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Brainwavz S5 - A Tuxedo Rocker

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Pros: Classy color scheme; Durable; High value per dollar

Cons: Rubbery and thick cable; some treble resonance

Brainwavz S5   Disclaimer: I’d like to thank Brainwavz for contacting and offering the review sample.   The Brainwavz S5 is the latest addition to the Brainwavz stable of in-ears.  It takes design cues from is sibling S1 but refines them for a more elegant and cohesive aesthetic. It eschews the flashier colors of previous Brainwavz models for a more traditional but stately scheme of simple black and gray.       Design/Build   The S5, like the S1, is built like a tank.  The dark gray, slightly rubbery cable is a wide and thick flat cable with oversized and extremely robust black Y splits and strain reliefs.  The housings are all...
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BEYERDYNAMIC A200P: PORTABLE DIGITAL AMPLIFIER

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Pros: Portable Size; 135 Volume Steps; Low Output Impedance (1.1 Ω); Silent Background

Cons: External Buttons Too Sensitive; Recessed micro USB Port

Disclaimer: I’d like to thank Beyerdynamic for loaning me the A200p for review.  The sample will be returned to Beyerdynamic following evaluation. Reprinted from: http://cymbacavum.com/2014/06/02/beyerdynamic-a200p-portable-digital-amplifier/     The Beyerdynamic A200p is a very small DAC/Amp combo for portable use with computers, iPads, iPhones, and Android phones. The device itself is 55×55×13 mm and the included leather case with belt strap adds minimal bulk.  It features and on/off/lock switch, headphone out, play/pause/forward/reverse side buttons, micro USB connection, and a very large rotating volume...
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Brainwavz Bassheads

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Pros: Big Bass without sacrificing clarity; Extremely durable

Cons: Flat cable; Frankenbolts

Brainwavz S1     The S1 is another new offering from Brainwavz, who seems to have unleashed an army of new iems recently, including the budget king, Delta.  The S1 is a 10mm dynamic driver in a larger barrel style housing that vaguely resembles the UE TF10 frankenbolts (note: these are designed for over the ear wear). It also sports a heavy duty flat cable with generous stress reliefs at the housings and connector.  Personally I can’t stand flat cables, as to me they are more bulky and heavy than normal round cables, but this one is pretty flexible and seemingly very durable. It comes with good selection of tips ranging from single flange to doubles and triples,...
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Budget Benchmark in Sound Quality

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Pros: Value to Sound Quality Ratio, Robust Build Quality

Cons: None at this price

Brainwavz Delta The Brainwavz Delta is a new benchmark in the budget iem market. For an asking price of $22, you get metal housings, a very pliable but sturdy cable and good strain reliefs all the way around. Size wise the housings are reminiscent of the new Hifiman RE series and they come with a decent selection of tips; I prefer the stock white tips. Wear style is over the ear or down but I prefer them over the ear. While the Deltas do not come with a case or pouch, they really look to be able to take a beating and best of all- they sound fantastic! The first thing I noticed out of the box is pretty nice balance. Most offerings in this price range tend to be bass first and boomy...
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Exciting new fun from India

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Pros: Lightweight wooden housing; unique cases; fun bass heavy signature

Cons: Slight veil

Signature Acoustics C-12 - From India!           A few months back I was contacted by a representative of Signature Acoustics asking if I’d like to audition their Elements Series C-12.  They’ve already been selling them in their home based country of India and are preparing for a worldwide release.  I thought, Why not? Sounds like fun!   The C-12 is going to retail somewhere around the $45 to $60 range and the manufacturer describes the offering as follows:   Wooden enclosure / housing for a natural warm sound and strong build quality 10 strands of wide Cu wire, to ensure impactful bass. Twisted to reduce microphonic noise. 8mm...
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NuForce NE-650M

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Pros: Bass! Fatigue free listening; iPhone microphone/controls

Cons: Bass! De-emphasized treble

Disclaimer: The following is a review from a sample provided by NuForce   First I’d like to thank NuForce, for reaching out and allowing me the opportunity to review their new IEM, the NE-650M.     The 650 is described by the manufacturer as “a uniquely enhanced version of the original NE-600 series earphone. Their high-efficiency design offers an even greater level of performance that delivers exceptional bass via aerodynamic acoustic porting, harmonically correct tonality, a deeply layered soundstage and superb acoustic isolation.”     Retailing at $44.99, the 650 features an 11mm dynamic driver, rated with an impedance of 16 ohms and 100db sensitivity....
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The Unorthodox SS

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Pros: Irreverent, Impetuous and Cruel

Cons: Irreverent, Impetuous and Cruel

This is not a proper review, just really some rambling from the appreciation thread... ________     I have no idea why I didn't really like them so much the first time.  I guess it is their unorthodox nature.  They are a bit impetuous, however I have really been enjoying them the last couple days, prompting me to write some unorthodox impressions. Please excuse their rambling and possibly incoherent nature. _______     The SS is a dirty little vixen, devoid of etiquette. She can turn on a dime from prim and proper to screeching, kicking and clawing; so goes the quality of the recording, there goes the SS. The vocalist is who she...
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Professional Quality - Affordable Price

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Pros: Quality, build, flexibility, price and customer service

Cons: You can't brag you spent and arm and a leg

BTG-Audio: The Sunrise Cable   Everyone seems loves the look and feel of aftermarket and boutique cables.  Just one look on the different threads dedicated to pictures of Head-Fi members’ gear and you will see countless pictures of headphones and custom IEMs with aftermarket cables.  In many cases these cables look like pieces of art, and unless you are handy and can create your own cables, buying one can quickly become an expensive venture.  I’ve priced IEM cables of varying wire and craftsmanship anywhere from $150 to $400 or more.  Until recently the only choice for IEM cables under $100 has been the $30 stock Westone/UE variations from the CIEM...
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Meelec A161p

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Pros: price - great value, sound, accessories

Cons: none

MEElectronics A161P     Introduction:   The A161P is a new single balanced armature from MEElectronics.  Meelec markets their new flagship as: “Relentlessly accurate to the source, the A161P delivers precisely what is in your music - nothing more and nothing less. High levels of clarity and resolution mean you won’t have to strain to hear the details while excellent handling of spatial cues delivers the ultimate concert-in-your-head experience.”   The A161P is a very competent entry into the world of neutrality but don’t let that word scare you.  The A161P is a full bodied, thicker note entry that I find immensely pleasing and easy to recommend. ...
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Golden treble

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Pros: size, build, treble

Cons: treble, no cinch

Hisoundaudio Golden Crystal       First I’d like to thank Jack at Hisoundaudio for giving me the opportunity to purchase the Golden Crystals, or GC as I’ll reference them, as they are not yet available from any US dealer.   Meet the super tiny Golden Crystals.  They are the smallest dynamic driver on the planet (I think the Monster Tributes are 5mm as well, if their claims of also having the world’s smallest dynamic driver are accurate).       IMPEDANCE 16 Ohm     SENSITIVITY 110dB     FREQUENCY RANGE 15 - 23,000...
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