Over-Ear Open Headphones Reviews

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Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 24, 2016  |  27 comments

HiFiMAN touts this headphone as great for direct play from portable devices—and I'll agree, it does play very well directly from a tablet or phone. Pretty nice not to have the burden and expense of having to carry around a portable amp, but at $1800 it doesn't really seem like a more affordable solution. And then, it's an open headphone while most portable cans are sealed to get rid of environmental noise. So...this is a flagship headphone for use with portable devices indoors? I'm not sure what to think...let's work through the details.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Mar 25, 2016  |  37 comments
A technological tour de force. But sound quality is the question.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Mar 06, 2016  |  57 comments

They say it's all about the stories. Well here's another chapter for a venerable and storied headphone.

Bob Katz  |  Feb 02, 2016  |  19 comments
I'm not a shy guy. If I don't like a headphone, I'll pull it off my ears within five minutes! So far, I've had the Astell & Kearn AK T1p on for over 40 minutes and I keep wanting to check them out—so there must be something about them that's keeping me listening.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Dec 18, 2015  |  31 comments

The room was crazy loud at CES last year, but even through the cacophony the new dual-driver (dynamic/electret) Enigmacoustics Dharma had something special.

The question is how special?

Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 20, 2015  |  29 comments

I'd like to believe that neutrality, low-distortion, and excellence in transient response is what leads to a satisfying listening experience.

The HE1000 makes me question that belief.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 06, 2015  |  27 comments

Mr. Speakers first fully in-house designed and manufactured headphone seems to deliver quite nicely in the top-of-the-line category.

ljokerl  |  Mar 18, 2015  |  24 comments
ljokerl reviews the HE-560 and finds them an affordable high-end reference.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 03, 2014  |  90 comments
While the X2 shares a lot in common with the X1 at first glance, deeper investigation reveals significant changes and real improvements with this new release. The X2 is an excellent headphone...yes, even for audiophiles...maybe especially for audiophiles. For the first time, in a long time, I think we've got a headphone to rival the Sennheiser HD 600 in the mid-priced open headphone category. Yes, I think it's that good.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 26, 2014  |  26 comments
The Oppo PM-2 was released not long after the Oppo PM-1 as a lower cost alternative. The PM-2 forgoes the fancy presentation box, extra ear-pads, and balanced cable, leaving the denim clam-shell case, short mobile cable, and longe unbalanced cable (OFC instead of OCC) as the included accessories. On the headphones themselves, ear-pads and headband pad coverings switch from lamb-skin to synthetic leather, and a couple of the trim pieces on the ear capsule are now plastic instead of metal. All told, I think these were excellent choices in creating a lower cost version of the PM-1.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 19, 2014  |  20 comments

Lots of chatter abut the Oppo ear-pads on Head-Fi.org. I figured I better do some measurements to get another view.

Did some listening too, and found a favorite pad.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 13, 2014  |  29 comments
Oh boy. This one's going to be a tough one for me. I love the sound of the PM-1...heck I love almost everything about them. But they're not neutral, and many won't like them.

Oh well...here we go...

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 09, 2014  |  67 comments

It's no secret I really like the Audeze LCD-3 and LCD-2. When they slotted the LCD-X between the two, I simply had to have a listen to these cans in context with the rest of the line. So I spent some time with the latest Audeze headphones...

...Yeah, rough job, someone's got to do it. :)

Tyll Hertsens  |  Feb 25, 2014  |  44 comments

I like the K701 and variants; I like the K267 Tiesto; I like the K550 too; but no, I don't like the K812.

Woulda kept my mouth shut, but way too many people have asked me to chime in on these new headphones.

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