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Simply Wonderful Portable Headphones for Those on the Go!

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Pros: Great sound, comfortable and musical.

Cons: A bit too much mid-bass can sometimes get in the way and for those looking for sparkle in the treble might be a bit disappointed.

A few years back, my family and I underwent a rather large home renovation (including not having a kitchen for 10 weeks; suffice it to say I was sick of take-out food after the summer of 2014). As a result of this renovation, I was forced to box up my main headphone setups (both dynamic and electrostatic) and put them away. What I was left with, was just my portable rig; which in all honesty was neglected for a number of years. So I needed a portable solution to tide me over the summer. That set me off on a journey to find a great pair of closed-back headphones that sounded great and didn’t require a large expensive front-end to reach their potential. You can find several of the...
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For their first foray into the headphone market, Blue has brought a fantastic offering forth in the Mo-Fi

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Pros: They have a natural sound that is fairly well balanced and thus work with many different genres and types of music, from jazz to classic to rock.

Cons: The biggest drawback is the lack of portability however. They are big and on the heftier side of things and based on their design, they sit upright.

When Blue Microphones (started in California in 1995) announced the Mo-Fi, I was immediately intrigued. Here was a well-respected and highly regarded microphone manufacturer with outstanding industrial designs venturing into the world of personal audio. And just one look at the Mo-Fi was all I needed. They have a 1950’s sci-fi look and incorporate newly designed drivers and a built-in headphone amplifier. The Mo-Fi’s are most reminiscent of Blue’s highly regarded microphones in their construction and offer a design motif that is certainly unique to headphones, thus far. Gone are the slider headbands that extend for those of us with larger heads. They are replaced with arms that hold...
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Overall, while not cheap by any means, I think the AK100 II offers outstanding value as it rivals some of the better and more costly desktop rigs (wit

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Pros: The neutral and open sound signature of the AK100 II will grab your attention and never let go while you’re on the go.

Cons: Not cheap, no USB DAC functionality for Macs.

Astell & Kern AK100 II: Portable Pleasure   So I have a confession to make: I’m a DAP “noob”. I’ve basically been old school with my on-the-go Hi-Fi, using iDevices and a third party amp (HeadAmp Pico, RSA Audio Hornet, et cetera…) or even an Amp/DAC combo like the Beyerdynamic A200p. Then I tried the Astell & Kern AK100 II. While I’ve heard some lower priced DAPs, I’ve never felt the need to reach outside my iDevice/external amp setup. That is of course until I got to review the AK100 II. Astell & Kern is a division of iRiver and based out of South Korea. The company offers three high end Digital Audio Players (DAP): the AK100 II, AK120 II and their flagship, the...
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Great things can come in small packages!

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Pros: Extremely small, nice clean sound and fantastic price-to-performance ratio

Cons: None that come to mind.

I've had the pleasure of listening to many NuForce products through the years and I've always found them to offer outstanding price-to-performance ratios. Their products perform quite well and punch higher than their weight class. This time around I'm reviewing the really small uDAC-3 and all I can say is that trend certainly continues with this outstanding little product. Don't let the small size fool you, the sound that you get from the uDAC-3 is B-I-G!    My setup was simply from my Toshiba notebook (using Audirvana w/ iTunes) and my various portable headphones (mostly NAD HP50s, B&O H6s, and beyer T51p's). Right off the bat, the more open and spacious sound hit me when...
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Simply one of the best headphones I've heard. So real, grounded and clean sounding headphones.

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Pros: Very transparent and true to life sounding headphones. Great bass, mids and treble. Outstanding all round headphones.

Cons: A bit on the heavy side and comfort could be an issue for some (though I found them just fine in this area).

The Audez’e LCD-X:   Well after a few weeks with these great headphones, I think I’m ready to post my review of them. I was an original owner of the LCD-2 R1 when they were released many moons ago…so suffice it to say that I’ve been a big fan of Audeze and their products ever since.   Gear used for my evaluations:   Desktop Rig: Cambridge Audio CDP via SPDIF or iMac Apple Lossless via USB --> Byrston Audio BDA-2 DAC --> HeadAmp GS-X MK2  [Fully balanced front to back]   Portable Rig: iPad - FiiO E11 (a minimalistic approach to my portable rig)    Music Used: Some of my favourite reference CDs like Jazz at the Pawnshop,...
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Simply my new favourite headphones

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Pros: Best bass/mids I've heard and true to life sound

Cons: Not cheap, picky of upstream gear and not forgiving or poor sources

Here's a link to a wiki I wrote about the differences between the LCD-2r.2 and LCD-3s that pretty much sum up my thoughts quite well.   http://www.head-fi.org/a/comparisons-of-the-lcd-3-and-the-lcd-2-rev-2   I've had them now for more than 3 months and they still get 80% of my head time. My HD800s/T1s/Ed.8s/HF-2s are sadly not getting the time they rightly deserve since the LCD-3s arrived. I was also able to sell my HE-6s as the improvements in soundstaging and air in the LCD-3s have made the HE-6s redundant in my collection.   Just a few more points, they (LCD-3s) are in fact much pickier of upstream gear than the LCD-2s (as both Skylab and Currawong have...
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HeadAmp GS-1 – A Forgotten Treasure

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Pros: Incredibly transparent and neutral amp

Cons: Getting one ASAP.

HeadAmp GS-1 – A Forgotten Treasure   So after hemming and hawing for several months about picking up a solid state amp to compliment my Woo Audio WA22, I finally made the jump. I was looking for a solid stage amp in the $700-$1200 price range. Amps I considered were the Violectric V200, Corda Classic, Audio gd Phoenix, SPL Auditor, Burson HA160, and HeadAmp GS-1.   Having a great sounding euphonic tube amp already, I was looking for a contrast that would be complimentary to that sound. I was looking for a neutral, transparent amp that was very true to the input signal from my DAC/Source (CDs played through my Cambridge Audio Azur 650C transport feeding my W4S DAC-2)....
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Ultrasone Edition 8: Limited Edition Review

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Pros: Good sound, noise isolation absolutely beautiful!

Cons: Expensive and cable could be a bit longer.

So, my Edition 8 LE headphones have had about 48 hours of burn in and here are my thoughts (i.e. mini review).   First off construction: Absolutely stunning! These are the most beautiful closed headphones I've ever had the pleasure of owning. Everything from their outstanding leather box, to the headphones themselves. I understand why the cable is NOT more "industrial" as these are supposed to be also portable, but another foot or two in length on the main cable would have been more ideal for me.   They feel very well built (or should I say crafted) and exude luxury. They are also incredibly light to hold and even lighter on my head. Not as comfortable as the Denons...but...
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Among the very best

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Pros: Incredible bass/mids with a true to life sound

Cons: Heavy and treble at times can be slightly recessed.

So I've had my pair for around a month and they have very quickly shown themselves to be deserving to be amongst some of the very best headphones I've ever heard.   Bass: Absolutely the best bass of any headphone I've ever heard. Deeper, more defined and controlled than anything out there. The amazing thing is just how scary good it is and with ZERO bleeding into the mids.   Mids: Along with the T1s, I consider the LCD-2's mids to be the best I've ever heard as well. Both male and female vocals excel exceptionally well with them. Incredibly organic and upfront with outstanding detail, presence and still very musical.   Treble: Very nice treble, but with some of my...
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