When Death reminds you to Live.

No-one could ever accuse Kostas Metaxas of creating something “boring”. Yet again, this eccentric artist presents us with his unique take on a very utilitarian subject – the headphone amplifier. Combining a historic art oevre – “memento mori” , contemporary sculpture with cutting-edge technology, his latest MARQUIS “Memento mori” is a sublime, minimalist Preamplifier-Headphone amplifier […]

Front Runners December 2015: Thinning the Heard

At less than 1 nanometer, the diaphragm of the HiFiMan HE1000 planar magnetic headphones (hifiman.com) is the thinnest ever made. An asymmetrical magnetic circuit powers the diaphragm and helps eliminate virtually all sonic distortion. The headphones, which are priced at $3,000, also feature an open-back design and ear-cup grilles made from lightweight alloy. They deliver […]

Front Runners December 2015: Waxing Moon

The HiFiMan HE1000s and other high-quality headphones cannot perform at their intended levels when plugged directly into an iPod or a system with insufficient amplification or signal conversion. The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD (simaudio.com) is a dedicated headphone amplifier, line-stage preamplifier, and digital-to-analog converter all in one, and it delivers premier-quality audio signals with […]

Audeze LCD-4 Headphones

WHAT: Reference-class, planar magnetic headphones  WHY: These truly speak volumes When you think of planar magnetic headphones, one of the first companies that will inevitably come to mind is Audeze. The brand takes a lion’s share of credit for the recent popularity of these headphones, thanks to supreme sonics and iconic designs. The recently released […]

Audeze Deckard Headphone Amplifier and DAC

WHAT: Headphone amp/DAC  WHY: High-performance musicality that will not break the bank Thanks to some assistance from BMW DesignworksUSA, Audeze has managed to make its first headphone amplifier and digital-to-analog converter (DAC) look nearly as good as the company’s iconic headphones. And the Deckard ($699) amp/DAC combo is capable of driving nearly every headphone on […]

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