Audiophilia’s Headphone Roundup

by Audiophilia on December 10, 2012 · 9 comments

in Digital, Headphones, Streaming/Servers/Computer

The Grado PS1000 Professional Series. $1700

The Grado PS1000 Professional Series is the top model from this famous high end headphone maker. Grado mentions on its site that ‘…this hybrid design has an inner sleeve of a selected species of hand-crafted mahogany made by using an intricate curing process. Its outer housing of metal machined from a special non-resonant, very hard metal alloy utilizes a special processing and casting method to increase the porosity of the alloy.’ If they sound as good as they look?

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Personal audio is making some grand statements and audiophiles are taking notice, to headphones in particular. Audiophiles love DACs, headphone amps and media servers, for sure, but just as loudspeakers are the true star of the audio show, the same can be said for headphones in the real world of personal audio.  If this year’s CanJam@RMAF is an indicator, many exciting things are happening in this new audiophile reality.

So, we thought that as new headphones are manufactured, we’d list them here for you in Audiophilia’s Headphone Roundup. We’ll include headphones of all types and include a DAC and headphone amp or two. Why not add your favourites in the Comments Section?

Audeze LC2 headphones. $995.00

We’ll begin with a rockstar, the Audeze LC2s at $1K. Bamboo shell, sheepskin or suede ear covers, the LC2s exude class, and from a recent audition at RMAF, they sound excellent, too. They give what many miss, a soundstage that through technique, design and/or a little luck, sounds wide and deep and extends beyond your headspace. Claustrophobic audiophiles such as myself could listen to them all day.


Sennheiser Momentum over ear headphones. $350.00

Venerable Sennheiser makes the Momentum headphones. Sennheiser describes their quality as ‘…reflected in the material selection of these refined headphones – the use of supple, breathable leather for the headband and earcups, displays our commitment to style. Reflecting its technical excellence is the use of high-performance neodymium magnets for extraordinarily rich and detailed stereo sound. Also, the circumaural capsules ensures perfect listening enjoyment without ambient noise. For excellent connectivity, the headphones are fitted with a 3.5 mm stereo jack and with nominal impedance reduced for mobile players. An additional cable with an integrated smart remote and microphone is included for easy management of tracks and calls.’

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Randy 10.30.12 at 1:43 pm

If you’re looking for a decent and entry level DAC/Amp for music from your Mac or PC, I recommend the new Audioquest Dragonfly DAC/Amp. I Love it for my Sennheiser HD 650s and have heard that it can power the LCD-2s

admin 10.30.12 at 1:50 pm

Thanks, Randy, and welcome.

Will check it out.

Cheers, a

Ian 10.30.12 at 1:58 pm

Would love to try a pair of the Sennheiser Momentum over ear headphones!

stefan 11.05.12 at 2:03 am

akg 705’s? ballanced paired with bryston bha-1. Dosen’t get much better

andy 11.08.12 at 4:09 pm

What is that beautiful amp powering the Denons?

admin 11.08.12 at 4:47 pm

Hi Andy. We’ve been wondering that, too. Cannot for the life of me find it on Google.

Anybody know?

Thanks. Cheers, a

Randy Striemer 11.09.12 at 5:17 pm

I think its an Apogee Duet 1st generation, you can find it at

admin 11.09.12 at 5:40 pm

Correct! Great stuff, Randy. Thanks.

Cheers, a

Jason 12.15.12 at 6:57 am

I use a pair of Grado PS1000’s fed from my Woo WA22 Amp (in black) which is driven by a Black note DAC15 (Italian brand). The music is provided in lossless format from a Synology NAS to a headless Mac Mini running iTunes with BitPerfect software all controlled using “Remote” on the iPad.

Sounds awesome…..

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