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Review: Lehmann Audio Drachenfels – Champion

By | February 20th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Lehmann Audio Drachenfels amplifier was handed to me free of charge during the Canjam Berlin Headphone show. The unit doesn’t need to be returned.

Lehmann Audio

I don’t really think Lehmann Audios till needs an introduction. The German company was founded in 1988 and Mr. Lehmann up to today has released several award winning top quality units. I can’t imagine someone has never heard of the Linear headphone amplifier series. Maybe the name doesn’t ring a bell right away, but I’m sure the typical amplifier look does.… Read the full article

Picture Sunday: Cowon Plenue J

By | February 18th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The star of this weeks’ picture Sunday is the Cowon Plenue J. This post is a part of our Picture Sunday series.

On a scale of sleek from 1 to Plenue J, the gold Plenue J is a Plenue J. It is pretty, slim, easy to control, and machined as well as I’ve seen in any player at any price. I’m reasonably sure that my glasses aren’t rose tinted, but its gold is ever so daintily tinted rose. Pretty!… Read the full article

Q ‘n A Saturday: Empire Ears

By | February 17th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to Linus’ new interview series on Headfonia.comEvery two weeks we will publish an interview with an insider of the audio industry. They will give us a little insight on how they started and what they are up to. We are thrilled to be able to share a little something with all of you.

We’re back on schedule with the one and only Jack Vang of Empire Ears introducing his new lineup!

Empire Ears

Empire Ears – DJ, Ethan and Jack (from left to right)

HFN: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your role at Empire Ears
JV: I’m the Vice President and co-founder of Empire Ears.… Read the full article

Review: PWaudio 1960s – Once you go black

By | February 16th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The PWaudio 1960s cables were supplied by Music Sanctuary free of charge for this review. They do not have to be returned. Many thanks for the generosity!

About PWaudio:

PWaudio is a Hong Kong based boutique aftermarket cable manufacturer. The brand was founded in 2010 by Peter Wong. PWaudio offers a very wide array of different cables, from entry level to high end. They have collaborations with other manufacturers such as Oriolus, which ships their IEMs with cables by PWaudio.… Read the full article

Review: Astell&Kern AK70ii – One up.

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The AK70ii was sent to us free of charge by Astell&Kern directly in exchange for this review. The AK units are long term samples and just like the AK70 it will be returned to AK.


The South-Korean Astell&Kern does no longer need an introduction anymore as they quickly have become one of the world’s most famous DAP makers. Sure you might not like their marketing campaigns or price setting but you can’t deny the sublime design and top quality sound their unites have.… Read the full article

Review: Nuforce EDC3 – Join the Drop

By | February 14th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The nuforce EDC3 was sent to us free of charge in exchange for this review. the unit doesn’t need to be returned


So, here was a nice surprise.  I had ta­lked with Christian Tanimoto from Massdrop about which of their upcoming projects I was going to review next, some items were mentioned, but no conclusion was reached.  A little while later, I get home from work Saturday afternoon to find a box from Massdrop on my doorstep.  What do I find inside, but their latest collaboration with NuForce: the EDC 3 IEM. … Read the full article

Review: Final Audio D8000 – Innovative Planar

By | February 13th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Final Audio D8000 was sent to me by their local distributor on loan. It will be returned after this review. Many thanks for the opportunity.

About Final Audio:

Final Audio, formerly Final Audio Design, is a Japanese brand with a long heritage. They have been introduced to the world in 1974 – their first product actually was a Moving Coil turntable cartridge, developed by Mr Yoshihisa Mori, who according to my knowledge still is with Final. For a while Final Audio has been developing amplifiers, speakers and turntables.… Read the full article

Picture Sunday – Audeze MX-4

By | February 11th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The star of this weeks’ picture Sunday is the Audeze MX-4. This post is a part of our Picture Sunday series.

Audeze MX-4

The Audeze MX-4 is Audeze’s newest reference offering. The MX-4 goes for $2995 which puts it right between the LCD-3 and the LCD-4. You can find out all about it here: https://www.audeze.com/products/lcd-collection/lcd-mx4

I prefer the MX-4 over the LCD-4 myself, but I do like that it comes with the nice carbon headband.

Belhifi, the Belgian seller, was so nice so let us use their model for a review.… Read the full article

Review: FiiO FH1 – All About The Tone

By | February 10th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The FiiO FH1 was sent me from FiiO directly as a review sample. The current price of this model is 74,99$. This review won't be very very detailed, as I've reviewed the F9 & F9 Pro already so there's no need to keeping it long. You can always feel free to ask your questions and state your opinions on the comments section.


Looks like FiiO are not only interested in releasing IEMs, but also in diversifying them to appeal to larger crowds with different price levels.… Read the full article

Review: Audiovalve Solaris – Ruler of Sound

By | February 8th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Audiovalve Solaris was sent to us by the Dutch distributor, on request of Audiovalve, right after the Headphone Heaven show in Rotterdam.


The German Audiovalve is the company of Mr. Helmut Becker, a man with a passion for tube technology and a with whole lot of working experience. During his military service, he became a radar technician where, among other things, he learned to understand and operate ‘large tubes’ such as magnetrons, tyratrons and klystrons. After this, he completed his studies in telecommunications technology and developed air warning systems.… Read the full article