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Head-Fi Buying Guide (Introduction)

 

Introduction
Over-Ear Headphones
In-Ear Headphones
Wireless Headphones
Gaming Headphones
Exercise Headphones
Cables & Accessories
Desktop Amps & DACs
Portable Amps, DACs & DAPs
Ultra-High-End Headphones (Summit-Fi)
Desktop & Portable Speakers
Head-Fi Meets
Music
Head-Fi Buying Guide

Introduction | Over-Ear Headphones | In-Ear Headphones | Wireless Headphones | Gaming Headphones | Exercise Headphones

Cables & Accessories | Desktop Amps & DACs | Portable Amps, DACs, & DAPs | Ultra-High-End Headphones, Amps, DACs

Head-Fi Meets | Music

Introduction

I can't think of a year since Head-Fi's founding in 2001 in which we've had more blockbuster high-end headphone releases than in 2015, including (but certainly not limited to) the HiFiMAN HE-1000, Stax SR-L700, Audeze LCD-4, AudioQuest NightHawk, MrSpeakers ETHER and ETHER C, ENIGMAcoustics Dharma D1000, beyerdynamic Tesla T1 2 Gen, AKG N90Q, Shure KSE1500, and, of course, the best headphone I've ever heard with Sennheiser's new Orpheus HE1060/HEV1060.

Then there were the electronics: Schiit Audio unleashed a multibit DAC attack (Bifrost Multibit, Gungnir Multibit). Chord eclipsed their best-selling Hugo with their new Mojo, and announced a new flagship named Dave. Ayre Acoustics entered our world with their CODEX. JDS Labs released their answer to those looking for a next-gen O2 with their new Element. Grace Design teamed up with Massdrop to create the m9XX. Astell&Kern, Questyle, FiiO , Cowon, Pioneer, Onkyo, and others released scads of new hi-res portable music players.

All of the above are just some examples from what has been an unprecedentedly fast-moving, exciting year in the world of premium personal audio.

With the holidays upon us, now begins our holiday updates of the Head-Fi Buying Guide. We've now even added a permanent link to the Guide in the navigation bar (look up at the top of the page). Every single product mentioned above (and more) will be added to the Guide, starting now, and throughout the holiday season.

As always, thank you for being a part of this community--Head-Fi would be nothing without you. Also, many of the products above, and countless others that weren't listed, might never have existed if not for you.

Make sure to check back for regular updates to the Guide through the holiday season, and happy holidays to you and yours!

Sincerely,
Jude Mansilla
Editor, Founder
Head-Fi.org

 

Editor-in-Chief: Jude Mansilla

Assistant Editor & Producer: Joe Cwik

 

Comments (4)

I like some of this stuff.
Less bug will make it better.
Hi there,
 
I am puzzled by the ranking criteria.
I have the impression that the ranking were changed for many categories, i.e. now  based on best value for money instead of best quality (whatever the price). Strangely this is not consistent with the ultra-high end category which still seems to be based on best quality rather than best value. Also I have the impression that the Chord Dave has disappeared.
Could you please clarify?
 
Thank you
BTW:
- I prefer a ranking best based on quality, because value-based appear even more subjective to me and also as making it more difficult to help people finding your way in it. With a quality ranking, you can just stop at the first item that matches your budget.
Or you could have two lists for each category, one ranked on quality and the other on value.
Or you could incorporate value into a quality-based ranking as Tyll Hertsen does (eliminating the item with poor value in a quality-based ranking)
- it would be nicer to update with recent flagships like the Focal Elear and Utopia).
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