STUDIO GRADE HEADPHONES: Why don’t audio engineers use high-end headphones?

James Harwood replies … Audio engineers typically do use high-end headphones, just not high-end consumer headphones. There is a difference from headphones that are meant for studio use (mixing) vs. what is used for listening to music (consumer). The difference is the frequency response. Most consumer headphones are made to either boost or reduce frequencies […]

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PHILIPS: Fidelio L3 headphones review: Seriously sophisticated sound

If you’re looking for a slice of top quality comfort with sophisticated audio quality to boot then the Philips Fidelio L3 delivers one of the most outstanding over-ear experiences of any headphones released in 2021. However, the Fidelio L3 can’t deliver class-leading active noise-cancelling (ANC) – so if you want to more-or-less remove all of […]

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HEADPHONES: Published in 2009 and still relevant today

Consumers are spending more than ever before on headphones. But what makes premium audio so expensive and does spending so much money make much of a difference? Smartphone manufacturer HTC is paying $309m (£190m) for a 51% stake in Beats Electronics, the company best known for its high-end headphones and partnership with rapper Dr Dre.Despite […]

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FOSTEX: Why use good headphones?

Aggravating a dealer or two! Whether dealers like it or not, there are certain things that headphones can achieve which even the world’s finest stand-alone hifi systems can’t. There’s no magic to this. It’s purely the fact that the driver mechanism of the headphone is within an inch or two of the receptive areas of […]

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Best budget headphones

Want some new headphones? You don’t have to spend a lot to get great results. From in-ear to over-ear, sporty to noise-cancelling, these pairs deliver… You could spend hundreds on a new pair of headphones, and we wouldn’t blame you for doing so. But you can still get great results from spending far less. These […]

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HEADPHONES: Factors that Influence Listeners’ Preferred Bass and Treble Levels in Headphones?

Sean Olive writes: Most people would agree that headphone purchase decisions are heavily influenced by the brand and styling (size,  weight, color, quality of  materials).   But what is considered stylish and fashionable  by me is not shared by my 15-year old daughter (this week donning purple hair), and vice versa. In other words, the […]

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BLUE LOLA: Headphones

They say ….. A set of headphones with a sealed over-ear design and custom 50mm drivers, the same as the company’s own Mo-Fi headphone. Blue’s default headband design features a four-point multi-jointed linkage system and pivoting arms that allow the headphones to stay parallel at all times. Lola furthers this design with a new slimmer […]

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HEADPHONES: When did headphones become an important weapon of choice for audiophiles?

Let’s be clear of the Audiophilia (my) stance. Headphones are convenient, they are in the domain of thin-walled residents, and many significant others love them, but in no way do they represent what I think represents natural, musical sound. I’ve heard the best. And, at length. Stax and Sennheiser Orpheus, chief among them. I own […]

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Some audiophiles believe Beats headphones are not as good as JBL, Sennheiser, and Sony headphones. Beats headphones don’t have good architecture and sound quality. Is it true?

https://www.quora.com/Some-audiophiles-believe-Beats-headphones-are-not-as-good-as-JBL-Sennheiser-and-Sony-headphones-Beats-headphones-don%E2%80%99t-have-good-architecture-and-sound-quality-Is-it-true

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HEADPHONES: Berkeley creates the first graphene earphones, and (unsurprisingly) they’re awesome – by Sebastian Anthony

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have created the first ever graphene audio speaker: an earphone. In its raw state, without any kind of optimization, the researchers show that graphene’s superior physical and electrical properties allow for an earphone with frequency response comparable to or better than a pair of commercial Sennheiser earphones. MORE

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