Currawong has a video and written review of Schiit’s Vali2 on Head-Fi. He and many others really like this little inexpensive amp. He also goes into a bit of detail around the various tubes you can roll through the Vali 2. I tagged this as an audiophile device based on reviews from Currawong and from discussions with others. I actually know of two folks (who shall remain nameless) who actually prefer this over their other $1,000 amp stages.
Pros: Small, cheap, powers even HE1000s like it owns them and IEMs are also OK. Entertaining, slightly loose sound. Huge range of tubes can be rolled.
Cons: Stock tube is so-so. Pre-amp isn’t great. Casing has sharp edges. Your GF/wife will steal it and you’ll have to buy a second one.
Vali 2 Review
Stillhart has posted a review of the ZMF Omni headphone on Head-Fi. This is the flagship of the ZMF brand. Priced in the $899 range which is approximately the same as the HE-560 which is the comparison headphone throughout Stillhart’s review. The conclusion is that they are similar but when Stillhart upgrade to the Cavalli Liquid Carbon the Omni outshines the 560.
Pros: Beautiful, hand-made and customizable, solid build, very detailed, BASS!
Cons: Weight, needs good amping
Review of the Omni
Chompchomps has a review of the Omega Twin dual dynamic driver IEM over on Head-Fi.
Pros: Nicely tuned sound, Strong bass, Immersive Experience, strong cables
Cons: Small case, normal soundstage, slightly stiff memory cable
Omega Twin Review
Thatonenoob posted a review of the Samson Z55 on Head-Fi. It competes with the ATH-M50/X iin the entry-level and portable use. Comparing to the M50, thatonenoob found that the Z55 was definitely more refined and smooth, and generally more agreeable with a wider array of genres.
Pros: SQ, Build Quality
Cons: Little Tight, Soundstage, Imaging
Samson Z55 Review
BloodyPenguin has a review of the Hifime Sabre USB Dac on Head-Fi. This gem was one of my first DACs and while I find it a little warm to my tastes today it is a very capable DAC at a great price. Read BloodyPenguin’s and see what they think
HiFime Sabre DAC
Kaiserh recently won the Sennheiser Experience Facebook competition. The prize included some one-on-one time to experience the new Orpheus HE 1060 / HEV 1060. Read Kaiserh’s Head-Fi post detailing the experience and impressions of the new Orpheus.
Time with Orpheus
Twister6 has a review of the second generation T5p on Head-Fi along with a comparison to the PM-3.
Pros: transparency and resolution, expanded soundstage, removable cable, easy to drive, durable construction, 5yr warranty.
Cons: some sound leakage, microphonics with a stock cable.
Review of the Gen2 T5p