Head Gear Reviews by grahamnp
  1. Xiaomi Pistons 3.0 in-ear headphones

    5.00 star(s)
    They have a nice looking design with materials that suit the asking price but they appear to be a step down from previous models.  Still, I can't really complain about the build as it's still superior to many earphones in this price range, many of which sound much worse.  There is now more plastic than metal, even on the metallic looking bits like the microphone pod and jack but for the price, these concessions can be forgiven.  The lack of strain reliefs anywhere on the earphone are of concern to me but time will tell if they are really worth...
  2. Audio-Technica ATH-AD900

    4.00 star(s)
    I'll start of with the physical aspects.  The headphones have a magnesium and plastic construction and feel light but well built.  The 1/8 to 1/4" TRS adaptor is nicer than most and the cable is good (thick, no memory, strain relieved etc.) but single entry which I don't care for.   Fit is very good, the self adjusting wings work exactly as advertised and put very little pressure on any part of my head.  Despite the very large size of the cups, the driver housing (not the driver itself!) still comes into contact with my ears, kinda like a on-ear...
  3. Hippo Shroom

    4.00 star(s)
    *This is a review for the EB (Extended Bass) version, not the original*   The Shroom EB's use micro drivers that sit inside your ear canal instead of just outside like most IEMs, the drivers are physically smaller and this means that the Shroom has a very small housing.  They fit without touching most of your ear and can be worn cable up or down.  The barrel is relatively long so it will stick out a bit and won't disappear in your ears so sleeping with them won't be comfortable.  Isolation is good without needing deep insertion atlhough the...
  4. MEElectronics M6-BK In-Ear Headphones (Black)

    4.50 star(s)
    Build quality is average but the strain reliefs on the jack are good and the cable quality is very good but slightly tacky.  They don't have much memory and carry very little microphonics and have given me very little problems so far.  Isolation is average and they are comfortable.  I find the memory wire to be quite troublesome (both the copper and steel version) so I removed them, no big deal.   They come with a case, a cable organiser, 3 sizes of single flange tips and 1 pair of triple flanges and a 2-prong flight adaptor.  The accessory list...
  5. Shure E2c Sound Isolating Earphones

    4.00 star(s)
    I'll address my the contradiction in my pros and cons first.  The earpieces are solid and the strain reliefs are good on both the earpiece and the jack.  The cable is thick and inspires confidence but something you won't know from just feeling it, is that it hardens and cracks after a while.  Comfort is good and isolation is well above average.   They have a fairly pleasant non-fatiguing sound signature that doesn't stand out for any particular reason.  Detail is average, bass is present but not prominent, it extends reasonably low but lacks...
  6. HEAD-DIRECT RE0 In-ear Headphones

    5.00 star(s)
    Housings are made of metal and are solid but the cloth version of the cable is prone to microphonics.  The jack is fairly weak and the strain reliefs aren't particularly effective.  Fit is easy as the earpieces are fairly small and isolation is just above average.   Sound is excellent for the money.  Treble is more prominent than in most earphones but is never harsh and has better extension than anything I've heard, detail is excellent.  The midrange is natural sounding with little colouration and is also very detailed.  The RE-0 is light on the...
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