Head Gear Reviews by Nevalti
  1. Benchmark DAC2 HGC

    4.50 star(s)
    If you want the audio spectrum artificially boosted in some way, forget the DAC2. It is neutral - which some *#"~* people describe as boring. They are probably the people driving down the High Street with bass blasting out of their cars. I used a Benchmark DAC1 for a few years. It was neutral and super-detailed without any artificial edges but somehow it did not sound realistic. It was, nevertheless, the best DAC I could find at the time and with the right amplifier could portray a full orchestra well enough to be able to listen to each instrument...
  2. Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium 250 Ohm

    5.00 star(s)
    When I first unpacked the DT990s I plugged them into a rather good Ruark radio playing on my desk. The result was an absolutely awful, screechy performance. Having recovered from the shock I remembered that I had boosted the treble on the Ruark to make speech clearer. Several reviewers say the DT990s are screechy but that really is a source problem. They do have a slight treble lift and reveal the source exceptionally well, so if the source is bright, they will let you know!    Plugged into my best sources, a Benchmark DAC2 and a Beresford Caiman...
  3. AKG K 550

    2.50 star(s)
    I tried these with a Benchmark DAC1, a Fiio X3, a Fiio X1+E17 and various lesser devices including an iPhone. They seem pretty easy to drive. Music was a mixture of classical and Jazz - both CD quality and HiRes.    My value rating is based on the £107 I actually paid from Amazon. I am having to keep reminding myself how cheap they now are in order to give them much praise though. I guess the heavy discounting of these should have told me that they were not that special.I would certainly have been pretty pis**d if I had paid full price.   Their...
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