Head Gear Reviews by Timestretch
  1. Benchmark - DAC-1 Black

    5.00 star(s)
    If you have waded across the web all the way to this review, I'll assume you've already read some of the big forum threads on this site, and I'm sure you've already read all of the reviews on other websites and publications about this piece of gear, so you already come into this with some background knowledge about this device and devices like (or unlike) it.      I have the Benchmark DAC1 USB: the second model slightly upgraded from the original design of the now classic Benchmark DAC1. Before this, I had (and still have) a Nuforce Icon HD. I...
  2. NuForce Icon HD Silver (High Performance Headphone Amp and USB DAC)

    5.00 star(s)
    This is exactly like the $100 more expensive Icon HDP. I'll quote the description on Nuforce's website: "The Icon HD is designed for users who want the Icon HDP's world-class USB DAC and headphone-amp performance without having a need for the Icon HDP's flexibilities"    It is an HDP stripped down to a usb input, a DAC, the RCA output, the volume control, and the 6.3mm headphone output. For a person desiring only a DAC/amp for their headphones and nothing more, this is a much better deal than the HDP which might have unnecessary (depending on...
  3. Denon AH-D5000 Reference Headphones

    5.00 star(s)
    These headphones are alarmingly great.      Now, I want to first talk a little about myself. I am not seasoned veteran of Hi-fi. I do not have any experience with multi-thousand dollar listening setups. These are simultaneously the most expensive and greatest headphones I've owned. Of course, their quality is overwhelming to me. Please read this review with the understanding that I might not be "qualified" to accurately or usefully compare these headphones to similarly priced models of other brands.     I come from Sennheiser HD595...
  4. Sennheiser HD 595 Headphones

    3.50 star(s)
    I bought these in London over the last summer and have used them as my primary music-listening device since then. They are plugged snugly into a value-level Pioneer A/V receiver which is attached to my PC, playing a variety of FLAC electronic, rock, metal and pop music.         It is hard to point to something that these do that I feel is absolutely excellent. Things are clear, nothing's really muffled. If there's a flaw, I feel like the bass is lacking in these phones, but that doesn't mean there is no bass at all - they certainly have enough...
  5. Audio Technica ATH-A700 Headphones

    4.50 star(s)
    I had these and used these as my primary method of enjoying music, films and video games for 18 months until I replaced them with a more expensive model of a different brand. Before I owned these, my "greatest headphones" were $40 VOIP headsets. I won't even begin to claim I have golden ears or anything like that, but even a philistine like me could tell that these things were a million miles ahead of any game headset or stock Zune earbuds around. It was so much better than my previous equipment that I actually experienced the "I'm hearing things I...