Head Gear Reviews by snellemin
  1. FiiO FH5 Quad Driver Hybrid In-Ear Monitors

    4.50 star(s)
    Basshead approved, as these can go deep into the subbass region. All the while the mids and highs stay unaffected. By now you know these Hybrids have one woofer and 3 BA’s. The woofer fires into a tube, which filters out the higher frequencies. Thus, no crossover needed and one less thing to worry about. How does it sound? That is hard to describe in words. Other reviewers have described the sound signature very well, compared to how I would describe the FH5. I would describe these FH5 like, they are as capable as the JVC SZ2000. Deep...
  2. Burson Audio Play

    5.00 star(s)
    I received this unit for evaluation purposes and to post my opinion on this forum and such. From day one the Burson Play sounded great from the get go. After 24 Hours it sounded it even better and finally settled after a few more days. Funny how that works at times. The unit gets pretty warm, but that is to be expected for it being a class A unit. Even the volume knob gets a bit warm after a while. I can see that you will need a well ventilated PC chassis, when using this amp inside a PC. Build quality is pretty good. Fitment issues here...
  3. Burson Audio Supreme Sound Opamp V6 Vivid

    5.00 star(s)
    Charles at Burson provided me samples of the V6 Classics for my opinion in my setups. Equipment used are: Ibasso PB2 with 8 buffers in wide bandwidth mode. Extra Wima caps on the opamps and upgraded the stock caps. Power supply used is at 16.8V. Ibasso DB2 Dac with Muses 8832 opamps. Various iem's and JVC headphones. Player is Foobar, with Bootsy VST and GEQ-7 VST. So, I installed the pair of classics into my Ibasso PB2. They sounded way to sharp when plugged in. It toned down after a bit of use. Burn in I'm guessing.... I feel that the V4...
  4. Burson Audio Cable+

    4.50 star(s)
    I was given this Cable+ by Charles @ Burson for my opinion and review. First thing I did when I received the Cable plus, was opening it up and see what's up. I'm pretty impressed with the enclosure. Real metal and decent cables were used. So I can see where the money went into. But $150 is a bit steep for this gadget and that is just my personal opinion. I don't know what Burson put into R&D to get this on the market and still making a profit over time. Burson recommended burn in time, so I let it burn in for a few days straight...
  5. Ibasso PB 2 Pelican

    5.00 star(s)
    I found one cheap for 100 bucks and decided to get it for the balanced out capability.  I already have a D7 Ibasso that I used on a nearly daily basis, so why not try out a PB2. In stock form it sounded great from the single ended output. Swapped out to the WB 634 buffers and two Muses02.  Great combo, but it was still lacking something.  It didn't sound as nice as my desktop amp, which is the Zamp V3 with Burson V4 in it.  I made an adapter for the Hifiman and man what a difference in sound in "balance" mode.  Sound is twice as loud vs single...
  6. Focal Elear

    4.00 star(s)
    Messed around with the Elear and too bad it has to go back.     Very fancy looking headphone and has a nice solid feel. Fits nicely on my head and the thick long cable is not of an issue for me. I use heavier cables with my Hifiman.     Sound is very nice, especially with string instruments.  Bass is very good and so is the "subbass".  I used Bootsy Rescue MK2 to push this headphone to the next level.  Sound stage, impact just became heaven. Design and finish is great. It does creak a bit, but that isn't an issue once it's on your head.    ...
  7. Supreme Sound Opamp V4

    5.00 star(s)
    If you are a bass head and still like to hear to rest of the music, then this Burson V4 could be for you.     Charles at Burson had offered the V5 in exchange for a honest evaluation.  I did and got hooked on the V5 in my Parasound preamps.  However the V5 didn't do too much in the Parasound amp of mine.  After all it's a great designed and well put together little unit, using JRC's opamps.  I got a Gustard with the V4 as a loaner and stuck the dual V4 into the Parasound Zamp V.1.  I was blown away with what I heard.  The size of the unit can be a...
  8. Burson Audio Supreme Sound Opamp V5

    5.00 star(s)
    I was given a pair from Burson to evaluate the opamp in my setup.  I posted my finding in this other thread http://www.head-fi.org/t/830082/parasound-and-burson-adventure .   I first heard the V4 Burson opamps in fellow forum members Gustards H10.  I was amazed at the detail that came out of my music with the Burson's installed.  But the size wasn't ideal for my portable setup and just stuck with the Muses series opamps.  But I upgraded my work music station to something better and started rolling opamps again.  At some point I got contacted by...
  9. Parasound Zpre zone preamplifier

    5.00 star(s)
    The Zpre is a dated small form factor preamp from Parasound, that also happens to be a great headphone amplifier.  It comes with the Burr Brown 2134 Opamp for those that care for this type of thing.  It does have rack ears, so look wise it's not for everyone.  These can be had for cheap now, so why not give them a try right.   Sound wise, it's the classic good stuff. Musical and none fatiguing.  Nothing you can complain about when choosing equipment from great audio designers.  I actually have two of these little Preamps and to have some more fun...
  10. Chord Electronics Mojo

    4.50 star(s)
    It would of gotten a 5 star rating, if it wasn't so expensive.   So I got to listen to the MOJO yesterday through the JVC SZ1000.  Total different animal of an amp.  Nice clean subbass, while staying musical.  MOJO sounds like the good stereo equipment from the 70's and 80's with the JVC's plugged in. You can hear all the little details in your music.  I think it's worth 350,- , but not the current asking price.  Looks like a child's toy, but feels solid.  Still amazes me how well the JVC responds to EQ and on different equipment.  I've been...
  11. Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones

    3.50 star(s)
    This is my second round with these "holy grail" of headphones.  First time around I was just laughing at it's meager power capability.  The sound was good, but not mind blowing.  Zero sub bass control, with ok bass.impact.  I got the Hifiman 400i and couldn't be any happier.  Has everything that I'm looking for at an "affordable" price.  I got a lot of heat from my fellow headphone enthusiasts for my nonesense.     I listen to all kind of music and DO NOT like to be limited to what I can listen too from my music library with an expensive headphone...
  12. HiFiMAN HE-400i

    5.00 star(s)
    These headphones will let you know if your source is good or not.  I won't repeat much of the pros and cons of this headphone that hasn't already been said.   These are really comfortable for hours at a time, both in ergonomics and sound.  Bass goes deep, Mids are nice and Highs are sweet. Bass doesn't have impact until you use an EQ or other sort of sound processor, along with a good amp.  I drive mine through an old school NAD 2140 amplifier.  I drive these hard enough for the grills to rattle.  Some of the stuff I listen too just isn't produced...
  13. Apple iPhone 4S 16GB - AT&T - Black

    5.00 star(s)
    I recently upgraded my 16GB version to 64GB for less than 200 bucks.  I wanted to upgrade to the newer models, but I'm not going to waste my money on something that can play the same music for more money.   Anyways,  the sound from the Iphone 4s is excellent to my ears.  It's gets better with different audio apps in its stock form.  You don't need to hack it, to unlock it's full audio potential.  Just buy some apps and call it a day. So my first app that I enjoyed for a while, was the Denon audio app.  You can make your own eq curves.  Sounds...
  14. iBasso D7

    4.50 star(s)
    Great little amp that I purchased used. Driver installs on Win8.1 and 7 with no problems. Using the D7 with my Sony MDRV6 on my work PC. Sony headphones have some foam added in the chambers. This little amp sounds really smooth over the the pc output. Running it on low gain with Bass enhancement enabled in the speakers properties. I'm using the VLC player and bass is set at 7.9db @ 60hz and the preamp set at 5.5db. Perfect settings for me to enjoy bass heavy music and not getting fatigued after 4 hours of jamming. I like it as much as the...
  15. Monster Jamz Headphones with ControlTalk

    3.50 star(s)
    I've had these for a while.  I got them for the mic for my phone.  Before these I used the Lil Jamz, which are the same thing without the mic.  Pricewise they are cheap to find now. Design is nice to me.  Isolation is pretty good, but comfort is a hit or miss for me.  Took me a while to find the right fitting with the supplied pieces.     My music source is mainly from my minidisc players or my Iphone.  These don't have the bass as the Turbine version, that I also use.  But I can't complain as I won't cry about replacing a set if they break for...
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