HeadRoom in for a Quickie
The folks from HeadRoom and I get along just fineI often go down to their storefront and ask if they've gotten anything good in lately, and likewise I'll often fill them in on new stuff that's come my way.
Today it was my turn hosting the HeadRoom crew for a quick listen to some of the new high-end headphones before they had to go into town and open the store.
I've known Jamey, Mike, and Jeremy (not pictured, he came in after we had done the video), for years, and I can assure you they've heard a whole lot of headphoneslikely more than most enthusiasts. Of course, their focuslike mineof necessity runs towards un-modified, stock headphones, making them a good data point for folks interested in these high-end cans, but not really into the whole DIY modding scene.
The guys did not do the blind testing as time would not permit, but the did get a good hard listen to the headphones present at Big Sound 2015. No notes were taken; it was a hear-and-dash sort of affair, so their impressions on the video will have to suffice.
This was the last visit to Big Sound 2015, and from here on in we'll be seeing some more Participant Reports, and various thoughts of mine. I will, at the very end, report my findings and let you know who topped my leaderboard and what gear will end up on the Wall of Fame and why.
Subsequently, I will be doing full reviews on the important gear, but not under the Big Sound 2015 banner.
AURALiC Vega DAC ($3499)
Simaudio MOON Neo 430 HA ($4300 w/DAC).
HeadAmp GS-X Mk2 ($2800)
Schiit Ragnarok ($1699) and Yggdrasil ($2299)
Burson Audio Conductor Virtuoso ($1495 w/PCM1793; $1995 w/ESS1908)
Woo Audio WA-234 ($15,900)
Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC, Voltikus Power Supply, and 10M Rubidium Atomic Clock. ($13,045)
Apex High Fi Audio (TTVJ) Teton ($5000)
Eddie Current Black Widow ($1248)
Violectric V281 ($2299)
Bakoon HPA-21 ($2995) current output headphone amplifier.
KGSSSRE (Kevin Gilmore Solid State Special Reviewer's Edition E-Stat Amp ($Unobtanium)
Sennheiser HD 800 ($1599)
Audeze LCD-3 ($1945) and LCD-X ($1699)
JPS Labs Abyss AB-1266 ($5495)
Stax SR-009 ($4450) and SR-007 ($2350)
HIFIMAN HE-1000 ($3000)
Mr. Speakers Ether ($1499)
Enigmacoustics Dharma (~$1200)
Audio Zenith PMx2 ($1398)
Headphone stands by Klutz Designs