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…

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’…

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…

Meet the New Primacy from Oriveti

Introduction – Perhaps no market is currently more competitive and fast paced than the hybrid in-ear space and as such, manufacturers must keep pace to stay on top of the pack. Oriveti are a company that achieved no shortage of acclaim with their original triple driver in-ear, the Primacy. And for good reason, it was…

Oppo HA-2 Review – Composed Looks Meet Refined Sound

Introduction – Like Xiaomi, Oppo leverage their smartphone mass manufacturing prowess to produce interesting takes on conventional technologies. The AMP/DAC market is an interesting field in that it is simply so diverse. As with many users, my first DAC was the Fiio Q1, a solidly built, well-performing device and I was content with it in all…