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Good All Round Choice

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Pros: Natural Sound, Design, Remote, Build Quality

Cons: Microphonics

Brainwavz S3 Review First I’d like to thank Pandora from Brainwavz for sending me a review sample of the S3. By now, I’m sure that members of the Head-Fi community will be quite familiar with Brainwavz. They have really established themselves and are on the way to becoming one of the major brands that people look to when considering headphones. Their products have become increasingly popular and I was curious as to see what they had to offer with their latest IEM, the S3.   The S3 is a budget IEM by all means and the price it comes in at is a mere $80 and at the price, the main question is whether they are able to compete with the RE-400 and other top budget IEMs. This end of the...
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Smooth, Stylish Budget Headphone

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Pros: Bass Heavy, Aethetic Design, Case & Cable

Cons: Comfort, Clarity

Brainwavz HM2 Review   Brainwavz is a brand that I have had quite a lot of experience with, having reviewed quite a few of their products. When they came out with the HM2, I was rather intrigued and curious as to what they could do with a budget headphone for just a mere $50. With many excellent choices in the $50 range, the HM2 would have to be a great product to stand out from the crowd. A quick visit to the Brainwavz page for the HM2 reveals a nice looking headphone which looks rather well, but let’s get on to see just how well the HM2 really did. Since the target audience for the HM2 is likely the average person, I will refrain from using fancy terms and make this quite a...
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Energetic & Fun - Echobox's First IEM

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Pros: Fun Sound, Design

Cons: Will be too V shaped for some people

Echobox Finder X1 Review Echobox is not a brand that I am familiar with and this is because they are a very new entry into the portable audio market. According to Echobox, they are “a company founded and run by music-lovers and audio geeks. We’ve been watching the personal audio industry for years, researching and analyzing everything from the types of music people listen to, how and where we listen, and, most importantly, the quality of audio that we’ve become accustomed to. What we’ve seen has excited, confused, and disappointed us, all at once.”     Being such a new company, I was curious as to how well the Finder X1 would sit in the pretty crowded $200 range. There are...
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Affordable Perfection

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Pros: Sound Quality

Cons: Isolation

Dunu Titan 5 Review First of all, I’d like to thank Dunu for sending me a sample of the Titan 5 to review. I’m quite familiar with Dunu as a brand and I’ve heard many of their higher end offerings including the DN-1000 and DN-2000. A while ago, I reviewed the Titan 1, which I found to be an IEM which punched well above its price bracket and truly outshone other IEMs in the same price range. The Titan 5 is a higher end model in the same line and the two IEMs share numerous similarities.     Given the fact that I enjoyed the Titan 5 so much, I really looked forward to trying out the Titan 5. The 5, like the 1, utilises a single dynamic driver in a style which is rather...
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Excellent All Rounder

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Pros: Overall Sound, Build, Design

Cons: Non-Removable Battery

iBasso DX80 Review iBasso is a brand that I am now very familiar with, having reviewed quite a number of their products. They have now established themselves as one of the leading brands for more budget minded portable audio devices and it is clear to see why. The DX80 is iBasso’s latest foray into the portable DAP market, and it is the successor to the now discontinued DX50 and DX90. Both the DX50 and DX90 were huge successes due to their attractive appearance and reasonable pricing.     To be perfectly honest, I was a little disappointed to see that the DX90 and DX50 had been discontinued by iBasso, the two music players are some of the favourites within the Head-Fi...
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True Flagship Quality

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Pros: Design, Sound, Filters

Cons: Isolation

First of all I’d like to thank RHA for sending out a unit of the T20 for us to do an Australasian tour. RHA is a company that I am quite familiar with now, having tried their other two previous flagship IEMs. The MA750 was the first RHA product I tried and I was very impressed by the build and the sound that it put out. However, their last entry into the mid-range market, the T10 left me wanting a lot more as far as sound went. It was overly bass heavy and I noted that they needed a more “reference” reference filter.       The T20 is the successor and the new RHA flagship and is supposed to incorporate the suggestions that came from the T10 and pick up from its...
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Excellent Option For Children

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Pros: Volume Limit, Upfront Midrange

Cons: A Little Small

First of all, I’d like to thank Brainwavz for sending me a pair of the Kidwavz for me to try out. The KV100 is Brainwavz new Bluetooth headphone and it oriented towards children and not the mainstream market. The KV100 is also called “Kidwavz”, which I suppose makes it pretty clear who the target audience is. I got one of these to review because I was curious as to what Brainwavz were capable of making at such a low price point, and I was pleasantly surprised. While the BLU-100 was good, the KV100 impressed me much more. Because people who are considering these will not be the typical Head-Fi member, I’ll write a different review to accommodate. No fancy terms.   **Disclaimer** I...
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True High End Performance

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Pros: Sound, Design, Bass Boost

Cons: Battery, Size

The P5 is iBasso’s latest release, and coming in at the price of $529, it is iBasso’s current flagship portable amp. With their DX50 and 90 models, they really managed to gain a lot of fans with their clean and detailed signature and they have grown into one of the established names in portable audio. Having tried their recently released D14, I was looking forward to see how their flagship amplifier would fare.   We haven’t seen a dedicated amp from iBasso for a while now, and the P5 is the successor to the old P4. Though I have reviewed numerous iBasso products in the past, this is the first iBasso amp that I have reviewed, and given my experience with their other products, I...
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Excellent Portable Speaker

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Pros: Sound, Features, Design

Before I start this review, I would like to thank Creative for sending out a Roar 2 unit to me. I’m quite surprised myself that prior to this, I had never heard a Creative product before, despite them having some interesting products. I chose the Roar 2 to review because I wanted to take a break from the usual IEM and headphone reviews that I do, I thought that speakers would be a nice change. This is my first speaker review, so take this with a grain of salt, the only thing I can really compare them to is the Audioengine A2s that I have with me, but even then, that is a not a great reference point considering they are 2 separate speakers.     What intrigued me about the...
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A True DX90 Competitor

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Pros: Sound, Design, Accessories

Cons: Size

First of all, I’d like to thank iBasso for sending me a review sample of the D14. iBasso have really established themselves as a big name in portable audio devices and after reviewing both their DX50 and DX90 models as well as the budget minded D-Zero MKII, I was really looking forward to having what they had in store for us now. iBasso are primarily a brand for portable DAC/amps and DAPs and recently have grown significantly, gaining many new fans with their exceptional DX DAPs.     Anyway, the D14 “Bushmaster” is their latest foray into the DAC/amp world and seems to be the next generation of the well-established D12. Coming in at a price of $229, it appears to be a shot...
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