Head Gear Reviews by corgifall
  1. Symphonium Triton

    4.50 star(s)
    I loved Symphoniums’s Helios and it was well received by everyone who tried it and I also thought it was truly something special. They managed to make an all BA IEM sound better than most TOTL hybrids and had some neat tricks going on in general. So when I heard a new IEM that was meant to be a more relaxed listen was coming out I was thrilled. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a unit for a bit via a local tour. The Triton is a hybrid design consisting of a single DD and at least two BA drivers. I didn’t see much info on the driver setup for the...
  2. Truthear Zero

    5.00 star(s)
    I always feel new companies entering the IEM game have an extremely hard time without good support from the community in advance. Truthear has the backing from Crinacle who helped tune their first IEM, the Zero. I think having a first IEM that is a collab is a safe bet for new companies. Plus there is a higher chance that the IEM will be tuned well. I always like trying out new stuff and I was asked to check out the Zero a bit before Crin announced it so I was interested to see what the Zero might sound like coming out of nowhere. Quick shoutout to...
  3. LETSHUOER S12 Planar IEM

    5.00 star(s)
    I just reviewed the TIN P1 Max and I liked it for the most part. It was the first newer planar I’ve had a chance to check out since I last heard all the older gen 1 planars. My P1 Max review conclusion was a lack of detail retrieval and a somewhat boring neutral tuning. I knew people liked the other planar offerings from the likes of 7Hz, LETSHUOER, Muse and Raptgo but I only had a chance to check the P1 Max out at the time. Well! Now I have the LETSHUOER S12 in and oh my! What a difference it is vs the P1 Max. Quick shoutout to LETSHUOER for...
  4. Effect Audio Eros S

    5.00 star(s)
    So I’ll be doing this review/roundup a little differently since I normally don’t do cable reviews. Hopefully this will be a different/fun read versus my normal content. How this all started At one point in time I truly used to believe that cable rolling made a difference. This was also off of two IEMs I had at the time and since I only had those, it was easier to attempt to focus on small changes to sound via cables. This was half the reason why I cable rolled. I always understood cables were a subjective thing and yet I loved rolling cables anyways...
  5. Effect Audio Cadmus

    5.00 star(s)
    So I’ll be doing this review/roundup a little differently since I normally don’t do cable reviews. Hopefully this will be a different/fun read versus my normal content. How this all started At one point in time I truly used to believe that cable rolling made a difference. This was also off of two IEMs I had at the time and since I only had those, it was easier to attempt to focus on small changes to sound via cables. This was half the reason why I cable rolled. I always understood cables were a subjective thing and yet I loved rolling cables anyways...
  6. Effect Audio Ares S

    5.00 star(s)
    So I’ll be doing this review/roundup a little differently since I normally don’t do cable reviews. Hopefully this will be a different/fun read versus my normal content. How this all started At one point in time I truly used to believe that cable rolling made a difference. This was also off of two IEMs I had at the time and since I only had those, it was easier to attempt to focus on small changes to sound via cables. This was half the reason why I cable rolled. I always understood cables were a subjective thing and yet I loved rolling cables anyways...
  7. TINHIFI P1 MAX "Giant Panda" Universal In-Ear Monitor

    4.00 star(s)
    I never got around to checking out the original P1 or the newer P2 planar IEMs from TINHiFi but I know there was a decent following around both IEMs. I have listened to a few older first generation planar IEMs like the Audeze iSine 10/20 and the RHA CL2. I only liked the iSine series with heavy EQ and I just didn’t like the rough tuning of the CL2. I’ve seen the release of the newer planar IEMs recently from 7HZ(Timeless) and LETSHUOER(S12) and a few others. While I’ve been interested, I’ve simply been too busy with other reviews so I never got...
  8. xDuoo TA-26

    4.50 star(s)
    I recently got back into checking tube amps out and I’ve also had the chance to hear other tube amp designs recently. When I did the xDuoo MT-604 a bit back, I was decently impressed but I found that a balanced only tube amp good for very specific use cases. The TA-26 has a more traditional and single ended design. The TA-26 comes in at $319 and is set up to use a 6sn7 pre amp tube and 6as7 power tube. Though 6n8p pre amp and 6n5p power tubes are what come stock. Thanks to Apos Audio for hooking me up with a loaner unit to review. While I always...
  9. Moondrop Chu

    5.00 star(s)
    I’ve been on the hunt for a new sub $50 IEM recommendation and the last few IEMs I tried in the price range were mostly let downs. I was expecting it would take a while to find something I personally liked that worked well as an “all rounder”. I still have some sub $50 IEMs to go through but I recently received the Moondrop Chu and I figured I would check it out since I love the Aria and this looked a lot like the Aria but with a few design differences and coming in only at $20. The Chu uses a single dynamic driver as well as a non-detachable cable...
  10. Moondrop Moon River 2 Portable USB DAC & AMP

    4.50 star(s)
    While I mostly use a DAP or battery powered portable DAC/amp, I do use wired dongles for my iPad and laptop. When I heard Moondrop was releasing a dongle I was fairly surprised. I love a lot of their recent IEM releases so I was very interested in checking out their first shot at the dongle world. I heard there was a prototype moon river in the past and it supposedly never made it to production so now we have a moon river 2 for consumer release. More confusing than I would like but I’ve had my unit for about two weeks and I’m ready to give my take on...
  11. FiiO/Jade audio JH3

    3.00 star(s)
    I’m currently on the hunt for a sub $50 IEM I can recommend since I usually recommend the Moondrop aria which costs $80. I’ve been playing around with some IEMs around $50 and I’m getting a feel for what's good in this price bracket. FiiO was nice enough to send me the JH3 which is a FiiOxJade Audio collab from what I can tell. Jade audio is their daughter brand so this is a nice mix of FiiO styling with Jade Audio’s tuning. The JH3 is a hybrid IEM that uses a 13.6 single dynamic driver and two custom balanced armatures. It comes it at $39.99(on US...
  12. Heartfield Acoustic Deer

    4.00 star(s)
    I tend to test bigger brand IEMs in general but once in a blue moon I’ll get the chance to try something from a new company and I was recently sent the Heartfield Acoustic Deer IEM to check out and review. This is a smaller 6.8mm single dynamic driver unit coming from Heartfield. The Acoustic Deer comes in at $169.00. I will be referring to the Acoustic Deer simply as the Deer for the rest of my review to make my life easier. Quick shoutout to Linsoul for sending the Acoustic Deer to review. While I always appreciate the chance to test and review...
  13. Tanchjim Ola

    2.50 star(s)
    I don’t do many sub $100 IEMs that often but when I want something under $100 I usually recommend the Moondrop Aria and for under $50 the Tin T2 plus was my original recommendation. I knew I needed to find something newer for under $50 since it was a super old IEM at this point in time. I was fortunate enough to receive some entry level IEMs to review and among them was the Tachjim OLA. I’ve yet to try any IEMs from Tanchjim so I jumped at the opportunity to check their stuff out. The OLA is a simple 10mm single DD IEM coming in at $39.99(no mic) or...
  14. xDuoo MT-604 Balanced Tube

    4.00 star(s)
    I do love me some tube amps! It’s been a few years since I’ve had a tube amp but the one I had was handmade by my father when I was a little kid and I had that for a long time till it got lost in a move a while back. I haven’t had the chance to really sit down to hunt for a tube amp. I’ve always liked xDuoo’s tube amp designs and I was quite interested in their TA-26 as it used the same big and little tube that my old tube amp used. I will have that on the way for review but I was asked if I wanted to check out the balanced MT-604 tube amp first and...
  15. Effect Audio Axiom

    5.00 star(s)
    I recently reviewed the UM MEXT which is my favorite strange/warmer IEM at the moment right around $1200. After that it's the Symphonium Helios which goes for a better all rounder tuning at $1100. The thing with all-rounder tuning is that you get the best of all worlds but you don’t get a special focus that can make an IEM really special. This is where Effect audio is trying to mix up the norm. They announced the Axiom, a hybrid IEM with the option of using “modules” that will not only switch between 2 pin/mmcx but using different modules will also...
  16. Shanling M3X

    5.00 star(s)
    I’ve been out of the DAP game for a bit now. The last DAP I had was the original FiiO M11 and while I liked it for the most part, I wasn’t a fan of the overly clinical sound signature. I ended up focusing more on portable DAC/amps I could use with both my iPhone and iPad. Since I do a fair amount of desktop and portable gear, I wanted to branch out a little and DAPs were the first thing I wanted to get back into. I wanted an entry level and mid level Android DAP to review first. The M3X always looked good to my eyes but when I saw the purple and...
  17. Khadas Tea

    4.50 star(s)
    I currently have a nice little collection of portable DAC/amps to review and the Khadas Tea was among them. I always wanted a Magsafe compatible adapter or some way that I could latch a portable DAC/amp to the back of my iPhone 12 Pro without using tape or rubber rings. I did try using cheap Magsafe on the back of the iFi hip dac but it wasn’t strong enough to hold onto the iPhone 12 Pro. I figured a Magsafe DAC/amp would eventually come out and it did, just like a whole iPhone generation later. The Tea uses a ESS ES9281AC Pro DAC and Qualcomm...
  18. Unique Melody MEXT--A Unique Taste of Bone Conduction

    5.00 star(s)
    I feel really fortunate that I’ve been able to review more IEMs in the $1k range as of late. My go to IEM is the THIEAUDIO Clairvoyance($700) and I’m always looking for something that impresses me enough to move to a post $1k IEM. The Symphonium Helios has been the closest to get me there but I don’t find them very attractive nor super comfortable for long term listening. The UM brand is new to me in terms of experience but I have eyeballed their IEMS that range from $319 all the way to $8400 dollars which is mind boggling to me. I always wanted to...
  19. Aune BU2

    4.50 star(s)
    I do love portable DAC/amps since I can use them on the go but as a desktop alternative when I go on the occasional trip with the fiance or back home to visit family. I don’t get to do these trips as much these days but I still take my portables to work to use in a lab or at my cube everyday. My most recent portable review was the iFi GO Blu and that has been my go to portable DAC/amp for a bit now. I was excited to get the chance to check out the BU2 from AUNE. The BU2 is using ESS ES9318 DAC and is designed to both be a portable DAC/amp but has the...
  20. Moondrop Variations

    5.00 star(s)
    I’ve been on a Moondrop binge as of late and while I’ve not had a chance to release any reviews of the units I tried, I still wrote the reviews and plan to release more Moondrop related reviews in the future. The Variations are Moondrop’s most recent tribrid release. This set is using a single DD, 2 BA and 2 EST drivers. This also a standard 2 pin IEM with a wonderful cable that uses swappable plugs. Quick shoutout to @shenzhenaudio for sending the Variations to test and review. While I always appreciate the chance to test and review products sent...
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