Head Gear Reviews by Cotnijoe
  1. AudioQuest - Nighthawk Headphones

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction: Having made a name for themselves in the industry with their cables and their Dragonfly USB DAC/Amp, AudioQuest has left the world very excited with anticipation for the release of their first headphone, the Nighthawk. With multiple prototypes making appearances at different meets and events, it’s certainly a product that many people have been keeping their eye out for.   Todd from TTVJ, who often creates loaner programs to allow interested customers in trying out products they offer, set aside a Nighthawk as a loaner unit for...
  2. iBasso Audio D14 "Bushmaster"

    5.00 star(s)
    Introduction: iBasso is a Chinese company that has been making some very quality portable components for very reasonable prices for quite some time now. I’ve owned multiple iBasso products, and when I saw that iBasso had announced their new portable DAC/Amp after some time away from their amplifiers, I was very excited to try them out. I contacted Paul, iBasso’s representative on Head-Fi, to see if he would be interested in organizing a tour for the new amplifier like many companies have started doing recently. To my surprise, Paul offered to send...
  3. Noble Audio Savant

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction: The newest member of Noble Audio’s line of IEMs, the Savant, has taken Head-Fi by storm and has caught the attention of many eager Head-Fier – myself included. Noble’s reputation for revolutionizing the CIEM industry into an artistic statement is nothing short of legendary at this point, and Noble has secured itself a very solid fan base all over the world for offering both an aesthetic look and a good sound in an IEM.   When I saw the announcement for the new Savant, I reached out to Brannan of Noble Audio with an interest in...
  4. RHA T20

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction: RHA is a fairly new audio company that has made quite a splash recently with their MA750 and T10 IEMs. RHA has recently announced their new T20 IEM which is due to be released sometime during the summer of 2015. Before its release, RHA has opened a few spots for people to demo and review the new IEM as part of a tour. I was one of the few lucky people that got the opportunity to give the T20 a listen before release.   I am no affiliated with RHA but I would like to give them a shout out and big thank you for making this tour happen...
  5. CustomArt Ei.3 acrylic custom IEM

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction: CustomArt is a relatively new custom IEM company that has very quickly grew into one of the big names in business. Hailing from Poland, the company has a well-respected line of products that have been made available as touring units thanks to the generosity of Piotr, the man behind CustomArt. I was one of the Head-Fi members that have had time with the tour units, and I was fairly impressed with what Piotr had to offer.   While the CustomArt tour units continue to circulate, however, Piotr has cooked up something new from his lab...
  6. Cayin Spark C5 DAC Portable USB DAC + Headphone Amplifier

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction: Cayin is a Chinese company that has recently made quite a splash in the portable audio world with some of their very nice and budget friendly portable gear. The C5 amplifier has gained quite a bit of popularity and their N6 DAP is considered by many to be one of the best mid-tier DAPs currently available on the market.   Cayin’s most recently release is their new portable DAC/amp – the C5 DAC. While its looks are almost identical to the C5 amplifier, Cayin has noted that not only does the C5 DAC have the added functionality of...
  7. Brainwavz BLU-100 Bluetooth IEMs

    3.50 star(s)
    Introduction: Brainwavz is a company that has been making some nice budget earphones for quite a few years now. Recently, Brainwavz released their first Bluetooth earphone, the Blu-100, and a couple review units were sent out for reviews. I received my unit from Brainwavz as a review unit. I’ve posted my objective impressions here to help those interested in the new Brainwavz Bluetooth headphone to decide whether it’s right for them or not, and as always, my review is in no way influenced by Brainwavz and I am not affiliated with Brainwavz in any...
  8. OPPO PM-3

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction: One of my favorite parts of this hobby that I've grown to love over the past few years is trying new things and just experiencing how different components (or combination of components) have their own unique way of expressing what is essentially the same music. I’ve been very curious about Oppo and the Oppo hype train that has taken off in the last year or two, and I was very excited to see that they were putting multiple units of their portable PM-3 planar magnetic headphone on tour. I signed up for the tour and have had one week...
  9. Aune B1

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction: One of my favorite parts of this hobby that I've grown to love over the past few years is trying new things and just experiencing how different components (or combination of components) have their own unique way of expressing what is essentially the same music. So when Aune Audio began looking for reviewers of their B1 amplifier, I jumped on that train real fast. I’d like to give a big thank you to Aune Audio for providing me a unit to review and, of course, my review is solely my own opinions and I am in no way affiliated with Aune...
  10. T-Peos Altone250

    3.00 star(s)
    Introduction: One of my favorite part of this hobby that I've grown to love over the past few years is trying new things and just experiencing how different components (or combination of components) have their own unique way of expressing what is essentially the same music. So when I was approached regarding the Altone 250 that was to be sent out for a tour, I didn't hesitate to say yes. This review is of the Altone 250 that was distributed on a tour organized by CTC Audio. I am, of course, not affiliated with CTC Audio or T-Peos and simply here to...
  11. FiiO X3 2nd gen Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP

    4.00 star(s)
    Brief Introduction: I received this unit of the Fiio X3II as part of North American leg of the preview world tour that Fiio generously organized. The firmware I used the majority of the time with the X3II is FW0.22beta. Fiio has since released a new firmware that they plan to use for the X3II on release, but I did not get a chance to update it and spend any time with it, so my review will be based around the beta firmware.               This is the second preview tour that I have been included in from Fiio, the first being the X1 preview tour. As...
  12. EarWerkz Supra

    5.00 star(s)
    Introduction Earwerkz currently has two IEMs in their lineup with the name “Supra.” This is a summary and review of the original Supra, the 2 BA Supra 2, not to be confused with the Supra 1 that was later developed by Earwerkz.   Earwerkz is a company located in Buford, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. Earwerkz’s rise in popularity has been quite stunning, in part due to some overwhelmingly positive reviews, and in part due to their launch of their universal (and custom) two driver IEM, the Supra 2, on Kickstarter gaining attention.   As backer...
  13. Peachtree Audio DAC-iT Digital Input

    4.50 star(s)
    Quick Story and Intro The reason I'm writing this review is not because this is a cool new up and coming product. In fact, its quite the opposite. Peachtree released their second version of the DAC iT, the DAC iTx, in 2013. I've heard only great and positive things about Peachtree in the time I've been here with the Head-Fi community, so naturally, when I was looking for an affordable desktop DAC, I instantly thought of the DAC iTx as a potential option. Strangely, even after being released for many years, I couldn't much about the DAC iT let alone...
  14. MP4Nation Brainwavz M1

    4.00 star(s)
    Brainwavz has, again, kindly provided me with a review unit of yet another one of their products. The M1 is not a newcomer in their line of products, but instead, one in which they would like to make more known to the public (and for good reasons!). To sum things up quickly before getting into details about my opinions of the M1, I can say that the M1 is perhaps one of my favorite IEM from Brainwavz.   Accessories: Brainwavz IEMs all come with a good variety of accessories. This has always been one of their strengths. The IEM comes with a small...
  15. Brainwavz S0 In-Ear Headphones

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction   I'm very happy to have another shot at listening to yet another IEM from Brainwavz, the newly announced (and officially released today) Brainwavz S0, which they consider the "baby brother of the S5." Again, I gotta give another big thank you and shout out to Audrey for giving me the opportunity to listen to another great product from Brainwavz. As always, I've put my honest thoughts and opinions of the S0 here and I have no reason to do so otherwise. So here's what I have to say about the newest addition of Brainwavz's single dynamic...
  16. Brainwavz S5 In Ear Headphones

    4.00 star(s)
    I’ve had the S5 as a review sample for about a month now, thanks to the generosity of Brainwavz, and I’ve put my thoughts and opinions of the S5 together here. I’m a bit late to the party in posting a review, but nonetheless hopefully some people will find it beneficial and informative. As always, I have no affiliation with Brainwavz and have no reason to write anything but my personal opinions on how I feel about these IEMs. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how this little guy performs.   Accessories The S5 comes with good number of...
  17. FiiO X1 Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction:   I’m sure as many know by now, Fiio has started touring their first batch of pre-production X1 DAPs to get feedback from the community. I think that’s a fantastic way to gain insight of how well received the product is (as well as what needs improvement) while being a great opportunity for the community to have a chance to see if the product is for them or not. With that said, I’d like to give a big thank you to Fiio for putting me in the “Americas” roster for the X1 tour.   Of course, I have no affiliation with Fiio in any way...
  18. Rhapsodio RD3 Hi-Fi Grade Dynamic In-Ear Monitor

    4.00 star(s)
    Hi guys, after spending some time with the new IEM from Rhapsodio, I thought I would post a more formal review of my experience with the IEM. So for those who have been interested or curious about Rhapsodio, hopefully this will shed some light on what they’re all about!   UPDATE: Added some general thoughts on the IEM compared to some TOTL IEMs at the very end.   UPDATE 2: Sammy was kind enough to send me his RD3 Version 2 for a comparison to the original version. Here is my thoughts on original vs version 2: Version 2 of the RD3 sounds very...
  19. Sony PHA-1 Headphone Amp

    4.00 star(s)
    The Sony PHA-1 is a great option in the few selections that one has for idevice DAC/Amps. Its been around for over a year now and with the news of the now released PHA-2, the predecessor of the PHA-1, the price of the PHA-1 has dropped quite a bit. For a while it hovered around the 400 dollar price point, but now it can be gotten around $330-350, making it one of the most affordable options for the idevice dac/amp. Having had these for a little over two months now, I thought I'd give these a little love and share my thoughts with the hope that, just...
  20. Monster Gratitude In-Ear Headphones

    4.00 star(s)
    Thought I'd give a little love to this iem and write a quick review for it. In my opinion, its one of the closest that monster has gotten to its typical description of "clear highs, smooth mids, and punchy dynamic bass."   Build Quality: These are definite build better than some of the other monster iems. Feels sturdy in its metal housing and the right angle jack feels sturdy. The right angle jack is a bit on the stiff side so strain relief might come to question but so far it seems to hold on its own pretty well. The flat cable is tangle...
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