My obsessions, like most tech and toy intrigued guys… goes in phases. This particular week audio is dominating my interest.
I’ve spent over a hundred hours determining signal from noise, and great purchases, from fraudulent stacked reviews. Which unfortunately Amazon is full of. Lots of those 4 and 5 star reviews, are caused by disreputable companies flooding amazon with bogus reviews.
Well kids I’ve done the hard-work and heavy lifting to determine real from fake reviews, and great products from garbage.
Without further ado, this weeks items worth buying.
“In short, the Mo-Fis easily produce the best quality sound of any headphones I’ve used.” —Engadget
From a stateside company called BLUE that has a great reputation in the microphone/podcasting community., comes their first Headphone… THE MOFI.
The real reviews are in on both Amazon and Youtube, and the verdict is… these are game changers. Particularly if you are looking into getting into high quality personal audio, and don’t currently want to spend the money for a dedicated amp or receiver, these MoFi’s allow you to take the sound direct out of your CD or LP or Laptop or Media Player, and for a reasonable cost get a high quality headphone AND Amp in one package.
It is a definite WANT. Though at $399 its original retail, I felt it was definitely pricey. However even at that price it is not unreasonable given the new ground it is breaking, a kind of all in one entry level rig, for those who want great headphone sound without having to deal with the hassle of selecting a dac/preamp, than a microphone amp, then a pair of speakers.
This one purchase, if you don’t already have a system, and don’t really want multiple components just to listen to a headphone, well than it is a VERY reasonable and enticing purchase at its original retail.
But while reasonable, I couldn’t pull the trigger on it at that price. However, Fast forward 6 months later and the MOFI is now on sale for $279 (Blue having released their new models the SADIE(A $399 powered headphone with built in amp, that basically just loses a bit of the weight and the clamping of the MOFI, but sound-wise is similar. From all reports negligibe difference over the MOFIs) and the ELLA (A $700 Planar Headphone with built in amp).
So the arrival of the new models, means we can now get the MOFI for over $120 off, bringing it down to a very doable $279. Now at that price for a combo high quality headphone and amplifier, it is a no-brainer of a purchase. And if you are willing to purchase used, you can get it even cheaper.
You can price and order it here:
Blue Mo-Fi Powered High-Fidelity Headphones with Integrated Audiophile Amplifier
And if you are the type who has to have the latest and greatest, and money is no object, then the $700 ELLAS are waiting for you here:
Blue Ella Planar Magnetic Headphones with Built-In Audiophile Amp