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Thieaudio Phantom Planar Magnetic Headphone Review

I have a special place in my heart for planar magnetic headphones and modding as I spent a lot of time, energy, and money into trying to tweak every aspect of the Fostex T50RP headphone for a couple years to learn how various changes affect sound presentation. After several headphones and many fun attempts, I decided to go away from them and just land myself with the Hifiman HE560 as my defacto planar magnetic headphone and it stood in my collection despite many times wanting to get rid of it. The HE560 has a nice balance of flat bass and mid-range followed by a slight drop in the mids and then a peak in the upper-mids giving it a little extra energy and giving it an overall slightly brighter than neutral tuning. I had been searching for a replacement to it but it’s combined low weight, comfort and sound was hard to beat at a price point I was willing to spend on.


Now comes the Thieaudio Phantom, a weird, cobbled together headphone from an unknown Chinese company using planar magneti…

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