Head Gear Reviews by cqtek
  1. Tempotec Sonata HD II

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction Tempotec continues to renew its product range. This time it is the turn of the simplest device: the Sonata HD II. This is the smallest DAC/AMP, which replaces the Sonata HD. With a very, very similar shape, Tempotec has changed the DAC chip, for one from Sabre, of course. This is the ES9270, with which it manages to improve PCM decoding up to 32bit/384kHz and gain SNR up to 116dB. It even supports DSD128(DoP) and provides 70mW/32Ω. In addition, it is compatible with the built-in microphone in the headphones, on Android systems. Finally...
  2. Hidizs S9Pro

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction Hidizs is not giving fans a break. After the fire at the AKM plant in Japan on 20 October 2020, many of the audio devices that used AKM chips have had to move to another manufacturer, due to the difficulty of finding them. This is the case of the S9, which used an AK4493EQ as a DAC. The new S9 Pro uses Sabre's ESS9038Q2M, one of their flagship chips for mobile devices. The external design is largely the same, but the specifications have been improved. Channel separation is higher, harmonic distortion is lower and power is higher...
  3. xDuoo X2S

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction Shenzhen xDuoo Technology Co., Ltd. is a well-known brand in the Portable Hi-End world. Its DAPS are very well known among enthusiasts. However, xDuoo has a large number of amplifiers and DACs, especially tube amplifiers. Neither dongles nor its famous XD05 portable DAC/AMP saga, which is gradually being adapted to the balanced world, can be missing. This time, however, the brand is returning to an old success story with a revamp of its small DAP X2: the xDuoo X2S. Externally, it is still based on a small text-only display, a very small...
  4. Tempotec Sonata E35

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction Once again, Tempotec is extending its Sonata series with a new member, building on the Dual DAC path started with the BHD model. It even uses a philosophy partially implemented in that model: the device is not a single tablet to which USB cables and headphones can be attached, but the connectors are external and connected by coiled cables, which cannot be disconnected. On the BHD model, the 2.5mm connection is on the body, while the USB connector is external and attached to the tablet via a fixed cable. Now, on the E35, both connections...
  5. BQEYZ Summer

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction The BQEYZ brand from Dongguan (China) continues to iterate its triple hybrid model. This time, it's time to move to the summer season. This is the name of this new model: BQEYZ Summer. The external differences are obvious: compared to the Spring models, they have moved from a metal capsule to one made of resin, which weighs only 4.2 grams. Internally, three different drivers are still used: a 13mm dynamic driver, whose diaphragm is made of a PU+LCP composite material. A second-generation BA driver, redesigned exclusively for this model...
  6. Reecho SG-03

    5.00 star(s)
    Introduction Reecho is a relatively new headphone brand. It surprised with the standard of its Spring and Summer models and then moved into a higher product in the price range, such as the Insects Awaken. For the new model, they've lowered the price bar, but without reducing the quality. This time, they have opted for a single dynamic driver, instead of the previous multidrivers: Spring (2BA+1DDD), Summer (2DD) and Insects Awaken (4BA). Another striking thing that has changed is the resin of their colourful bodies, for the metal and uniform colour...
  7. Rose QT-9 MK2

    5.00 star(s)
    Introduction I was looking forward to reviewing a new product from Rose Technics. The last time was in June 2019. On that occasion I had the pleasure of testing the Mini2 MKII 2.0 model, a small Dual BA that surprised me with its tiny design and balanced sound. Then, I was able to realise that Rose is not just a brand name, but that the name itself is implied in its design and also in the sound, silky and delicate as a rose. This time, the model to review is the QT9 MK2. They are IEMS with a capsule whose shape is somewhat more conventional, using...
  8. Hidizs DH80/DH80S

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction Hidizs, the well-known brand established in 2012, continues to expand its catalogue with increasingly versatile products. After the excellent S9 and the small, but surprising H2, the brand wanted to complete its DAC/AMPS portfolio with the new DH80/S. The DH80 is a custom-made dock for the AP80/Pro DAPs, while the DH80S is the same product but universal, lacking the dock for these DAPs. In my case, the product to be analysed is the small DH80S. And I say small, because honestly, I expected it to be bigger. And my first surprise was to...
  9. NiceHCK EBX21

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction The well-known AliExpress shop, NiceHCK, has long been involved in the creation of headphones, both IEMS and earbuds, although, personally, I think it has always had a certain inclination to create high quality earbuds, from very low price, like the recent Traceless, to the new and present EBX21. However, personally, I think it has always had a certain inclination when it comes to creating high quality earbuds, from very low prices, such as the recent Traceless, to the new and present EBX21. Three years have passed since that other...
  10. Geekfly GF8S

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction According to their website, Geekfly is a US-based Hi-End audio brand focused on the development and manufacture of high-end wireless audio products. They place special emphasis on innovation, research and development. They currently hold more than 20 patents. Despite all this, their products are, of course, made in China. Their first model was the GF8, whose resemblance to the current model under review, the GF8S, is quite strong. Both models are Triple Hybrid Driver and have a BA + 2 Piezoelectric Ceramic + Dynamic Driver. Their shape...
  11. XDuoo XP-2 Pro

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction xDuoo was one of the first brands I reviewed. Today I am very happy to review a new product from this prestigious company. From the very beginning, years ago, back in the days of the X2 and X3 DAPs, when I thought of xDuoo, I associated the brand with power. A lot has changed in a few years, even the logo. Today, xDuoo is seen as a more modern company, whose image and design is improving day by day. What hasn't changed is that initial sense of power. As an example, the product I am going to analyse in this review: the XP-2Pro is the new...
  12. Hidizs MS2

    5.00 star(s)
    Introduction The well-known Dongguan-based portable audio brand Hidizs continues to add to its Mermaid Series IEMS line-up and is releasing a new hybrid model called the MS2. The model number reflects the number of drivers it has: 1 DD + BA. The dynamic driver is a 10.2mm unit, consisting of two coils and two chambers. Its diaphragm is the result of a new Hidizs development using a macromolecular compound, version 2.0. The BA driver is none other than the RAD-33518-P183 from Knowles. In this sense, Hidizs is leaving nothing to chance and is...
  13. TFZ Live 3

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction Between Live 1 and Live X, TFZ has an intermediate model, the Live 3, whose aesthetic resemblance is very similar to version 1. For this occasion, the third-generation dynamic driver has been installed, with dual magnetic circuit, dual cavity and nano-level diaphragm with diamond pattern. Of course, its Tesla magnet, a unit that received Japan's VGP 2020 award, remains at the heart of the IEMS. This time, the outer face follows marble patterns, with a choice of 5 models: white, red, yellow, blue and black. The packaging is very similar...
  14. KBEAR Stellar

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction The world of headphones does not stop and there are more and more products that generate great sound at the best price. And there's probably no better way to do that than with Earbuds. Ever since the VE Monk came on the market, with its ridiculous price, something broke, for the sake of audio enthusiasts. Now, it is very easy to find many earbuds that want to reach the open path, improving the sound. This is the case with two very similar earbuds, so much so, that at first I thought they were clones, looking at their specifications and...
  15. TFZ Live X

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction TFZ multiplies its bet by 10 and brings out the X model from its Live series. After models 1 and 3, of course, there are ten. And to reach the excellence nothing less than gold: the one used in its diaphragm for the first time. The Shenzen brand accompanies its 4-generation driver with a sprayed diaphragm with an even, dense nano-gold coating for an extraordinary hearing experience. That's what the description of this new model says, and not only that. The dual-circuit magnetic acoustic design, capable of providing more than 1 Tesla...
  16. Tin HiFi P2

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction Back with Tin HiFi, one of the brands I have analyzed the most in recent months. Now it's the turn of their top-of-the-range model, the P2, the new model with a magnetic planar driver, an evolution of the P1, which already had a driver built with the same technology. This new model is not a direct revision of that version, but version 2 has a different tuning, much warmer and more powerful in its lower zone. Its aesthetics have been completely renewed and improved. Also, its price has been clearly increased. For a start, its better...
  17. Moondrop SSP Super Spaceship Pulse

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction With the intention of not touching the SSR tuning, Moondrop has released a product exactly the same, but with a higher lower zone. Those who found the SSR a little warm in the bass, have seen how their suggestions have been taken into account, in this new model. Apart from this small change in frequency response and colour, the rest is identical. There is only one colour to choose from, a very elegant and striking dark blue, more prominent than those of the SSR. The anime girl on the cover has changed her clothes, with something more...
  18. Tin HiFi T1 Plus

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction Tin HiFi is back, or rather, it doesn't stop. There are no more presentations, for a brand of headphones that this year is being very active, creating great products. Their previous model, the T2 Plus, for me, is one of the best IEMS in its price range, for its quality and special tuning, of all those I have been able to try. Now, they return with a new economic model, whose profile is based on the classic V, but revisited. With a driver covered with 98% beryllium, a material whose exceptional combination of rigidity and lightness...
  19. Hidizs H2

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction The H2 is Hidizs' answer to one of the most versatile products of the year. It is a DAC/Amp Bluetooth receiver, capable of being controlled by a APP. In this occasion the famous brand founded in 2009, breaks the deck with an unbeatable small size. Furthermore, it integrates NFC for easy pairing, microphone, 3 control buttons, a multicolor LED, Bluetooth 5.0 and the best Bluetooth codecs. It all looks very good, doesn't it? Yes, even its pre-sale price is. What else does this small device hide? Well, we'll see about that later...
  20. EarMen TR-Amp

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction Again, I will look at a product of the American brand, based in Chicago, which manufactures in Europe, specifically in Serbia: EarMen. This time it is a USB DAC headphone amplifier with battery, which can be used as a preamplifier. EarMen continues to rely on SABRE chips, mounting the ES9038Q2M, a reference DAC designed for use in mobile and portable devices. Thanks to it, the TR-Amp is able to handle a large number of formats: from PCM 32bit/384kHz, MQA and DSD128 natively, as well as DSD256 via DoP. TR-Amp is a quite powerful device...
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