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17 2013 winter gift guide submissions by the Head-Fi.org community.

2013 Head-Fi Winter Gift Guide (In-Ear Headphones) 2

  • by joeAdministrator

Page 1 | 2 Etymotic ER-4PT Written by Jude Mansilla   Ask the most veteran Head-Fi'ers what their first good in-ear monitor was, and the answer you may get back more than any other would be the Etymotic ER-4 (either the ER-4S or the ER-4P). The latest version of the ER-4 from Etymotic Research is the ER-4PT.   With a single balanced armature driver per side, the ER-4 is, in the opinion of many experienced audiophiles, one of the standards (of any... read more

2013 Head-Fi Winter Gift Guide (Over-Ear Headphones) 3

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Page 1 | 2 | 3 Logitech UE 4000 and Logitech UE 6000 Written by Jude Mansilla   For years, the name "Ultimate Ears" has been synonymous with in-ear monitors, but last year began their foray into over-ear headphones, with the release of three new over-ear models. The UE 4000 is the entry-level model in the line, and the UE 6000 the middle child. (The flagship UE 9000 can be found in the Wireless Headphones section of this guide.)   The UE 4000 is a... read more

2013 Head-Fi Winter Gift Guide (Over-Ear Headphones) 2

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Page 1 | 2 | 3 Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile TYPE: Closed, portable, on-the-ear headphone ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï MSRP: $299.99   Written by Jude Mansilla   Another good around-the-ear passive isolator is the über-stylish Bowers & Wilkins' P5 Mobile (now also available in white). The P5 looks like something crafted by Swiss watchmakers.... read more

2013 Head-Fi Winter Gift Guide

                                                                                                                            To navigate the guide, please click on the links in the table of contents immediately above. (Every page in the Guide will also have the table of contents at the top, for easy navigation.) read more

2013 Head-Fi Winter Gift Guide (Introduction)

  • by judeAdministrator

I thought after the crazy year that was 2012, that it could only slow down from there. Obviously that hasn't been the case at all--the pace of new product development in the world of high-end personal audio has only intensified. So many new and exciting products have come out this year, some of which we included in this winter update to the gift guide. (And, as always, everything in this guide is something we've actually used and liked.)   Of the many new products added... read more

2013 Head-Fi Winter Gift Guide (Over-Ear Headphones)

  • by joeAdministrator

Page 1 | 2 | 3 Sony MDR-V6 TYPE: Closed, full-size, on-the-ear headphone ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï MSRP: $ Around $65     Written by Jude Mansilla   If you're wondering why this headphone is included in the guide, call it a bit of sentimentality from me--the Sony MDR-V6 was the headphone that got me started on this long, winding... read more

2013 Head-Fi Winter Gift Guide (In-Ear Headphones)

  • by joeAdministrator

Page 1 | 2 Custom-Fit In-Ear Monitors Like a bespoke suit, custom in-ear monitors (IEMs) are made just for you, molded to the exact shape of your ears (usually by an audiologist). And like a custom suit, custom IEMs are exceptionally comfortable, and usually trés expensive. To my ears, the best custom IEMs are some of the best sounding headphones of any type currently available.   Whichever custom you choose, expect to pay about an additional $50.00 to get... read more

2013 Head-Fi Winter Gift Guide (Desktop Amps & DACs)

  • by joeAdministrator

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 Am Written by Jude Mansilla   I picked up a new amp from... read more

2013 Head-Fi Winter Gift Guide (Portable Amps, DACs, & DAPs)

  • by joeAdministrator

Fostex HP-A4 Written by Jude Mansilla   The Fostex HP-A4 fills a chasm between the Fostex HP-A3, a simple, bus-powered USB DAC, and the technology-packed powerhouse of a USB DAC/amp that is Fostex's flagship HP-A8C.   Like the HP-A3 (which I've carried around so much it looks like it's been through wars), the HP-A4 is USB bus-powered--that means no power adapter is needed. That's where the resemblance ends, though, because I think the HP-A4 is not so much... read more

2013 Head-Fi Winter Gift Guide (Ultra-High-End Headphones (Summit-Fi))

  • by joeAdministrator

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.... read more

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