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Badda-Bing, Badda-Boom, Bubinga

<b>Posts from the Edge</b><p><i>“Bubunga?”</i><p><i>“Bubinga.”</i><p><i>“Bubinga?”</i><p><i>“Yes. It’s a type of African Rosewood.”</i><p><i>“Huh. They’re huge.”</i><p>So went the conversation with my …

Headphones

Katz's Corner Episode 25: Adventures in Distortion

<b>I. The Genesis</b><br>I've been preparing to write this article for many years! In order to make this investigation, I needed to create a laboratory-grade …

7 Amazing Pairs of Headphones for Every Situation

Why stick with basic (and bad-sounding) white earbuds? Whether you’re streaming hi-res tracks from the cloud or spinning vinyl, you can elevate your …

Sound waves: five of the best luxury headphones you can buy

Description Focal Utopia by Tournaire, with 18kt gold and six carats of diamondsCredits FocalAlt Text FocalFrom F1-inspired headbands to …

Audeze Mobius Head-Tracking Virtual Reality Gaming Headphone

My, oh my.<p>We're about 5 days in on the Audeze Mobius Indigogo campaign, and 2100+ backers have already raised $550k, blowing through the $50K goal by …

Consumer Tech

Audeze LCD2 Classic Open Over-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones

It's deja vu all over again. Maybe Audeze decided to reverse the trend for ever more expensive headphones. Maybe they were just aware of so many …

2017 Top Picks Of the Year Headphones

Headphones<p><b>Audeze LCDi4 In-Ear Headphones</b><br>(January 2018) Audeze revolutionized the in-ear headphone category with its striking open-back, planar …

CES 2018: Audeze iSINE LX In-Ear Open Planar Magnetic Earphones

Having reviewed the iSINE 20 last year and placing it on the Wall of Fame as best in a class of one headphone, I've had on-going opportunities to use …

Buying headphones in 2018 is going to be a fragmented mess

Into the uncertain wilderness of wireless and digital connections, we go<p>At CES this year, I saw the future of headphones, and it was messy. Where we once had the solid reliability of a 3.5mm analog connector working with any jack shaped to receive it, there’s now a divergence of digital …

An audiophile-worthy Bluetooth portable headphone amp

As regular Audiophiliac readers may have noticed, I rarely cover Bluetooth products. This new portable BlueDAC ($399) from CEntrance is an exception simply because it sounds great and can drive power hungry audiophile headphones that make phones cry uncle.<p>Since phones with 3.5mm headphone jacks are …

Consumer Tech

Headphone Event in Manhattan Tuesday

Tuesday, December 12, 2–7pm, New York retailer In Living Stereo (2 Great Jones Street, Manhattan, NY 10003) is holding a special headphone event …

Audiophile

Audeze’s $2,995 LCD-MX4 are audiophile headphones you can power with your laptop

It’s tough to think of $3,000 headphones that engulf your head as a “lightweight” or more affordable option, but that’s exactly what Audeze’s new LCD-MX4 cans are supposed to be. Priced a thousand dollars south of the company’s flagship LCD-4, the MX4 are essentially an LCD-4 “lite”: they are 30 …

3 In-Ear Headphones for the Busy Audiophile

Whether you are on a plane, in a gym, or just at home, these earbuds boast specialized features for a range of situations.<p>Although their roots …

Audeze makes planar headphones even more portable with the LCD-MX4

A new contender has joined Audeze’s LCD line of high-end headphones, the LCD-MX4.<p>The LCD-MX4 are a pair of open-backed headphones driven by Audeze’s …

Audiophile

CanJam at RMAF2017: Audeze LCD-MX4 Open Planar Magnetic Headphones

The one complaint constant over the entire lifetime of the Audeze LCD products is too much weight. As much as you or I or any enthusiast listener …

Audiophile

The SINE DX By Audeze

Tonality8.5Build & Fit9Matchability9Value For Money98.9Our Score$599Audeze Website<i></i><i></i>By a quirk of fate, Mike reviewed the SINE closed headphone over a …

Katz's Corner Episode 17: Perfecting Perfection

<b>Continuous Improvement</b><br>Hi again, fellow headphone investigators! The article I had originally planned to be Episode #15 was shelved and replaced by …

Audiophile

Audeze’s Boundary-Pushing Planar Magnetic In-Ear Headphones Reviewed

These tiny wonders are like no in-ear headphones we have ever heard before.<p>With the release of the $2,500 LCDi4 in-ear headphones, Audeze continues …

Best Lightning headphones for iPhone & iPad 2018

Audeze Headphones Now Available in Canada Thanks to Erikson Consumer

Audeze, the award-winning innovative manufacturer of high-end headphones, has just announced that Erikson Consumer has become the exclusive …

Audiophile

NuPrime DAC-9 DAC, STA-9 Stereo Amp, and HPA-9 Phono Preamp and Headphone Amp

The first time you plug in the power cords, you’ll find a sticker over each of the IEC inputs warning you to change the power setting on the bottom …

The Audeze LCDi4 In-Ear Headphones – Simply the Best!

Right after I completed my review of the very impressive iSine20 in-ear monitors by Audeze …

Audeze iSine 20 Planar Magnetic In-Ear Earphone

When first I saw the Audeze iSine models I wondered to myself, "What the heck are these for?" and, "Who will want these?" I'd never heard of an open …

Audeze iSine 20 review: you’ve never seen or heard headphones like these before

You’ve never seen or heard headphones like these before<p>It’s not often that you see a new pair of headphones that upsets the basic taxonomy of personal audio gear, but Audeze’s new iSine series is precisely that. The iSine 20 that I’m reviewing today are ostensibly in-ear headphones, but they also …

Are You Experienced?

There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it: Headphones sound different from speakers. For different reasons, I like both, but all speakers come with …

Final Impressions and Wall of Fame Adjustments for the Focal Utopia and Audeze LCD-4

Whew, what a ride.<p><b>Summary of Focal Utopia and Audeze LCD-4 Evaluation Process</b><br>In my initial review of the Audeze LCD-4, I found the 4-8kHz region too …

Audiophile

Audeze debuts Apple store exclusive iSine 10 Black/Steel Edition

High-end earphone company Audeze this week announced a new addition to its growing product with the iSine 10 Black/Steel Edition, a custom version of …

Apple Store

Great iPhone 7 Headphones for Dongle-Haters

The iPhone 7 is out and, as you know, Apple ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack. In order to listen to music via headphones, you need either Bluetooth …