Reviews

9.7
Date: Feb 20th 2013
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
JDSLabs O2+ODAC DAC & Headphone Amplifier

JDSLabs's O2+ODAC combination combines two designs by NwAvGuy with excellent build quality and a sturdy enclosure. The O2+ODAC sells at just $285 which, performance considered, is a bargain. We test whether this amplifier and DAC combination is really the giant slayer it is made out to be!

9.8
Date: Feb 12th 2013
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
HiFiMAN RE-400 In-ears

HiFiMAN's newest baby, the RE-400 in-ears, are put to the test. The in-ears will retail for $99, and it is clear that HiFiMAN is pulling out all the stops to regain leadership in the sub $99 in-ear segment. Packed with several new features, these in-ears are an interesting departure from previous HiFiMAN designs.

7.9
Date: Dec 11th 2012
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
ASUS ROG Vulcan Pro ANC Gaming Headset

ASUS's ROG Vulcan Pro headset features an active noise-cancellation system and folds up neatly in its carrying bag. ASUS even throws in a well-performing USB sound card. We put this well-featured headset to the test to see if active noise cancellation is the next must-have on gaming headsets.

9.0
Date: Dec 3rd 2012
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Logitech UE 900 In-ears

Logitech UE's newest universal high-end in-ear gets put to the test. The UE 900s are a set of quad-driver in-ears. They ship with an extensive bundle including two cable options with and without a podded microphone and a remote.

Date: Oct 4th 2012
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Rosewill RHTS-11004 Supra-aural Headphones

Rosewill's newest supra-aural headphones, dubbed RHTS-11004, are put to the test. This new old looking design comes with quite a few neat tricks up its sleeves such as user replaceable cable and pleather pads. At only $30 these headphones should definitely be checked out by anyone looking for a set of portable and affordable headphones.

Date: Sep 25th 2012
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Rosewill RHTS-11002 Rosewood In-ears

Rosewill's impressive product line-up also includes some very interesting headphones and in-ears. We will be taking a look at the RHTS-11002 Rosewood in-ears which features 10 mm dynamic drivers, and real rosewood ear cups!

8.7
Date: Sep 12th 2012
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
CM Storm Sonuz Gaming Headset

CM Storm Sonuz is the name of a brand new headset which features massive 53 mm diameter drivers and a smart detachable microphone. The headset is aimed at gamers looking for good overall performance.

9.6
Date: May 15th 2012
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
KRK Systems KNS 6400 Headphones

KRK Systems is well on their way to becoming a big name in the headphone business. Today we will be taking a look at yet another interesting set of closed back headphones, namely the KNS 6400s which feature the same mechanical design as the KNS 8400.

9.5
Date: Apr 30th 2012
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
KRK Systems KNS 8400 Headphones

KRK Systems, known for their studio monitors, recently and quietly released two studio headphones. Today we will be taking a good look at the KNS 8400 headphones which is the current high-end offering from KNS 8400. Intended for studio use and abuse these headphones are durable and feature a more analytical sound signature than most headphones available.

9.1
Date: Apr 12th 2012
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Head-Direct HE-400 Planar Magnetic Headphones

Head-Direct's latest addition to the HE-line of headphones is the much anticipated HE-400. The HE-400 sells for only $400 which is quite low for a high-end set of planar magnetic headphones. We take them for a spin to see how they compare to both planar magnetic and dynamic headphones

9.0
Date: Apr 2nd 2012
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
ASUS Xonar Essence One DAC & Headphone Amplifier

ASUS Xonar Essence One is the name of a brand new DAC & Headphone amplifier combination from ASUS. The unit can decode 192 kHz source material and features a well performing headphone amplifier stage that allows for op-amp swapping.

7.0
Date: Mar 29th 2012
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Clar1tyOne EB110 Earphones

Clar1tyOne is a brand new in-ear company. Their only product is a set of in-ears dubbed the EB110 which feature a new driver design which should minimize EMF effects. According to their studies this will significantly improve square-wave performance of the driver. We take them for a spin and see how they fare against the usual suspects.

7.8
Date: Feb 23rd 2012
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
ROCCAT Kave 5.1 Gaming Headset

ROCCAT Kave 5.1 is the name of a new surround sound headset. The headset features a few new features and a USB powered amplifier that allows for easy control of the surround capabilities. We take the headset for a spin to see if ROCCAT managed to avoide the pitfalls commonly associated with 5.1 headset designs.

8.5
Date: Feb 7th 2012
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Phonak Audéo PFE232 +mic In-ear Headset

Phonak's Audéo line of headphones has just been expanded to include a new interesting high-end in-ear dubbed the PFE232. PFE232 is a dual balanced armature based in-ear that aims at taking on the big guns in the high-end in-ear arena. We test them to see how they perform compared to in-ears like Westone 4 and the Ultimate Ears In-Ear Reference Monitors!

9.5
Date: Jan 25th 2012
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Westone 4R In-ears

Westone's newest product is the Westone 4R quad driver in-ears. New for the 4Rs is a user replaceable cable and more tightly matched drivers, and a slightly altered bundle. We take the 4Rs for a spin to see how they compare to the originals.

9.1
Date: Dec 14th 2011
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Ultimate Ears In-Ear Reference Monitors

Ultimate Ears have quite the reputation in the in-ear industry. Today we will be taking a thorough look at the In-Ear Reference Monitors. The name tells us that Ultimate Ears are excited, we put them to the test and see how they compare to the very best in-ears available today.

9.0
Date: Sep 7th 2011
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Fostex HP-P1 Headphone Amplifier & DAC

Fostex's newest product is a headphone amplifier and DAC dubbed the HP-P1. The HP-P1 offers a fully digital connection to any newer iPod or iPhone. Its ability to read digital data from the device is a unique feature that promises maximized audio quality because it bypasses the cheap analog hardware in the i-device.

8.6
Date: Aug 22nd 2011
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Sennheiser PX 200-II

Sennheiser's newest portable headphones are dubbed the PX 200-II. Its design closely resembles that of the previous high end ultra portable offering, the PX 200s. The new II-version features a multitude of smaller upgrades.

7.9
Date: Aug 19th 2011
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
RedGiant A03 Ossicle In-ears

RedGiant have just released a very interesting set of in-ears named A03 Ossicle. The in-ears feature a dual dynamic driver setup and are aimed at satisfying all the bassheads of this world. We put them through their paces and see how they fare against other modern offerings.

9.1
Date: Aug 12th 2011
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Head-Direct HiFiMAN RE-242 Earphones

Head-Direct's newest entry level model is put to the test. Dubbed RE-242 these in-ears are the first earphones from Head-Direct directly aimed at the entry level market. Priced at $25 they are budget friendly and feature a smart new durable design.

9.7
Date: Jul 25th 2011
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Head-Direct HiFiMAN HE-300 Headphones

Head-Direct is pumping out headphone designs at an extraordinary rate. Today we will be taking a look at its newest construction dubbed the HE-300s. These headphones feature a brand new dynamic driver and are design wise very similar to the much more expensive HE-500s.

9.4
Date: Jun 21st 2011
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Head-Direct HiFiMAN HE-500 Headphones

Headphone producer Head-Direct seems unstoppable when it comes to releasing new orthodynamic based headphones. The newest arrival is named HE-500 and slots in between the HE-5LEs and the HE-6s. New for the HE-500s is a special driver setup that allows for much higher efficiency.

9.1
Date: May 11th 2011
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Head-Direct HiFiMAN HE-6 Headphones

Head-Direct's newest flagship headphones are put to the test. The headphones are dubbed the HE-6s and feature a gold plated driver, and a very special cable. They are priced at $1199, are they worth it ?

9.6
Date: Apr 26th 2011
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Westone ES5 Custom In-ears

Westone's top of the line custom in-ears are put to the test. The ES5s feature five drivers per side and are available in a set of radical color schemes for the fashion conscious audiophiles out there. The starting price is a hefty $950 which makes them the second most expensive earphones we have every reviewed.

9.0
Date: Feb 4th 2011
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
MP4Nation Brainwavz M1 In-ears

MP4Nation's newest budget in-ears are called the M1s. These in-ears sell for $39.50 online. Compared to other in-ears these feature a rugged cable that even performs well microphonics wise. Surprisingly enough the M1 features a full bundle with seven pairs of tips and a carrying case.