Head Gear Reviews by Sonic Defender
  1. Bluewave GET Wireless HiFi Headphone Amplifier

    4.00 star(s)
    I would like to thank Bluewave for having kindly allowing me to review their Get wireless headphone amplifier. I was very pleased to discover this little gem after reading a review of it elsewhere on the Internet. I am also very pleased as this little gem is designed and made in Montreal which is just a few hours away from me and a city I frequently visit. While I have no issues at all supporting companies that manufacture in Asia and elsewhere, it is nonetheless nice to support something local. The fact that it is a locally made product has nothing...
  2. FiiO Q5 Flagship Bluetooth and DSD-Capable DAC & Amplifier

    4.50 star(s)
    Preamble A few things before I begin, I have decided to not bother with pictures, at least for now. By this point there are many reviews ahead of me with fantastic images and I suspect most people skip past pictures so I feel that I am not short changing anybody in that respect. I do love the images others have taken and I am always glad that people take the time so my omission is not because I don't see value in reviews with images, quite the opposite, and if my review was one of the earlier efforts, I most certainly would provide images. Spoiler...
  3. Chord Hugo 2

    5.00 star(s)
    First I have to thank x Relic x for inviting me to join the Canadian leg of the Hugo2 tour and for I'm sure a great deal of work behind the scene coordinating things. I of course must also thank Chord Electronics for making the tour possible. I own the very capable Mojo and after being shocked at the sonic capability of that little gem I just had to spend some time with the Hugo2 and spoiler alert, I wasn't at all disappointed. What I elected to do for my review time was essentially use the Hugo2 as default as possible. I left the filter on the...
  4. Chord Hugo2

    5.00 star(s)
    First I have to thank x Relic x for inviting me to join the Canadian leg of the Hugo2 tour and for I'm sure a great deal of work behind the scene coordinating things. I of course must also thank Chord Electronics for making the tour possible. I own the very capable Mojo and after being shocked at the sonic capability of that little gem I just had to spend some time with the Hugo2 and spoiler alert, I wasn't at all disappointed. What I elected to do for my review time was essentially use the Hugo2 as default as possible. I left the filter on the...
  5. Onkyo Over Ear Headphone (H900MB/27)

    3.50 star(s)
    I would like to thank Gibson Innovations for the opportunity to review the H900M. Above: H900M top, A800 below Above: H900M   Edit: just upped the star rating as I swear before there were only 4 stars available and not 5. Either I'm crazy or something odd happened. Either way I bumped the rating up to reflect this. You would think I would notice this so I am pretty confident something was not quite right when I originally was presented the stars to rate with.   Before I begin, I would like to qualify my star rating. I would be very...
  6. ONKYO A800 50mm Open Back Headphone

    4.50 star(s)
          The ONKYO A800 is a very impressive headphone indeed, and I believe it has the potential to really earn a following among headphone enthusiasts. To be sure, we are in an unprecedented period where companies are putting significant time and R&D effort into producing capable headphones, and among this sea of excellent headphones it is a challenge to really stand out, but I think a case can be made that the A800 does indeed have standout quality.   As always, I like to offer a little detail about myself to provide some user context to...
  7. ONKYO sealed wireless headphone Bluetooth-enabled / NFC support / remote control with microphone H500BTB (Black)

    4.50 star(s)
      I am very glad that ONKYO released their new line of headphones into the North American market this June. I had been very curious about trying the ONKYO sound, but knowing new models were soon to arrive I didn't want to dabble in the previous models so I decided to wait. I had also owned and was suitably impressed with the ONKYO DP-X1 DAP so my instincts told me that ONKYO headphones might just float my boat. Spoiler alert, the H500BT really does float my audio boat. In fact, I think I may enjoy this as much as I do my Beoplay H7, which is quite...
  8. BeoPlay H7

    4.50 star(s)
      I don't often feel compelled to review products, but for the BeoPlay H7 I will happily make an exception. Briefly I will explain why I opted to go wireless; spoiler alert, it was because of the wires! I am a true portable user in the sense that I primarily use my portable gear on the bus commuting to school and around the city.   I was constantly having issues with cables getting caught on seats, on other passengers, and just the constant annoyance of always needing to be cable aware and adjust the cable. The final nail in the cable coffin came...
  9. Audio-Technica ATH-M40x

    4.00 star(s)
    Okay, so I ended up picking up the M40x as I needed a headphone that was reasonably priced, would likely sound good (based on having heard an M30 and an M50) and had a long cable for my home cardio workouts. Yes I jump around and make a fool of myself. I tried doing this with my HE 560, but the cable is far too short, plus they are a little big. Truthfully I didn't expect a great deal from the M40x as the last time I heard an M30 while decent, it did seem a little flat sounding overall. So totally colour me very surprised by the M40x. I have the...
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