Head Gear Reviews by metalsonata
  1. SPL Phonitor 2730

    5.00 star(s)
    Note: this is my first review of what I would consider to be a truly high end component. Perhaps that means it deserves a stepped-up, crazily thorough review with detailed write-ups on how it behaves with various sources and music and headphones… but I like to keep things informal and relatively simple. So that’s what I’ll be doing here, as well. Also, I apologize for the lack of pictures—I know how Head-Fiers love their pictures. If I get my hands on a decent camera (and someone capable of operating the durn thing), then I’ll post some pictures...
  2. AKG K701 Studio Headphones

    4.00 star(s)
    Honestly, I probably can't say a whole lot of these that hasn't already been said before. Still, I figure it's worth putting my two cents out there, so here goes!   The Great:   -While the looks are certainly not to everyone's taste, I think they look fantastic. Easily one of the most attention-grabbing pair of headphones I've ever seen--even people who scoff at you when they hear you remark upon the sexiness of this or that pair of headphones can be stopped short in their tracks by the K701.   -The sound. It's not perfect--indeed, I do...
  3. Joey Roth CRM-001 Ceramic Speakers

    4.00 star(s)
    First thing's first--I'm not a speaker guy. I picked these up because my cruddy $10.00 speakers were, well, cruddy, and I needed something that would sound at least a little bit better for those rare occasions when I'm not using headphones. So, this may not be much of a review, as my experience with decent speakers is, well, zilch.  I don't doubt that there are far better speakers out there for the price of these, or even for cheaper. I'm not going to lie--I went with these because they are dead sexy. Seriously. That's how much of a speaker guy I...
  4. Beyerdynamic Tesla DT 1350

    3.50 star(s)
    I couldn't believe my ears the first time I heard the DT1350. It seriously blew me away. I was expecting it to sound pretty good, given all of the positive reception it has been receiving here and elsewhere, but Jesus. I wasn't expecting it to sound *this good. * In fact, I was so awestruck by it that I even thought it might be better than my full-sizes. (It's not, as I later confirmed--though it played a lot nicer with my jazz collection than my Denon AHD2000, to my ears. Mingus's The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady was simply beautiful on the...
  5. Practical Devices XM6

    4.50 star(s)
    My first review! I'm a bit of a newb, so please take what I say with a grain of salt!   The Great:   -This little amp is positively packed with features--and you'll use them all. Even the ones that you think you won't, like the 'flashlight' mode, or the 75 Ω button. (Makes for a great way to quickly lower the volume if someone is talking to you.)   -It's got some truly unique features--a lot of which are packed into the amp's power button. ('Sleep' mode, flashlight, LED dimmer, battery tester...) On top of that is the adjustable cross...