Testing six eight eleven headphones from £ 80 to £ 1,200
The little iFi stack provided a jolly decent upgrade of the audio from my Laptop. Especially the iCAN headphone amplifier with its “3D Sound” and “X-Bass” helps me to enjoy music from my headphones EVER so much more. I again listen to music throughout much of the day. The little stack of iFi gear on my desk has quickly become a bit of talking point in the office and I occasionally get to demonstrate what they do to a colleague.
Knowing I had them, Gary from accounts, who is a bit of headphone fiend (he told me he has like four or five headphone Amplifiers, never mind counting the headphones!) asked me if he could do an audition of the iFi Gear at my office one lunchtime. He was rather dismissive about my JVC and Audio Technica ‘phones though. So one rainy Tuesday lunch time he came over with a load of his favourite headphones. Portability, you’ve got to luvre it.
In the chat I had with Gazza when I gave him back his treasures he felt I had it pretty much straight and told me to write it up. So blame Gazza, if you don’t like it…
9) Micro Seiki MX-1 vintage Electrostatic Headphone System, (only used - out of production for decades)
10) Fostex T50RP, stock and with minimal modifications, at around £ 120
11) Audeze LCD-2, at around £ 1,025 retail
(see www.ifi-audio.com for details on the gubbins)
I made quick crosschecks against the audio from my HTC HD7 Smartphone and the direct headphone out of the Thinkpad for anything with 3.5mm plugs.
WOW. What an understated credit sequence!
Added 21/02 - I just found this website with comparison graphs for headphones through another thread:
This is the dogs danglies! I will add graphs for each headphone found in this database and append short comments how I feel listening impressions and graphs relate.
Added 16/04 - ClieOS just posted a review of the iFi System I use which includes graphs for the XBass:
The XBass function is shown here and can be combined with the headphone graphs to see what resultant frequency response is obtained:
Edited by bedlam inside - 8/17/13 at 1:21am