Ranked #1 in "The Best Audiophile Headphones..." - Rolling Stone
"choice pick" - Headphone Guru
"8.7/10" - HiFi Trends
The PM-50 offers an audiophile-grade listening experience to music enthusiasts in a luxurious, yet reasonably-priced package.
The PM-50 takes full advantage of Planar Magnetic benefits to provide a balanced presentation across the musical spectrum. The combination of the open-back design, and Planar Magnetic technology results in reproduction devoid of the resonances and coloration inherent in common closed-back dynamic driver headphones. The inherent wide-range capability of Planar Magnetic technology results in a coherent audio singularity that totally eliminates the inevitable phase distortions caused by the crossover networks of multi-driver headphones. The result is an open, natural sound that is as true to the original performance as possible.
"The PM-50s pack a lot of value, with great comfort, precision build quality, and superb sound for their reference-grade magnetic drivers. We're excited to introduce the PM-50s as the first of many Andover products into the critical-listening headphones space."
- Bob Hazelwood (Andover Chief Engineer)
The PM-50 Headphones are driven by any source including smartphones, portable music players, DACs, traditional audio systems, and dedicated headphone amplifiers.
"I found them just really pleasant to use overall, especially with the rounded pads...[and] they’re comfortable enough for long, long listening sessions."
Brent Butterworth (Contributor, Soundstage Solo)
"...sports seductive walnut hardwood enclosures and gorgeously rounded black metal earlap brackets."
Todd Anderson (Editor/Senior Admin, AV Nirvana)
"...well built, well tuned, and fairly easy to drive...good detail throughout, and a boost in the range needed to bring vocals to the foreground."
Willjen (Head-Fi Contributor)
"...a relatively affordable ($500) design that still manages to surprise with walnut housings and replaceable ear-cushions."
Joao Martins (Editor, audioXpress.com)
"...a beautiful, well-built set of planar headphones, that gives you nice detail and resolution along with articulate bass at a reasonable price."
Paul Cash (HiFi Trends)
"PM 50s gave me a nice in-room sense of space."
Chris Bisha (360 Sound)
"My strongest impression of the PM-50s is the amazing level of attention Andover spent on making these headphones, they are a work of art!"
Indiana Lang (Hometheaterhifi.com)
"These new Planar Magnetic headphones from Andover Audio are stunning!"
Paul Cash (Editor, Hi-Fi Trends)
"Overall, we would recommend Andover Audio’s PM-50s to music fans who appreciate subtlety, refinement, and neutrality in their headphones."
Eric Benoit (Qobuz USA)
"A pleasant surprise, indeed. With very good detail, gorgeous looks and wonderful mids."
Ngoshawk (Contributor, Head-Fi)
“...overall a very clean and more dynamic sound than I was expecting from a first effort planar magnetic.”
Grover Neville (Inner Fidelity)
• Headphone Style: Over-Ear
• Enclosure: Genuine Walnut Hardwood
• Ear-Cushions: Two Sets
• Cable: Removable / Upgradable
• Headphone Impedance Rating: 32 ohms
• Frequency Response Range: 15Hz - 50kHz
• Driver Sensitivity: 102dB/1mW
High-Performance DAC and Headphone Amplifier
Head Box S2 Digital comes fully equipped for the highest demands of the modern audiophile. It supports playback for PCM files up to 32bit / 768kHz and DSD decoding up to quad DSD (DSD256). Head Box S2 Digital also comes with five digital filters for soundshaping to the listeners preferences.
Three digital inputs ensure to connect to any source available, be it a personal computer via the USB B input or a TV set via the optical input. The coaxial S/PDIF input takes all data from a digital transport such as the CD Box DS2 T. All inputs offer support for high resolution data up to 24bit /192kHz. The USB input offers full high resolution support for all files up to PCM 32/768 and DSD256.
The front seated 1/4in (6.35mm) headphone output delivers a clean and precise sound with a musical touch. Unwanted noise coming in through USB is double filtered to surpress them to a level where it can’t affect audio to realize an undisturbed listening experience. The new aluminium/metal casing ensures highest aesthetics and protects against vibration and interference! Head Box S2 Digital comes in silver or black.
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