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Studio by Carsten Kaiser 2 weeks ago

Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X

Open headphones for studio and hi-fi

The new Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X are over-ear headphones that offer great sonic transparency. They deliver a treble-emphasised signal, which in the mids sounds rather cold and sober and unobtrusive in the basses. These open headphones are particularly suitable as a means of isolating...

4.4

Hi-Fi by Michael Schillings 4 months 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

Hi-Fi by Carsten Kaiser 5 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

Hi-Fi by Ulf Kaiser 6 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
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Smartphone by Numinos 7 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...

4

Hi-Fi by Ulf Kaiser 9 months 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

Hi-Fi by Ulf Kaiser 10 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

Hi-Fi by Numinos 11 months ago

Avantone Pro Planar

Open magnetostatic studio headphones

In studio circles, the American company Avantone Pro has been known (and loved) for years for reissuing legendary studio monitors such as Yamaha's NS-10 or Auratone's Soundcube, as well as a whole range of classic microphones of outstanding quality. But more and more often Avantone...

4.6

Hi-Fi by Ulf Kaiser 1 year 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

Hi-Fi by Ralf Willke 1 year ago

Philips Fidelio X3

Open Hi-Fi headphones with brilliant power

With the Fidelio X3 Philips are targeting an audience who are more concerned with High Fidelity than with True Wireless or Noise Cancelling. The sheer listening pleasure of these sophisticated headphones is in the relaxed, peaceful atmosphere they create.

4.8
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