1More Quad Driver Review – Consumer Reference

Introduction – Once a subsidiary of Xiaomi, producer of the renowned Pistons earphone line, 1More has since branched off into its own, more premium audio brand. But as with many Asian manufacturers, 1More can get a little exuberant with their innovation, producing truly oddball products like their Capsule In-ear and even their very unorthodox E1008…

Fiio F3 Review – Economical, Energetic, Engaging

Introduction – While Fiio recently proved with the X5 III, that they can do great things within the premium market, their original strength as a budget/value orientated brand still remains. Following hot on the heels of the very impressive F1 comes the Fiio F3, a slightly higher end model that retains a similar design language…

Edifier S1000DB Review – This is Luxury

Introduction – Testing Edifier’s entire bookshelf speaker line-up has been interesting in that I’ve had a chance to observe the changes between each speaker and the subsequent increases in pricing. So far, every speaker has been a worthy upgrade over its predecessor and the S1000DB exemplifies this premise in both design and feel as Edifier’s current…

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…

Edifier R1700BT Review – A Thing of Beauty

Introduction –  It can be hard to find a rational reason to purchase a set of bookshelf speakers when there are so many fantastic computer speakers out there that offer more features and similar sound quality for the same price. With the R1280T, I found myself conflicted about its role in the speaker ecosystem. While 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…

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…

Denon Envaya Mini Review – An Audiophile Grade Bluetooth Speaker?

Introduction –  Even though I have a nice collection of earphones and headphones at home, I still value having good speakers on my devices simply for convenience when out and about and occasionally to share with others. Sometimes it`s not practical to use earphones/headphones such as outside on the veranda when it`s windy. I remember hearing my…