iFi hip-dac: Hip To The Boogie

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the hip-dac from iFi. Since 2012 iFi has been delivering a wide variety of hifi products to the audio world from their headquarters in Southport, UK. DACs, amps, DAC/Amps, power purifiers, impedance adapters, speakers, and various other products and devices have come from the brand. I’ve been lucky enough to review the Pro iCAN, one of their flagship headphone amplifiers, … Continue reading iFi hip-dac: Hip To The Boogie

Shozy Form 1.1: Fun IS Fun

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the Form 1.1, an affordable hybrid earphone from Shozy. Last month I reviewed Shozy’s newest mid-range offering, the Form 1.4. At 199.00 USD it is a seriously impressive earphone bringing with it a classy, comfortable design and a hybrid driver setup that is bassy without sacrificing the midrange or treble quality or quantity. It has a wonderful sound stage, is … Continue reading Shozy Form 1.1: Fun IS Fun

FiiO BTR3K: Thumb-Sized Powerhouse

Greetings! Today we’re checking out one of FiiO’s newest Bluetooth amp modules, the BTR3K. Along with Type-C dongles and true wireless earphones, wireless amp modules are a segment that seem to have seen a huge surge in popularity the last couple years. Back in 2018 FiiO sent over their very wallet friendly module, the uBTR. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of sound coming … Continue reading FiiO BTR3K: Thumb-Sized Powerhouse

FiiO FH1s: Spicy

Greetings! Today we’re checking out a new budget offering from FiiO, the FH1s. After building up a great reputation for quality DAPs, DAC/AMPs, and other like devices, FiiO introduced earphones into their lineup and haven’t turned back. From their humble beginnings with the EX1 in 2015, basically a Dunu Titan 1 rebrand, FiiO has continued to expand and improve their lineup which now features seven … Continue reading FiiO FH1s: Spicy

KZ S2: A Game Of Inches

Greetings, If you’ve been following my content over the years you’ll know that Knowledge Zenith (KZ) has played a big part in my journey from total newb to whatever I am now. I was around for their early models like the ANV, Micro Ring, and R3, and saw them finally break into the mainstream to set things alight with affordable hybrid iems like the ZST … Continue reading KZ S2: A Game Of Inches

Radsone Earstudio HUD100: Aced It!

Greetings! Today we’re checking out Radsone’s newest DAC/amp, the HUD100. 2018 saw the release of the ES100 which was an outstanding Bluetooth receiver that took portable audio forums by storm. It offered up a mind boggling feature list along with sound quality and wireless performance at a price the competition simply couldn’t match. From what I’ve been seeing, they’re only now beginning to catch up. … Continue reading Radsone Earstudio HUD100: Aced It!

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

VSonic VSD3P: Irrelevant, Yet I Love It

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the VSonic VSD 3P. VSonic used to be a household name in the forums thanks to legendary models like the GR07. They were one of the earliest major players in the Chinese earphone industry offering killer sound at an affordable price. Along with Fidue, Astrotec, Dunu, Havi and a small handful of other “giant slayers” that have languished over the … Continue reading VSonic VSD3P: Irrelevant, Yet I Love It

Audiofly AF1120 MK2: Reference Quality

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the AF1120 MK2 from Audiofly. Based out of Australia, Audiofly has been in the business of portable audio since 2012. They embrace the concepts of technological innovation, musician empowerment, and quality sound on all levels. They have worked to achieve this through products that cover a wider range of prices and purposes, from affordable Bluetooth to high end studio monitoring. … Continue reading Audiofly AF1120 MK2: Reference Quality

Head-to-Head: Moondrop Starfield vs. Simgot EN700 Pro

Greetings! During the ‘before times’ of 2017, the Simgot EN700 Pro crossed my plate. Simgot was getting a ton of outstanding feedback for their products and the design of the EN700 Pro was so very eye catching. At the time I had been drooling over various orthodynamic headphones and the EN700 Pro strongly evoked them with it’s slatted face plates and ovular shell design. Plus, … Continue reading Head-to-Head: Moondrop Starfield vs. Simgot EN700 Pro

ADV Model 3 BA2: Purposeful

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

Kinera Tyr: Mini Yet Monsterous

Greetings! Today we’re checking out Kinera’s entry into the competitive micro-driver segment, the Tyr. Kinera has been around for quite a while now and is no stranger to the Chinese hifi scene. Unlike a number of other brands, they aren’t prone to pumping out release after release, instead taking their time to craft something unique and interesting every time. Maybe not something that appeals to … Continue reading Kinera Tyr: Mini Yet Monsterous

Kinera Sif: Welcome To The Other Side

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the Kinera Sif, the Yang to Kinera’s Yin (SEED). Back in 2018 Kinera released the SEED (Yin), one of a two part iems series (Yin and Yang). It was a budget friendly hybrid earphone originally intended to be a replacement for the BD005, though they had completely different signatures and seemed to coexist for a while. I liked the SEED … Continue reading Kinera Sif: Welcome To The Other Side

Tin HiFi T4: Single Dynamics Have Still Got It!

Greetings! Today we’re checking out another new release from Tin HiFi, the T4. Back in 2017, a great sounding earphone was released on the world. That earphone was the TinAudio T2. Despite receiving almost unanimously positive feedback, it flew under the radar until a few key hypsters got their hands on it. It has since become a staple recommendation to anyone wanting a well-built, neutral-leaning … Continue reading Tin HiFi T4: Single Dynamics Have Still Got It!

Moondrop Starfield: A New Benchmark

Greetings, Today we’re checking out one of Moondrop’s more recent releases, the Starfield. Moondrop is a Chinese company out of Chengdu and has rapidly risen to fame within the audiophile community. They are known for earphones and earbuds that follow the Harman tuning curve, but with a spin here and there to give each product a unique sound, at an affordable price and with stellar … Continue reading Moondrop Starfield: A New Benchmark