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An excellent argument that single balanced armature IEM's are still relevant in todays market.

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Pros: Nice balanced signature that covers all areas of the sonic spectrum equally, excellent for isolation and comfort

Cons: Not for bassheads, trebleheads. Isolation level makes these more succeptable to cable and footfall microphonics.

I want to thank Brainwavz for allowing me to review their latest foray into the balanced armature market. I have received a free pair of the B100 in exchange for an honest review of their product. I actually hesitated to receive the B100 as I have slowly moved away from balanced armature only IEM's concentrating mainly on either dynamic or hybrid based products over the past couple of years. But I also had never reviewed a balanced armature from Brainwavz so relented and decided to give them a try. I am glad I made that decision as Brainwavz has restored my faith in the single driver BA with a masterful tuning job. I actually had 2 other single BA IEM's on hand (UE 600vi and Klipsch...
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As near an audiophile level Bluetooth and Active Noise Cancellation product that I have heard

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Pros: Mostly balanced signature that is detailed and vibrant

Cons: Upper midrange and lower treble emphasis might be to much for some, may not be loud enough for those that like to crank the volume

To start, I want to thank Sennheiser for graciously loaning the PXC 550 for a review. I contacted them a couple of months ago about possibly being able to review the headphone as I have been very interested in Active Noise cancelling headphones over the past year. At the time I was told the product was not available in Canada yet so I would have to wait. Several months passed and I got busy with other products and actually ended up buying the Sony MDR-100ABN used from another Head-fi member. So I was pleasantly surprised when I was contacted by Sennheiser and asked if I was still interested in reviewing the PXC 550. The good news is that this has allowed me to have a couple of high end...
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Wonderful Natural sounding headphone that looks as good as it sounds

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Pros: Wonderful craftmanship, warm detailed signature that is on the brighter side of warm. Most comfortable partial ear headphone I have tried.

Cons: Cables are slightly noisy due to fabric. Cups are more like half to three quarter over ear versus fully over ear.

First if I would like to thank Meze for including me in their review program. I did NOT receive these for free, like all other reviewers in the program I was given a 1 week window to review the headphone, then ship them on to the next reviewer. Having said that one of us will win a free pair as a thank you from Meze for reviewing their headphone. I personally do not feel the potential for a free headphone sways my opinion on how something sounds, looks, feels, or it's craftsmanship. To be blunt if I don't like it I wouldn't want to win it and if I do like it, well then any positive review I make is deserved...   This headphone deserves a positive review...     ...
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Ultimate extravagant headphone for the lover of warmth, bass, 3D imagery and everything in between, all from nothing more than a portable device!

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Pros: Best 3D imaging, large sound stage, beautifully controlled yet weighty bass, matching midrange and treble, almost fatigue free, very comfortable

Cons: Price is bordering on the unaffordable extravagant range. Plastic gymbals seem out of place on an otherwise well built headphone. A bit geeky looking.

 I am in the middle of 1 week window to listen to the Edition X as part of the loaner review program. This is the first really expensive headphone I have had an extensive listen to. I have listened to the T1, HD800, and LCD2 in a quiet setting for a couple of hours and them plus a few more expensive headphones at various head-fi meets over the years. So I have a bit of an idea of what more expensive headphones offer but not on a daily basis. My most expensive headphones prior to this is my current Z7, and prior K712 (sold), and D7000 (sold).To give an idea of what I like I bought the Sony Z7 and Z5 last year and have been using them with a Pono player in balanced mode and they...
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Bright fun sounding IEM with cool tiny shape and design to match

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Pros: Small excellent designed IEM, bright articulate sound

Cons: Treble may be to bright for some people, has an etched harsh edge to it.

I would like to thank Echo Box for being asked to review their new IEM. I received the IEM in exchange for my honest review and opinion. So let's go through the non music aspects of this cool little IEM first. To start, well is a COOL LITTLE IEM! . The size and shape is it's most unique aspect. It looks cool in hand and simply disappears in ear. I love its minimalist design and how the cable comes out of the IEM and the manufacturer's clever strain relief system. I worry that the strain relief concept won't work but only time will be able to answer that question. The cable itself feels really good in hand having just the right amount of heft and bounce. The included tips work well but...
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A beautiful warm sounding midrange lovers delight

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Pros: Wonderfully full, warm sounding headphone with treble rolled off just enough to not be fatiguing but present enough to still be engaging

Cons: Bass is rolled off in the sub-bass range, lip that holds the tip on is sharp enough to shred tips, flat cables are noisy and heavy worn straight down

First off, I would like to thank BrainWavz for letting me review this IEM and also apologize because I have been a bit tardy getting my review completed. For disclosure purposes I have received the S3 for free in exchange for my unbiased review of the product.   So to get things started I think it important to state up front who I think the target audience is for this particular IEM. This IEM is definitely targeted towards people who are looking for a musically warm midrange oriented listening experience. While the S3 has north of neutral bass it is rolled off in the sub bass region and has a relaxed treble that is never fatiguing. My audio quality score is based on my take...
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Take 2 on an impeccably designed IEM with a decidely more audiophile tuned sound and technically improved driver

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Pros: Wonderfully made IEM that is comfortable and built like a tank. Well balanced signature that addresses the audiophile concerns of it's predecessor.

Cons: For those that loved the T10 bass the T20 will feel a bit bass lite. There is a peak in the lower treble that makes this IEM slightly fatiguing for me

First off I want to apologize for taking so long to get this review put together. Circumstances and family responsibility have conspired against me this year in regards to being able put together a review when I wanted to. But I wanted to make sure I gave the T20 the proper effort as it is a worthy IEM that deserves that. I would also like to thank RHA for sending me their latest flagship IEM.   OK enough fluff and excuses lets get to it .   Last year when I wrote my T10 review I suggested that RHA had created the perfect Pizza but that it wasn't my flavor. At the end of my review I asked them to make a new flavor. Now, I have no illusions that the T20 was because of my...
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Wonderfully comfortable big sounding headphone with equally beautiful design.

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Pros: Warm signature that is designed to allow the listener to experience louder musical grandeur without ear fatigue

Cons: At lower volumes the lower treble energy and increased bass creates a sound that can lack some dynamics and detail.

OK, before I get into my review of the MDR-Z7 I feel a need to give some background and history of my time on head-fi. It might help make sense of my love of this headphone and why at the same time I am going against the sonic grain of some of my recent reviews and general mid/treble centric preferences.When I started out on Head-fi I was the proud owner of the original Bose Triport earphones and thought they were pretty good until I started to read about sound and realized I wanted something more. I then started down my low-mid-fi days of trying to find something cheap that would meet my desires. Interspersed among this lower end gear was the occasional splash into what I thought was...
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Powerful slightly warm and relaxed sound that feels very natural and expansive

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Pros: Very versatile working for IEM's as well as larger full size headphones, expansive 3D sound stage

Cons: Battery life is a bit short. It has a tendency to smooth out the music a bit and colors the sound a bit adding warmth.

First off I would like to thank CTC Audio for being given the chance to review this amplifier. Note, they did not give me the amp, this is a loaner program they have set up to review their product line. I am grateful for a company like them to be willing to do this. It costs them money to set this up and being a simple online retailer is a lot of work. For anyone in North America and Canada specifically CTC offers a line of some of the best Audiophile equipment that has been made in the past year at a price that is competitive while offering warranty options that are harder to get when dealing with companies over seas. I strongly recommend supporting a local company like them. ...
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A warm rich sounding IEM with near perfect comfort, above average isolation and microphonics and impeccable construction

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Pros: solidly made, extrememly comfortable to wear, extremely cohesive well thought out bass oriented sound signature, customizable sound through filters

Cons: The initial sound signature is decidedly bass oriented and warm sounding. Those who dislike strong bass or require strong treble will be unsatisfied.

First off I want to thank RHA for selecting me as one of their 3 reviewers here on Head-fi. I really appreciate being selected out of so many quality reviewers that replied in the reviewers wanted thread. I also would like to thank the people who posted their recommendation for me. I was touched by those posts more than you realize, as the process of writing reviews can at times feel like I am talking to myself. It was wonderful to see such positive feedback about my writing, making all the effort worth while.   OK so enough fluff, lets get down to the brass tacks!   RHA has created what I think is the best pizza I have had the pleasure of trying in quite a long time!...
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