Head Gear Reviews by Joong
  1. Burson Audio Playmate

    4.50 star(s)
    1. Introduction: Burson playmate is very close to Burson Swing / Fun pair with respect to sound signature except the missing coaxial input on Playmate. There is not easy way to differentiate among them so that following statements are considered as the latest revision of Swing/Fun pair and at the same time my first review of Playmate. Fig.1, Playmate and Fun However, Playmate’s headphone out is slightly different from headphone jack output of playmate. The sound is fuller and more bodied and somewhat mid centric in comparison to those pair. I...
  2. Burson Audio Supreme Sound Opamp V6 Vivid and Classic

    4.50 star(s)
    Testing audio devices: Windows 10 -> ifi usb nano 3.0 -> Gemini dual head usb cable -> Singxer f1-> Burson audio Swing that has Burson audio V6 classic dual x2 and single x2 - Fun with V6 vivid opamps -> HD800s. The same chain of gears but Topping Dx7s / Yulong A18 for comparison. Introduction: Burson provided me with opamps for free in exchange of honest review. I am familiar with Burson audio's original full size conductor and the soloist. According to my memory they have liquidy and gentle sound signature in those old Bursons but they were...
  3. Burson Swing

    5.00 star(s)
    1. Audio chain for review: Stock opamp version and Fun and Yulong A18 were used for this review, and headphones are hd800 / he-560v3 / Fidelio X2. usb stabilizer of Singxer f-1, usb to coaxial converter of Ifi audio nano usb3.0, are sitting between the digital source and the dac. 2. Music: The music I listened (more than 30 times) for review is entire sound track of Turandot of Puccini's opera, which has good combination of instrumentals and vocals in various scales so that layers of sounds are felt / reviewed through these chain of audio...
  4. Suplerlux hd672

    3.50 star(s)
    The reason for this review is simply to introduce new addition of inexpensive / affordable phones which succeeds the already well introduced Suplerux hd668b, and I need to avoid hijacking the thread dedicated to the 668b. Because I already posted series of my impression on that thread of https://www.head-fi.org/threads/superlux-hd668b-are-they-really-that-good-or-just-a-cheap-copycat.485039/page-16 Following review is for my moded Superlux hd672 with Oripads and sponge cover sheet on the original speaker fabric. The stock earpads were not my taste...
  5. Sony BDPS500 Bravia Theater Sync Blu-ray Player

    5.00 star(s)
    It is really surprising to find this high quality CD performance in analog and digital format. When I connected it to Burson Audio Conductor, all the ignored CD library came back to life. This quality of performance is almost equivalent to Oppo BDP 105 in my rig. This is really my X-mas gift, and a very good gift.   When I listened to LCD-2.2 with it, it was really surprising that there are textured bass and not fatiguing highs and beautiful mids in thick blanket. What I did not get this much impression from more higher rig, but this I am...
  6. OPPO BDP-105 Universal Audiophile 3D Blu-ray Player

    4.50 star(s)
    I connected BDP 105 to Schiit Lry with Telefunken tubes-HE 5LE, and listened to Wagner Sigfrieds funeral march, Bach Mass B minor, and some vocals of Wagners. The first impression was fluidity and being spaciousness so that I stood in the concert room. I felt the 3 dimensional space of musical sources. It was not the case with Bifrost without Uber upgrade, which was once my savior of Mahler symphony 8. The symphony requires high definition to represents 1000 men and women choirs and extended orchestra with adding pipe organs for example. With 105...
  7. Emotiva mini-X a-100

    4.50 star(s)
    Emotiva Mini-x + Oppo BDP-105 + He-5LE results in impressive sound quality, which is at least equal to Schiit Lyr with Telefunken + Uberfrost + He-5LE. The Telefunken tube set cost alone exceeds an Emotiva. The price of amp does not follow SQ. However this test set-up does not necessarily mean that Emotiva mini-x is better than Lyr + telefunken. I hooked The BDP to my windows machine through HDMI cable. This pairing of Emotiva sounds like tube amp. The speaker tabs are connected to female TRS jack, where two black output terminals are...
  8. Musiland Monitor 02 US

    5.00 star(s)
    the device complements nicely Matrix mini DAC to support 192k signal through USB connection. SQ is good, and when it is connected it instantly is recognized.   Housing is aluminum and strong. Power connection is made directly to AC without any hassles about the DC converting block.
  9. HE-5LE

    5.00 star(s)
    Great for full-orchestral / choral and chamber music. Excellent for strings, woods, and choral music. The phones have a good combination of tonal balance of HD650 but without grainy nature and the beauty of K702's string at its mid range, and textured bass without excess.   I heard the first time the beauty of Mahler 8th with real but amazing choral section with them.
  10. Audioengine D1 Premium 24-Bit DAC

    5.00 star(s)
    In my opinion, this is as good as the unit of several times more expensive ones. This is no way inferior to Matrix mini, other than smaller number interfaces to the audio source. It is also driven by IPAD through USB powered hub.   The design is considerate, compact, and beautiful yet srong.
  11. Sennheiser HD 598

    5.00 star(s)
    This wonderful headphone is simply underestimated due to the myterious belief system of audiophiles. Price simply biases the listener, and human brain is simple an automata that is influenced by every factor especially the cost he or she paid.
  12. Matrix Mini i DAC

    5.00 star(s)
    It is really convienient and user freindly designed. Pairing with Little dot MKVII+, the sound is amazing for classical music listening. It drives reasonably DT990-600 ohm.   I have several audio sources, all of which are able to be connected to this many interfaces without swapping the connect each time. The LED indicate is pleasing and shows how it is connected and operated.   Strong and heat dissipating aluminium case is very good for a long listening.
  13. SMSL sAp III

    5.00 star(s)
    I didn't expect this little Chines guy to generate impressive sound. When it is pairing with DT990 - 600 ohm, Cello concerto of Britten superised me of its crisp sound and wide soound stage with enough volume.   In comparison to many times expensive amp unit, I could not pinpoint its weakness against.   I think anyone cannot easily buy this performance per this price or many times more than this.   It is really a small wonder, it constantly reminds me of myths regarding to audiophiles' believe system. Really an amp is fundamentally...
  14. Little Dot VII+

    5.00 star(s)
    I am using it in balanced mode, and the sound is amasing. It has excellent sound stage, and enough resolution so that I can hear musical instrument well separated. The bass is not very emphasized, and treble is enough extended to higher region.   The connection is very sturd, reliable, heat management through strong aluminium housing. It keeps every virture of amp that sould provider a listner with.   This machine drives HE-400 wonderfully, and it drives HE-5LE decently in all balanced mode. When it is compared with Emotiva mini-x fed...