Fiio Q1 MKII Review – Balance and Harmony

Introduction – Fiio have transcended a lot of other Chinese manufacturers not only through their wide range of products but also through their consistent performance. And while products like the X7 II may not epitomize frugality, a sense of value underpins every product. The original Q1 was my first dedicated source and one that marked…

Shozy Hibiki Review – Vox Populi

Introduction – Shozy are a beloved Chinese audio manufacturer with a reputation for daring and experimental designs. A constant endeavour to reconnect with the mentality of retro audio through the lens of modern technology acts as the driving force behind the company. As such, Shozy have produced some truly innovative products such as the Alien…

Rose Masya Review – Finesse

Introduction – Rose is perhaps most renowned for the Mojito, their flagship earbud that sat atop many multi-earbud comparisons and remains one of the most talked about models in the hobby. However, as we’ve seen from their Mini 2 in-ear, there is more to the company than premium products, they actually make some fantastic budget…

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…

Kinera H3 Review – Sensation(al)

Introduction – Kinera is yet another up and coming Chi-Fi manufacturer who, until now, have yet to really produce a runaway hit. To my knowledge, they have only one in-ear under their belt, the BD005, which was well received amongst a small group of enthusiasts but failed to really capture the iem market like other…

Oriveti Basic Review – Surprisingly Sophisticated

Introduction – Oriveti is a very new manufacturer that you might not have heard of. Nevertheless, they deserve as much attention as any other brand, having produced two fantastic offerings in what are probably the two most active price brackets on the market. They made a huge entry with their first earphone, the Primacy, a…

Archeer A320 Review – Portable Theatre Sound For Under $100

Introduction – Archeer are rapidly becoming the next upcoming brand to offer budget friendly devices that don`t compromise on quality or at least don`t compromise where it matters. While my impressions of the a106 were pretty lukewarm, my experiences with its larger and far more accomplished sibling, the a320, tell a different story entirely. With a 2.1…

Shozy Cygnus Review – Why Must All Good Things Come to an End?

Introduction –  They might be earbuds and they might be white, but make no mistake, these are no Apple Earpods, not even close. From the silver 3.5mm plug imported from Japan to the quad braid OCC cable to the mysterious NOS drivers, the Cygnus represent a testament to the bygone analogue era; offering a classic look and…