Head Gear Reviews by B9Scrambler
  1. Moondrop SSR Super Starship Reference Review

    4.50 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we're checking out an earphone that I was very excited to receive, the SSR, or Super Spaceship Reference. That second S for 'Spaceship' is why I was so pumped to review the SSR. The original Spaceship was one of my favourite purchases in 2019 and served as a near perfect daily driver for my listening needs. Small, comfy, and with a level of sound quality that belied the very low price tag. It reminded me of the sort of hidden gems I'd find back when I first dove into the hobby when Chinese hi-fi products were just starting to build...
  2. Hidizs MS1-Rainbow

    3.50 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we are checking out the MS1 – Rainbow from Hidizs. Hidizs has been around since 2009 and successfully released their first digital audio player (DAP), the AP100, in 2014. While best known for their DAPs, in 2019 they expanded their product portfolio to include earphones under the 'Mermaid' moniker; MS1 and MS4. While I never had the chance to try them out, they seemed to be generally well-received in reviews and forums. The MS1 - Rainbow under investigation today is a more budget friendly take on the original MS1, eschewing the...
  3. Astrotec Phoenix

    4.00 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we're checking out Astrotec's newest flagship, the Phoenix. Their previous flagship, the Delphinus5 equipped with five Knowles armatures per side, was and still is one of my favourite earphones. It is one of the most neutral and flat sounding reference products I've heard, all the while looking fantastic in the process and being comfortable to boot. Still, the way it was tuned was certainly not for everyone. The Phoenix, with it's hybrid dynamic/electrostatic setup, has a sound that is much more exciting and widely appealing. Add...
  4. FiiO FA9

    4.50 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we’re checking out something truly special, that being the flagship for FiiO’s armature-only lineup, the FA9. While probably best known for their amps, dacs, and DAPs, FiiO has been humming along nicely with their earphone releases. Single dynamic, hybrids, and armature-only models abound. The FA9 is their new armature only flagship with some features that help set it apart from other products in the price range, like the use of all-Knowles armatures (one of which was custom designed for FiiO), a unique 80.6mm long sound tube, and...
  5. FiiO M3 Pro

    4.00 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we’re checking out a new digital audio player (DAP) from FiiO, the M3 Pro. The M3 series has been a staple in FiiO’s budget DAP lineup for a few years now, seeing two versions prior to the Pro model we’re checking out today. First there was the M3 in 2016, the M3K in 2018, and now the M3 Pro here in 2020. Each update has improved the specs and updated the interface with the M3 Pro culminating in the most advanced and modern feeling M3 to date. I’ve been using this DAP daily since the end of April, testing it with a variety of...
  6. Moondrop Spaceship

    4.50 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we're checking out one of Moondrop's most affordable products, the micro-dynamic equipped Spaceship. Moondrop is a brand that has skyrocketed in popularity among forum goers thanks to their excellent performance per dollar products and unique Anime girl packaging. The Spaceship was my first experience with one of their products and immediately cemented them as a brand worth following. After all, not many brands can tune a 6mm dynamic this well, nor do they commonly install them in uber compact, chromed brass housings. Let's take a...
  7. KBEAR KB04

    4.00 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we're checking out KB EAR's inexpensive follow up to the Diamond, the KB04. KB EAR is still a young brand but they've been aggressively pursuing the budget market. They've become a sponsor on Head-fi, tune around feedback provided by prominent tuners in the community, and pull in popular reviewers for that much more exposure. If their products sucked, none of that would work in their favour. Despite some early teething problems, they seem to have found their stride and along with the Diamond, the KB04 is a competitive offering in...
  8. DUNU DK-3001 Pro

    4.50 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we're checking out something special; Dunu's DK-3001 Pro. Back in 2017 Dunu released the original DK-3001 to positive fanfare. While I never had the chance to try out that model, looking back on old reviews it seems much of the original's DNA remains, although with the Pro Dunu has reworked the concept. Along with the addition of an extra armature bringing the total number of drivers to four armatures and one dynamic per side, they also applied a number of tweaks and refinements to both the physical design and auditory experience...
  9. HIFIMAN DEVA

    4.50 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we're checking out a new planar magnetic headphone from a brand that specializes in the technology, the Hifiman DEVA. While Hifiman has released plenty of relatively inexpensive planar headphones over the years, the DEVA represents Hifiman's recent shift towards affordably addressing the wireless market. Previous models to address this audience were the full-sized Ananda BT, and their true wireless in ear monitors, the TWS-600. While the DEVA shares driver tech with the Ananda BT, it veers off and does things slightly differently...
  10. iFi audio hip-dac

    4.00 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we're checking out the hip-dac from iFi. Since 2012 iFi has been delivering a wide variety of hifi products to the audio world from their headquarters in Southport, UK. DACs, amps, DAC/Amps, power purifiers, impedance adapters, speakers, and various other products and devices have come from the brand. I've been lucky enough to review the Pro iCAN, one of their flagship headphone amplifiers, and the iEMatch which enables you to use very sensitive iems with otherwise poorly matched sources. The hip-dac is their newest and most...
  11. Shozy Form 1.1

    4.50 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we're checking out the Form 1.1, an affordable hybrid earphone from Shozy. Last month I reviewed Shozy's newest mid-range offering, the Form 1.4. At 199.00 USD it is a seriously impressive earphone bringing with it a classy, comfortable design and a hybrid driver setup that is bassy without sacrificing the midrange or treble quality or quantity. It has a wonderful sound stage, is strong in terms of its technical ability, and it has good timbre and tonality. To my ears, it makes for one of the most entertaining listens I've heard in...
  12. FiiO BTR3K-FiiO brand new balanced high-fidelity bluetooth amp

    4.50 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we're checking out one of FiiO's newest Bluetooth amp modules, the BTR3K. Along with Type-C dongles and true wireless earphones, wireless amp modules are a segment that seem to have seen a huge surge in popularity the last couple years. Back in 2018 FiiO sent over their very wallet friendly module, the uBTR. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of sound coming from that sleek, compact device, giving me high hopes that BTR3K would offer up a similar experience in a more technically capable and feature rich device, albeit at a...
  13. FiiO FH1s

    3.50 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we're checking out a new budget offering from FiiO, the FH1s. After building up a great reputation for quality DAPs, DAC/AMPs, and other like devices, FiiO introduced earphones into their lineup and haven't turned back. From their humble beginnings with the EX1 in 2015, basically a Dunu Titan 1 rebrand, FiiO has continued to expand and improve their lineup which now features seven iems (with more on the way), a couple earbuds, and the EH3NC headphones. The FH1s that we're checking out today is built upon the foundation laid by the...
  14. KZ S2

    4.00 star(s)
    Greetings, If you've been following my content over the years you'll know that Knowledge Zenith (KZ) has played a big part in my journey from total newb to whatever I am now. I was around for their early models like the ANV, Micro Ring, and R3, and saw them finally break into the mainstream to set things alight with affordable hybrid iems like the ZST and ZS5. You also might have noticed my lack of coverage of their most recent generation of earphones as a result. The reason being? The lack of forward momentum just wasn't there and everything ended...
  15. Cozoy Takt C

    3.50 star(s)
    Greetings, Today we’re tackling another unit in the growing dongle army, this time from Cozoy, the Takt C. Cozoy was founded in 2014, making a name for themselves through the offering of distinctively designed products with performance that matched their bold look. The Takt lineup has actually been around for a couple years now and was initially composed of the Apple Lightning equipped Takt, and more universal Takt Pro. The Takt C is the newest member of the family, sharing its DNA/specifications with the Takt Pro, but for the Takt C Cozoy replaced...
  16. EarStudio HUD100 DAC/AMP

    4.50 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we're checking out Radsone's newest DAC/amp, the HUD100. 2018 saw the release of the ES100 which was an outstanding Bluetooth receiver that took portable audio forums by storm. It offered up a mind boggling feature list along with sound quality and wireless performance at a price the competition simply couldn't match. From what I've been seeing, they're only now beginning to catch up. The HUD100 isn't a replacement for the ES100, instead taking on the growing USB dongle DAC/amp segment. With strong specs, outstanding file format...
  17. Shozy Form 1.4

    4.50 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we're checking out one of Shozy's newest, the Form 1.4. The Form 1.4 builds on the Form 1.1 released last year (which I'll be reviewing in a couple weeks time), adding an additional three balanced armatures to the hybrid configuration. Inside are five drivers, one dynamic driver and four balanced armatures (hence 1.4), as well as a three-way crossover to keep it all in check. I've really enjoyed a number of past products from the Shozy brand, like the Hibiki (both versions), and Shozy & Neo CP, so my expectations for the Form 1.4...
  18. EarMen TR-Amp

    4.50 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we're checking out the TR-Amp from EarMen. EarMen is a relatively young brand with an established history, coming out the gates as the more affordable arm of the Auris Audio brand. These products have been designed and engineered by Miki Trosic, the founder of Auris Audio, and as such have a strong foundation on which their principles are grown. EarMen is “...on a quest to deliver the highest quality audio experience while granting you the freedom to enjoy your music without limitations...” with the TR-Amp leading the charge. It...
  19. VSonic VSD 3P

    3.50 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we're checking out the VSonic VSD 3P. VSonic used to be a household name in the forums thanks to legendary models like the GR07. They were one of the earliest major players in the Chinese earphone industry offering killer sound at an affordable price. Along with Fidue, Astrotec, Dunu, Havi and a small handful of other “giant slayers” that have languished over the years, VSonic made a name for the Chinese brands we know and love today. Well, I'm doing a disservice to Dunu and Astrotec. They've made great strides to stay relevant and...
  20. Audiofly AF1120 MK2

    4.50 star(s)
    Greetings! Today we’re checking out the AF1120 MK2 from Audiofly. Based out of Australia, Audiofly has been in the business of portable audio since 2012. They embrace the concepts of technological innovation, musician empowerment, and quality sound on all levels. They have worked to achieve this through products that cover a wider range of prices and purposes, from affordable Bluetooth to high end studio monitoring. Recently Audiofly revamped their lineup, updating many of their more popular models with MK2 variants, one of which we are checking...
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