hifi

Hi-Fi by Michael Schillings 1 month ago

HiFiMan HE400se

Magnetostatic, open over-ear headphones for audiophile beginners

For entry into the realms of audiophile headphones, you used to have to dig deep into your pockets, at least for electro- and magnetostatic designs. But now, HiFiMan, the Asian manufacturer known for its high-end headphones, is venturing into the lower price range with the...

3.5

Bluetooth by Numinos 2 months ago

Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport

True Wireless in-ears for sports activities

The dominance of Apple's AirPods has one unquestionable benefit: it forces other manufacturers to be inventive and try out innovative concepts to compete with the omnipresent AirPods. The T5 II from Klipsch, tested here, are just such a case and are aimed specifically at water...

3.9

Hi-Fi by Carsten Kaiser 2 months ago

Audeze LCD-2 Classic Closed Back

High-end sound with an old-school look

Audeze has long been known for high-quality headphones that offer the finest sound and workmanship. The closed-back version of the LCD-2 Classic is squarely in line with this, and as an extension of the LCD-2 aims to inspire us with a contemporary tool for music...

4.1

Hi-Fi by Carsten Kaiser 2 months ago

Sendy Audio Aiva

Planar-magnetic, open high-end headphones

With the Aiva, Sendy Audio present a pair of open, circumaural headphones at the upper end of the price range. This manufacturer has worked on fine-tuning these headphones over a period of three years, targeting and optimising even the smallest part. We were therefore looking...

4.1

In-Ear by Ulf Kaiser 3 months ago

Sennheiser IE 300

High-quality wired in-ear headphones

With the IE 300 model, Sennheiser launches a wired in-ear headphone in the around 300 euros price range, aimed at buyers who are looking for a compact solution for mobile use with superior sound quality. The product is technically positioned between the Pro models IE...

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Bluetooth by Pete Schloßnagel 3 months ago

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal

Premium Gaming Headset with ANC, Transparency Mode and Dolby Atmos

After Bang & Olufsen announced a partnership with Microsoft in mid-2020 and specifically mentioned the US software giant's Xbox gaming console, it was only a matter of time before we got the chance to wear a pair of gaming headphones from the Danish hi-fi specialist...

4.3

Bluetooth by Ralf Willke 3 months ago

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay HX

Lightweight over-ears with comfort features

Bang & Olufsen launches the HX, a successor to the H9 that is supposed to offer more in all respects - except weight. At 285 grams, it occupies a top spot in the lightweight ear-cup league, which makes them exceedingly pleasant to wear right from...

4.1

Hi-Fi by Ulf Kaiser 3 months ago

Focal Clear Mg Professional

Audiophile open over-ear headphones for professional use

The Clear Mg Professional from Focal is the successor to the Clear Professional. Those come from the French manufacturer's Professional series and are expressly aimed at professional and demanding sound engineers, while Focal offers the Clear Mg to the audiophile music lovers segment of the...

4.5

Hi-Fi by Numinos 4 months ago

Koss Porta Pro Classic

On-ear, ultra-portable headphones

It must have been around 1988 when I bought my first pair of Koss Porta Pro, on the recommendation of an audiophile friend. In fact, for many people of my generation, the Koss Porta Pro was a widely used upgrade to the bog-standard headphones that...

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Amplifier by Ulf Kaiser 4 months ago

SPL Phonitor xe

Audiophile stationary headphone amplifier with Voltair technology

The flagship model among the SPL's headphone amplifiers is the Phonitor xe. In contrast to the similarly priced Phonitor x, which with its balanced output can also be used as a preamplifier for a power amplifier and loudspeakers, the Phonitor xe is a pure headphone...

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