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Rhapsodio Solar - Endless Power

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Pros: Design Options, Cable Quality, Technical Prowess, Male Vocals, Bass Power

Cons: Bass Power, Price

Rhapsodio Solar     Note: The custom in-ear in this review was provided at a discounted rate.    Rhapsodio is an up and coming manufacturer of both custom in-ears and custom-like universals. The owner and primary voice of customer service, Sammy, is a very friendly and passionate audiophile, who is quick to respond to inquiries and questions, particularly over Facebook messenger, which seems to be the communication method of choice. While not necessarily a new company (Sammy and team have 3+ years in business), it wasn’t until the introduction of the Solar, that word of Rhapsodio really started to take off on Head-Fi. Based in Hong Kong, they have been hard at...
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Unique Melody Maestro - Refined Elegance

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Pros: Smooth, Clear & Engaging

Cons: Universal Shell Size

Note: MusicTeck graciously provided the Miracle and Maestro samples for review. Originally published at CYMBACAVUM.   Based in New Jersey, MusicTeck is an official distributor for some of the best-known manufacturers of high-end in-ear monitors, such as Unique Melody, Vision Ears, AAW, InEar and Earsonics to name a few. When they contacted CYMBACAVUM to see if we would be interested in reviewing two of Unique Melody’s in-ear monitors: the Miracle and the Maestro, of course we jumped at the opportunity. Links to MusicTeck, their store and Unique Melody are located at the end of the review.   Unique Melody Miracle with stock cable ...
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PERFECT SEAL AR6: AMBIANCE AND REFERENCE DEFINED

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Pros: Life Like Spaciousness, Depth and Imaging

Cons: Wouldn't mind a touch more mid bass and upper treble

Note: Perfect Seal graciously provided the AR6 in this review. Perfect Seal Laboratories, based in Wichita Kansas, is a relatively new company in the increasingly popular custom in-ear market. The company is run by Mike Martinez, and while Perfect Seal might be new to the Head-Fi community, Mike is certainly not new to the industry. He previously worked for an early industry lab that made monitors for Sensaphonics and Fireside, in which everything was dynamic driver based at that time. Before getting into the model being reviewed here, I wanted to share a Q&A I recently had with Mike, so he can shed a light on the Perfect Seal team...
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CUSTOMART MUSIC TWO

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Pros: Custom focused company, high value pricing

Originally posted on CYMBACAVYM in April 2014. See http://cymbacavum.com/2014/03/23/customart-music-two/ for full review including pictures and manufacturer frequency response.       CustomArt is a relatively new player in the custom in-ear monitor (CIEM) market, specializing in silicone CIEMs, remolds of customs and universals, universal custom tips and custom made cables. At the helm of CustomArt is Piotr Granicki (also known as piotrus-g, or Peter on head-fi.org). Peter is a personable, easy going and patient man, who won’t hesitate to answer all the varying questions a prospective customer might have. I should know, as I peppered him...
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BTG-AUDIO’S STARLIGHT CABLE FOR FITEAR

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Pros: Price, Overmolded Pins, Great aesthetics

Cons: Could be just a little more flexible

Originally posted on CYMBACAVUM in April 2013. See full review with pictures and science editorial here: http://cymbacavum.com/2013/04/07/btg-audio-fitear-starlight-cable/       The FitEar TO GO! 334 has been my favorite IEM for quite some time. My only complaint has been that the tubby, heavy housings tend to pull away from my ears, causing me to constantly feel the need to push them in more snugly. The stock 01 cable is no help in this regard — the memory wire has virtually no holding power and might as well not even exist! In addition, while being on the thinner side, the stock cable is very unwieldy and stiff. I also have no love for the...
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The Durable and Airy X1

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Pros: Great build, Fun and airy sound

Cons: Can be a bit too bright at times

Disclaimer: The Echobox Finder X1 was provided to me as a review sample.      The X1 contains a 9.2mm dynamic driver and is very well made. It has small and unobtrusive housings made from titanium. The housing shape is reminiscent of the Final Audio Piano Forte series but unlike those, the X1 is designed to fully seal the ear and can almost disappear from view depending on your ear canal shape. The small, titanium bell shape is quite attractive and comfortable.   The X1 cable is silver plated copper wire and by all appearances seems pretty durable. Thankfully it is also very flexible. What good is bragging about your wire composition if the thing is an annoyance...
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Budget Brilliance

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Pros: Price & Value; Sounds superb from a smartphone

Cons: Scalability; Sub bass extension; Slight treble roughness

Big thanks to Hifiman, as I was able to audition the HE400S in my house for a couple of weeks!   The stock cable is covered with a nylon braided sleeve. While attractive in its black and silver patter, its one of the stiffest, more stubborn and annoying cable I've ever used. It tends to want to stay in a coiled, snake like shape most of the time. The right angled plug is a nice touch for use with a mobile phone in the pocket. The cable plugs into both the left and the right cups with 2.5mm connectors and Y-split is very low on the cable. I would have preferred just a single exit cable to assist in the overall mobility of the package, along with an Android and/or iOS inline remote...
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Brainwavz Jive - A Modification Away From Excellence

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Pros: Price; Build Quality, SQ Potential; Easy to Mod

Cons: Housing Resonances; Treble Ringing

Brainwavz Jive - A Modification Away From Excellence     Disclaimer: Brainwavz provided the unit used for this review.   Brainwavz sure are one busy company. It seems that every few months they are releasing new or updated products. The Jive is one of the newest releases. The Jive is a budget dynamic driver in-ear market with an MSRP of just $28. Originally marketed as having balanced armature sound in a dynamic driver, current marketing expresses the Jive as having incredible liveliness and wide soundstage to bring right into the music. I think I can agree with the later expressions, the Jive is one lively ride!   Specifications:     •...
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Axgio Sprint - Balance and Clarity

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Pros: Reliable Bluetooth connectivity; Comfort; Balance and Clarity

Cons: Angled nozzle; Light on bass for noisy commutes

Axgio Sprint Bluetooth Headset Disclaimer: The Axgio Sprint headset reviewed here was supplied free of charge I’ve never heard of Axgio, much less their Sprint Bluetooth headset.  A quick Google search turns up a company that specializes in smartphones and smartphone accessories.  Apparently Axgio not only makes smartphone hardware but has designed their own Android based OS named Neonado. The Sprint is an in-ear monitor headset that boasts an IPX4 rating for water resistance, thus it’s marketed as sports headset that is ultimately sweat-proof and durable enough to withstand tough workouts and more.  Other manufacturer specifications are as follows: Chip: CSR8645...
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Brainwavz - Freedom From Wires

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Pros: Comfort, Minimal Cable, Pleasant Low Volume Listening

Cons: Dropouts, Battery Life

Brainwavz BLU-100 Bluetooth In Ears     Foreword   When Brainwavz contacted me about reviewing a set bluetooth in-ears, I have to admit I was bit apprehensive. Having never used bluetooth in ears but having used plenty of portable bluetooth iPhone speakers and in car audio set ups, bluetooth, while convenient, to my ears has been clearly a step back from a wired connection. Could Brainwavz change my mixed bag of feelings towards bluetooth?   Accessories   MSRP pricing for the BLU-100 is $44.50 but mp4nation is currently running a pre-order special for $10 off. My review unit arrived without retail packaging. Everything came packed in the roomy and now...
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