Astrotec Lyra Nature Limited Edition: Refinement

Greetings! Today we’re checking out Astrotec’s newest premium earbud, the Lyra Nature Limited Edition (LE). The lack of isolation, fitment oddities, bass presentation, and negative reputation built by crappy pack in earbuds that come with various electronics have left them as a niche product, though one that has its die hard fans. Just visit the Earbuds Anonymous group on Facebook, or earbud thread on Head-fi.org … Continue reading Astrotec Lyra Nature Limited Edition: Refinement

Dunu ZEN: Immerse Yourself

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the ZEN, Dunu’s entry into what has become a very competitive, upper mid-range market. Like Dunu’s flagship Luna, the ZEN moves away from the hybrid and armature-only configurations that have become quite popular in recent years. This doesn’t mean it’s a simple product. The 13.5mm dynamic used in the ZEN utilizes technology derived from the Luna. The wide, cone-shaped dome … Continue reading Dunu ZEN: Immerse Yourself

Campfire Audio Dorado 2020: Bombastic

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the heavily refreshed Dorado 2020 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 Atlas. The Andromeda … Continue reading Campfire Audio Dorado 2020: Bombastic

Campfire Audio Vega 2020: All-In

Greetings! Today we’re checking out one of Campfire Audio’s final releases of 2020, the Vega. 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 Atlas. … Continue reading Campfire Audio Vega 2020: All-In

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

LZ A7: Packed To The Grills

Greetings! Today we’re checking out a new tri-hybrid earphone, this time from LZ. The A7 builds on the rampant success of it’s predecessors. With a 7 driver setup (one dynamic for the lows, two Knowles BAs for the mids, two Knowles BA’s for the highs, and dual Piezoelectric ceramic tweeters for ultra-highs), removable cables, and a tuning system replete with interchangeable nozzles and a single … Continue reading LZ A7: Packed To The Grills

Dunu Zen: Unboxing Video

Greetings, Dunu’s snazzy new Zen was unexpectedly sent over for review and arrived today. Decided to unbox it on video for you. Wasn’t planning on making more vids and sold my main video camera, so please excuse the quality. Sound impressions to come. Will likely be posted to the FB group. Feel free to join if you haven’t already; https://www.facebook.com/groups/thecontraptionist Specifications: Driver: Dynamic with Magnesium … Continue reading Dunu Zen: Unboxing Video

Campfire Audio Andromeda 2020: A Legend Reborn

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the newest version of Campfire Audio’s legendary Andromeda. My first experience with this well-known model was the 2019 update. I was expecting something fantastic given years and years of glowing commendations from various forums. They certainly didn’t disappoint. The Andromeda is a modern classic for a reason. It looks awesome and the sound quality is just that damn good. When … Continue reading Campfire Audio Andromeda 2020: A Legend Reborn

Campfire Audio Solaris 2020: Lean and Mean

Greetings! Today we’re checking out Campfire Audio’s new top of the top of the line model, the revised Solaris 2020. The original Solaris was a stunner in all aspects. The large, gold-plated housings drew in the eye while a bold tune pleased the ear. However, the black and gold colour scheme and fairly massive housings earned it some critics. The new Solaris addresses those complaints … Continue reading Campfire Audio Solaris 2020: Lean and Mean

Dunu Luna: World’s First

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the Luna, a new flagship single dynamic-based earphone with some “world’s first” technology running the show. Beryllium is a pretty sweet material to use for speakers. Dangerous to collect and manufacture, but the resultant qualities are worth it. It’s extremely light and stiff resulting in breakup/distortion later, and at higher frequencies than other more common materials, such as titanium. Whereas … Continue reading Dunu Luna: World’s First

Campfire Audio Ara: A new direction

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the new top dog model in Campfire Audio’s armature-only lineup, the Ara (air-ah). Campfire’s gear in my experience has mostly been about providing an entertaining, but not necessarily accurate experience. The Atlas and Polaris were hella fun, v-shaped bass monsters, the IO a bright little beast laser focused on mids, and the Andromeda a killer all-rounder with a little bit … Continue reading Campfire Audio Ara: A new direction

Astrotec Volans: Niche

Greetings! Today we’re checking out a new single dynamic earphone from Astrotec, the Volans. Rolling with the astronomy-based theme they’ve been using on-and-off for a while now (ex. Lyra and Delphinus5), Volans is a southern constellation representing a flying fish. Interesting to me is is that its composition includes two galaxies as well as two double stars, the latter of which are apparently visible with … Continue reading Astrotec Volans: Niche

Campfire Audio: The 2020 Crew

Greetings! Today we’re taking a look at Campfire’s newest trifecta of top of the line earphones; Andromeda 2020, Solaris 2020, and the all-new Ara (air-ah). Starting with the Andromeda, externally it is virtually unchanged save for a revised nozzle that falls in line with the slatted design that has been common to the lineup since the Comet/Atlas. Inside is where the major changes have taken … Continue reading Campfire Audio: The 2020 Crew

Astrotec Phoenix: Sub-Bass Royalty

Greetings! Today we’re checking out Astrotec’s newest flagship, the Phoenix. Their previous flagship, the Delphinus5 equipped with five Knowles armatures per side, was and still is one of my favourite earphones. It is one of the most neutral and flat sounding reference products I’ve heard, all the while looking fantastic in the process and being comfortable to boot. Still, the way it was tuned was … Continue reading Astrotec Phoenix: Sub-Bass Royalty