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Simply Superb! Highly Recommended!

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Pros: Fairly balanced sound with a bit of flair in the bass & treble, Great build quality, comfortable, low isolation, nice accessories

Cons: low isolation, upper mids a bit peaky, could use a bit more subbass

The last few years, Dunu had incredible success with their hybrid multidriver earphones such as the DN 1000, DN 2000, and at the time of writing this, the DN2000J seems to be following suit with it’s predecessors. So when I heard of the release of the Titan 1s, I was very intrigued on how DUNU was going to replicate the success they had with their hybrid earphones in a 13 mm titanium coated dynamic driver, with a half in ear/earbud design.   We’ll lets find out! Before I begin I liked to thank DUNU for sending a sample of the Titan 1s out for an honest review. I am not paid for this review nor affiliated with DUNU. Below is my video review of the Dunu Titan 1s, if you enjoyed the...
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Ditch the cables, but not your money & Go Wireless with the BLU-100s! An Affordable pair of Bluetooth earphones

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Pros: affordable, bluetooth 4.0 & aptX compatibility, warm sound, (works seemlessly through android and iOS devices), good build quality

Cons: lacking refinement and detail, a bit too warm for my tastes

This is Brainwavz first step into the Bluetooth earphone world. It seems that Brainwavz is aiming to bring the all benefits of a typically expensive Bluetooth earphone into a very affordable package. (Its currently on sale for $34.50 on mp4nation, MSRP $45)   Note- the earphone I’m discussing in this review is a preproduction sample that I was sent from Brainwavz, so I do not have all the accessories or the paperwork the earphone will come with once they hit the market. (They are available now). I should note that I’m affiliated with Brainwavz nor and I paid for this review. Everything in this review is my opinion and mine alone. With that said, lets get started.   ...
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A Fantastic Balanced Option for under $100

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Pros: Balanced,warm and engaging sound, tight and extended bass, portable, stylish

Cons: A bit plasticky, treble has a bit of veiling

A few years back, a relatively new company Noontec made a splash on the headphone market with the release of the “Noontec Zoro” headphones (now referenced as the Zoro Originals).  The Zoro headphones were an absolute standout, offering a modern design with a balanced audiophile sound signature for under $100. This was unheard of at the time, as the sub $100 headphone market had nowhere near the competition as compared to the recent years. This certainly peaked my interest and lead to my purchase of the Zoro Originals over 3 years ago, which they certainly didn’t disappoint. Since then Noontec has released a revision in the form of the Noontec Zoro HD, based on the feedback from...
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Gorgeous Design,Warm Vocals, Smooth

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Pros: gorgeous aesthetics, midforward, warm vocals, tight fast bass, smooth

Cons: lacking isolation, lacking strain relief, not very detailed,

With the release of the TTPOD T1E, it continued to garner massive praise from audiophiles and casual listeners alike, for being a “fantastic budget option” in an growing market of sub $100 earphones. Needless to say, when the news that TTPOD was going to release the TTPOD T2,  the T2 “hype train” quickly formed.   The hype began to grow, starting with pictures of a design that closely resembling the VSONIC VSD3S, and later with an news that TTPOD implemented a  placed a “Triple Driver” design (2 Balanced Armatures, and 1 Dynamic driver) in the T2, with a price tag under $100 (which is notably much cheaper than other earphones with a similar configuration).  By then...
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Simply Fantastic!

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Pros: engaging, fun sound, punchy bass, strong forward vocals, sparkly treble

Cons: female vocals can be a bit hot

The JVC FXT90s are clearly the result of extensive research and packed into a compact package. They utilize 2 dynamic driver with carbon nanotube diaphragms.  After doing some research on the properties of carbon nanotubes, I found that they are used a wide variety of applications because they have one of the stiffest and strongest materials available due to their strong covalent bonds, 20 times stronger than steel. Well what does this mean when comes to FXT90 or personal audio in general? According to JVC, “the use of carbon nanotubes provides a balance of strength and flexibility that cannot be matched with diaphragms using traditional metals and plastic, resulting in crisp, pure,...
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A Mini- Hifiman RE400, Great bang-for-buck earphone: Sweet, Laid back Vocals

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Pros: Mids, sweet- easy going vocals, smooth sound, small footprint, great cable

Cons: small footprint (see below), lack of strain relief on the housing.

The Brainwavz M1 has been widely toted as a popular option at under $50 for the last few years. Why is that the case? Well, because at the time of their debut, they were one the few balanced sounding earphones under $100 amongst a sea of bassy or V shaped sounding earphones. How do the M1s fare years later, especially with heavy favorites from Vsonic, Havi, TTPOD? Very well in fact, for a “budget earphone” they certainly have a very smooth and inviting sound that I’m very fond of.   hint- I nicknamed my M1s as “Mini- RE 400s (referencing to the Hifman RE 400, an absolute standout earphone at $99)- See the “sound section” for my comparison of the M1 with the $99 Giant, that is the...
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Tight, Strong Bass, with Crisp Vocals, Cool Design, but there are some drawbacks....

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Pros: strong fast tight bass, clean midrange, bit a crispness in the treble

Cons: fit (housing shape), shallow fit, midrange a bit unnatural sounding and thin

The TTPOD T1E takes design cues from other more expensive and more well known earphones into a much more affordable package. It comes equipped with “dual dynamic drivers” in each of the earpieces, making these earphones a bit on the larger side. But the question everyone is asking is how does it sound? So lets get started with the review: Below you can see my video review, be sure to subscribe, cause new content is always on the way.   Accessories: The TTPODs come with a solid assortment of accessories: A white pouch to store the earphones (it does feel kind “papery”)-> I would opt for a hard shell carrying case instead 3 sets (S,M,L)of wide bore, spiral design hybrid...
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A Perfect Budget All- Arounder

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Pros: build quality, balanced yet warm sound, isolation, ergonomic, acceossories

Cons: midbass a bit more than id like, a bit dark for me in the treble, (cable noise can be a bit bothersome when worn cable down)

The Brainwavz S0s were nicknamed as the “little Brothers” of the Brainwavz S5. I had previously reviewed the Brainwavz S5s, while I did like how well they performed as a V shaped earphone. In the end the sound was not exactly my cup of tea. With the release of the S0s, Brainwavz attempts to take many of the features that made the S5s great, but channel that into a more affordable, consumer friendly package (especially now since you can easily wear the S0s cable down). I think Brainwavz have succeeded with the S0s. Now on with the review! I want to thank Brainwavz for their patience and for sending a pair of these S0s out for review. Below is my video review over on youtube: Check it out...
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Tough Build, Gentle Sound

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Pros: great balanced but slightly warm sound, wide soundstage, build

Cons: overbuilt, wide & long nozzle, large "unique" design

Quick Summary: While these earphones have a really “unique” design to them, once you get over this, you will be rewarded with a beautifully balanced sound. I would put them on a similar tier as the very popular, and head-fi favorites Hifiman re400 and the Vsonic GR07. This is very high praise, let’s find out below!   I want to thank Brainwavz for their patience and for sending a pair of these R3 for review:   Click on the link below to see the video review:   Accessories: The R3s come with a multiple ear tips of different sizes, shapes and even “bore/nozzle width” 3 pairs of Grey (medium bore) (in S,M,L) 3 pairs of black (narrower bore) (in S,M,L) 1 pair of...
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Adds a little Jolt in to your Music

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Pros: built well, 3 year warranty, very comfortable, bassy, crisp treble, fun sounding

Cons: not for those looking for neutral sound, driver flex present, mids recessed(albeit decently clear)

The RHA MA600i is a fantastic addition to everyone’s earphone collection, because they just spice up your listening experience. In addition, it’s also equipped with a comfortable housing, and last but not least it boasts a 3 year warranty (almost unheard of in the earphone world, especially one in this price range).   I want to thank RHA for their patience and  for sending this earphone out for review. See my video review for a more condensed summary:   So without further ado, let’s get on with the review!   Accessories: This earphone comes a lot of goodies: with a zippered hard shell carrying case with pouch inside to hold and protect the earphones as well...
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