Head Gear Reviews by DivineCurrent
  1. Sennheiser HD 600

    5.00 star(s)
    I don't write many reviews, but I feel like I need to for the HD 600. Practically everyone on this site has heard them at some point, and they have been around for over 20 years. The fact they have been a benchmark that many companies have tried to emulate for two decades is a testament to how good they really are. Before trying the HD 600, I bought and reviewed the HD 580 back in 2014. I understood the hype from this Sennheiser HD 580/600/650 line, but there were a few things I did not like about the 580. It may have been my pair with their...
  2. FiiO Q1 portable headphone amp & DAC

    4.50 star(s)
    The FiiO Q1 is an easy recommendation for those on a budget. You would be hard pressed to find something that performs similarly for the asking price, below $100.   I don't usually talk about the packaging or build of products, but in this case I feel like I must. The build is exceptional, I believe it is completely aluminum all around. It is much sturdier and heavier than the FiiO E11. You get a very short 3.5 mm cable to connect with any phone or portable device, as well as a USB to micro USB connector to use the inside DAC. That means you won't...
  3. Meze 12 Classics

    4.50 star(s)
    By now, I'm sure almost everyone on Head-Fi knows the company Meze. After such a huge positive response to their full size 99 Classics, Meze has now made new IEMs, the 12 Classics.    Before my review, I would like to give a huge thanks to Meze for giving me the opportunity to participate in their Meze 12 Classics Review Tour.    Since there are already detailed specs and pictures in the first review, I will not be posting those. Instead, I am going into detail about how good these sound, especially for the asking price.   I have been on...
  4. HiFiMAN RE-400

    5.00 star(s)
    Where do I start? These honestly sound like the HD600/650 in IEM form. My previous go to IEM was the Klipsch X10 ($100), followed by the Klipsch X20i ($539). What is amazing, is that the RE-400 sound smoother, are more realistic, have better treble extension, AND have better soundstage than the X20i. And these cost just $79! I am continually impressed by these the more I listen to them. They seem to work with every genre too. For classical, they bring out every instrument texture to make them sound realistic. For pop and EDM, they have decent impact...
  5. Klipsch X20i Earbuds with Mic and Playlist Control for iPod/iPhone/iPad-Silver/Black

    4.50 star(s)
    EDIT:  9/12/16 This review was done before I realized I may have gotten a defective pair, and that is why I was experiencing almost a veil like sound from these that makes cymbals and high hats sound distorted. Once I try another pair of X20i's, I will update this review to confirm if I really did try a defective pair.    The Klipsch X20i is Klipsch's flagship IEM, which has a dual balanced armature driver system packed in. Klipsch claims that the addition of a dedicated BA "super tweeter" driver makes these sound like over ear model headphones...
  6. HiFiMAN HE-400i

    4.50 star(s)
    I am coming from limited headphone experience compared to most on Head-Fi, however I've had my fair share of listening to headphones over the years. I have listened to the following open back headphones: Senn HD-650, HD-580, AKG K712, AKG K240, Beyerdynamic DT 880, and Beyerdynamic T1. Out of all of these, I have to say I prefer the HE-400i over even the HD 650s, which were my favorite for nearly the 2 years I have had them so far. While I love the laid back sound of the Sennheisers, I could not really experience many of the "hidden" things in...
  7. Klipsch Image X10 Noise-Isolating Earphone

    5.00 star(s)
    This is my second actual IEM purchase, and I have to say, I'm very surprised. These have a more enjoyable and pleasurable listening experience compared to the Shure SE425, which sounded dry and lifeless in my opinion. The Klipsch X10s have bass extension to die for. These things pack a bigger punch and impact than the Sennheiser HD650s. They are perfect for rock, pop, and pretty much anything else. One thing these really shine at are binaural recordings. Ive noticed with listening tests that IEMs do a better job recreating a binaural experience than...
  8. Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones

    5.00 star(s)
    EDIT: 7/7/16   I am redoing this review I posted in 2015 because it was too short. For this review of the HD650, I will be going into much more detail about the sound, pros and cons, certain tracks that make these headphones shine, and how DSP plugins can make this headphone (or pretty much any headphone) come alive.   First, let's go over the build quality and comfort.   The HD650s are completely plastic on the outside, except for the metal grills and metal adjustment band. For the 2 years I have had them so far, there have been no paint chips...
  9. AKG K712 Pro

    4.50 star(s)
    This is going to be a short review, just letting you know in advance. I listen to mostly contemporary pop, classic rock, as well as a little classical. In my search for a good headphone to use for all around listening, I stumbled across these, and I must say I'm quite impressed! For me, the bass is absolutely perfect. Of all the headphone I've heard, these have the best quality bass I've heard. It's not just the quantity, but the control that really sets these apart. It even extends down below 20 khz, barely audible but you can feel it! Aside from...
  10. FiiO E11

    5.00 star(s)
    Today I got scared a little because this $50 portable amp sounded pretty much on par with the O2 amp. Yeah, really, it did!  I bought this thing last summer, and I didn't realize how good it was until I compared it to my recent purchase of the Objective 2 and my two vintage receivers. Bass is nice and controlled, mids and treble are right where they should be. Overall, a very nice balanced sound. And best of all, it can drive pretty much anything up to 300 ohms. It even sounds great with the Beyer DT 880 and Senn HD 580.    For $50, this is a...
  11. Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro 250 OHM Semi-open reference headphone

    4.50 star(s)
    I've had these for a few months now, and more recently have got to try them with the ODAC+O2 amp dac combo.  With the O2, I am extremely impressed by the detail and lifelike presentation the Beyer brings. Sure it may have recessed mids, but I'm actually a fan of the V shape sound sig. It brings more excitement and makes things less boring to listen to. However, it sacrifices a fuller sound than some headphones to achieve this.  I have also tested this with my Nakamichi CDP-2A + TA-2A receiver, and it makes the Beyers even more fun to listen to...
  12. AKG Acoustics K240 Monitoring Headphones

    4.50 star(s)
    When I compare these to the newer Studio K240s, these win by a long shot. Not only in neutrality and detail, but in build design too.  The Studios have a big mid bass hump that makes everything sound boomy. But the Monitor version has a very balanced frequency response that sounds almost perfect. To me, the treble is very good, but I dislike the spike most AKGs have in the 8-9 kHz range, these included. Although not as apparent with classical music (which these are great for btw), rock and pop and singing definitely is sibilant after a while. That...
  13. Sennheiser HD 580

    4.50 star(s)
    This is my first review, but I will try to make it fast and straight to the point.   I just received the HD580s from ebay, and before I bought them I did some research and found out these have the same drivers as the HD600s. However, that doesn't necessarily mean they sound exactly the same. But, I don't own the HD600s, maybe in the future I will.    I opened them up, and while they are used, they look very lightly used, except for the ear pads, which are filthy (and smell.....ewww) But anyway, they came with the stock cable, and without the 1/4...
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