Vision Ears (VE) is a relatively young company from Cologne, Germany, making some very interesting Custom In Ear Monitors. The company was only founded in 2013, but don't you be confused – the people behind it have over 12 years of experience in the CIEM world; They were co-owners of a company called Compact Monitors, which both sides chose to leave in order to establish their own new and separate companies, VE and Rhines Monitors. At first they only had the original four Compact Monitor in-ear models in their lineup, but since then, they've already released two "pure-VE" models, Firstly the VE6, in 2014, and then the VE5 this year. This review's subject is going to be the VE5, so...(read more)
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Introduction Final Audio Design (FAD in this review), based in Tokyo, Japan, makes some of the most exotic earphones and headphones available in the last few years. The company's story starts in 1974 but its 1st pair of earphones was released only in 2009. In late 2013 they've released their 1st pair of headphones, the Pandora Hope VI, which I'm going to look at today. FAD being FAD chose a surprising and extremely unique driver configuration, which includes not only a traditional 50mm dynamic driver, but also a Balanced Armature driver too; yes, you're not mistaken, that is the type of tiny drivers that a lot of earphones (but not headphones)...(read more)
Introduction SoundMagic is a quite well-known Chinese IEMs and Headphones manufacturer, founded in 2005. Over the years, SoundMagic was known for their cheap bang for the buck IEMs, such as the PL50s, the E10s and others. Earlier this year, a new model in their website caught my eye; it was called the HP100, and it was SM’s first full-sized headphones. Knowing that SoundMagic’s products are said to be of very good quality, I was immediately interested in reviewing the HP100s. Apparently, SoundMagic made some changes in this model since January, and the finished HP100s were finally released to the market at June’s-end. They retail for around $200, which is a pretty...(read more)
Fanmusic is a distributor and a brand of Chinese audio-equipment which also has an eBay store. I was contacted by Tony, their manager a while ago and he informed me that they were working on an IEM (under their brand as far as I know), with a dual-dynamic setup in a metal housing with a user replaceable cable, simply named "MS-E1011". Tony offered to send me a pre-production/prototype to review it and theMS-E1011 is going to be the subject of this review. I received it with the accessories but not with the packaging. I'm not sure if this is how the final product will look or sound like, but as far as I know, it should be quite close to the sample that I have in my hands....(read more)
Introduction LEAR (an acronym of "Listen & Learn Everything. Acoustic & Audio Revolution) is a Hong-Kong based audio-products manufacturer founded in 2008 (which has recently also opened an HQ in Japan). The company makes portable headphone amplifiers, some different types of cables and adapters and also custom-fit in-ear-monitors ("CIEMs"), but in the past, they've also made some universal IEMs too. LEAR is owned by one the most famous audio stores in Hong-Kong, "Forever Source Digital", which also distributes LEAR's products. In 2011, LEAR has introduced their CIEMs line. They are proud of it because they say that it is the first CIEMs line to be fully developed, tuned...(read more)
Introduction HiFiMan is a very well regarded Chinese Headphones, Earphones and Portable Players manufacturer that was founded in 2007 by Dr. Fang Bian. Their IEMs line is known to give a very good value for the money; from the RE0 & the RE-ZERO to the RE262 & the RE272, all are known for that. Lately, the company has announced two new models, which are going to replace their whole lineup (which has been discontinued following that announcement). The new models are the $99 MSRP'd RE-400 and the RE-600 (its MSRP is currently unknown, but it should be around $400). The RE-400 has already been released to the market a few weeks ago, while the RE-600 is said to...(read more)
Introduction V-MODA is a Hollywood based headphones company, which was founded back in 2004 by Val Kolton, a DJ & a music producer, with some help from the designer Joseph Bucknall. The company put them self as a target to make good sounding headphones that are well designed too, a thing which was quite rare back at that time. About a year ago, the company has released the M80s, their first on-ear headphones, and also the first headphones from their "Modiophile" line, a line which is designated for the modern-audiophile. Since then, the M80s have been raved everywhere, and they were called by some "the best portable headphones". I wanted to review...(read more)
Pros: Great bang for the buck value, balanced sound-signature, very wide sound-stage, good building quality, a lot of included accessories.
Cons: The isolation is only average.
Prior to the review, I would like to thank VSonic for the review sample. VSonic is a Chinese IEM company. For years, they've been one of the leading OEM manufacturers in the world, manufacturing for some of the leading audio companies in the world. A few years ago, VSonic had started to develop IEMs to be sold under their own brand name. The flagship, the then called "R07" was developed for more than three years. Today, after its name had been changed to "GR07", I'll be reviewing it. Before we start, here the technical specification of the VSonic GR07: Driver Type: 11mm CCAW Dynamic w/ Multi-layers Bio-cellulose Frequency Response: 7Hz-30...(read more)