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Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 31, 2018  |  6 comments
A knock at the front door usually elicits a smile from me, a groan from my family and loud, vicious barking from our dog. This time the knock was courtesy FedEx and HIFIMAN who have just shipped me their brand new HE1000se and HE6se headphones for review.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 25, 2018  |  0 comments
With their latest pocket-sized Bluetooth-only release, the magnesium/aluminum alloy-bodied $299 USD xCAN, iFi seems determined to set the bar high at a low price point for portable Bluetooth amplifier/DACs.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 03, 2018  |  0 comments
Wasting no time in making new product announcements, HIFIMAN has hit the ground running at speed in the mile-high city with multiple launches of their latest products. The company rolled four major announcements today, so let’s touch briefly on each one based on their press releases and then follow up with more detail after RMAF.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 28, 2018  |  2 comments
Dan Clark of MrSpeakers is a difficult man to get a hold of as he’s constantly working. Few people in the industry spend as much time as Clark honing the bleeding edge of planar-magnetic headphone design as he does and the company always has something in the works. Whether it’s a new model, or upgrades for existing customers.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 20, 2018  |  0 comments
The new hand-built N8 will retail for $1,699 USD, utilizes a hybrid-design featuring a 9mm dynamic-driver to handle the notes between the lowest octaves, and eight midrange balanced-armature driver units for the mids and upper registers.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 09, 2018  |  6 comments
Astell & Kern are at it again, the company seems intent on rolling out new tech in 2018 at a breakneck pace and the new A&ultima SP1000M is the latest in a series of new players the company has debuted in the past couple months, this time in a smaller chassis to round out their flagship line.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 29, 2018  |  30 comments
It seems Sony has decided to enter the über high-end headphone amp market with the $8,000 USD DMP-Z1 from their “Signature Series” and the Internet is blowing up a bit because of it.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 19, 2018  |  8 comments
High fidelity seems to be more and more focused on the inclusion of headphone amplification within not only the strict definitions of preamplifiers or integrated amplifiers, but also for the decidedly digital side of things, where more seems to get packed into the equation for the discerning consumer.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 29, 2018  |  12 comments
Like listening to the Vinyls? This phono stage has a direct headphone out, so you can skip a further amplification stage.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 06, 2018  |  35 comments
Software retailing for $79 USD that claims a ‘Studio Reference’ standard.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 12, 2018  |  6 comments
This is a pretty cool headphone. Certainly seems like a forward thinking push towards smart headphones to me. I sure as heck didn't want my experience with them to be on a noisy trade show floor. Fortunately, Audeze is in Orange County not too far from CanJam in downtown L.A., so I arranged a visit to their factory before the show for a one-on-one audition of these new cans.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Mar 18, 2018  |  24 comments
We're about 5 days in on the Audeze Mobius Indigogo campaign, and 2100+ backers have already raised $550k, blowing through the $50K goal by an order of magnitude! Doesn't surprise me a bit, Sankar Thiagasamudram, Audeze's CEO, told me of these forthcoming headphones some time ago and I've been chomping at the bit to have a listen.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 30, 2017  |  39 comments
Yesssssss!

I've kvetched quite a bit about the need for some killer headphones in the $500-$1000 price range. Seems like headphone makers just jumped by that price category in an ever more intense race to the top...of your willingness to break your wallet. Looks like we're going to get some relief from MrSpeakers.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Dec 19, 2016  |  10 comments
This drop will be going live tomorrow, and if you're in the market for a killer sealed headphone for mobile use don't miss it!
Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 03, 2016  |  27 comments
Ooooooooo baby! If you don't have a Sennheiser HD 600 or HD 650, you need to read this!

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