Astrotec Phoenix 6: Top Tier Flagship Tri-brid

Greetings! Today we’re checking out Astrotec’s newest flagship earphone, the Phoenix 6. The original Phoenix was one of my 2020 sleeper hits, eschewing a balanced sound for some of the most visceral sub-bass I have experienced to date. With a hand-crafted rosewood shell with aluminum and titanium face plate accents, it certainly looked the part of a flagship. With the new Phoenix 6, Astrotec has … Continue reading Astrotec Phoenix 6: Top Tier Flagship Tri-brid

Astrotec Vesna & Vesna EVO: Anything You Can Do…

Greetings! Today we’re checking out both forms of Astrotec’s newest budget model, the Vesna. Astrotec is probably best known for their premium earbuds, as they’re one of the few brands still producing products in that niche segment. While they’ve certainly dabbled in more affordable, sub-100 USD products, the Vesna is their most affordable that I’m aware of. At 19.90 USD for the standard Vesna, and … Continue reading Astrotec Vesna & Vesna EVO: Anything You Can Do…

ThieAudio Legacy 2: Captain Morgan

Greetings! Today we’re looking at the Legacy 2 from ThieAudio. ThieAudio is Linsoul Audio’s in-house brand. Created in 2019, it quickly gained steam as a reliable brand producing competitive, high performance earphones. Their lineup has expanded greatly since their arrival on the scene, and include three main product types; tribrids, hybrids, and BA-only earphones. Of course they also offer a variety of accessories. The Legacy … Continue reading ThieAudio Legacy 2: Captain Morgan

Campfire Audio Mammoth: Awaken The Giant

Greetings! Today we’re checking out one of Campfire Audio’s newer mid-fi entries in the versatile Mammoth. With a v-shaped tune, the Mammoth is not alone among it’s family of Campfire Audio hybrids. What sets it apart and makes it one of the best they’ve released to date (in my opinion of course) is the relative restraint they took when tuning bass quantity, and the newfound … Continue reading Campfire Audio Mammoth: Awaken The Giant

Campfire Audio Holocene: Uppercut!

Greetings! Today we’re checking out one of Campfire Audio’s newer mid-range offerings, the triple armature Holocene. While the colour scheme is reminiscent of their original flagship, the Jupiter, the sound tuning is inspired by the limited edition c/2019 Q4. Inside each shell are three balanced armatures per side, housed within Campfire Audio’s now ubiquitous 3D printed acoustic chamber. Unique to the Holocene and release mate, … Continue reading Campfire Audio Holocene: Uppercut!

Earsonics GRACE Platinum: Classically Trained

Greetings! Today we’re checking out Earsonics’ new top of the line offering, the Grace Platinum. If you’ve been following the high end portable audio market for a while now, you’re likely familiar with Earsonics. The French outfit founded by Franck Lopez in 2005 has been catering to professional and enthusiast markets alike for over a decade. They currently offer a variety of universal and custom-fit … Continue reading Earsonics GRACE Platinum: Classically Trained

Astrotec S70: Affordable ANC

Greetings! Today we’re checking out Astrotec’s latest entry into their S lineup of true wireless (TWS) earphones, the S70. My first introduction to Astrotec’s true wireless earphones was the S60, a very compact, fairly affordable product that utilized balanced armatures instead of the much more common dynamic drivers found in pretty much everything from their competitors. The S60 5.0 (revised version) is still one of, … Continue reading Astrotec S70: Affordable ANC

VE Odyssey HD: Get It Before It’s Gone (Too Late!!)

Greetings, Today we’re taking a quick look at the Odyssey HD from Venture Electronics. Like much of VE’s gear, the Odyssey HD arrived in a simple branded plastic resealable bag. Inside is of course the dongle itself, but also a Type-C to Type-A USB adapter. And that’s it. Given the mere 10 USD price tag, this is perfectly fine. Honestly, I wouldn’t have blamed VE … Continue reading VE Odyssey HD: Get It Before It’s Gone (Too Late!!)

Venture Electronics Monk Lite: Almost There

Greetings! Today we’re checking out one of Venture Electronics’ most affordable earbuds, the Monk Lite. The original Monk received critical acclaim thanks to its low price and a level of sound quality that almost nothing at the time could touch. While that has changed over the years, the Monk remains a very strong offering. One issue many had with it resulted from the ergonomics of … Continue reading Venture Electronics Monk Lite: Almost There

Earsonics Corsa: Keeping The Competition On Their Feet

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the triple armature Corsa from Earsonics. If you’ve been following the high end portable audio market for a while now, you’re likely familiar with Earsonics. The French outfit founded by Franck Lopez in 2005 has been catering to professional and enthusiast markets alike for over a decade. They currently offer a variety of universal and custom-fit earphones featuring both hybrid … Continue reading Earsonics Corsa: Keeping The Competition On Their Feet

Venture Electronics Bonus IE (BIE): Get Low

Greetings! Today we’re checking out Venture Electronics’ (VE) latest budget earphone release, the Bonus IE (BIE). While probably best known for their extensive earbud lineup which includes the legendary Monk, in-ears are something VE hasn’t dabbled nearly as much in, though I can think of at least four different models; The Duke, Monk IE Biggie and Smalls, and the Grand Duke which is their current … Continue reading Venture Electronics Bonus IE (BIE): Get Low

AKG K121 Studio: Thrift Store Gem

Greetings! Today we’re checking out a discontinued model from AKG, the K121 Studio. I’m no stranger to AKG having spent ample time with a number of their products, like the K512 mkII, K701, and my favourite, the K553 Pro, among others. I recently added the K121 Studio to my collection having found a roughed up copy at the local thrift shop for a whopping 3.99 … Continue reading AKG K121 Studio: Thrift Store Gem

ddHiFi MFi06S: A Very Nice Cable Indeed

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the ddHiFi MFi06S, a Lightning to Type-C USB cable. The original TC05 and it’s remake of the same name have been my go to OTG cables for the last year thanks to their excellent build quality and durability. The MFi06S is more or less the same cable as the current-gen TC05, but with Type-C on one end and Apple’s Lightning … Continue reading ddHiFi MFi06S: A Very Nice Cable Indeed

ddHiFi DJ44C / DJ44B: Adept Adaptation

Greetings! Today we’re checking out some handy dandy adapters from the masters of accessories, ddHiFi. The DJ44B and DJ44C are adapters that convert a 4.4mm balanced cable to either 2.5mm balanced, or 3.5mm single-ended. Definitely not something the majority of users will be needing, but, for those who do these are invaluable little tools. I was one of those that required these tools. ddHiFi sent … Continue reading ddHiFi DJ44C / DJ44B: Adept Adaptation

ddHiFi Sky (BC120B): Plush Candy Goodness

Greetings! Today we’re checking out one of ddHiFi’s earphone and earbud upgrade cable options, the BC120B “Sky”. I’m not one to push cables for the purposes of sound improvement, instead opting to swap cables for comfort, durability, aesthetics, or simply to replace a broken stock cable. Cables included as part of a product’s standard kit are rarely the best a brand has to offer, often … Continue reading ddHiFi Sky (BC120B): Plush Candy Goodness