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The Headphone List was created to help visitors select the best portable audio products for their needs by featuring the most comprehensive collection of headphone reviews published in an interactive, dynamic format. In addition to product reviews across multiple categories, the site is home to numerous abridged buyers guides, deal alerts, and other useful info, all written by audio enthusiasts with vast experience evaluating audio gear. There is still a long ways to go before the site has all of its the intended features and content, so keep checking back to see what’s new!

The Authors

|joker|: Living in the fast-paced city of Los Angeles, ljokerl has been using portable audio gear to deal with lengthy commutes for more than a decade. He spends much of his time listening to music and writes portable audio reviews across several enthusiast sites, focusing mostly on in-ear earphones. He has compiled the largest single overview of in-ear earphones and continues to review new products weekly, building up a comprehensive database on a common rating scale.

flinkenick: Nic is currently in pursuit of a PhD degree in social neuropsychology, while trying not to get too distracted by this hobby. In pursuit of theoretical knowledge by day, and audiophile excellence at night. Luckily for him, both activities are not mutually exclusive which helps to lighten the workload. Always on the go, Nic’s enthusiasm for hi-fi is focused on all chains of the portable system: iems, cables and daps.

ryanjsoo: Avid writer, passionate photographer and full-time health student, Ryan’s audio origins and enduring interests lie within all aspects of portable audio. An ongoing desire to bring quality audio to the regular reader underpins his reviewer ethos as he seeks to bring a new perspective on the cutting edge and budget dredge alike.

PinkyPowers: Pinky is an artsy twat. Illustration, graphic design, writing. Yet music escapes him, and always has. He builds his own cables, and likes to explore the craftsmanship of others. He’s a stabby one, also. At the first hint of annoyance, out comes the blade. I say he’s compensating for something… in a big bad way. If we all try really hard as a collective, maybe we can have him put down.

average_joe: His defining moment came early on one Christmas morning when he got his first Sony Walkman and was blown away with the huge sound from such a small device.  This lead to a lifelong love of audio that initially included auditioning any and all gear he could find, reading Stereophile magazine compulsively, and scraping together his money to buy better and better gear of his own.  Back to the Sony Walkman roots, he now focuses on higher end portable gear, writing thorough, detailed reviews that include head-to-head product comparisons and matching of various components.  He has an extensive custom in-ear monitor collection, all scored in his CIEM review list.

jelt2359: When jelt2359’s Shure earphones stopped working ten years ago he was forced, kicking and screaming, to replace them, and naturally ended up buying more than 20 new IEMs. jelt2359 is focused “mostly” on attaining portable music nirvana. He flies to a different city almost every week for his work, and is always looking for the perfect audio setup to bring along.

Wildcatsare1: Kevin Heine’s audio journey began listening to Maggies, an obsession for dipole transducers that carries on to today. Primarily a two channel listener until life circumstances changed. From Magnepans, Apogee Duettas, to Sound Labs culminating with the 845’s. Now, a dedicated headphone aficionado seeking pure tone, accurate timbre, and the illusion of a head stage.

MikePortnoy: He started listening music when he was a child. His audiophile journey has begun under the wings of a single dynamic driver IEM. He has started to search for both technical and musical perfection in audio gears. He mostly reviews high-end systems including custom in ear monitors, aftermarket cables and digital sources.

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