Head Gear Reviews by cleg
  1. ZMF Headphones Omni

    5.00 star(s)
    Well, it was a really long journey, but at last I've got my new Omnis. It's hard to believe, but it took 3 attempts to get at least one of Zach's wooden Fostex. First attempt was made at the beginning of the year, it was ZMF x Vibro, sent by USPS. And they were stolen somewhere in between. Ukrainian post told that they got box damaged and empty, USPS said nothing particular. And here comes the best thing in ZMF's — it's Zachary himself. He agreed to send me another pair for the price of cups, and even upgraded them to Blackwood, which he've released...
  2. Luxury & Precision L5 PRO 32bit Portable Lossless Music Player

    4.50 star(s)
    So, I've decided to add my 5 cents about Luxury&Precision's new DAP L5 Pro. First of all, I would like to Thank Luxury & Precision for providing me with a review sample in exchange for my honest opinion. I will skip almost everything related to package, accessories set and interface. twister6 made a perfect review, describing all those stuff, and I'm not sure that I can add something there. So, to be short, package is excellent, leather case is outstanding, L5 Pro exterior is perfect, but software need some work to do. I especially like...
  3. LEAR LHF-AE1d hybrid fit earphones

    4.50 star(s)
    One of the strongest sides of Lear, is their constant willing for experiments. They've started with "simple" multidriver customs, but then go on with sophisticated dual-dynamic hybrid with 4 BAs, new system of 3D sound for IEMs (sort of) and now they're offering even newer concept — hybrid fit. Before I start my review, I would like to Thank Lear for providing me with a review sample in exchange for my honest opinion. I won't describe it in much details, you can find everything about it in corresponding topic on forum, I'll just highlight profits...
  4. CEntrance Mini-M8

    5.00 star(s)
    I was really surprised, that there is no reviews of CEntrance Mini-M8 on Head-Fi, it's really unusual, because its "elder brother" HiFi-M8 worthily posses #11 in Head-Fi's DAC/amp list. I definitely like original HiFi-M8, despite its big size, it is a real masterpiece of electronics art. HiFi-M8 is a real powerhouse, able to deliver up to 1.4 watts of exceptional quality sound to your headphones. Downside of it's power is pretty big size, weight and not-so-impressive battery life time. That's why, CEntrance came out with newer, updated model called...
  5. Cayin N6 PCM1792A chip DSD lossless music player

    5.00 star(s)
    I've spent about a month with Cayin N6 DAP, and I'd like to share my thoughts about it. There is few really great reviews of this DAP, so I won't repeat them again, describing it's box, accessories set, controls, design, etc. You can easily find it in related tread and other reviews. I'd like to try to share my impressions of using N6. It's not hard to notice, that Cayin spent lot of time designing package, nice terracotta color, silver prints, it looks really stylish. Also nice is accessories set, besides player you'll get spare screen...
  6. Aune M1 Hi-Fi Wav Player

    4.50 star(s)
    This Aune's player is almost not-know on Head-Fi, but it is very interesting device with exceptional sound quality for its price, so I've decided to write my brief impressions. English isn't my native language, so I'm sorry for some possible mistakes, and for not being as interesting as other Head-Fi reviewers :) I don't know why, but some Aune products became extremely popular on Head-Fi (like T1), while others remain pretty unknown, regardless of their exceptional quality. Their first DAP, M1 leaves really mixed impressions. On the one hand, its...
  7. Aune B1

    4.50 star(s)
    Aune is the company with their own, unique approach to audio gear. Their products are unusual and offers interesting features, absent in competing solutions. Their new headphone amplifier B1 looks like no other, and differs from other by its schematic. It utilises class A output stage built with discrete elements, and offers possibility to chose amplifier's current: 20 mA or 40 mA. Aune created nice page, describing B1 unique ideas, so I will not repeat them. First of all, specs. Frequency range: 10 Hz – 20 KHz ± 0,15 dB THD+N: <0,0008% @ 1...
  8. Aune X1

    4.00 star(s)
    I don't know why, but Aune's X1 Pro doesn't get so much attention as it's brother T1. Maybe it's because of T1's tube magic, who knows... But in my humble opinion, X1 Pro is very interesting DAC/amp for those, who have limited budget. Aune constantly improves their X1, current revision, released in 2014, is fourth in a row. It got new updated power supply with lowered noise, and Savy Tech's SA9027 as USB chip. New USB interface allowed DSD support and increased USB rate to 96 KHz/24 bit. Not the best numbers nowadays, but still more then OK. By...
  9. Dunu TITAN 1 — titanium-coated diaphragm earphones

    4.50 star(s)
    New earphones from Dunu are allways interesting, but earphones with brand new titanium diaphragm driver is even more interesting. Driver: 13mm Titanium Diaphragm Dynamic Driver Impedance:16Ω Sensitivity: 90+- 2dB Reproduction Frequency: 20Hz-30kHz Cable Length: 1.2m Plug: 3.5mm Stere Mini Weight: 18g So, some brief impressions about Titan 1 from me. As usual for Dunu — perfect box and accessories set. You'll get everything you can imagine: case, 6.3 mm adapter, lots of tips, providing different sound signature. Titan 1 box...
  10. Cayin C5 Portable HIFI Audio Headphone Amplifier

    4.50 star(s)
    First of all, I'd like to thank Cayin for opportunity to review C5. As usual, main review is in Russian, here I'll share mt impressions in brief. There is not so many good portable amps in sub $200 range. It's almost completely dominated by Fiio E12, which is really good. Now, Fiio have really strong competitor. Cayin have lots of experience in "serious HiFi", their amps, both tube and solid-state, CD transports, speakers, etc. — well known allover the world. So, their debut on portable HiFi market was really impressive. First thing, you're...
  11. MyST 1866

    4.50 star(s)
    DAC OCU(B) 1866 — very interesting portable DAC/amp combo from Russian manufacturer Myst. Things I like: — Nice look. As OCUB is made in small quantities, it uses stock case, but case is fully aluminium, and fits perfectly in hand. — Great connectivity: you're getting USB, coax and optical ins, and in B version even bluetooth. So, you can use almost every DAP as transport — It has line-out, so you can easily use it with serious amps (btw Myst have few of them) — Really great parts inside: multibit DAC chip AD1866 from Analog Devices, AD8610 amp...
  12. LEAR BD 4.2

    5.00 star(s)
    First of all, I'd like to thank Lear for opportunity to review BD4.2 I'll try to be short, and outline main points, regarding this unique IEMs. Please note, that current revision differs, from the first one, and Lear done a good work upgrading it. Acessories More then you wish: hard Pelican Case, carrying pouch, 4 pairs different silicone tips, 3 different pairs of foam tips, cleaning tool and bass-tuning screwdriver. Different tips provides different sound signature, so you can experiment easily. Design BD4.2 are pretty big. There is no other way...
  13. Resonessence Labs Concero HP

    5.00 star(s)
    I've received Concero HP from Ressonsense Labs for writing review in russian, but I want to share my thoughts with Head-Fi. As usual, I'll be somewhat brief, as I'm not so good in English, but I can't be quiet about excellent hardware. – Concero HP is really well designed. Nice package, solid and laconic look, it's perfect – It's very small, this makes it really great companion for travelling users – Sound is really stand out. I think it's maximum, you can achieve from Sabre 9018-K2M. Concero HP offers two custom upsampling filters, apodizing and...
  14. FiiO X1 Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP

    4.50 star(s)
    First of all, I'd like to thank Fiio for opportunity to test X1 among first. As long reviews in english isn't really my cup of tea, I'll simply share my brief thoughts about X1 — I really like size of X1. It's like a regular deck of cards (I think everyone will compare X1 with card deck :o). Grab one in hand, and you can got an idea, about holding X1. Navigation buttons are easy accessible with one hand. — I really like new UI, it's much more logical then X5's "reverse kinematic", it's sleek and fast. I hope we'll see similar UI for X5 — Scroll...
  15. Espressivo-E by Feliks Audio

    4.50 star(s)
    First of all, I'd like to say — Espressivo-E looks really great. Not so many "major" brands makes such nicely looking amps. Great combination of black metal and wood makes amp looks very luxury. It can not only power your headphones, but also decorate your room. Amp build using 4 Sovtek tubes, and does it's best to show main good points of tube sound: lively mids, musical sound and great resolution. Lows are nice, full-bodied and puchy. Highs are little bit relaxed, but I like this, as it makes sound not so fatiguing. Espresivo is a nice...
  16. HiSoundAudio Live Earphones

    4.00 star(s)
    Very interesting headphones from famous HiSound audio, makers of RoCoo and Studio players. This earbuds features big dynamic driver, optimised for great mids and highs, making this earphones interesting sollution for classical music, jazz and other "non-heavy" genres. Lots of air in sounding can bring you a pleasure, especially when paired with good amp/PMP. From other side, this earphones definitely bad solution for metal and other "heavy" and bass-rich genres. If this earpohnes doesn't sit well in your ears — try to remove tips.
  17. HiSoundAudio RoCoo P

    5.00 star(s)
    First of all, I'd like to thank HiSound for their excellent promotion, that made possible for me to buy this DAP for very reasonable money. This DAP is really outstanding in terms of price/sound balance, it's giving very-very high quality sound, and cost 2 times less then it's closest competitors. Most of all, I like RoCoo for it's very clear and powerful sound. It doesn't bring too much own into sound signature (as HiFiMans does), but it have amp, powerful enough to drive all headphones that I have. I've compared RoCoo with my iPod, and of...
  18. Bravo Audio Ocean

    5.00 star(s)
    Before listening to this charming little amp, I was very skeptical about overall tube amp idea. But this amp changed my mind greatly. First of all, I have to admit it's design and build quality - it's really great, amp looking very stylish. As for sound, I have to mention, that it's really giving "warmth" to sound. This is hardly explainable by words, but old rock, for example, starts sounding much more pleasant. I've listened Led Zeppelin, Doors, The Who and really rediscovered some of my favorite tracks in a new way. Also I found it sounding...
  19. MEElectronics Clarity Series CC51-BK Ceramic In-Ear Headphone for iPod, iPhone, MP3/CD/DVD Players (Black)

    4.50 star(s)
    If Apple once decided to replace their earbuds, the'll surely need to chose Mee CC51. In white ceramic case - their look are really outstanding, especially with iPhone. As for sound - I like, how they plays. Very musical coloring, making listening a real pleasure.
  20. Fostex TH-7 Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones

    4.50 star(s)
    Fostex - definitely is one of the best manufacturer's in terms of price/quality balance. This headphones, they've kindly provided me for review - is also from this category. Very nicely designed, built and packaged, this headphones also gives quite pleasant sound. I'm lacking highs a bit, but everything other is more the OK. Add nice sit and affordable price, and you've got nice deal.
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