Head Gear Reviews by Dobrescu George
  1. ALLO Audio Revolution DAC

    4.50 star(s)
    allo Audio Revolution DAC - Warm Autumn Evening Code allo Audio decided to make something special with their Revolution DAC, and this is going to cost about 260 USD for the basic variant, but you'll need to pay about 320 USD if you want a remote control, and a Power Supply with it. Given its price point, it will be compared to Palab M1 Mini DAC/AMP (500 USD), Pro-Ject DAC BOX DS (430 USD), and iFi xDSD DAC/AMP (400 USD). Introduction ALLO Audio is really really reliable, they're a company that takes great pride in both measurements and...
  2. Unique Melody MEST MKII

    5.00 star(s)
    Unique Melody Mest MKii IEMs - New Flagship Quadbrid Truly a revolutionary piece, the MKii of Mest from Unique Melody is priced at 1500 USD at the moment of writing this full written review, and it features four types of driver technologies, made to sound the most coherent, detailed yet natural of all the IEMs out there. This means that it is necessary to compare the Mest MKii with Final Audio A8000, Beyerdynamic Xelento, Clear Tune Monitors Da Vinci X, Rhapsodio Zombie, Lime Ears Aether R, and Audeze Euclid IEMs. So many different technologies...
  3. Burson Funk - 3Wpc Headphone Amp and 45Wpc Class-AB Speaker Amp

    5.00 star(s)
    Burson Funk Amplifier for Speakers, Headphones & IEMs - Let's Jazz Burson Funk is a high-end amplifier for Stereo and Headphones, with a starting price of 550 USD, and depending on the configuration, able to reach 750 USD. It will be compared to other amplifiers, like Aune S6 PRO, Hagerman Tuba, and Audio-GD Master 19. Introduction I have always been enthusiastic about Burson products, and their Funk makes no exception being an exceptionally musical one, with a good price tag, and tons of power under the belt, not to mention the high...
  4. Sendy Audio Peacock Planar Magnetic Wood Headphone

    5.00 star(s)
    Sendy Audio Peacock - Flagship Of Music Sendy Audio Peacock is the latest headphone from Sendy Audio and it is priced at about 1500 USD at the moment of writing this full written review (USA), and 1750 USD (Europe after taxes). The main comparisons will be with Kennerton Thror (3000 USD), Audeze LCD MX4 (3000 USD), Rosson RAD-0 (2600 USD), Spirit Torino SuperLeggera (2000 USD), and Crosszone CZ-1 (2000 USD). We will also be having pairings with Astell&Kern SE180 (1500 USD), Analog Audio AAdac (4000 USD), Keces S3 (1300 USD), and Lotoo PAW6000...
  5. Soundmagic ST80 bluetooth earphone with modular wired/wireless cables

    4.00 star(s)
    Soundmagic ST80 Sport Earphones - Not So Fast, Punk ST80 is the new sporty IEM from Soundmagic, a company focused on an awesome selection of products. This one is a really entry-level one, priced at 56 USD, and today's review will mostly focus on it as my collection of reviews about products priced similarly is rather thin. Introduction Soundmagic is a nice company from China, and they offer a wide range of products, from entry-level gems, all the way to some pretty amazing headphones, like their HP1000 series. ST80 sits right in the...
  6. Palab M1-mini

    5.00 star(s)
    Palab M1 Mini DAC/AMP - Beats The Chord In Music Palab M1 mini is a DAC/AMP made by Palab, and it is no secret that it is a mighty good one, with a price tag of 500 USD, MQA decoding abilities, and a Balanced output. The main comparisons included in today's review will be with really capable competitors, Chord Mojo, iFi xDSD, and FiiO Q5S. Introduction Palab is not exactly a new player, but this is the first time In hear about them, and the first time I have the chance to review one of their products, with the M1 Mini being the first of a...
  7. xDuoo MT-602 Tube Class-A Headphone Amplifier

    3.50 star(s)
    xDuoo MT-602 Tube Headphone Amp - Freak Trickster MT-602 is a headphone amplifier with tubes on a budget, priced at 100 USD, and it comes with two 6J1 Tubes, runs in class A, and will be compared to JDS Labs Atom AMP+, Soundavo HP-1 DAC-AMP, and xDuoo TA-10 Headphone AMP, also with tubes. Introduction xDuoo generally does not fail, but this time around they made a rather odd device. It goes to show that there is an actual limit to how much you can squeeze from a low price, and how much you can optimise things...
  8. Effect Audio EVO1

    4.50 star(s)
    Effect Audio EVO 1 Series Cable - To The Maximum Cables Even More Cables should be the title for today's written review as I take a deeper dive with EVO One from Effect Audio, one of the oldest and most trusted cable makers in the whole world. Today's cable costs about 440 USD, and it will be compared to Ares Audio Sakeishi, Dunu Hulk, and FiiO LC 2.5D Silver Cable. For pairings, we will be going with Campfire Vega 2020, FiiO FH5S, and Audeze Euclid. Introduction Effect Audio has been in business for many years now, and they have cables...
  9. Astell&Kern A&futura SE180

    5.00 star(s)
    Astell & Kern A&Futura SE180 Music Player - Alpha DAP Incoming This one is going to be good, a DAP costing about 1500 USD, with replaceable DAC / AMP modules, and with Astell & Kern software, so today's review will be a full fledged, full-length one, with comparisons between SE180 and iBasso DX 300 (1200 USD), Lotoo Paw 6000 (1200 USD), HIFIMAN R2R2000 (2500 USD), FiiO M11 PRO (650 USD), and QLS QA 361 (800 USD). Since we're looking at a high-end DAP with tons of driving abilities, I will be doing pairings (Yay!), with Sendy Audio Peacock...
  10. CZ-10 Stereo Headphones

    5.00 star(s)
    Crosszone CZ-10 Headphones - Soundstage Excelsior CZ-10 is a breath of fresh air, as I've only reviewed open-back headphones for most of this year, so having something closed back, or at least semi open is refreshing. This is a proper Japanese headphone, high-end with all the bells and whistles, priced at 900 USD, and has a magnesium alloy frame, two drivers per each cup, and they will be compared to Underwood HIFI LSA HP-1 (1400 USD), HIFIMAN He6SE (1800 USD), Crosszone CZ-1 (2000 USD), and Spirit Torino Super Leggera (2000 USD)...
  11. IKKO OH10

    5.00 star(s)
    IKKO OH10 Obsidian IEMs - Detail Resolution Maxima Ikko designed an IEM with a rather uninspired name for the presentation, as Obsidian does not necessarily explain the whole story, and the price of 160 USD is way lower than the quality I am hearing from the OH10. The main comparisons will be with Optimisation Elements Tita, BQEYZ Spring 2, BGVP Art Magic VG4. Introduction IKKO is not a big house name yet, but with the stuff they have been releasing lately, they might as well become one of the best known names...
  12. Super Leggera Hi-Fi Open-Back Headphones

    5.00 star(s)
    Spirit Torino Super Leggera - Blue Is The New Awesome Spirit Torino Super Leggera is a really unique headphone, made to sound and feel like an Italian Sports car, and it is priced at 2000 USD. The tech inside includes a Mono Drive Spirit System, and they have two cables made by Portento Audio, and will be compared to the best flagships from across the world. The comparison list includes Rosson RAD-0, HIFIMAN He6SE, Kennerton Thror, and even HIFIMAN Arya. The pairing list will include iBasso DX300, FiiO M11 PRO, and HIFIMAN R2R2000...
  13. SMSL M100 MKII

    4.00 star(s)
    I wanted to share my in-depth video review about the M100 MKII I probably won't get to make a full written review about it too, but for what it is worth, I will be putting some of my thoughts in writing too This is the full viddy review: For those who don't feel like watching the whole vid, the main idea is that this is a good overall DAC, but it has some drawbacks. It has a clear sound, but the overall detail / resolution is a bit poor, especially since for a bit more you can get something like Topping E30, sold and fullfilled by the same...
  14. X5i High Fidelity 5-Driver In-Ear Headphones

    4.00 star(s)
    MAS X5i IEMs - Bass ThunderStorm MAS X5i is an IEM made for bassheads, by bassheads and people who love the bass! Did I mention that it has a good bass?! It is priced at 300 USD, and comes with a straight-down fit, something rare in today's world? This means they'll be compared to Periodic Audio Carbon, Mangrid Tea, and oBravo Cupid. The pairing list will include Hiby R3 PRO, HIFIMAN R2R2000, and ifi Hip DAC. Introduction MAS is a really unknown company still, and I really disagree with that. I really think...
  15. Ares Audio Sakeishi

    4.50 star(s)
    Ares Audio Sakeishi Cable - Connect Me To Music Cables?! Today we're reviewing one of those high-end cables, this one costing about 450 USD, and since I don't really have many cable reviews to date, we'll have to improvise and compare it to FiiO LC-2.5D Silver Cable, Dunu Hulk, and Meze 99 Silver Cables. For the pairing part of this review, I've used IMR Opus Mia, Lime Ears Aether R, and Linsoul Mangrid Tea. Introduction Ares Sakeishi is the type of cable you can customise with any end you require. The company makes...
  16. Soundavo HP-DAC1

    4.00 star(s)
    Soundavo HP-1 DAC / Headphone AMP - The Great Entry There's something about those affordable DAC/AMPs that makes me smile every time I hear one. They tend to be great value, but also mostly designed nicely with the user in mind. HP-1 DAC is the same, and for 130 USD you can have the ultimate DAC/AMP for an entry-level, plus some, with this one. I will be comparing it to FiiO K5 PRO, Pro-Ject Pre-Box S2, and xDuoo XD-05 Plus. The pairings will include Soundmagic HP1000, Ollo S4X, and AIAIAI TMA-2 HD (Wired). Introduction Soundavo may not ring a...
  17. Urbanista NEW YORK ANC Headphones

    3.00 star(s)
    Thicker Than Magma - Urbanista New York ANC BT Headphones Urbanista New York is a full-feature headphone with a pocket-friendly price of 180 USD. They will get compared to FiiO EH3 NC, Grado SR80e, and 1More Triple Driver Headphones. Since they are a Bluetooth Headphone with ANC, they don't get a pairing, they will sound a bit better on Bluetooth, and that's the way they are supposed to be used. Introduction Urbanista is a new company, at least to my ears, but they placed their foot when it comes to providing some...
  18. Singxer SDA-2

    5.00 star(s)
    New Level Of Awesome - Singxer SDA-2 Balanced DAC / Headphone AMP SDA-2 from Singxer is the Next Level of a Midrange DAC/AMP with balanced XLR outputs at the back, Hi-Res processing, a Balanced Headphone Output, and a price of 700 USD. It will get compared to the Mytek Brooklyn DAC+, M2Tech Young MK III, and Denafrips Ares II. For the pairings part of this review, I went with Headphones, but really good ones, including iBasso SR-2, Kennerton Thror and HIFIMAN Arya. Introduction Singxer is not a new company, but a...
  19. Hidizs AP80 Pro

    4.50 star(s)
    Love Me Now - HIDIZS AP80 PRO Ultra Portable Music Player HIDIZS AP80PRO is an ultraportable DAP priced at 170 USD, and mainly designed for IEMs, but capable of also driving some easier headphones. It will get compared to Shanling M2s, FiiO M3PRO, and Hiby R3 PRO. It will also get paired with FiiO FA9, iBasso AM05, and MAS Audio X5h. Introduction Hidizs started with a small time company running Kickstarter campaigns and is now a full-fledged top level brand with multiple products, slowly becoming the new FiiO with a...
  20. iFi audio hip-dac

    4.50 star(s)
    Warm, Forward & Blue - iFi Hip DAC / AMP iFi Hip DAC is a very pocket-friendly DAC/AMP from the UK-based producer iFi, and it comes with a full feature set, including a beautiful design, and is priced at 150 USD, making it one of the most affordable DAC/AMPs out there. It will be compared to Earmen TR-AMP, Earstudio HUD100, FiiO BTR5, and Beam2 from Audirect. The pairing list will include FiiO FA9, oBravo Cupid, Final Audio B3, and Meze Rai Penta. Introduction iFi decided to redesign their entry-level DAC options, and...
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