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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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Terrific Entry Level Bluetooth IEM

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Pros: Sounds Nice, Aesthetics

Cons: Battery, Connection

First of all I’d like to thank Audrey from Brainwavz for sending me a pair of the BLU-100 for me to review. To be honest, before I was notified of the BLU I hadn’t even heard of it before. It is indeed a new addition to the Brainwavz lineup and it is very much in an entry level price point, being priced at an attractive $50 ($40 on Amazon), making it more affordable and accessible to people who may be looking for a new IEM. Brainwavz have always been a brand which I have associated with bringing good sound quality at a reasonable price and I hoped that their newest venture would impress me like some of their other models did.   What sets this model apart from all the other previous...
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Solid Portable DAC/Amp

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Pros: Looks Great, Functionality

Cons: Sounds Mediocre

First of all I would like to thank H20Fidelity for including me on the Cozoy tour, very much appreciated. When I first saw this, I thought that it looked very impressive indeed – small and slick looking. Smaller than many USBs and something that you can easily just clip onto your pocket. Very appealing indeed. I won’t pretend to know anything, or even have heard of Cozoy before this tour, it’s not a brand that is often discussed on Head-Fi. The Astrapi certainly is near perfect in terms of appearance!     Moving onto the packaging, it comes in an Apple style box and while minimal, looks very nice. I comes with an Android cable, an Apple cable and a charging cable. Maybe a...
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Meelectronics A151P 2nd Generation & M6 Pro Review

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Pros: Excellent Sound Quality, Price

Cons: See Review

Meelectronics A151P MKII & M6 Pro Review Let me start off by saying a huge thanks to Mike from Meelectronics for sending me the M6 Pro and A151P 2nd Gen to review. From now on, I will simply them as the M6 and A151P respectively, but please don’t confuse them for the original M6 and A151. The A151P is an earphone that I have reviewed a while ago and I remember that I really enjoyed it after a brief transition period where I got used to the sound. The M6 on the other hand, is something that I have never heard before so I cannot give any comparisons to the normal M6 unfortunately.   With the original A151P being one of the most impressive $50 IEMs I had heard at the time, I...
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Meelectronics M6 Pro & A151P 2nd Generation Review

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Pros: Sound, Price, Accessories

Cons: See Review

Meelectronics A151P MKII & M6 Pro Review Let me start off by saying a huge thanks to Mike from Meelectronics for sending me the M6 Pro and A151P 2nd Gen to review. From now on, I will simply them as the M6 and A151P respectively, but please don’t confuse them for the original M6 and A151. The A151P is an earphone that I have reviewed a while ago and I remember that I really enjoyed it after a brief transition period where I got used to the sound. The M6 on the other hand, is something that I have never heard before so I cannot give any comparisons to the normal M6 unfortunately.   With the original A151P being one of the most impressive $50 IEMs I had heard at the time, I was...
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Excellent Portable Headphone

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Pros: Sound, Build, Design, Accessories

Cons: Quite Expensive

I must admit, until recently, I was not aware of the Master and Dynamic brand. I had heard about them on the forums, but never really read anything about them. Their recent model MH40 is their current flagship and retails for $400 in the US. Master & Dynamic themselves are a New York based audio company which offers a range of premium headphones targeted towards both the masses and audiophile world.     From what I gather, the MH40 is a model that was put out very recently, a little over half a year ago. With technology moving forward rapidly, it was certainly very interesting to see just what a company that is relatively new to the audio scene can bring to the table....
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Nice Offering From FAD That Stands Out From The Crowd

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Pros: Nicely Balanced Sound, Mids, Soundstage, Looks Great!

Cons: Microphonic, Lack Of Cable Clip

Final Audio Design is a relatively new company to the IEM scene, with them releasing their first models in 2009. They are a Japanese company, with their roots extending back to 1974 where they first made high-end MC cartridges and booster transformers. The model that I will be reviewing today is their Heaven IV, which is the second cheapest model in their Heaven IEM series, the most basic one being the Heaven II.           FAD has always been a brand that has constantly caught my eye, but I have not had many experiences with them. I have auditioned their FI-BA-SS model several times and always been impressed in the way that it presents the midrange. I was...
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Another Excellent Offering From Dunu

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Pros: Sound Quality, Balanced Tone, Good All Rounder

Cons: Isolation

First I would like to thank Vivian for sending me a Titan 1 to review. Dunu is a brand that has crept into the IEM market with their multiple budget IEMs and their DN-1000 and 2000, both of which I have reviewed. Both of the models I have tried were on the bass heavy side with a crisp and sweet midrange and well balanced treble. The Titan 1 is a model that they have released recently and is a very unique design.       Dunu’s TWFK hybrids have been praised extensively by many members and they have grown on me tremendously. I had no reason to suspect that the Titan 1 was going to be any different, but keep in mind that those were hybrids whereas the Titan 1 has a single...
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Great Presentation, Tuning Needs Some Work

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Pros: Build Quality, Cable, Remote, Attention to Detail, Customer Service

Cons: Unfortunately Sound is Bad

RHA is a relatively new company to audio and one that I am somewhat familiar with, having reviewed their previous flagship, the MA750 a while ago. They are an audio company in the UK and I have always been a fan of their IEM designs for the admittedly short period that I have been aware of them. Truth is that I hadn’t heard of RHA before the MA750, but they have certainly grown quite a bit in the Head-Fi community and have been getting much more notice than previously.       Just to bring up the previous RHA product that I have reviewed, I found the MA750 to be a very competent IEM, offering deliciously bassy yet controlled sound at a very reasonable price. The build...
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Rather Neutral Headphone At An Attractive Price

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Pros: Quite Neutral, Accessories, Value

Cons: Slightly Bass Light

Brainwavz HM5 Review     The Brainwavz HM5 is a headphone that I have been very intrigued about for quite a long time. I have heard the FA-003 and some other headphones that use the same driver many times and always felt like it had something that really made it stand out. There was always something special and particularly appealing to me when I listened to it and I was curious whether Brainwavz’s version would be any different and hopefully better with their HM5 pads that come in both velour and pleather.   Founded in 2008, Brainwavz has had quite a bit of experience in audio and they have come out with many new products recently, all of which have been rather...
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