8.5Score$149.99MassdropDisclaimer: The Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee was sent to us a sample in exchange for our honest opinion and does not have to be returned. We thank Massdrop for this opportunity. To learn more about Massdrop product reviews on Headfonics you can click here. A few weeks ago, I got my ears around […]
Cardas Audio is one of our industry’s most respected high-end audio cable companies, with a 30-year history of developing and manufacturing cables for audio, music production, and recording applications. Cardas’ designs famously apply “Golden Ratio” geometries where possible (the “Golden Ratio” is a geometric pattern that occurs in nature and that has fascinated mathematicians since the time of Euclid). This unique approach, coupled with a reputation for innovative metallurgy and extreme build-quality, has won Cardas Audio devotees from across the globe.… Read the full article
Cleer keeps a finger on the pulse of contemporary mass-market personal-audio trends and offers a wide range of affordable feature-laden earphones, headphones, and Bluetooth-capable products. Even so, I suspect dyed-in-the-wool audiophiles might ask, “But does Cleer build a model for us?” Happily, the answer is “Yes,” and it takes the form of the firm’s recently released Next headphone ($699). The Next shows it is a headphone to be taken seriously, in part through its handsome industrial design, which was created by Designworks (a BMW Group company).… Read the full article
Today we’re looking at the new flagship of a company that praises less is more. The HUM Dolores, it’s a dual BA custom IEM with some very unique ingredients.
Disclaimer: HUM provided the Dolores for this review. I only had to cover the costs for my impressions, shipping them to Hong Kong and importing the final product. HUM is not affiliated with Headfonia and not a site advertiser.
With the PR machine in full gear, the reaction to Focal’s new closed-back headphone called Stellia has mostly been about its color. The $3k can now sits just under the flagship Utopia ($4k) and above most of the remaining product line of hifi personal audio. The Stellia does borrow much of the driver tech from the Utopia, mainly its M-shaped beryllium dome transducer and suspension harness.
The color isn’t particularly off putting to my tastes. The diversion away from audiophile black and silver is a nice change up in a sea of consistent color schemes.… Read the full article
The following is a press release issued by Focal. New York, NY | February 12, 2019 – Focal, a recognized leader on the global stage for high fidelity products, today unveils Stellia, high-end, closed-back headphones, creating a listening experience worthy of the best loudspeakers. Stellia integrates a new generation of exclusive speaker drivers, capable of working at low sound levels while offering an extremely extensive frequency response (5Hz- 40kHz). Thanks to the many signature Focal technologies incorporated within these speaker drivers (frameless 100% copper voice coil, ‘M’-shaped pure Beryllium dome and more), Stellia delivers extreme sound precision, in both bass …… Read the full article
The following is a press release issued by HIFIMAN. February 11, 2019 – On Wednesday, February 20, the leader in high-fidelity personal audio, HIFIMAN Electronics, will feature its new selection of High-Definition wireless headphones, speakers, and adapters in small group sessions at the Grand Hyatt, 109 East 42nd Street at Grand Central Terminal. Company founder and CEO, Dr. Fang Bian, will present a short backgrounder on the company before shining a spotlight on the company’s new generation of HD Bluetooth products, including the reference Ananda BT over-ear headphone, HM150 Bluetooth In-ear Receiver Cable for wired in-ear models, and HIFIMAN’s first …… Read the full article
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
€999UltrasoneDisclaimer: This Ultrasone Edition 11 sample sent to us is a purchased unit. We thank the team at Ultrasone for giving us this opportunity. To read more about Ultrasone products we reviewed on Headfonics click here. The last Ultrasone I had was an Edition 8 way back in 2011 or 2012 so it has been […]
Headphones. Open-back. Planarmagnetic. High efficiency ([email protected]/1kHz). 31.6 Ohm input impedance. CNC-d aluminium structure. Carbon fibre upper headband with a winged leather lower headband to better distribute the headphone’s 430g. Rinaro-designed diaphragm (0.16g, 4650mm2) w/ two-part trace: switch-back for mid/bass, spiral for higher frequencies. Swappable earpads. €2999 all up with optional balanced cable going for €349. The full monty nudges three and a half large.
Those are the CliffsNotes on Meze Audio’s flagship headphone, the Empyrean, first caught by yours truly at Munich High-End 2018.… Read the full article