Head Gear Reviews by davidmolliere
  1. DUNU DK-2001

    5.00 star(s)
    Product page : https://www.dunu-topsound.com/dk-2001 Price : 299$ Fit, Build & Isolation As I said in my DK-4001 review, the DK-2001 fit is one of the best I have had with an universal IEM, it is small, lightweight and ergonomic. The form factor is consistent across the DK lineup and I fit the whole range perfectly. Design wise, I like that the nozzle has a small ridge line to allow for deeper tip insertion, I didn’t need it but it can come in handy and reflects the ergonomic focus in the DK-2001 design. Included spinfits are really good and I...
  2. Meze Audio Rai Solo

    4.00 star(s)
    Manufacturer’s website : https://mezeaudio.com/products/rai-solo Price : 249$ Fit, Build & Isolation The Solo shell looks identical to its bigger brother the Penta, the only difference being color. It’s compact and lightweight which contributes to excellent comfort and the fit is top tier as far as universal goes. This is no small aspect of an IEM for every day use. The build is superb with very tight tolerances and immaculate finish which punches well above its price range. The Solo look sturdy (up to the color coded metal nozzle). Isolation is...
  3. Earsonics Stark

    4.00 star(s)
    Product page : http://www.earsonics.com/in-ear-monitors/en/stark/ Price : 1390€ Fit, Build & Isolation The new hybrid lineup is a new form factor altogether for Earsonics universal IEMs : the inner part of the shell is acrylic while the faceplate is metal. Both Blade an Stark feature the same build, metal color is the only difference between the two. This is a clear departure from the legacy line up, the build quality is flawless and the Stark looks as sturdy as it comes both the metal obviously but the acrylic as well. It’s much heavier IEM than...
  4. EarSonics Blade

    4.00 star(s)
    Manufacturer’s website : http://www.earsonics.com/in-ear-monitors/en/blade/ Price : 549€ Fit, Build & Isolation The new hybrid lineup is a new form factor altogether for Earsonics universal IEMs : the inner part of the shell is acrylic while the faceplate is metal. Both Blade an Stark feature the same build, metal color is the only difference between the two. This is a clear departure from the legacy line up, the build quality is flawless and the Blade looks as sturdy as it comes both the metal obviously but the acrylic as well. It’s much heavier...
  5. DUNU LUNA

    5.00 star(s)
    Product page : https://www.dunu-topsound.com/luna Price : 1699$ Fit, Build & Isolation The Dunu Luna is clearly a superb piece of engineering, the housings are precision machined entirely from a custom-modified grade 5 titanium alloy. This is a flawless build worthy of a flagship and an even smaller footprint than the curent hybrid lineup. The small footprint makes for a very comfortable fit, even more so than the hybrid line up that was pretty good to begin with. The footpring is such that even with custom silicon tips the Luna does not protrude...
  6. Tansio Mirai Zodiac

    5.00 star(s)
    Manufacturer’s website : https://tansio-mirai.com/ Price : 1349$ Fit, Build & Isolation The Zodiac feature a lightweight shell and the build quality is very good, the inside of the shells show the craftsmanship is very good up to the switches system with tight tolerances. The fit is perfect with lightweight shells that you quickly forget once you wear them. The included tips are high quality, a good thing because the stem of the Zodiac is on the bigger side (over 5mm) and this means not everyone of your tip collection will fit. The fit is not too...
  7. Ame Custom Gravitas

    4.00 star(s)
    Fit, Build & Isolation The Gravitas features an excellent build and the shell are quite compact except for thickness which means they do stick out a bit, fit is good but shallow and I had to do some tip rolling to accommodate my big ears (either double flange or something like large EarFoams from Flare worked for me). The shell material looks like transparent acrylic and show the nice craftsmanship of the inside, and isolation is fair. The demo unit features exquisite custom artwork. Like the Argent the sockets of the Gravitas are on the tight side...
  8. AME Custom Argent

    4.50 star(s)
    Initially published at https://iem.reviews/2020/01/22/amecustom-argent-soulful/ Product page : https://amecustom.com/products/argent Price : 1200$ (universal), 1350$ (custom) Fit, Build & Isolation The Argent features an excellent build and the shell are quite compact except for thickness which means they do stick out a bit, fit is good but shallow and I had to do some tip rolling to accommodate my big ears (either double flange or something like large EarFoams from Flare worked for me). The shell material looks like transparent acrylic and show...
  9. AME Custom Radioso

    4.50 star(s)
    Initially published at https://iem.reviews/2020/01/20/ame-radioso/ Product page : https://amecustom.com/products/radioso Price : 1200$ (universal), 1350$ (custom) Fit, Build & Isolation The Radioso features a very good build and the shell are fairly compact, fit is good but shallow and I had to do some tip rolling to accommodate my big ears (either double flange or something like large EarFoams from Flare worked for me). The shell material looks like a lightweight resin, and isolation is only average. As usual with IEM featuring a dynamic...
  10. Tansio Mirai TSMR-5

    4.00 star(s)
    Listening notes I spent approximately 30hours with the TSMR-5, listening on iBasso DX160 using the stock cable. Special Thanks Thanks to Tansio Mirai for providing a review unit of TSMR-5. As usual, this review is my honest opinion. No incentive was given for a favorable review. Manufacturer website : https://tansio-mirai.com/ Price : 419$ Fit, Build & Isolation The TSMR-5 feature a solid acrylic shell and the build quality is flawless, the build breathes quality as clearly shown the inside of the shells the craftsmanship is very good up to...
  11. EarSonics EM10

    5.00 star(s)
    Listening notes I spent approximately 150hours with the EM10, listening to Cayin N6ii (A01 and T01 motherboard) and iBasso DX160 using 4.4 balanced With Dunu Hulk and Null Audio Tiburon 8 wires. EM10 universal demo As it’s owned by @lafeuill and I have access to it, I can vouch that the Music Sanctuary universal demo is quite below the original for most because of a very short stem that means poor fit for most people (I fit almost anything and couldn’t get a good experience with the EM10 universal demo). Anyone who judged the EM10 based on this...
  12. Itsfit Fusion

    5.00 star(s)
    Listening notes I spent over a hundred hours with the ItsFit Lab Fusion, listening to Cayin N6ii (A01 and T01 motherboard) and the DX160 mostly with the DITA Oslo using 4.4 balanced. Disclaimer I have purchased the Fusion during the end of October Sale with 30% off. As usual, this review is my honest opinion. No incentive was given for a favorable review. Fit, Build & Isolation I chose a « plain » cyan transparent design for my Fusion, the picture hardly do justice to the color (hard shade to portray faithfully) but the transparency clearly show...
  13. Vision Ears Erlkönig

    5.00 star(s)
    Listening notes I spent an intense 60hours with the Erlkönig, listening to Cayin N6ii (A01 and T01 motherboard) and with both the stock cable and the Elysium cable (my personal favorite combination in fact). I spent more than half that time with signature 4, probably a close to a quarter with signature 3 and the rest with signature 2 and 1 and some time A/B the signatures. This review is a bit more complex than usual as the Erlkönig features no less than 4 signatures with the switch system and it wouldn’t make sense to just review one of them as...
  14. DUNU-TOPSOUND DK-4001

    4.00 star(s)
    Disclaimer The DK-4001 is a loan sample and has to be returned. No incentive was given for a favorable review. This review is my honest opinion of the DK-4001. Listening notes I spent approximately 60 hours with the DK-4001, listening to Cayin N6ii (A01 and T01 motherboard) with the stock Dunu Noble cable and the Hansound Zen 8 wire both using balanced 4.4 plug. Special thanks For some reason, I have meant to try a Dunu product for a while now but never blind purchased one as I had very few opportunity to audition the gear even in Paris (this is...
  15. Cayin YB04

    4.50 star(s)
    Disclaimer The YB04 provided for the review Tour is a loan sample and has to be returned. No incentive was given for a favorable review. This review is my honest opinion of the YB04. Listening notes I spent approximately 50 hours with the YB04, listening to Cayin N6ii (A01 and T01 motherboard ) with Dunu Hulk cable using balanced 4.4 plug. I also listened out of the AAW Capri cable (with 24/96 DAC and mini balanced amp) plugged into the iPhone. Special thanks Thanks to Andy Kong for organizing the Tour and allowing me to be part of it...
  16. Custom Art FIBAE 7

    5.00 star(s)
    Special thanks Thanks to Piotr for helping me get the FIBAE7 as a repeat customer and reviewer, providing a discounted price as well as the beautiful Galaxy Blue design. As usual, this review is my honest opinion on the FIBAE7. Listening notes I spent approximately a hundred hours with the FIBAE 7, listening to DX220/AMP9, AMP8 and AMP1 mk2 with Dunu Hulk and stock null audio Arete with AMP9 and AMP1 mk2. I’ll be adding Cayin N6ii (A01) impressions very soon with a source comparison section. Packaging The FIBAE 7 in custom form comes with a solid...
  17. Meze Audio Rai Penta

    4.00 star(s)
    Translation of the title A french expression meaning the first try is a master’s performance! It doesn’t really have an equivalent expression in English that I know of. Special thanks Thanks to Meze Audio and in particular Andy Kong for organizing the Penta World Review Tour and giving me the opportunity to review the Penta! No incentive was provided for a favorable review this review is my honest opinion of the Penta. This is a review unit and has to be returned. Listening notes I burnt in the unit for 2 days and then spent approximately 40 hours...
  18. EarSonics EM64

    5.00 star(s)
    Disclaimer I have purchased and paid the full retail price for the EM64, this is not a sponsored review. Listening notes I took my sweet time to write this review, based on over 100 hours listening from several sources : Hiby R6 Pro, Earsonics Birdy, AAW Capri firewire cable for iPhone, DX220 both with AMP1 mk2 and AMP9 and iDSD Micro BL amp. The EM64 is very consistent across sources, and scales up nicely with better sources and cables. Packaging The EM64 comes with the standard Earsonics package : 1 cleaning tool Plastic hardcase User...
  19. Custom Art FIBAE 4

    4.50 star(s)
    Disclaimer I have purchased and paid the full retail (but nice pre-sales) price for the FIBAE 4, this is not a sponsored review. Review notes This review is based on over a 100 hours listening to the FIBAE 4, with various sources : AAW Capri cable for iPhone, iFi Micro DSD Black Label amp and DX220 with both AMP1 mK2 and AMP9. As usual with FIBAE IEMs, the FIBAE 4 signature is consistent across sources. My preferred combo is DX220 with the NuTubes powered AMP9. I tried several cables but PW 1960 4 wires and PlusSound X series were my favorites...
  20. Stealth Sonics U2

    4.00 star(s)
    Disclaimer I’ll receive a free StealthSonics review unit among the U series lineup in exchange of my honest opinion on two of the U series lineup. Listening notes This review is based on over 20 hours listening through several sources : DX220 with AMP1 mK2 and AMP9 mostly with PW Audio 1960 cable 4 wires unbalanced, AAW Capri lightning cable and iFi iDSD Micro Black Label.I listened mostly to AMP9 with the U2, and with faceplate on. Packaging I didn’t get the U2 packaging for the review tour but based on the U4 packaging I can say the packaging...
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