AKG K121 Studio: Thrift Store Gem

Greetings! Today we’re checking out a discontinued model from AKG, the K121 Studio. I’m no stranger to AKG having spent ample time with a number of their products, like the K512 mkII, K701, and my favourite, the K553 Pro, among others. I recently added the K121 Studio to my collection having found a roughed up copy at the local thrift shop for a whopping 3.99 … Continue reading AKG K121 Studio: Thrift Store Gem

JBL Reference Series 420: 14 Years New

Greetings! Today we’re checking out a pair headphones that are old, irrelevant, and well out of production; the JBL Reference Series 420. Released in 2007, the 420 was the base model in JBL’s Reference Series of headphones. Released at the same time was the 610, a Bluetooth model sharing more-or-less the same design. When in university, I was looking to get a quality set of … Continue reading JBL Reference Series 420: 14 Years New

Hifiman DEVA: Versatile and Capable

Greetings! Today we’re checking out a new planar magnetic headphone from a brand that specializes in the technology, the Hifiman DEVA. While Hifiman has released plenty of relatively inexpensive planar headphones over the years, the DEVA represents Hifiman’s recent shift towards affordably addressing the wireless market. Previous models to address this audience were the full-sized Ananda BT, and their true wireless in ear monitors, the … Continue reading Hifiman DEVA: Versatile and Capable

2019 Super Award Ceremony of Audio Excellence

Welcome Back! Today I’m handing out accolades to products that won my heart throughout 2019. These weren’t necessarily best in class in every case, but the ones that stuck around in my daily driver lineup and made the most impact long term, or as long a term as could be given they were all received and reviewing during the 2019 calendar year. Let’s get started! … Continue reading 2019 Super Award Ceremony of Audio Excellence

Campfire Audio Cascade – expatinjapan/Head pie

‘Cascade is a culmination of a 3 year engineering effort to bring our signature sound to a headphone. The result is a portable, closed-back headphone that sounds and performs like it’s open. Even better; it has the unique sound you expect from a Campfire Audio headphone.’ https://campfireaudio.com/shop/cascade/  Campfire Audio Cascade and ALO Audio SXC 8 upgrade cable Ken and Caleb with some of the early prototypes … Continue reading Campfire Audio Cascade – expatinjapan/Head pie

HIFIMAN Sundara: Benchmark

Greetings! Today we’re checking out one of HIFIMAN’s more affordable new planar magnetic headphones, the Sundara. HIFIMAN was founded in 2007 in New York, and in 2009 released their first product, the HM-801 portable media player. Since then they’ve expanded their portfolio to include a wide variety of headphones, earphones, DAPs, and various accessories. Their lineup of planar magnetic headphones is their bread and butter … Continue reading HIFIMAN Sundara: Benchmark

Brainwavz Alara: Pull you in from afara

Greetings! Today we’re checking out a new headphone from Brainwavz, the Alara. Established in 2008 and owned by GPGS, Brainwavz is no stranger to the audio market. With classics like the HM5 and B2 as well as modern gems like the Jive and B400 under their belt, it is no surprise they’ve continued to move further upscale with some of their recent releases. The Alara … Continue reading Brainwavz Alara: Pull you in from afara

Meze 99 Neo: Multifaceted Beauty

Greetings! Today we’re checking out another drop dead gorgeous product from Meze, the 99 Neo. Meze is a Romanian company that stormed their way into the spotlight in 2016 with the 99 Classics. That headphone was (and still is) the perfect example of a marriage between design and performance. The simple but shapely form factor, modular design, and eye-catching walnut cups initially drew you in, … Continue reading Meze 99 Neo: Multifaceted Beauty

Campfire Audio Cascade: I wonder what Lucian would think?

Greetings, Today we’re checking out Campfire Audio’s first foray into headphones, that being the Cascade. Campfire Audio (CA) is an American company out of Portland, Oregon. It is the brainchild of Ken Ball, CEO and founder of ALO Audio, a company renowned for their high end portable audio cables. Campfire Audio was a brand I had been watching closely since they released their first earphones, … Continue reading Campfire Audio Cascade: I wonder what Lucian would think?

ADVANCED Alpha: Top Dog

Greetings! Today we’re going to be taking a look at ADVANCED’s current flagship headphone, the Alpha. As the running top dog of ADVANCED’s fleet, the Alpha needs to stand out in one form or another to draw attention. With massive 96mm planar magnetic drivers (or orthodynamic if you prefer that term) controlled by powerful n48 magnets, the Alpha delivers a spacious and detailed sound scape. … Continue reading ADVANCED Alpha: Top Dog

ADVANCED GT-R: GODZILLA!!!

Greetings! Today we’re reviewing an all-new planar magnetic headphone from ADVANCED, the GT-R. ADVANCED’s freshman offering, the M4, was an awesome little micro-driver based earphone with a reasonably neutral signature. It’s build was fantastic and price right at under 50 USD. My next experience was with their Model 3, a warm in ear with a detachable MMCX equipped Bluetooth dongle and low profile, Shure-style housing. … Continue reading ADVANCED GT-R: GODZILLA!!!

HiFiMan Susvara: The Sweetest Voice

Greetings, Today we’re looking at HiFiMan’s newest flagship planar magnetic, open-back masterpiece; the Susvara. Starting with the HE5 in 2009, HiFiMan has been updating and refining their designs and planar technology throughout the years. The result of this consistent development has brought to those in the position to afford it a marvel of sound reproduction in the form of the Susvara. One of the accomplishments … Continue reading HiFiMan Susvara: The Sweetest Voice

thinksound On2 – Portable Perfection

Greetings! Today we are going to be taking a look at a beautiful supra-aural pair of headphones from thinksound; the On2. thinksound was co-founded in 2009 by Mike Tunney and Aaron Fournier, the one who engineered the On2. Their goal was to make headphones that satisfied a number of lofty goals; meeting their own personal sound expectations, being visually pleasing, comfortable, and environmentally conscious. They’re … Continue reading thinksound On2 – Portable Perfection