2012 Holiday Headphone Gift Guide from Skylab

... from Skylab

Schiit Bifrost ($349)
121115_Blog_2012GiftGuide_Skylab_BiFrostAppropriately named for the winter holidays, the Bifrost is a great value on the current DAC market. It has a nice feature set, and smartly includes a field-upgradable USB input option (which I recommend). The Bifrost is possessed of a clean and neutral sound, which is detailed and nuanced beyond what one would expect in the sub-$500 price class. Many may find it's all the DAC they need.

Read full InnerFidelity review here.
Schiit Bifrost product page.

Burson Audio Soloist ($990)
121115_Blog_2012GiftGuide_Skylab_SoloistAnother product that sets class benchmarks for transparency, detail, and nuance, the Soloist is also powerful enough to drive 99% of the headphones on the market with aplomb, and has several gain settings to allow an optimal pairing with them all, as well. It's engaging and enjoyable to listen to, while being possessed with all of the audiophile qualities one should demand from a $1,000 headphone amp. Any headphone enthusiast would be thrilled to find this one under the tree!

Read full InnerFidelity review here.
Burson Soloist product page.

Audio Technica W3000ANV ($1299.99)
121115_Blog_2012GiftGuide_Skylab_ATHW3000ANVThis may be the last holiday season that this limited edition headphone will be available. While it isn't the most neutral headphone ever made, many find it one of the most musical, myself included. It's a pleasure to listen to, and is remarkably adept at bringing music to life. It's also beautiful to look at and incredibly comfortable to wear, and isolates well enough that you can keep the enjoyment all to yourself, while others around you are unaware of your bliss.

Manufacturer's product page.

ultrabike's picture

Excellent recommendations! Liked Nate's B&K multimeter recommendation and will be considering it. Really digging the Horns of the Hollidays and Amber Rubarth smiley.

mosshorn's picture

Great job, everyone. Especially on the RE262, which is now only $99 (this is an absolutely crazy steal). Even though I just bought some top-tier universals, I'll probably get another pair of RE-262's. They are just THAT nice. I'll also probably be picking up those albums, they seem really nice. 



In other news, I keep seeing that Leckerton combo keep popping up. Everyone, quit trying to hurt my innocent wallet! D:

ultrabike's picture

The Leckerton UHA-6S is an outstanding DAC/Amp with the right I/O and form factor.

dcpoor's picture

Oh man, getting a bird call. Thanks Tyll.

Tyll Hertsens's picture

(I crack myself up sometimes.)

clovernine's picture

Hi Tyll,

I read your website a lot, and I seen that you promised a review of the Beyerdynamic DT250 250ohm, I'm really waiting for this.... I need a new pair of can for my job (I'm a 22years old new mixing engeneer). Please when did you plan to post the review ?

I don't have a lot of money so I can't afford to make a mistake by choosing the "wrong headphones". Here my toughts :

- HD600 (pricey but the closest to my needs, I wan't them to be little bit more revvealing in the Highs)

- DT880 Pro (I like them a LOT but I would love a lil bit of tamed high, cause I will wear them for very long periods of time)

- DT250 250ohm (Heard it could be my match, like a HD600 but more reveling in the high frequencies)--> if you already tested them can you give me an insight ? Please.

That would be a great help to begin my career (I need your help because I really trust your reviews... still, I don't know why lol ;)


Guitarist9273's picture

It'll be difficult to get the RE-262 IEMs after this year since HiFiMan recently discontinued them.


ljokerl's picture

a darn shame. They are bringing out two new models so there's hope for a worthy replacement, albeit at a higher price point. Some things are just too good to last...

deckeda's picture

HDTracks has this release regularly for less -- $12 -- if you can do without the CD. It's the only place I know of selling a lossless downloadable copy, and not mentioned anywhere. (It's not a hi res copy however.)