Headphones in Pills

Headphones in Pills… aka “The Hintpicker”, shots describing most headphones I owned. Stax SR-009: You put a great, analogue sounding source with the SR-009 and the sound is magical. You put a great, analogue sounding source behind the SR-007, and someone will tell you that your amp is the problem, and/or your source is not… » Read the full article

Westone 3 In-Ear Monitors

This is the revised review of what I originally wrote on Head-fi.org for Westone 3, which, at the moment of its annunciation, introduced 3 drivers / 3 ways technology (1 bass driver, 1 midrange driver, 1 treble driver), and is still among the top end of universal IEM’s, but still retained a few quirks.  … » Read the full article

Aude’ze LCD-2 Mini Review

The Audeze LCD-2/3 is a controversial headphone line. People having listened to them tend to group into three categories: those who consider them “forward” and “intimate”; those who consider them “recessed and clinical”. Others who call them just dark. Certain people blame this perceived variability on the “poor quality control”; in fact, Aude’ze itself mentioned… » Read the full article

Headphone Measurements

The ability to understand graphs is very useful to make a proper, objective idea to which to compare reviews from different sources. This is especially true for Headphones. InnerFidelity (run by Tyll Hertsens) provides very accurate graphs, taken with very high-end instrumentation. Frequency Response and Square Wave Response graphs for most Headphones – InnerFidelity A… » Read the full article

DAC Chips List

–>List Of All The Existing CD Players, DAC’s and Transports, and the Chips Used are the best of the single-bit Panasonic MN6476 – 1 bit MASH | MN64761 – 1 bit MASH _ | MN66271 – 1 bit, cheap, chip “all-in-one” MN662713 – 1 bit, cheap, chip “all-in-one” ————————————————– Pioneer: PD2026 – 1 bit cheap,… » Read the full article

Sennheiser HD800 Review

I have had two flings with Sennheiser HD800, distanced in time. First, a couple of years ago, I obtained a pair on loan for evaluation, with the personal aim of reviewing them for a contest put up on Head-fi (proposed by an online shop, now disappeared); later on, I had the chance to test them with… » Read the full article

Stax SR-X Mk3 Pro Review

The SR-X Mk3 Pro is one of the rarest vintage Stax on the market. They use drivers common to Gamma Pro and Alpha Pro Excellent, and the same housing as the more common normal bias SR-X M3. While it’s actually possible to DIY a Pro bias by transplanting Gamma Pro drivers into a Normal Bias… » Read the full article

Stax SR-003 Electrostatic In-Earspeakers

The purpose of this article is to give both an introduction to Stax headphones (electrostatic technology) and a review of an entry level (price wise), yet outstanding unit, the SR-003, which performs better than several other models in the same family. I know the SR-003 deeply and across the years I have listened to them… » Read the full article