Joe an admin at Head-Fi posted a review of the new wireless bluetooth Porta Pro from Koss. He says that the sound image is the same as the wired model which is great. Also, Joe mentions that there are far less signal cut outs with the Porta Pro than other bluetooth headphones. Priced at $79 it is a great value for a bluetooth device.
B9Scrambler posted a review of the Cascade headphone over on Head-Fi. Sounds like it is a bit bass forward headphone. With a diaphragm of 42mm that is smaller while B9Scrambler states the headphone controls the bass well you will have to see for yourself. Many smaller diameter diaphragms have difficulty in not sounding boomy and control roll off. All in all, from the review it sounds like a great headphone that is designed for mobility.
It’s in the sweet spot for headphones ($400-$1,000) and therefore has some tough competition from the older HD-800, T1, Z7 and many others.
Pros – Amazing fit and finish – Plush sheepskin pads – Bass driven signature that doesn’t overpower – Sound stage
Cons – Concern for yolk/hanger durability – Cloth cable is just alright – Impact of dampeners minimal
Ngoshawk posted a review on Head-Fi of the new Campfire Audio Cascade headphones. Sounds like an interesting headphone but it is in a congested space being priced @ $799. This is about what you would pay for a first generation Beyerdynamic T1 or HD800. The asymmetrical attachment of the headband to the headphone appears to create a comfort issue. Being attached on only one side could create more pressure on one side of the headphone than the other. Also, to get seal you may need more pressure than a symmetrical design.
Pros – Deep lucious bass.
Right. price point to enter.
Sound befitting a flagship.
Cons – Not the most comfortable.
Treble lacked a bit of sparkle (to me).
Not much else!
Jude posted a video review of the upcoming Audeze Mobius headphone on Head-Fi. While the Mobius is targeting gamers they appear to have the same, similar or in the ballpark planar magnetic core as the EL-8. However, according to the review it holds up against its peers when justing using it as a standard headphone. The Mobius has a usb-c connection with converting cables and a boom-mic included. It is also bluetooth and supports LDAC for all of the Sony fans out there. For the PC gamers it supports 7.1 surround with head tracking. Sounds like an interesting HP. Another interesting thing is that it is being sold pre-release on the Indiegogo platform. Apparently, to generate interest pre-release and to fund the manufacturing run-up costs. Slated for a June/July release the pre-release price is $269. That is 32% off the expected retail price of $399.
Jude has posted his review of CanJam Singapore on Head-Fi. As it typical at the Singapore event there will be great stuff to hear. Maybe I will bump into you as we try to hear the new Focal gear.
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