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

TinHiFi TWS2000: Or is it T2000?

Greetings! Today we’re checking out TinHiFi’s entry into the world of true wireless earphones, the T2000. Or is it TWS2000? Early marketing called it the TWS2000, and this is pure speculation with absolutely nothing to back it up, but I bet they were asked to change the name. HiFiMAN already uses the TWSxxx moniker for wireless versions of their iems (RE600 = TWS600, RE800 = … Continue reading TinHiFi TWS2000: Or is it T2000?

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

Moondrop SSP (Super Spaceship Pulse): They’ve Done It Again…Again

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the Moondrop Super Spaceship Pulse (SSP), a companion product to the Super Spaceship Reference (SSR) which was my top earphone of 2020. Looking at the SSP you’d be forgiven for feeling a sense of deja vu. Along with the shell, the packaging and accessories are carried over from the SSR, though with a new coat of paint and lovely new … Continue reading Moondrop SSP (Super Spaceship Pulse): They’ve Done It Again…Again

KZ ZST X: How To Update A Classic

Greetings! Today we’re checking out a modern update to a classic KZ. The original ZST was a landmark product and KZ’s first foray into hybrid earphones. It inspired an entire segment of equally budget-friendly hybrid competitors, a market that today is alive and well, teeming with new models. Prior to the release of the ZST, fans of the brand had been relentlessly asking KZ to … Continue reading KZ ZST X: How To Update A Classic

KZ DQ6: Back On Top

Greetings! Today we’re going to drool over the DQ6, one of KZ’s most recent and most interesting (imo) releases in a while. The DQ6 is a triple dynamic earphone with one 10mm and two 6mm drivers working in tandem thanks to a tiny crossover. The clear acrylic inner body is composed of two parts neatly glued together with a lovely zinc-alloy faceplate rounding things out. … Continue reading KZ DQ6: Back On Top

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

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

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

ADV Eartune Fidelity U: Sublime Comfort

Pros: Comfortable – Quality silicone – Do not alter sound (save for niche cases) Cons: Shallow design and small sizing limit compatibility with shallow fit earphones – Steep price   Greetings! Today we’re checking out a new product from ADV; Eartune Fidelity U eartips. Born through a Kickstarter campaign back in 2015, ADV, or ADVANCED as they were known back then, stormed onto the scene … Continue reading ADV Eartune Fidelity U: Sublime Comfort

KZ ZAX: 8 Drivers For Under 100 Bucks?!

Greetings! Today we’re checking out one of KZ’s newest releases, the ZAX. Knowledge Zenith, the mother of all budget brands, has been slowly but steadily moving themselves upscale ever since the release of their first hybrid, the ZST. The ZAX is part of their newest crop of X-branded releases and has some pretty eye-watering specs that we could never have imagined being present in a … Continue reading KZ ZAX: 8 Drivers For Under 100 Bucks?!