Dunu ZEN: Immerse Yourself

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the ZEN, Dunu’s entry into what has become a very competitive, upper mid-range market. Like Dunu’s flagship Luna, the ZEN moves away from the hybrid and armature-only configurations that have become quite popular in recent years. This doesn’t mean it’s a simple product. The 13.5mm dynamic used in the ZEN utilizes technology derived from the Luna. The wide, cone-shaped dome … Continue reading Dunu ZEN: Immerse Yourself

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

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

Campfire Audio Polaris II: Renewed and Reloaded

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the new, reworked version of the Polaris from Campfire Audio. Back in 2017 when I reviewed the original Polaris, I was blown away. Here was an earphone that was quite technically adept in a way that was befitting of it’s premium price tag, yet it had an unashamedly v-shaped signature. It was both fun and capable, yet there were a … Continue reading Campfire Audio Polaris II: Renewed and Reloaded

HiFiMAN RE800 Silver: More for Less

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the follow up to HiFiMan’s premium gold-plated single dynamic earphone, the RE800. What’s it called? The RE800 Silver (RE800 S, or just Silver from here on in). HiFiMAN as they currently exist began in 2007 and is the brainchild of Dr. Fang Bian. Known best for their extensive lineup of high quality planar magnetic headphones, over the years they’ve expanded … Continue reading HiFiMAN RE800 Silver: More for Less

RHA CL2 Planar: First To The Fight

Greetings! Today we’re checking out an exciting new earphone from Scottish outfit RHA, the CL2 Planar. The newest trend in in-ear monitors (iems) seems to be planar drivers. Audeze started us off last year with the iSINE10 and 20 which were basically a 30mm planar driver set within a Tie Fighter-inspired shell. Not the most elegant thing in the world, but they looked pretty awesome … Continue reading RHA CL2 Planar: First To The Fight

HiFiMan RE800: Going for the Gold

Greetings! HiFiMan was founded in New York in 2005 by Dr. Fang Bian, at that point under the name Head Direct. Over the last decade the brand has grown and their lineup expanded with numerous models of headphones, earphones, media players, and more, spread across a vast swath of price points. 2017 has seen the release of some pretty impressive new top tier products. Today … Continue reading HiFiMan RE800: Going for the Gold