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G1217's new solid-state amp

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Pros: Functional versatility, inexpensive price, very good overall sound

Cons: Lacks some clarity & speed/agility

published on September 22, 2014   (click any photo in this review for a larger version)   Intro   I first heard about Garage1217's Project Polaris (just "Polaris" from here on out, for the sake of brevity) directly from them back when I did a review of their Project Ember earlier this year. The Polaris was finally released back in late July, and once again Garage1217 was generous enough to provide a loaner review sample, which I was able to spend approximately 2 weeks with. Normally I would've preferred spending more time with the amp to get to know its intricacies better, but personal circumstances got in the way a bit and prevented me from doing further critical...
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Audeze's new metal headphones

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Pros: Deep & heavy bass, full-sounding mid-range, high efficiency

Cons: Compacted soundstage; lack of scale, musical dynamics, & clarity; heavy & prone to discomfort during long listening sessions

(click for a larger version)   Intro   I recently got the opportunity to audition the LCD-X in-home for 6 days thanks to HeadAmp's Headphone Demo program (getting in on it at the tail end of the West list, right before they were to go back to HeadAmp) which calls for my usual disclaimer: 6 days was naturally not long enough to truly get to know the headphones, so my opinion should not be considered finalized and is subject to change (so, extra grains of salt and all that). I was able to listen to the LCD-X for about 4-6 hours each night while I had it though, and I felt that I got to know it relatively well despite the short amount of time I had with it.   Some...
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Audio-Technica's open flagship

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Pros: Mid-range focus; speed as it translates to fast music & percussion

Cons: Relative lack of low bass & high treble; lack of clarity, neutrality, & a natural tone; compacted soundstaging

published on January 26, 2014   - download a printable 4-page PDF version of this review (right-click the link & save target, or just tap for mobile devices)   (click for larger photo)   Intro   This is basically a short mini-review of the AD2000X (AD2KX from here on out) from while I owned it, which was June 2013 through January 2014.   Equipment Setup   - Source components: Plinius CD-101 (CD player), NAD T533 (DVD player) - Headphone amplifiers: Burson Soloist, HeadAmp GS-X MK2, HeadAmp Gilmore Lite w/ DPS, Micromega MyZic, Garage1217 Project Ember - Comparison headphones: AKG K712, Audio-Technica ATH-AD2000, HiFiMan HE-400, Sennheiser...
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AKG's new K7xx flagship

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Pros: Relatively natural sound, moderate clarity, open soundstage, controlled bass

Cons: Relative lack of low bass, lower mid-range, & high treble; amp-dependent performance

published on January 19, 2014   - download a printable 3-page PDF version of this review (right-click the link & save target, or just tap for mobile devices)   (click for larger photo)   Intro   This is basically a short mini-review of the AKG K712 from while I owned it for a few weeks in December 2013 through January 2014.   Equipment Setup   - Source components: NAD T533 (DVD player) - Headphone amplifiers: HeadAmp Gilmore Lite w/ DPS, Garage1217 Project Ember - Comparison headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-AD2000 & ATH-AD2000X, Sennheiser HD598, Shure SRH1540   Evaluation Music   - Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's...
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Garage1217's flagship amp

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Pros: Functional versatility, highly tube-rollable, inexpensive price, very good overall sound

Cons: Lacks some clarity & speed/agility

published on January 12, 2014   - download a printable 6-page PDF version of this review (right-click the link & save target, or just tap for mobile devices) - download a printable 7-page PDF version of the notes that were written for this review. The notes should be considered a supplement and not a replacement for this review (as the review is not straight from the notes).   (click any photo in this review for a larger version) (photo note: case pictured below is the optional hard case sold separately on Garage1217's Web site)   Intro   I found out about Garage1217 several months ago, through a Head-Fier who listed "Project Starlight" in his signature...
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Audeze's best value

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Pros: Full-bodied mid-range, relatively close to neutral- & natural-sounding, music genre versatility

Cons: Suffocatingly-small soundstage, lack of clarity & musical dynamics, physically heavy & uncomfortable

Originally published on April 11, 2011 Updated on December 11, 2011   Note: this review is an exact cross-post from post #1 of this thread on Head-Fi, which contains some user discussion on the review that may be relevant to read: http://www.head-fi.org/t/548875/review-audeze-lcd-2-r1-r2-hifiman-he-6-stax-sr-507-stax-oii-mki-bhse-et-al - download a printable 9-page PDF version of this review (right-click the link & save target) - download a printable 15-page PDF version of the notes that were written for this review (right-click the link & save target). The notes should be considered a supplement and not a replacement for this review (as the review is not straight from...
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Audeze's open flagship

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Pros: Heavy & powerful bass, very full mid-range

Cons: Lack of clarity & musical dynamics, moderate scale, physically heavy & uncomfortable

Originally published on February 6, 2012   Note: this review is an exact cross-post from post #1 of this thread on Head-Fi, which contains some user discussion on the review that may be relevant to read: http://www.head-fi.org/t/594426/mini-review-audeze-lcd-3-vs-lcd-2-r2-sr-007-et-al - download a printable 5-page PDF version of this review (right-click the link & save target) - download a printable 5-page PDF version of the notes that were written for this review (right-click the link & save target). The notes should be considered a supplement and not a replacement for this review (as the review is not straight from the notes).   Intro This is basically a mini-,...
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Stax's new flagship

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Pros: High level of clarity, relatively close to neutral, wide & open soundstage

Cons: Not as natural-sounding as OII MKI, flatter imaging than OII MKI

Originally published on November 11, 2012   Note: this review is an exact cross-post from post #1 of this thread on Head-Fi, which contains some user discussion on the review that may be relevant to read: http://www.head-fi.org/t/635893/mini-review-stax-sr-009 - download a printable 6-page PDF version of this mini-review (right-click the link & save target, or just tap for mobile devices) Intro I've been an owner of the HeadAmp BHSE for just over 3 years so far, which I use with the Stax SR-007 (OII MKI). My opinion of the OII/BHSE is that it forms the best headphone system that I've heard and is so amazing that it's changed me on the inside forever and continues to do so...
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Beyerdynamic's open flagship

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Pros: Good clarity, versatile with multiple music genres, comfortable

Cons: Not entirely natural-sounding, lack of upper treble, audibly slow impulse response

Originally published on September 6, 2010   Note: this review is an exact cross-post from post #1 of this thread on Head-Fi, which contains some user discussion on the review that may be relevant to read: http://www.head-fi.org/t/511201/review-beyerdynamic-t1-vs-sennheiser-hd800 - download a printable 8-page PDF version of this review (right-click the link & save target) - download a printable 9-page PDF version of the notes that were written for this review (right-click the link & save target). The notes contain much more detailed info broken down by individual CD tracks and will probably be worth reading for those seeking even more info to assist with a buying decision....
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Very good open headphones

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Pros: High level of clarity, very comfortable

Cons: Lack of mid-range quantity to balance against treble

Originally published on September 6, 2010   Note: this review is an exact cross-post from post #1 of this thread on Head-Fi, which contains some user discussion on the review that may be relevant to read: http://www.head-fi.org/t/511201/review-beyerdynamic-t1-vs-sennheiser-hd800 - download a printable 8-page PDF version of this review (right-click the link & save target) - download a printable 9-page PDF version of the notes that were written for this review (right-click the link & save target). The notes contain much more detailed info broken down by individual CD tracks and will probably be worth reading for those seeking even more info to assist with a buying decision....
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