheiser HD800 headphones that I've owned, physically and sonically, so rather than try to summarize here what's in the review (too complicated), I'll just point to the full review below. Grado PS-1000e Audiophile Stereo Headphone review
  24. This headphone has as much build quality as it does bling, and the quality is fantastic. But the sound is somewhat muffled, and burn-in didn't change that. But, because of the amazing physical quality for less than $90 USD, and because the simple bass reducer setting found in Apple players (as well as other devices) renders the sound very good for portable use, I recommend it highly on condition of using the player's bass reducer setting. Well worth checking out in my opinion. Xiaomi/1More 'Mi' On-Ear Stereo Headphone review | Headphones Hangout Forum
  25. Here is a very nice earbud with a good hi-fi sound and soundstage, when properly equalized. Played without EQ, it's bright and very thin sounding. Why would anyone want this? Low cost, great potential, very small size to go anywhere. One of my favorites... Yuin PK2 Earbuds (not ear-canal) Stereo Earphone review | Headphones Hangout Forum
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