• AKG K612

    The K612 is the little brother of the K712, but it shares same design and drivers and comes at 1/2 the price of the K712. However, cable is not detachable and the impedance…

  • Creative Aurvana Live!

    The Creative Aurvana Live (or CAL) is a smallish closed back (though isolation is not great) with OEM Foster bio-cellulose drivers inside. The Aurvana Live is designed from the Denon D1001 and has…

  • Sony MDR-CD950

    The MDR-CD950 is part of the Sony CD line released in 1991 with the CD3000 being the top of that line. The CD950 is very similar to the CD3000 : same headband structure,…

  • Sennheiser HD540

    Released in the mid-80s, the HD540 (Reference 1, here a 600 Ohm model) was Sennheiser’s flagship and top of their open line. A lot of variants existed ; different variants of Reference 1…

  • Sennheiser HD530

    The HD530 (here, Ref1 300 ohm) was part of Sennheiser’s over-ear line in the late 80s, when the HD540 Reference and later HD560 Ovation were the flagships. The HD530 / HD530 II were…

  • Audio-Technica ATH-AD2000

    The AD2000 was Audio-Technica’s open flagship in the mid 2000s. It uses the 3D-wings headband and it’s a very light headphone – only 275g on my food scale. Comfort is not so great…

  • Audeze LCD-2.2 (Non-fazor)

    The LCD2 non-fazor was produced between 2010 and 2013. It came in 2 major revisions (regarding drivers) : Revision 1 (or LCD2.1) and Revision 2 (LCD2.2, like my pair). Revision 2 started production…

  • Sennheiser HD650

    The HD650 is the evolution of the HD600/580, but I would call it a simple side grade, with slightly different tonality. The Massdrop HD6XX is exactly the same headphone as the original HD650,…

  • AKG K712

    The K712 is the final K7xx serie model, first produced in Austria and now in Slovakia. It’s an evolution (but more a sidegrade) of the K701, using K702 Annie / K7XX memory foam…

  • Stax SR-007 Mk1

    The SR007, or “Omega 2”, was Stax’s flagship between 1998 and 2011. The Mk1 version had a few revisions, this one being an early model (serial number in the 71xxx range) with gold…