Listening to the iPhone 7 While Charging: A Higher Audio Performance Workaround

On September 16th 2016, Apple’s iPhone 7 went on sale with arguably the most controversial design move in the history of mobile phones – the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. At the special event in San Francisco where the iPhone 7 was announced a week earlier, Phil Schiller (Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing) calls the move courageous: “the courage to move on and do something new that betters all of us.” While the headphone jack is the oldest technology on the iPhone 7, it is the most mature and widely used port for many different applications. Deleting it from the most carried mobile device on the planet means using the iPhone 7 with standard headphones or in the car would require an adapter and some inconvenience... (read more)

MOON by Simaudio Neo 430HAD Headphone Amplifier

The $3500 Simaudio MOON Neo 430HA is not just another “me too” product from an established high-end audio company out to grab a piece of the personal audio pie. Features such as headphone crossfeed (Xfeed), selectable Hi/Lo output gain, fully balanced differential design with front panel dual mono 3-pin XLR outputs, 4-pin XLR balanced stereo output, 1/4” stereo TRS output, 3.5mm input and remote control – the extensive list goes on. Headphone enthusiasts normally find these things on an “end game” headphone amplifier... (read more)

Ultimate Ears Pro Reference Remastered

The name Ultimate Ears Pro (UE Pro) may not be a household name for the average person, but for music professionals, UE Pro’s products are essential tools for their work. UE Pro specializes in custom in-ear monitors (CIEMs) and their expertise dates back to the mid ’90s. Musicians and singers rely on these custom-fitted in-ear headphones to “monitor” their sound when performing live. In the ’80s and ’90s, you may have seen floor speakers, aka stage monitors, that face the band at concerts... (read more)

Sony HAP-Z1ES Hard Drive Upgrade [Updated]

In autumn of 2013, Sony introduced their flagship Hi-Res audio player HAP-Z1ES. It features a 1TB internal storage, Ethernet and WiFi connectivity. It can be controlled by an app on a tablet or phone (Android and Apple iOS), will up-sample any format to double-DSD, and handle native single-DSD and double-DSD files. Designed by the same engineers as the sought-after SCD-1 from 1999, the Sony HAP-Z1ES is very competitively priced at $1999 USD... (read more)

Apogee Groove Headphone Amplifier and DAC

If you’ve spent more than $100 on a pair of headphones, chances are you appreciate good sound quality. You don’t have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on audio equipment to achieve high fidelity sound if you use a computer music system...(read more)

McIntosh MHP1000 Headphones

McIntosh products have a worldwide reputation for extraordinary performance, timeless designs and impeccable build quality that lasts a lifetime; the new MHP1000 headphones are everything you’d expect from McIntosh throwing their hat in the ring... (read more)

SPL (Sound Performance Lab) phonitor 2

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Yep, pretty much rocket science...

At Audio360 we often use the term "audio geeks". Michael Mercer has been known to state that he's been "geeking out" on a product at least once a week. It seems even some manufacturers are in on the joke! Case in point: Light Harmonic's GEEK OUT and Geek Pulse DACs; the former starting to ship this month... (read more)

Lehmann Audio LinearUSB Headphone Amplifier with DAC

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Sampling rates (16/44.1, 24/96, 24/192), standard-res, high-res, DSD. If you're confused by all the numbers and formats, you're not alone. Lately, many audio manufacturers are touting their new DAC capabilities: processing nearly every sampling rate and format available. Mind you, these DACs range in price from $99 to tens of thousands of dollars... (read more)

McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

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In the days leading up to CES 2014, McIntosh extended a special invitation to Audio360 to check out a prototype of their upcoming headphone amplifier: the MHA100. Having reviewed their D100 digital preamp just prior to CES, and having found it most worthy, we were of course thrilled to accept the invitation.

Actually, how we felt about the D100 was completely irrelevant. The fact is, when McIntosh calls to tell you they have a new headphone amplifier, you just go. Like a zombie rushing towards some fresh brain, nothing else matters... (read more)