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Studio by Ulf Kaiser 6 days ago

Sennheiser HD 820

Audiophile closed over-ear headphones

With the HD 820, Sennheiser has followed the outstanding HD 800 S with a top-of-the-range closed model for a particularly demanding clientele.

4.6

Amplifier by Ulf Kaiser 2 weeks ago

Sennheiser HDV 820

Audiophile, stationary headphone amplifier with XLR outputs

With the HD 800 S and HD 820 models, Sennheiser offers first-class headphones aimed at demanding music lovers. Naturally, the corresponding headphone amplifier is not missing from the range of products offered by the Lower Saxony-based manufacturer: The HDV 820 is housed in a stylish,...

4.6

Amplifier by Ulf Kaiser 4 weeks ago

SPL Phonitor se

Audiophile, stationary headphone amplifier

Today, discerning music enjoyment often takes place via high-sounding headphones. And as with a high-quality hi-fi system, it is by no means only the "loudspeaker" that produces the sound, but also the amplifier - it is no different with headphones. In everyday life, this detail...

4.5

Studio by Ulf Kaiser 1 month ago

Sennheiser HD 800 S

Wired, open over-ear reference headphones for audiophile and professional applications

With the exception of the Orpheus HE-1, the HD 800 S is the top model among Sennheiser's open headphones. The successor to the HD 800 from 2009 is available both in the regular version tested here in black and in a technically identical Anniversary Edition...

4.6

Bluetooth by Ulf Kaiser 2 months ago

Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch

True Wireless in-ear headphones with good sound and easy controls

Cambridge Audio have been active in the field of high-end hi-fi technology for five decades. The British manufacturer does not limit itself to conventional components such as amplifiers, loudspeakers, CD or record players; they also support modern forms of music consumption such as streaming. And...

4.3

Amplifier by Ulf Kaiser 2 months ago

SPL Phonitor One

Headphone amplifier with crossfeed function

For smartphones and inexpensive stationary audio devices, but also in the studio, one should refrain from making overly high demands on integrated headphone amplifiers. They are part of an overall cost calculation for the product and often, in a sense, more of an accessory than...

4.8

In-Ear by Ulf Kaiser 3 months ago

Mu6 Scenes Lifelike 2

In-ear headphones with integrated stereo microphone and USB-C interface

The Scenes Lifelike 2 model from Mu6 is an exciting product at an attractive price. They are wired in-ear headphones with the supplementary option of stereo recording via microphones integrated into the earbuds. This also explains their subtitle "Binaural VR/Dummy Head 3D-Recording Headsets".

4.3

Hi-Fi by Ulf Kaiser 3 months ago

Sennheiser HD 559

Wired, open over-ear headphones for upmarket demands

The HD 559 is the most affordable headphone in Sennheiser's HD-5 series. The manufacturer, from near Hanover, recommends a retail price of 99 Euros and classifies these headphones for home use, but also places them as an entry-level model in the audiophile class.

4.1

Studio by Ulf Kaiser 3 months ago

dSoniq Realphones

Loudspeaker simulation for headphones

Mixing with headphones is problematic as they differ in sound from loudspeakers because they emit sound directly into the ear without any reflections in the room. Loudspeakers are also placed in front of the listener and, depending on the design, transmit sound to both ears....

4.3

Musician by Ulf Kaiser 4 months ago

CTM CE320

In-Ear Monitors for professional use

CTM or Clear Tune Monitors from Orlando, Florida, specialise in professional in-ears and they offer both ready-made products and customised solutions. We took a closer look at the CE320 model, which comes with three balanced armature drivers per side for a list price of 349...

4.1

Hi-Fi by Ulf Kaiser 5 months ago

Sennheiser HD 560S

Wired, open over-ear headphones for sophisticated listening

The Sennheiser HD models have always been synonymous with excellent, well-balanced sound quality and an attractive price-performance ratio. The current HD 560S model marks a shift into the audiophile section in the Sennheiser headphone range. Interestingly, according to the manufacturer, the Sennheiser HD 560S does...

4.5

In-Ear by Ulf Kaiser 5 months ago

RHA TrueConnect 2

True Wireless in-ear headphones with Bluetooth 5

A little more than a year ago, we completed our test of RHA’s debut True Wireless headphones the TrueConnect. Their successor is now available with even better support and they are even a few Euros cheaper.

3.6

Bluetooth by Ulf Kaiser 6 months ago

1more True Wireless ANC

True-Wireless headphones with Bluetooth 5 and Noise Cancelling

The True-Wireless counterpart of the 1more Dual Driver ANC Pro is called "True Wireless ANC". These headphones are supplied in a carrying case that is not lightweight but pleasantly robust with a non-slip base. This case has magnetic positioning and can be used for safe...

3.5

Bluetooth by Ulf Kaiser 6 months ago

Nura NuraLoop

Bluetooth in-ear headphones with neckband, otoacoustic hearing measurement and noise-cancelling

Nuraphone, unique headphones that work with a special type of hearing measurement, was introduced by the Australian manufacturer Nura about two years ago. Now their in-ear version, NuraLoop is available. We ask: Was it worth the wait?

4

Bluetooth by Ulf Kaiser 6 months ago

Sony WH-1000XM4

Lavishly appointed over-ear headphones with noise cancelling, Bluetooth and LDAC

The successor to the Sony WH-1000XM3 from 2018, one of the most popular over-ear headphones with noise-cancelling ever, has been eagerly awaited. Sony already conquered and successfully defended a top position in the market since the introduction of this product series in 2017 (MDR-1000). Accordingly,...

4.3

Bluetooth by Ulf Kaiser 8 months ago

1more Dual Driver ANC Pro

Neckband headphones with Bluetooth 5 and Noise Cancelling

Back in February 2019, we confirmed a great test result for the Dual Driver BT ANC from 1more. Their successor relies on technical improvements such as Bluetooth 5 and an appealing look with matt black and discreet decorative stripes in metallic red.

4.1

Bluetooth by Ulf Kaiser 8 months ago

Sony WI-1000XM2

Neckband headphones with noise-cancelling and LDAC

Sony is well established as a top supplier in the field of portable headphones, especially when it comes to noise cancelling. Of course, this also includes the continuing development of their models. For example, the in-ear Bluetooth neckband headphones WI-1000X receive an update and become...

4

Studio by Ulf Kaiser 9 months ago

Hedd Audio Heddphone

Audiophile and studio-ready open over-ear headphones with Air Motion Transformer

The Hedd Audio Heddphone is something very special: Here, the so-called Air Motion Transformer (AMT) is used in a headphone, and also as a full-range driver. This driver has already had a distinguished career in the field of hi-fi speakers and studio monitors.

4.8

Bluetooth by Ulf Kaiser 9 months ago

Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC Traveller

Bluetooth over-ear headphones with noise cancelling

When we tested them in 2019, we discovered that Beyerdynamic’s Lagoon ANC Traveller were impressive headphones with practical noise cancelling. After a firmware update, their noise reduction performance should now have improved even more.

4

Bluetooth by Ulf Kaiser 10 months ago

Mu6 Space 2

Over-ear headphones with Bluetooth 5 and ANC

Behind fledgeling headphone manufacturer Mu6 is a Chinese development team who, by their own account, have years of experience in noise cancelling. You’d be right to be curious, as their new Space 2 model, modern over-ear headphones with Bluetooth 5, offer impressive functionality at an...

3.8