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HiFiMAN HE-1000 V2 Headphone Review

HiFiMAN HE-1000 V2 Headphone Review

The HiFiMAN HE-1000 V2 represents the latest update to original HiFiMAN’s HE-1000 flagship headphones. With an improved ergonomic design and slightly different sound tuning, the V2 aims to recapture the same magic which has earned the original headphones many of its accolades since its induction. At $2999, however, the V2s do not come cheap but represent a slice of luxury level listening with reference quality sound and comfort. Together with the lightweight profile and wood & metal design, the HE-1000 V2 stands out in the marketplace of high-end audio. To find out more, please read on.

The $2999 HiFiMAN HE-1000 V2 represents the latest update to original HiFiMAN’s HE-1000 flagship headphones. With improved design and tuning is it worth the price? Read on to find out.

Smit Patel — April 30, 2017 08:00 in Headphone Reviews

Massdrop & Fostex Purpleheart TH-X00 Headphones Review

Massdrop & Fostex Purpleheart TH-X00 Headphones Review

Massdrop is an online commerce platform that has been teaming up with consumer electronics manufacturers to produce some great equipment at very reasonable prices. One of the biggest hits of 2016 was the Fostex TH-X00 series of headphones. Basically Fostex wanted to build a great pair of headphones as the successor to some of the legendary headphones the company built to be sold under the Denon brand. We took a closer look at the Fostex TH-X00 Purpleheart in this review.

One of Massdrop’s most popular “drops” (the company’s cleverly branded name for group buys offered to their members) is the long-awaited TH-X00 Purpleheart headphone by Fostex. Read our review.

— March 07, 2017 17:00 in Headphone Reviews

JBL Everest Elite 700 Wireless Headphones Review

JBL Everest Elite 700 Wireless Headphones Review

To celebrate its 70th anniversary, JBL has launched a new “platinum” variation of one of their finest wireless headphones made, the JBL Everest Elite 700. Platinum may be nothing more than a fresh coat of paint on a great pair of headphones that has been JBL's flagship in the wireless category for two years. But, what Platinum really gives us is a chance to reflect on the company's storied history, a history that is still being written with the sale of JBL's parent company, Harman to Samsung. Does the Everest Elite 700 still hold its place among the best of the full-sized wireless headphones? We shall see.

JBL launched a new “platinum” variation on one of their finest wireless headphones. We review the JBL Everest flagship over-ear, Bluetooth wireless noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones.

— February 08, 2017 10:00 in Headphone Reviews

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless Headphones Preview

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless Headphones Preview

B&W has released a wireless version of it's acclaimed P7 over-the-ear headphone. The new P7 Wireless maintains all the luxury, fit, character and sound of the original. With support for Bluetooth 4.1 and the aptX codec, you can get near CD-quality streaming. With both a wireless and wired mode, the P7 Wireless looks to be a go-to for audiophiles craving music without wires. Read on to find out more...

Bowers & Wilkins P7 wireless headphones maintain all the luxury, fit, character and sound of the original. With Bluetooth 4.1 and the aptX codec the new P7 offers audiophile-grade sound without wires.

— November 25, 2016 08:00 in Headphone Reviews

Monolith M560 and M1060 Planar Headphone Preview

Monolith M560 and M1060 Planar Headphone Preview

Looking for a nice pair of high quality headphones for a great price? Online audio company Monoprice introduced their Monolith M560 and M1060 Planar Headphones today at CEDIA in Dallas, Texas. At $199.99 and $299.99 will they be too expensive for budget consumers, but too cheap for discriminating audiophiles? Read on to find out.

Looking for planar magnetic headphones at a great price? Online retailer Monoprice announced their Monolith M560 and M1060 headphones at CEDIA 2016. See if they're right for you.

— September 14, 2016 09:25 in Headphone Reviews

OSSIC X - Your True 3D Audio Headphones

OSSIC X - Your True 3D Audio Headphones

OSSIC is a new headphone developer founded by veterans of respected hi-fi company Pioneer and computer peripherals company Logitech – and with that pedigree, the company should know as much about hi-fi audio as it does about the very latest in digital technology. Their new OSSIC X promise to bring the same hi-fi quality audio to virtual reality (VR) and gaming as it does to music and movies. With these headphones, Ossic has put a few tricks up their sleeve in the form of innovative new technology that promises to take 3D audio to the next level of immersion, and after a successful Kickstarter, their first round of Ossic X headphones will ship March, 2017.

OSSIC is a new headphone developer founded by veterans of respected hi-fi company Pioneer and computer peripheral company Logitech. Their new OSSIC X promise to bring a true 3D audio experience.

— August 22, 2016 17:00 in Headphone Reviews

HiFiMAN Edition X Headphone Review

HiFiMAN Edition X Headphone Review

The HiFiMAN Edition X is one of Fang Bian’s latest concoctions in the world of hi-fi headphones. Just like the HE-1000 before it, the Edition X features innovative technology which allows it to sound world-class out of an ordinary smartphone device. At $1,799, the headphones are not cheap but fit a niche market for those seeking outstanding sound in a portable audio setting. The lightweight and planar driver design fit in line with the rest of HiFiMAN’s product range but what separates the Edition X is its incredibly efficiency. To find out more about this headphone, please read on.

With incredible efficiency and a lightweight design the HiFiMan Edition X headphones sound outstanding from just an ordinary device, but at $1,799 are they worth it? Read on to find out.

Smit Patel — July 09, 2016 10:00 in Headphone Reviews

NuForce BE6i Wireless Bluetooth Earphones Review

NuForce BE6i Wireless Bluetooth Earphones Review

The BE6i, a new wireless in-ear monitor by NuForce was just launched this week. Its an impressive-looking set of earphones with rugged aluminum bullet-style earpieces with some impressive specs for its price of only $129. With an 8-hour battery life, advanced specs like Bluetooth 4.1, aptX and an IPX5 rating for water and dust resistance the BE6i puts up impressive numbers. The BE6i wants to be your next fully wireless IEM, for the office, gym or just kicking back and listening to tunes. Let’s take a closer look to see if it really measures up to the specs and let you know what we thought of the sound.

The BE6i, a new wireless in-ear monitor by NuForce was just launched this week and we review it here. Its an impressive-looking set of earphones with rugged aluminum bullet-style earpieces.

— June 17, 2016 00:00 in Headphone Reviews

Focal Elear Over-Ear Headphone Review

Focal Elear Over-Ear Headphone Review

Focal, the legendary French speaker manufacturer will drastically up its headphone game with new launches later this month. Utopia and Elear are about to hit the market as two very high-end over-ear headphones that will be made in France at an all-new production line at Focal's manufacturing facility. The new models have been three years in development and Focal has been able to keep them off the radar - until now. In this exclusive first published review, we examine the Elear, the headphone that will likely garner the most attention at launch as it seems to be in the sweet-spot of high-end quality with an affordable price.

Focal has just drastically upped its headphone game with two very high-end models. Utopia and Elear are made in France and about to hit the market. We got the exclusive on the Elear review sample.

— June 14, 2016 07:00 in Headphone Reviews

RBH HP-1B Bluetooth Stereo Headphones Review

RBH HP-1B Bluetooth Stereo Headphones Review

In the market for a new pair of over-ear bluetooth stereo headphone? At $199 (free shipping), the RBH HP-1B’s are perhaps the best bet in great sounding over-ear noise-isolating wireless headphones that offer high-end sound in a compact travel-worthy design at an affordable price. The bass is deep and NOT boomy while maintaining a terrific balance on mids and highs. They serve equally well as a great travel companion or for serious home audio applications. Be sure to check out our YouTube video overview of the HP-1B's for further insights.

The RBH HP-1B’s are about the best bet in great sounding wireless noise-isolating headphones that offer high-end sound in a compact travel-worthy design at an affordable price. Read on to see why.

Steve DellaSala — June 01, 2016 08:00 in Headphone Reviews

Master & Dynamic MW60 Wireless Headphones Review

Master & Dynamic MW60 Wireless Headphones Review

Hot on the tail of the MH40 headphones, Master & Dynamic have launched the MW60; a $549 closed-back Bluetooth headphone featuring the same premium materials and vision as its predecessor. The New York company has been slowly taking over the audiophile scene with their brilliantly crafted retro-inspired products and technology to match. This time, they have ventured into Bluetooth tech and have successfully taken to the challenge with its great sound presentation. Read on to find out more.

Master & Dynamic have launched the MW60: a $549 closed-back Bluetooth headphone. Like the MW40, the great sound and stunning looks pay homage to the polished brand. Read on to find out more.

Smit Patel — March 13, 2016 20:00 in Headphone Reviews

V-MODA Zn In-Ear Monitor Review

V-MODA Zn In-Ear Monitor Review

V-MODA has earned a name in the headphones market with cans that manage to blend ruggedness with elegant design from MIlano, Italy. But what they're most noted for is a distinct sound-signature that fans will tell you consistently punches well above their price class. Company CEO Val Kolton is well known on headphone and hi-fi message boards he not only listens but responds to his community headphone fans. This isn't the first pair IEMs by V-MODA, but Zn is their firs run at a premium product in this category.

With Zn, V-MODA has brought an injection of style and reasonably priced high-quality IEMs to the industry. Color us impressed with these earphones as you can read in our review.

— March 02, 2016 00:00 in Headphone Reviews

RBH Sound HP-2 Noise Isolating Headphones Review

RBH Sound HP-2 Noise Isolating Headphones Review

The RBH HP-2s are lightweight over-ear noise-isolating headphones featuring space-age 45mm beryllium-coated drivers with ultra high sensitivity. They do so many things right that they simply shouldn't at this price point ($199 on sale) that it's almost frightening how far headphone technology has come in the last few years. Before you or your teenager runs out and buys a pair of Beats or Bose, give these a try. You’re ears will thank you and so will your wallet.

The RBH HP-2s are lightweight over-ear noise-isolating headphones featuring space-age 45mm beryllium-coated drivers and sound quality beyond their price class. A great alternative to Beats? Read on.

— February 23, 2016 06:00 in Headphone Reviews

PSB M4U 2 Noise Cancelling Heaphones Review

PSB M4U 2 Noise Cancelling Heaphones Review

When it comes to full sized over ear noise cancelling headphones, the market is saturated with more name brands than you can imagine. Today we look at the PSB M4U noise cancelling headphones to see how they compare both in sound quality, noise cancelling effectiveness, durability and ergonomics. Do the PSB's sound good? Sure. Are they practical for traveling? When considering the timid response from the noise cancellation and their bulkiness, not really. Read on to find out why.

The PSB M4U Noise Cancelling headphones have good sound quality but fall short on the effectiveness of its active noise cancelling and especially on ergonomics and durability. Read on to find out why.

Steve DellaSala — February 15, 2016 08:30 in Headphone Reviews