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

Brainwavz HEX: Bewitched

Greetings, Today we’re checking out the new HEX from Brainwavz. When I first saw this product announced, there were a few things that drew my attention. The first of course was the design. The hexagonal, honeycomb pattern adorning the face plate immediately grabbed my eye as it gave the 3D printed HEX a unique look, especially in their now familiar ‘Stay Frosty’ color scheme. Second … Continue reading Brainwavz HEX: Bewitched

Brainwavz B200 (v2): Accurate to 2000 Paces

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

FiiO FA1: 3D BayBee!!

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!!

TinHiFi T3: Mind….Blown

Greetings, TinHiFi, formerly and probably still better known as TinAudio, is a relatively new company and one that has built quite the reputation within a very short period of time. Back in 2017 they released a dual-dynamic earphone under the name T2. This was at a time when budget hybrids were at their peak and having a dual-dynamic setup wasn’t the attention grabbing feature it … Continue reading TinHiFi T3: Mind….Blown

Brainwavz KOEL: You’d be cuckoo not to enjoy this!

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!

Brainwavz Alara: Pull you in from afara

Greetings! Today we’re checking out a new headphone from Brainwavz, the Alara. Established in 2008 and owned by GPGS, Brainwavz is no stranger to the audio market. With classics like the HM5 and B2 as well as modern gems like the Jive and B400 under their belt, it is no surprise they’ve continued to move further upscale with some of their recent releases. The Alara … Continue reading Brainwavz Alara: Pull you in from afara

Astrotec Lyra Collection (32Ω): Prime Clarity

Greetings! Today we are checking out the all new Lyra Collection earbud from Astrotec. Astrotec isn’t new to the audio scene and has been producing products in one form or another since 2004. When I was first getting into the hobby, they were one of the few companies producing affordable hybrids and unique flagship earbuds like the original triple-hybrid Lyra. The version of the Lyra … Continue reading Astrotec Lyra Collection (32Ω): Prime Clarity

Brainwavz B400: Aim High, Hit Hard

Greetings! Today we’re checking out one of Brainwavz’s newest balanced armature (BA) only creation, the quad-driver B400. When I first heard last year that Brainwavz was jumping back into BA-based earphones, I was pretty excited. At that point I was lucky to have experienced and enjoyed a number of their products. Given their reputation for high quality, wallet-friendly gear and my relative inexperience with balanced … Continue reading Brainwavz B400: Aim High, Hit Hard

Brainwavz S5: Sold on Solid

Greetings! Today we are going to be checking out the S5 from Brainwavz, an earphone that really doesn’t need much of an introduction at this point. The S5 was released in 2014 to a mostly positive reception and has been heavily reviewed since, getting an average of 4 out of 5 starts over 49 reviews on Head-fi.org, and an average of 3.75 stars out of … Continue reading Brainwavz S5: Sold on Solid