Blue Microphones Ella – the new first lady of planar magnetic headphones

  Pros:  Crisp and detailed sound, good dynamics, excellent sense of musicality for a “neutral” tuning, exceptional spatial cues, good comfort, onboard amp circuitry to make the driveable by just about anything, ON+ mode for a more “analogue” sound Cons: Unusual headphone construction leaves you feeling like an extra from Dr Who, could do with... Continue Reading →

Sonus Faber Pryma 0/1 – darkly fashionable

Pros:  Quality build, unusual look, rich sound with a smooth and velvety midrange and warm, enveloping bass, decent layering Cons: Can sound veiled / rolled off in the treble compared to other over-ears in the same price range, slightly closed in soundstage Price: £399.00 (PRYMA) Acknowledgment I acquired these over-ears in a trade deal with a... Continue Reading →

Fostex TH610 Reference Headphones: luxurious wood and big bass

The Good: Bass - in plentiful supply Mids and highs - nothing grating here The price - it's just been reduced The versatility of a closed can The finish - wooden finish is very tasteful The Bad: Lacking the airiness of an open can Meze 99 Classics are close to this in sound quality (although not quite there)... Continue Reading →

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