Final Audio E3000 Review – Mainstream Boutique

Introduction – I’ve always had a somewhat bittersweet relationship with Final Audio’s earphones. I love their unique and quirky designs like the Piano Forte in addition to their more conventional models like the FI-BA-SS. Furthermore, their tuning methodology is totally unique. Many companies levy that their earphones sound “unlike anything else”, but for Final Audio…

Effect Audio EROS II Review – Passion and Proficiency

Introduction – Singapore based manufacturer Effect Audio has quickly risen to the forefront of cable development, innovating in an area where most are content with the status quo. The EROS II is undoubtedly one of their most popular models as a hybrid that masterfully combines the natural timbre of UP-OCC Litz copper, with the clarity…

Ourart Ti7 Review – Full Sound Without An Empty Wallet

Introduction – Newcomer Ourart seemingly came out of nowhere; while audio enthusiasts are frequently bombarded with promotional material on social media, Ourart’s unique designs really drew some positive attention. Their new Ti7 earbud turned heads with its original metal design, 8-core cable and accessible $59 USD asking price. In addition, Ourart promise high fidelity audio…

Campfire Polaris Review – Creature of Coherence

The Polaris is a beast of coherence and tonal fineness. They are exceptionally well integrated for a hybrid and will be sure to put a smile on your face whether driven from a $1000 DAP or streaming Spotify from a smartphone.

Oriveti Affinity Review – Affection for Perfection

Introduction – Oriveti very quickly made a name for themselves with the original Primacy, a $300 USD triple driver hybrid earphone that shocked reviewers and users alike with its coherence and ergonomics. Further yet, Oriveti followed this model up with the brilliant Basic and New Primacy that I personally purchased and use to this day. …

Rose Mini 2 Review – Reference Standard

Introduction – If you haven’t read my BR5 MKII review or snooped around the earbud and Chi-fi threads on Head-fi, you may not be familiar with Rose. They are a smaller manufacturer but one that has proven themselves to be quite knowledgeable in audio, producing some genuinely compelling products that easily rival models from more…

Cardas A8 Review – Pleasure Doesn’t Have To Be Guilty

Introduction – Cardas is probably best known as a cable manufacturer and a pretty fantastic one at that; their silver solder compound is one of my absolute favourites, both easy to work with and very acoustically transparent. However, a few years ago, Cardas made the move into in-ear earphones with their EM8513. And given Cardas’…

OVC H15 Review – How Good Can a $50 ANC Dual Driver Be?

Introduction – You would be excused for not knowing about OVC, I certainly didn’t and a quick Google search revealed little about the new upstart’s previous designs and products. But some interesting comments in their e-mail to me certainly caught my attention, their new H15 is, to my knowledge, a completely original active noise cancelling…

Rose BR5 MKII Review – Chi-fi In Full Bloom

Introduction – Until now, I’ve yet to review many truly premium Chi-fi earphone so the BR5 MKII really intrigued me. And that’s because these smaller brands usually leverage value as their greatest asset yet with a $300 USD asking price, the BR5 MKII is hardly for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of…

Fiio X7 Mark II Review – Believe/Defy

Introduction – I think a lot of buyers have a certain faith in Fiio as an audio manufacturer; we always have a basic security knowing that we’ll receive a well-performing device that offers pleasing value for money. However, with the X7, their former flagship audio player, Fiio really reached beyond the status quo, providing a…

Dodocool 3D (DA131) Earphone Review

Introduction – Dodocool is an accessory manufacturer who has a modest presence on Amazon making some nice little gadgets and gizmos for reasonable prices. However, recently they have branched into audio, launching a very nice audio player based on the IQQ C18 in addition to a few sets of earphones geared towards various users and…

TFZ Exclusive 5 Review – Sound like Salted Caramel

Introduction – TFZ pioneered a truly revolutionary dynamic driver formula with their recently released King, a $100 earphone that held a notable advantage over many other iems I tested within a similar price range. However, though the King is an immensely impressive earphone, its aggressive mid-forward tones are certainly not for everyone nor are their large…