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setting the bar for budget closed portables

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Pros: good clean sound, good isolation, reasonably portable

Cons: small-ish cups

Full review here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/771679/   Here are my closing thoughts from my review: Quote: The HammoS markets itself as a competitor with the M50, but I think that's the wrong comparison. The fit and styling is all Beats, not the M50 (nor other “studio” headphones). Soundwise, I actually think the overall shape is reminiscent of open Sennheisers, except closed if that makes sense.   I've reviewed quite a few closed-back headphones in the past that all floated around the $200 range. I feel the HammoS competes quite well against all of them for half the price, and even bests them in some regards. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a gamechanger, but Noontec...
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Wow it's a portable planar that doesn't need an amp

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Pros: comfort, build quality, isolation, nice even sound

Cons: pucker on the ears, very warm

Mini review of the Oppo PM-3   Build quality is very nice, and unless you look really close you wouldn't even notice the difference from the PM-1/2. The pads are different though, and not nearly as nice or comfortable as the PM-1. They're good pads, but the PM-1 pads are extra comfy and real leather makes a difference. These ones don't breath very well and get warm very quickly.   The frequency response is reasonably balanced with a gentle downwards slope, except for one dip in the treble and the early rolloff, but no peaks (remarkable for a closed cup).   The overall tone is slightly elevated from the midbass down but not overly humped. I feel like there was a bit of...
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a high performing multi tool for your budding head-fi needs

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Pros: solid build quality, great sound

Cons: none at this price

See here for my full review: http://www.head-fi.org/t/765642/   TL/DR: A clear step up from the uDAC-3, and is equal in price with the trade-in program. A very neutral sound from all outputs, enough power for most headphones, all while maintaining a small form factor.

great features but disappointing sound

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Pros: build quality, user interface, bluetooth integration

Cons: bright dac, bright amp

Micro review of the Oppo HA-1:   rankings (because the bars to the side for some reason are not representative of the rank I gave) audio quality: 2/5 design: 4/5 quality: 3.5/5 value: 2.5/5   - build quality is great - nice pot, motorized, smooth and solid feel - user interface is simple and clean, intuitive menu system - connectivity is top notch - I can easily see this becoming the centrepiece of a system - but I couldn't get the usb drivers to work - bluetooth from your smartdevice, operate both as a streaming device and as remote: fantastic!     The dac - um, no thanks, it's headache inducing - really edgy transients, I could maybe see this being...
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A fantastic open backed earbud that will surprise you

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Pros: great bass and wide soundstage

Cons: no isolation, no mic or controls

Full review here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/761288/review-celsus-sound-gramo-one-a-fantastic-open-backed-earbud   These were my closing thoughts: Quote: Headphones and iems have come a long way in terms of public acceptance and what “typical” consumer pricing should be, but earbuds still have this stigma of being poor both in price and sound quality. Well, I hope the Gramo One will start changing people's minds on that (yeah yeah, probably nothing will actually do that unless your name is Apple or Sony).   I consider the sound quality on par with IEMs in roughly the same price bracket.   The applications of an open backed earbud may seem very narrow at first, but...
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A fantastic first dive into headphonedom by Oppo

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Pros: great design, light weight, comfortable, portable

Cons: pricey but with caveats

    I was part of the Canadian leg of the Oppo PM-1 loaner program. For reference, my primary rig is my modded HE-6 (significantly “darker” than stock): regrilled, removed rear and front foams, J$ leather pads with additional front damping, modified “fuzzor”. Amping is from a pair of Nuforce HA-200 monoblocks. My dac is an Echo2usb. Most of the review will be point-form-ish because who wants to read a long blather of purple prose? I also haven't read any other existing reviews or impressions, so I'm coming at it rather blank slate.   My very initial reaction: “wow, I like these and I want one”. After a bit more time, my not-so-initial reaction: “ok the wow has worn off...
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it's small and sounds good, but quirky for on-the-go use

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Pros: good build, good sound for the price

Cons: user interface is meh

Buid/Usage/Etc   Overall build seems quite nice. It has a solid metal feel in your hand and there's some heft to it (good or bad, depending how you feel about weight). Edges are all clean, and there's no looseness. Buttons are firm and responsive. The only thing I don't like is the wheel, which feels a bit wobbly. If there are no buttons built into the wheel, it should be steadier than that. It's also too smooth for my liking; a more textured surface would have been better for grip and being able to feel if I'm actually spinning the wheel or not.   The power switch is recessed which is good so you don't accidentally bump it, but the rubber sleeve has a nub on the inside...
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The king ain't dead, but there's an usurper in the ranks

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Pros: very clean sound, improved headband

Cons: higher clamp, picky with amps

  Presentation That's a lovely box it comes in. I'm not being snarky at all; it really is nice. Totally for presentation though, not for transport/portability.  Construction The headband of the new Hifiman models is a great improvement over the old ones. The suspension design is more comfortable, and the gimbals feel more solid. The headband adjustment has more of a reassuring feel to it, unlike the old headbands which had a tendency to become loose over time. Gripes: there's a higher clamp force though (for me it pressed under the ear, around the jawline), and the headband adjustment snags my hair sometimes. The overall weight of the 560 is much lighter than the HE-6, which is a welcome...
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feature rich compact dac

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Pros: highly versatile, lots of options, remote

Cons: slight etch to the sound, non-intuitive remote at times

Just some brief notes and impressions since no one else has put one up yet.   Nice compact form. The little rubber cone feet are useless though and start wearing out. Surprisingly lightweight (the power supply is in the "wall wart" as far as I can tell and provides the multiple voltages required)   Remote control is a plus. The downside is that there is *only* remote access to the dac. The remote itself is functional, though I wish labeling were better (or perhaps colours, so I didn't have to squint to read the buttons each time). Volume adjustment via remote is of adequate speed.   Tons of features let you control dac output, headphone output, phase, balance, etc. I...
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affordable Class-A headphone monoblocks

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Pros: truly superb sound and zero noise

Cons: no supplied headphone cable, difficult to adjust gain individually

Here is the link to my full review: http://www.head-fi.org/t/724153/review-nuforce-ha-200-affordable-class-a-monoblocks   Earlier thread and discussion: http://www.head-fi.org/t/691255/nuforce-ha-200-high-performance-single-ended-class-a-headphone-amplifier     This is the summary from my review:   So it's obvious I'm quite happy with the Nuforce HA-200. As a single ended amp it's fantastic. As dual monos, doubly fantastic and totally worth the price. If you can't afford the mono setup, start with one and upgrade later! Of course if you're just jonesing for monos, as of this writing it's the only dual mono headphone amp option I know of for under $1k so it's...
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