PS AUDIO: The problem with headphones

Paul McGowan writes: I am often asked what headphones I recommend and the answer for me is simple: I don’t.  While I certainly recognize the popularity of headphones and appreciate what they can do, I am personally not a fan for several reasons: I miss the visceral feel of the music as well as the […]

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KINGSOUND: “Astonishing headphones with clarity like you’ve never heard before”

FIRST PUBLISHED 2014 Steve Guttenberg writes … I’m a lucky guy; I regularly get to check out the world’s best-sounding headphones, but I was truly shaken and stirred by the KingSound KS-H3 electrostatic headphones. If you get to hear these headphones, start with well-recorded acoustic music and you’ll feel like you’ve been teleported back through […]

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HEADPHONES: Berkeley creates the first graphene earphones, and (unsurprisingly) they’re awesome says 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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HEADPHONES and / or LOUDSPEAKERS?

PAUL MCGOWAN / PS AUDIO I’ve never understood the rift between headphone and speaker advocates. Chat rooms, forums, and blog posts by the hundreds are rife with strong opinions why one’s superior to the other. It is constantly pointed out that headphones are more full range, lower distortion, generally have only one driver, are easy […]

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HEADPHONE LIMITATIONS: If a 40Hz sound wave length is about 8.5m, how is it reproducible with headphones?

Malcolm Goodson writes … The brain is a truly remarkable organ, It is not only with headphones; how about a normal-sized room. I have, in my youth, perceived 30Hz on a ‘test record’ or perhaps a multiple thereof, in a room scarcely big enough to allow the wave form to fully develop. But my cartridge […]

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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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NAIM: Uniti Atom Headphone Edition & Focal Clear Mg headphones

HERB REICHART: One summer afternoon in Brooklyn, after a sweaty too-long day doing construction, I stumbled upon a hi-fi shop I’d never noticed before. I thought, hmmm, I bet they have air conditioning. Inside, the air was only marginally cooler, but before I could leave, an excessively happy salesman introduced himself. After a bit of […]

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AUDIO TECHNICA: The ATH-S220BT and the ATH-M50xBT2 headphones

Audio-Technica has introduced two new wireless headphones in the shape of the ATH-S220BT and the ATH-M50xBT2. The Japanese company says the former: “offers exceptional audio reproduction with crystal-clear call clarity”. With a claimed 60-hour battery life and support so that a 10-minute charge will top the battery up by 3.5 hours, the ATH-S220BT also incorporates […]

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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: 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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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: Music that’ll make your hi-fi or headphones sing?

Steve Guttenberg writes: Michael Bloomfield was, for my money, the best white blues guitar player of the 1960s. He started recording for Columbia Records in 1964, and his stinging electric guitar ignited Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited” LP in 1965. His work with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, later with his own group, the Electric […]

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