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Studio by Ulf Kaiser 1 week 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 weeks 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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Studio by Ulf Kaiser 3 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 4 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 Numinos 5 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 6 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

Hi-Fi by Ralf Willke 6 months 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

Studio by Carsten Kaiser 8 months ago

Audeze LCD-GX

High-end gaming headset with planar-magnetic drivers

The Audeze Mobius has already convinced us as a gaming headset, and now Audeze is adding to this and pushing the gaming headset concept even further with the LCD-GX: just under 1,000 Euros (RRP) will be charged for this luxury model! We look into whether...

4.5

Studio by Ulf Kaiser 10 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