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Master & Dynamic MW65 Wireless Headphones

By | July 19th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

New York based audio company Master & Dynamic have always pushed the envelope in product design where styling and aesthetics are concerned. This, coupled with their striving for audiophile sound, has earned them acclaim from many a critic. It is not surprising then that their latest creation—the MW65 active noise-cancelling headphones—have been eagerly anticipated in the world of personal audio.

Featuring their most “sophisticated technology” yet, the MW65 headphones are also the company’s lightest over-ears set, integrating custom 40mm beryllium drivers.… Read the full article

Final introduces D8000 Pro Edition headphones

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

AFDS. Air Film Damping System — the technology found in Final’s flagship D8000 headphone where two perforated metal plates straddle a planar-magnetic driver to create an air chamber that aims to better control the driver’s low-frequency resonance and distortion. Final’s intent: to keep hold of the top-end precision of a planar driver but lend it the punch of a dynamic. Adjusting the size of the air gap between plate and driver, as well as the size of the plate’s perforations, gives Final’s engineers additional control over the D8000’s voicing.… Read the full article

Cayin iHA-6 Headphone Amp, iDAC-6 DAC, and iDAP-6 Digital Audio Player

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Cayin iHA-6 Headphone Amp, iDAC-6 DAC, and iDAP-6 Digital Audio Player

In 2016 the Chinese high-end audio specialist Cayin Audio introduced two impressive personal audio components: the fully balanced iHA-6 solid-state headphone amplifier and its sibling, the fully balanced iDAC-6 hybrid solid-state/tube high-resolution DAC. In the U.S. these components sold for $699 each—a price point high enough for the components to be taken seriously, yet accessible enough for them to be considered relatively affordable. Later on, in 2017, a third Cayin i-Series component joined the group: the iDAP-6 digital audio player ($799).… Read the full article

Earsonics EM10 Custom-Fit In-Ear Monitor

By | July 12th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Earsonics EM10 Custom-Fit In-Ear Monitor

EarsSonics’ EM10 is the French firm’s flagship custom-fit in-ear monitor. Unlike the EM9, the EM10 is offered only as a CIEM, but not as a universal-fit earphone. The EM10 and EM9 share many similarities but also two major differences. First, as a CIEM, the EM10 offers greater potential for a perfect fit, though owners-to-be will have to arrange to have custom ear-mold impressions taken in order to get that fit. Second, the ten-driver EM10 has a slightly different driver array than the nine-driver EM9; both models feature four high-frequency drivers and four midrange drivers, but the EM9 uses just one …… Read the full article

Sony’s WF-1000XM3: true wireless & noise cancelling

By | July 5th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

1000XM3. Sony’s full-size, flagship ANC headphones arrived with the refreshed WH prefix a year ago to become the newly-crowned king of noise-cancelling headphones. On comfort, active noise-cancellation and overall sound quality, the WH-1000XM3 still leads the pack at their €379 price point – three reasons why we named them ‘Product of the Year 2018’.

For those seeking a more discrete solution, Sony has today announced a true wireless version of the 1000XM3. The WF-1000XM3 comes with in-built active noise cancelling, a Sony-specified 6-hour runtime (with 18 more available via the magnetic case’s three refills), proximity sensors (pausing music upon removal) and a ‘Quick Attention’ mode that momentarily lowers music volume and lets in ambient noise when a finger is placed over the left earbud’s touch control.… Read the full article

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Grado Labs Has A Deep Heritage In Headphone History – CanJam SoCal 2019

By | June 26th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Grado HF3

When it’s all said and done, Grado Labs will have their place on the Mount Rushmore of Hi-Fi History. Firstly for inventing the Moving Coil as we know it, and as headphone connoisseurs are concerned, secondly being the sole-torch-bearers for high-fidelity bespoke built audiophile (not studio) headphones during the ‘90s and early ‘00s. For all the young whipper-snappers out there, give respect and credit where it’s due. None of this would exist (including two-channel) without the efforts and achievements Grado Labs.… Read the full article

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Hifiman Jade II Review

By | June 26th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Hifiman Jade II was sent to us as a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank Hifiman for this opportunity. To learn more about Hifiman product reviews on Headfonics you can click here. Before there was Hifiman, there was HE Audio and the original Jade. Now the original Jade was more of a […]

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Meze Empyrean Headphones

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Meze Audio first received its true breakthrough in 2015 with the release of the well-received 99 Classics, which had earned the company many awards and recognition. Part of their appeal stemmed from budget-friendly creations that married comfort, aesthetics, and sound—something which helped to propel HiFiMAN during their early years. However, unlike the latter company, Meze Audio dove straight into the deep-end of high-fidelity territory, following entry level propositions. The latest headphones touted, the Meze Empyrean Headphones, retail for a hefty $2999, and are said to be a “game-changer” after years of passion, curiosity, and innovation.… Read the full article

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A New Electrostat Enters The Field Courtesy of Kaldas Research – CanJam SoCal 2019

By | June 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Kaldas Research is a private research and development company based in Mumbai, India. It was founded by Amukar Chandan, who himself is an avid headphone enthusiast. Using the talent, resources, and passion of the R&D company, Amukar was able to realize his life-long dream of designing and building a headphone system.

The RR1 Conquest from Kaldas Research is an electrostatic design that utilizes both and oval shape for the ear-cups and drivers (70mmx80mm), and designed to work with Stax bias voltage amplifiers (580V).… Read the full article

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Day Two Highlights, CanJam SoCal | CANJAM 2019

By | June 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |


LOS ANGELES (PTA) — This year’s CanJam SoCal 2019 is bigger, better, and already on track to be the most newsworthy yet. There are over 1,000,000 brands exhibiting here at the Marriott Irvine — okay, okay — maybe not a million brands exactly, but the 100+ brands that are have brought their A-game. CanJam SoCal 2019 feels every bit like the headphone heaven of sunny California. Lots of exciting product debuts are taking place at this year’s ‘Jam, and we at Part-Time Audiophile are committed to bringing you the most comprehensive highlights of what’s NEW and out-of-this-world in the exciting headphone universe.… Read the full article

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