Review: Audeze LCDi4 In-Ear Headphones Sep08

Review: Audeze LCDi4 In-Ear Headphones

Introduction When Audeze introduced their iSine series about a year ago, there were actually three different models announced: the i10, the i20, and the LCDi3. Most of you however, probably remember reading only about the i10 and i20 since those pairs were the only ones in actual production and ready for review. I myself reviewed both pairs and to make a really long story short, walked away considerably impressed. Not only do both models outperform most IEMs in their class, but rival many full sized headphones too. Fast forward to today: Audeze just recently announced they are finally shipping their LCDi reference model, now renamed the...

L’Orfeo Nov07

L’Orfeo

Orpheus. You know I’m a big fan of Claudio Monteverdi‘s L’Orfeo, which is considered by most music historians as the first great operatic work, and certainly the oldest opera still part of the modern repertoire. It recounts the famous Greek myth of Orpheus and Euridice. The tale briefly goes something like this: Orpheus’ wife, Euridice, is bitten by poisonous snakes while running away from a satyr. After Orpheus finds his wife dead in the fields, he plays a variation on a theme from Opeth‘s Damnation and vows to save his wife by retrieving her from the Underworld. When he finally arrives in the land of the dead...

Review: Audeze SINE and EL-8 Headphones Jul06

Review: Audeze SINE and EL-8 Headphones

Introduction When I recently reviewed Audeze’s new flagship, the LCD-4, I kinda, sorta knew that my review would mostly fall on deaf ears. I mean let’s all be honest now. Not too many people are in the market for a four thousand dollar pair of headphones – audiophile or not. And the truth is Audeze is quite aware of that fact too, which is why that’s not the only headphone they make. In fact, over the last few years, Audeze has introduced a number of products outside of their critically acclaimed LCD line. In 2015, Audeze introduced the EL-8, a planar magnetic that combined BMW Designworks aesthetics with their...

Audeze LCD-4 Headphones Apr06

Audeze LCD-4 Headphones

Introduction It has been a little over ten years since I listened to Rust In Peace in its entirety through Sennheiser’s much coveted Orpheus system. And since then, I have been spending the better part of the last decade trying to recapture that sound. If you haven’t heard of Sennheiser’s much revered Orpheus system, I’m not surprised. Only 300 were made back in the 90s, and each system cost approximately $16,000 dollars a pop, consisting of a pair of electrostatic headphones and matching tube amplifier. I was fortunate enough to listen to one at a local Head-Fi meet where I was given unfettered access to it for the...

Meze 99 Classics Headphones Dec04

Meze 99 Classics Headphones

Introduction I’ve been using my UE6000 headphones on a daily basis since I reviewed them in June of last year, despite the fact that they largely let me down as a “do it all” replacement for my previous Denon NC-800 noise cancellers. The UE6000 on the surface is a similar headphone to the NC-800, with stronger bass response at a cost of some overall refinement, but the noise cancelling circuitry in the UE6000 is so poor that I left it turned off after trying it a few times, leaving just the passive isolation of the sealed over-ear design. Since buying the UE6000 I’ve been on the lookout for something with better performance at a reasonable...

Lightning Headphones – Probably A Bad Idea Sep16

Lightning Headphones – Probably A Bad Idea

There were a number of questions surrounding Apple’s recent acquisition of Beats Audio regarding what exactly Apple had planned for the headphone powerhouse. Most thought Apple’s main desire was to get a stronger foothold in the streaming market through Beats Music, and that’s probably true, but there are plenty of other streaming services that Apple could’ve purchased. Being in control of not just a headphone company but pretty much the headphone company also brings with it another advantage, and while it’s not something Apple seems to be trying to push with the iPhone 6, (or likely whatever next year’s iPhone 6S will be) further down the...

Logitech UE6000 Headphones Jun20

Logitech UE6000 Headphones

Introduction For the past several years my “daily driver” headphones used for traveling, workouts, basically all music listening when I’m away from my desk, have been Denon’s AH-NC800. They were originally released in 2010 as part of Denon’s 100th anniversary celebration, and were a compelling option in the fairly limited market of active noise cancelling over-ear headphones available at the time. There were two major downsides though, the first being the quite high $349 original list price, and the second being the extremely thin and cheap plastic used on the arms and slider mechanisms. If you look at owner reviews you’ll find plenty of...

The Headphone Breakdown

Killing Technology is an ongoing series that dives into the science behind the music, taking the classic 1987 Voivod album as its inspiration. We’re planning to debut our first headphone review next week, but while you wait, I thought now would be a good time to give you an idea of the various types of headphones that are out there, how they work, what all of the different specs mean, and what Alex and I are looking for in a “suitable for metal” headphone. At their most basic, granular level, headphones can be broken down into two distinct types, those with relatively large drivers that are always worn outside of the ear, and those with...

Motörheadphönes Nov21

Motörheadphönes

Given the explosion of celebrity endorsed headphones in the last few years, it should come as a shock to no one that Lemmy of Motörhead decided to get in on the action. And yes, before you even ask, there are KISS headphones too (seriously, how could there not be?) What makes the Motörhead branded phones at least slightly refreshing in the sea of all the others is their attempt to provide a decently balanced response. Unlike the models endorsed by rappers, the Motörheadphönes are supposedly designed for metal, not just 800 tons of bass. Here’s the claim: Unfortunately most headphone makers (in a desperate hunt to achieve that warm low end)...