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Benchmark HPA-4 – Headphone Amplifier/Pre – Review

By | July 7th, 2019|Categories: Amplifier - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , |

It’s been a while since I managed to get some time to write on HeadMania, as it gets harder and harder to find time between work and family these days. It’s also been a while since I have been this excited about an audio product.

As I have mentioned before, HeadMania is part of my audiophile hobby. I don’t get money out of it and it actually costs me to keep it alive. So, my reviews contain my honest impressions as I don’t have any interest other than sharing my experience.… Read the full article

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Brainwavz B400 – In Ear Headphones – Review

By | March 11th, 2019|Categories: Headphones - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , |

If you have read my review of FiiO FH-5, those headphones got me excited about in ears in general. Since then I have actually bought a pair of JH13-V2Pro, but more about that in a later review. Meanwhile I managed to get my hands on a pair of Brainwavz B400.

Introduction & Specs

The B400 are Balanced Armature Earphones with 4 drivers inside. When I first looked at them, the design reminded me of Shure 215, as they have the same see through aspect.… Read the full article

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Burson Bang Basic – Stereo Speaker Amplifier – Review

By | November 17th, 2018|Categories: Amplifier - Headmania|Tags: , |

If you read some of my early stories on how I got into this hobby, you may already know that Burson was an important brick in the foundation of my journey. 

My first headphone amplifier was Corda Cantate 2. When I listened to the Burson HA-160DS, I was kind really impressed, especially since the 160DS also had a better DAC than the very rudimentary one found in Cantate 2. 

At that moment I had a pair of Sennheiser HD650 and in the combination they sounded quite nice.… Read the full article

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Chord Hugo2 – Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier – Review

By | September 15th, 2018|Categories: Amplifier - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , |

If you have read my reviews on Chord products, you already know that I was really impressed by their evolution and their performance. When Chord Hugo was released, I was impressed by the sound quality from that small unit.

Then, Chord decided to go even smaller with even newer technology with Chord Mojo. I couldn’t resist and I actually bought one for myself. What impressed me the most for Mojo was the natural tonality & transparency. It actually sounds great in my big speaker system as well.… Read the full article

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FiiO FH5 In Ear Headphones – Review

By | September 10th, 2018|Categories: Headphones - Headmania|Tags: , , , |

It has been a while since I’ve listened to products from FiiO. Usually they have managed to impress me with the quality of their products, especially in that price range.

Now that I have a newborn, it’s harder to find time to listen to my speaker system, so I started to look for a portable option. I also owned the first pair of in ears from FiiO, the EX1, which again were really nice for the price, but were a little bright (V sound) for my tastes on the long term.… Read the full article

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Martin Logan ESL-11A Impression Review

By | September 8th, 2018|Categories: Speakers - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , |

I remember a few years back, when I was convinced that I am a headphone only guy and that I prefer headphones to speakers. At that time, I had my headphone setup in the living room, on a desk near the couch that was facing the TV. At one point, after I finished a music listening session with my HD800 / Audeze LCD-3, I decided to watch a movie. The sound was coming out of the speakers embedded in the TV.… Read the full article

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RaimondAudio DM-120S – Speaker Power Amplifier – Review

By | June 6th, 2018|Categories: Amplifier - Headmania|Tags: , , |

A few months back, I had the pleasure of testing an amplifier that is produced locally by RaimondAudio. By the way, the website is not up to date, so for questions please shoot him an email at [email protected]

Meanwhile I have heard a few iterations of the bigger brother of the amplifier that I have first reviewed, the DM-120S. I have to say that the version is quite amazing. Actually, I now have the last iteration of the smaller brother and it sounds much better, getting rid of a few cons mentioned in my review, but more on that later.… Read the full article

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Electrocompaniet ECI-6 Integrated Speaker Amplifier – Review

By | March 4th, 2018|Categories: Amplifier - Headmania|Tags: , , , , |

I didn’t know much about Electrocompaniet until recently when Razvan from AVMall told me it’s one of his favorite Brands.

He was actually very excited that he managed to bring Electrocompaniet in Romania through AVMall. He also got me worked up about their products, especially about their amplifiers.

It’s hard not to get enthusiastic when you look at their specs and I thank AVMall for giving the ECI6, their integrated speaker amplifier for a test run.

Looks & Build Quality

This amplifier has some slick looks, mostly because of glass front plate which gives it a really nice touch.… Read the full article

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Martin Logan Unison – Review

By | February 3rd, 2018|Categories: Amplifier - Headmania|Tags: , , , , |

Having a dedicated listening room led me to buying a separate sound system for the living room for the TV. I just couldn’t enjoy the speakers embedded in the TV.  Actually, at one point I was thinking of sacrificing the dedicated listening room to move the system in the living room. I have tested a few speakers in the living room and the acoustics just suck. Fixing that would be too expensive & time consuming, not to say that you need wife approved acoustic treatment.… Read the full article

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Audio GD Master 10 – Speaker Amplifier Review

By | July 16th, 2017|Categories: Amplifier - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , |

First, I want to apologize for the long period of absence I have taken from HeadMania and to thank the readers who did not abandon it. I had a very busy period at work in the last few months and I just couldn’t find the time for any more writing until now.

Introduction

This review is long overdue, as I’ve owned this amplifier since 2 years ago. On the other hand, I’ve had the chance to pair it with quite a few speakers in this time-frame.… Read the full article

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