I was scrolling through Facebook and I saw an ad for Helm Audio and their imminent Studio Planar headphones, launching in 11 days. Always like being up to date one what's current with planars, so I clicked. I was pleasantly surprised.
Now, I wasn't able to find info on their site about whether these headphones are open or closed back, but they're marketed as portable, and accept a single 3.5mm cable. This means you can use them with your favorite Android or iOS cable! I'll be using my q-Jays Android cable, because 3-button remote for Android! 🙂
Besides that, Helm claims to be using the world's first rectangular driver, as opposed to a square or circular driver, with supposedly less distortion.
With 66mm drivers, these planars have a frequency response range of 10 - 50,000 Hz, with a SPL in excess of 100dB despite the unit's 42 Ohm impedance. Good specs for a $350 pair of headphones.
This product already seems to be an excellent value, but I'm sure we can get an even better deal...
Why Doesn't Massdrop offer any DACs capable of rendering MQA files?
Especially for those of us who subscribe to TIDAL Masters, it would be nice to have an MQA option. For those who think MQA is snake-oil, fine, you don't have to buy it. But for those of us who believe MQA offers real benefits, it would be nice if Massdrop provided one or two MQA rendering DACs among the several dozen DACs it offers.
The Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Tube Hybrid: In With the New
The new Cavalli Tube Hybrid is an evolution of the original Compact Tube Hybrid DIY project.
The new “CTH” has significant improvements to the original design: Higher power output, approximately 1W into 50 ohms. The new CTH has some global negative feedback reducing the gain from the mu of the triode to a more manageable gain of 8x. By reducing the gain, we are able to make the amp work with the widest array of headphones through a very simple design to operate. The unity gain, discrete output buffers on the new CTH are updated versions of the buffers used in the Cavalli Audio Liquid Glass amplifier and provide the same or better performance.
CHECK OUT THE DROP FOR THE MASSDROP X CAVALLI TUBE HYBRID HERE: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-alex-cavalli-cth-tube-hybrid-amp
The original CTH used a 24VAC wall wart power supply. This is suitable for a DIY project, but this type of power supply is uncommon and introduces raw power line AC and...
BACK IN STOCK! - Massdrop x THX AAA™ 789 Linear Amplifier
Audiophiles rejoice... The Massdrop x THX AAA (TM) 789 headphone amplifier is now back in stock!
Take advantage of limited quantities and see why this is one of the most critically acclaimed and best testing headphone amplifiers ever.
Detailed specs and product info here: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-thx-aaa-789-linear-amplifier/reviews?commentId=2288538
Review from Passion for Sound:
So I was planning to ask for a pair of hd58x for my birthday. However, I have read about a lot of people getting screwed over at the canadian border and their orders costing much more than they thought. So this got me wondering, does the 15$ drop charges for shipping to Canada pay for the border handling and shipping into Canada? Or will it end up costing even more?
P.S.: If you have any other open back headphone suggestions that are good for gaming that I could get a good price on in Canada, let me know!
So my headset stop working all of the sudden but the hearing works fine but is just my mic stopped working I tried doing the windows fix where you go to privacy and mic settings but it doesn't work. did anyone have this problem and if so do you have a fix?
I was looking into buying some IEM headphones here but none of these provide Bluetooth connecting cables for replacement.
I am a fan of wired headphones because I am an old-fashioned guy but sometimes I feel like my gym workout would be easier if I wasn't confined to my wired connection.
I've found some replacement Bluetooth wires for MMCX on Amazon with mixed reviews and the 2-pin connectors had different measurements and wasn't sure whether they would work.
Does anyone have any experience with Bluetooth connecting replacement cables and if so:
Which pair of headphones/connectors do you use?
Which replacement cables you got?
Is it worth getting?
Any advise on 2 pin/MMCX/other compatibility?
An incredible challenge posted by Audeze official - will Dan, Sennheiser and Focal step up?
This is real. This isn't a hoax. Attached is a screenshot from the Audeze LCDi4's Amazon page. Transcribed below:
Buyer Question: How much do these headphones cost to manufacture? I'm curious what the markup is
Audeze's Response: No problem - just ask Sennheiser, Focal, HiFI Man, Beyer, and Mr. Speakers what their BOM costs are and send it to Audeze, and we'll post our information.
(Note from me - BOM = bill of materials)
You can see by the SELLER label this is the actual reply from Audeze official.
Audeze has since deleted the comment, but I was amazed to see someone both bold enough to ask this question, and Audeze being bold enough to reply. I screenshotted the comment not realizing they later deleted the reply, immortalizing it forever.
I think Dan of Mr. Speakers lurks Massdrop, and maybe others do too. What do you say? Can we get sign-offs from the major players to agree to post their production costs? Audeze has issued this incredible challenge, who will step up?