Head Gear Reviews by dweaver
  1. KEF Porsche Design Motion One

    4.50 star(s)
    To start I want to say I have been a KEF headphone and earphone fan for several years, owning every models of product that have released except the newest Space One Wireless. But I have also had issues with ergonomics which often out weighed their sonic prowess. So when I saw my local Visions Electronics store had the Space One Wireless and the Motion One on sale I had to make a hard decision as I could not justify buying both. In the end the lower price of the Motion One combined with the fact I already own the Space One wired lead me to grab the...
  2. AKG N700NC

    4.50 star(s)
    Before I start my review I want to discuss my ANC Bluetooth journey a bit to give some context to my review. I have been trying ANC and Bluetooth products now for several years. My first ANC product was the Bose QC20 which blew me away with its amazing ANC ability but came up short on its audio fidelity. I then tried different products like the MDR100ABN and a long list of other BT only products. Each would be good but never quite good enough. The MDR100ABN suffered from wind noise, some had Bluetooth connectivity issues, others lacked the audio...
  3. Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless

    4.00 star(s)
    Please see updated information at the end of review regarding charging and connecting issues. Prologue: (skip down to the review proper if you don't want to read my wandering thoughts :wink: ) Over the past few years the lure of Wireless connectivity has grown as phone makers start to drop the classic earphone jack and ear/headphone makers improved Bluetooth audio going from being OK to very good to great in regards to audio quality. Today you can buy LDAC or APTx-HD fullsize headphones or devices like the Radsone ES100 that allow you use any wired...
  4. Brainwavz B400 - Quad Balanced Armature Earphones

    4.50 star(s)
    First off I would like to thank Brainwavz for allowing me to review the B400. The unit I have was sent to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review of the earphone. About a year ago I was asked if I would like to review Brainwavz re-entry into the BA arena in the form of the B100. I remember at the time I wasn't sure I was interested as I had found myself less and less interested in BA based IEM's focusing more on dynamic and hybrid designs. But I was curious enough I bit and was pleasantly surprised at how good the B100 sounded. It was...
  5. Meze 99 Neo

    4.50 star(s)
      First if I would like to thank Meze for including me in their review program. I did NOT receive these for free, like all other reviewers in the program I have been given a 1 week window to review the headphone, then ship them on to the next reviewer.   Ok, so now that I have dealt with the usual disclaimers let get into the review.   I am really taken in by the look of the Neo, I absolutely love the textured look of the cups, the classic black color, the accents on the edge of the cups and general over all look of the headphone. Meze simply...
  6. Brainwavz B100 Balanced Armature Earphone

    4.50 star(s)
    I want to thank Brainwavz for allowing me to review their latest foray into the balanced armature market. I have received a free pair of the B100 in exchange for an honest review of their product.   I actually hesitated to receive the B100 as I have slowly moved away from balanced armature only IEM's concentrating mainly on either dynamic or hybrid based products over the past couple of years. But I also had never reviewed a balanced armature from Brainwavz so relented and decided to give them a try. I am glad I made that decision as Brainwavz has...
  7. Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Bluetooth Headphone

    4.50 star(s)
    To start, I want to thank Sennheiser for graciously loaning the PXC 550 for a review. I contacted them a couple of months ago about possibly being able to review the headphone as I have been very interested in Active Noise cancelling headphones over the past year. At the time I was told the product was not available in Canada yet so I would have to wait. Several months passed and I got busy with other products and actually ended up buying the Sony MDR-100ABN used from another Head-fi member. So I was pleasantly surprised when I was contacted by...
  8. Meze 99 Classics

    4.50 star(s)
    First if I would like to thank Meze for including me in their review program. I did NOT receive these for free, like all other reviewers in the program I was given a 1 week window to review the headphone, then ship them on to the next reviewer. Having said that one of us will win a free pair as a thank you from Meze for reviewing their headphone. I personally do not feel the potential for a free headphone sways my opinion on how something sounds, looks, feels, or it's craftsmanship. To be blunt if I don't like it I wouldn't want to win it and if I do...
  9. HIFIMAN Edition X Over Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones

    4.50 star(s)
      I am in the middle of 1 week window to listen to the Edition X as part of the loaner review program. This is the first really expensive headphone I have had an extensive listen to. I have listened to the T1, HD800, and LCD2 in a quiet setting for a couple of hours and them plus a few more expensive headphones at various head-fi meets over the years. So I have a bit of an idea of what more expensive headphones offer but not on a daily basis. My most expensive headphones prior to this is my current Z7, and prior K712 (sold), and D7000 (sold). To...
  10. Echobox Audio Finder X1

    4.00 star(s)
    I would like to thank Echo Box for being asked to review their new IEM. I received the IEM in exchange for my honest review and opinion. So let's go through the non music aspects of this cool little IEM first. To start, well is a COOL LITTLE IEM! ;). The size and shape is it's most unique aspect. It looks cool in hand and simply disappears in ear. I love its minimalist design and how the cable comes out of the IEM and the manufacturer's clever strain relief system. I worry that the strain relief concept won't work but only time will be able to...
  11. Brainwavz S3

    4.00 star(s)
    First off, I would like to thank BrainWavz for letting me review this IEM and also apologize because I have been a bit tardy getting my review completed. For disclosure purposes I have received the S3 for free in exchange for my unbiased review of the product.   So to get things started I think it important to state up front who I think the target audience is for this particular IEM. This IEM is definitely targeted towards people who are looking for a musically warm midrange oriented listening experience. While the S3 has north of neutral bass it...
  12. RHA T20

    4.50 star(s)
    First off I want to apologize for taking so long to get this review put together. Circumstances and family responsibility have conspired against me this year in regards to being able put together a review when I wanted to. But I wanted to make sure I gave the T20 the proper effort as it is a worthy IEM that deserves that. I would also like to thank RHA for sending me their latest flagship IEM.   OK enough fluff and excuses lets get to it .   Last year when I wrote my T10 review I suggested that RHA had created the perfect Pizza but that it wasn't...
  13. Sony MDR-Z7

    5.00 star(s)
    OK, before I get into my review of the MDR-Z7 I feel a need to give some background and history of my time on head-fi. It might help make sense of my love of this headphone and why at the same time I am going against the sonic grain of some of my recent reviews and general mid/treble centric preferences. When I started out on Head-fi I was the proud owner of the original Bose Triport earphones and thought they were pretty good until I started to read about sound and realized I wanted something more. I then started down my low-mid-fi days of trying...
  14. Cayin C5 Portable HIFI Audio Headphone Amplifier

    4.50 star(s)
    First off I would like to thank CTC Audio for being given the chance to review this amplifier. Note, they did not give me the amp, this is a loaner program they have set up to review their product line. I am grateful for a company like them to be willing to do this. It costs them money to set this up and being a simple online retailer is a lot of work. For anyone in North America and Canada specifically CTC offers a line of some of the best Audiophile equipment that has been made in the past year at a price that is competitive while offering warranty...
  15. RHA T10i

    4.00 star(s)
    First off I want to thank RHA for selecting me as one of their 3 reviewers here on Head-fi. I really appreciate being selected out of so many quality reviewers that replied in the reviewers wanted thread. I also would like to thank the people who posted their recommendation for me. I was touched by those posts more than you realize, as the process of writing reviews can at times feel like I am talking to myself. It was wonderful to see such positive feedback about my writing, making all the effort worth while.   OK so enough fluff, lets get down to...
  16. Pioneer DJE-1500-K Professional DJ In-Ear Headphones

    5.00 star(s)
    Over the years I have owned and reviewed a number of IEM's and headphones, being a positive person my reviews generally err on the side of generosity. This IEM forced me to go back through my reviews and adjust my ratings. The overall package and sound of the DJE1500 required it to be separated from everything else or I wouldn't be doing it justice. It is the first 5 star rating I have ever given. Now this doesn't mean I might not hear another IEM that is better but as of now it is the best dynamic based IEM I have heard, PERIOD... Now having said...
  17. Brainwavz S5 In Ear Headphones

    4.00 star(s)
    Disclaimer: I am reviewing a pair of the S5 I received from Brainwavz for reviewing purposes.   OK, I have reviewed several Brainwavz over the years and they have always managed to nail a great balance between cost and sound quality with only the occasional miss. The S5 manages to continue that trend admirably. I will be blunt, the S5 is their best dynamic based IEM they have created to date. Taking other S series models I have reviewed in the past the S5 takes the best of those IEM's and refines and perfects those qualities. I have not taken a ton...
  18. AKG X323XS

    4.00 star(s)
    After starting to review a few IEM's in the past week I decided to slip these babies back into my ears as a reference point for the other IEM's. After doing so for a few minutes I realized these really needed a proper review as they definitely keep up with a lot of gear that is more expensive.   As can be seen by the picture these are very tiny being the smallest IEM I have owned to date. They come in two types, an iDevice specific model and a single button android model. I have the android model and will have to assume they will sound the same...
  19. ROCK JAW ALFA GENUS

    3.50 star(s)
    I am going to just stick with a written review for this little gem as others have already done an admirable job of photographing this IEM and all of it's accessories in all their glory.   When my reviewer package arrived I liked how they had made it appear crooked in the box and was even fooled initially thinking it had slipped in transit . Upon opening the box I was treated to a snappy but over engineered case that kind of reminded me of the IE8 case from Sennheiser. While I find this type of case to big for practical daily use I do have to admit...
  20. Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear Headphone

    4.00 star(s)
    Sennheiser Momentum On Ear I bought the Momentum On Ear (MOE) on a bit of a whim and mistaken thought I could return them if not satisfied. So not really an auspicious start to a headphone aside from getting them at a good price compared to retail. I honestly thought I was just going to end up returning them. Buy upon initial listen I have to admit I have been surprised by them. Bit before I get into their sound let's talk about the headphones physical attributes first. Build quality of the MOE is absolutely top notch. The headphones exudes quality...
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