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
Greetings! Today we’re checking out something truly special, that being the flagship for FiiO’s armature-only lineup, the FA9. While probably best known for their amps, dacs, and DAPs, FiiO has been humming along nicely with their earphone releases. Single dynamic, hybrids, and armature-only models abound. The FA9 is their new armature only flagship with some features that help set it apart from other products in … Continue reading FiiO FA9: The Pantologist
Greetings! Today we’re checking out the Model 3 BA2 from ADV. Four years ago (has it really been that long!!??), ADV released the Model 3, a 6mm micro driver equipped earphone with MMCX removable cables. It had a stylish, low profile shell similar in style to products from Weston and Shure. Depending on which version you ordered (Live or Mobile) it came with either a … Continue reading ADV Model 3 BA2: Purposeful
Greetings! Today we’re checking out the Andromeda from Campfire Audio. Does this thing really need an introduction? For the sake of writing a complete review, sure, but I’ll keep it brief. The Andromeda first appeared on the market in 2016 and took the portable audio community by storm thanks to a balanced tune that does pretty much everything right. Over the years it has continued … Continue reading Campfire Audio Andromeda: As Expected
Greetings! Today we’re checking out the N30 from VJJB. A few years back VJJB was one of those brands that often came up in conversations about top tier budget friendly earphones. The K4 was a beautiful wooden model with a wonderful finish and a warm, bassy sound that still impresses people to this day. My personal favourite, the K2, was a 6mm micro driver model … Continue reading VJJB N30: Alien Engine
Greetings, Today we’re checking out Knowledge Zenith’s (KZ) newest release to carry the title of brand flagship, the AS16. Ever since the release of the ZST a few short years ago, balanced armatures (BA) have been used in the vast majority of their products. With the release of 2018’s armature only AS10, they once again entered uncharted grounds for the brand. Instead of a simple … Continue reading KZ AS16: Looking Up
Greetings! Today we’re checking out BGVPs newest flagship and follow up to the uber successful DM6, the DM7. BGVP has really been on a bender lately with their releases. The DM6 and DMG were some high value, high performance products that looked and sounded fantastic, and were a huge step up from past products of theirs, at least those I’ve tried. The DM7 looks to … Continue reading BGVP DM7: Flyin’ High
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!
Greetings, Today we’re checking out the B200 from Brainwavz. The B200 was originally released early 2017 alongside the B100 and B150. What set the B200 apart from it’s more budget friendly brethren was the use of two balanced armatures per side in the vein of the B2, a legacy model in the Brainwavz lineup that found quite the following. 2018 saw the B200 receiving a … Continue reading Brainwavz B200 (v2): Accurate to 2000 Paces
Greetings! Today we’re checking out one of FiiO’s first forays into the balanced armature market, the FA1. The FA1 is an earphone with some appealing features, like lightweight, 3D printed, custom-styled housings, the use of a Knowles 33357 full-range driver, and the ability to replace the cables via a common MMCX connector. Add to that an extensive accessory kit and a low price tag of … Continue reading FiiO FA1: 3D BayBee!!
Greetings, Today we’re checking out the AS06 from Knowledge Zenith (KZ), a new triple balanced armature (BA) offering from the budget friendly brand. KZ has done an amazing job of winning people over through the years by offering inexpensive earphones that, more often than not, provide a level of sound quality simply unthought of within the price range. A few short years ago they started … Continue reading KZ AS06: 3rd Time’s A Charm
Greetings, Today we’re checking out the new single armature earphone from Brainwavz, the KOEL. At the beginning of 2017, Brainwavz decided to revisit balanced armatures with their new B-Series earphones. The single driver B100 was my favourite of the the two I had heard at the time (B100 and B150), completely winning me over with a crisp, detailed signature that didn’t skimp on the low … Continue reading Brainwavz KOEL: You’d be cuckoo not to enjoy this!
Greetings! Welcome to the newest addition to my look through KZ’s crazy lineup of earphones. A couple years back, KZ released their first hybrid earphone, the ZST. This was a landmark for the brand and a product style that has taken over their lineup. However, KZ recently stepped into the world of balanced armature only earphones. I was originally quite skeptical of this since they … Continue reading Knowledge Zenith: A great place to begin your audiophile journey (Pt. 4)
Greetings! Today we’re checking out a collaborative effort from Shozy, this time with Neo Audio; the Shozy x Neo CP. The CP is a triple-armature earphone with custom drivers for the treble and mid-range and a Knowles’ 22955 low range driver handling the bass. It has hand built acrylic housings with MMCX equipped removable copper braided cables and a sub-200 USD price point. I’m not … Continue reading Shozy & Neo CP: Take The Blue Pill
Greetings, Today we’re checking out the P4 Pro, a quad-balanced armature earphone from the folks at TENHZ. TENHZ you say? Another new brand, huh. Sort of, but not quite. You might recall Audbos, a spin off brand from Magaosi marketing primarily in the North American market. Back in early 2017 I reviewed the K3 and DB-02, both hybrids and competitive offerings in their respective price … Continue reading TENHZ P4 Pro: Midrange Master