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Best Portable Amp I've Heard

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Pros: Balanced Sound, Black Background, Soundstage & Imaging, Build, Features

Cons: Battery Life, DAC Not Up To Scratch, UHA-6S MKII

First I’d like to thanks Nick from Leckerton Audio for the UHA760 loaner unit. I’ve read quite a lot of people praising the UHA-6S.MKII and when I heard that there would be a new model from Leckerton coming out, I was very interested indeed. I have never heard any Leckerton product despite hearing about them because nobody really seems to own them in Australia and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in terms of sound from the UHA760.     The UHA760 is Leckerton Audio’s new flagship amp/DAC unit and it slots in above the previous and very popular flagship, the UHA-6S.MKII. According to Nick, the amp section is very similar but perhaps slightly improved from the 6S. Seeing as...
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Very Fun Headphones

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Pros: Bass, Treble, Looks, Price

Cons: Isolation

First I’d like to thank Mike of Meelectronics for sending me their new Atlas for me to review. Meelectronics started off selling MP3 players, but later decided to move into the headphone industry instead. They have mostly been making products in the more entry to mid-range level and the Atlas is no exception. At $99 MSRP its price range considered a bit higher than entry level headphones like the Zoro. A while ago, I reviewed their A151 IEM and although it took some getting used to, it was nothing short of incredible for the price. After reading more reviews on their products, it seems like their products are generally great sounding at a relatively low price compared to their...
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Exceptional Value

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Pros: Sounds Wonderful Overall, Nice Finish

Cons: Isolation, Packaging & Accessories

Astrotec has been mostly into budget IEMs until recently, when they introduced their AX60, AX7 and now their AX30/35. The version I have here today is the AX35. I’m not sure of the prices yet, but from what I hear, the AX30 will be around $65 while the AX35 will be $80 (USD). The AX30 is supposed to be the bassier model of the two while the AX35 was tuned to be more neutral. Me generally preferring a more neutral presentation, picked the AX35 over the AX30.     Hybrid IEMs really are the FOTM here on Head-Fi, with the DN-1000, AX60, H-200, 1plus2 etc. However, these are all 1 dynamic driver + 2 BA IEMs; the AX35 has one BA driver as opposed to two. This makes it more or...
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Competitively Priced Great Sounding IEM

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Pros: All Rounder, Build Quality, Accessories

Cons: Soundstage, Left/Right Markings, Case

First of all, I’d like to thank Rocky Wu from Dunu for sending me their new DN-900 hybrid IEM which is the DN-1000’s little brother. My (admittedly short) journey with Dunu began when Dunu generously arranged a giveaway for their DN-1000 which I happened to win. To say the least, I thought that the DN-1000s were nothing short of stunning and quickly, they became one of my all time favourite IEMs. Later on, in one of our PM conversations, Rocky brought up their new hybrid, the DN-900 and I was immediately intrigued at what Dunu could achieve with the DN-900.   It is a dynamic plus single BA (as opposed to dual BA in the DN-1000) and unfortunately, the only IEM I had heard which...
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Great Sounding Wooden Amp

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Pros: Bass, Midrange, Separation, Looks Great, Hand Made

Cons: No Charging Circuit, Soundstage

From the moment Charles told me about the new project that he was working on, “Project Palaios”, I was intrigued. A wooden amp? That’s certainly not what you hear everyday and from the pictures that he put up on the website, all 3 colours of the amp looks amazing. It just so happened that I was going to Hong Kong around the time the Palaios was released so I decided to meet up with Charles and buy one off him. I think that the Palaios amp is a model from his new company called SQD Tech which he founded after he left Rhapsodio. I think that they primarily make amps and cables.   I have always been an IEM lover but I have never really been into amps and the Palaios Iona is the first...
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Wonderful Sounding Hybrid

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Pros: Bass, Separation, Soundstage, Overall Sound, Accessories

Cons: Cheap Inside Box, Non-detachable Cable

Dunu has been in the audio industry for a while now as an OEM/ODM supplier but only recently have they started making earphones for themselves. A lot of their IEM models are metal and they have quite a reputation on Head-Fi, many reviewers praising their lower end models for their awesome build and their value for money. Anyway, recently Dunu introduced a new model into their product line, the DN-1000, and that is what I will be reviewing today. The DN-1000 is their new flagship and costs just over $200 and is the model above their previous flagship, the DN-19 (Tai-Chi).       It all started when Dunu generously arranged a giveaway on Head-Fi which I entered and...
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Doesn't Get Much Better

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Pros: Great Bass. Nice Packaging & Accessories, Excellent Value

Cons: Small 3.5mm Plug, Scratches Easily

First, I’d like to say a big thanks to the RHA team for generously arranging the review competition and for choosing H20Fidelity and I. To be perfectly honest, I hadn’t heard of RHA before this year, when I saw some reviews of their products on Head-Fi. From what I read, the MA750 that we were sent is currently their flagship, followed by their MA600.   For a long time, I have always been on the BA side of the driver debate, but I have been quite impressed by some dynamic IEMs like the GR07 MKII and I wasn’t exactly sure what I should expect from the MA750 and after I heard it, I was (spoiler alert) impressed to say the least. Anyway, let’s get on to the review now. These were...
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My New Budget King

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Pros: Great All Rounder, Cable, Nice Case, Extremely Comfortable

Cons: Rubber Strain Relief, Box

First of all, I’d like to say a big thanks to Mike of Meelectronics for sending me an A151P for me to review. Meelectronics is a company created in 2005, at which time they made MP3 players. Further down the line in 2010, they started to make their own earphones and headphones and they have further developed their product line. The A151P that I am reviewing now is a revision of the older A151 with an added microphone and one button remote. This is one of their more mid range IEMs and has a RRP of $79.99 but the street price is somewhere around $50. One thing I feel like I have to mention up front is how impressed I’ve been at Mike’s quick responses to emails and my...
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Best IEM Under $100?

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Pros: Bass, Midrange, Detail, Separation, Comfort

Cons: Treble, Fish (WTF), 4 Pole Plug

First of all, I’d like to thank Jack Fu of Hisound Audio for sending me the new BA-100 for me to review.  Hisound has been a company that IMO raised the bar in terms of price/performance. I was very impressed by their PAA-1 Pro, E212 and E350 and believed that they all performed very well in their price bracket. The BA-100, as its name suggests uses balanced armature, or BA drivers. There is one driver in each ear, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that other multi driver IEMs are superior.  Quite simply put, I was blown away by the BA-100 when I first heard it since I was expecting it to perform at a much lower level than it did. This tiny IEM retails at $99 and it is...
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A Great Budget Basshead Earbud

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Pros: Solid Bass, Clear Mids, Non-tangle Cable

Cons: Bass Bleed, Rolled Off Treble, Not Many Accessories

First of all, I would like to thank Jack Fu of Hisound Audio for generously sending me the E350 and 2 other models for me to review. Recently, Hisound Audio has really impressed me with their entry level, budget minded IEMs and earbuds and the E350 is a new model that Hisound has just put out. It is priced at $25 and is the model above the PAA-1 and under the PAA-1 Pro that I have also reviewed. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much for such a modestly priced earphone, but I was quite surprised. While it doesn’t reach the PAA-1 Pro level, it does get very close for half the money. Due to the low price of this, I won’t be writing a full length review on these. **Disclaimer** I am in no way...
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