Brief Review of Cocktail Audio HA500H, FiiO M15, Sennheiser 800S, Focal Clear


Wanted to write a brief demo review about my visit to the audio shop.

I listen to a wide range of music including heavy metal, classical and jazz. I listened to Slayer, Megadeth, Trilok Gurtu, Oregon, Ludovico Einadu.

800S: These became my first hi-end headphones and how terrific they are. I read many people calling them as sterile so I was a bit hesitant. I would say Sennheiser as a brand may have a sterile image maybe but these cans were great and fully satisfied me across all my music.

Focal Clear: At the same price range with 800s but lacked the clarity and resolution of Sennheiser. I am sorry to say there was a big difference maybe my music did not match?

FiiO M15: A great portable that is not cheap but it really delivered except do not expect a miracle.

Cocktail Audio: It provided the above mentioned miracle when I started playing classical music. I felt I was listening to Ludovico Einado in heaven at the beach right next to him. It was perfect. When I switched to metal, Cocktail Audio clearly could not deliver the tempo and the bass.