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?
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?
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.
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.’