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Reviews by: lin0003

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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A Great Budget Headphone

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Pros: Bass, Midrange, Price/Performance Ratio, Quite Comfortable

Cons: Slightly Rolled Of Treble, Not Many Accessories

Noontec is a relatively new audio company and are quite well known for their Zoro line. Previously they had been making media players and other stuff but as far as I know, the Zoro is their first headphone.  When I first read that their company was based in China and what it looked like, I immediately thought that it was a crappy Beats Solo HD (sounds atrocious) copy and lost interest. It wasn’t until I was looking on Head-Fi and the internet that I ran across Tyll’s Innerfidelity review which was rather positive. Overall best headphone under $100? I just had to give this a try. This was burnt in for around 100 hours before review and no change was detected. Sorry for not taking my...
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Almost Perfection

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Pros: Overall Sound Quality, Good Build Quality, Great Detail Retrieval

Cons: Un-useful Cases, Very Plain Packaging

Astrotec seems to be a relatively new company to join the higher end IEM business and when I was offered an opportunity to borrow the AX-60 for a week for me to give my impressions, I jumped at the chance. I enjoyed that a lot that I was prepared to buy it, until I walked into the Noisy Motel and Billy showed me the AX-7, the model under the AX-60. I listened to it and I was shocked, in a good way.   Anyway, at the start of the year I was using a Brainwavz B2 that was absolutely terrible but I had gotten used to it back then and thought that it was pretty good. As many of you know, the B2 is based on the infamous TWFK design, which is known for a particularly hot treble. After that...
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Excellent DAP That Punches Well Above Its Price Point

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Pros: Lovely Sound, Nice Box, 15 Hours of Battery Life, USB OTG, User Replaceable Battery

Cons: Back Scratches Easily

The DX50 from iBasso Audio does seem like a direct competitor to the hugely popular Astell & Kern AK100 and the high value Fiio X3. Released at a price point of $239, it is slightly more than the X3, but much less than the price of the AK100. As you probably know, all three DAPs are based around the same Wolfson 8740 DAC chip and while some people believe that what matters is the implementation of the chip, I had previously believed that the DAC chip played a larger role – until I heard the DX50. Almost every DAC/DAP that I have heard which uses a Wolfson has sounded warm, but this doesn’t sound warm at all, but very neutral, leaning a bit towards the brighter side.   Girls...
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Exceptional IEM

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Pros: Fast Bass, Nice Mids, A Lot Of Accessories, Build Quality, Detachable Cable

Cons: Isolation, Bright Treble

First of all, I’d like to thank Mach3 (Peter) for generously lending me his Sony EX1000s. I am not affiliated nor against Sony in any way.   Introduction Sony needs no introduction to the audio world and I’m sure that a lot of you would have heard Sony EX1000 as Sony’s previous flagship IEM. The Sony EX IEM line has been replaced with the newer XBA line, which many, including me believe is inferior to the EX line. The new Sony flagship, the XBA-4 has a dark sound signature while the EX1000 has a bright sound. This is now discontinued I believe, but they can still be bought. Sorry for the bad photo quality   Testing Gear & Accessories All testing was made...
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Big Bassy IEM, Great Bang For The Buck

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Pros: Sound, Nice Case & Accessories, Very Comfortable For Me, Exceptional Customer Service, Easy To Use Cable

Cons: No Cable Slider, No Cable Clip, May Come Off As Dark

First of all, I'd like to thank Jack Fu of HiSound Audio for sending me a E212 for review. I am in no way affiliated nor against HiSound Audio in any way and I will try my best to give my unbiased opinions. These were given 100 hours of burn in, in which I feel like the E212 has improved dramatically. However, this can be just my ears getting used to the sound. Tested with my HDP-R10, Sansa Clip+, Fiio E6 and my SGS3.      Design, Accessories & Unboxing Sure, this is a budget minded $50 pair of IEMs, but HiSound does everything that it can to make this look like a $100 IEM. Most IEMs in this price range just come with a a few pairs of tips but this has a very nice...
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Awesome Earbuds, Best I've Heard Under $100

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Pros: Sound, Nice Case & Accessories, Very Comfortable For Me, Exceptional Customer Service

Cons: Annoying Cable, Not So Great Build Quality

First, I'd like to thank Jack Fu of HiSound Audio for sending me a review sample of the PAA-1 Pro and the E212. It was certainly very generous of him to send multiple units to so many people. I am in no way affiliated with HiSound Audio and this will be a completely non biased review. Tested with my HDP-R10, Sansa Clip+ and SGS3 international version. More on amping later. I have burnt these in for a while now, but not for the 100 hours that HiSound recommends. I will change the review if I feel like the sound changes after burn in but others have not noticed much if any change after burn in.      Design, Accessories & Unboxing Being a vented earbud, there is...
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The best IEM I've heard under $1000

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Pros: Bass, Treble, Soundstage & Presentation, Build Quality and Customisation

Cons: Slightly Recessed Mids and Not Neutral

Before writing this review, I would like to thank Charles for generously sending out multiple IEMs and amplifiers for us to try and review. Charles is also one of the friendliest and most responsive guys that I have met in the audio world and often responds to emails in a few minutes. This is something that I take into account when buying any product, especially one at this price. I am in no way affiliated with nor against Rhapsodio in any way so these are my own, unbiased opinions on the Rhapsodio RDB v1 IEM.   Introduction Rhapsodio is a relatively new company to the audio world and they’ve already caused quite a stir on Head-Fi with their interesting products which have been...
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