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July 27, 2012

AKG K 702 Headphones Review

Filed under: Headphones — Tags: , , , , — audiofanzine @ 8:12 am

To read the full article with other editor’s conclusions see:  AKG K 702 Review

Let’s end this week with another famous name: AKG and their reference-class K 702. Our opinion about its little brother, the K 271, was pretty balanced: it has a very detailed high-end but a too weak low-frequency range. What about the K 702?

Red Led’s Conclusion

AKG K 702The K 271 mkII didn’t quite satisfy us but its big brother really seduced us. The low-end is still a bit shy but it sounds very well and very detailed; much better than the K 271. These headphones actually redress the main disadvantage of the K 271. They are certainly the most linear headphones we ever reviewed and the dynamic range is just amazing. They reproduce every detail of the signal very accurately, which makes them perfect for mixing. Moreover, the K 702 are light and comfortable. They feature replaceable ear-cup cushions and a replaceable cable thanks to the mini-XLR connector. If we consider that a good pair of headphones shouldn’t emphasize the lows, these are the ultimate headphones for you. My own personal revelation among the headphones reviewed.

Advantages:

  • Well-balanced sound
  • Weak but accurate low-end
  • Very wide dynamic range
  • High-end reproduction is detailed but not sharp
  • Mini-XLR connector
  • Light and comfortable
  • Ear-cup cushions and cable available as spare parts

Drawbacks:

  • If you like fat lows, don’t buy them

To read the full article with other editor’s conclusions see:  AKG K 702 Review

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July 23, 2012

Ultrasone Pro 2900 Review

Filed under: Headphones — Tags: , , , , , — audiofanzine @ 10:34 am

To read other conclusions by our editors see:  Ultrasone Pro 2900 Review

The Ultrasone Pro 550 didn’t convince us when we compared headphones under $150. But the brand is famous for its high-class headphones. So what about the Pro 2900, the flagship in the Ultrasone product range?

Los Teignos’ Conclusion

Ultrasone Pro 2900Ultrasone certainly brought some fresh air to the market of pro-audio headphones with original products that are very appealing compared with the standard tools from Beyer, AKG or Sennheiser. In fact, the sound signature of this Pro 2900 will surprise many users with its extreme low-end and sharp high-end. But you’ll quickly come to understand that these features are real advantages because this pair of headphones emphasizes exactly the information that is inhibited by the other headphones. I’m not sure of whether these are the ideal headphones if you’re looking for absolute sound neutrality, however they are already a reference.

Advantages:

  • Reproduction of very high frequencies
  • Reproduction of very low frequencies
  • Accessories and packaging
  • A strong personality without competitors
  • Technology reducing electromagnetic radiation

Drawbacks:

  • Commitment to a sound signature that won’t be every user’s taste
  • Ear-cup cushions tend to unscrew too easily

To read other conclusions by our editors see:  Ultrasone Pro 2900 Review

July 16, 2012

Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro Mini-Review

Filed under: Headphones — Tags: , , , — audiofanzine @ 12:26 pm

To read the other opinions and the full article see:  Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro Review

Our Headphones Week continues with the Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro, the big brother of the DT-770. Having the DT-770 as a reference, we had high expectations for the DT-880… Verdict!

Red Led‘s Conclusion

Beyerdynamic DT-880 ProThe first advantage of the DT-880 Pro is their price: these headphones are the cheapest in our test. They inherit all the features of the DT-770 Pro, which we really liked last year, and they even fix some disadvantages we noticed then. In fact, the low-frequency response is much smoother than with the DT-770 (no troublesome dip @ 80Hz anymore). The high-frequencies are still very detailed, sometimes almost tiring. The headphones offer perfect comfort but they are not foldable and they are rather bulky. The DT-880 Pro take after the DT-770 Pro and straighten their main defect. Very good value for money.

Advantages:

  • Price
  • Comfortable
  • Wide frequency range
  • Ear cup cushions available as spare parts
  • Smooth low-frequency response
Drawbacks:
  • Tiring in certain situations
  • Cable not replaceable

To read the other opinions and the full article see:  Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro Review

July 11, 2012

Audio-Technica ATH-AD1000 Mini-Review

Filed under: Headphones — Tags: , , , , — audiofanzine @ 6:31 am

To read the full article with other opinions see:  ATH-AD1000 Mini-Review

Second headphones review: Audio-Technica ATH-AD1000. The ATH-M50 impressed us when reviewed headphones under $150… But what about this up-market product? Audio-Technica ATH-AD1000.

Los Teignos’ Conclusion

Audio-Technica ATH-AD1000These headphones are comfortable and guarantee an excellent high-frequency reproduction. In terms of sound signature and performance, the ATH-AD1000 nearly reach the quality of the AKG 702. The problem is they are a bit more expensive than the AKG while having some disadvantages, like the non-detachable cable. As a consequence, even if there is no reason to advise against these headphones, there is also no reason to recommend them.

Advantages:

  • Comfortable and light
  • Very good high-frequency reproduction
Drawbacks:
  • Irreplaceable cable and no exchangeable ear cups
  • Not as good as the K702 but more expensive?
  • No accessories
  • Too expensive compared with similar products

To read the full article with other opinions see:  ATH-AD1000 Mini-Review

July 9, 2012

Sennheiser HD650 Mini-Review

Filed under: Headphones — Tags: , , , , — audiofanzine @ 8:42 am

To read the other conclusions and see the full review see:  Sennheiser HD650 Review

It’s Headphones Week at AudioFanzine and this Sennheiser HD650 review is the first one in a series of five reviews. Five different headphones will be reviewed by three of our editors, Los Teignos, Red Led and Will Zégal.

Los Teignos’ Conclusion

Sennheiser HD650The high-frequency range is so weak that I first thought the ones we received at AudioFanzine were faulty. I checked the problem and unfortunately the headphones were not faulty! Throughout the whole session, I had to regret always the same things: in many situations, the HD650 are not capable of reproducing important details of a mix, for instance attacks, reverb tails and other subtle signals. And although they give good results in the lows, the Ultrasone are a serious competitor in this respect. To keep it short, I don’t recommend the HD650 for professional tracking, mixing or mastering. For consumer applications like home cinema, these headphones will seduce audiophiles who will praise the “deep” lows and the “silky” highs while drinking a cup of tee. Unlike the HD25, which offer a lot of good things and are a real reference product in their price range, we can hardly find any positive features here. The HD650 are much too expensive considering their performance. Even for half the price, these headphones are still not a good choice…

Advantages:

  • Nice looks
  • Sturdy construction
  • Fat low-end — typical Sennheiser
Drawbacks:
  • No accessories
  • Ear cup cushions not replaceable
  • Where are the high frequencies?
  • Heavy — you’ll always know when you have them on
  • Bad value for money

To read the other conclusions and see the full review see:  Sennheiser HD650 Review

February 4, 2009

NAMM 2009: Video Demo New Headphones from Audio-Technica

Filed under: Headphones, namm 2009 — Tags: , , , , , , , , — audiofanzine @ 8:55 am

Short tour of the new Audio Technica headphones.

To watch all NAMM 2009 video demos visit us on Audiofanzine NAMM 2009.

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