Head Gear Reviews by alphaphoenix
  1. BTG-Audio Sunrise CIEM cable

    5.00 star(s)
    For nearly the price the Westone Epic cable (retail $50-60), it cannot compare to the quality and craftsmanship of BTG-Audio Sunrise CIEM cable.  The quality is on par to the very high end CIEM cables from Whiplash and ALO audio, but a much better value.  I highly recommend this cable and Brian's customer service.
  2. Livewires Trips Review

    5.00 star(s)
    So far, up until now, I've never owned true customs IEM.  I have owned three universal reshells (UE triplefi10 twice, and Klipsch Custom 3 once), but I'm on the fence that a true custom is born from a specific sound signature developed by the company/brand that is repeatable in every custom build regardless of the wearer's ear anatomy.   Let's get started... For weeks, I pondered on high end customs like the UM Miracles, Westone ES5, Atrio mg6pro, and the Heir 3.A and JH5 at the low end.  I admit that I was very hesitant spending that much money...
  3. JVC/Victor FX700

    4.00 star(s)
    I've owned these incredible IEM's twice.  The bass and extreme details these beautiful things pick up in music is mind blowing.  I've made comments about these sounding close to my RS2.  The materials and quality is top notch.  It's younger brother, the FX500 was part of my "Got Wood" posse, but was sold because I found the mids lacking.  The FX700 remedies all the deficiencies of the FX500 and takes the bass the FX500 is known for and cleans it up and makes it sound more impacting.  The mids flowed like butter and the micro details, well, has pretty...
  4. Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9 Sovereign Wood Headphones

    3.00 star(s)
    This can is one of my short lived ownership.  With the 1/8 tip, it's clear these are targeted for portables and most likely with the iPods when they first came out.     I had these for 5 days and became the second owner where the first owner had at least 100 hours on them, but they looked new when I received it.  I was wowed by the construction and wood cups.  On top of that they are pretty comfortable.     However, listening to my 5th Gen iPod with this can didn't wow me one bit.  It was plain and boring, and although much better than the...
  5. HEAD-DIRECT RE0 In-ear Headphones

    4.50 star(s)
    I was lucky and grabbed these from another head-fier for $40.  I've owned many IEM's during my head-fi roller coaster ride.  I believe the only top tier universal IEM's I have not had the pleasure of owning is the UE triplefi10 and Ortofon E-Q7.  Throw the RE0 in the mix and is clear, I mean clear that this $79 retail IEM can play with the best in most areas and exceeds in others.    Similar to the review, if you're a basshead, stay far away from these.  However, if you fancied the Phonak PFE and was wowed by their clarity and detail, the RE0...