This Week In Headphoolia #14 (up to 5/28/17)

Another week flew by, here’s our new weekly round-up that is “This Week in Headphoolia”. You can check previous (and future) editions using the Headphoolia Archives. Please feel free to leave feedback in the comments of what else you like to see here!


Second best thing to actually going is looking at all the nice pictures from the comfort of your home or office, without having to lift a finger (okay, you have to lift a finger to click on the link and scroll the page).

Headphonia was there at the 2017 High End Munich show and posted two detailed and visual blog-reports, here is Part #1 and here is Part #2. Enjoy πŸ™‚


+ measurements and initial opinion on the Hifiman $6000 Susvara at Super/Best/Audio/Friends by Marvey The Cat

+ measurements of the SMSL iDEA USB DAC/amp at ArchiMago’s Musings

+ home testing rig measures the Philips X2 by DMS3 TV on YouTube (2 min video)


+ goofiest review title award of the week goes to The Headphone List for their AudioQuest Night OWL review (“Honeyed Songs in the Forest’s Shade”).

+ Audeze EL-8 Open-Back Planars by AORNIC in written format and YouTube (11 mins)

+ JDS LABS EL DAC/amp review at Headfonia

+ Audeze LCD-4 by Headfonics

+ Shanling M2 DAP review by Porta FI (16 min video)

+ Mytek Brooklyn DAC/amp review at iLounge

+ Hifiman RE-600S V2 earphones 4-page review at The Headphone List

+ 64Audio A18 TZAR review at Headfonics

+ first impressions of the new A&K KANN DAP at PortaFI (14 min video)

+ Fiio F5 IEMs review at Porta FI (9 min video)

+ Audeze iSine 10 and 20 planar IEM video discussion at Z Reviews (30 min video)
+ Trigger Warning for reddit admins πŸ˜‰

+ useful text and pictures unboxing of the Rosewill EX-700 hybrid dual driver IEMs here at this blog


+ Google Play Music offers a great value but it’s far from perfect. Android Central opines on things to get fixed and improved upon

+ why do streaming services have a cap of 10,000 songs in our Music Libraries asks the Verge

+ what is it with Tidal? Another CEO bites the dust (metaphorically speaking of course)

+ so many companies, so little time, it turns out, PayPal and Pandora have very similar logos.


Don’t hold your breath for Bluetooth 5.0 headphones. Early 2018 is more likely says the Verge. A plus is that they can flood the 2018 CES trade show, but on the minus side, they’ll miss out the 2017 holiday shopping season spending spree πŸ™‚

Wirecutter-style buyer’s guide, the best turntable for casual listening. Of course “casual”, like everything else “audiophile”, is very relative πŸ™‚

Not enough time/space for a Forum round-up, but here’s a weekly discussion of the Reddit headphones sub-reddit on the Schiit Jotunheim.