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Sub $100 Tunable IEM

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Pros: Filters, Overall Sound, Build

Cons: No Cable Cinch

First I’d like to thank Rock Jaw for sending me the Alfa Genus for review. If you haven’t heard of Rock Jaw before, I don’t blame you. They are a rather new company that recently came out with a wide range of IEMs and headphones. The Alfa Genus is one of their mid-range IEMs, which is priced at £50, which is quite budget minded for people who don’t wish to spend so much on audio.       Those who know me will know that I have always loved IEMs, especially IEMs that punch above their price point and IMO the Alfa Genus is definitely one of them. Obviously, the sub $100 IEM market is filled with some excellent offerings from many companies and making an IEM that really...
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Perfection At This Price Point

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Pros: Sound, Build, Accessories, Design

Cons: Case

First I’d like to thank Rocky from Dunu for sending me a DN-2000 to review. Those who have been following the mid-range IEM market might have heard of Dunu and their previous flagship, the DN-1000. I have to admit, not long ago, I had never heard of Dunu, but after I heard the DN-1000, I began to read some reviews on their other products, and all their IEMs seemed to look very impressive and have a somewhat boosted bass. Dunu has recently come out with a new model, the DN-2000, which is what I will be reviewing today.   Some of you may have seen my Dunu DN-1000 review that I wrote a while back. I really enjoyed the DN-1000 a lot, and I found them to be a rather special and unique...
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An Excellent But Flawed IEM

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Pros: Bass, Detachable Cables

Cons: Midrange, Hot Treble, Price

First of all, I’d like to thank T-Peos and H20Fidelity for including me in the tour and making this review possible. Now, I’m not going to dwell too much on the accessories, packaging and stuff and go straight on to the sound. For the review, I ran them off my iBasso DX90 and I also used it with the O2, which synergised quite well. On we go with the mini-review then.     Sound Quality The H200 received quite a of praise about how it sounded but I never actually heard it. I was really looking forward to hearing what T-Peos would be able to do with their new flagship. When I first heard it, quite frankly, I was shocked. It was in one word, dreadful. The bass was nice, but...
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The Overall Best DAP I Have Encountered

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Pros: Sound, Line Out, Improved Amp, Looks, Design

Cons: Scrolling, Button Delay, Battery Life

I’m sure that if you are on Head-Fi once in a while and you are interested in portable audio, you will at least have heard of iBasso. The DX90 is iBasso’s third DAP, the first two being the DX100 and the DX50. The DX50 turned out to be a huge success right off the bat and the first few batches were sold out very quickly. I wrote a review for it a while ago and I thought that despite the shaky UI at the start, the DX50 was an exceptional product after iBasso came out with some firmware updates. Another interesting feature that the DX50 had was firmware rolling. Each firmware seems to sound different and users can pick the firmware they like best.   BucketInABucket's picture of...
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Fantastic Sounding Combination

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Pros: Excellent Pairing, Size, Balanced, Accessories & Packaging

Cons: Adapter, Jack Position, Current UI

First I’d like to thank HiFiMAN for sending me their new HM-700 DAP and RE-400B (balanced version of the RE-400) bundle for me to review. I have always wondered about the balanced players that HiFiMAN offers and what they do to balanced IEMs. From what I hear, the RE-400B is a very nice match with the HM-700 in balanced mode.     Now, if you are around on Head-Fi often, you probably know about HiFiMAN by now. For those who are unfamiliar with HiFiMAN, they are a company founded by Dr. Fang Bian in 2007. I haven’t had any experience before this about their DAPs and IEMs, but I really do like their planar magnetic headphones, especially the HE-6 and HE-500. I’m gonna be...
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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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