Headphones are, among some other gear, the essential piece of equipment for every recording studio. Big studios with limitless budgets will always go for top-of-the-line gear, but every recording artist has to start somewhere and, as you’re probably aware, the budgets are usually very limited. If you are trying to make your own home studio and looking for the best affordable studio headphones, Mackie MC-250 headphones deserve your attention. The manufacturer claims that these deliver reference-quality sound, perfect for mixing and critical listening. We gave them a chance and ended up impressed by the performance and detailed sound reproduction. Want to find out more about Mackie MC-250 headphones? Our in-depth review follows. Mackie is a well-known name in the recording
Whether you’re looking for a great home theater system under $3,000 or you just want a pair of great-sounding tower speakers, you should check out the latest Novus speaker line by Aperion Audio. In this review, we'll be talking about Aperion Audio Novus 5.0.2 system and we'll give you our impressions about each speaker and about the system as a whole. Novus speaker line is the latest line introduced by the award-wining Aperion Audio. In terms of pricing their Aperion Audio Novus 5.0.2 system is somewhere in between their first Intimus system and their flagship Verus systems. In terms of performance and especially in terms of performance/value ratio, Novus 5.0.2 is an excellent system and deserves our recommendation. There are quite a few pretty big selling points. First o
According to the Collins Dictionary, Nirvana is the term from Buddhism that represents the highest spiritual state that can possibly be achieved. Colloquially, this term is often used to describe the state of perfect peace and happiness. Naming a piece of audio equipment Nirvana is a bit ambitious or even pretentious, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be just a marketing gimmick. Nirvana headphone amp by Auris Audio is supposed to get your audiophilic ears to the edge of orgasm. Naturally, we were a little bit skeptical about this claim, but we were proven wrong. This divine headphone amp will give you nothing but pure enjoyment and happiness. Sounds interesting? Read our in-depth review to find out more. Auris Audio is a Serbian audio company founded in 2013 by Mr. Milomir Trosic.
Have you ever wondered why events you recorded with your phone or with your DSLR camera look exactly the same as you've seen them, but they never sound the same as you've heard them? The reason is simple – video recording devices like phones and cameras will, at the same time, record the sound, but only in mono. When recorded like that, the audio never sounds exactly the same as you hear it. If you want your audio recordings to sound exactly the same as you hear them, you need binaural mics. It’s the most immersive and most accurate way to record the sound. The device we are about to review is designed to capture the sound in 3D and can be used in combination with almost any video recording device. Hooke Audio Verse is the first Bluetooth-enabled binaural recording headset in the world and
Are you struggling to find a pair of IEMs that fits perfectly and that’s not too bassy? Westone B50 might be the perfect solution for you. These high-end earphones/IEMs offer very rich, detailed, and immersive sound reproduction, perfect fit, and Bluetooth connectivity. If you are interested, you should read our detailed review and find out more about Westone B50. Westone is one of the most famous names in the audio industry with 60 years of experience in designing and manufacturing earphones and all kinds of earphone accessories. This is the company that made the first custom-fit earpiece for Sony’s ‘’Walkman’’ style earpieces in 1985. They also made the first custom (1996) and first universal-fit dual-driver IEMs (1999), as well as the first three-way earphones (2008). They'
Looking for a great-sounding pair of ANC headphones under $350? Sure, Bose QC35 II and Sony WH1000XM3 are safe choices but if you like experimenting, PSB M4U 8 might be just the thing you need. They’re not as great as QC35 when it comes to active noise cancellation, but they sound more exciting and more detailed than any other noise-canceling headphones on the market in their price range. In this review, you’ll find out everything you need to know about PSB M4U 8 ANC headphones. PSB is a very well-known name in the audio industry and they are respected for their speakers. They have almost 50 years of experience in making all kinds of loudspeakers. Recently, they have decided to bring the same kind of experience in a smaller package. Their M4U headphone line was praised by the
Looking for an entry-level audiophile-grade DAC/preamp combo? PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC could be just the thing you need. Priced at $1,700, Stellar Gain Cell DAC is not exactly cheap but, compared to other audiophile gear, especially to flagship models made by PS audio and other reputable manufacturers, this DAC/preamp combo device can be considered quite affordable. What's even more important is that the PS Audio team managed to maximize the performance and offer more than you could expect at this price point. PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell could easily be the best DAC/preamp under $1,700 on the market. Want to know more? Read our in-depth review and find out everything about the features and performance of this magnificent device. Every true audiophile knows that you’ll never get
Looking for the loudest speaker ever? The third version of a very popular SOUNDBOKS speaker line could be just the thing you need. The first two speakers (SOUNDBOKS and SOUNDBOKS 2) were a great success but the latest upgrade called NEW SOUNDBOKS (not SOUNDBOKS 3) is supposed to be the most advanced and best-sounding of them all. Our review of the latest SOUNDBOKS is here to introduce you to all the exciting upgrades and give you our honest opinion about the performance and sound quality of this monster speaker. We will also cover all the important features and try to compare its performance to some other large and loud speakers. SOUNDBOKS 1 was introduced two years ago and it was highly praised by the audience. At the time, it was advertised as the loudest Bluetooth s...
Brainwavz is a young audio equipment manufacturer that’s been trying to make some real impact in the audio industry and position itself on the market for the past few years. Some of their previous models like the over-ear headphones HM5 and HM100 have been highly praised as great midrange headphones, but Brainwavz decided not to stop there. Alara planar magnetic headphones are the latest release from this ambitious headphone manufacturer and it is, by far, the most expensive and the best-sounding model ever made by Brainwavz. These are also the first planar magnetic headphones ever made by the Brainwavz. At $500 price point, Alara headphones have a few noticeable rivals on the planar magnetic headphone market, but there’s also a lot of great dynamic headphones within this price range, and
If you are tired of unreliable cheap Bluetooth earbuds and you are considering some old-fashioned wired solutions, RHA S500i could be just the thing you need. They are compact, small, durable, comfortable, they offer decent and reliable performance and, on top of all that, they are quite affordable. RHA is a well-known British headphone manufacturer. You have probably heard of their more expensive in-ear monitors like T20 or T20i or their wireless earbuds like MA650 and MA750. Unlike those models, RHA S500i earbuds are much smaller, more compact, and sharper-looking. S500i earbuds are specially designed for iPhones but there is also the Android version called RHA S500 Universal. The only difference between the two versions is in the controls. RHA S500i earbuds feature more convenient 3...