Head Gear Reviews by BenF
  1. FiiO BTR3K-FiiO brand new balanced high-fidelity bluetooth amp

    5.00 star(s)
    Finally, a great Bluetooth companion for Takstar Pro 82 v2 - FIIO BTR3K! Takstar Pro 82 thread Left to right - Earstudio ES100, FIIO BTR3, FIIO BTR3K, FIIO BTR5, Qudelix 5K, xDuoo XQ-23, Shanling UP2, Shanling UP4. Build/usability Build quality is great, it doesn't get any better. BTR3K comes with a removable plastic clip (like BTR5), unlike BTR3, which has a clip on its back permanently. The "Volume up/down" button is much better than on BTR3, you can really feel it. Volume resolution is 60 steps, so you can adjust it to your exact liking. Using...
  2. Takstar GM200

    5.00 star(s)
    Fake or preproduction GM200 - stay away!!! Finally, a full review of Takstar GM200! I will be comparing to its predecessor Pro 82s and it's OEM counterpart - MH751. They come in a thin box, without the famous Pro 80/82 case: GM200 is a gamer-oriented headphone, so it adapts a bit more aggressive styling: A look at the cables: GM200 comes with 2 cables + a 2m splitter cable, MH751 come with just 1 cable and a short splitter. GM200 accepts Pro 82 stock cables and replacement cables from Ali (including micced) - MH751 only works with its stock...
  3. Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H6

    2.00 star(s)
    I have purchased H6 because I liked my H7 a lot, and multiple reviews claimed that H7 doesn't sound as good as H6, e.g. https://marco.org/headphones-closed-portable#h7 Before I purchased H7, I have compared it in the store with H6, H8 and Momentum 2. H7 was a clear winner, and I had no doubts that I have made the right choice. However, the reviews of H6 were so great, that a few months later I have decided to give it a chance. I've decided to go with the first revision, as I wanted to experience the more "audiophile", less bassy tuning. This turned...
  4. NVX Audio XPT100 Studio Over-Ear Headphones w/ ComfortMax Earpad Cushions and Extra Pair of Angled Earpads

    5.00 star(s)
    I have Yoga CD-990 and 2 of its clones - NVX XPT100 and Brainwavz HM5. They all have identical sound, and they are the original CD-990 design, meaning they are identical to FA-003, not FA-003Ti. I prefer XPT100 because: 1) CD-990 isn't available for purchase (unless you order at least a 1000). 2) XPT100 costs 80$ instead of 139.5$ that HM5 costs 3) XPT100 has superior pads 4) XPT100 includes both flat and angled pads, while HM5 comes with 2 pairs of flat pads. The only disadvantage XPT100 has, is that's it's unavailable outside of US and Canada...
  5. BossHiFi B8

    5.00 star(s)
    BossHiFi B8 sounds as good as it looks, and it's quite a looker: The pair in the picture is a year old, and was used a lot - yet it shows very few signs of usage. Comfort: B8's headband is much wider and thicker than Pro 82's. Same goes for HM5. B8's pads are as long as Pro 82's, slightly narrower, yet thicker. HM5 pad is slightly larger and quite thicker. If NVX XPT100 with ComfortMax pads is 10 out of 10 for comfort, then both B8 and Pro 82 are around 8. Pro 82's pads are made of a better material, but B8's pads are thicker to compensate...
  6. Creative Aurvana Live! Headphones

    3.00 star(s)
    I don't get it. I really don't get it. Why is CAL! so popular? It's even on Tyll's "Wall of Fame" - for "Over-Ear Sealed" (!?). How can it possibly be "Over-Ear"? The pads are very small, how can Tyll file them under "Over-Ear"? He has a large head with man-sized ears - these pads are definitely not built to surround an adult man's ears. Comfort is definitely an issue, but isolation is an even bigger one - according to Tyll's measurements, there is no isolation whatsoever under 1kHz. CAL! can't even handle A/C noise in the office. Small pads will do...
  7. Takstar Pro 82

    5.00 star(s)
    I used to love Takstar Pro 80. In fact, I bought two of them (still have both). I have even recommended them to some of my friends (who ended up being very happy with them). However, Pro 80s were too U/V-shaped for me, and it took forever to burn them in to get rid of the extra hot treble. I've moved on to better cans, but kept my eye on the inevitable replacement. The replacement was teased for months, and as soon I saw one for sale, I jumped on it immediately. This may be the first one to get out of China, but it's definitely not the last one...
  8. Baldoor EarBell E100 MK1

    5.00 star(s)
    This review is about E100 MK1, currently not available anymore. All E100 and E100A sold after mid-2015 are MK2 and MK3 - however they are not marked as such. This earbud caught my eye because I thought it was the most beautiful earbud ever. I bought it purely for its looks, didn't have high expectation for the sound. Build Quality: When I received it, it looked more plastick-y than in the pictures, but still very beautiful. It also came with 3 pairs of doughnut foams - a rarity these days. The build quality is great...
  9. Xiaomi Pistons 2.0 MK301

    5.00 star(s)
    I have the real version 2.0, not 2.1 (with the clip).   Build/Design: I didn't like the provided tips, used the small Sennheiser tips: http://www.ebay.com/itm/110976313070 - much better.   When I plug the Pistons into Audio-GD NFB-11.32, they sound horrible, unless I pull them back a little. I resolved this issue by using a CTIA to OMTP adapter that came with Philips SHE3590, which is weird, since none of other headphones need it. This doesn't happen with FIIO E12.   I hate the buttons placement on the remote - keep pressing wrong buttons...
  10. JVC HA-S680 Over Ear Headphones

    5.00 star(s)
    The review thread is here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/690493/the-jvc-ha-s680-s400s-and-s500s-big-brother-is-here   JVC HA-S680 is the next generation of HA-S400 and HA-S500, with the carbon nanotube technology. Just like them, it's not meant to be sold outside of Japan Nevertheless, here we are!     They utilize a 40mm driver, but it's not the same driver as in S500 - it is the next generation!   Output sound pressure level: 102dB/1mW Playback frequency: 8Hz ~ 26.000Hz Impedance: 32Ω   S500 is louder (106dB/1mW) and has 1 Khz less...
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