Home Entertainment - Headphone Reviews http://www.hemagazine.com/taxonomy/term/62/0 Headphone and Headphone Amp Reviews en For Audio Tweaks: Vincent Audio Debuts KHV-111MK Hybrid Vacuum Tube Headphone Amplifier http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22528 <div style="text-align: justify">Don't look now, but headphones are coming back in a big way. Maybe it's the iPod Syndrome...maybe we just want to isolate, hibernate and vegetate. There's no question that high-quality phones provide a listening experience like no other. Vincent Audio has introduced a high-quality headphone amplifier that uses a hybrid of vacuum tube and solid-state circuitry to enable serious headphone listeners to get the most pleasure out of their music. The Vincent Audio KHV-111MK headphone amplifier combines premium solid-state discrete component circuitry with a classic 12AX7 vacuum tube input stage that is ideally matched to the headphone use. The 12AX7 is a two-channel, pure Class A triode vacuum tube noted for its high gain, accuracy and musical character.</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22528">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22528#comments Headphone Reviews Hot Products Tue, 08 Feb 2011 12:38:22 -0800 MarkE 22528 at http://www.hemagazine.com Get an Earful from Celebs http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22488 <div style="text-align: justify">That Monster and Dr. Dre have teamed up to produce &quot;Beats&quot;, their inny / outie earphone line is not news. After all, the partnership has been doing well for years now. But we thought you should see what the well-dressed ear is wearing this season... and from whose ears these phones are hanging. So, when celebs are walking the red carpet at the next Grammys or Academy Awards, the question &quot;Who are you wearing?&quot; may take on an entirely different meaning.</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22488">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22488#comments Headphone Reviews Hot Products Sun, 30 Jan 2011 17:05:37 -0800 MarkE 22488 at http://www.hemagazine.com CES Award Winner -Sleek Audio's Magnum Earphone, the SA7 http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22443 <div style="text-align: justify">Sleek Audio's SA7 earphones have won &quot;Best Of&quot; award at the recently held Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.</div> <p style="text-align: justify">A milled <u><em>aluminum core</em></u> houses this first-of-its kind custom tuned dual armature driver configuration. The drivers are encased in a layer of <em><u>silicone,</u></em> protected by military-grade <em><u>carbon fiber</u></em> sidings and held together with a <em><u>titanium</u></em> hexagonal fastener. (Optional kryptonite carrying case).</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The SA7 drivers are tuned by Sleek's acoustic engineers to offer clarity with brilliant highs, strong mids and accurate, powerful bass. To enhance the audio experience even further, the SA7 boasts Sleek's acclaimed VQ <sup>TM</sup> Tuning system, allowing you to acoustically tune your music to match your individual sonic preference. The manufuacturer claims its ESC (Environmental Sound Control) blocks more than double the ambient noise of larger, noise cancelling earphones. </p> <p style="text-align: justify">As part of Sleek's Signature series, the SA7 also offers Wireless Hybrid Technology, offering the ability to go from wired, to wireless and back again using Kleer<sup>TM</sup> lossless technology.</p> <div style="text-align: justify">To learn more &amp; see a cool video <a href="http://sleek-audio.com/products/universal/sa" target="_blank">click here</a> </div> <div style="text-align: justify"></div> <p style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">To purchase online,<a href="http://store.sleek-audio.com/" target="_blank"> click here</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22443">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22443#comments Headphone Reviews Hot Products News Mon, 24 Jan 2011 12:56:25 -0800 MarkE 22443 at http://www.hemagazine.com Ludacris Collaborates with Signeo USA for Personal Audio Products Line http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22352 <div style="text-align: justify">Signeo USA, manufacturer of pro and consumer audio, has announced the worldwide launch of personal audio products - SOUL by Ludacris®. In a collaborative effort with the Grammy winning artist Chris &quot;Ludacris&quot; Bridges, the SOUL® brand kicks off with an initial 5-model line-up of high definition headphones that offer the sound quality of a professional headphone within a stylized design.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify">&quot;It was important to our team to create a collection of audio concepts that not only delivers a powerful and precise listening experience, but also embodies the kind of style people look for in a nice pair of sunglasses or even a sports car&quot;, said Bob Bonefant, Executive Director of Signeo USA. &quot;Ludacris is a perfect partner for us as he is the consummate individualist and has such a talent for infusing a distinct style into everything he does.&quot;
</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22352">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22352#comments Headphone Reviews Hot Products News Wed, 05 Jan 2011 09:19:06 -0800 MarkE 22352 at http://www.hemagazine.com Rock-Star Sound Quality for iPods, MP3 Players http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22237 <div style="text-align: justify">Do you notice those in-ear monitors that musicians wear onstage? Known for exceptional noise isolation (-26dB), comfort and superior sound quality, your favorite Rock Gods rely on brands like JH Audio to let them hear everything that the band is pumping out. Now you can have your very own custom pair of Pro Series in-ear monitors for your iPod or other mobile music delivery system.</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22237">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22237#comments Headphone Reviews Hot Products Other Audio Gear Tue, 14 Dec 2010 08:39:44 -0800 MarkE 22237 at http://www.hemagazine.com Ultrasone’s Limited Edition 10: World’s Most Luxurious Headphones? http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22020 <div style="text-align: justify"><strong>Zebrano wood inlays, Ethiopian sheepskin ear pads, Titanium drivers, MU-Metal shielding, galvanic Ruthenium plating - look up &quot;lavish&quot; in the dictionary and you'll see this image.</strong></div> <p style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Germany's Ultrasone AG has unveiled what are arguably the world's most off-the-hook headphones. The Edition 10 is a result of years of R&amp;D. Drawing inspiration from natural forms, the Edition 10's ear cups feature high levels of air permeability through the grills, high specific torsion strength, extremely low resonance ...and in a lightweight design. The outer ear cup is finished with a Zebrano wood inlay, coated with eight layers of clear lacquer. The Edition 10's inner ear cup, as well as the head-pad, is made of Ethiopian sheepskin, known for its supplenosity(?), achieving maximum comfort level and sound isolation. There's a punchline hiding here somewhere but it escapes me.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The Titanium-plated 40 mm drivers have been specially tuned for open back application. Each set of drivers has been individually paired with a tolerance of +/- 0.4. The Edition 10s reduce sound pressure on the eardrum by up to 40% and also provide shielding from EMF radiation up to 98%. Attention to detail can also be seen via silver-plated OFC 99.99% pure copper wires in Kevlar casing, achieving increased current flow, improved flexibility and lower overall weight. </p> <p style="text-align: justify">Each Edition 10 headphone comes with a hand crafted Zebrano wood headphone stand and is housed in its own wooden box for safe storage and transportation. Only 2,010 Edition 10 headphones will be produced, each one will be embossed with its own serial number. </p> <p style="text-align: justify">The Edition 10 headphones have a MSRP of $2,749 and will be available at <a href="http://ultrasone.com/" target="_blank">www.ultrasone.com</a> and high-end audio retailers worldwide. To learn more about Ultrasone's Edition 10, go to <a href="http://www.edition-10.com/" target="_blank">www.edition-10.com</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22020">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22020#comments Headphone Reviews Hot Products News Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:58:24 -0700 MarkE 22020 at http://www.hemagazine.com 10 Best Gear 2010 http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010 <p><strong><span style="font-size: medium">The best gear of the year, as picked by the editors of <em>Home Entertainment</em>.</span></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010#comments Blu-ray Players Product Reviews Amplifiers Flat Panel TV Reviews Headphone Reviews Multiroom Audio/Video Other Audio Gear Plasma TVs Pre-amps &amp; Processors Projectors &amp; Screens Receivers Tue, 05 Jan 2010 00:35:00 -0800 geoffm 21491 at http://www.hemagazine.com Sennheiser HD 800 http://www.hemagazine.com/Sennheiser_HD_800_Review <p>The Sennheiser HD 800 is a stunningly beautiful, altogether modern headphone. </p> <p>The precision quality of the metalwork and the Alcantara, suede-like, material-covered ear cushions leave no doubt: This is a very special design. </p> <p>The 330-gram headphone perfectly distributed its weight on my head and ear pad pressure felt just right. The HD 800 is supremely comfortable.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Sennheiser_HD_800_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Sennheiser_HD_800_Review#comments Headphone Reviews Mon, 21 Sep 2009 10:48:40 -0700 geoffm 21313 at http://www.hemagazine.com Headroom Ultra Desktop Amp http://www.hemagazine.com/Headroom_Ultra_Desktop_Amp_Review <p>What are you plugging your super headphones into? Please don't say a receiver. I'd <em>strongly</em> suggest a dedicated headphone amplifier. </p> <p>HeadRoom isn't just a full-service online headphone store; it's also a manufacturer offering a range of headphone amplifiers. They have everything from compact portable models to state-of-the-art home units designed to produce the very best headphone sound, like this Ultra Desktop Amp.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Headroom_Ultra_Desktop_Amp_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Headroom_Ultra_Desktop_Amp_Review#comments Headphone Reviews Mon, 21 Sep 2009 10:19:40 -0700 geoffm 21315 at http://www.hemagazine.com Denon AH-D7000 http://www.hemagazine.com/Denon_AH-D7000_Review <p>The Denon AH-D7000 looks and feels like the Rolls Royce of headphones, withexquisite build quality and old-world craftsmanship. </p> <p>The earcups’ gloss-lacquered, real mahogany wood looks magnificent, but it isn’t just for show. The wood is the same type used to craft fine guitars—and its internal carving enhances the headphone's tonal balance.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Denon_AH-D7000_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Denon_AH-D7000_Review#comments Headphone Reviews Mon, 21 Sep 2009 09:37:43 -0700 geoffm 21311 at http://www.hemagazine.com Audio Technica ATH-W5000 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Audio_Technica_ATH-W5000_Review <p>First impressions of the ATH-W5000 were definitely good, but it took a while before I really heard what makes these headphones special. The longer I listened the more I liked the sound. That bodes well for the ATH-W5000's long-term satisfaction.</p> <p>The ATH-W5000 is, in the company of other uber headphones, a rather unassuming design. It doesn't ooze luxury.</p> <p>But if you look closer...</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Audio_Technica_ATH-W5000_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Audio_Technica_ATH-W5000_Review#comments Headphone Reviews Mon, 21 Sep 2009 08:24:59 -0700 geoffm 21309 at http://www.hemagazine.com High-End Headphones http://www.hemagazine.com/High_End_Headphones <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Head Games</strong></p> <p>Headphones sound fundamentally different than speakers. The sound is, after all, all in your head; with speakers, it's in the room. And that's the problem. </p> <p>Room acoustics, your position relative to the speakers and the room itself dramatically affect the sound you hear. Room reverberation, reflections and standing waves—not to mention ambient noise—all conspire to blur detail and obscure quiet sounds. With headphones there's nothing between you and the sound. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/High_End_Headphones">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/High_End_Headphones#comments Product Reviews Headphone Reviews Other Audio Gear Other Features Mon, 21 Sep 2009 03:30:00 -0700 geoffm 21306 at http://www.hemagazine.com WooAudio WES Electrostatic Headphone Amplifier and Stax SR-007 Mk2 Electrostatic Headphone Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Woo_Audio_WES_Stax_SR-007_Mk2_Review <p><strong>All ears!</strong></p> <p>Lucky me, I recently reviewed three of the world's very best headphones, the Audio Technica ATH-W5000, Denon AH-D7000 and Sennheiser HD 800 for <em>Home Entertainment</em>, due in the September issue.</p> <p>But the advancement of high-end headphones doesn't stand still and now I've heard something even better: The WooAudio WES headphone amplifier and Stax SR-007 Mk2 headphone. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Woo_Audio_WES_Stax_SR-007_Mk2_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Woo_Audio_WES_Stax_SR-007_Mk2_Review#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Headphone Reviews Other Audio Gear Mon, 13 Jul 2009 02:38:49 -0700 geoffm 21090 at http://www.hemagazine.com High End Headphone and Headphone Amp Roundup http://www.hemagazine.com/node/High_End_Headphone_Roundup <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>A mini survey of ear-bogglingly good headphones and headphone amplifiers</strong></p> <p>I'd like to let you in on a little secret: You can buy terrific headphones for next to nothing. That's not to say they all sound great, but a bigger budget definitely buys better build and sound quality. </p> <p>For this roundup I've selected three contenders for the world's best headphone: the Denon AH-D5000, Grado Labs GS-1000, and the Ultrasone Edition 9, plus a pair of headphone amplifiers, Benchmark's DAC1 USB and Woo Audio's WA5-LE.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/High_End_Headphone_Roundup">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/High_End_Headphone_Roundup#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Headphone Reviews Other Audio Gear Mon, 15 Dec 2008 00:31:16 -0800 geoffm 20589 at http://www.hemagazine.com Improve Your Hearing http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Improve_Your_Hearing <!--paging_filter--> <p>If you really want to hear every last bit of music on your favorite recordings, headphones have it all over loudspeakers. The reasons for headphones’ sonic superiority are easy to fathom. First and foremost, the vagaries of room acoustics that play havoc with speakers’ sound matter not a nit to headphones. With a headphone squirting sound directly into your ears, there is nothing between you and your music. That sort of intimacy is impossible to achieve with speakers. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Improve_Your_Hearing">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Improve_Your_Hearing#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Headphone Reviews Other Audio Gear Fri, 01 Dec 2006 04:00:00 -0800 Administrator 6106 at http://www.hemagazine.com