MandarinES Symbio W Tips Review – Silicone With An Orange Twist

Introduction – While many listeners choose their ear tips purely based on ergonomics, they can actually have a direct impact on the overall sound of a particular earphone. And depending on the model, these sonic changes can vary from minute to immediately noticeable through a combination of material, bore size and level of seal. Silicone…

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. …

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…

A Thesis on Custom Cables and Subjective Audio Improvements

Introductions – I’m not going to lie, my first impression of custom cables always comes down to their aesthetic; bespoke cables are just so visually pleasing, especially EffectAudio’s latest cables which include their custom CF connectors. Humans are inherently drawn to the elaborate myriads of lustrous silver, gold and copper, and these cables seem almost…

Spigen U100 Universal Kickstand Review

Introduction –  If anyone remembers the HTC Evo line of smartphones, you’ll probably recall that one of their most defining features was the inclusion of a kickstand. With smartphones becoming a lot more multi-media orientated, it’s easy to see how such a feature would prove useful. But if you don’t own one of these phones and perhaps…

Evoplus Q9 Review – The Cigarette Port Benchmark

Introduction –  With the advent of technologies such as arc lighters, the traditional 12v cigarette port in your car has less of a defined roll. In an ideal world, every car would replace that heating element with a device that sports two 2.4A USB charging ports along with its own integrated hands free headset. With such innovations in mind,…

Stylish Earphone Case Ideas

Introduction –  Not all expensive earphones come with appropriate casing for portable use. The ie800`s, fit that description perfectly with their unwieldy leather wallet that`s neither protective nor practical. Rather than using a Westone vault case or similar, I decided to improvise instead, and have received a number of both compliments and questions about the case. Here`s a quick guide illustrating…

Mandarin Tips Quick Review

These Mandarin tips have gotten quite a bit of attention lately, promised to be a comfortable, well isolating eartip without the steep price and muffle usually associated with foams. Priced at just $2.95 a pair, the Mandarins are far more cost effective than Comply foams and most other tips for that matter. To my knowledge, they`re hand made…

Fiio DK1 Review – Not Your Average Desk Ornament

Introduction – The DK1 is a multi-function dock for use with FiiO Players (X1,X3II,X5II ,X7) and DACs ( E17K), just another component in Fiio`s ever expanding catalog of accessories. It utilizes Fiio`s proprietary 11-pin micro-b connector to allow not only for DAC and charging functionality but also line-out. Carrying an RRP of $20 USD, the DK1 is a…

Ocean Pack 2 Quick Review

The Ocean pack is quite an interesting product that perfectly embodies the simple but effective moniker. Once quite an expensive and niche product, variants of the original Ocean pack can now be found in markets and retail stores for very affordable prices. If you haven`t come across one before, its basically a waterproof storage bag used primarily…

Yunteng Mini Tripod Quick Review – Portable Stabilization Hero

You`ve probably seen the terms OIS (optical image stabilization) or EIS (electronic/digital stabilization) mentioned in an advertisement for the latest and greatest flagship smartphone. It`s a big selling point, often vastly improving your portable photography; EIS is great for a bit of quick handheld video during the day whilst OIS is well suited towards low light photography, allowing…

Jaben Earphone Stand Quick Review

Anyone remotely interested in audio probably has a few sets of earphones or earbuds lying around. Unfortunately we only one set of ears, so sets that aren`t in use need to be stored. You can coil them up in a case, chuck them in a drawer or pack them back up into their original packaging, all…