We write reviews and articles because we are passionate about audio gear and want to share our knowledge with you. Our mission is to help our readership make informed buying decisions when it comes to personal audio. Our vast experience and the large amount of gear we have available to us for comparisons often allows us to provide a unique perspective, and we strive for consistency and lack of bias. All recommendations are our honest opinions – we test enough products that we don’t ever have to recommend anything that does not impress us. However, audio reviews are inherently subjective, and we encourage you to do as much outside research as possible for any major purchase.
This website is an extension of our efforts on the forums at Head-Fi.org. It is not our day job – if it was, our families would starve. However, maintaining it carries a number of costs, and there are still many more exciting features we would like to implement in the future.
In an effort to remain as impartial as possible, we do not run direct ads from audio manufacturers, but we do take advantage of the Google AdSense platform and affiliate links. Google AdSense allows Google to place ads relevant to each individual user on websites. These ads can be found on most of our pages. Affiliate links can be found throughout our reviews and buyer’s guides. Using these links does not cost you anything, but lets retailers know that we help their customers make buying decisions, and we get a small commission in return. To keep things fair, if you are unsatisfied with our recommendation and end up returning the item, we get nothing.
As if we didn’t already have plenty of motivation to stay true to ourselves and to our readership, this means that we are entirely supported by our readers – if you stop visiting our site or don’t enjoy the products we recommend, The Headphone List will quickly fall in the red.
The short of it is, while many of the products we discuss were bought and paid for with our own cash or come on loan from Head-Fi members, we prefer not to plaster every other page with disclaimers, so please assume that everything we discuss was provided free of charge by manufacturers, every lunch we’ve had was comp’d (we can dream, right?), and all links are affiliate links.
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