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
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
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.
Twister6 posted an extensive review of the Shanling M2 DAP over on Head-Fi.
Pros – neutral signature, transparent sound, excellent build, compact slim design, duplex Bluetooth functionality, HibyLink support, battery life.
Cons – high output impedance, no internal storage, no included case.
George Dobrescu posted an extensive review of the DK-3001 over on Head-Fi. From the review it sounds like a great 3BA/1dynamic driver IEM. Priced around $500, it is middle of the road for a quad-driver IEM.
Pros – Relaxed Signature, Smooth Sound, Strong Bass, Large Soundstage, Good Instrument Separation, Good Comfort, Large Number of Accessories Included, Useful Carrying Case, Great Value, Musical, Romantic, Natural
Cons – A tad too polite for metal music, The sound Might be too relaxed for some.