Pros: Features Sound, Sound, DIY Friendly, Accessories
Cons: Faceplate Arrangement, Does not feel amazing, have to completely disassemble for DIY.
Lear is the house brand of Hong Kong personal audio retailer, Forever Source Digital. Based in Hong Kong but also now having a head quarters in Japan, they have an amazing line up of products. You have the LCM series which is there Custom Monitor line which as and amazing reference sounding earphone at the top with the LCM-5. You then have the FSM line up which is the amp line up with a really nice range of different models, with different design intended for different sound signatures so you will easily be able to find one too suit you perfectly! They also have cables; make a custom tips for IEMs and re shell them so they have a lot going on as a company!
Their newest product to joining the ranks was in the amps section and it is a new revision to the previous flagship, the FSM-02 so welcome the FSM-02 V2. It is very similar to the original FSM-02 just with a much more aesthetically pleasing case and a few internal tweaks.
This can be bought off of Lears website for 2888 HKD which is 250 pounds and you will have to pay and additional 200 HKD to have them shipped to the UK so it would come to 270 pounds all in.
The Lear amp has a lot going on without feeling gimmicky. The fact that I do not feel like everything that is on it is put there to make it look impressive while remaining rather unfunctional or full of features that people do not use. The two outputs is great, they offer just a little difference and I sometimes use one or the other depending on what headphone I use. It really is friendly to the DIYer with a lot of different things to change around to get it more suited too you. There are a few things wrong such as the positioning on the faceplate and having to get everything out of the case t change an op amp. It does a lot more right sounding good and coming as a great package. There are a lot of other amps out there but there are plenty of reasons why you would choose this one.