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AKG-K545 – Review

By | July 31st, 2014|Categories: Headphones - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I’ve owned its bigger brother, the AKG-K550 for a good while . In some ways it is one of the best closed headphones out there as I’ve rarely heard such an open sound from a headphone in this category. It is also a very detailed, neutral and fast headphone accompanied by a very fast, controlled and punchy bass.

2 things made me look at the competition: the isolation and the sibilant treble. The isolation issue made it really hard to get a good seal, and if you didn’t manage to get one, you got an even more sibilant sound with less bass body.… Read the full article

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Gobo LM1875 Amplifier Kit

By | July 28th, 2014|Categories: DIY AUDIOFILE|Tags: , , |

The sharp looking amplifier below is the Gobo Stereo Audio Amplifier from boxkedkitamps.com which is sold as DIY kit.  We have completed a review of the Gobo LM1875 stereo amplifier kit which is available on the main site.  The Gobo kit is a class-AB chip amplifier kit that uses the LM1875 IC. The LM1875 amplifier kit includes all the required parts and enclosure to build a complete stereo amplifier. 

Gobo LM1875 Stereo Amplifier Kit
Completed Gobo LM1875 Stereo Amplifier Kit

The kit comes with a very detailed step-by-step instructions that make it possible for a first time amp builder with only soldering skills to complete the kit.  The amplifier kit comes with good quality parts like audio-grade capacitors from Nichicon Muse, Panasonic and WIMA.  The linear power supply for the amplifier kit makes use of a audio-grade toroidal transformer from Antek.Read the full article

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NAD VISO HP50 – Review

By | July 21st, 2014|Categories: Headphones - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s just awesome when you find some friend to share your hobbies with, especially when you’re not having an usual hobby like us, the audiophiles. Well, I managed to gather a few quality friend with this hobby. One of the perks is that you get to hear a lot of new gear.

For example, one of my them managed to stack up a very nice looking pile of portable/closed headphones. He wanted my opinion on some, so he came with a big bag ( true story ) full of headphones.… Read the full article

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Audio-gd Master 9 – Review

By | July 19th, 2014|Categories: Amplifier - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , |

I’ve been wanting to write this review for a while now, but I wanted to gather all it was needed to do a proper job. First, I waited for the break in period, and now it has more than 220 hours. Then, I wanted to have all my headphones wired with good balanced wires, and I did manage do achieve that.

Master 9 was on my review list for a while now. I didn’t know anybody near me who had one and I was really curious about it’s capabilities.  … Read the full article

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Electric vs. Acoustic Instruments

By | July 13th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

This debate resembles the one concerning digital versus analog technology, or CD vs. vinyl, The Beatles vs. The Stones etc. It will never be resolved and the whole fun lies […]Read the full article

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Focal Spirit One S – Review

By | July 4th, 2014|Categories: Headphones - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

As you may know, I think that both Focal Spirit Classic & Professional are one of the best closed headphones in that price range, and I do own a pair of Classics myself.

Focal did a excellent job entering this market and they want to show us that they’ve been quite busy lately, as  they came up with yet another very interesting headphone: the Spirit One S. It is the same price as Spirit One, actually a bit cheaper than it.… Read the full article

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