• Audio-Technica ATH-W1000X

    The ATH-W1000X is part of the Woodie line of Audio-Technica headphones and was the mid-range model, following the W1000, while the W5000 was for a long time the higher-end model. The cups are…

  • AKG K551

    The K551 was launched around the same time as the original K550, circa 2012. It was a variant with shorter cable (1.2m, non detachable) coming with remote control and mic.I have comfort issues…

  • Hifiman HE-5LE

    The HE5LE was a response to the general opinion finding the original HE5 too bright and “thin” sounding. It’s a bit heavy but comfort is better than some heavier planars such as the…

  • Hifiman HE-400i

    The HE400i was a mid-range open-back can produced by Hifiman as a successor to the original HE400 and HE400S (though both S and i models were sold at the same time). It has…

  • Takstar HI-2050

    The HI-2050 is a Chinese headphone that appeared on the market (mostly asian online stores such as Aliexpress) a few years ago, and like a lot of “chi-fi” stuff, it got some popularity…

  • Yamaha HP-3

    The Yamaha HP-3 (or YH-3) was a small planar magnetic can released in the 70s after the higher-end models HP-1 and HP-2. It’s extremely light, comfortable (despite the old worn out pleather pads),…

  • AKG K701

    The K701 was introduced just after the K601, as the new open-back flagship of the Austrian manufacturer. It was the higher-end AKG until the release of the K712 and K812, in 2014. AKG…

  • Philips SBC3155

    The SBC3155 was a studio headphone released by Philips in the European and North-American markets in the eighties. It’s closed-back, and was probably an OEM from a Japanese manufacturer, but I could not…

  • Grado SR80

    Grado SR80i

    Part of the SR “prestige” line of Grado’s headphones, the SR80i (previously SR80, lately SR80e, but all three are almost identical) is an entry-level open-back can, mostly used as an on-ear wih the…

  • Sennheiser HD600

    Is it necessary to introduce the HD600 ? One of the most famous headphones ever released, already well over 20 years old. Its older brothers, the HD580 and HD580 Jubilee, were released in…