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Review - Focal Spark Wireless

Focal Spark Wireless

Focal launch the Spark Wireless heaphone
T he Focal Spark Wireless in-ear headphones, at £85, are the wireless version of Focal's entry-level Spark earphone. Spark Wireless is very similar to Spark itself , but as a wireless headphone offers the superior Bluetooth 4.1 communication.

Review - Cambridge Audio SE1 - In-Ear Headphones

Cambridge Audio SE1 - In-Ear Headphones

Cambridge Audio's SE1 in-ear headphones are back
I n February 2016 Cambridge launched their brand new in–ear monitors on a ‘pay what you choose’ basis to raise as much money for the National Foundation for Youth Music as possible. They raised an incredible £26,764.51 and the limited run of 1,000 earphones sold out in just 21 hours. Due to this success, their in-ear monitors are back on sale in the UK, Germany,USA and Hong Kong with 50% of proceeds going to charity! The UK price is £68.

Review - Audeze Sine DX

Audeze Sine DX

Audeze launch the Sine DX headphone
A udeze say of the new limited edition SineDX - "You have made it clear; an open-back version of our critically acclaimed SINE closed-back is what you want to hear! As a company, we make our products for you, the lover of music and audio. Here you go, the on-ear SINEDX,with drivers optimized for an open-back headphone, offers an amazingly smooth frequency response, an enormous, open soundstage and fatigue free listening.

Review - Jaybird X3

Jaybird X3

Jaybird launch the X3 in-ear headphones
T he Jaybird X3 in-ear headphones offer a patented sports ear fin that hug into the top, back and lower surface areas of the ear, providing a super-secure comfortable fit. The micro-sized design means you can comfortably wear your X3 under a helmet and wherever your active life takes you. The 8-hour battery* means you’ll never skip a beat and the customisable sound means you can choose either too little, not enough bass or somewhere in between.

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Review - Sennheiser MOMENTUM In-Ear Wireless

Sennheiser MOMENTUM In-Ear Wireless

Sennheiser launch the MOMENTUM In-Ear Wireless headphones
T he Sennheiser MOMENTUM In-Ear Wireless headphones feature a high quality neckband which controls and powers the in-ear headphones. Wireless connectivity is via Bluetooth 4.1, and Qualcomm apt-X. The MOMENTUM In-Ear Wireless headphones offer NFC for one touch pairing, an integrated microphone, and a ten-hour battery life. Retail price is £ 169.99.

Review - Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT

Audio-Technica launch the ATH-DSR9BT - digital headphones
T he Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT headphones are a first here on HiFi Enthusiast, a digital wireless headphone that uses a digital signal to drive the headphones directly. So the ATH-DSR9BT doesn’t need an internal DAC, just a digital signal. The digital signal can be supplied either wirelessly via Bluetooth 4.2 or via a wired USB connection. Bluetooth 4.2 can handle aptX HD and a wired USB connection Hi-Res Audio up to 24 bit 96 kHz. Audio-Technica’s technology to drive headphones digitally is known as Pure Digital Drive.

Review - Denon AH-D7200

Denon AH-D7200

Denon Launch The AH-D7200 - Over-Ear Headphones
T he AH-D7200 are Denon’s new top of the range over ear headphone, and come in at £699. The AH-D7200 headphones use Denon’s Japanese-made FreeEdge drivers, which have been designed to use an extremely accurate piston motion to offer a high sound quality. The FreeEdge drivers are mounted on vibration reducing resin baffles, which are in turn fitted into self-damping real walnut wood housings. The walnut wood has been chosen to bring warmth and life to the sound. The ear cups of the AH-D7200 are suspended on a headband finished in real sheepskin leather and the memory foam ear-cushions are covered with very soft artificial leather.

Review - Noble X

Noble X

Noble Audio’s most affordable In-Ear Monitor The Noble X is available exclusively for a limited period on Massdrop
N oble Audio, a high-performance in-ear monitor (IEM) specialist, has launched the Noble X exclusively on Massdrop, a special limited edition in-ear monitor offering sensational value for money. Just 2,000 proprietary-driver Noble X IEMs will be available on this first run at $249/c.£200 a price point not seen before in a Noble product. Massdrop is a community-driven commerce site. The Noble X offers real exclusivity and distinct styling, differentiating it from Noble’s five-strong Classic IEM line, the inspiration for the new model. The Noble X for Massdrop features the same build materials and intricate metalwork as Noble’s other models, but with a unique basket-weave texture and midnight blue finish.

Review - Audioquest NightOwl Carbon

Audioquest NightOwl Carbon

Audioquest Launch The NightOwl Carbon Headphones
T he Audioquest NightOwl Carbon headphones are an over ear closed back design based on the original Nighthawk headphones. The semi-open grille in the original Nighthawk has been replaced in the NightOwl, by an intelligently damped closed-back design that enables exceptional isolation from external noise, and there by offers a much quieter listening experience for both the user and those nearby.

Review - Audeze iSine 20

Audeze iSine 20

Audeze Launch The iSine 20 Earphones
T he Audeze iSine 20 will retail in the UK at £549.00 and is an improvement on the entry level planar magnetic in-ear from Audeze the iSine 10. The iSine 20 has an even longer Uniforce voice-coil that covers the ultra-thin diaphragm to a greater extent, enabling better control and responsiveness for better bass, clarity, and improved imaging. The iSine 20 has a detachable cable, and comes with two cables; a standard analogue cable and Audeze’s Cipher Lightning cable for use with an Apple device, in fact the only option for the iPhone 7. The Cipher cable also contains a 24 bit DAC and amplification to drive the iSine 20s from the digital signal entering the Lightning connector. To ensure all-day comfort, a pair of Ear Hooks and Ear Locks are provided along with silicon and foam tips.

Review - JBL E55BT


JBL launch the E55BT wireless headphones
T he JBL E55BT wireless over-ear headphones at £79 bring the signature sound of JBL right to your ears. The E55BT is the top model in JBL’s E series sitting at the top of the E15, E25BT, E35 and E45BT. The E55BT offers up to 20 hours of battery life and an innovative, stylish fabric headband that emphasises your fashion quotient. The ergonomic around-ear design means that your entertainment continues and your fun factor gets amped up no matter what you’re doing – working, commuting, or just making your way around town. Multi-device connectivity allows you to seamlessly switch between two devices, so you never miss a call. With a sleek appearance, various colour options and the added convenience of a detachable cable with remote and microphone.

Review - Libratone Q Adapt

Libratone Q Adapt

Libratone Launch The Q Adapt Wireless On-Ear And In-Ear headphones
T he new Libratone Q ADAPT headphones are the first headphones from Libratone and consist of two models - the Q Adapt In-Ear Lighting earphones (£159) and the Q Adapt On-Ear wireless headphones (£219. These are available for pre-order ahead of the official launch on November 18, 2016.

Review - Bose QuietControl 30 Wireless Headphone

Bose QuietControl 30 Wireless Headphone

Bose Launch The QuietControl 30 - Wireless In-Ear Headphone
T he Bose QuietControl 30 headphones are a wireless in-ear headphone that retail at £229.95. Breakthrough technology lets you set your own level of noise cancellation, so you can control how much of the world you want to let in—or how quiet you want your listening experience to be. Volume-optimized EQ gives you balanced audio performance at any volume, while a noise-rejecting dual-microphone system provides clear calls, even in windy or noisy environments. Connect easily to your devices with both Bluetooth and NFC pairing. QuietControl 30 wireless headphones feature a lightweight neckband design that conforms to your body for all-day comfort and wear ability. A lithium-ion battery gives you up to 10 hours of wireless listening per charge. And the Bose Connect app helps you manage your paired devices and gives you enhanced control.

Review - Beyerdynamic Amiron

Beyerdynamic Amiron

Beyerdynamic launch the Amiron headphones
T he Beyerdynamic Amiron is an open designed stereo headphone, ideal for music enjoyment at home. Due to the open backed design Amiron turns the living room into a concert stage and fascinates through an excellent accuracy in detail. Due to the optimised Tesla driver technology Amiron provides an even more precise sound tuning. The use of high-quality materials such as Alcantara micro fibre and microvelour ensures ear and headband pads as soft as velvet and contributes to a comfortable experience when listening to music. As with all high end headphones from Beyerdynamic Amiron is hand made in Germany.

Review - B&W P9 Signature

B&W P9 Signature

B&W Launch Their Top Of The Range Headphones The P9 Signature
J ohn Bowers, the founder of B&W said, ‘if you can make a better product, then you will sell it.’ P9 Signature is a better product. At £699 It’s the best sounding, most luxurious pair of headphones B&W have produced. It’s a celebration of five decades of experience in acoustic excellence.

Review - Beyerdynamic Byron BT

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

Beyerdynamic launch the Byron BT - Wireless In-Ear headphones
T he Beyerdynamic Byron BT wireless in-ear headphones retail for £99 (but are available for less) and are the first wireless Byron headphone. There’s a premium Byron BTA that sits above them. The Byron BT in-ear headphones enables both music and phone calls to be transmitted. This gives you increased flexibility plus Beyerdynamic’s headphones expertise. The use of loss-free Qualcomm aptX codecs ensures top-quality Bluetooth transmission. The acoustic transducers for right and left ear are connected to one another simply by means of a short cable. The earphones can be connected very simply and wirelessly to your mobile device using the Bluetooth connection. Tangled headphone cables are thus avoided. A high-performance rechargeable battery supplies the headsets with energy for up to 7.5 hours. A voice prompt informs you of the current charge level. Any USB port can be used for charging, for example using a smartphone charger or laptop. The appropriate charging cable is included and fully charges the battery in the Byron BT within two hours. The Byron BT headset is equipped with a 3-button remote control and a hands-free microphone for use on Apple and Android devices. All playback functions can therefore be controlled with ease – without having to take the smartphone or tablet from your pocket.

Review - soundMagic E80C

soundMagic E80C

SoundMagic Launch The E80C In-Ear Headphones
T he SoundMAGIC E80C sound isolating In-Ear headphones, at £79 currently, top of the E series range from SoundMagic. The SoundMAGIC E80C features a 3-button remote with automatic switching between Apple and Android smartphones, the remote can work out what device it is attached to and respond accordingly. Thus the E80C is compatible with all smartphones. The redeveloped drivers of the E80C incorporate new high purity copper winding material specially imported from Japan. This new material results in a higher impedance rating requiring more driving power to achieve the full potential of the E80C. Consequently a hi-res digital audio player or dedicated headphone amp will bring the best sound out of the E80Cs. Examples of devices that the E80Cs can be used with are – the iPhone, iPod, iPad, MP3 Player, Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia, LG, Nexus, HTC, Nokia Lumia, OnePlus etc.

Review - Beyerdynamic Byron In-Ear

Beyerdynamic Byron In-Ear

Beyerdynamic launch the Byron In-Ear headphone
T he Beyerdynamic Byron In-Ear headphones are Beyerdynamic’s first In-Ear headphone and have an RRP of £49 (although available for less). Byron In-Ear is the starter model in a three model Byron range which includes two more expensive wireless In-Ear models the BT and BTA. The Byron headset comes with a 3-button remote control and a hands-free microphone. You can use the remote control to pause play back or move on to a different track. You can also adjust the volume on Samsung devices and other Android players. Thanks to the integrated hands-free microphone, not only can the Byron headset be used for listening to music but also for phone calls. Calls can be answered and ended with ease on all popular smartphones. A perfect fit is essential for the best sound quality and listening comfort over long periods of listening. To aid this the Byron headset comes with replaceable silicone ear tips in three sizes. You can replace these small silicone plugs yourself with ease and choose them in a size that fits your ear.

Review - B&W P3 S2

B&W P3 S2

B&W Launch The P3 S2 Headphones
T he B&W P3 S2 headphones at £119 are a Series 2 upgrade to the P3 headphones. A light, foldable headphone designed for portability. They come with a hard shell carry case and Universal and Apple mic and remote cables.

Review - Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro

Beyerdynamic has released the new DT 1990 Pros for sale from their shop.
B eyerdynamic is happy to announce, that their new headphones, the DT 1990 PRO, are now available in their onlineshop. They are currently priced at €599.

Review - Audeze iSINE 10

Audeze iSINE 10

Audeze takes planar magnetic to headphone with the iSINE 10
T he iSINE 10 sounds and looks like no others, an innovative design without a care for the same old status quo of balanced armature or dynamic driver designs. The iSINE 10's Fluxor Magnets and large 30mm planar magnetic diaphragms deliver precise control and fast response times without distortion so the iSINE 10's music always sounds alive. Add the included Lightning cable with DSP and there’s no other in-ear headphone that even comes close to the iSINE 10's performance.


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