Head Gear Reviews by dagothur
  1. Sennheiser HD 800 S

    4.50 star(s)
    The Sennheiser HD800 is a legendary headphone, even 11 years after its release. It's long been considered the last word about imaging and detail and the quality of an amp can be judged by how well it handles the HD800. It certainly had issues: the treble at 6k is sinfully hot, it's exceptionally amp-picky and the presentation is clinical and brighter than neutral. The HD800S was released around 2016 with a tweaked black aesthetic, more Vader than USS Enterprise. More importantly, it came with a Helmholtz resonator in the driver enclosure to tame...
  2. Audeze LCD-3 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    4.50 star(s)
    I've been a Head-Fi'er for almost 10 years now, and during that time I've seen orthos explode in popularity and variety. When the LCD-3s were released, Hifiman, Audeze, and Fostex seemed to be the only manufacturers of planar magnetic headphones I heard about. Now we've doubled the offerings, both in what models manufacturers produce - look at how Audeze has expanded their line - and the price range and no. of manufacturers (Rosson audio, Monoprice, Empyrean, etc.). Nonetheless, my heart has always belonged to Audeze - the LCD-2's timbre is just...
  3. AKG Q701 Premium Class Reference Headphones, Quincy Jones Signature Line

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction:   I purchased the Q701s in September of 2012 after thoroughly enjoying an audition with a friend of mine's about a year earlier.  I had heard a lot about AKGs beforehand: polite, analytical, cold and detailed.  I wasn't prepared for how exciting and energetic they could be even through my relatively weak Nuforce Icon HDP.  After a little more than two years of owning them (and purchasing a pair of V-Moda M100s for mobile use), they had become my main headphone after the left driver of my beloved LCD-2s went kaput.   Design and Comfort...
  4. Audio-gd NFB-10

    5.00 star(s)
    After about a year of owning the Nuforce Icon HDP, I decided to upgrade my Amp/DAC to a unit more suited for the LCD-2's needs.  Having combed through the Amp Recommendations thread for the LCD-2, I decided upon the NFB-10SE.  Once everything with Paypal cleared and I finally got it from China, I was treated to musical bliss. Design:  This amp is fairly large.  It's (WxDxH) 9x21x3 inches (22.8 x 53.4 x 7 centimeters), so you should have a good bit of space cleared for it.  For being quite large, it's surprisingly light.  This doesn't mean it feels...
  5. Denon AH-D7000 - Headphones

    5.00 star(s)
      Early this year I saw what I thought must have been providence: A pair of Denon Ah-D7000s for $600 from a reputable dealer.  I had been doing a fair amount of research into the upper-tier of flagships: LCD-2, HD800, T1, Ed 8, etc.  When I saw the Denons, I knew these would be the headphones for me.  And after opening the box and viewing my new mahogany headphones, I was 100% correct.  For 8 months these headphones spent several hours a day on my head, giving me musical bliss.  Note: these were fed with a Nuforce Icon HDP DAC, which I highly...
  6. Audeze LCD2 Planar Magnetic Headphones

    5.00 star(s)
    I would like to preface this by saying I've not had the kind of time I had with my Denon AH-D7000s - which were my favorite headphones that got almost 100% of head-time and hundreds of hours of use - as I have with my LCD-2s.  However, I shall be using them as the basis of comparison since I found - and still find - the D7000s to be an amazing pair of headphones, especially for their price point.  I bought these headphones at the beginning of September with the intention of getting a sample of their sound and perhaps even making them my top choice of...