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

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

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

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

KZ S2: A Game Of Inches

Greetings, If you’ve been following my content over the years you’ll know that Knowledge Zenith (KZ) has played a big part in my journey from total newb to whatever I am now. I was around for their early models like the ANV, Micro Ring, and R3, and saw them finally break into the mainstream to set things alight with affordable hybrid iems like the ZST … Continue reading KZ S2: A Game Of Inches

2019 Super Award Ceremony of Audio Excellence

Welcome Back! Today I’m handing out accolades to products that won my heart throughout 2019. These weren’t necessarily best in class in every case, but the ones that stuck around in my daily driver lineup and made the most impact long term, or as long a term as could be given they were all received and reviewing during the 2019 calendar year. Let’s get started! … Continue reading 2019 Super Award Ceremony of Audio Excellence

Astrotec Redspace S80: Beryllium Baller

Greetings, Today we’re checking out Astrotec’s newest entry into the truly wireless market, the S80. The truly wireless (TWS) earphone market has exploded with options in recent years, the blame (or credit) for which many would lay at the feet of the Apple Corporation. While die-hard audiophiles scoff at wireless products thanks to their degraded sound quality vs. their wired counterparts, the average consumer values … Continue reading Astrotec Redspace S80: Beryllium Baller

Astrotec S60 5.0: Updated and Enhanced

Greetings, Today we’re checking out a new version of Astrotec’s S60, an affordable and very competent fully wireless earphone released at the end of 2018. While the new variant of the S60 looks virtually identical, it has seem some welcome updates to it’s specifications and feature set making it even more versatile than it’s predecessor. That said, given the similarities between the two earphones there … Continue reading Astrotec S60 5.0: Updated and Enhanced

SMABAT ST-10: Little Bat

Greetings! Today we’re checking out a snazzy new earbud from Smabat, the ST-10. Smabat is a new company with two products under their wing, the ST-10 earbuds and the XT-10 iems. The ST-10 that we’re checking out today is a pretty cool little earbud. Unlike many companies that have been tuning the driver and shoving it into an MX500 shell, Smabat put a little more … Continue reading SMABAT ST-10: Little Bat

Fearless S6 Rui: Ultimo!

Greetings! Today we’re checking out one of the mid-range models in the Fearless lineup, the S6 Rui. The last few years have seen Chinese audio manufacturers really take off, and they’re not slowing down. With brands like Knowledge Zenith absolutely dominating the budget sector, it was only natural for other markets to see massive growth too. For 150 bucks you can get a feature rich … Continue reading Fearless S6 Rui: Ultimo!

Astrotec Lyra Nature: Budding Champion

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the latest entry into Astrotec’s lineup of premium ear buds, the Lyra Nature. Astrotec’s lineup of Lyra earbuds dates back a few years and was recently reinvigorated by the release of three models; the Classic, the Lyra Collection 32 ohm, and the Lyra Collection 150 ohm. The DNA making up these three ear buds can be found throughout the Nature, … Continue reading Astrotec Lyra Nature: Budding Champion

Astrotec BX70: Be Yourself, Stay Unique

Greetings, Today we’re checking out another wireless entry from Astrotec, the BX70. The BX70 is the third entry in Astrotec’s lineup using this gem-like design language, with the prior two entries being the GX40 and GX50. Like the GX50, the BX70 features MMCX connectors allowing users to swap cables, something you’re likely to be doing. The BX70 takes on the recent trend of including both … Continue reading Astrotec BX70: Be Yourself, Stay Unique

Astrotec S60: Ride The Wireless Wave

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the S60 from Astrotec, their newest entry into the fully wireless market. With the improvements in Bluetooth tech over the years, truly wireless earphones have become more than a viable alternative to traditional wired earphones and those Bluetooth models that connect the earpieces via a cable or module of some sort. Going fully wireless usually leads to some trade offs, … Continue reading Astrotec S60: Ride The Wireless Wave

iFi iEMatch: Better than butter

Greetings, Today we’re checking out a helpful accessory from iFi, the iEMatch. ifi is well known best for their plethora of amps and dacs, but they also have an extensive lineup of accessories. The iEMatch is tailor made for highly sensitive headphones and earphones that suffer from background hiss, or are louder than is comfortable for general listening. As someone that listens at exceptionally low … Continue reading iFi iEMatch: Better than butter

Astrotec Delphinus 5: Defender of the Future

Greetings! Today we’re checking out Astrotec’s newest flagship earphone, the Delphinus 5. Astrotec isn’t new to the industry and have been around since 2004 in one form or another making headphones and headsets for a variety of industries. When I first started in the hobby five or so years ago, they were one of the few manufacturers making truly afforable hybrids. If you follow the … Continue reading Astrotec Delphinus 5: Defender of the Future