Head Gear Reviews by WhiskeyJacks
  1. Audiofly AF-1120

    4.50 star(s)
    I have been involved with this hobby for the past 6 years, and I have tried various DAC's, headphone amplifiers, full size headphones, In ear monitors, and other said accessories. Now I am by far not the writing this review for measurement tests and frequency response graphs and comparisons, and it is not because I do not think those are unhelpful but I also know that they are usually done by more than one reviewer and I do not have the proper testing setup and or gear. I will be giving my opinion from start to finish, and if you are looking for an...
  2. ZMF Headphones Omni

    5.00 star(s)
    So,  I have been waiting in anticipation to write and  produce  this review on the TOTL semi open planar magnetic headphone  from ZMF Headphones. Now, to be straight-forward and to avoid at times annoying and aggravating suspense for those just wondering if the headphones are worth the marketed price and or if they are a value… To these ears? Most definitely, absolutely, and resounding Yes. I have owned many entry level to mid tier headphones the most expensive being the He-560(grill/pad/cable modded), but the ZMF Omni is my personal favorite in...
  3. ZMF x Vibro

    4.50 star(s)
    First let me just get this out of the way and say I absolutely love these headphones, but this review is completely subjective and in that it is only my preference and opinion on what this headphone offers it would be owner's at the price you pay for such a product. I have use this headphone with a few different amps, desktop and portable, and a couple different sources. It has sounded enjoyable with all of them but of course there was better synergy with particular pairings. Which I will talk about during my impressions and review from over time...
  4. ALO Audio The Pan Am

    4.50 star(s)
       I have had a little bit of experience with hybrid amps from the Vali, Little Dot 3, and finally the Fournier HTA-2. What I have not had experience is with all in one tube-hybrid/DAC which yes I have seen them around from unknown chinese versions that cost less and High end audio gear that cost so much more. I will say for this Price I think many units will have a hard time beating out this DAC/Amp. Now that fact that you can travel with this and have it connected to your laptop and or tablet on a bus or train and being listening nise 96khz files...
  5. Fournier HTA-2 Hybrid Headphone Amp

    5.00 star(s)
       I recently sold off my Schiit Vali in preparation for an HD600 headphone. Which I have heard that the HD600 sounds fantastic with the Vali, so while getting the HD600s I had just received this amp, the Fournier HTA-2, and had paired it with the DT880s which all I can say is.....awesome just awesome. I will be frank this amp is not perfect but for sub 200$ this amp has given me the most enjoyable and rich listening experience to date.      From what I have read this amp came out a couple years ago, was designed, hand built, and sold by a seller...
  6. SoundMAGIC HP100 Premium Over-the-Ear Folding Headphone

    4.50 star(s)
      This is a review of the SoundMagic HP100 over the ear full sized closed headphone. I received this as one of my first mid-fi headphones about 6 months ago, and I have to say though I had just received the DT 990 pros a day before these I was undoubtedly impressed with the sound quality and comfort of the headphone. This headphone is top notch and one of the best closed headphone options you can choose under 300$. I had spent a few months with it, and my preferences being on over the ear open headphones I was surprised how much time I spent...
  7. Stoner Acoustics UD110 V2

    5.00 star(s)
        The ud110 was recommended in a few different serious threads in the audio community, and I was intrigued to say the least, myself looking for more affordable options with out sacrificing too much and getting nice audio quality. I have tried a handful of DACs that some would consider the best value for your money in the 100-300$ price range. I know everyone has a preference as far as the flavor of audio, warm, cold, sterile and detailed, smooth and warm, etc. I have yet to really find a specific preference, but this not that I have not found I...
  8. Audio Poutine CDAC+

    5.00 star(s)
        I currently had done a review for the Fostex HP-A3 DAC/amp unit, which is a couple years old, but none the less one of the best units in the price range from experience and reading material from people and enthusiasts with much more knowledge than I. So, after I had first listened and used for a while with the Fostex. I was able to write a review about the unit, and also a brief comparison with the CDAC+ which I had just received the night before the review. I had only wrote about early impressions and felt this unit was too good for the price...
  9. Sennheiser HD 595 Headphones

    4.00 star(s)
    First of I have been using the DT 990 pros and a soundMagic HP100 for a while now at least 4 months. I have had time to break both in and happened to think both did what they did great. The HP100's got sold though because at the time I needed the funds being out of a work with health issues. It wasn't that I like the HP 100 less but more of the fact that the DT 990 was a gift from my girl. That left me with one headphonethat I was listening with and for the most part I was happy have a couple of DACs to toy with and a couple amps to pair and see what...
  10. Fostex HP-A3

    4.50 star(s)
     So, where to I begin... I am newer to owning and reviewing audio equipment of above the normal consumer caliber. I have come from a AMB Gamma 1 lite for desktop us, an Fiio E7 for portable, with a couple a of different sub 100$ portable amps. So I am limited when it comes to multi hundred dollar DACs and headphone amplifiers and I just want people, in this community, to keep that in their thoughts when and if reading this review.      I first saw this unit from the classified section of this community and the head-fi website, and I immediately...
  11. Gemini Doctor WS 1.2 Blue Bird Portable Amp

    4.50 star(s)
    This is my first review on this website, and further more for this community which I have come to love. Ever since getting both pairs of headphones that I currently use(the open back DT 990 pros and the closed back soundMagic HP100's) I have been on the look out for a decent but affordable portable amplifier to use with my Samsung s3 phone. This has been under a budget of sorts sub 100$, and the review is for the Gemini Doctor WS1.2 Blue Bird portable headphone amplifier. I have done a decent amount of research and heavy reading on what amplifier and...
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