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  1. Headphones
    The premium planar magnetic segment of the headphone market is proof that healthy competition can bring down prices while spurring innovation. At CanJam 2020, Planar magnetic headphone specialists HiFiMan showed off a new model, the DEVA, that ships with a dedicated Bluetooth/USB DAC module...
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    As a company Audeze is known for their massive planar headphones with impressive sound quality, offered at what some may consider a high price. However... I don’t think that $1,200 is a small sum of money, but until I got to play with Audeze LCD-X , headphones never came anywhere close to the...
  3. Great Found Deals
    If you've had your eye on audio or AV gear from Monoprice, today is probably a good day to make the purchase, thanks to a 20% off special . For today only, Monoprice is offering 20% off on products bearing its own brand. This includes a sizable variety of audio and AV speakers...
  4. Headphones
    Debuting at the Hong Kong High End Audio Visual Show 2018, HiFiMan HE1000se ($3499) are a new planar-magnetic headphone model that provides a sizeable boost in sensitivity over the HE1000 V2 ($2799 on Amazon) that it updates. According to the company, this new model is so easy to drive it will...
  5. Headphones
    The new Audeze LCD2 planar-magnetic headphones sport a closed-back design that offers greater isolation from the outside world than open-back models. Audeze is one of the most well-respected headphone makers in the world and one of the few that offers an extensive range of planar-magnetic...
  6. Headphones
    CanJam NYC 2018 is just a couple short weeks away and I look forward to stopping by the HiFiMan booth when I am there. The headphones and headphone amplifier company will be at the show with its latest planar-magnetic offering called Sundara ($499) featuring a newly designed diaphragm that is...
  7. Headphones
    The race to build ultra-premium headphones with ever lower distortion and broader frequency response continues unabated. The new HiFiMan Susvara continues this trend by promising uncompromised performance at a price point of $6000. At the core of Susvara (previously known as the Edition 6...
  8. Headphones
    Tidal Force is a new brand that aims to be a disruptive force in the AV industry. Its debut is marked by the introduction of premium certified HDMI cables in three lengths, as well as a pair of planar-magnetic headphones: Tidal Force Wave 5. Certified HDMI cables in three sizes First up...
  9. Headphones
    There's nothing quite like the sublime experience of hearing your favorite music played on a pair of high-end headphones. During my recent visit to CanJam New York City 2017, I had a chance to try a wide variety of personal-audio gear. While there, I chatted with Fang Bien—founder of HiFiMan—and...
  10. Headphones
    Check out this video report I made from my visit to CanJam NYC 2017: Show report from CanJam NYC 2017. Narration, video, and music by Mark Henninger CanJam New York City 2017 was heaven for headphone and personal audio enthusiasts. During my visit, I saw and heard products such as...
  11. Speakers
    Shopping for speakers can be overwhelming given the vast variety of designs and enormous range in pricing. It's a good idea to pre-plan prior to starting your search; otherwise, you'll get lost in an ocean of technical terms, performance specifications, and marketing lingo. If you're armed...
  12. Latest Industry News
    The Monoprice Monolith line of high-performance products that debuted at CEDIA 2016 is squarely aimed at AV enthusiasts, and it includes more than just amplifiers and speakers. The company also introduced a pair of planar magnetic headphones, the M560 ($200) and M1060 ($300), that are designed...
  13. Headphones
    Can $300 headphones serve as a reference by which to judge high-end stereo systems? That question popped into my mind as I spoke with Fang Bian—the founder and CEO of HiFiMan—when I was at AXPONA a couple months ago. It came up because one of the challenges of covering high-end audio shows is...
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