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Excellent fast & transparent tube amplifier

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Pros: Excellent transparency & soundstage, lively and natural sound, deep clean bass. very good midrange, excellent, natural vocals

Cons: low level hum with sensitive headphones even if advertised it wouldn't have, no balanced inputs, no gain selector

Decware Taboo MK III – Review   Hello everybody,   I’ve had this amplifier for more than 2 months now, and I was eager to write the review on it, so now it is time to unleash it on the internet.     All begun more than 8 months ago when a good friend of mine bought this amp. From that moment on, he was only taboo this…taboo that… with him. He was really fascinated with this amplifier. I knew that there must be something really good about it as I trusted his experience and tastes.   After a few months he decided to go full Stax, and I saw an opportunity to buy it from him, so here we are. I was really excited to hear it and have...
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Very good, very detailed and energetic closed headphone. Very good for studio use.

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Pros: Fast and punchy bass, very good details, very good transients, good transparency, good soundstage, well built

Cons: Very good for studio use, but may get a little tiresome after a while for non professional use

Hello everybody,   I have been waiting for this for a while now. The first headphone from Focal, the Spirit One  impressed me very much with their unique sound.   From that moment on I was really curious to see what Focal will come up with next in the headphone department.   Well, the time has come, as I have both new models from Focal on my desk, the Focal Spirit Classic and Spirit Professional.     The review was dedicated mostly to the Focal Spirit Classic, and you can find it here.   I will extract the piece that was describing the Spirit Professional:   Both headphones come with a gold plated...
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My favorite closed headphone at the moment

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Pros: Excellent full bodied bass with excellent control and punch, smooth but energetic, balanced sound, excellent build quality,

Cons: Too long stock cable

I have been waiting for this for a while now. If you remember, I have been very impressed with Focal’s first headphone, the Spirit One .   From that moment on I was really curious to see what Focal will come up with next in the headphone department.   Well, the time has come, as I have both new models from Focal on my desk, the Focal Spirit Classic and Spirit Professional. This review is dedicated to the first one, but at the end I am making a short comparison to Spirit Professional.   Both look very nice, but the Spirit Classic is something else. They have an extraordinary finish with a luxurious feel. The headband...
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One of the best headphones I have ever heard.

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Pros: Excellent treble, very balanced sound signature, Excellent transients, Excellent instrument separation & Imaging, very opened sound, neutral

Cons: I found none, but some may consider them a little heavy

Audeze LCD-X Review   Hey guys,   You may know from what I have written before that I have been waiting for LCD-3 for a while now. A few weeks ago, I managed to get my hands on pair of LCD-3 and I was really happy about it. At last, together with my HD800 I have the best of all the music genres.   I got it on Wednesday and Friday and I thought I would have some time at last to get acquainted to my new LCD-3. While driving home I heard my phone whistling that I have new mail. I looked at it and saw “New Audeze Lcd-X“. I smiled and thought a friend was trying to pull a prank on me.   When I got home I saw that it...
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Very engaging, energetic & fun

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Pros: Full bodied, energetic & fun, good build quality, very comfortable

Cons: loose bass, congested, lacks transparency and clarity, poor imaging and instrument separation

The Extinct Denon D7000 Posted on August 4, 2013by HeadMania Hey guys, I’ve been waiting for a long time for an opportunity to listen to the famous D7000 and I am really happy I have a few days with it. In one of my visits to Jack-Fi, I found a pair of forgotten Denon D7000 there, as they are specialized in speaker systems mostly. After 3 weeks I’ve been there again and found them in the same place and same position. So it was clear they would part with them easily for a few days  I like its’ overall looks, but it feels a little cheap compared to other headphones at that price. They are very light weighted and very comfortable...
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A steal at that price

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Pros: good bass with good punch and depth, detailed, excellent PRAT, dynamics and energy, very good attack, natural voices with good texture

Cons: build quality below E12 & e17, some may consider the lack of neutrality a con

FiiO X3 – Review Posted on October 15, 2013by HeadMania Hey guys, I have stressed for some time now on what phone I would get that has decent sound. At first I got the Galaxy S1 that had a Wolfson Dac and combined with Voodoo Sound I got decent playback. Recently I got a Galaxy S4 knowing it has a Wolfson Dac too but I didn’t notice the European version didn’t have it, and I don’t like the sound on it. I didn’t want to go for an Ipod or something similar because It didn’t find them to sound better than my S1 (which i kept just for music). However, recently FiiO released their first portable player, the FiiO X3 ...
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Excellent product for the price

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Pros: Good build quality & design, good PRAT, detailed & airy sound , good instrument separation, powerfull

Cons: none at that price

FiiO E12 Mont Blanc – Review Posted on October 14, 2013by HeadMania Hey guys, I had my eyes on FiiO E12 for a long time now, since I’ve seen the little fellow at Sandu’splace. I remember I tried it with LCD-2 at that time and it could drive them quite nicely. That was amazing coming from that little black box. After that, I looked up the specs and was pleasantly surprised to see that the output power is > 880 mW @ 32 Ohms, which is pretty impressive coming from a portable amplifier powered by battery and at that size ( 124 x 65.5 x 14.5 mm ) E12 uses OPA1611 and LME49600 OPAMP combination. The OPA1611 ...
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Very good amplifier at the price

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Pros: Good well extended and punchy bass, good transient response, sweet mids, relaxed but energetic, balanced over the spectrum

Cons: none at that price

Creek OBH-21 Review Posted on September 19, 2013by HeadMania Hey guys, This little guy brought some memories back when I’ve seen it on one of jack’s shelves. A few years ago when I got into this hobby, I was looking for an headphone amplifier for my newly bought Sennheiser HD595. This was one of the choices I had at that moment, as it was one of the few headphone amplifiers sold at that moment in Romania. I decided to go with a Corda Cantate 2 instead. However I have always been curious of what it is capable of. Well let’s see how it stands. The amplifier looks quite nice and has a good build quality. In the front it has 2 headphone...
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Interesting new headphones: Good looking, very well build, excellent with instrumental music, classical, jazz, transparent vocals

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Pros: Excellent treble, good transient response, nicely detailed on higher mids and treble, good instrument separation & imaging, transparency

Cons: A little shy on the bass, price, hard to get a good seal sometimes

The Sexy Martin Logan Mikros 90 Posted on August 4, 2013by HeadMania Hey guys, When I have seen these headphones for the first time they got my attention with their looks.  They have a very nice design and a stylish and sturdy build quality. They are intended to be a fashion headphones, that is for sure, and I’ll be damned if I have seen a better looking headphone. They really blow the competition out of the water with the looks, feel and style. They are almost completely covered in leather. The headband has a very strong & thick metal body. The cable is detachable and even if it has volume control on it, it still is a very good...
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Nice combination between smoothness, energy & musicality

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Pros: good usb async input, smooth, musical, good instrument separation, airy, clean sound

Cons: a little too pricey, could use more power for amplification

Hey guys, I’ve been waiting for a few months now to write this review. The first time I have seen that  Naim will release a headphone dac/amp/preamplifier combo I was really really intrigued and curious. I’ve been bothering the guys from Jack for over 2 months now: “Did it come? Did it come?” Well finally it came, and here it is on the review bench, and I must say it looks just awesome! The build quality and the design really impressed me. I don’t care for the looks too much but with this one I really loved it. The enclosure is thick and the main part is made from one piece making it rock solid. It has a green led screen that...
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