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…

Noble Audio Django Review – Bold Inside & Out

It is a steeply priced earphone just shy of $1000 USD so any comments on value are really defunct, but the Django keeps pace with similarly priced models through its exceptional dynamics and powerful yet natural sound.

Yinyoo Z&W Earbud Review – Flashy Looks, Dynamic Sound

Introduction – Yinyoo are a small Chinese manufacturer who have probably the most divided product lineup I’ve ever seen. On one hand, they produce immensely affordable MX500 and Yuin style earbuds and on the other, they create some stunning in-ear designs that will run you almost 4-digits. Fortunately, what we’ll be looking at today is…

64 Audio U3 Review – Fun-Loving

Introduction – 1964 have a rich and immensely interesting heritage as an audio manufacturer. Their very name, now just 64 Audio, denotes the year when the first in-ear monitor was released onto the market. And while I mostly knew of the company’s professional experience and affordable custom earphones, it was a fine day when I…

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…

Flares Pro Review – Unforgiving, Unapologetic

Introduction – Flare Audio is a British company that, like many others, has some interesting roots designing high-end audio equipment for professional use. However, recently, the company has been making headlines with their bold and innovative products on Kickstarter beginning with their R1 over-ear headphones and really taking off with their more refined R2 in-ears….