EarMen TR-Amp: Putting Its Stamp On Portable Audio

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the TR-Amp from EarMen. EarMen is a relatively young brand with an established history, coming out the gates as the more affordable arm of the Auris Audio brand. These products have been designed and engineered by Miki Trosic, the founder of Auris Audio, and as such have a strong foundation on which their principles are grown. EarMen is “…on a … Continue reading EarMen TR-Amp: Putting Its Stamp On Portable Audio

xDuoo Link: Welcome to Dongle City

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the Link from xDuoo, a type-C USB amp/dac intended for use with mobile devices and PCs As the number of phones with headphone jacks decrease, the options to replace it increase. Dongles are an unfortunate way of life for many consumers in this harsh, modern climate, but we’ll get by. Products like the Link help ease the pain. However, in … Continue reading xDuoo Link: Welcome to Dongle City

ZiShan DSD: Old Look, Modern Sound

Greetings, Today we’re checking out the ZiShan DSD, a budget friendly and very capable DAP. ZiShan is a Chinese manufacturer known for inexpensive, no frills, high performance amps and daps, including the DSD we’re checking out today. With an old school look and quality components like the venerable AK4497 chip, the DSD makes for a compelling purchase to those who value performance over style. Let’s … Continue reading ZiShan DSD: Old Look, Modern Sound

Campfire Audio Cascade: I wonder what Lucian would think?

Greetings, Today we’re checking out Campfire Audio’s first foray into headphones, that being the Cascade. Campfire Audio (CA) is an American company out of Portland, Oregon. It is the brainchild of Ken Ball, CEO and founder of ALO Audio, a company renowned for their high end portable audio cables. Campfire Audio was a brand I had been watching closely since they released their first earphones, … Continue reading Campfire Audio Cascade: I wonder what Lucian would think?

Walnut F1: Power For Days

Greetings! Today we’re taking a brief look at the Walnut F1, a stupidly powerful budget amplifier that has been more than capable of powering anything I’ve tossed it’s way. My first Walnut experience was with the V2S (review here), a screenless DAP/AMP. Like the F1, it was powerful as all heck and was able to drive everything plugged into it. It too was inexpensive with … Continue reading Walnut F1: Power For Days

thinksound ts03+mic: Nature’s Bass

Greetings! Today we’re going to be checking out the newest in-ear monitor from thinksound, the ts03+mic. thinksound, a small American company founded in 2009 by Aaron Fournier and Mike Tunney, is no stranger to good sound. With every new release they have been delivering on their promise of products that perform well, are visually appealing, fit comfortably, and are environmentally friendly. They use natural and … Continue reading thinksound ts03+mic: Nature’s Bass

Rose Mojito: Earbuds are where it’s at

Greetings! Today we’re checking out Rose’s flagship dual-driver earbud, the Mojito. My first run in with Rose was with the stellar Masya. The Masya impressed with a unique and unconventional yet supremely comfortable design that encased a pair of well-tuned drivers per side. It was my first time listening to such a well-rounded ear bud and I came away with a deeper respect for that … Continue reading Rose Mojito: Earbuds are where it’s at

HiFiMan MegaMini: Sweet and Simple

Greetings! Today we’re going to be checking out the MegaMini from HiFiMan. In addition to their outstanding headphones and earphones, HiFiMan is no stranger to the media player world with quite a selection of high quality players in their portfolio, many of which have been heavy hitters in their respective categories for quite a while now. The entry level MegaMini is a media player with … Continue reading HiFiMan MegaMini: Sweet and Simple

Walnut V2s: Back to Basics

Greetings! Today we’re going to be taking a look at a basic DAP/AMP, taking form in the Walnut V2s. Sometimes all you want is a straightforward, simple to use player. One that’s low on features and frills, doesn’t take a massive chunk out of your wallet, and doesn’t skimp on sound quality. The Walnut V2s does all of this quite well. Let’s check out why, … Continue reading Walnut V2s: Back to Basics

Rose Maysa: The Right Path

Greetings! Today we are checking out something that I find pretty cool, that being a dual-dynamic ear bud from Rose Technology called Masya. I’m still fairly new to the ear bud world, having spent the majority of my time listening to impressive budget friendly gear like the VE Monk, FiiO EM3, and only more recently some slightly more costly buds like the Penon BS1 and … Continue reading Rose Maysa: The Right Path

Fischer Audio Dubliz Enhanced: Ready to Dual

Greetings! Today we are going to be checking out a fairly unique earphone. Fischer Audio’s Dubliz Enhanced utilizes a dual-diaphragm system, mating a forward firing 8mm diaphragm with a rear-firing 10mm diaphragm into one driver unit. It’s the third and most recent in their Dubliz line, upgraded and updated. While I haven’t had the opportunity to listen to the past two Dubliz models, the Enhanced … Continue reading Fischer Audio Dubliz Enhanced: Ready to Dual

Knowledge Zenith: A great place to begin your audiophile journey (Pt. 5)

Greetings! Welcome to the long overdue finale of my coverage of Knowledge Zenith and a plethora of their earphones, both new and old. Today we will be closing things out with a couple top five lists. The first will cover my personal favorites, something that was admittedly quite difficult to narrow down. The second will cover the five models I most recommend for purchase when first … Continue reading Knowledge Zenith: A great place to begin your audiophile journey (Pt. 5)

thinksound On2 – Portable Perfection

Greetings! Today we are going to be taking a look at a beautiful supra-aural pair of headphones from thinksound; the On2. thinksound was co-founded in 2009 by Mike Tunney and Aaron Fournier, the one who engineered the On2. Their goal was to make headphones that satisfied a number of lofty goals; meeting their own personal sound expectations, being visually pleasing, comfortable, and environmentally conscious. They’re … Continue reading thinksound On2 – Portable Perfection