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BUYING GUIDE & REVIEWS - HEADPHONES & HEADPHONE AMPLIFIERS
PRICES SHOWN ARE THOSE AT THE TIME OF REVIEW
Headphones
£
Year
Verdict
Beyerdynamic DT931 £150 Jul 01 Deliver a detailed and clear sound. Good bass extension although treble can be a tad harsh sometimes.  Comfortable to wear and ideal for long lsitening periods.
Ergo Model 2 £140 Apr 99 Wonderfully lucid and transparent panel-like sound.
Grado Reference
Series RS2
£750 Sep 02 Expensive, but superb sounding. The RS2s are superbly transparent, detailed and sophisticated.
Jecklin Float 2 £100 Apr 99 Clarity and openness are their traits, rather than slamming bass, but still good value.
Sennheiser HD 497 £50 Sep 02 Good value and affordable but not quite the best at the price.
Sennheiser HD-580 £200 Nov 98 In the company of a smooth, warm system the 580s can shine.
Sennheiser HD600
Avante Garde
£250 Jul 01 A valve like headphone, they're sohpisticated, making many others sound brittle. Not for hard house DJ's but more for the marathon session audiophile.
Sennheiser HE60/V70 £1000 Feb 95 Electrostatic that set a class standard and can put a case for chucking out your power amp and 'speakers.
Sennheiser Orpheus £10000 Jul 01 Creates a sound thats quite unique in neutrality, transparancy and detail.  One of the best sonic experiences around, like strapping a pair of Quads to your head! Without doubt the ultimate headphone!
Vivanco FMH-6800 £80 May 98 Have a lot of potential but basic operating problems have to be cleaned up first.
Vivanco SR850 £50 Nov 95 Excitement that is rarely heard in headphones, but have a little trouble with heavy orchestral loads.
Headphone Amps
£
Year
Verdict
Creek OBH-11SE £230 Jun 02 Will drive 2 headphones at the same time using a Class A amp wilth zero feedback. Good ambience and space with a high level of detail. A very finely crafted little gem from the house of Creek!
Sugden Headmaster £530 Jun 02 Also doubles as a basic but high quality preamp with 3 line inputs. Smooth, full and rich sound married with a good sense of detail. An unusual and highly recommended bit of kit.
 

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