About the author: Hi my name is A. Reddog Jones. I am a 53 year old audiophile from Sarasota, Florida. I have been into this wonderful hobby, for about 4 years. I suffer from a cognitive hearing disorder and headphones allow me to enjoy music once again. When I realized cans would allow me to embrace the sound, I jumped down the proverbial rabbit hole in pursuit of the perfect synergy of sound and equipment.
My first audiophile headphone was the Beyerdynamic DT 880 600 OHM.
These headphones sounded good, but the overall sound could improve with better audio equipment. Thus I decided I wanted to have some of the best DACs and Amps available to drive my headphones.
And once I had the DACs and amps I started to gather some of the best TOTL headphones out there.
I have paid for this equipment myself and my reviews are my own honest opinion.
I have used the following DACs for this review.
1) Schiit Audio's Gungnir multibit ; 2) Schiit Audio's Yggdrasil and 3) Questyle QP1R.
I was impressed with how Pink Floyd’s Dark side of the Moon sounded. Every instrument could be easily placed within this soundstage.
And the same soundstage made Frank Zappa’s Jazz From Hell sounded phenomenal, with the
Like wise Kate Bush or Grace Jones’s voice are beautifully haunting, thanks to the wonderful large, detailed, holographic soundstage.
The iSine 20’s soundstage is nice to but no where as large, detailed and three
To my ears the impactful bass is wonderfully textured and does not muddy up the sweet natural resolve of the mids.
The other possible negative, is that the i 4’ s are power pigs and the more power you give them the better they sound.
This is great when using my desktop amps like the Liquid Gold or liquid Glass , however the the i4’s required me to almost max out the volume on my mobile dap the QP1R. The i4 sounded great with the QP1R but I had to crank up the volume.
The iSine 20 is much easier to drive. In the future, I would like to get the the Questyle QP2R and see how it handles the the i4.
The only other headphone that I have that likes more power than the i4 is my Mr Speakers red Alpha Prime.
The i4 is so comfortable and it is decadently surreal to listen to such great high fidelity sound while
However I enjoy my i4 best streaming Tidal into my Yggdrasil and Liquid gold or