Head Gear Reviews by cqtek
  1. Earbuds Anonymous

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction Earbuds Anonymous are earbuds created by the Facebook group of the same name. Earbuds Anonymous Facebook Group was founded on 1 December 2016 by Justin Miner, a well-known earbud lover. The group currently has over 13,000 members. These earbuds are the official earbuds of the group and were released at the end of 2019. In Justin Miner's own words: The tuning and design were carefully selected to represent the overall love of earbuds. The signature sound is a handcrafted blend of detail and fun. The construction is unique and classy...
  2. Reecho OVA SG-01

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction Reecho is going slowly but surely. The Shenzhen brand is back with a revised version of its previous model from the Star Gate series. This is the SG-01 OVA. Externally, only the colour seems to have changed. Internally, the dynamic driver used is 10mm, with a stronger N52 magnet and a 7-micron graphene composite diaphragm. The previous model used an N50 driver. The cable has also changed, the current model uses a 96-core silver-plated OCC 5N cable. In terms of packaging the change is also based on the external colour, because the inside...
  3. LetShuoer S12 Planar iem

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction Formerly called Shuoer, the brand changed its name to Letshuoer not long ago. Known for having a few IEMS worth more than $200 under their belt, they started to get more buzz with their Tape Pro model and the collaboration with the famous audio reviewer, the HBB Kinda Lava model. But it is clear that the S12 is one of his most famous and best-selling models. As it could not be otherwise, it is an IEMS with a 14.8mm planar driver, customised by the brand itself. According to forums and users, there is controversy over whether or not it...
  4. Penon Orbit

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction As if it were black or white, heaven or earth, sea or mountain... There is no copper wire without a silver wire. Yes, it is true that there are cables made of other conductive materials, such as palladium. But the classics in audio are copper and silver-plated. More universal is the gold plating of connectors, but rhodium is also used, for the sake of perfection in this type of accessories. But what I bring here today is more common, but of very high quality. It is a silver plated cable in Type-4 Litz configuration. Without a doubt it...
  5. Penon Fiery

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction The cable market is always in the spotlight and its reviews never leave anyone indifferent. There are those who see this market as a way to make money with something whose influence on the sound is not so relevant. There are others who only change the cable for convenience, to change the connection/plug or even for aesthetics. Be that as it may, the world of cables exists as a necessity to improve the cables that come as standard with the headphones. We all agree on that. But when you decide to change cables, not all manufacturers are...
  6. Penon PAC

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction Sometimes, the world of portable audio brings juicy and very affordable surprises. Like, for example, the earbuds I'm going to review today. These are the Penon PAC, headphones that cost $50 or nothing. 50$ is the price stated on the purchase website. But, in fact, you can get them for free if you buy from Penon Audio, any of the cables or IEMS listed on the website. There are more than 30 products that can come with these exclusive earbuds, which feature a 15.4mm dynamic driver with a titanium PET composite diaphragm. As standard, they...
  7. HIDIZS AP80 PRO-X

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction Hidizs continues to increase its catalogue with high quality. And a clear example of this is the product I now present. This is the DAP AP80 PRO-X, the next version of the famous AP80 PRO. This time, the X version uses a Sabre ESS9219C DUAL DAC, instead of the ESS9218P. It also supports hardware capable of 8x MQA decoding and has lost the FM radio chip along the way - a pity, by the way, because I'm a big fan of listening to football on the radio. It still uses two-way Bluetooth v4.2, supports HiBy UAT, Sony LDAC and CSR APT-X. Of...
  8. Penon Orb

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction Once again, I have the pleasure of reviewing a model from Penon, the well known portable audio retailer. As many people will already know, they also design their own products, and it's not just cables or earbuds. This time, it's an ambitious project, given the price range in which it moves: a hybrid model that uses a 10mm dynamic driver and a full-frequency range balanced armature driver. Of course, it has a 2Pin 0.78mm connection and the capsules are made of medical grade resin, completely transparent, with a very pleasant shape and...
  9. EarMen Colibri

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction Once again, I am flattered to be able to review an EarMen product. This time, it's the recent premium battery-powered balanced headphone/preamplifier DAC/AMP called the Colibri. Actually, it''s a doped-up EarMen Sparrow: its aesthetics are very similar, but it includes elements that enhance its body and performance. It has a battery that gives it a battery life of up to 5 hours. It incorporates on/off, volume (+/-) and bass boost buttons. The balanced output is now 4.4mm and there is an extra USB Type C port for charging the battery...
  10. TRI Meteor

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction As I mentioned in my previous article about the TRI TK-2, the following review is the result of a European Tour, organised by Wendy Li from KBEAR (Thank you very much!). This time the products to be reviewed are the TRI Meteor IEMS and the TRI Grace-S cable, in its 4.4mm balanced version. The Meteor is a hybrid IEM consisting of a 10mm dynamic driver with beryllium-plated diaphragm and a Knowles ED-29689 BA driver. The Grace-S cable has two strands of 6 silver-plated monocrystalline copper cores and 4 pure silver-plated copper cores. In...
  11. TRI TK-2

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction Thanks to the European Tour organised by Wendy Li, I had the great opportunity to test the TRI TK-2 DAC-AMP. As specified on the side of the device itself, the TK-2 is the result of a collaboration between TRI and KAEI. TRI is like the high-end brand of KBEAR. KAEI, up to this point, was unknown to me. But it seems to be a classic brand, known for its amplifiers. The HiFi USB DAC Amplifier is the first product of its kind that TRI has brought to the market. It's certainly a very powerful set-up, also thanks to the hand of KAEI. The...
  12. Penon Totem Adapter Cable

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction For better or worse, cables are indispensable travelling companions for quality sound flow. As we wait for wireless technology to improve, to keep up with wired headphones, we will continue to use cables. In the meantime, it is becoming increasingly common for cables to try to improve as well. And in a world with such a diversity of connections, it is obvious that adapter cables exist - why not make them of the highest quality? That's the case I'm currently reviewing. This is a high-end adapter cable, made by Penon. It's actually a...
  13. Hidizs MM2

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction Hidizs is in luck. It is proving that it is good at designing and manufacturing IEMS at competitive prices. The clearest example of this is its latest creation. The MM2 is a hybrid IEMS with a 6mm low voltage BM magnetostatic driver. The base is a 10.2mm dynamic driver that handles bass and midrange. In addition, Hidizs has designed a tuning system based on 3 valves that are screwed on the outer face of the capsule, allowing 3 different types of tuning. The capsules are made of two types of materials, the inner side is made of an...
  14. ACMEE Magic Sound VI

    3.50 star(s)
    Introduction ACMEE Audio continues to grow and add new products to its catalogue. After introducing its first dongle in a limited edition, using AKM's defunct AK4493EQ DAC, it is now back with a fully-fledged Sabre DAC. It is the ES9018K2M. With this chip a sampling rate of 192k and a depth of 24Bit can be achieved and files up to DSD128 can be played back. The Magic Sound 4 is special because of its heritage from ACMEE's DAPS series, adopting the same exterior surface treatment, as well as the brand's typical grooves. Internally, it also...
  15. Penon Sphere

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction By now, many enthusiasts are familiar with the portable audio retailer Penon Audio. As a specialist shop, it has tested countless products, so it's not unreasonable to think that it might have a clear idea of what good headphones should sound like. The second step is to put this knowledge into practice and start designing new products, under his own name. Actually, I don't know if the way Penon has gone about launching its own models resembles the mini-story I've told. However, the end result is the same. As a brand, Penon has...
  16. NiceHCK EB2S

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction It is clear that the surprises from NiceHCK do not come alone. If previously the DB1s were a successful entry into the affordable IEMS range, now it's the EB2Ss that are doing the same. It is true that they are not as economical, but with a current price of around 30€, they are still at a very attractive level. It is worth remembering that their previous model, the EB2, was already reviewed by me a little over two years ago. I remember when it was very common back then for a zipped case to come as an accessory. Times are different and...
  17. Rose Martini

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction Rose Technics is a Chinese brand, known for making high quality IEMS and Earbuds. In the case of earbuds, many enthusiasts are familiar with the great Maria, Maria II, Masya, Masya MK2 and Mojito models. All of them have dual dynamic drivers. However, in the case of the current Rose Martini, the new audiophile earbud model, there is only one dynamic driver, whose diaphragm is made of carbon ceramic. The design of the housing is very sophisticated and features a two-way air pressure adjustment tube system to improve bass performance. The...
  18. TFZ Tequila Pro

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction There is no doubt that TFZ has been active lately. This is the third product I have reviewed from this brand so far this year. And this time, it's a review that's been three years in the making. It is the new TFZ Tequila Pro, an emblematic model that I already had the opportunity to review at the beginning of 2019. It's true that both models have similarities in the shape of the capsules: they are both cylinders with a slanted nozzle attached near the rim. The first version has an open outer face and the Pro version is closed, with a...
  19. xDuoo Link2 Bal

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction Shenzhen xDuoo Technology Co., Ltd. has long since changed its aesthetics. After creating more than 100 models and with a number of patented technologies behind it, xDuoo has acquired a distinctive design of its own, mixing the grey of the metal with the red and black of the background of some of the glass surfaces. These three elements seem to be in many of its current products. Of course, they are also in the new Link2 Bal. On the other hand, a brand that is so acclaimed for its amplifiers, needed to make a splash in a segment as...
  20. DUNU Titan S

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction Veteran headphone brand Dunu, which has been around since 2006, but whose roots go back to 1994, continues to innovate for music lovers, as they put it. But a brand with the surname "TopSound" has always given me pause for thought: is it a pretentious name or a high level of self-importance? Without a doubt, I would venture to write that it is the latter. Every new model that Dunu presents will always raise high expectations. It will be thoroughly reviewed by shops, reviewers and enthusiasts alike. TopSound implies this level of demand...
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