I remember years ago, I'd search the web for new headphone related news and product releases. Days would go by. Weeks would go by. Sometimes months would go by with no exciting headphone related news to read. Now? Now I'm thinking of good ways to efficiently and effectively manage and share the constant flow of personal audio related content and news with the over two million visitors who come to Head-Fi every month.
New and exciting advancements and personal audio products are being released constantly. HDtracks.com and Chesky Records recorded and released three new binaural albums for us in 2012, with more coming. Head-Fi Meet activity around the world seems to be at an all-time high. 2013 CanJam @ RMAF is already in planning. Fujiya Avic's Tokyo Headphone Festivals have expanded into two-day events. Our community is growing at a fantastic pace! Also exciting is that so much of the news--and so many of the best reviews--are breaking within our community, in our forums. Even if the pace of new product releases and developments accelerates, I think 2012 will always be remembered in our community as a breakout year for personal audio.
Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you all for making this such a great year, and for making this a community so many of us are proud to be a part of, and that's also fun to be a part of. And thanks also to the community members who gave me permission to use their quotes in the guide. It was a privilege to be able to quote you guys, as the members of this community are my favorite audio reviewers in the world.
I hope you enjoy the 2012 Head-Fi Holiday Buying Guide. Again, the Head-Fi Buying Guide is in no way intended to be an encyclopedia of all the world's headphone hi-fi products, but, rather, a look at some of this community's favorite products as gift ideas. And, in most cases (unless otherwise indicated), the products in the guide will be products I have direct experience using and listening to.
Now check out the links in the table of contents above (in the graphic header at the top of this page), and enjoy the guide!