Head Gear Reviews by John Massaria
  1. Atlas Hyper 3.5 Speaker Wire

    5.00 star(s)
    Cables. They either accent one sound frequency or another. Some clearly hear how they 'eq' the sound so to speak in ways and many people use cable to tune their systems and some think its nonsense altogether. But once you hear different cable in a very revealing system- you will understand why cables are a "thing" and why so many people spend money on this step in their audio chain. And that is exactly what this is... an audio chain- a chain of custody so to speak. From one end to the other, music is transferred from the source to your ears... our...
  2. Focal Radiance Bentley Edition

    4.00 star(s)
    FOCAL RADIANCE FOR BENTLEY CLOSED BACK HEADPHONES Short and to the point review: My review sample came to me on a tour from the very awesome and very classy Todd The Vinyl Junkie - I was the third or fourth to review the Focal Radiance- jumping right in and to the point-While it’s looks and construction are befitting of their selling price -initially I found the Focal Radiance sound signature well balanced for the most part- nearly but as I continued to concentrate more on details... This track sounds nice on the Radiance however.... the next...
  3. Atlas Hyper Integra RCA interconnects Ohno Continuous Casting

    5.00 star(s)
    If you are one of those people that like stock interconnects or wire priced under $30 for a pair of RCA cable I am here to say skip this article and review... if you are closed to the idea that cable can make a sound system a little bit more transparent, a little bit quieter, a little bit more musical or maybe even extract as much information between components as possible... I can say maybe you should just try some new cable like the Atlas Hyper Integra RCA - wire which is nearly at the pinnacle of performance for price performance. My GL1200...
  4. Strauss & Wagner EM205 Earphones 3.5mm Connection And Mic+Remote

    4.50 star(s)
    Strauss & Wagner EM205 Earphones 3.5mm Connection And High End Mic With Remote Up front and always honest in all my reviews... I am a customer of Audio46- just a guy who loves their service... so the owner reached out after reading some of my high end reviews... and said hey you want to test a few affordable in ears? I said, "sure, why not..." so here we are.. these were sent to me for review without incentive for my honest review from Audio 46. For more information Strauss&Wagner. I received these in earphones and wasn't expecting much. Boy...
  5. Gold Planar GL1200

    5.00 star(s)
    GOLD PLANAR GL1200 Ribbon Headphone Review by John Massaria THE 'silver' and the 'gold' Ribbons Both Tested "Nothing comes close...to being this crazy good" I was not paid for this or any review I ever wrote- I do all my reviews with passion and love for this great hobby... I do it for the love of music... "WHEN CRAZY MAKES SENSE" TIME BREAKDOWN FROM DAY ONE ON... FIRST DAY: 4/20/21- I just updated this review- as they break in for what has to be a mandatory period of nearly 100+hrs for ribbons to loosen up and sound like music I would...
  6. Mojo Mystique EVO Pro D/A Converter

    5.00 star(s)
    Mojo Audio Mystique Evo Pro R2R non over sampling Direct Coupled DAC "Because algorithms can't appreciate music. With no pre- or post-digital filtering, digital noise shaping, upsampling, oversampling, or error-correcting algorithms, our digital signal path is the purest possible. This is not true of many so-called R-2R designs that still incorporate algorithms for noise shaping and error correction." It's only been at my home for 48 Hours and I will add to this as I try different streaming services, streamers, CD players, transports from Esoteric...
  7. xDuoo MT-602 Tube Class-A Headphone Amplifier

    5.00 star(s)
    photo xDuoo MT-602 (credit: Apos) xDuoo MT-602 Tube Hybrid Headphone Amplifier "You Had me at $99, Class A, Red Knob, Sandblasted Chassis With Holes, Sound" The amp is beautifully adorable!!! Nicely finished, wonderful sound and with an output power of 1.3w... a real treat for $99. Hard not to fall in love with the romantic sound and price, looks etc you get me- I am loving this little amp! The class-A amplifier is very powerful - the MT-602 outputs up to 1300mW (32Ω) of power so high volume without distortion is easily achieved. (Photo Credit...
  8. Strauss & Wagner SI201 Sound Isolating Earbuds Certified Proprietary DAC Cable+HQ Microphone

    4.50 star(s)
    Strauss & Wagner SI201 Sound Isolating Earbuds With CUSTOM Certified S&W DAC Certified Cable Up front and always honest in all my reviews... I am a customer of Audio46- just a guy who loves their service... so the owner reached out after reading some of my high end reviews... and said hey you want to test a few affordable in ears? I said, "sure, why not..." so here we are.. these were sent to me for review without incentive for my honest review from Audio 46. For more information Strauss&Wagner. I received these in earphones and wasn't expecting...
  9. Spirit Torino Radiante Ragnarr Professional Edition

    4.50 star(s)
    Spirit Torino Radiante Ragnarr Professional Closed Back Dynamic Driver UNDISPUTED HEAVY WEIGHT BASS CHAMPION Lets get right into this... I am Italian- and these headphones are from Italy. BUT I promise there is no allegiance or preference given here due to my heritage at all. I am 100% unbiased as in all my reviews- I will tell you as I see's it or in this case hears it. But lets get real... The Italians typically are known for many great things on our planet after all...awesome food, beautiful architecture, beautiful paintings/sculptures...
  10. Gold Planar GL2000 Open Back

    5.00 star(s)
    POLAR REVIEWS MUST INDICATE SOME BAD COPIES OUT THERE BUT MINE WERE SPOT ON I CAN NOT UNDERSTAND HOW SOME LOVE THESE AND SOME HATE.... MUST BE BAD COPIES IS MY GUESS... Gold Planar GL2000 Planar Magnetic Open-Back Headphones review by JM (bought @ full price) Buyer beware Drop / LINSOUL offers no returns on GOLD PLANAR which is unacceptable- Ordered second copy from Drop and tried to cancel before it even arrived or was shipped and Drop said after you click buy now order is not refundable - totally unacceptable in today’s market place - see...
  11. Kinera Mount Nanna 2.0 Hybrid Electrostatic IEM UPDATED 2/1/21

    5.00 star(s)
    Kinera - Mount Nanna 2.0 I was not paid one penny for this or any other reviews I do - these are my genuine opinions and thoughts based on my experience being a video and audio producer in the film industry, my experience of being an audiphile since I read my first Stereo Review Magazine and heard my first stereo and of course my love for live concerts so many years ago and plus the fact that I grew up with sound engineers in the studio who were mixing albums at The Mix Palace and Platinum Sound Recording and The Power Station, Electric Lady Studios...
  12. TEAC UD-505 Desktop Dual monaural USB DAC/headphone amplifier

    4.50 star(s)
    USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier $1699-$1,999.00USD (Depending on where you buy it) ON LOAN FROM: Todd F. Green President Todd The Vinyl Junkie www.ttvjaudio.com HIGHLIGHTS: Hi-Res audio playback supporting DSD512 (22.6MHz) and PCM 768kHz/32-bit PCM Dual monaural circuit design with a high-end AKM VERITA AK4497 DAC on each channel 5 types of PCM digital filters and 2 types of DSD digital filters Up-conversion up to 24.5MHz DSD and 384kHz/32-bit PCM Dual on-board clocks for 44.1kHz and 48kHz frequencies, and 10MHz external clock input Bluetooth...
  13. Kennerton Gallahorn GH50 JM Edition Horn Graphine Closed Back

    5.00 star(s)
    Kennerton Gjallarhorn GH50 JM Edition Special Edition Color + Box Can be Arranged Directly with Audio46 or Kennerton Custom Edition Added 6-19-21 Can Be Arranged By Audio46 Special Order Hybrid All Leather Ear Pads with Suede That Touches The Skin- No Perforated Holes. Indigo Dark Blue/Gray Stabilized. Karelian Birch- Custom Rognir Head Band Added. I know it is truly strange for me to review a headphone with my honorary name on it- but who better to critique the design production released from Kennerton Audio than the person who started...
  14. TrippLite IS1000HG Medical-Grade Isolation Transformer with 4 Hospital-Grade Outlets

    4.50 star(s)
    Tripp Lite 1000W Isolation Transformer Hopsital Medical with Surge 120V 4 Outlet 10ft Cord HG TAA GSA Complete line isolation and noise filtering Hospital-grade plug and receptacles Lowers cumulative leakage current of connected equipment to under 100 μA Floating AC output prevents noise coupling TAA-compliant Isolator Series UL 60601-1 Listed Medical-Grade Isolation Transformers offer line isolation and continuous noise filtering. An internal low-impedance isolation transformer component offers 100% isolation from the input AC line. Full UL...
  15. Ray Samuels Apache Limited Revision 4 (UPDATED 1/10/21)

    5.00 star(s)
    UPDATED 1/10/21 Ray Samuels Apache Revision 4 Limited Newest Version 2020 -REVIEW- When thinking about the term classic - what comes to mind? How does something become a classic? Is it the lines, the functionality, the rareness? The performance? How do they exist in our world, even from the day of conception to manufacture- some people know or try and guess what car, what watch, what piece of furniture, what wine will be an invariable icon for decades to come. Some people preclude or guess what will be ordinary and what will separate to the...
  16. GRIMM SQM XLR

    5.00 star(s)
    UPDATED 11/24/20 Is the GRIMM SQM XLR worthy of our hard earned money? I will be using: The Ray Samuels The Apache Fully Balanced Dual Mono Amp paired with GRIMM SQM XLR wire I will be testing it against the two winners of my last review GRIMM TPR XLR and the Custom Cables from Capistrano Cables Diamond 16 XLR This is a follow up review to my first XLR shootout found here CapistranoCables "Copper Diamond 16"- Custom hand braided copper 6n OCC 99.9997 cable with male 4 pin XLR cable to 4pin female mini XLR - 8 strands per conductor, 16...
  17. 2020 Kennerton Thekk (Version W or 1.2)

    5.00 star(s)
    Kennerton Thekk version W (1.2 latest version) 2020 Thekk Indigo Stabilized Maple (NOTE: I am from New York with no affiliation to Kennerton, the KGB or CIA or similar agencies - I made my own purchase here without motivation or compensation. What I say is truthful and sincere) Let me start with... My headphones are now finally warmed up after some 100+ hours of break in. For NAY SAYERS out there who think the need for drivers to break in or "warm up" is questionable let me put that to rest right now - you just don't know how important break...
  18. CapistranoCables XLR Cables

    5.00 star(s)
    BOOKMARK- Review To Come over Next Few Weeks XLR Shoot Out CapistranoCables Silver Diamond 16 & Copper Diamond 16 vs Grimm TPR vs Chifi XLR vs ???? PART 1 XLR Shoot Out CapistranoCables Silver Diamond 16 vs CapistranoCables Copper Diamond 16 vs Grimm TPR vs Chifi XLR vs GRIMM SQM ???? If you think cable is cable - then move on. A shirt is a shirt designed to cover and clothe a person shield them from elements somewhat and maybe inject some fashion sense along the way. Some clothes fit better than others, and maybe let a person breath more, feel...
  19. Audiofly AF1120 MK2

    4.50 star(s)
    The manufacture says: "The neutral-focused AF1120 is for audio professionals who thrive on impeccable accuracy and astounding clarity. Nothing short of perfection. With six finely-tuned balanced armature drivers arranged in a dual low, mid and high configuration in a unique hybrid 3-way electronic/acoustic crossover, the neutral-focused AF1120 is for audio professionals who thrive on impeccable accuracy and astounding clarity." LETS SEE....OR SHOULD I SAY HEAR.... the price for AF1120Mk2 is $649.99 USD VS (This Graph is from Audiofly Web site...
  20. Kennerton Wodan

    5.00 star(s)
    NOTE: CLICK ON ANY PHOTO FOR FULL IMAGE NOTE: I do not work for Kennerton. I buy gear with my own money and have zero to gain by wasting your time or mine by writing any favorable or non favorable review- I tell the truth... I would be doing my soul an eternal disservice if I were to lie on any review- and a disservice to you the reader. People usually either write about their immense pleasure for something or their complete disgust. (I am from The United States- New York and am just bored with the state of events like COVID-19 and feel like...
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