The Contraptionist brings to the table detailed, comprehensive reviews of audio gear covering a wide variety of budgets. The reviews within may be a little different from others around the web. Here, the entire package is nearly as important as how the product sounds. I like to mix the subjective and objective (mostly subjective) giving readers my personal account of a product and what it is like to use on a daily basis. While reviews built around measurements have their place, I feel they eschew the most important part of owning something; the enjoyment you get out of actually using it. Even products that measure poorly can provide great entertainment and build a following that lasts well beyond the lifespan of the product, such as the Havi B3 Pro I. Some products that measure nigh perfectly gain no following and fade into obscurity. It helps to have some character.
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Measurements Measurements were set up following the guide on Audioreviews.org. I use a Dayton Audio iMM-6 with a basic silicone tube coupler, earphones running through a Zishan DSD since it has the cleanest output of my current sources, and REW software. I generally use the same small foam tip inserted to a marked distance for everything, with a backup silicone tip that measures similarly for iems with small nozzles. An IEC coupler compensation file was provided by Alec Jackson. I’m not aiming to have the most accurate measurements in the business since I’m using such a basic set up, but simply to provide something that can be supplementary to my written content, and comparable to measurements from others on a basic level (peaks and troughs in mostly the same areas, and at similar levels). Everything is measured at 85dB, or as close as I can get since the DSD’s volume is handled digitally. Since my measurements are not meant to be taken as gospel, they are cleaned up with 1/6 smoothing. Uncompensated versions are saved for reference though.
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