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

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

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?!

Shozy Form 1.4 vs. Shozy Rouge

Greetings, Today we’re conducting a quick comparison between one of my favourite earphones of the year with a newcomer to Shozy’s lineup. It’s time to compare the Form 1.4 and Rouge. The Form 1.4 features four balanced armatures and a single dynamic compared to the Rouge’s dual armature, single dynamic setup. The price gap is minimal with the Rouge coming in only 20 USD under … Continue reading Shozy Form 1.4 vs. Shozy Rouge

Dunu DK-3001 Pro: Finesse

Greetings! Today we’re checking out something special; Dunu’s DK-3001 Pro. Back in 2017 Dunu released the original DK-3001 to positive fanfare. While I never had the chance to try out that model, looking back on old reviews it seems much of the original’s DNA remains, although with the Pro Dunu has reworked the concept. Along with the addition of an extra armature bringing the total … Continue reading Dunu DK-3001 Pro: Finesse

Shozy Form 1.4: Emotional Technology

Greetings! Today we’re checking out one of Shozy’s newest, the Form 1.4. The Form 1.4 builds on the Form 1.1 released last year (which I’ll be reviewing in a couple weeks time), adding an additional three balanced armatures to the hybrid configuration. Inside are five drivers, one dynamic driver and four balanced armatures (hence 1.4), as well as a three-way crossover to keep it all … Continue reading Shozy Form 1.4: Emotional Technology

Meze Rai Penta, Its Strength Is Musicality.

I’d like to thank The Contraptionist for allowing me to help fill-in for him while he takes a much needed breather.  I recently had a chance to try out the Meze Rai Penta and thought this audience would be interested . Disclaimer:  I received the Rai Penta as part of a tour arranged by Meze and Head-fi.  I have received no incentives in exchange for … Continue reading Meze Rai Penta, Its Strength Is Musicality.

Campfire Audio Andromeda: As Expected

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

TinHiFi P1: Evolution

Greetings, Today we’re checking out TinHiFi’s newest release, the P1. Back in October of 2017, TinHiFi (previously known as TinAudio) quietly took over the budget scene with the T2. It was a dual-dynamic earphone and it’s combination of low price, outstanding build quality, and one of the closest things to neutral without being deathly boring won over a crowd infatuated with hybrids and flashy specs. … Continue reading TinHiFi P1: Evolution

VJJB N30: Alien Engine

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

BGVP DM6: Step Up Your Game

Greetings, Today we’re checking out the much adored DM6, a quintuple armature earphone from BGVP. BGVP and I have had a checkered past. Most of their earlier products were wonderful to look at and feel, but fell flat on their face when it came to how they sounded. Uninspired, generic, dull, etc. just to toss out some unflattering terms. All this changed with the DMG, … Continue reading BGVP DM6: Step Up Your Game

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!

BQEYZ KC2: A New Contender Approaches

Greetings, Today we’re checking out the KC2 from BQEYZ. BQEYZ is a relative newcomer to the scene, headed by Dongguan Xianchao Acoustics Technology co. LTD out of China. Ever since KZ released the conflicted but successful ZS5, everyone has been trying their hand at the same twin dynamic, twin balanced armature (2+2) setup, though with varying success. The KC2 is BQEYZ’s attempt and follows the … Continue reading BQEYZ KC2: A New Contender Approaches

KZ ZSN: $20 has never gone so far

Greetings, Today we’re checking out the umpteenth Knowledge Zenith (KZ) released this year. It’s hard to get excited for a new KZ nowadays. Why? They release so many models in short periods, and there is a ton of overlap in specs and parts. Yet, somehow they continuously manage to refine, enhance, and in the end, impress. They impress me at least, this time with the … Continue reading KZ ZSN: $20 has never gone so far