Shozy BK (Stardust) Review – Like a Fine Wine

Introduction – Earbuds have become a surprisingly popular market, I couldn’t hope to keep up with all the new manufacturers and models popping up on a daily basis. And within this market pervades a pricing model that has redefined the perception of value for many, the $5 VE Monk+ bring the most notable example. And…

Mixcder X5 – The Best Affordable Sports Earphone?

Introduction – Mixcder have made an entrance on Head-fi with their economical but feature-filled products. While they might not be a household name, I’ve found their earphones to be both accessibly priced and competitive in performance. The X5 is one of their newest creations, a tough, sports-centric earphone with a meagre asking price of just…

Fiio i1 Review – Minute but Mighty

Introduction –  The Fiio i1 met nothing but a tough reception upon release with many marking it as redundant being comparable, at least on paper, to the dongle included with the iPhone 7 for free. However, numbers and measurements aren’t everything, of course, demonstrated by the radical difference between smartphones using the same onboard DAC…

Plussound Prism Review – Low key

Introduction – When cable manufacturer ALO branched out into Universal earphones as Campfire Audio, they were met almost exclusively with success; Campfire has very quickly become a hugely popular and discussed brand. And hot on their heels is Plussound, a similarly experienced cable manufacturer who seek once again mix up the game by utilising cutting…

TFZ King Review – Articulate, Tactile, Agile

Introduction – TFZ have built up quite a reputation with their affordable yet capable earphones, the 5S being a notable model that was instantly met with wide acclaim. Their new King seeks to compound on the successes of TFZ’s previous models, occupying the very popular $100 price tier. And when compared to competitors, the King…

Simgot EN700 Bass Review – Rational not Analytical

Introduction – Simgot doesn’t have the rich heritage of decade-old Western audio giants like Bowers and Wilkins, Grado and Shure, but their fresh outlook on audio does net them with a certain level of creative freedom. And though their first earphone, the EN700, didn’t grant them with a glorious entrance onto the audio scene like other…

Magaosi K3 Pro Review – Idealist

Introduction – If you’re a Head-fi frequent, you’ve probably observed the buzz surrounding these earphones. If not, the K3 Pro should still make your shortlist as perhaps one of the most impressive sub $100 earphones on the market. With a gorgeous full-metal construction augmented with a removable cable, the K3 Pro’s make a strong first…

Hifiman RE-600S V2 Review – Old Not Obsolete

Introduction – Overlooked, underappreciated and unloved are all words that adequately describe the Hifiman RE600. While its lower-end sibling, the RE-400, received no shortage of accolades, the considerably more expensive and visually identical RE-600 very much fell into obscurity. It didn’t help that Hifiman’s higher end offering retained the same design shortcomings and longevity concerns…

Spinfit CP800 Review – The Saga Continues

Introduction –  With an overwhelming response to my CP100 article, I decided to write up some impressions of the Spinfit CP800`s that were released a while back; essentially they are just a small bore variant of the model that came before (and using a very antithetical naming scheme). However, while they may sound similar in…

Fiio F5 Review – Apex Predator

Introduction – Fiio has returned with another reasonably priced in-ear earphone that seeks to once again challenge our perception of value. Though similar in both price and design, the F5 sits above the EX1 2nd Gen in Fiio’s earphone line-up. And though the original EX1 was essentially a rebranded Dunu Titan 1, speculation has it that…

Dunu DK-3001 Review – Remarkably Refined

Introduction – Once as obscure as any other small Chinese OEM, Dunu have since made quite the name for themselves. Their company story is one of innovation, firsts and aspiration and most importantly, this philosophy is embodied by their products. They achieved mass praise with their widely reviewed and recommended DN line of triple driver…

How to Setup Speakers with a Turntable and a Thesis on Analogue vs Digital Audio

Introduction –  While personal digital audio has become a normality within our daily lives, some audio enthusiasts will remember when analogue vinyls were commonplace. And even in the present, this passion for analogue vinyl audio persists, with many users touting higher subjective quality and musicality beyond the objective measurements of distortion and noise that pioneered…