Malevolent posted a great review of Noble’s Kaiser Encore with detailed comparisons to the venerable K10 over on Head-Fi. Click on the link below to read the review.
Jude posted his video review over on Head-Fi containing some of the equipment and software that will be at the CanJam NY show.
HiFiChris posted a review of the Advanced Alpha planar magnetic headphone over on Head-Fi. From the review it sounds like it is generally similar to the HE-400 but with subtle differences.
Pros – •balanced sound
•fast, tight, deep extending bass
•good resolution and separation
Cons – •only a short cable comes included
•some people might find the clamping force a bit strong
•a bit more upper treble linearity wouldn’t hurt
•removing the ear pads, one can accidentally remove the protective mesh in front of the planar driver
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.
– 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
– Shy sub-base
– Slight distortion on sub and mid-bass
– Medium size soundstage
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)
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.
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