Audio Tech, Headphones, Amps & DACs

Below are all the reviews I have written covering headphones, amps and DACs. I have owned many more headphones not reviewed including Sony MDR-1R, JVC HA-FXZ200, Audio Technica ATH-AD900x, Bose AE2i, Sennheiser HD558, Beyerdynamic DT880 600 ohm, Denon AH-C751s, Sony MDR-EX91, Sennheiser HD415, Fischer Audio FA-011, REO, Sennheiser HD600, Fischer Audio FA-003, Sennheiser PX-200 IIi , Brainwavz B2 and Sennheiser HD202ii, so if you would like to know more about these please ask in the comments.

Previous Amps owned and not reviewed include Sony PHA-1, Fiio E7/E9/E17/E12, Fiio E5, Fiio E11 and Musical Fidelity V-DAC/V-PSU so again if you would like to know more about these please ask a question using the comments section below. Again I have owned many many more audio devices, so please ask if you have any questions.

Digital Audio Players

iBasso DX80 review including using it with a Chord Mojo
Pioneer XDP-100R review

Headphone Amps/DACS

Austell&Kern XB10 APT-X HD Bluetooth Adapter/Receiver review
Cayin C5 Portable Headphone amplifier review
Chord Mojo – First Impressions
Audioquest Dragonfly Red review
Fiio E12 – master review
Fiio Q1 – DAC and Amp review
HiFiMeDIY Sabre Android USB DAC review
iBasso D14 Bushmaster Headphone DAC review
iBasso D-Zero MK2 Headphone Amp DAC review
LG HiFi DAC B&O review
Little Dot MKIV Tube Headphone Amplifier review
Lindy USB DAC Review
Oppo HA-1 Headphone DAC review
Oppo HA -2 Portable Amplifier and DAC review
Oppo HA-2 vs Oppo HA-2 SE review
Oppo HA-2 SE Headphone AMP DAC Review

In-Ear Headphones / In Ear Wireless 

Audeze iSine 20 – First Impressions and More
August EP610 Bluetooth Headphones – review
BeatsX Wireless In Ear review
Dunu Titan 5 In Ear headphones review
LG Tone Platinum- World’s First APT-X HD headphones review
Lindy CROMO IEM-75 Dual Driver In Ear Monitor Headphones review
Lindy IEM-50X Hi-Fi In Ear Headphone review
Samsung Gear IconX Review 
Sony XBA-1 In Ear Headphones review
Sony XBA-H1 Headphone Review

Bluetooth and or Noise Cancelling Headphones

Apple AirPods – In depth Review
AKG K845 Bluetooth Headphone review
Austell&Kern XB10 Bluetooth APT-X HD adapter/receiver review
August EP610 Bluetooth Headphones – review
August EP636 Bluetooth Headphones – review
August EP650 Bluetooth Headphones – review
BeatsX Wireless headphone review
Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones review
Bluedio V (Victory) PPS 12 Patented Bluetooth Headphones review
B & O H5 Wireless and In Ear Headphones review
Bose Quietcomfort QC35 Headphones – review
groov-e fusion headphones review
LG Tone Platinum- World’s First APT-X HD headphones review
Lindy Cromo NCX-100 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones review
Lindy BNX-60 Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones – review
Philips Fidelio M1BT Headphone review
Plantronics BackBeat Pro bluetooth headphones review
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Bluetooth headphones review
Samsung Gear IconX Review 
Samsung Level One Pro – Hi-Res (UHQ) Bluetooth Headphones review
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 2.0 review
Sony MDR-1RNC – Noise Cancelling Headphone review
Sony MDR-XB950BT headphones review
Sony SBH80 Bluetooth headphones review
Sony MDR-1000x – First Impressions

On Ear and Over Ear Headphones

Audio Technica M50x headphone review
Audio Technica ATH-AD900x Headphone review
HiFiMan Edition S Headphones review
Logitech UE Headphones – 3 part Master review
Oppo PM-3 Headphone review
Oppo PM-2 Headphones – First Impressions after 100 hours
Oppo PM-2 Headphone review 
Pioneer SE-MHR5 Headphones review
Sennheiser HD518 Headphone review
Sennheiser HD598se Headphone review

Sennheiser HD598 cs headphones Review
Ted Baker Rockall Headphone review
V-Moda Crossfade M100 headphone review

Headphone Cable

Atlas Cables – Zeno cable review
Fiio RC-HD1 Headphone cable review

Bluetooth Speaker Systems, MIDI systems and Soundbars

August SE20 Portable Bluetooth Mini System – review
Evolve Audio Soundbar SB-2501 review

Groov-e Portable Karaoke Boombox with Bluetooth & CD player review
Groov-e Mini Boombox review
Groov-e Classic Boombox review
Polk BOOM Swimmer Duo – Waterproof, Dirt & Shockproof Bluetooth Speaker review
Tascam Trackpad US-2×2 Review


Optoma 1080e Projector Review – 100 inch Short Throw

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13 thoughts on “Audio Tech, Headphones, Amps & DACs

  1. Hi. As you may rem I have the Nexus 5 and a usb dac playing headphones though a Usb Audio pro.
    My question is. In your opinion what will be the best sounding over ear headphones I could buy with the kit I use?
    Budget / mid / expensive choices if you know.
    I already have a few ‘in-ear’ headphones of cheap to high quality which I am happy with.


  2. Hi Gavin, I enjoyed the review. I’m set to buy the DX80, but curious to know the following, simply because I do not know.. If the DX80 has built in DAC does it really need the Mojo?. Based on the memerising advance in sound I can assume a definite yes. So my question,
    Im aware high quality earphones drive the sound, should I be spending more on the h.phones and Mojo and get a cheaper DAP like the Hifiman HM700?


    1. The Chord Mojo DAC is better than that in the DX80. In theory any digital source into the Chord Mojo will produce the same sound, as its the DAC from the Chord Mojo doing all the heavy lifting. Personally I liked the sound from the DX80 going optical out into the Chord Mojo. Perhaps it was a cleaner signal into the Mojo. As to headphones, they do make a difference. but keep a look at for how efficient they are. The easier to drive, the more you might get from them without spending loads on powerful amps. Also all our ears are different so we hear things differently. Good luck. Gavin


  3. Gavin, Could you possibly compare the sound quality of the Oppo HA-1 to the Chord Mojo. I intent to use one or the other with my main system, connected to my Emotiva XMC-1 processor mainly for DSD playback. Thanks.


    1. Totally different beasts. One fits in your pocket and one sits on a piece of furniture and is substantial in size. In a main system I would use the HA-1. Plus there is a huge price gap between them. Did you mean the HA-2??


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