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Focal's new flagship Stellia closed headphones

By | February 15th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Focal has announced a new closed-back headphone to rival its open-back Utopias, the $4499 Focal Stellia.

The new headphones not only include a new generation of exclusive speaker drivers from Focal, the French company has achieved a nominal impedance of 35 ohms, making the headphones driveable from the output of a phone, tablet or laptop if required — audiophile headphones that are made to travel, and with a nice ‘cognac and mocha’ faux-leather travel case to match the new headphone’s colours.… Read the full article

Focal Launches New Wireless In-ear Headphones, Sphear Wireless

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

In 2015, Focal launched Sphear, a pair of in-ear headphones that became a market reference for their audio quality and comfort. Now, Focal is introducing Sphear Wireless, the in-ear headphones that massively increase freedom of movement and heighten stylistic emotions!

New York, NY – February 14, 2019 – Focal – a recognized leader on the global stage for high fidelity products – is announcing their next generation in-ear headphone, Sphear Wireless, for those who are hungry for sound and freedom. Each Focal product has its own attributes, and Sphear Wireless is no exception, combining listening quality, comfort and freedom of movement.… Read the full article

Focal Unveils High-End Headphones and First Amp/DAC

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

In advance of this weekend’s CanJam NYC 2019 show, France’s Focal has announced its entry into the amp/DAC (digital-to-analog converter) space and introduced new high-end headphones to fill the gap between its $4,000 flagship Utopia and $1,500 Clear models, both Sound & Vision Top Picks.
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Review: The ZMF Aeolus & Verite Headphones

By | February 5th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

ZMF Headphones Aeolus Review

While the names for ZMF Headphones may get harder and harder to pronounce, its hard to deny that the bespoke manufacturer isn’t heading in the right direction. Founder Zach Mehrbach has two new headphones up to bat, the Verite ($2.5k) and the Aeolus ($1.2k). Both new cans follow much of the build and design signature of ZMF growing family of options, but each offer a different approach to high fidelity sound recreation. We slice and dice them both in our review here, and even rounded them out with the ZMF Pendant headphone amplifier.… Read the full article

PSB Speakers M4U 8 Bluetooth NC headphones REVIEW

By | January 31st, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Room with a view

RoomFeel makes PSB headphones sound more like loudspeakers. Now they are wireless with noise-cancelling, does this spoil the effect?

A Swedish headphone reviewer, an American headphone reviewer and an Australian headphone reviewer walk into a bar. As the drinks evolve into dinner, talk turns, unsurprisingly, to headphones. “If you could have only one pair of headphones,” asks the charmingly elfin American reviewer, “what would it be?” All three consider carefully, before the Australian (your writer here) suggests the M4U 2, made by Canada’s PSB Speakers.… Read the full article

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Sonos Reportedly Developing High-End Headphones

By | January 30th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

When you think about it, it’s pretty remarkable that wireless-speaker pioneer Sonos hasn’t ventured outside of the home since shipping its first music streaming system 13 years ago. That may be about to change.
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Sonos’ first headphones are rumored to be wireless and high-end

By | January 24th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Sonos could be producing a pair of high-end wireless headphones, a new rumor suggests, which would be the first time the pioneer of multi-room audio ventured from the safer shoals of large, powerful speakers for in-ear audio.

The details on the high-end headphones are slim at the moment but, according to a report from Bloomberg, the headphones will likely have multiple virtual assistants that would function similarly to the audio maker’s Sonos Beam and Sonos One speakers, and would focus on competing with Sony, Apple, Bose and Sennheiser by offering high-end audio performance. 

While the headphones aren’t expected to be unveiled until later down the road, Bloomberg’s sources suggest that Sonos could target a price point of around $300 (£200, AU$400). 

That high-end hustle

Should that price point turn out to be accurate, that would put it in direct contention with the Sony WH-1000XM3, Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Sennheiser Momentum Wireless – three headphones that have absolutely dominated the high-end wireless space.… Read the full article

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Would you pay $1,000 for these Louis Vuitton wireless headphones?

By | January 21st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

French fashion house Louis Vuitton has announced the launch of a 'new' pair of earbuds for the fashion conscious audiophile; the Louis Vuitton Horizon Earphones feature the famous LV monogram and are set to cost an eye-watering $995 (around £770/AU$1,400). 

They may look new, but all is not what it seems with these ultra-luxurious buds – they are actually the Master & Dynamic MW07 wireless earbuds we saw last year, with the Louis Vuitton logo slapped on the housing. 

Aside from the updated design, these earbuds are exactly the same as the original MW07s, with 10mm beryllium drivers, a 3.5-hour battery life, and support for AptX for detailed sound. 

When we tested them, the already-expensive MW07s cost $300 (about £230/AU$414), so if you buy the new Louis Vuitton Horizon Earphones, you are essentially paying around $700 for the LV logo. 

While the MW07s were admittedly some of the best earbuds we've tested, their high price and average battery life meant that we didn't feel they lived up to cheaper options like the Jabra Elite 65t true wireless in-ears, which cost $170 (£150/AU$300).… Read the full article

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Shure SE215 In-Ear Headphones + RMCE-BT2 Communication Cable

By | January 21st, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Shure provides an elegant and high-performance solution for a crowded in-ear headphone market. Words by Alex Wilson.

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #131Subscribe to our print edition here!

Finding the right pair of earphones for the job can be a tricky proposition, and we’re increasingly needing them in all walks of life. Whether it’s enjoying your favourite tracks, appreciating hi-fi sound or rocking them onstage,
we need our buds to jack all trades.

Shure’s SE215 In-Ear Headphones offer high‑performance sound at a midrange price.Read the full article

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Focal Listen Wireless headphones REVIEW

By | January 15th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

We confess to reviewing these headphones for an extended period. We kept the Listen Wireless running on Bluetooth and via their supplied cable for several months of general commuting and weekend afternoon use. That in itself speaks to their quality. But where some headphones quickly deliver a ‘wow’ moment, or else offend from their first burst, the Focals did as Ol’ Man River done, they just kept rolling along. Don’t get us wrong — these are good headphones, and they never offended.… Read the full article

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