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HiFiMan HE-500 Over-the-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones and EF-5 Headphone Amplifier

HE-500HiFiMan is a relative newcomer (2006) to the audio product scene. Their specialty is headphones (including over-the-ear and earbuds) and headphone amplifiers. We have reviewed several of their headphones, with positive and enthusiastic findings. The HE-500, reviewed here, are over-the-ear headphones, meaning that they completely enclose the ears. This model also uses planar magnetic drivers, which unlike cone drivers, are flat, very thin plastic membranes, on which is attached a thin conductor. The membrane is near permanent magnets, and when the signal flows through the conductor, the opposing electromagnetic field on the conductive membrane is pushed away from or attracted to the permanent magnets, producing the sound.

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Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus

Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus

Cambridge Audio has been in the audio business for quite some time and one of their more popular products in recent history, the DacMagic has undergone an update. The new DacMagic Plus improves upon the DacMagic by adding support for 24/192 sampling rates.

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Focal Spirit One Over-the-Ear Headphones

Focal Spirit One HeadphoneMany people now listen to their music through headphones. On their commute to work, at their desk, in the gym, or anywhere else, you're very likely to find people using headphones. As part of our headphone roundup, this review covers the Focal Spirit One Headphones, which are of the design that, generically, are called "Over the Ear", which means they completely cover the ear in a chamber, which may be sealed on the outside or open to the surroundings. The Focal Spirit One's are sealed.

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Paradigm SHIFT E3m In-Ear Headphones (Earbuds)

Paradigm SHIFT E3m In-Ear Headphones (Earbuds)

It was almost impossible to not notice the abundance of headphone products being shown at CES 2012 this past January. It seemed that everyone had a solution for enjoying personal audio devices from large, multi-colored over-the-ear and on-ear headphones to in-ear headphones and earbuds. Paradigm's contribution to this exploding market include the SHIFT E3m earbuds, reviewed here.

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Headphone and Earphone Round-up

Headphone and Earphone Round-up

Check out the Headphone and Earphone Round-up, a summary of all the new Headphone and Earphone reviews...more to come through the end of August!

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Sennheiser IE60 In Ear Headphones (Earbuds)

Sennheiser IE60 In Ear Headphones

Sennheiser is a very well known name in the headphone game. My first good headphones, and the center of my first high end audio system, were the Sennheiser HD580s I had in college. The company has always been known for high quality over the ear headphone, but they also make In Ear Headphones, a.k.a., Earbuds, and that is what we review here, namely the Sennheiser's IE60.

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HiFiMAN HE-400 Planar Headphone and HM-601 Slim Portable Player

HiFiMAN HE-400 Planar Headphone and HM-601 Slim Portable Player

HiFiMAN was founded in 2007 by Dr. Fang Bian, a man with a passion for portable audio. His love for music and sound quality is immediately present in his HiFiMAN products. HiFiMAN has been known for producing some very well regarded planar magnetic headphones, like the HE-6, but up until now, those reference headphones required a lot of power.

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HiFiMAN HE-6 Planar Headphones and EF-6 Headphone Amplifier

HiFiMAN HE-6 Planar Headphone and EF-6 Headphone Amp

After reviewing a true bargain in the planar magnetic headphone market, the excellent sounding and easily driven HiFiMAN HE-400, I moved onto their top of the line HiFiMAN HE-6, and also included the EF-6 Pure Class A headphone amplifier to drive the headphones.

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D-Wings Cable Management

D-WingsAll of us have had to deal with cable management in our audio and home theater systems. What we usually end up with is a tangle of wires that look like a mess. There are a number of cable management systems out there, but they most often involve tubes through which you pass the cables. D-Wings, marketed by UT-Wire, represent a completely different, and much easier to use, cable management product.

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Audeo PFE 232 Earphones

Audeo PFE 232 Earphones

Audeo was founded in 2008 as a subsidiary to the Swiss corporation, Phonak, which is the largest maker of hearing aid systems in the world. Audeo was formed with the simple goal of becoming the worldwide leader for high end in-ear monitors (IEM's) by 2016. Here is a review of their model PFE 232, which are classified as earbuds.

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Synergistic Research Tesla Series AC Power Conditioner and AC Power Cables

Synergistic Research Tesla Series

Moving can really suck. On top of everything else, it seems like I always lose stuff, at least temporarily. Eventually, that lost pair of shoes will turn up in a box labeled "towels," but it had been a few months since the move and I was still looking for some of the magic of my system.

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