Audio reviews: remote control headphones, wireless, closed-back models and hi-fi trends

Today we continue to talk about headphones, but this time we are focusing on the enclosed and closed models. Here are only detailed guides and reviews of popular headphone pairs.

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Photo: Charles Deluvio. Source:

Headphones with microphone for voice and video calls… A guide for those who would like to make remote control a little more practical. It seems that this mode of operation is becoming the norm, which is why the experts of What Hi-Fi? selected a dozen suitable models from Sony, Bose, Sennheiser, AKG and other manufacturers. Here are the characteristics and opinions of the editors regarding each of the presented pairs of headphones.

“Sound is our everything”: microphones for creating audio / video content… Headphones with a built-in microphone are not suitable for everyone who streams or records podcasts. In this article, we focused on microphones for PCs and laptops – explained the difference between dynamic and condenser ones, disassembled the interfaces [USB vs XLR] and noted USB models different cost and a number of form factors.

Hi-Fi trends: transcript of the show “Sound”… In one of the episodes of our podcast, we talked about portable audio equipment and headphones, and also talked a little about solutions for home listening to music and watching video content.

Music on the move: choosing oversized outdoor headphones… We hope that self-isolation will not overtake us, and we show a detailed guide to models that are suitable for walking, and after a while – they will definitely come in handy on business trips and travel. We explain what you should pay attention to when choosing, share the “pros”, “cons” and characteristics of five pairs of really cool headphones.

How to Play Hi-Res Audio on iPhone… Journalists “What Hi-Fi?” share a detailed guide for those who prefer to use smartphones of this brand, and tell: how to “make friends” with an external DAC; what applications to try for listening to Hi-Res audio; and what such a kit will look like in the end.

Top 2020: audio lover’s favorite headphones… Expert discussion of some of the most interesting and expensive pair of headphones from Grado, Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic, Sony, Klipsch, B&W, AKG, Warwick Acoustics and Shure. In total – 16 models, with “passport data” and rating.

Headphone cushions: make your ears feel good… How to squeeze the maximum comfort and quality out of them – says Maxim Naumov at This is a great 15K character longread guide that is definitely worth your 10-15 minutes of attention. Here you will find an analysis of the features associated with the variability of design and materials, the nuances of noise isolation and the selection of suitable ear pads for your headphones.

Reliable headphones with signature charm… Overview Sennheiser HD 450BT – one of the leaders in the mid-price segment – from the journalists of “What Hi-Fi?” Who talk about the “pros” and “cons” of this model. The analysis is quite detailed: control buttons, design, battery life, aptX Low Latency function and sound experience.

Interesting Americans… SalonAV magazine experts consider one of the new products of the Audeze brand – magneto-planar headphones LCD-1… What technologies are used here, how the model manifests itself on the street, what about the design and weight, how the sound changes when connected to a smartphone – all these points are analyzed in detail.

Make Me Beautiful: Wireless Headphone Test… Premiere release from DALI – models iO-4 and iO-6… The older one has noise cancellation and wired connectivity. Their features are analyzed in an article from – build quality, ear pads, equipment, specifications, built-in DAC, push-button control, noise transmission function and expert opinion on the nature of the sound.

Even more expert reviews and analyzes of audio equipment:

  • Interviews with audio system developers and reports from online / offline exhibitions

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