Originally published on SoundStage! Xperience


SoundStage! Solo’s editor in chief, Brent Butterworth, is one of the world’s most experienced audio journalists. He began reviewing audio gear professionally in 1990, and started publishing his audio measurements in 1997.

Since 2011, Brent’s work has focused mostly on headphones. He has measured more than 300 headphones and subjectively evaluated perhaps twice that many. His headphone measurements and reviews have appeared in SoundStage! Xperience, Sound & Vision, Lifewire, AudioXpress, and Wirecutter, and he has previously served as the editor in chief of Home Theater and Home Entertainment magazines.

Brent is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and regularly attends seminars and conferences on audio measurement. He also has more experience in blind testing and multi-listener tests than any other audio journalist working today, which gives him unique insight into how others perceive the performance of audio equipment.

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Ragav 3 days ago AKG K371 Headphones
@Brent ButterworthHi Brent! AKG also launched the K275 closed back, K245 semi-open back, and the K175 ...
Mauro 6 days ago HiFiMan HE400se Headphones
@Brent ButterworthThe two mentioned by Ragav are very different headphones by looking the oratory1990 measurements..
@JohnyI forgot to compare it very close to LCD-3 for 1/3 their price.
I have M1570 and also HEX and LCD-X. M1570 eats Sundara for breakfast with seismic ...
Brent Butterworth 6 days ago HiFiMan HE400se Headphones
@RagavIf memory serves, I contacted them and we e-mailed a few times, but I can't ...
Sitting in an orchestra level seat one evening at the SF Symphony when the musicians ...
Ragav 9 days ago HiFiMan HE400se Headphones
@Brent ButterworthIf possible could you review the ‘Austrian Audio’ Hi-X55 closed back and Hi-X65 open back ...
Brent Butterworth 11 days ago How to Not Go Deaf From Headphone Listening
@RagavThanks! Still making a living, so I can't complain. I hope you're well, too.

I don't ...
Brent Butterworth 11 days ago HiFiMan HE400se Headphones
@RagavI hate to generalize, but the number of closed-back headphones that can match the spaciousness ...
Ragav 13 days ago HiFiMan HE400se Headphones
How does the soundstage and spaciousness of the HE400se compare to the K371 and DT ...