Head Gear Reviews by Army-Firedawg
  1. Meze Audio Empyrean

    4.50 star(s)
    To date I’ve a very fond appreciation towards Meze products. I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing 3 iems, 2 of which I see that they no longer offer, those 2 being the 11 Neo and 12 Classics respectively and their flagship, the Rai Penta. Their over ear model 99 Classics even won my Product of the Year award back in 2016 with how much they impressed me. Fast forward 4 years and I was given the honor of being invited to take part in a tour they established to review their flagship product, the $3,000 behemoth, Meze Empyrean also known as the highest...
  2. Audiofly AF240

    3.00 star(s)
    After recently coming off reviewing one of their newest products, the AF180mk2 iem, they asked if I would be interested in reviewing another one of their products; an over ear model titled the AF240. Being quite interested in their sound and wanting to hear more from them I very happily agreed. Additionally, a subscriber of mine commented on the AF180mk2 video about how they loved their own personal AF240’s and was interested in what I thought of them, so that coincidence worked out beautifully. But with that introduction out of the way, allow me to...
  3. HIFIMAN Jade II Electrostatic Headphone and Amplifier

    4.00 star(s)
    For as long as I’ve been into this spiraling hobby, electrostats always come up in conversation as a top tier option to strive for. Recently I was finally able to listen to the legendary Stax SR-009 (paired with equally infamous gear) and immediately understood what made them special. Sadly, that was the end of my experience, the audio meet. Until Hifiman allowed me to take part in their Jade 2 tour. Finally, after being able to experience an extended listening period, using my music and equipment, I understand what makes not only electrostats but...
  4. AudioFly AF180 MK2

    4.00 star(s)
    One of the coolest things about being a product reviewer is having the ability to be introduced to companies and products that otherwise is highly likely one wouldn’t have. One of those is the company in which I’m reviewing a product for this week and that’s Audiofly and their AF180mk2 iem. After having them for 2 weeks, I have really found them to be an interesting iem and company with a sound signature that was new to me. But allow me to share my thoughts on that a little more specifically if I may? The Opening Experience Construction...
  5. Cayin YB04

    5.00 star(s)
    *To me at least, the format isn't showing my full review (even the HIGHLY shortened and edited one I had to post here thanks to Head-Fi's new 10k character limit). I have posted my full, unedited, review on the Cayin YB-04 forum page here.* *Yes, I'm sure you've noticed but I used the wrong form of through in my video cover. Didn't even realize I did it until obviously too late. Oh well. We'll have a laugh at it together.* The Opening Experience
  6. Cayin N6ii

    4.50 star(s)
    The Opening Experience Construction I’m not really a Chevy fan but the old time commercial and song “Like A Rock” comes to mind when I’m holding the Cayin N6ii. Not only does this piece of art feel like a rock with its size but it also has the weight to join it. I rarely find myself saying this with DAP’s, and I adamantly do not recommend trying it, but in a worst case scenario and you were to drop the N6ii, I’ve a good feeling of confidence that the DAP would be just fine, especially if you’ve it placed inside its...
  7. Effect Audio Vogue Series

    4.00 star(s)
    It’s not too often that I get to experience what an aftermarket cable can do to a products sound, there’s just not an opportunity to try them out on the gear I have. So when Effect Audio put forth a tour showcasing their new Vogue line of iem cables I definitely had to put my name in the basket because I even own their Eres II cable and greatly love it. Believe me, during my 4ish years of showing my ugly mug on YouTube doing reviews I hear both sides um *cough cough* passionate debates on their feelings of cables being snake oil vs actually improving...
  8. HiFiMan RE2000

    3.00 star(s)
    Hifiman is one of those companies that isn’t afraid to push boundaries of price when it comes to their products; and their newest flagship offering, RE2000 (silver), is no exception at $1,500 ($2,000 for the 24k gold version). Though an iem costing $1,500 is something I’m not unfamiliar with, from memory, I can’t think of any that I’ve personally experienced that only utilize a single driver. I’ve now had these beauties for a week now and would like to share my thoughts and impressions of them with you. The Opening Experience...
  9. Meze Audio Rai Penta

    4.00 star(s)
    Since my first experience with Meze and their 99 Classic headphones I have found every product that they offer to hit a wonderful sweet spot for my ears. The warmth and musicality that I experience with Meze had rapidly shot them to the forefront of my personal favorite company’s. Now, they’ve entered the summit class iem category with their Rai Penta, or Heaven/Paradise’s 5 (5 drivers). Some rather big words to have the product to live up to and I was quite excited to take the reigns of putting them to the test. The Opening Experience...
  10. Auris Euterpe

    3.50 star(s)
    Been awhile since I’ve made an appearance in the review scene and what better way to come back after an extended hiatus than with a product such as this wonderfully sophisticated looking Auris Euterpe (pronounced you-turp)? Before I jump into the review, allow me to give a heartfelt thanks to my friend Mshenay for bringing this product to my attention to review. The Opening Experience I was given this unit in a generic box after an audio meet. Therefore I will not include thoughts or review of the unboxing because I was unable to...
  11. HIFIMAN HE6se

    4.00 star(s)
    To start off with a disclaim, I have never been able to hold or see in person the original HE-6 so I am unable to provide any comparisons to the original and updated version both in terms of construction and sound. It’s not often that you come across a headphone that openly advertises how absurdly difficult it is to drive. Traditionally, headphones strive to me easier and easier to power, and in some cases, can be driven quite efficiently through a cellular device. But that is certainly not the case with the Hifiman HE-6 and it’s newest revision...
  12. Dudios Zeus Ace

    5.00 star(s)
    After the annual winter-early spring dry spell, leave it do my friends at Dudios/SoundPeats to save the drought with one of their newest offerings, the Dudios Zeus Ace. If that name sounds familiar to you then it should. I reviewed their original Dudios Zeus last year and still, to this day, utilize it as my primary workout iem because how great it is. So how does the newest and coolest “true wireless” version perform? Is it a worthy upgrade or a different flavor of the same ice cream? The Opening Experience The unboxing’s of Dudios...
  13. RHA CL2 Planar

    4.50 star(s)
    An awesome technology that, at least to me, has infinite potential is the planar magnetic genre. Before now, I’ve only experienced them in full sized headphones and have always been interested in hearing them in other applications, namely the iem. Thanks to RHA, my time has come with their RHA CL2 planar magnetic iem. Coming off the high praise and recommendations of their ever popular T10 and T20 models, to say I was overjoyed to try out their top end model would be an understatement. So how did my first experience with not only a RHA product but...
  14. BlitzWolf BW-HP1

    4.00 star(s)
    I must say, 2018 has been a fun year for me, strictly speaking from the reviewing standpoint it has been a year of discovery. Several different companies and brands have reached out to me requesting for me to review a new product of there’s and I’m definitely glad I did because I’ve found many new product that have earned more spotlight than they are getting. And this reigns true with BlitzWolf and most specifically their BW-HP1 headphone they sent me. And just as a teaser for the rest of the review, if you’re a fan of the Beats sound but don’t want...
  15. SoundPEATS A2

    3.50 star(s)
    Freshly coming off their quite impressive price/quality earbuds I was delighted to try out their over ear A2 model and see just how it compares. I’ve said it many of times but the sub $100 range of audio products are, in my personal opinion, the most competitive of any others so I like to see these do something that makes them stand out from the rest. So how about the Soundpeats A2? Well, allow me to explain my thoughts during my time with them. The Opening Experience For the most part I found that the unboxing experience with...
  16. Blitzwold FYE-1

    4.00 star(s)
    I find it extremely flattering when a company I’ve done a review for in the past reaches out to me again later on to do another review on one of their new products. As such is the case with Blitzwolf and their new BW-FYE-1 true wireless earbuds. So without further adieu, allow me to share my thoughts on the FYE-1 true wireless earbuds. [/SPOILER] The Opening Experience The external box is exactly what I personally LOVE seeing products have, almost nothing. This beautiful, simplified look, to me, tells the listener that the...
  17. Bowers & Wilkins P9 Premium Headphones, Brown

    4.00 star(s)
    The flagship of the Bowers & Wilkins headphones is a product I’ve been wanting to hear ever since I first read about it on a Head-Fi teaser post a few years ago because their P7 headphone has been a staple of mine for several years now and I’ve come to truly love their original sound. Though since the release of their “series 2” I personally don’t care too much for I’ve still yearned to hear what their best is. Fast forward to a few weeks ago and I felt like stopping into my local Magnolia store to hear what speakers they had for audition. Among them...
  18. SoundPEATS Q32 TWS

    3.50 star(s)
    Freshly coming off the review of the incredibly strong performance of the Dudios Zeus, comes a similar product from their sister company Soundpeats and their true wireless Q32 model. This product, I thought, was just going to be a copy of the Zeus model minus the cable but nope. This is most certainly its own trail blazer and what better time to test an iem and put it through its paces than the 2 weeks of training I had recently? So without further adieu, allow me to share my thoughts on my time with the Soundpeats Q32 true wireless iems...
  19. iFi Audio xDSD

    4.00 star(s)
    This review has been edited to correct my mistake I made in about the Features section of the combi. I was able to try the unit out again for a few days and correctly utilized the wireless mode I had such an issue with originally. The rest of the review was correct. During my few years I’ve been reviewing audio products, there’s been a few brands that I’ve had the honor of coming to both learn about and listen to several of their products and consistently be impressed with. One of those such brands is iFi. It seems that every product that I’ve...
  20. Empire Ears Bravado

    4.00 star(s)
    It’s incredible how fast companies will phase in and out not just products, but entire lineups. Way back when I first started doing reviews Empire Ears (then still under the name Earwerkz) contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of their newest product offerings in not only their new product lineup but also under their new Empire Ears name. Fast forward to today and the Olympus lineup is all but extinct, minus the Spartan and Zeus-XR now referred to as the “legacy series.” So to say I’ve been interested to hear all the...
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