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HiFiMAN HE-400i Planar Magnetic Over-the-Ear Headphones Review

HiFiMAN HE-400i Planar Magnetic Headphones Review

The HiFiMAN HE-400i is an updated version of their entry model HE-400 featuring the new design changes introduced in the terrific HE-560 planar magnetic headphones. Believe it or not, at $499 the HE-400i is an absolute steal in the headphone world. Planar magnetic designs are often tricky, with drivers that require strong housings for the magnets which add extra weight along with needing plenty of wattage to drive. HiFiMAN has successfully solved both of these drawbacks with the HE-400i. They are easy to drive, light, and incredibly comfortable and that’s just the icing on the cake. These bring phenomenal tonal quality, clarity, and depth to the music they deliver.

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HiFiMAN HE-560 Planar Magnetic Over-the-Ear Headphones Review

HiFiMAN HE-560 Planar Magnetic Headphone Review

The newest planar magnetic headphones from HiFiMAN ushers in a new generation of design. A brand new single-sided driver allows for better imaging and sounds along with significant weight savings. Considerable thought has gone into the ergonomics of the new headphone and that has lead HiFiMAN to create the most comfortable over the ear headphone that I have had the pleasure to wear. Oh and they sound simply brilliant. A great buy in today’s bustling headphone market.

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NAD HP50 Viso Over-the-Ear Headphones

NAD HP50 Viso Over-ear Headphones

The NAD HP50 is the latest headphone design from Paul Barton, founder of PSB, a sister company of NAD, and features a new trademarked concept called RoomFeel. RoomFeel attempts to recreate the sound of listening to high-end speakers in a room. Most listening rooms add a low frequency bump to the sound that is often not taken into account when designing headphones. A room gain compensation transfer function was developed to add a +3 dB per octave boost from 200Hz down to 50Hz in order to replicate the fuller, warmer sound of a room. Clearly a lot of time and engineering has gone into the development of these headphones, the only question is, did it pay off? Yes it most certainly did.

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Beyerdynamic DX 160 iE In-Ear Headphones Review

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The Beyerdynamic DX 160 iE is a well-crafted, well thought-out dynamic driver in-ear headphone at a good price, voiced with an intense low end.

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RHA MA750i In-Ear Earphones (Headphones)

RHA MA750i HeadphonesBritish maker RHA has been in the headphone game for some time, mostly focusing on the lower-end market. The MA750i is the company's first foray into a higher end model: coming it at a list price of $129.99, it enters a crowded space of $100-150 units and I was eager to see how they'd stack up.

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Polk Audio Nue Voe In-Ear Headphones (Earbuds) Review

Polk Audio Nue Voe Headphones Review

The Nue Voe in-ear headphones (earbuds) are long-time speaker manufacturer Polk Audio’s new entry into the hot headphone market and represent the top model of the Heritage series of in-ear headphones (earbuds).

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HiFiMAN RE-600 In-Ear Monitors (Earphones)

HiFiMAN RE-600 In-Ear Monitors

After reviewing the excellent HiFiMAN RE-400 Waterline in-ear monitors (earphones), I was graciously sent the RE-600 Songbird, a higher-end model offering better performance, for a price. At $399, the RE-600 are a serious investment into music playback and more than most want to spend.

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OPPO PM-1 Planar Magnetic Over-the-Ear Headphones Review

OPPO PM-1OPPO, known for their very high quality universal players, including the latest OPPO BDP 105 Blu-ray player, has now ventured into another arena: headphones. Their first model, just released, is the OPPO PM-1, which is an over-the-ear design, using planar magnetic drivers. At a time when everyone seems to be offering headphones and/or earbuds as part of their product portfolio, only a handful really stand out as top notch performers. The PM-1 is destined to join that group. NOTE: INFO ON THE NEW OPPO PM-2 HEADPHONES IS POSTED AT THE END OF THIS REVIEW - APRIL 29, 2014.

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Audeze LCD-X Over-the-Ear Headphones

AudezeAudeze has been a rising star in the headphone arena for several years, making their name with extremely high quality planar magnetic over-the-ear designs. Their latest model is the LCD-X, which touts a thinner diaphragm for improved transients.

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NAD HP20 In-Ear Headphones (Earbuds)

NAD HP20 In-EarphonesThe HP20 is a welcome addition to the in-ear (earbud) headphone family from none other than NAD. These little guys pack a lot of punch into a small package and at $169 they cost almost half as much as the $299 NAD HP50 headphones. Like the HP50, the HP20 also takes advantage of the years of research spent at the acoustic labs of Canada's National Research Council. This research is what Paul Barton utilized to create RoomFeel, the concept of making a headphone sound more like listening to a pair of speakers in a room.

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HiFiMAN RE-400 Waterline In-Ear Monitors (Earphones)

HiFiMAN RE-400 Waterline In-Ear MonitorsHiFiMAN unveiled the RE-400 Waterline In-Ear Monitors back in January at CES. Their goal was to set a new standard for high-performance, yet affordable, in-ear monitors and the name Waterline implies just that. With a low $99 price tag, that is not an easy goal to achieve.

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