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2013 Head-Fi Summer Buying Guide (Ultra-High-End Headphones (Summit-Fi))

  • by judeAdministrator

Ultra-High-End Headphones (Summit-Fi) Most of my favorite headphones can benefit tremendously from dedicated headphone amplifiers. And the ones I've listed below--if you're not familiar with this class of headphones--will likely spoil you forever. These headphones have a way of challenging you to bring the best out of them, and that can get very expensive, very quickly. It's headphones like these that make Head-Fi's unofficial slogan: "Welcome to Head-Fi. Sorry about... read more

2013 Head-Fi Summer Buying Guide (Portable Amps, DACs, & DAPs (Music Players))

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Portable Headphone Amps and DACs   ALO Audio Rx MK3-B, Ray Samuels Audio SR-71B and F-35 Lightning   TYPE: Balanced portable headphone amps PRICE: $649.00 (Rx MK3-B), $650.00 (SR-71B), F-35 price to be announced URL: www.aloaudio.com and www.raysamuelsaudio.com It seems there are infinite choices now, when it comes to portable headphone amplifiers. For driving even... read more

2013 Head-Fi Summer Buying Guide (Desktop Amps & DACs)

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Desktop Amps and DACs   There is a lot of other gear discussed by Head-Fi'ers other than headphones, including amps to power those headphones, digital-to-analog converters (DACs), other source components to feed the amps that power those headphones, other audio accessories, and occasionally even loudspeakers for when we don't feel like listening to headphones. ALO Audio Pan... read more

2013 Head-Fi Summer Buying Guide (Cables & Accessories)

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Headphone Cables and Accessories   Headphone Cables     One of the first headphone cable upgrades I ever made--around ten years ago--was with a few rough prototypes Cardas Audio (www.cardas.com) sent me to try out with my Sennheiser HD 600. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the improvements I heard had me ordering their first production headphone cable the moment it was... read more

2013 Head-Fi Summer Buying Guide (Exercise Headphones)

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Exercise Headphones One of the questions I'm most frequently asked by non-Head-Fi'ers is, "What headphones do you recommend for exercising?" As often as I'm asked this, you'd think I looked like a world-class athlete. (I don't.) All of the following recommendations sound surprisingly good, given that they're purpose-built for getting sweat on, rained on, or snowed on. One of them is even machine washable. Monster iSport... read more

2013 Head-Fi Summer Buying Guide (Gaming Headphones)

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Gaming Headsets   While my avid gaming days have long since passed, I still enjoy giving my laptop's video card something to overheat about from time to time. Favoring first-person shooters, imaging is important; but as rusty as I am with games nowadays, it's mostly so that I know precisely from which direction death is raining down on me. (I also use the headsets for telephony and software speech recognition dictation.) A few gaming headsets I've used that I... read more

2013 Head-Fi Summer Buying Guide (Wireless Headphones)

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Wireless headphones   I find the wireless category to be among the most exciting in headphones. Over the last several years, big advances have been made in this segment, and I expect much more to come. So if you were under the impression that there was no such thing as good wireless headphones--let alone outstanding ones--then connect yourself to your music only via the ether tether of the following headphones. You'll be amazed. Sennheiser RS 220   TYPE: Closed,... read more

2013 Head-Fi Summer Buying Guide (In-Ear Headphones)

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Universal-Fit In-ear Monitors   Sennheiser IE 800   TYPE: Closed, universal-fit in-ear monitor PRICE: Around $900 URL: www.sennheiser.com The mighty Sennheiser HD 800 is, in my opinion, a masterpiece--one of the finest examples of modern headphone innovation and engineering. One of the key figures behind the HD 800's development was Axel Grell, Sennheiser's Product Manager High End. I had wondered in the past about what would happen if you turned... read more

2013 Head-Fi Summer Buying Guide (Over-Ear Headphones)

2013 Head-Fi Summer Buying Guide (Introduction)

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