Sennheiser 660S Headphone Review

DarKu published a review of the Sennheiser 660S headphone over on Head-Fi.  This is a replacement for the 600/650.  This is another in the increasing round of incremental improvements on venerable headphones from Senn and others.  From the review it appears that the 660S is comparable more to the 600 than the 650 with the biggest improvement in the bass response.  The challenge is whether the incremental improvement is worth an 80-90% increase in price?  The 660S is on Amazon for $499 with the 650 at $300 and the 600 at $260.  Just like the HD-800 and Beyerdynamic T1 the originals might be the way to go and save the money for other gear.

Pros

– High comfort, solid construction and durability
– Good tonal balance, rich and full of substance
– Balanced frequency response, nothing stands out too much
– Airy presentation that leads to good holography
– Let the veil be lifted! Good riddance to muddy and veiled sound
– High level of detail retrieval for the price category it belongs
– Back in black matte paint

Cons

– Shy sub-base
– Slight distortion on sub and mid-bass
– Medium size soundstage

Review of 660S

 

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Sennheiser IE 800 S Review

Twister6 posted a review of the IE 800S over on Head-Fi.  As with other twister6’s reviews this one is thorough.  Unfortunately, there is no comparison with the original IE 800.  I owned an original and loved them but I felt there were other comparable IEMs for significantly less than the $700-$800 price tag.

Pros – very natural tonality, coherent tuning, tiny ceramic shells with 7mm XWB dynamic drivers, modular cable design with 2.5mm, 3.5mm, and 4.4mm terminations.
Cons – cable is not detachable, microphonics wearing cable down (but not up), short nozzle with custom eartips (though, standard Comply supported)

Review of the IE 800S

Jomo Audio Flamenco IEM Review

Ezekiel77 posted a review of the Flamenco 11 driver IEM over on Head-Fi.  From this and other reviews its performance doesn’t match its price point of around $2,300.  Plenty of other worthy competitors at and well under that price.

Pros – The final word in clarity, detail and resolution; class-leading imaging and separation capabilities; plays nice with bad recordings despite the level of detail, engaging and fun signature, musicality, flexibility in sound signature via switches.
Cons – Bass lacks genuine impact and slam, inadequate emotional resonance in the mids, smaller soundstage compared to others in the same tier.

Review of Flamenco

FiiO F9 Hybrid Triple Driver IEM Review

Ryanjsoo posted a long and thorough review of the F9 over on Head-Fi.  He also compared it to a number of other IEMs in the same market space, including the quad driver 1More. The sub-$100 space is starting to heat up.

Pros – Great build and ergonomic, Excellent treble extension, Detailed, Relatively balanced, Tuning tips
Cons – May still be too bright for some, Average isolation, Still not especially linear

 

Review of F9

Review of Earsonics ES3

Audio123 has a review of the Earsonics ES3 triple BA driver IEM over on Head-Fi.  From the review they sound like an interesting IEM to which audio123 thought were superior to the well reviewed Noble Trident.  It should be noted that the ES3 is nearly 40% more expensive than the Trident.

Pros – Full-bodied presentation, Midrange, Soundstage
Cons – Accessories

Review of ES3

Review of New Oriveti Primacy IEM

Dobrescu George posted an extensive review of the new Primacy in ear monitors over on Head-Fi.  The Primacy is another of the new hybrid trend with dual BA and single dynamic drivers. While there are comparisons with various IEMs I wish there was one with the well received 1-More hybrids since they are priced around 1/3 of the Primacy.

Pros – Smooth Sound, Build Quality, Soundstage Width, Excellent Travel Case, Well-Defined Bass, Non-Fatigue Treble, Natural Sound, Price
Cons – Minor Driver Flex for some people

Review of new Primacy

Cowon Plenue R Digital Audio Player (PLA) Review

Twister6 posted a review of the Plenue R over on Head-Fi.  Twister6’s review is extensive and complete as always and the PR (Plenue R) sounds like a great mid-market product selling without the leather case for just under $500.

Pros – JetEffect 7, solid build, responsive touch-screen, neutral revealing tuning, customizable GUI (skins), 17hrs battery life, Bluetooth w/aptX, 128GB internal storage.
Cons – leather case is optional, power output more suitable for IEMs and efficient Full size.

Review of Plenue R