Head Gear Reviews by AzimAkbar
  1. Soundmagic E80 in-ear monitor headphone

    5.00 star(s)
    I still have Soundmagic E10M which I bought many years ago. It still sound phenomenally good and overall it only few notch lower in overall sound quality when compared to my current favourite Audio-Technica CKR9LTD, Onkyo E700M and Audio-Technica CKX9. So it is just natural for me to get this current Soundmagic in-ear flagship the E80. They has 3 variant E80 without volume/mic like I have on this review. The other 2 versions are E80C with volume control/mic and E80S with mic/single button remote control. I prefer one without volume control/mic unless...
  2. Xiaomi Mi Hybrid Pro HD

    4.50 star(s)
    Xiaomi released their first hybrid about 1 years ago. They are extremely cheap but most reviews said that sound quality is not the strong point for the 1st gen Mi hybrid. Then Mi Hybrid pro released late last year with just slight increase in price. Of course I am interested but the arrival of ultra excellent Onkyo E700M has keep me engaged and entertained well until I decided to purchase this Mi hybrid pro from Gearbest on 6/1/2016. It arrived yesterday and I immediately put it in burn in station. It has more than 30 hours of burn in period up until...
  3. Onkyo E700M In-ear headphones Black with microphone

    5.00 star(s)
    I bought this Onkyo E700M during 11.11 sale on Aliexpress for 48USD. Maybe no big money for many people but for me anything above 40USD can be considered fairly expensive. It only came with M size ear tip and hard case with Rillipac brand (Aliexpress seller). The cable is the most striking feature for this earphone. It looks good but unfortunately there is no strain reliever on housing or on jack. So have to really careful when storing the earphone inside the case. Or perhaps I will put some silicone on my own as a DIY strain reliever. Both...
  4. MIFA M1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker and Built-in Microphone Stereo Rock Sound

    4.50 star(s)
    I bought this Mifa M1 from Gearbest for 23USD. Mifa made a claim that this M1 model is one of the smallest stereo bluetooth speaker in the world. I have no idea if this claim is true but it definitely pocketable in my large pant. Inside the box; 1. Mifa M1 2. Yellow coloured microUSB charging cable 3. Manual book and warranty card Against my fully featured Audiobox Bluetooth speaker Back of Mifa M1. Charging port and microSD slot covered with rubber flap Rubber flap flipped up to reveal reset hole, microUSB charging port and microSD card slot...
  5. JBL Reflect Mini In-Ear Sport Wired Headphones, Red

    4.50 star(s)
    I bought BNIB JBL Synchros reflect (original version) and used it as my main sport earphone especially when I use armband for my smartphones. It has excellent sound quality and very comfortable and secure while doing exercise. This year I saw this JBL Synchros reflect mini and attracted to its small size. I bought this Reflect mini from Ebay seller ; seagogo from China that claim selling an original JBL reflect mini without any accessories. All for 32USD including normal shipping. It arrived 3 days ago and has more than 50 hours of burn in period...
  6. ONN X5 Hi-Fi Professional Lossless Music Mp3 Player 8gb Mp4 Media Player Color silver white

    4.00 star(s)
    I bought Onn X5 from Ebay for 43USD. Initially I have my eye on Xuelin Ihifi 770 which cost 78 USD on Aliexpress. But at same time I want to buy Audio-technica ckr9ltd for 46USD {Aliexpress}. So in the end I bought Onn X5 and Ckr9ltd. Best decision so far. Of course I expect the Xuelin will be a better player than X5. Wolfson chip, bigger battery, more buttons. But together the X5 and ckr9ltd made an excellent combination. Design ; So far so good. I paired it with Topping NX2 and new audio cable from AliExpress. Not sure how the cable is giving any...
  7. Audio-Technica ATH CKR9 LTD

    5.00 star(s)
    I bought this ckr9ltd from AliExpress for 47USD, less than the usual 120USD RRP. Few fellow buyer with original ckr9ltd claimed that this is a real deal. I have no problem whatsoever to believe that despite the extremely "low" price. Actually it can't even be considered as cheap as this is my second highest price earphone after the BNIB Audio-technica IM50 which I bought for 60USD. Beautiful in red and gold. This is the most striking and beautiful earphone that I ever have. Double flange tip, nothing less. From 2 different earphone one is from...
  8. audio-technica Dynamic Sealed Canal Earphone SOLID BASS ATH-CKS990

    4.50 star(s)
    I bought this Cks990 through Aliexpress for 32USD.Official Amazon price at USD130++. Has been using it extensively for last 3 weeks with total burn in period of over 100 hours. Are they original Audio-technica product. I don't know. I does look and feel like an expensive earphone. Does it sound good? no. Because it sounds excellent :D. I only have one brand new in box {BNIB} Audio-technica product which is the IM50. I bought it at full price of USD60, just for comparison purpose when I bought earphone from AliExpress. So far it has done it job...
  9. Moxpad X90 Hifi Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 Dual Driver In Ear Earphone for Sport Running With Studio Music Blue

    4.50 star(s)
    Bought this Moxpad X90 on 24th February, arrived on 5th April so just 10 days from AliExpress China. Initially I wanted to wait for 29th February sale, but somehow on 24th one seller has this X90 for just 17USD (normal price now 22USD). This was my first ever bluetooth headset from AliExpress. The only other sport bluetooth headset I currently own is Avantree Jogger Pro which I bought many years ago, but didn't like it. Simply because of lacklustre sound quality and difficulty to pair it with smartphone. Small blue box about 10cm height. Only come...
  10. Easy Earphone LZ-Z03A The Honeybadger of small IEMs

    4.50 star(s)
    I have this earphone for more than one month, but somehow I was very hesitant to write a review. Why? Because I almost make a conclusion that this LZ-Z03A is inferior to my other excellent budget earphone like Boarseman CX98 and Rock Zircon. Out of the box it sound so average and very unimpressive. That was expected, so it goes to burn in station. After 20 hours nothing happens. After 40 hours the bass slightly tighten up and treble become more prominent. After about 60 hours I finally concluded that it probably has reached its potential. All the...
  11. TOPPING NX2 Ultra Slim Portable Audio Amplifier Headphone Earphone Amplifier, with USB DAC

    4.00 star(s)
    I bought Topping NX2 through Ebay for 42USD. It arrived from China to Malaysia in 3 week which is quite fast considering most of my other shipment from China usually took 4-6 weeks. As usual they provide accessories like mini USB charger, short 3.5mm male to male jack, 5 pairs of round Velcro and 2 stacking band. First impression; it's housing is smaller than I ever imagined. Pictured above with one of my smartphone Samsung Galaxy S advance (2012) which has 4 inch screen.The housing itself was made with metal. There is some small gap at the top...
  12. Rock Rau0501 In-Ear Monitors

    4.50 star(s)
    Bought this from local online shop Lazada Malaysia. But shipping still from China so it just arrived 3 days ago after 1 month in transit. I paid RM40 or about 9.5USD about the same price if I buy from Aliexpress. After I tried for short time to confirm both channel working it went straight to burn in station.So far it has more than 50 hours of burn in period. Should be enough because there is not much difference from the sound out of box.     Excellent material used here. Housing made of black ceramic (real zircon ceramic?). The nozzle are...
  13. UiiSii HM7 Earphones

    4.50 star(s)
    This is the 2nd earphone I bought purely from excellent review by Igor Eisberg of Audiobudget website. I bought it from Aliexpress for 8USD. They are still on transit somewhere. Today I have a chance to make a window shopping and tried out few earphones in my local electronic mall in Low Yat Plaza, Kuala Lumpur. They are selling mainly a lower end earphone and some midrange earphone that cost up to about 120USD. Fairly affordable I must say. The most expensive that I tried was Denon C100 Urban Raver, about 90USD RRP. Some excellent low end earphone...
  14. Boarseman CX98

    4.00 star(s)
    Who is Boarseman? I don't know. I read good reviews on KZ HDS1 here. I have KZ ATE which is quite good for a very low price. So I made so research on the net on HDS1.So one of the link brought me to Mr Igor Eisberg's Audiobudget website. Pretty extensive collection of dirt cheap China branded and made earphone. By budget it means that all the earphones featured and reviewed on this Audiobudget are priced 20USD and lower. Some goes as low as 6USD. So it is a heaven for people looking for a fairly good earphone on a budget. Many people including me...
  15. KZ ATE In-Ear Monitors

    4.00 star(s)
    I ordered KZ ATE on late November 2015 base on the hype citing that KZ ATE is one of the best earphone from KZ stable.  Almost all (or all?)  available reviews on the net indicated on how good or excellent this KZ ATE.  Most of the reviewer with multiple KZ earphones just swear that this is definitely one of the best earphone from KZ stable and some even claim that it can rival sound quality of other earphone costing 50-100USD range or more.  I definitely have few earphone within that price range so I am excited to compare how this 8USD earphone...
  16. CHMI-0060 bywofa9y83k Original Xiaomi 1more Earphone,Xiaomi and The Voice of China title sponsorship,Bass Piston Headphone 6xene3ki for Xiaomi iPhone

    4.00 star(s)
    I bought this Xiaomi 1more Voice of China on 11 November flash sale for 19.60 USD. Usual price is around 25USD from Aliexpress. They arrived about 1 week ago. So the earphone has already more than 30 hours of burn in period. On arrival I am really impressed with the retail box and available accessories. As usual it come with M size tip fixed on nozzle with 3 more different tip in the box. It also come with unique metal design shirt clip. Anyway I decided not to use the provided shirt clip and use a generic plastic shirt clip from Aliexpress also. The...
  17. Audio Technica Sonic Fuel ATH-CKX9 In-Ear Headphones, Black

    4.50 star(s)
    This is my latest purchase from yet another Aliexpress adventure. I bought this CKX9 about 3 weeks ago and just arrived 2 days ago. I called it adventure because there are 2 or 3 sellers currently selling CKX9 and CKX9is and yet apparently I am the only one that made the purchase. So there is no comment whatsoever about the product from those sellers in Aliexpress. For 29USD I don't expect any fake earphone from those sellers. For replica or poor copy usually accessory shops will sell them at around 6-7USD, so for 29USD this is already considered a...
  18. Audio-Technica Balanced Armature type Inner Ear Monitor Headphones Gold ATH-CKB50 GD

    4.50 star(s)
    Written originally in http://www.head-fi.org/t/738635/new-audio-technica-iems-ckr7ltd-ckr9ltd-ckb50-ckb70/30 thread on 4th September 2015. Silly me because I just found out how to add new item for review,  discussion purpose.    I bought the CKB50 through Aliexpress for just 26USD, free shipping. They described it as original CKB50 and even blurred out the AT logo. Just received it 2 days ago of course without original box, just come with extra 4 pairs of silicone tip. I have Sony XBA10 as my sole balanced armature earphone before this so I am...
  19. SONY MDR-EX650 T Inner ear Headphones Brass brown

    4.50 star(s)
    Another adventure in Aliexpress has made me found this absolute gem. The EX650 just arrived today and it is a version with single button with mic on left side. I paid 22USD ,free shipping. The actual price in most store is around 60USD BNIB. I have tried this EX650 in Sony Store before and really like what I heard. But for 60USD it is pretty expensive for me. So when I found this EX650 on Aliexpress,I never hesitate to buy it. 1st impression - no doubt, this Aliexpress EX650 looks and sounds like original. The closest sound signature that I heard...
  20. JBL Synchros Reflect In-Ear Sport Headphones With Android Control (Black)

    4.50 star(s)
    Just received my JBL synchros reflect (wired version) with Android control button. Bought it from American seller; from_wow in Ebay which advertised it as "like new, still in retail package". Received it in just 10 days after payment. Truly speedy delivery thanks man. For your information I have tried JBL synchros reflect (bluetooth) before and I am truly impressed with its sound quality. So this wired version has exactly similar sound quality. So just a matter of preference -wired or bluetooth. For me I prefered a wired version since it has almost...
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