Head Gear Reviews by dan.gheorghe
  1. Burson Audio Cable+

    5.00 star(s)
    If you are into this hobby for a few years now, I am sure that you have heard about equipment matching on lots of occasions. Between dacs and amps, between amps and speakers, etc. And indeed, I have noticed a lot of situations when for example a pair of speakers sounded great with an amplifier and dull with another amplifier. In this situation it's mostly related to the needs of the speakers. One reason can be that some speakers might have impedance peaks/dips that need more current on some parts of the frequencies. Some people would now say that...
  2. Aune B1

    5.00 star(s)
      This amplifier is a jaw breaker from my perspective. Ok, there are some areas where you can find better. It doesn't shine with very, very efficient IEMs, and of course it won't amplify HE6.    However, if you will be using it with a moderate power requiring headphone, I think that it would be very hard to find a portable amplifier better than this... at any price.    What I love about it the most is the effortless, natural sound signature it has, followed by an excellent bass, superb midrange,  *very* clean sound, spacious and holographic...
  3. Audeze LCD-4

    5.00 star(s)
      The tests were performed with   MSB Analog DAC  with Quad USB + custom lps ,  Audio Gd Master 9, Sennheiser HD800, Sennheiser HD800s, Audeze LCD-3. Summary Bass I think that the bass is the best I’ve heard in any headphones until now. It has tremendous slam, control, detail and textures. On the right songs it managed to swipe the floor with my ears, metaphorically speaking of course, and I meant that in a positive way, of course.   Midrange From my perspective these headphones are a wonderful masterpiece because of this region and how it...
  4. Meze Audio 99 Classics

    5.00 star(s)
    The design and finish of these headphones are absolutely gorgeous and they're also very comfortable.    Meze 99 Classics was an unexpected surprise. I didn't expect such performance from them especially in the areas that closed headphones don't usually excel.    I’ve  rarely heard such soundstage and such openness in closed headphones. They can compete here with lots of opened headphones in my opinion.    Let's make a summary with what impressed me the most:   Soundstage   I’ve  rarely heard such soundstage and such openness in closed...
  5. Decware Zen Taboo MKIII

    4.50 star(s)
    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...
  6. Focal Spirit Professional

    5.00 star(s)
    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...
  7. Focal Spirit Classic

    5.00 star(s)
    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...
  8. Audeze LCD-X

    5.00 star(s)
    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...
  9. Denon AH-D7000 - Headphones

    4.00 star(s)
    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...
  10. FiiO X3 Portable Music Player

    5.00 star(s)
    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)...
  11. FiiO E12 Mont Blanc

    5.00 star(s)
    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...
  12. Creek OBH-21 Headphone Amplifier

    5.00 star(s)
    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...
  13. MartinLogan Mikros 90 Reference On-Ear Headphones

    4.50 star(s)
    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...
  14. Naim DAC-V1

    4.00 star(s)
    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...
  15. Audeze LCD-3 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    5.00 star(s)
    Hey guys, I have re-auditioned the Audeze LCD3 and I have been very impressed. I had to get the HD800 to really understand the LCD3 . First time I have heard it, it impressed me, but I did not think it to be that much above LCD2.  In the last month with HD800 and LCD2 I found myself listening a little more to the sennheisers. LCD2 seemed to lack in dynamics, details and soundstage compared to  HD800. Darku was kind enough again to lend me his LCD3 for a week. I must say these days my impressions of LCD3 had completely changed from the...
  16. Arcam rPAC USB/Headphone DAC

    5.00 star(s)
      Hey guys, I have seen this little box recently and it intrigued me a lot. It has an impressive build quality. It has a very thick aluminum case and it feels like a tank can get over it and wouldn’t hurt it. Ok…Now I am curios..would it hurt it? Why am I thinking of this? Because of this crazy video: Hmm…All i need now is a tank… Does anybody knows a guy…with a tank? I managed to get a test unit and while I had a good feeling about this small box, it still managed to surprise me. Let’s get to business shall we...
  17. Sennheiser HD 800 Headphones

    5.00 star(s)
    Hey guys, The last time  I listened to HD800 impressed me so much that I had to buy a pair for myself: Since then, the HD800 have grown on me even more. These headphones are absolutely spectacular on the right gear, in my case the Burson Conductor . These headphones deserve  post of their own. I almost feel responsible doing this, as I feel that I haven’t done them justice in my first post and I have to make up for it. Lets take this from the start. In my opinion they look quite nice and I really enjoy their futuristic design...
  18. Sennheiser IE800

    5.00 star(s)
    Hello guys, I have been reading about the IE800 for some time now. I heard people saying it is a mini HD800. That intrigued me, as I love the HD800. I usually hate IEMs for their congested and bassy sound. I also hate sticking something inside my ears, but was curious about Sennheisers' new addition. It seems I am a lucky man,  as last week soundnews.ro asked me if I can write a review for them on their site. Of course I accepted as I love their website. DarKu writes there and I have used it as a reference for many ears. In my opinion, It...
  19. Audeze LCD2 Rev. 2 Planar Magnetic Headphones

    5.00 star(s)
    Hello guys, I remember the day I wrote my first question on this forum. The first response contained "Welcome and sorry for your wallet." I did not understand for the moment what that was supposed to mean. The question was about what headphone amplifier I should get. I was thinking on a no more than 200EUR budget. Well needless to say, in a few days I bought a Corda Cantate 2 with over 400 EUR. And so...it begun. After getting an amplifier i considered my hd595 weren't in my cantates' league. I begun the search for new headphones. And so I...
  20. Burson Audio - The Conductor - Reference Class DAC / Headphone Amp / Pre-Amp

    5.00 star(s)
      Well, a few months ago, I was very happy with my combo ( Burson HA-160DS and LCD2). I thought this will be it for a loong time… Who was I kidding?? One day Sandu (Darku) contacts me very happy saying that he has received the newBurson Conductor to write a review for soundnews.ro . He already had the Burson Soloist for a review and considered it to be an excellent product, and he expected a lot from the new all in one product from Burson . It took a while to hear from him again…he disappeared for a while…and i thought it to become...
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