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The BTA9 from UMI is bassy, easy to use, and a fun-sounding IEM

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Pros: Decent bass boost, comofrtable, ease of use

Cons: Distorts in the treble, faituging, too much bass on some tracks

SPECS:     No written spec was found for the UMI-BTA9       WHERE TO BUY / COST:   http://amzn.to/2h6jhkA $69.99 new ( often heavily discounted down to $25 or less )   OVERVIEW Happy Chinese New Year! I am giving one last Chinese IEM a review because it's important to review not only the good headphones, but to cover some of the bad ones too. The UMI-BTA9 from UMIDIGI rests somewhere in between because there are aspects of it that I love and some that flat out are unforgivable. The UMI-BTA9 Bluetooth IEM is an in-ear built for lifting, exercising, and chatting on the move. It is advertised as a bassy IEM with “Noise Cancelling for...
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Brainwavz returns with a well-tuned BA IEM

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Pros: Great bass, up-front midrange, and the treble is extended

Cons: Durability might be a concern

  SPECS:Drivers                      Single Balanced ArmatureRated Impedance     30 ΩFrequency Range     16 Hz ~ 22 kHzSensitivity                 105 dB at 1 mWCable                        1.3 m Y-Cord, Over the ear, OFC CopperPlug                      ...
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Brainwavz M100: An attempt at an ampable IEM

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Pros: Excellent and clean look/feel, great tip selection

Cons: Too bassy, extremely rolled off treble

  SPECS: Driver Type                      8mm Dynamic Plug Type                        3.5mm Gold-plated Cord Length                    1.3m Y Frequency Response     12 Hz – 22 kHz Impedance                      32 Ohms Sensitivity        ...
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M8 DAC / VA2 amp / Linear PSU by S.M.S.L.

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Pros: Small Footprint, Good Sound, Low and High Gain Outputs

Cons: Bright Sounding, May not drive the HE-6

  SPECS: VMV VA2 http://smsl360.com/SMSL%20VMV%20VA2   SMSL H8 http://smsl360.com/SMSL%20M8   Linear Power Supply ( PSU ) No site found   WHERE To BUY / COST: Amazon, Newegg, SMSL   OVERVIEW I own the SD-793ii from SMSL and wanted to check out a more pro-grade setup. I stumbled upon the M8/VA2/PSU stack and placed an order. You get a DAC capable of DSD playback which I did not test. You also get a headphone amp that has both low and high gain outputs, and a linear power supply to clean up the power to both. Also provided are all of the cables necessary as well as the individual power supplies for the amp and DAC just in case you want to not use the...
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Music Hall 25.3 amp/DAC: An entry-level setup

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Pros: Awesome build quality, ease of use, price

Cons: Lack of bass, added distortion due to the tube, no USB cable included

 SPECS: ( from Music Hall ) OVERVIEWYears ago I borrowed a Music Hall 15.2 and compared it to the HeadRoom Ultra Desktop amp/DAC I had at the time. I enjoyed its sound and build quality so much that it stuck in my mind for years. I’ve been through a ton of gear since and want to revisit Music Hall’s products to see how they compare. My current setup consists of a Grace Design m903 amp/DAC, Schiit Bifrost 4490 DAC, and a HeadRoom Balanced Ultra Desktop Amp. AESTHETICSOne great thing about the 25.3 is that you can plug just about any digital source into it. I tested the Optical and USB inputs and made quick comparisons against the Grace m903. Using Windows 10 I found no...
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A Comfortable and fun-sounding IEM designed for people on the move

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Pros: Great Seal, Very Secure Fit, Easy to Setup and Use, Laid Back Sound

Cons: Large Driver Body Uncomfortable, Lack of Treble Detail

VAFEE'S QCY QY11: A VERSATILE IEM     SPECS: http://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Cancelling-Sweatproof-Headphones-Hands-free/dp/B019TTSYOG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1455685619&sr=8-4&keywords=vafee   Bluetooth Version:                       V4.1+ EDR Chip:                                            CSR8645 Operation range:    ...
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BRAINWAVZ BLU-200: LONG LASTING WIRELESS COMFORT

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Pros: Easy to setup, Laid back sound, 10 meter range, Ear hooks included

Cons: Protrude outside of the ear a ton, Standards tips may not properly seal, Treble roll-off

BRAINWAVZ BLU-200: LONG LASTING WIRELESS COMFORT  SPECS:http://www.brainwavzaudio.com/products/blu-200-bluetooth-4-0-aptx-earphones Driver Type                      9.2mm DynamicWireless Range              10 meters   Cord Length                    N/AFrequency Response       20 Hz – 20 kHzImpedance           ...
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An Affordable On The Go IEM

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Pros: Great build quality, awesome seal, over the ear fit is comfortable

Cons: Very bassy, poor mic sound quality

SPECS: http://www.brainwavzaudio.com/products/xfit-xf200-noise-isolating-sport-iem-earphones-w-3-button-remote-microphone   Driver Type                     9mm Dynamic ( bass ported ) Plug Type                       3.5mm Cord Length                   1.4m Y Frequency Response     20 Hz – 20 kHz Impedance           ...
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Edifier P293: An Engaging IEM

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Pros: Great sound, Wonderful mic, Simple design

Cons: Bright with some tracks, Bass energy may be too much for some

SPECS: http://www.edifier.com/us/en/headphones-earphones/p293-handfree-tpewire   Driver Type                      10mm Dynamic Plug Type                        3.5mm Cord Length                     1.3m Y Frequency Response        20 Hz – 20 kHz Impedance              ...
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Brainwavz Omega IEM: An Excellent Starter IEM

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Pros: Cost, Accessories, Classic Brainwavz Midrange

Cons: Lack of Strain Relief, Too Bassy Unamped, No case

      SPECS: http://www.brainwavzaudio.com/products/omega-iem-noise-isolating-earphones-with-microphone-remote   Driver Type                   6mm Dynamic Plug Type                     3.5mm Cord Length                 1.2m Y Frequency Response   20 Hz – 20 kHz Impedance                   16 Ohms Sensitivity             ...
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