TinHiFi T5: Missed the Memo?

Greetings! Today we’re checking out TinHiFi’s newest entry into their ever popular T-Series of earphones. TinHiFi’s claim to fame is the original T2, a reference quality dual-dynamic earphone that didn’t break the bank. Since it’s release in 2017 put them on the map, TinHiFi’s lineup has been fleshed out with a wide variety of products, some great like the T2+, some lacking like the true … Continue reading TinHiFi T5: Missed the Memo?

BQEYZ Summer: Another Solid Release

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the Summer from fan favourite, BQEYZ. I was first introduced to the brand with the KC2, an affordable 2+2 hybrid that is still quite popular three years after it’s release. Such staying power is a rarity in what has become a very fast-paced consumer space. Next up was the Spring II, a tribrid earphone that very successfully combined dynamic, balanced … Continue reading BQEYZ Summer: Another Solid Release

Campfire Audio Honeydew: Smoooooooooth

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the Honeydew, one of two brand new products from Campfire Audio. Hailing from Portland, Oregon where their products are designed and hand-assembled, Campfire Audio has been bringing high end in-ear-monitors to the public since 2015. It all started with the Jupiter, Orion, and Lyra. Since then their lineup has been expanded and refined with popular releases like the Andromeda and … Continue reading Campfire Audio Honeydew: Smoooooooooth

Campfire Audio Satsuma: Orange Justice

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the Satsuma, one of two brand new products from Campfire Audio. Hailing from Portland, Oregon where their products are designed and hand-assembled, Campfire Audio has been bringing high end in-ear-monitors to the public since 2015. It all started with the Jupiter, Orion, and Lyra. Since then their lineup has been expanded and refined with popular releases like the Andromeda and … Continue reading Campfire Audio Satsuma: Orange Justice

JBL Reference Series 420: 14 Years New

Greetings! Today we’re checking out a pair headphones that are old, irrelevant, and well out of production; the JBL Reference Series 420. Released in 2007, the 420 was the base model in JBL’s Reference Series of headphones. Released at the same time was the 610, a Bluetooth model sharing more-or-less the same design. When in university, I was looking to get a quality set of … Continue reading JBL Reference Series 420: 14 Years New

Meze Rai Solo: Steel Samurai

Greetings! Today we’re checking out Meze’s midrange earphone offering, the Rai Solo. In the realm of earphones Meze had some budget options in the 12 Classics and Neo and a premium offering in the Rai Penta, but were lacking presence with no products priced in between. Enter the Rai Solo. Released in late 2019 at 249 USD, it showed itself to be a competitive product … Continue reading Meze Rai Solo: Steel Samurai

DDHiFi Janus (E2020A): Innovation

Greetings! Today we’re checking out a unique product from the ‘Masters of Audio Accessories’ over at DDHiFi, the Janus. DDHiFi has been making a name for themselves thanks to a wide variety of high quality portable audio accessories, be they compact DACS, cases for various FiiO products, cables, adapters, and whatever else the audio enthusiast needs. With the Janus, ambitiously named after the Roman ‘God … Continue reading DDHiFi Janus (E2020A): Innovation

Sennheiser IE 300: Premium EDC

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the all-new Sennheiser IE 300. Sennheiser is a brand that needs no introduction. They’ve been around since 1945 and have created some of the most memorable and respected products in the industry, many of which have become staple recommendations for sound engineers, budding and seasoned audiophiles, and general music lovers around the world. The new IE 300 is a replacement … Continue reading Sennheiser IE 300: Premium EDC

Shozy Rouge: Pink Nightmares

Greetings! Today we’re checking out another release from Shozy, the Rouge. While 2020 has been a nightmare for many, Shozy has been a shining beacon of hope thanks to a slew of outstanding releases. The Form 1.1 and Form 1.4 are some of my favourite products of the year, especially the latter, so when I saw the Rouge was on the horizon I knew I … Continue reading Shozy Rouge: Pink Nightmares

EarMen Sparrow: Staying Power

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the Sparrow from EarMen, a new USB dongle-DAC. EarMen clearly has a sense of humour, and it shows in the clever naming of their products. With models like the Donald Dac and TR-Amp in their lineup drawing a chuckle, it is no surprise that the Sparrow is a jab at a popular series of DragonFly DACs from AudioQuest. Sparrows are … Continue reading EarMen Sparrow: Staying Power

BQEYZ Spring 2: Piezo Done Right

Greetings! Today we’re checking out one of the more impressive products to have crossed my plate this year, the Spring II from BQEYZ. My first experience with the brand was through the KC2, a very well-tuned quad-driver hybrid that recently saw a resurgence in popularity. I quite enjoy it and still pull it out for the occasional listen and comparison to more current gear. Why? … Continue reading BQEYZ Spring 2: Piezo Done Right

Dunu studio SA3: A New Beginning

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the first of Dunu’s entries into the all-armature market, the SA3. Dunu was a pioneering brand when it came to affordable hybrids competing directly with the high-end market, and also produced their fair share of above average single dynamics. When they announced they were going to try their hand at an armature-only lineup, my ears perked up and I took … Continue reading Dunu studio SA3: A New Beginning

Shozy Form 1.4 vs. Shozy Rouge

Greetings, Today we’re conducting a quick comparison between one of my favourite earphones of the year with a newcomer to Shozy’s lineup. It’s time to compare the Form 1.4 and Rouge. The Form 1.4 features four balanced armatures and a single dynamic compared to the Rouge’s dual armature, single dynamic setup. The price gap is minimal with the Rouge coming in only 20 USD under … Continue reading Shozy Form 1.4 vs. Shozy Rouge

Hifiman DEVA: Versatile and Capable

Greetings! Today we’re checking out a new planar magnetic headphone from a brand that specializes in the technology, the Hifiman DEVA. While Hifiman has released plenty of relatively inexpensive planar headphones over the years, the DEVA represents Hifiman’s recent shift towards affordably addressing the wireless market. Previous models to address this audience were the full-sized Ananda BT, and their true wireless in ear monitors, the … Continue reading Hifiman DEVA: Versatile and Capable

iFi hip-dac: Hip To The Boogie

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the hip-dac from iFi. Since 2012 iFi has been delivering a wide variety of hifi products to the audio world from their headquarters in Southport, UK. DACs, amps, DAC/Amps, power purifiers, impedance adapters, speakers, and various other products and devices have come from the brand. I’ve been lucky enough to review the Pro iCAN, one of their flagship headphone amplifiers, … Continue reading iFi hip-dac: Hip To The Boogie