Buyer's Guide - Headfonia Headphone Reviews

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  • December 2, 2011

    Bulmanxxi

    Mike,

    Have you listed to the Rolls/Bellari HA540?  It is the same price as the Asgard but all tube Class A amp that can drive headphones from 16-2000Ohms!

    • December 3, 2011

      Mike

      Need to give it a try, but the standard Rolls amplifier is not very high quality.

  • December 3, 2011

    Kevin Sommers

    The burson didn’t make the list? I’m surprised, you seem to really like it. Just wondering, I was thinking of picking up the DS model for my rig. I have a feeling it will pair well with my Ultrasone PRO2900, which you should review some time. 🙂

    • December 3, 2011

      Mike

      Kevin, yea the list is in no way final and I really should consider the Burson to be put in the list.

  • December 5, 2011

    Chris

    Would the Musiland 02 US be better than the HRT Streamer II or HRT Streamer II all the way?

    • December 5, 2011

      Mike

      HRT MS2 all the way.

  • December 6, 2011

    Anonymous

    Hi Mike,

    I was wondering if you could help me with a recommendation? 

    I’ve just changed jobs and regret that I’ll be spending much of my time on public transport; I am looking for some ultra-portables with enough isolation to avoid upsetting fellow passengers.

    If it’s any help, I have a basic (iPod -> Fiio L3 -> JDS Labs cMoyBB) setup and listen to most kinds of music, including Acid Jazz, Soul, Indie Electro and DnB.

    Thanks,

    Thomas

    • December 6, 2011

      Mike

      Hi Thomas,
      I think the most isolating ultra portable headphone is the Marshall Major. And from there the HD25-1 and the Beyerdynamic DT1350.

      • December 6, 2011

        Anonymous

        Hi Mike,

        Thanks for your recommendation.

        I absolutely love the HD25-1, but I think it’s a bit too big for me to commute with.

        I will have a look at the other recommendations to see how they stack up from a size perspective.

        Thanks,

        Thomas

        • December 6, 2011

          Mike

          Thomas,
          The DT1350 should be much smaller in size. 🙂

  • December 11, 2011

    RCWillis9

    Hello Mike,

    Any thoughts on the Little Dot MK III?

    Thanks,
    Bob

    • December 12, 2011

      Mike

      Bob,
      I’ve listened to the Mk4 and it was a good amplifier. I have no experience with the Mk3 though.
      Rgds,

      Mike

      • December 27, 2011

        Den

        Hey Mike,

        Could you share your thoughts on the Mk4? 

        Thanks,

        Den

        • December 27, 2011

          Chris

          Sorry, meant Chris.  LOL  Don’t know where Den came from.

        • December 28, 2011

          Mike

          Den,
          The Mk4 was smooth sounding, a little mellow/slow paced, spacious soundstage, good mids, smooth treble, typical tube amp bass (mostly in the upper bass, not much lows).

  • December 12, 2011

    Miguel

    Hello Mike!
    I just received my Sennheiser HD650. What do you think about using my pc laptop with Woo Audio WA6 and SennheiserHD650?
    Thanks,
    Miguel

    • December 14, 2011

      Mike

      Hi Miguel,
      Yes just add in a good DAC in between like the HRT MS2/MS2+ or DACport LX.

  • December 17, 2011

    LQ

    hi mike, i read ur review on dt1350 and what i get that the dt1350 is a  better in spec techs, but why you dont put it one the recommendation list?

    • December 17, 2011

      Mike

      Not easy to get on the Recommendations list 😉

      What I do is I wait to get some feedbacks from friends who own the product and see if they are happy with the purchase, because tech specs are meaningless if people don’t enjoy it. I want to make sure that the Recommendations list contain products that are truly enjoyable to own and listen to.

  • December 23, 2011

    Bak

    hi mike, any experience with the AKG K 430?  my px100s just died, so i’m considering between these and the px-200 ii’s…. i listen to mostly hip hop but also alot of asian pop, acoustic, ballads…

  • December 25, 2011

    Lorenzo Guerrini

    help me
    which amp and dac for hd-600?Burson ha-160 + V-DACII or Burson ha-160DS or other?I love the dynamic sound and soft

    • December 26, 2011

      Mike

      Hi Lorenzo,
      Can you explain more? Dynamic sound and soft? What music, what bands?

  • January 4, 2012

    Barbara Johansen

    Great site!
    Im about to buy the P5 from Bowers and Wilkins for my IPhone 4S. Love their sound, goes perfectly with my music taste and spoken word.
    But I am really unsure Of what amp to go for? Any thoughts?

    • January 4, 2012

      Mike

      Barbara,
      I would go direct with the P5. It runs very well just straight out of the Iphone.

  • January 4, 2012

    Georgelai57

    Hi. I’m no headphone-phile though I do have the Audio Technica ATH M50, Grado SR60i, Klipsch Image One and IEMs like Senns S4i. The problem is I just can’t get used to IEMs despite oval tips like the S4i. I know earbuds that sit outside like Apple’s stock ones aren’t great sound-wise but can you recommend some good ones? No headband type or neckband type. Ideally like Apple’s stock, with iPhone mic preferably, and of course great sound. Great website too!

  • January 10, 2012

    Little Blue

    Hi Mike, I need some help on what to get my audiophile boyfriend for his birthday.  He has Sennheiser HD598s, a Denon AVR 2807, a turntable, and B&W speakers.  He just listens to music (rap, rock, indie music, etc)  at his desktop at home mostly.  Any ideas for me to wow him??

    • January 10, 2012

      Mike

      Hi Amy,
      You can get him a new headphone, something easy to enjoy like the Sennheiser HD25-1.
      Or you can get him a cool desktop amplifier for headphones like the Schiit Asgard. For $250 I think he’ll be surprised that his girlfriend somehow manages to dig up this cool amplifier to use with his Sennheiser headphone.
      Please check the Amplifier Recommendations section for the Schiit Asgard, or Headphones Recommendations for the HD25-1.

      • January 10, 2012

        Little Blue

        He could use an amp even though he already has a reciever? Doesn’t that already have an amp in it? Or am I dumb…

        • January 11, 2012

          Lieven V

          The receiver does have an amp, for the speakers, not one dedicated to a headphone. I’m sure he’ll love the Asgard or some nice new headphones. I would 🙂

          • January 11, 2012

            Little Blue

            What would be a comparable amp…but not as much lol.  like max $150

        • January 11, 2012

          Mike

          Yes you are right Amy. So it’s entirely up to you, a new headphone would be cool too, but I think a separate dedicated amp would be good and the Asgard should be better than the headphone amp in the receiver.

      • January 11, 2012

        Little Blue

        What about the NuForce uDAC2?

  • January 12, 2012

    Florent Vaucelle

    Hi Mike, I have 400€ (about $500) available for an amp/dac

  • January 12, 2012

    Florent Vaucelle

    Hi Mike, I have 400€ (about $500) available for an amp/dac upgrade, and I though about getting Schiit Asgard paired with Fiio Alpen so I could have dac and amp for both office and portable setup.
    I’m wondering if there’s a better alternative like a dedicated dac + portable amp + Asgard that could fit within my budget, but I’m kind of lost with all these portable devices available! I currently own E7+E9 and would like to move on to step 2.

    Note that I’m not holding tight on the Asgard, but you seem to praise it quite a lot, and the price look very fair.

    Thanks!

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