Tag: Audiophile

Beyerdynamic A200P Headphone Amplifier/DAC

Beyerdynamic A 200 p

Most headphones on the market today, especially the higher end models, need a little help reaching their full potential. Transforming digital sound data from a device such as your smartphone, tablet or MP3 player to your headphones generally leads to a pretty significant drop in quality. The A200P high-end portable DAC/headphone amplifier from Beyerdynamic is designed to be a solution for this problem. Like any other headphone amplifier/DAC, the A200P converts digital data to analogue music signals between your device and headphones resulting in a level of audio quality that your mobile device simply isn’t designed for. When used with the A200P amplifier, you’ll hear previously unheard details in your music, better contoured and significantly deeper bass and more natural instrumental and vocal reproduction.

a200p_androidBeyerdynamic’s A200P headphone amplifier/DAC meets the most demanding audiophile sound requirements without tying you down thanks to its incredibly compact size. The A200P measures at just over 2″ x 2″ and is only ½” thick and easily fits in any pocket, purse or backpack for on-the-go use. Don’t let the size fool you though; the A200P features an internal rechargeable battery that provides you with up to 11 hours of music playback so you can use it on all of your cross country flights without worrying about running out of juice.

a200p_iphoneBeyerdynamic also wanted the A200P to be easy to use. They designed intuitive play/pause and track control buttons along the side while the tracking style wheel on the front offers easy volume control. The volume control offers an impressive 135 volume levels allowing you to listen to your music as loud or as softly as you want. The built-in LED display gives you charging, operation and volume indicators. With the A200P, there is no stopping to fiddle with any settings, it can all be done on-the-go.

Perhaps most importantly, the A200P works with both Android and Apple devices as well as both Mac and PC so you don’t have to worry about compatibility issues. The A200P connects to your device via micro USB, Lightning connector or USB (depending on the device you’re using) rather than the typical 3.5mm connection. Beyerdynamic includes a cable for each connection type so you don’t need to worry about having the proper cables; all you need to do is connect your headphones and device to the amp and you’ll be good to go.

 

Beyerdynamic A200P

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Audio Technica’s New ATH-MSR7 Headphones

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Audio Technica ATH-MSR7 Headphones

On the show floor at the International CES show of 2015, Audio Technica has released their new ATH-MSR7 over-ear headphones. These enclosed ear headphones feature newly designed 45mm True Motion Drivers which reproduce Hi-Res Audio for that optimum listening experience. In addition, the ATH-MSR7 headphones feature dual layer air control technology which reduces unwanted resonance and controls air stream for outstanding audio clarity. Audio Technica surely surprised everyone with this excellent new design of headphone at CES this year!

Product Features

  • Newly designed 45mm True Motion Drivers
  • Hi-Res Audio reproduction
  • Dual-Layer Air Control Technology made of aluminum/magnesium housing and a triple vent system
  • Reduces unwanted resonance and controls air stream for outstanding audio clarity

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Top 3 Components for an Audiophile Headphone Setup

Your Sound Isn’t Good Enough

A fair amount of people are usually content with the standard white earbuds that come with their iPods.  However, there are those who have a higher calling for their ears.   There are those who will not be oppressed by the tyranny of sub-par sound. Ladies and gentleman, I am talking about the audiophile, of course.  I speak from experience when I say it is both a gift and a curse being an audiophile.  My friends will tell me to listen to a sweet song only to be disappointed when my ears start to bleed from utterly disappointing sound. So, if you’re looking to break the audiophile sound barrier and become one of the audio elite, then you better take the advice that i’m about to give you!

There are a few things you’re going to need to complete your audiophile transformation:

  • Good Headphones
  • Headphone Amplifier
  • High Quality Source
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Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro

Obviously, you’re going to need some good headphones to start.  Based on your preference you might choose to go with ether in-ear headphones or over/on ear headphones.   If you’re looking to go the in-ear route, then I would suggest something like the Westone UM series which is top-notch when it comes to in-ear monitors.  If you want some over-ear headphones, then I would suggest something like the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro.   There are many factors to consider with headphones and many aspects of them are heavily opinion based. Audiophiles will generally steer toward an open-back design as it offers more detailed analytic sound, and a wider soundstage.  Furthermore, they usually prefer a headphone with an even, flat response to give the best representation of the sound without adding unwanted color.  There is a headphone for everyone and my main advice is to listen to as many as possible in order to see what you’re into.

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FiiO E17

Headphone amplifiers are a commonly overlooked aspect of an audiophile set up. If you have some good headphones, then you’re going to need some good power to compliment that.  Not only does a headphones amplifier drastically increase the sound quality of your headphones, but some of them have equalization settings so you can fine tune your sound.  FiiO makes some awesome amplifiers that won’t break the bank.

Having a good audio source is the final piece to the puzzle.  For example,  even if you have awesome headphones and an amplifier, you will not get the full potential if you have crappy audio files.  Most people are going to be listening to MP3 or internet radio from their iPhone or iPod.  However, the key is to find files with low compression such as a FLAC or other lossless-type files.  Even high quality MP3 files will suffice in most cases.

Remember that there is no perfect formula these are just some basic guidelines. To give you guys an example, I’ve been using the Beyerdaynamic Custom One Pros with a FiiO E17 amplifier and it has been by far my favorite set-up.  Some of you not might agree but that’s the beauty of headphones! There is something for everyone!  Remember:  Life is too short to listen to crappy sound!

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German Maestro Professional Headphones

German Maestro GMP 450 Pro

By Seth Wilde – Product Specialist

Over the past several years, headphones have become increasingly popular.  The white little earbuds are not able to produce the high quality sound that many of today’s consumers want.  Because of this, they are turning to higher-end headphones that will give them the sound they want to hear.  Typically, the three things that people looks for in a pair of new headphones are sound quality, comfort, and style. When a pair of headphones has these three attributes, they become a popular and sought after item.   Although they have been around for many years, German Maestro is a brand that is fairly new to the United States and they offer all of the aforementioned headphone qualities.

With hundreds of years of audiophile engineering under their belt, the German Maestro brand is setting the stage for many of the loudspeaker and headphone manufacturers in today’s industry.  They are still manufactured and handcrafted in their renowned Obrigheim factory in Germany.   Each headphone and speaker is made with the utmost care and precision because the employees of German Maestro are audiophiles.  Sound is what German Maestro is all about and passion is what drives them.  Their line of professional headphones are ideal for use as a DJ, in the studio, or any other situation where only the finest and highest quality of audio is accepted.  The precise audio tuning helps spreads across the full range of frequencies resulting in deep bass, accurate mids, and clear highs.  Headphones such as the German Maestro GMP 450 Pro are specifically designed for studio use, as well as music production.  Other headphones like the GMP 8.35 D Monitor are designed for more industrial long-term use.  For those that what to take the German Maestro sound with them, the GMP 160 offers an excellent portable and lightweight solution.  A quality pair of headphones can be a heavy investment, but with a company like German Maestro, you can be sure that you are getting quality handcrafted audio engineering that the Germans are famous for.

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