Hi-Res Earphones With Balanced Bass – Final Audio E3000 Earphone Review

The headphone masters at Final Audio have two new earphones on the market, the E2000 and E3000. Each headphone has a similar design and look but have slightly different sound signatures to suit the preferences of audiophiles specific tastes. The E3000 in particular is one of the most talked about and favored of these two in-ear headphones and at a price of just under $55 there’s a rush to find out exactly what makes this earphone so good. Let’s take a closer look and see what the Final Audio E3000 has under the hood.

Final Audio E3000 Earphone Review

Design / Features

The Final Audio E3000 features a machined stainless steel housing with a shiny mirrored finish. On the back of the earphone housing is a unique stainless steel mesh backing designed to extend the reproduction of low frequencies while preventing excessive sound leakage with an inner filter. The E3000 also features a special flexible cable designed to reduce noise and offers a better more comfortable fit.

One other design feature worth mentioning in the Final Audio E3000 is a burn-in or aging time. Because of the apertures on the stainless steel backing, the E3000 has an average burn-in time of 150-200 hours of regular use wherein the sound of the earphone actually “sweetens” or improves.

Included In The Box

The E3000 includes optional earhooks that can be used to keep them firmly in place for active listeners. In addition, the Final Audio E3000 earphone includes a handy carrying pouch for storage and 5 sets of ear tips for the perfect fit and ideal sound isolation.

Sound Signature

Both of the Final Audio E Series earphones are designed with audiophiles in mind who are looking for hi-res sound at an affordable price. The big difference in the E3000 is the slight boost in the bass. This added boost gives extra life to music genres like EDM, hip-hop, rock and pop. As with the E2000, the E3000 hi-res earphone also adds a nice amount of soundstage that expands the depth of your music listening experience.

Final Review

In conclusion, the Final Audio E3000 hi-res earphone responds well to compressed and uncompressed / lossless files like wav flac and m4a as well as streaming files from services like Spotify. The compact size and stainless steel design make the E3000 an incredible audiophile style earphone that you can take anywhere. Music fans seeking balanced bass earphones will definitely find the E3000 to be the perfect amount of high fidelity sound without detracting from the overal mix. At just under $55, the Final Audio E3000 is an earphone that will deliver great sound without breaking the budget.

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Sony MDR-1000X Review

Sony MDR-1000X Review

The highly anticipated Sony MDR-1000X is here and has already been touted as one the best in sound and active noise cancelling technology. We’ve got our hands on the sought after travel companion and are ready to give you the dish in our Sony MDR-1000X review.

Sony MDR-1000X Review

Sony MDR-1000X Review – Packaging

I can not even begin to tell you (but obviously I still am) how impressed I am by the compact design of the Sony MD-1000X – box and carry case included. The carry case is way thinner than I was expecting. It could easily slide into a backpack, messenger bag, or an average-size purse. The inside of the hard grade carry case is lined with a soft fabric to protect the headphones. There’s also a small pocket for safely storing the included in-flight adapter, headphone cable, and micro USB cable.

Sony MDR-1000X Review – Build & Design

The headphones feel durable and comfortable. The frame is a bit heavier than I’d prefer, but overall it is still light enough to wear for extended periods of time on your head. The ear cups have a smooth layer of leather over them and are sealed around the edges by hard-grade material. The headband/extender situation features a metal slider and a small patch of padding directly under the top portion of the headband.

The ear cushions are padded, but shallow. There’s enough padding to wear the headphones for a long time, but probably not as long as the wear time with Sony H.ear On or Sennheiser PXC 550. Also, even with the sliders in a fully closed position the headphones come a little too far down on my head. The ear cups end up resting on the location where my neck meets my jaw. I also have a pretty tiny head. If you’re head is average size then this probably won’t be a problem.

Sony MDR-1000X Review – Features

A few extremely cool and notable features include the ability to easily hear and talk through your audio by cupping your palm over the right ear cup. This is what Sony calls Sense Engine. This feature tailors the amount of noise-cancelling specifically for you and your ear. It works by placing microphones on the outside and inside of the ear cups. The exterior microphones gauge the noise level of your surrounding environment while the interior microphones analyze your personal characteristics and wearing style (glasses or nah?), then optimizes the sound for you. Activating this feature is quite easy. You simply hold down the noise cancelling button which initializes the optimizer. You’ll know because the voice activated assistant tells you so. Then you’ll hear a few different notes and pitches that calibrate your ear’s response. The headphones then say optimizer finished. The noise cancelling is then better tailored for your ear. Users can further adjust the settings to ambient or voice modes which allow more of your environment in through the ear cups or just voices, respectively. The right ear cup is also built with touch controls. The smart gestures are pretty standard, with a double tap to pause/play, a swipe forward to skip forward a track and backwards to skip back.

Noise Cancelling Ability & Comparison to Competitors

Sony MDR-1000X ReviewThe noise cancelling ability on these headphones are really good. I listened to these headphones with the door open while street construction was going on and the sound of the drill was significantly reduced. For those of you who are a bit sensitive to noise-cancelling the ANC may be too strong. If the ANC is too much you can activate the NC optimizer for a more suitable amount of ANC fit for you. But if you’re all about ANC, you’ll love these headphones. MDR-1000X definitely edges out the defending champion of ANC, Bose QC 35. It’s much more powerful and allows for customization. The QC 35 doesn’t calibrate and adjust ANC to your liking, nor are you able to turn it off when the headphones are paired to your smart device. In addition, there’s the current legal sitch in which Bose allegedly sold customer information without consent and the fact that their firmware is reportedly rendering some QC 35s useless. If the ANC is too much you can activate the NC optimizer for a more suitable amount of ANC fit for you.

As for connectivity, the headphones use Bluetooth and Qualcomm aptX technology to ensure a solid connection and clean transmission from your device to your ears.

Sony MDR-1000X Review – Sound

These cans are certified Hi-Res and Hi-Res they do deliver. Working in conjunction with LDAC technology, the headphone provides stellar audio even when connected wirelessly. LDAC is able to do so by streaming your high resolution audio over at the maximum transfer rate of 990 kbps which is approximately three times more data than conventional Bluetooth audio.

The bass line is rich and a bit punchy, yet controlled. There isn’t any sloppy spilling of your bass all over your lush mids and glittering highs. The mid-range is relaxed and full. The highs are detailed and salient – floating above the rest of your audio without sounding too far away. It’s all a pretty sweet and smooth blend. The headphone has a pretty open soundstage, especially for being a wireless headset. That being said, tracks heavy in instrumentation or even vocals sound beautiful and realistic.

In comparison to the Bose QC 35, the bass is more accurate and the overall audio quality more refined.

You can also use the headset to make and take calls. The microphone is a bit sensitive and picks up some of the ambient noise around you. But for the most part, the MDR-1000X sounds like any other wireless headphone in this category when making calls so, I wouldn’t call this any sort of deal breaker.

Sony MDR-1000X Review – Overview

Sony MDR-1000X is a great headphone for tuning out the world around you. The active noise cancellation is strong, but if too much ANC makes you sick, you may want to opt for a headphone with less impressive ANC capability. The build is durable and comfortable. Though, if you have a small head the bottom of the ear cups end up applying a little bit of pressure on your jaw line. But if none of the aforementioned are issues for you, the Sony MDR-1000X is well worth the investment. The sound quality is pristine offering a rich low end as well as accuracy and detail across lows, mids, and highs. If you’d like a cheaper alternative there’s the Sony H.ear On which is also high resolution, but a step down from the MDR-1000X.

The Sony MDR-1000X is listed for the best available price at Audio 46’s Sony Shop for $399.99.

The Sony H.ear On is also available at the Audio 46 Sony Shop for $349.99.

Another viable contender is the Sennheiser PXC 550. It’s available for at the Audio 46 Sennheiser Shop for $399.99.

Sony MDR-1000X Review – Specs

*with unit turned on

Driver: 70 mm, Dynamic

Impedance: 46 ohm

Frequency Response Range: 4 Hz – 40,000 Hz

Sensitivity: 103 dB/mW

Battery: 3.7V Lithium-Ion

Run Time: 20 Hours

Charge Time: 4 Hours

Weight: 0.60 lbs

Audio Technica ATH -ADG1X vs Sennheiser Game Zero Comparison Review

Audio Technica ATH -ADG1X vs Sennheiser Game Zero Comparison Review

Here at Audio46, we often receive requests to compare specific headphones.  While some models clearly out-class others, gaming headphones provide a very competitive landscape for casual consumers and discerning listeners alike.  This dilemma readily surfaces in the case of the Audio Technica ATH-ADG1X vs the Sennheiser Game Zero.  Priced at $299 and $279, respectively, these two models offer remarkably similar listening experiences.  So which one is right for you?

Audio Technica ATH -ADG1X vs Sennheiser Game Zero Comparison Review

Audio Technica ATH -ADG1X vs Sennheiser Game Zero Comparison Review

Both the Audio Technica ADG1X and the Sennheiser Game Zero utilize a decent amount of plastic in their respective builds.  While the Audio Technica opts for a goose-neck microphone, the Sennheiser features a more rigid boom-mic.  The Game Zero offers a more common fit with a traditional headband, and uses plenty of pleather padding on the headband and earcups for extended comfort.  The ADG1X, by comparison, features a wing-type headband with velour padding on the earcups – offering a similar level of comfort, but perhaps less bass impact.

Both headphones employ an open-back design for greater depth and a more realistic sound, at the expense of isolation.  While the resultant sound will seem more lifelike with either headphone, ambient noise may distract from the overall experience.  As such, both models are better suited to quieter gaming environments.

While the Sennheiser’s boom mic works as an automatic switch for turning the mic on and off, the Audio Technica sports a more traditional control built into the cable.

Sennheiser’s Game Zero offers interchangeable cables designed for multiple systems – with a 4 ft (1.2 m) cable for consoles, and a 6.6 ft (2 m) cable for PC applications.  The Audio Technica ADG1X features a fixed 4 ft cable that terminates in a standard 3.5 stereo jack, but offers a second 6.6 ft extension terminating in separate plugs for audio and microphone ports on a computer.

Specs

Sennheiser Game Zero Specs
Frequency Range:  15-28000 Hz
Impedance:  50 ohms
Sound Pressure Level (SPL):  108 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):  <0.1%

Audio Technica ATH-ADG1X Specs
Frequency Range:  5-35000 Hz
Impedance:  48 ohms
Sound Pressure Level (SPL):  99 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):  NA

As you can see from these specifications, both models offer similar numbers, though the frequency range on the ADG1X does seem a good deal wider.  Nominal impedance remains fairly neck-and-neck.  While both models might benefit from some amplification, neither requires it.  Sound Pressure and volume are decent on both models, though the Game Zero may offer a bit higher volume in general.  Finally, though Audio Technica doesn’t give a rating for Total Harmonic Distortion on the ADG1X, the level of clarity is still on par with that of the Game Zero.

Low End

In the low end, the Audio Technica offers a bit more detail, but at the expense of greater bass impact.  That distinction easily goes to the Sennheiser, making up for a lack of detail with plenty of “oomph” in the low end.  Here the Sennheiser is further helped along by the pleather-padded earcups, which help to extend that bass response.

Mids

Both headphones offer decent performance in the midrange, though the ADG1X may have a slight edge in terms of sheer detail.  The Game Zero, while offering a similar level of clarity, just doesn’t seem as rich or articulate.

Highs

While the Sennheiser Game Zero offers a smoother high end, the bright sound of the Audio Technica ADG1X can verge on piercing at times.  Not a deal breaker by any means, the divergent sounds clearly mark some limitations in use, but may appeal to different listeners in their own right, as well.

Soundstage

Either headphone will supply a much-appreciated level of depth and placement to any music (or sound affect), but the extra detail present in the ADG1X may offer a more grandiose listening experience.  On the other hand, the rich bass response in the Game Zero may give the impression of greater dynamic range, while simultaneously adding some extra depth to the soundstage.

Recommendations

For those gamers seeking a headphone for gaming as well as casual listening, the Audio Technica ATH-ADG1X offers a smarter choice.  While adequately suited for either endeavor, this particular headphone will excel at games relying on impressive musical scores.

Not to be dismissed entirely, the Sennheiser Game Zero still offers some mighty-impressive bass.  This particular strength makes the Zero an optimal choice for games using plenty of explosions, gunfire, and other sound effects.  Pairing that booming bass with an immersive soundstage, you’re bound to get sucked into whatever world you’re exploring.

Final Analysis

Sporting similar prices around $300, the Sennheiser Game Zero and Audio Technica ATH-ADG1X offer very different listening experiences.  The Game Zero offers clear benefit to those who play games with more emphasis on combat effects or dramatic musical cues.  However, the ADG1X seems more apt for grand musical scores and epic overture.

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Dunu Titan 5 Earphones – Groundbreaking Sound, Amazing Price

Dunu is a relatively unknown brand to many but their earphones have garnered quite a bit of praise from audiophile critics worldwide. The Dunu Titan 5 earphone is a mid-priced earphone by Dunu that looks pretty cool and promises to deliver high-fidelity sound. So is it possible for an earphone that costs less than $150 to really sound like a high-end IEM that would normally be twice the price? Let’s listen and find out.

Dunu Titan 5 Earphones Review

 

IN THE BOX

The Dunu Titan 5 earphone comes with everything you need to get a perfect fit and store your earphone in between uses. Inside the box is the Titan 5 Earphone, 1 detachable cable with 1/8″ plug, 6-sets of silicone eartips, 1-set of in-ear stabilizers, a cable clip, a 1/4″ adapter and a really nice storage case. The storage case is small enough you can fit it in your pocket. It’s an incredible package for the price.

BUILD

Design / Style

The Titan 5 Earphone housing is constructed of a beautiful stainless steel making it one of the most durable in-ear headphones you’ll ever own. The audio cable is sturdy and has no inline controls for smartphones. Dunu opted rather for optimal sound by bypassing additional electronics in the signal flow. The detachable cable is a handy feature as even the most high-end wires can eventually wear out and replacing the entire earphone isn’t necessary. Overall this earphone will last you a very long time.

Comfort

The Titan 5 fits snugly in the ear canal with the main portion of the housing sitting in the inner-ear. With 6-sets of eartips you can find the perfect fit and get a proper seal which will give you the best sound. The comfort level on the Titan 5 is really nice. It’s not too bulky yet has enough room for a decent sized driver.

Dunu Titan 5 in-ear headphones with nano class T-diaphram dynamic drivers.
Dunu Titan 5 in-ear headphones with nano class T-diaphram dynamic drivers.

Features and Specifications

The Titan 5 earphone is packed with features and impressive specs.

  • 13-33 nano class T-diaphragm dynamic drivers
  • 1.2m (4ft) detachable  cable
  • 316 L stainless steel housing
  • Hi-Res Audio
  • 10Hz – 40kHz frequency range
  • 32 Ohms impedance
  • 108dB sensitivity
  • 3.5mm (1/8″) gold plated plug

 

SOUND

Sound Signature

Every headphone has a specific sound signature and the Titan 5 has one of the most desirable sound signatures of in-ear headphones. The Titan 5 boasts a wide frequency range from 10Hz to 40kHz and it definitely delivers a nice amount of presence and clarity on the high-end of the frequency spectrum. But it’s the bass that most earphones lack. The Titan 5 earphone however has an unprecedented amount of bass. In fact the Dunu Titan 5 has incredible bass compared to any other earphone in the same price range. Combined with the clarity and definition in the high frequencies you won’t find any other earphone with this level of sound quality.

OVERVIEW

To sum it up, the Dunu Titan 5 in-ear headphone is one of the best sounding earbud style headphones for the price. Dunu has managed to pack incredible clarity and bass that will blow you mind into a small stainless steel housing that fits discreetly and comfortably in the ear. It’s definitely one of the best earphones our staff has come across in a long time. Come by Audio46 in Midtown Manhattan to see the full line of Dunu earphones or shop online at the Dunu Headphone Store at Audio46.

The Dunu Titan 5 in-ear headphone has incredible clarity and bass frequency response.
The Dunu Titan 5 in-ear headphone has incredible clarity and bass frequency response.

Audio Technica ATH-LS200iS and ATH-LS300iS In-Ear Headphones – Two Different Worlds

The headphone gurus at Audio Technica have a new line of in-ear headphones featuring multiple drivers. This has audiophiles and music lovers asking what the difference is between the ATH-LS200iS (2-drivers) and the ATH-LS300iS (3-drivers). Well the headphone experts at Audio46 have the inside scoop on the difference in sound on these two IEMs. Let’s take an in-depth look.

Audio Technica ATH-LS200iS and ATH-LS300iS In-Ear Headphones Comparison

The Similarities

Both the ATH-LS200iS and ATH-LS300iS share the same housing design and come with the same accessories.

In the box you’ll find the following:

  • ATH-LS200iS or ATH-LS300iS earphones
  • Detachable A2DC 3.9 ft cable with 1/8″ jack
  • Heavy duty carrying case
  • 6 pairs of eartips

The earphone housing is crafted from aluminum and Tritan resin and the A2DC cable is a durable wire with customizable over-ear hooks to keep the IEM in place.

The Big Difference

The differences come when you take a look at the specs and listen to these very different in-ear headphones. We’ll start first with the ATH-LS200iS dual driver IEM and talk about the sound signature.

ATH-LS200iS

Audio Technica ATH-LS200iS Dual Driver IEM
Audio Technica ATH-LS200iS Dual Driver IEM

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Specifications
Frequency Response: 20 – 16,000 Hz
Maximum Input Power: 3 mW
Sensitivity: 110 dB/mW
Impedance: 47 ohms
Weight: 6.0 g (0.2 oz) (without cable)
Cable: Detachable 1.2 m (3.9′) with A2DC connectors
Connector: 3.5 mm (1/8″) gold-plated stereo mini-plug, L-shaped
Accessories Included: Silicone eartips (XS/S/M/L), carrying case

Sound Signature
As you can see in the specs, the ATH-LS200iS has a frequency range of 20Hz to 16,000Hz and has an impedance of 47 Ohms. After listening to this dual balanced armature IEM you’ll discover it has a balanced frequency response. This kind of sound signature works exceedingly well when listening to classical, jazz, symphonic and certain sub-genres of rock music.

Audio Technica ATH-LS200iS with A2DC cable
Audio Technica ATH-LS200iS with A2DC cable

 

ATH-LS300iS

Audio Technica ATH-LS300iS
Audio Technica ATH-LS300iS

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Specifications
Frequency Response: 18 – 18,000 Hz
Maximum Input Power: 3 mW
Sensitivity: 106 dB/mW
Impedance: 15 ohms
Weight: 11.0 g (0.4 oz) (without cable)
Cable: Detachable 1.2 m (3.9′) with A2DC connectors
Connector: 3.5 mm (1/8″) gold-plated stereo mini-plug, L-shaped
Accessories Included: Silicone eartips (XS/S/M/L), hard carrying case

Sound Signature
The Audio Technica ATH-LS300iS features a slightly wider frequency range at 18Hz to 18,000Hz and has an impedance of only 15 Ohms. Mix this with the triple balanced armatures and you’ll discover a more robust sound with a nice boost in the bass. This sound signature sounds excellent when listening to dance, electronic, pop and rock music genres.

Audio Technica ATH-LS300iS with A2DC Cable
Audio Technica ATH-LS300iS with A2DC Cable

Summary

Summing it all up, the Audio Technica ATH-LS200iS and ATH-LS300iS have similarities is body style and accessories but it’s the frequency response, impedance and number of drivers that really make the big difference.

If you’re a big fan of classical, jazz, chamber or symphonic music you’re going to love the ATH-LS200iS IEM. The clean balanced sound is incredible and will have you rediscovering your music library all over again.

On the other hand the ATH-LS300iS IEM will wow music listeners who like a good kick in the low frequencies. The bass is phenomenal and suited perfectly for EDM, pop and rock music.

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Final Audio Sonorous VI Headphone Review

Like many high-end audio companies, Final Audio got their start back in the 70’s with cartridge design for turntables. Fast-forward to 2017 and Final Audio is a well known brand name in top of the line consumer audio products. The Final Audio headphones are some of the finest looking headphones on the market today. The Final Audio Sonorous VI closed-back headphone is one of the finest headphones of it’s kind. So let’s take a look at the specs, features and listen to see what this sophisticated headphone has to offer.

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Final Audio Sonorous VI Headphone Review

In The Box

You don’t need much in the way of accessories to really wow a headphone fan. The Sonorous VI headphone comes carefully packaged along with a very nice 1/8″ audio cable that’s split to bring left & right audio directly to the ears at the same time. You’ll also get a 1/4″ adapter for pro-audio and stereo equipment.

Design

Durability
The Sonorous VI is a solid piece of gear. The stainless steel housing is a work of art as well as a durable structure that keeps the shape and integrity of this headphone intact. This is definitely the kind of headphone intended to keep for a lifetime.

Portability
The Final Audio Sonorous VI is a folding headphone which is really a blessing. Many headphones that fold for easy transport tend to get loose and compromise the fit of the headphone. That being said, all you need is a nice hard case and the Sonorous VI headphone can be as portable as you need it to be.

Comfort Level
The Sonorous VI is definitely one of the most comfortable headphones you’ll ever use. It is a bit weighty though but not unreasonably so. The earpads and headband are blissfully soft like a new memory foam bed. Wearing this headphone for long periods of time would be no problem for most. Very nice indeed.

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Sound

Sound Signature
The Sonorous VI has premium parts inside and out. The 55mm neodymium drivers have an unusually clean sound. This 8 Ohm headphone is set for premium listening from low-output devices and can give a little more with a small amplifier. The sound signature reveals there’s possibly something interesting going on inside the headphone whether by using dampening materials or technical tweaks on the drivers. It’s sounds crisp from top to bottom and also delightfully rounded. Much like the sound of a planar magnetic driver.

Bass
The bass is full and precise. I’m not sure if it’s simply the size of the drivers, the high quality materials used but the Sonorous VI manages to get clean and accurate bass response without feeling like it’s on the verge of distortion.

Mids
The mid-range on the Sonorous VI headphone is interesting. It hits well and with an articulation that most headphones don’t come close to. Vocals, guitars and other mid-range frequencies step forward in the mix a bit instead of playing a passive role to a sea of drowning bass. The mids also get some sort of mysterious treatment that dampens and smooths out the harshness that can get exhausting in those frequencies.

Highs
The high frequency response is similar to the mids. They’re present and precise. The top end does not get lost in the mix. They play out crisp and clear but with that same rounding feel like it’s running through a tube amplifier to warm up the sound. Interesting and delightful indeed.

Soundstage
The Sonorous VI has a decent amount of soundstage for a closed back headphone. The combination of having the drivers sit off the ear and frequency manipulation gives it a pleasant amount of soundstage. Of course it’s no match for a real open-back headphone but that’s to be expected.

Sound Pressure Level
Sound Pressure is no problem on the Sonorous VI headphone. At 8 Ohms you’ve got the freedom to push this headphone to it’s limits of 105dB. Finding distortion near peak levels wasn’t impossible but again this felt like the sound of a planar in the sense that it quite accurately recreates the frequencies as intended with a pleasant soft touch.

Final Audio Sonorous VI Headphones at Audio46 New York
Final Audio Sonorous VI Headphones at Audio46 New York

Review Summary

Looking at all the features, design, build, comfort and most of all sound on the Sonorous VI it’s easy to say this is a top-notch headphone. It’s comfortable to wear and has a really unique sound signature that is pleasant as well as mysterious. It’s a little bit bulky for an every day headphone but this it’s really designed for premium home listening anyway. The intended function of this headphone is anything from getting great sounding audio from smartphones, portable players and will make anything from mp3 to FLAC. It’s sure to be a treat for every day music listeners as well as audiophiles. Overall, the Final Audio Sonorous VI is sophisticated, durable and great sound. Definitely in a headphone category all it’s own. It even received the Gold Award from MajorHiFi.

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Sonorous VI headphone 1

Sonorous VI headphone 2

Sonorous VI headphone 3

Specifications

Housing: Stainless Steel / ABS
Driver: Dynamic driver + Balanced Armature driver
SPL: 105dB
Impedance: 8 Ohms
Cable length: 1.5m
Weight: 1.06 lbs

GRADO GH2 Limited Edition Headphone Review

Brooklyn based Grado Labs is one of the hottest names in audiophile open-back headphones these days. Their most recent line of headphones is the Heritage Series which are designed with totally new backing materials. The second headphone in the Heritage Series, the GH2 Limited Edition, is at Audio46 and we’re excited to run it through an extended listening session and give this cool looking headphone a full review. Here’s what we came up with.

GRADO GH2 Limited Edition Headphone Review

Handmade Build

Design
Grado has a signature design format that’s worked well for them since the inception of their first pair of headphones. These handmade headphones have a trendy classic look and the GH2 Limited edition keeps in this tradition. The slick leather headband, foam earpads and classic post style earpad adjustments are similar to most Grado headphones but with slightly nicer materials.

Materials
The thing that sets the GH2 headphone apart in sound and design is the cocobolo wood backing. This very fine and expensive wood is key to the soundstage and frequency response. In addition to the cocobolo wood back, the Grado GH2 Limited Edition uses UHPLC copper voice coil for premium sound delivery. Everything about this headphone emits class and elegance.

Comfort
Grado owners know that their headphones are designed for combined style and comfort. The padded leather headband and classic foam earpads make for a light yet comfortable fit for almost all listeners.

Grado Labs GH2 Limited Edition Headphone

Sound

Bass
The bass on the Grado GH2 is strong and moving. The open-back design allows the low-frequencies to breathe and don’t get trapped in the headphone.

Mids
The mid-range in the GH2 is splendid. Jazz, classic rock and symphonic music comes alive with the full dynamic range of the GH2. And the cocobolo wood backing warms up the frequencies in a way that makes music feel like a toasty fire on a cold day.

Highs
Grado does an excellent job at crystal clear high-frequencies that don’t exhaust the ear but rather excite the senses. The top-end of 28,000 Hz comes through with shining colors.

Soundstage
Open-back headphones are made for soundstage and the Grado GH2 Limited Edition delivers. The combination of copper voice-coils, cocobolo wood and metal grating on the open back design translate to a fun and exciting soundstage.

Final Review

The Grado GH2 Limited Edition open-back headphone is one of their best creations yet. From the handmade design to the premium materials, Grado has hit a home-run with the GH2. Audiophiles interested in brightening up their home listening experience with a decent amount of soundstage with warm and toasty tones really must try a pair if these classy headphones. Come by Audio46 or shop online at Audio46.com and get a pair of these highly sought after Limited Edition headphones today.

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Grado Labs GH2 Limited Edition Headphone with cocobolo wood backing
Grado Labs GH2 Limited Edition Headphone with cocobolo wood backing

Specifications

Transducer Type: Dynamic
Operating Principle: Open Air
Frequency Response: 14 – 28,000 hz
SPL 1mW: 99.8 dB
Nominal Impedance: 32 ohms
Driver Matched dB: .05 dB
Vented diaphragm
Cocobolo air chamber
UHPLC copper voice coil
HPlC copper connecting cable

Sennheiser HD 559 vs Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro Headphone Comparison

Finding a great sounding open-back reference / mixing headphone for under $200 can be tough. Both Sennheiser and Beyerdynamic are pro-audio companies have a wide range of headphones to choose from. The Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro and the Sennheiser HD 559 are both comparable headphones in performance and price. Let’s take a look at the features and sound signature of both for a proper headphone comparison to see which one would be best for you.

Sennheiser HD 559 vs Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro Headphone Comparison

 

IN THE BOX

DT 880 Pro
The DT 880 headphone has a fixed 9.8ft cable and comes with a soft carrying case. The cable plug is 1/8″ (3.5mm) and includes a 1/4″ (6.3mm) adapter for pro-audio gear. Of course you also get the DT 880 Pro headphone.

HD 559
The Sennheiser HD 559 comes with the headphone and a detachable 9.9ft (3m) cable with 1/4″ (6.33m) connector for pro-audio gear and mixers.

DESIGN

Durability

DT 880 Pro
The DT 880 Pro is a solid headphone. This semi-open back headphone has been an industry standard for years and the metal headband and framework make it the kind of headphone you’ll have for possibly a lifetime.

HD 559
The HD 559 open-back headphone is made of a durable plastic and although it doesn’t seem as tough as the DT 880 it’s definitely a headphone that could easily last you a lifetime in the studio.

Portability

DT 880 Pro
The Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro does not fold up but it does come with a nice carrying case making it as portable as you need it to be. Bringing it from home to a studio would not be an issue.

HD 559
The HD 559 headphone is not designed to fold up either. As this is more of a studio reference and mixing headphone Sennheiser decided to keep this design simple with few moving parts. The HD 559 has no case included but it would be simple to find a suitable hard case.

Comfort Level

DT 880 Pro
The Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro features velour padding for the earpads and headband. The large circamaural (circular) design is perfect for long listening sessions.

HD 559
The Sennheiser HD 559 is equally comfortable. Possibly even more so because of the more elliptical around the ear design. The HD 559 tends to fit around the ears a little more ergonomically and the soft padding on the earcups and headband feel very nice.

SOUND SIGNATURE

Bass-Frequencies

DT 880 Pro
The bass on the DT 880 Pro headphone is full but not overwhelming. This reference class headphone is designed to be relatively flat but definitely has a little punch and sub-frequencies on the low-end.

HD 559
The HD 559 headphone has a bit more bass than the DT 880 Pro. It’s bass you can definitely feel.

Mid-Frequencies

DT 880 Pro
The mids are acceptional on the DT 880 Pro. Vocals, guitars, strings and other mid-range instruments translate clearly through this headphone.

HD 559
The mids on the also quite nice. There’s definitely a different sound signature on the HD 559 but it’s a pleasant experience that will deliver mid-range instruments well.

High-Frequencies

DT 880 Pro
The highs on the DT 880 Pro are crisp and clear. The presence and brilliance shines. The frequency range reaches all the way up to 35,000 Hz which is definitely apparent.

HD 559
The highs on the HD 559 headphone are good. The top-end of the frequency response is 26,000 Hz but it still sounds amazing.

Soundstage

DT 880 Pro
Although the Beyerdynamic DT 880 is semi-open it has incredible soundstage. Maybe not quite as big as some of the other Beyerdynamic headphones but you can’t beat it for the price.

HD 559
The Sennheiser HD 559 has a different kind of soundstage. It feels warm and roomy. It’s definitely a different kind of sound. And one you have to hear for yourself to understand.

Sound Pressure Level

DT 880 Pro
Beyerdynamic has 3 different Ohms versions of the DT 880 Pro and for this comparison we used the 32 Ohm. At this level of resistance you can run it off a low output device but the sound signature is really enhanced when you use an amplifier.

HD 559
The HD 559 headphone is a 50 Ohm headphone. This is the tipping point where headphones could really use an amplifier but you can definitely use it direct from a low-output device like a cell phone. An amplifier is highly recommended though. You will definitely get the best sound and have a much better appreciation of this headphone with an amplifier.

SUMMARY

It really comes down to preference when it comes to finding the best of these two headphones. The sound signature of the Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro is definitely more flat and reference worthy but the Sennheiser HD 559 has a warm and enjoyable level of bass. The soundstage on the DT 880 Pro feels a bit bigger with some music but the HD 559 has the E.A.R technology that directs sound into the ear and affects the soundstage in a totally different way.

The DT 880 Pro headhone has a fixed cable while the HD 559 has a removable cable giving it more flexibility. But the DT 880 Pro has a carrying case for mobility.

The truth is you’d do well with either of these incredible and affordable open-back headphones. Both are excellent for studio mixing, reference and even home listening. It really just depends on the sound signature and features most important to you. Stop by Audio46 in person or online to see our entire selection of studio quality mixing headphones.

See more options in the Sennheiser Store at Audio46.com!

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Sennheiser HD 559
Sennheiser HD 559

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro
Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro (32Ohm)

Grado SR225e Open-Back Headphones: Discover Rock Music All Over Again

Grado Labs is a Brooklyn based headphone company and Audio46 is the best place to find the right Grado headphone if you are an audiophile looking for a better music listening experience. Open-back headphones are the best way to go if you want to get better soundstage in your headphones and Grado specializes in quality open-back headphones. All their headphones are hand-made in their Brooklyn laboratory with precision and care.

The Prestige Series headphones from Grado is one of their more affordable lines of headphones and audiophiles all over the world seek out these unique headphones. Many people go for the SR60e or SR80e when looking to buy a Grado for the first time. Both are great starter open-back headphones on their own but the SR225e is really an amazing headphone that will have you rediscovering your favorite rock tunes and pop music again. And the best part is it won’t break the budget. Let’s take a look at the design and specs of this great mid-priced open-back headphone.

GRADO SR225e

The Grado SR225e is similar looking to the other headphones in the Prestige series but the secret is in the recipe of parts, drivers, sound signature and overall design. All the materials used in the earcups of Grado headphones are carefully selected for their reaction to sound waves as they pass around and through the backing. The SR225e headphone is built with a sizeable metal screen for more air flow as the driver moves back and forth playing your music. This air flow allows for a wider soundstage and the entire backing itself is designed to not over accentuate or distort the frequencies. The result is a full warm tonal sound from the bass all the way up to the higher frequencies.

The sound signature created with the Grado SR225e finds itself well with many different styles of music. From classic rock to early punk. Or indie rock and 90’s grunge. And the aural fun doesn’t stop with just these genres. Top-40’s pop music really hits in a way you wouldn’t expect. The SR225e is truly a solid open-back headphone designed to bring back the emotion and feel of your music in a way you haven’t felt in years.

The SR225e and many other of the amazing headphones from Grado Labs are available to demo at Audio46 so if you’re nearby, stop in and give it a listen. And you can always shop the entire Grado Headphone store online at Audio46. We ship nearly everywhere in the world. You won’t be disappointed in the quality or price of the high quality Grado Labs puts into every headphone. It’s truly a real treat.

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Audio Specs:
Transducer Type: Dynamic
Operating Principle: Open Air
Frequency Response: 20 – 22,000 hz
SPL 1mW: 99.8 dB
Nominal Impedance: 32 ohms
Driver Matched dB: .05 dB
Included Accessories:
Headphones, Warranty, Grado story-sheet, 6.5mm Golden Adapter

GRADO SR225e Open Back Headphone. A part of the Prestige Series
GRADO SR225e Open Back Headphone. A part of the Prestige Series

Discover the Amazing TMA-2 Modular Headphone Presets from AIAIAI

Discover the Amazing TMA-2 Modular Headphone Presets from AiAiAi

AIAIAI is an innovative headphone company that thinks of headphones differently. Their TMA-2 Series headphones is a modular series that takes style and comfort as seriously as the overall sound of their products. With the TMA-2 Series you can literally build your own headphone based on headband, speaker units, earpads and cables. Each part has it’s own unique style and function. Most parts are made of a durable matte black nylon or polycarbonate material.cables come in an assortment of styles and colors. And each of the 4 possible speaker unit combinations have their own sound signature and function. These headphones can be for anyone. You could build a low profile everyday headphone for your daily commute. Or even build a premium studio mixing or DJ headphone.

But you could truly get yourself lost in the world of building your own headphone and then buying parts to switch out speaker units or a headband for a different style or sound. But AIAIAI has also made it easy to get started if you’re unsure where you want to begin in the TMA-2 Series modular headphones with Presets. The TMA-2 Presets are full headphone kits that you can buy all in one and then decide if you want to modify from there. Audio46 currently carries 4 of these cool TMA-2 Headphone Preset Kits from AIAIAI. Each one with a different function, feel, look and sound signature. Let’s take a look at each one and their specific design.

The TMA-2 Series Modular Headphones from AIAIAI
The TMA-2 Series Modular Headphones from AIAIAI

 

 

TMA-2 All-Round Preset Headphone Kit

TMA-2 All-Round Preset Headphone Kit by AIAIAI
TMA-2 All-Round Preset Headphone Kit by AIAIAI

 

As the name would suggest the TMA-2 All-Round Preset Headphone Kit is a great everyday headphone. Great for most types of music it has a centered soundstage and medium sound isolation. A perfect starter headphone for music listeners on the go.

The All-Round Preset is made up of the S01 Speaker Unit, the light and sturdy H01 Headband, the E01 microfiber earpads, and the C01 cable with inline microphone and 1 button control for smartphones.

BUY – TMA-2 All-Round Preset Headphone Kit

SPECIFICATIONS
DRIVER DIAMETER 40 mm
SPL 117 dB
RESONANCE FREQ. 75 Hz
IMPEDANCE 32 Ohm
RATED POWER 30 mW
MAX POWER 70 mW
DIAPHRAGM PET
MAGNET Neodymium
WEIGHT 194 g
LIMITED 3-YEAR WARRANTY

 

 

TMA-2 Monitor Preset Headphone Kit

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TMA-2 Monitor Preset Headphone Kit by AIAIAI

 

The TMA-2 Monitor Preset Headphone by AIAIAI has a bright and neutral sound. This headphone has a balanced and relatively neutral sound signature as it’s truly ideal for studio and dj monitoring situations. It also has a wide soundstage and medium sound isolation.

The TMA-2 Monitor Preset is made up of the S01 speaker unit, the H03 nylon headband for comfort, the E05 over-ear microfiber earpads and the C04 Thermo plastic cable. The cable also comes with a 1/8 to 1/4 adapter.

BUY – TMA-2 Monitor Preset Headphone Kit

SPECIFICATIONS
DRIVER DIAMETER 40 mm
SPL 117 dB
RESONANCE FREQ. 75 Hz
IMPEDANCE 32 Ohm
RATED POWER 30 mW
MAX POWER 70 mW
DIAPHRAGM PET
MAGNET Neodymium
WEIGHT 275 g
LIMITED 3-YEAR WARRANTY

 

 

TMA-2 Studio Preset Headphone Kit

TMA-2 Studio Preset Headphone Kit by AIAIAI
TMA-2 Studio Preset Headphone Kit by AIAIAI

 

The TMA-2 Studio Preset Headphone is a warm sounding headphone with added energy in the bass and mid range. It has a wide soundstage and good sound isolation. The TMA-2 Studio Preset is perfect for extended listening sessions and is designed with the studio engineer in mind.

The TMA-2 Studio Preset Headphone is made up of the fully sealed titanium coated S03 speaker unit, the comfortable H03 nylon headband, the E04 over-ear PU leather earpad and the C02 Thermo plastic cable. It also comes with a 1/8 to 1/4 adapter plug.

BUY – TMA-2 Studio Preset Headphone Kit

SPECIFICATIONS
DRIVER DIAMETER 40 mm
SPL 117 dB
RESONANCE FREQ. 90 Hz
IMPEDANCE 32 Ohm
RATED POWER 30 mW
MAX POWER 70 mW
DIAPHRAGM Titanium coated
MAGNET Neodymium
WEIGHT 277 g
LIMITED 3-YEAR WARRANTY

TMA-2 Young Guru Preset Headphone Kit

TMA-2 Young Guru Preset Headphone Kit by AIAIAI
TMA-2 Young Guru Preset Headphone Kit by AIAIAI

 

The TMA-2 Young Guru Preset Headphone has an open and vibrant sound signature with ample bass and crisp high end. This is truly a high fidelity headphone with wide soundstage and medium sound isolation for music fanatics. The name for this headphone comes directly from the Grammy-winning sound engineer Young Guru.

The TMA-2 Young Guru Preset is built with the powerful, high-sensitivity, neodymium S04 speaker, the comfortable H71 nylon headband, the E05 microfiber earpads, and the C71 red coiled cable. It comes with a 1/8 to 1/4 adapter.

BUY – TMA-2 Young Guru Preset Headphone Kit

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVER DIAMETER 40 mm
SPL 120 dB
RESONANCE FREQ. 85 Hz
IMPEDANCE 32 Ohm
RATED POWER 20 mW
MAX POWER 30 mW
DIAPHRAGM PET
MAGNET Premium Neodymium
WEIGHT 277 g
LIMITED 3-YEAR WARRANTY

 

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Pioneer HDJ-C70 DJ Headphones: A Powerhouse of Portable DJ Gear

Pioneer HDJ-C70 DJ Headphones

Pioneer HDJ-C70 DJ Headphones: A Powerhouse of Portable DJ Gear

Pioneer DJ is a division of Pioneer that exclusively caters to high-end DJ equipment. Their line of DJ headphones are revered worldwide as the best in the business because of their ergonomic build, durability and frequency response. Pioneer has a DJ headphone for every need and price range. The Pioneer HDJ-C70 DJ Headphones are a small but powerful on-ear professional DJ headphone, that packs a punch. Let’s take a look at the features and the specifications and see what makes this headphone great.

DESIGN
The build of the HDJ-C70 is strong yet lightweight. Holding this DJ headphone in person you can just feel it’s well made. Designed for extended use, the HDJ-C70 features incredibly comfortable earpads that won’t irritate even after hours of use. The headband is as strong as it is comfortable and adjusting the earcups to just the right spot is simple. Both earcups can rotate up to 90 degrees for single channel monitoring.

One of the best things about the HDJ-C70 is you can replace many of the parts. The headband, housing, head cushion and insert-style earpads are easily replaceable so you can keep rocking for a lifetime with the same headphone.

SOUND
The sound of the HDJ-C70 is top notch due to the 40mm neodymium drivers and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coil. The bass hits with stunning quality and the mids and highs pop-out especially with electronic music. The frequency range of the HDJ-C70 is a broad bandwidth of 7Hz to 32kHz. And you can really push the SPL with an output sound level of 100dB.

SUMMARY
Many DJ’s compare the Pioneer HDJ-C70 to the Sennheiser HD 25 and say they prefer the Pioneer due to its solid construction and 1 piece headband. Plus the sound of the Pioneer hits hard and with true precision. If you’ve never heard of the HDJ-C70 its truly worth a listen. Stop by Audio46 and test one out at our Pioneer DJ kiosk and hear for yourself just how powerful this over ear headphone really is. And pick up a pair of the HDJ-C70 while they last in store or online.

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Pioneer HDJ-C70 DJ Headphones Technical Data

Frequency Response 7 Hz – 32,000 Hz
Impedance 40 Ω
Maximum Input Power 2000 mW
Sound Output Level 100 dB
Style & Build Fully-Enclosed, Dynamic On-Ear Headphones
Chord 1 – 1.2m side-mount coiled chord (Extends to 3m )

1 – 1.6 m straight cord

Plug 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack (gold-plated, 2-way, screw-type)
Weight Without Chord 195 g

Accessories

2 – Chords (1.2m coiled)(1.6 m straight)
1 – 6.3 mm stereo adapter plug (screw type)
1 – Screwdriver for chord replacement
1 – Carrying Case

The Best Wireless Headphone System For TV

Watching television or movies at home can be a problem when you’ve got family or roommates in close proximity. Using a tablet or smartphone wired to headphones can sometimes be a compromise but what about when you want to experience the big screen you paid so much for? For years there have been different types of wireless headphone systems that would allow you to watch the game or your favorite movie in private. But the main complaint about these systems is the transmitters can be quite large and users sometimes experience interference. So where can you find a great wireless headphone system for television? Audio46 has a great solution. The MEE audio Connect Bluetooth Wireless Headphone System For TV.

The MEE audio Bluetooth Wireless Headphone System For TV is different than previous wireless solutions because it uses Bluetooth 4.0 to transmit your audio via the Connect transmitter. With Bluetooth 4.0 using aptX audio codecs the MEE audio connect transmitter sends you crystal clear audio to your Bluetooth headphones flawlessly. The Venture2 Bluetooth headphones are included with the package and will last up to 9 hours on a charge which will have you enjoying The Godfather I and II back to back with no interruptions.

But it’s not just for TV. With the MEE audio Connect Bluetooth transmitter you can connect to any device that has an audio output. From there the Connect transmitter sends your audio directly to your Venture2 Headphones. The best thing about the Connect Bluetooth Wireless transmitter is it’s so compact. No more giant radio station antenna device next to your television or widescreen.

Without a doubt the MEE audio Connect Bluetooth Wireless Headphone System For TV is the best, most powerful and compact system to listen to your television and movies quietly in the privacy of your home. And it’s a great deal at $119.99 MSRP. Check it out at the Audio46 Headphone Store online or in person. And if you already have Bluetooth headphones you can buy the MEE audio Connect Universal Dual Headphone and Speaker Bluetooth Audio Transmitter for TV without the Venture2 Headphones. Even connect 2 headphones at once and share in the private audio experience.

MEE audio Connect Bluetooth Wireless Headphone System For TV

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SPECIFICATIONS

In The Box
Connect Bluetooth Transmitter
Venture2 Bluetooth Headphones
2 x Micro-USB charging cable
3.5mm audio cable
3.5mm to RCA adapter
TOSLINK digital optical SPDIF audio cable
User Manual

Bluetooth Specifications
Bluetooth version 4.0
Bluetooth profiles supported A2DP
Bluetooth audio codecs supported SBC, aptX®, aptX® Low Latency
operating range up to 30ft (10m)
play time (battery power) 9 hours
standby time (battery power) 17 hours
audio inputs 3.5mm; optical TOSLINK
dimensions 2.2 x 2.2 x 1 inches (5.5 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm)
weight 1.1oz (31g)

Headphone Specifications
battery type built-in rechargeable battery
driver size 40 mm
frequency response 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Bluetooth version 4.0
Bluetooth profiles supported A2DP, HSP, HFP, AVRCP
battery life 24 hours
standby time 250 hours