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By October 21, 2016 Read More →

Urbanista Launches its Stylish Berlin Wireless Earphones

unspecified Swedish lifestyle brand, Urbanista, today launches the new Berlin range, the latest in its beautifully designed portfolio of Bluetooth wireless earphones. With a sleek Scandinavian design and comfortable fit, the Berlin is the ideal choice for those looking for an easy to use earphone to fit in with their busy lifestyle.

Available in white, black, rose gold and blue petroleum, the Berlin has a unique construction with soft silicon ear buds and a flat cable which gives users an ergonomic and tangle free fit. The earphones offer a playtime of up to 4 hours and the hands-free microphone means users can easily take phone calls without having to reach for their phone.

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Whether it’s between meetings, relaxing on a plane or commuting on a crowded bus or train, the Berlin earphones are the perfect everyday companion. Compact, easy to use and easy to enjoy!

Berlin is available in stores and at www.urbanista.com now for £39

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By October 5, 2016 Read More →

Panasonic RP-HXS200 Review

download-41I recently had the opportunity to try out the RP-HXS200 headphones by Panasonic. These are budget headphones (retailing for around £18 on Amazon), something immediately evident from the rather basic clamshell packaging which claims “Clear & powerful sound”. The set I tried were a funky black, blue and light grey combination and I must admit, I did like the look of them. Once you get them out of the packaging and in hand, they do feel very plasticky and I’m not sure how much daily abuse they’ll take, although I was pleasantly surprised to see the flat, tangle-free type cables do seem reassuringly robust. A rarity at this end of the market.

One of the main gripes I have with on-ear headphones has always been a question of where you put them when they aren’t in use. I am nowhere near hipster enough to dander around with them around my neck like a big plastic fashion accessory and they are usually too big or fragile to be just chucked in a bag. The Panasonic party piece is that they fold up Transformer style into a neat little form factor that can be easily tucked into a bag or jacket pocket. This is a great feature, but sadly these headphones are not the clunky, rugged Transformers of old, they are the flimsy plastic modern ones and I was more than a little wary of putting too much strain on the various joints, hinges, and rotating pieces.

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Once they were transformed and ready to roll out, I plugged them into my iPhone to see what kind of sound they were capable of. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much, but I was actually rather impressed. For under £20, the sound quality was really rather good. Well, initially it was. The Panasonics seem to handle intros and simple pieces very well indeed, punching well above their weight. I was listening to S.O.B. by Nathaniel Rateliff and was getting some great separation and a nice tone during the opening of the song. The acapella vocals, humming and clapping were all coming through extremely well. Sadly this ended swiftly when the rest of the band kicked in and price point of the Panasonics showed through. Unable to handle all the layers and detailing, the sound appeared compressed as they struggled to funnel the high, mid and bass levels through the drivers. I tried several pieces across a number of musical genres and found this to be consistent.

They did very well with the stripped back sounds of Lorde, but sounded terrible with Metallica’s layered detail and depth. I initially spent about 25-30mins testing out these headphones before I had to take them off. The plastic covering of the earpieces had slowly roasted my ears almost to the point of combustion and I had to take a break. The Panasonics are very light and have a great range of adjustment and I suspect if you are the sort that can put up with the plastic against your skin for extended periods of time, you’ll probably have no trouble with them. But if you are the sort that finds headphones make your ears start to get warm after a while, I’d maybe pass on these. In truth, I personally have never found on ear headphones particularly comfortable and these are certainly no exception, but your mileage may vary.

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Overall I’d say these headphones are aimed at the younger user and at the price point there is always going to be a compromise with the quality of sound and construction. If you like on ear headphones and simple pop music, then they are a pretty good buy and certainly worthy of consideration. For those looking for a quality sound however, I would suggest leaving these for the kid in the skinny jeans and slouch hat behind you.

The Panasonic RP-HXS200’s are available at www.reichelt.co.uk the online electronics retailer where many products up to 20% cheaper than elsewhere in the UK.

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By September 16, 2016 Read More →

iTrip Clip converts any pair of wired headphones to wireless headphones

gc42924_bluetooth-headphone-adapter_01346889Griffin Technology, creator of award-winning and thoughtfully designed mobile accessories, is launching a simple yet powerful solution to wirelessly connect headphones, car stereos or home audio systems to any smartphone.

With their new iTrip Clip Bluetooth Audio Adapter, users will now be able to connect to any device, even the Moto Z, which was the first major smartphone recently released without a headphone jack.

“iTrip Clip ensures users can continue using their favorite 3.5mm headphones, with no worries about if their new smartphone eliminated the headphone jack,” said Andrew Biddle, Category Manager of Power at Griffin. “Not only can our iTrip Clip make any pair of headphones wireless, it also puts the convenience of a Bluetooth sound system into any car.”

iTrip Clip connects wirelessly to any smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth 4.1. Connecting any headphones, earphones or AUX cables to the compact, self-powered adapter lets users listen to music and video, or make calls, without cables. iTrip Clip offers several features that make controlling your sound easier than ever, such as handy play, volume and track controls, as well as an integrated microphone to receive calls and easily access Siri, Google Now, and other voice recognition apps. iTrip Clip allows users to continue to use their device hands-free and hassle-free.

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In addition to features like a control pad and built-in mic, iTrip Clip also has a set-and-forget configuration which allows it to reconnect to paired devices automatically once it is in wireless range (approx. 30 feet or 10 metres). What’s more, is the adapter has a rechargeable Li-ion battery which boasts 6 hours play/talk time and 180 hours on standby. iTrip Clip also connects to car stereos with an AUX to listen to any smartphone wirelessly if the vehicle does not already offer Bluetooth connectivity.

iTrip Clip works with both iOS and Android and makes it possible to use your favourite headphones, regardless of whether your smartphone has a headphone jack or not.

Griffin’s new iTrip Clip will be available in the UK from late September, priced at £19 from griffintechnology.com.

By September 11, 2016 Read More →

Sennheiser HD650 & Apogee Groove review

sennheiserSennheiser have long been one of my “go to” brands, particularly their CX range of in-ear headphones. They represent a nice balance of sound quality and reasonable pricing. I was excited to try out these “audiophile” level HD650 headphones and more than a little intrigued with the bundled in line amp by Apogee.

Initial impressions were positive, if a little underwhelming. The headphones feel solid and robust, although at this price point I wasn’t expecting quite so much plastic. They feel very functional rather than luxurious, their appearance doesn’t exactly give away their high-end pedigree. I decided to try out the headphones first and figure out the amp later. I’m used to in-ear headphones, so these felt a little odd to me initially. They completely encompass your ears rather than sitting on them and despite a surprisingly firm clamping force, are actually rather comfortable. This is thanks to the velvety soft fabric cover on the foam earpieces. This is much more comfortable than plastic or leather but also likely to get grubby quicker. It would be interesting to see how this soft fabric stands up to wear and tear over time.

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They are fairly light for their size so I didn’t have that feeling that you were wearing saddle bags on your head. I did notice that the open backed design did not offer much noise cancellation. Although muffled, surrounding noise is definitely still audible, so listening to them on the bus or train probably won’t work. There is plenty of adjustment in the size of the headband, even for someone with a melon the size of mine, but I did note that there wasn’t a lot of spring in it. The earpieces themselves pivot a little, but everything is quite rigid.

I plugged them HD650’s into my iPhone since it’s what I listen to music on most often and I was keen to see if the phone (and therefore ipod touch) could deliver enough power to drive these 300Ω beasts. The short answer is yes, very well in fact! Granted you have to crank the volume to levels you wouldn’t dream of with other headphones, but the sound reproduction is jaw dropping. I must pause here to mention one other thing I noticed, or rather my wife did. The open backed design that did little to keep the outside world out also does little to keep the sound in. The music I was enjoying was clearly audible to her, although she apparently wasn’t enjoying the experience quite as much as I was. Again, buses and trains are probably a no-no. Final point to note on the open back design is that it doesn’t heat your ears up to melting point quite so badly, so thumbs way up from me on that particular bugbear.

It’s difficult to convey just how good these headphones sound; they have a nice neutral sound that somehow manages not to sound flat. They excel at the high and mid ranges and acoustic music sounds particularly well reproduced. You are able to pick out incredible detail and the sound separation is outstanding. The bass tones are gloriously unembellished. Unlike many headphones that try to give you concussion by turning the bass line into something akin to a jackhammer, the HD650s have a beautifully round bass, capable of absorbing the deepest rumbles without rattling or buzzing. No matter what track I tried, I could not get them to bottom out and distort. Again the sound reproduction seems incredibly realistic and once you get used to not being assaulted by an over-amplified bass thump, the listening experience is simply wonderful.

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I love the option of being able to replace the cables from the headphones. My biggest gripe with the Sennheiser CX range is that they have very thin and flimsy wires that never seem to last past 6 months use. With the HD650s, you are able to remove the short cable at the earpieces (it’s connected on both sides unlike some other headphones) and replace it with a 3m long cable terminating with a full sized jack. Adding a full to mini jack adapter, I was able to plug these beauties into my record player and sit back and relax. This was an outstanding experience, listening to uncompressed music on a basic, manual record player and high-end headphones. I lost an entire weekend this way.

I’m not much of a gamer, but I did try them on my Xbox and they did not disappoint. The soundscape seems massive and again, the fantastic sound separation really comes out trumps here.

Then it came time to try the amp. I’ve never used one before so I was a little dubious about it. The headphones sound great, do I need an amp? Especially when they cost as much as the headphones themselves!! How do I even use it?  The Apogee Groove amp is a simple, unassuming little device with nothing but volume controls and 3 small LEDs on the exterior. It’s powered via a USB port so it’s designed to listen to music from a computer. This confirms my theory that the best use of these headphones is in a studio type situation where accurate reproduction of the recorded sound is crucial. It’s not how I usually listen to music myself, but I was so far down the rabbit hole with this setup that I just had to know what it would produce. Playing through a Mac is a simple procedure of plugging it in, changing the sound settings and off you go. The PC is a slightly different affair. You must install the appropriate driver – one that you can only get directly from Apogee, and only after you have registered the product. Why this is is anyone’s guess, but it’s quick and painless. Pick your track and off you go.

Disclaimer: you may wish to have a buddy present to help you pick your jaw up off the floor.

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The combination of Groove and HD650 synergises into a listening experience unlike anything I have ever heard. Every aspect is significantly enhanced – the detail, the separation, the clarity, instantly become richer, deeper and wider! I found myself trawling through my music library listening to endless numbers of tracks. Tracks I have heard a thousand times and yet I was able to pick up sounds and layers that I have never heard before. I had my doubts about the necessity of an amp and to be honest, yes, you could no doubt get by quite happily without it. However the sound produced by both devices working in conjunction is just unreal. Closing your eyes, you can almost picture yourself in the recording studio with the band arranged around you. Necessary no, desirable, oh hell yes!

Out of interest, I tried the Groove with my Klipsch R6 in ear headphones and again, this tiny little box transformed what are already excellent sounding headphones. It basically takes the strengths of the any headphones plugged into it and expands on them.

This bundle is exclusive to Sennheiser on their website for a not inconsiderable £490. A bit of research showed that the cost is split roughly 50/50 between the two devices and I did wonder if the increase in sound quality could possibly warrant such a splash out, especially when the combo can only be used when listening to music on a computer. For your average man on the street – probably not. But then this is the audiophile world. If you are happy to spend £250 on headphones (which your average man on the street certainly won’t), forking out an extra £250 for a more perfect sound experience appears a much more reasonable proposition. Certainly for professional use, in a studio environment for example, it’s a no brainer, just buy one.

It’s worth mentioning that if you aren’t concerned about getting the headphones and amp in the one (admittedly rather swish) box, you can save around £40 by sourcing and buying them separately. The HD650s are available through Amazon for around £230.

I don’t know if Apogee developed the Groove specifically for use with the HD650 or it’s just a deal done between the companies, but the two devices complement each other exceptionally and seem to really bring out the best in each other. If you are in the market, I would happily recommend them if you have the pennies. These have now become the bar that all others will be judged against.

You can find further information including the full specs at http://en-uk.sennheiser.com/audiophile-headphones-high-end-hd-650

By September 9, 2016 Read More →

Creative HS800 Fatal1ty Gaming Headset unboxing and review

vlcsnap-00040A very budget orientated gaming headset that has received a price drop in favour of a new model, the Creative Fatality is an ergonomically designed and acoustically tuned headset endorsed by Johnathan ‘Fatal1ty’ Wendel.

Padded headband and earpieces for ambient noise exclusion and comfort during long gaming sessions.
Swivel joint earpiece design adapts to every user.
Detachable and adjustable noise-cancelling microphone.
In-line external volume control with microphone on/off.
Excellent response for voice communications and dynamic in-game audio, with extended bass response for high-impact explosions.
Other Characteristics:
Colour of product: Black
Connectivity technology: Wired
Device interface: 3.5 mm (1/8″)
Ear coupling: Supraaural
Headphone frequency: 20 – 20000 Hz
Headphone sensitivity: 110 dB
Headset type: Binaural
Impedance: 32 Ω
Magnet type: neodymium
Microphone frequency: 100 – 15000 Hz
Microphone input impedance: 10 Ω
Microphone sensitivity: -40 dB
Purpose: PC/Gaming
Weight: 200 g
Windows operating systems supported: Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64

Online electronics retailer www.reichelt.co.uk, many products up to 20% cheaper than elsewhere in the UK.

 

By August 9, 2016 Read More →

Sennheiser HD 650 and Groove unboxing

vlcsnap-00022Sennheiser and Apogee have joined forces. For those looking for the purest audio quality the combination of these brands should excite. What Sennheiser and Apogee have come up is an attractive bundle that’s nothing less than the best of both worlds.

The HD 650 studio headphones feature an open construction for a broad, authentic stereo sound that really brings your range and feeling to your music. Added is the Apogee Groove to the bundle a USB DAC (digital-to-analogue-converter) with AD/DA converters – no fewer than 4 per channel – ensure audio conversion that’s accurate to the bit.

 

By July 28, 2016 Read More →

Sennheiser introduces its new flagship gaming headset PC 373D

image001With the release of its PC 373D, Sennheiser has announced the new reference headset for competitive PC gamers around the world. The new high-end open acoustic gaming headset by the leader in audio delivers incredibly immersive 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound and crystal clear gaming communications thanks to its high quality, noise-cancelling microphone. The sleek Surround Dongle and user-friendly software perfectly optimises the experience for immersive gaming, and even music. The superior features of the PC 373D are matched by its style and comfort to enhance your gaming experience, even after hours of playing.

“The PC 373D incorporates a host of impressive sound and design upgrades for the ultimate PC gaming experience”, says Tim Völker, Director Sales & Marketing Gaming at Sennheiser Communications A/S. “As the successor to our popular PC 363D, it is the definitive choice for gamers seeking to be fully immersed in their gaming sessions and that demand a very high quality surround sound level.”

 

Incredible clarity of sound through innovative technology

For an unprecedented gaming experience, the Dolby Surround Sound technology uses the shape of your ears to simulate the projection of sounds from different angles, creating a stunning 7.1 experience with a two speaker system. Powered by Sennheiser´s unique transducer technology for optimum clarity and accuracy, the high-end open acoustic gaming headset is paired with a sleek and intuitive new Surround Dongle, designed to optimise the sound experience at a single click of its Dolby button.

The all-new software incorporated into the headset’s Surround Dongle immediately allows the gamer to both customise the sound to his needs and quickly switch between stereo and surround sound”, says Troels Rasmussen, Product Manager Gaming, Sennheiser Communications A/S.

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A tailored sound experience

The software’s elegant, intuitive interface tailors the experience to each gamer, their game, or their surroundings. The equalizer offers four settings including optimised modes for competitive and immersive gaming, an eSports mode, and an ‘Off’ setting that allows for a neutral sound performance. The PC 373D also provides a music mode for a premium audio experience.

Crystal clear gaming communications

Thanks to its high quality pro noise-cancelling microphone and optional noise reduction algorithm, the PC 373D guarantees clear team communication with no background noise. Three side tone settings, easily adjustable via the software interface, allow gamers to choose exactly how much they hear their own voice.

Sound is easily controlled via the volume button, which is neatly integrated into the right ear cup, with muting quickly and effortlessly achieved by simply raising the boom arm.

Unrivalled style and comfort

The market-leading sound quality and technology behind the PC 373D is matched by its style and comfort. The stylish headset is equipped with large and comfortable XXL plush velvet ear pads that cushion ears during gaming, while the laser-cut open design aluminum ear-cups help players stay cool even as the tension rises. With its comfortable padded headband, the PC 373D is barely noticeable to the wearer, no matter how long the gaming session lasts.

The PC 373D is available from July 2016. As a Sennheiser product, the PC 373D is built to last and comes with a two-year worldwide warranty. RRP £209.99

By July 5, 2016 Read More →

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones long-haul performance for the smart traveller

PXC_550_3_gedrehtFor travelers seeking the ultimate way to travel, it’s time to upgrade to the new Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless. The new headphones by the audio specialist are designed for the discerning business traveler. A smart travel companion, the PXC 550 Wireless delivers Sennheiser’s renowned high-quality sound and up to 30 hours of battery performance in a sleek wireless headphone. A personalised listening experience on the move can be tailored with ease using Sennheiser’s companion app, CapTune™.

Just like the best business travel experience, Sennheiser’s new PXC 550 Wireless headphones anticipate the user’s every need, letting them travel in supreme wireless comfort and free from distractions.

 

“With the PXC 550 Wireless we have crafted a premium headphone that brings Sennheiser’s leadership in high-quality audio to address the travel needs of the most discerning and demanding set of customers,” said Dr. Christian Ern, Head of Portfolio Management Select, Sennheiser. “For business travelers, a headset has to be everything from a precision tool for staying connected to the buzz of work life, to an oasis of peace that allows perfect focus. And when savoring precious leisure time, those accustomed to demanding more will accept nothing short of brilliant audio quality. With the PXC 550 Wireless there’s no need to compromise when on the move.

Long-haul performance

The PXC 550 Wireless is built to meet the demands of the frequent traveler with long-haul battery performance of up to 30 hours. Even with the NoiseGardTM hybrid adaptive noise cancellation engaged, the PXC 550 Wireless can span the world on a single charge.

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A smart travel companion

Sennheiser’s PXC 550 Wireless offers a smart travel experience that combines supreme ease of use with features that discretely anticipate the needs of the user: The intuitive, earcup-mounted touch control panel and voice prompt system allows for a convenient selection of settings, while the PXC 550 Wireless can automatically pause music and calls when the headphones are taken off.

The enhanced user experience starts with effortless NFC pairing for high-quality Bluetooth audio transmission for pristine sound, which can be tailored precisely according to preference.

A personalised listening experience with CapTune™

The PXC 550 Wireless features four presets for adjusting sound and one customisable Director mode that can be tailored with ease using Sennheiser’s companion app, CapTune™. The audio specialist’s first sound personalization app has been developed with the discerning headphone user in mind. Free to download for Android and iOS smartphones, CapTune™ is both a premium quality music player and a powerful sound tuning app that gives users greater sonic control. Permitting precise adjustments with the equalizer and featuring the unique SoundCheck with which users can tune their music’s sound by A/B-testing different set-ups, CapTune™ allows for a personalised listening experience. The specially developed plug-in for the PXC 550 Wireless also facilitates personalisation of adaptive noise cancellation, audio prompts, and the activation of Smart Pause.

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Speak without interruption, listen without interference

Staying connected on the move is now even easier, with unrivalled speech clarity for business and personal calls ensured by a beamforming array with three microphones. And no matter how noisy the environment, the PXC 550 Wireless offers crystal-clear speech and gives travelers an ideal private space for relaxing or staying focused on work. Sennheiser’s NoiseGardTM hybrid adaptive noise cancellation ensures uninterrupted listening by seamlessly monitoring and adapting to ambient noise levels – whether on a plane, train or a noisy street – to provide the exact level of suppression needed.

Sennheiser quality for assured comfort

Class-leading ergonomics, lightweight design and high-quality materials make the sleek PXC 550 Wireless extremely comfortable even for the longest of listening sessions. Its earpads have been designed in accordance with Sennheiser’s dedicated research into ear shape ergonomics for supreme comfort. And when the journey is done, the fold-flat, collapsible design allows the PXC 550 Wireless to discretely fold away into the provided travel case.

Sennheiser’s new PXC 550 Wireless will be available on Sennheiser’s online shop and on Amazon as well as globally at Duty Free retailers from mid-July RRP, £329.99

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By May 24, 2016 Read More →

Phonaudio for the fashionable and professional

downloadPhonaudio is the new audio kid on the block. Not so much a kid but a hard-working, professional, music-obsessed 30 something that decided to fly by the seat of his melodic pants, ditch a highly lucrative career in IT and build his own series of headphones.

 The launch of both the PHN100 and PHN200 is the result of comprehensive market research, which led to a number of prototypes being developed and tested. Their research suggests the consumer demands a comfortable, dependable, durable and honest audio accessory that sounds exceptional, side steps novelty tech wizardry and is built to last. Phonaudio products bridge the gap between fashion and pro. They are due to hit the stores this summer. Targeted to a musically astute, intelligent, dynamic and active market the brand promises indisputable quality that reflects their faultless expectations. The reason why these cans can, is a unequivocal recipe of exceptional sound, weightless and durable design and their essential and trustworthy functionality all without a huge contemporary price tag.  Available on Pre Order: June 2016 

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Functions:

The functions of the headphone are controlled by the multi-function button on the earpiece.  

  • Play a track or video – Press and release the multifunction button.  
  • Pause a track or video – Press and release the multifunction button. Repeat to resume play.
  •  Skip to next song or video – Press and release the multifunction button twice quickly.  
  • Return to previous song or video – Press and release the multifunction button three times quickly.  
  • Answer a call – Press and release the multifunction button once to answer.  
  • End a call – Press and release the multifunction button once to end the call.  
  • Voice Command – Press and hold the multifunction button until voice activation starts.
  • Control volume – Slide towards the plus sign (+) to increase volume or towards the minus sign (-) to decrease volume. Functions work for both music and calls.  The microphone is built into the left ear cup and not the cable, giving a unique user experience.  It also has both iPhone and Android functionality without the need to switch cables.  

Find out more for Phonaudio: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter  

By May 11, 2016 Read More →

Sennheiser launches HD 650 and Apogee Groove

HD_650_Apogee_Groove_Bundle_product_shot_RGB_redAudio specialist Sennheiser and digital audio recording specialist Apogee are launching a new bundle that brings together Sennheiser’s HD 650 open, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones with the Apogee Groove – a high-performance USB DAC and headphone amp. This combination lets Mac and PC users enjoy the full dynamic range and ultra-low distortion levels of one of the classics of Sennheiser’s audiophile headphone world powered by the legendary sound quality of Apogee.

Crafted with handpicked components for incredibly narrow tolerances, special acoustic materials and exceptional engineering, they deliver reference-class fidelity and a balanced sound with crisp bass, excellent mid frequency response and a gentle, pleasantly natural treble: the iconic, oval-shaped Sennheiser HD 650 are a true headphone classic by the leader in audio.

With the HD 650, Sennheiser created the first dynamic headphones to achieve such authentic and natural sound reproduction, both accurate and transparent. Manuel Ricke, Product Manager Audiophile at Sennheiser, explains how the headphones have been perfectly paired to the Apogee Groove headphone amp to bring their captivating sound to PCs and Macs: “With more music stored on PC and Macs, the output of the computer can prove to be a bottleneck that limits the ability to deliver sufficient power to audiophile-grade headphone models. The HD 650 are excellent open, dynamic headphones. However, their high, 300-ohm impedance means they require more power than can usually be provided by a computer. Drawing on Apogee’s 30-year pedigree as an innovator and industry leader in digital audio recording, the Groove amp increases the output signal to do full justice to the capabilities of the HD 650.”

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A headphone classic meets world-class digital audio expertise

The world’s most successful artists, producers and audio engineers rely on Apogee gear to capture GRAMMY-winning recordings. The Apogee Groove headphone amp makes this recording studio technology available in a premium compact DAC and headphone amp, providing a simple yet powerful, take-anywhere solution. Groove is designed to deliver every sonic detail from streaming music services like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Google Play Music and provides exceptional playback quality for high-res files like WAV, AIFF and FLAC. Groove’s output provides ample power at any impedance for a punchy bass and stunningly clear mid and high frequencies. Its Constant Current Drive™ technology delivers a smooth frequency response with any headphones – with Apogee recommending Sennheiser headphones to the discerning listener. Groove also features Apogee’s Quad Sum DAC design which utilizes four digital-to-analog converters per channel to achieve the highest dynamic range and lowest distortion (THD+N) of any device in its class.

“The combination of Sennheiser’s HD 650, the undisputed benchmark in headphones, with Apogee Groove’s driving power and sonic excellence, is a match made in heaven”, commented Betty Bennett, co-founder and CEO of Apogee Electronics.

The exceptional performance delivered by the new bundle is effortlessly easy to obtain – simply connect the Apogee Groove to a computer’s USB port and the HD 650 to its audio output and you will enjoy a new standard in sound.

The bundle will be distributed exclusively via Sennheiser’s online shop from the end of June.

http://en-uk.sennheiser.com/audiophile-headphones-high-end-hd-650