On this page you’ll find our recommendations of this moment for all the accessories you need. This is an ever evolving list.
I mean, this is a 30$ device. FB1 is also 30$ and I feel it’s awful. The Fiio uBTR is 30$ and that should cause anything at any price above it to turn real red real fast. Sure, it’s not super powerful, but it’s enough for portable use and for all earphones out there. You’ll not be listening to it with your 300Ω HD600s. And I don’t think FiiO think you will be, either. The only thing I’d fix is that hiss, but again, it’s minimal at worst. And, this is 30$. Gee whiz, this thing is amazing. Well done.
Linum BaX (Cable)
The Linum cables are the most comfortable cables on the planet when it comes to IEM Cables. Once you’re used the the light weight and excellent sound on the go, it’ll be tough going back to another cable.
Effect Audio Maestro & Virtuoso (cables)
The new Vogue series definitely has a unique proposition. Both cables I tested bring qualities that make them absolutely easy choices. The Maestro’s harmonic, emotional and sweet vocals is something I can adore. Virtuoso’s air and nimble-feet agility just makes it a pleasure to listen to with the right monitors.
Maestro and Virtuoso should be on the short-list for anyone who wants to start experimenting with cables. They are very fine entry-level offers and might just be the one to get you hooked on cable sound.
Roon Labs LLC – Roon (Software)
Only on very rare occasions we write about playback software, but Roon was something that we couldn’t leave untouched. It is the most fluid, informative and impressive software out there. It makes setting up new devices a piece of cake and offers an incredible selection of features, like Parametric EQ, Speaker Correction or Crossfeed, just to name a few. It combines your locally stored content with your TIDAL account and your DropBox, creating the biggest selection of audio ever. It comes with a 14-day trial and once you have used it you will know that you have been missing it the entire time.
SieveKing Omega (Headphone stand)
If you’re in to full sized headphones you can’t take yourself serious without owning the Sieveking Omega headphone stand. It’s one of the best and prettiest stands out there.
Effect Audio Grandioso [Added 13/04/2020]
I really like the Grandioso simply because it’s not a cable that changes one particular area in terms of quantity or presentation. It stays true to the sound but improves technical aspects like resolution, transparency, dynamism and texture. You get closer to the true recording, and you also see your monitor’s capabilities.
And since the price is not on the level of flagship cables which come from space, you can actually argue that this is one of the best cables you can get on the market. It’s a great option if you want a better technical performance from your IEMs. Not to mention the improved flexibility and ergonomics over the previous generation, as well as the improved price.
Linum – SuperBaX
Linum has always been a brand that interested me. Lieven has been praising their cables a lot, and now I can fully see why. Not only are they perfect for any monitor under the sun, but they’re also unbeatable for their comfort. I am not a person that wears glasses, except for shades during Summer, but I definitely think that the SuperBaX would also be an excellent choice for everyone who needs them.
Xduoo X10tii – (Digital Transport)
The Xduoo X10TII is a portable source that delivers the best possible digital signal to the external DAC of your choice. It’s a niche product for professionals and for the audiophiles who want the very best digital signal/sound. If you have a Mojo or any other portable DAC and you’re not afraid of stacking up your units on the go like in the good old days, then I fully recommend this unit as it will make your portable setup even better. If you have a good DAC desktop system, the X10T can also act as a very good source for it, with a very clean sound and low noise levels.
It’s clear that Xduoo has listened to their customers and they have improved the transport with more connectivity options, BlueTooth, a USB DAC and more settings. They even made sure you can stream your music, so thumbs up. If they in rev 3 could supply some longer cables for desktop use, integrate a search for the music library and make quick navigation more easy, they will the perfect portable source in their product line-up. The good side is that you’ll get a very detailed, distortion free sound and once you get used to the level of clarity, precision and organicity, it’ll be very hard to go back to that other source you were using. At this price point it is very easy to recommend the Xduoo X10Tii as the best digital transport. As a result it replaces the Xduoo X10T on the recommended/best gear list. (https://www.headfonia.com/best-accessories/)
Effect Audio – Eros II
I really like the Eros II simply because it’s not a cable that changes one particular area in terms of quantity or presentation. It stays true to the sound but improves technical aspects like resolution, transparency, dynamism and texture. You get closer to the true recording, and you also see your monitor’s capabilities. And since the price is not on the level of flagship cables which come from space, you can actually argue that this is one of the best cables you can get on the market. It’s a great option if you want a better technical performance from your IEMs. Not to mention the great flexibility and build quality, as well as the ergonomics.
plusSound – X (IEM Gold-plated copper cable)
The X-series iem cable offers outstanding flexibility, comfort and build quality. The cable itself is made of ultra-pure OCC Type 6 Litz and features multiple proprietary damping cores for vibration reduction, consistent conductivity and a better overall feel and ergonomics. On top you get a great sounding cable with striking transparency, meatier lows and softer highs. Rather than colouring the sound too much, X concentrates on creating a smoother overall tune but leaves other critical aspects of the spectrum untouched.
plusSound – Exo (IEM T-Metal cable)
The T-Metal Exo iem cable is made in an unconventional material mix of three different conductor materials: silver, gold-plated silver and gold-plated copper. All of which have their key-sound-signatures. The build quality is excellent. It again is a very flexible and unmicrofonic cable. What I was really suprised with though is the Y-split. When I first saw it I feared it will be too heavy to use the cable comfortably. Nothing could be more wrong. Though it is big in size it is also lightweight, even with the additional metal chin-slider. Sound-wise the T-Metal is a natural cable, with excellent top and bottom end extension. The level of layering and details of it are outstanding, especially for its price-point.
Double Helix Cables (DHC) – Clone Fusion (IEM cable)
I was curious about what DHC had to offer for a while, and now that I finally got the chance to try out one of their products at an extended period, I must say I am very impressed. Not only is the Clone Fusion a true one of a kind product, that convinces with outstanding sound, wonderful build quality and great flexibility. It cures the weaknesses of two of my favourite custom monitors and matches well with a good number of other monitors too. There are only two points for improvement as I see it. The supplied packaging could at least contain a box and the channel indication should be revised. Other than that the Clone Fusion ticks all the boxes and becomes a member of our Recommended Accessories List. Well done DHC!
Brise Audio – STR7 (Added 12/12/2019)
The STR7 does not change the overall presentation apart from that slight supplement of bass. Yet you gain technicalities beyond the price like dynamism, texture, timbre, cohesiveness and separation. The cable is built to last and I think I will use it for many years to come. The Japanese craftsmanship is really something else and the attention to detail in this cable’s structure is simply excellent.Of course the price is quite high for a cable. But we actually have options in the market with even higher price tags today. Of course I haven’t listened to them all, but I’ve tried many. And based on my experience, this is one of the best cables you can get. It has a fantastic build quality, a very thoughtful design with high quality materials, and most importantly a great sound.
Effect Audio – Leonidas II (IEM cable)
The original Leonidas was regarded as a highly resolving and smooth natural cable with tight bass and great extension. It was a loved cable all around. Its successor had to completely nail everything. And it did.
The Leo II has taken everything the original was good at, and has improved that even further. The resolution, imaging, sound stage and perfection of the sound are truly outstanding and nothing really compares to it. Leonidas II has a complete balance in its sound, where nothing gets favored over others. That makes it a treat to pair it with any monitor around.
plusSound – X16 (Headphone cable)
The X16 is their TOTL headphone cable and I can only confirm this after months of extensive testing. It makes every headphone sound as good as it gets: detail, clarity, precision, sound stage and layering simply are really good. It’s beautiful but it’s not the most comfortable cable.
Effect Audio – Horus (IEM cable)
One of the finest cables I’ve had the pleasure to listen to. It matches up perfectly with all IEMs, and the detail, clarity and precision that comes with the cable is incredible. It’s very expensive but it is the best cable in my inventory.
Double Helix Cables – Prion4 (Headphone cable)
Review (soon): https://headfonia.com/double-helix-cables-prion4-review/
I loved the Empyrean in its stock configuration, but with the Prion4 it really stepped up to a higher level. The Prion4 adds a sense of space, a deep black background and a certain smoothness in the treble which makes the Empyrean an even bigger delight to listen to.
DHC has made a lasting impression on me with their Clone Fusion last year, and when I got asked to review another cable of theirs with the PEERLESS plug it was a no-brainer for me. After trying out two of their cables, I am confident to say, that they produce some of the very finest cables in the industry.
The Prion4 comes at a hefty price, that’s for sure, but it represents one of the biggest improvements I heard in any cable so far. It is definitely one of the best cables out there and it deserves its spot on our Best Accessories list.
Eletech – Iliad (IEM cable) [added: 14.02.2020]
To me the Iliad has a few stand-out qualities. Its staging, micro-detailing, control and rendering are superb. The texture it reveals is just beautiful. But at the same time, it sharpens treble and can cause for discomfort with IEMs that already have harder edges in its highs. Unfortunately for me it didn’t play well with one of my top CIEMs – the JH Audio Layla.
Pair the Iliad with something like the A18t and you’ll be set for life though. It’s my absolute favorite pairing for it and will probably stay as its main-cable for a long time.
Effect Audio – Code 51 (IEM cable)
Effect Audio’s new Code 51 cable wows. It really is high end on the go. I’m not the biggest fan of eight-wire cables due to comfort issues, usually their performance is quite excellent though. With Code 51 EA has created a four-wire cable that easily performs head-to-head with other cables that use double the wire-count.
Code 51 offers a micro detail view at music, that misses nothing. It gives you everything and then some. It brings EA’s typical house smoothness and packs it with unmatched resolution, layering and a massive stage. It pulls you into the music and gives you a different look at it. I love the precision, accuracy and simplicity with which it does it.
With Code 51 Effect Audio has delivered a statement piece. It definitely is one of the very best cables out there, but it comes at a hefty price. For 2,388 USD I could pay rent for two whole months and still have something left to throw around. The Code 51 is for people without sorrows and those that have very large pockets. If it is worth the price is completely up to you. The performance speaks for itself though, and it that’s exactly how it made its way on our Best Accessory list. Because it is one of them.