Head Gear Reviews by Hisoundfi
  1. Soundmagic ST80 bluetooth earphone with modular wired/wireless cables

    4.00 star(s)
    At the time this review was written, the Soundmagic ST80 was displayed with Asian links for purchase on the Soundmagic website. Here is a link to their listing of the product:   http://www.soundmagic.com.cn/index.php?c=content&a=show&id=362   Introduction It was relatively early in my days of reviewing products when Soundmagic contacted me to see if I would be interested in covering their new flagship E80 and E50 earphones. Being a huge budget audio fan (still am) and having the E30 and E10, I was excited to see what Soundmagic would do with...
  2. iFi Audio iEMatch Headphone Travel Accessory

    4.50 star(s)
    As the rabbit hole of summit-fi in-ear monitors gets deeper and deeper, I find myself encountering the same issues over and over. Most of the high end multiple armature driver in-ear monitors in today’s market are incredibly sensitive. What happens as a result is many of these earphones have a background hiss or will pick up digital noise. It can get really annoying, especially when trying to use an earphone of this type (or any other sensitive earphone for that matter) with our favorite portable sources like DAPs, and portable DAC/Amplifiers. If we...
  3. ZMFheadphones Eikon

    5.00 star(s)
    At the time of the review, the ZMF Eikon headphones were listed for sale on the ZMF website. Here is a link for information and purchase:   http://www.zmfheadphones.com/zmf-originals/zmf-eikon   Introduction The Eikon headphone is the big brother of two dynamic driver headphones recently released by ZMF. Here is a link to its sibling, the Atticus:   http://www.head-fi.org/products/zmf-headphones-atticus-dynamic-tpe-driver-over-ear-full-size-headphone/reviews/17335   As stated in the Atticus review, the recent releases by ZMF are the first...
  4. Super Dolphin 6BA

    3.50 star(s)
    At the time this review was written, the Super Dolphin earphone was listed for sale on AK Audio Store’s Aliexpress website. Here is a link to their listing of the product:  ...
  5. ZMF Headphones Atticus dynamic TPE driver over-ear full size headphone

    4.50 star(s)
    At the time of the review, the ZMF Atticus headphones were listed for sale on ZMF’s website. Here is a link for information and purchase:   http://www.zmfheadphones.com/zmf-originals   Introduction A couple of weeks ago my beloved Chicago Cubs won their first world series in over one hundred and eight years. Until then, baseball season has always ended up the same for me as year after year turned into decades upon decades of mediocrity. It took my family three generations before I could finally say that our family-favorite team has reached the...
  6. Earsonics - S-EM9 in-ear Earphones

    5.00 star(s)
    At the time this review was written, the  Earsonics S-EM9 was listed for sale on Musicteck’s online store. Here are a couple links to listings of the product:   https://www.amazon.com/Earsonics-S-EM9-ear-Earphones-connector/dp/B01GATE7YO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477836191&sr=8-1&keywords=s-em9   https://shop.musicteck.com/products/earsonics-s-em9     Introduction With the release of Iphone 7 the market for wired earphones and headphones buyers has been cut by a sizeable percentage. What’s left are Android owners (I salute you) and...
  7. Noble Audio Katana

    5.00 star(s)
    At the time this review was written, the Noble Katana Universal was listed for sale on Noble Audio’s website. Here is a link to their listing of the product:   https://nobleaudio.com/en/shop/universal/   Introduction The greatest thing about this hobby is that the art of manufacturing great sounding earphones continues to evolve. From the top of the line multi-driver manufacturers down to the "bang for your buck" budget builders, the quality you can get at each price improves as time and technology advances.   Many of us start out in this...
  8. TFZ Series 5

    4.00 star(s)
    At the time this review was written, the TFZ Series 5 was listed for sale on Penon Audio’s website. Here is a link to their listing of the product:   http://penonaudio.com/TFZ-SERIES-5   Introduction This is my third review in a row of TFZ products Here are links to my reviews of the Series 1 and 3:   Series 1: http://www.head-fi.org/products/tfz-series-1/reviews/16935   Series 3: http://www.head-fi.org/products/the-fragrant-zither-tfz-series-3-hifi-earphones/reviews/16947   At the time of writing this review the Series five is the...
  9. The Fragrant Zither (TFZ) Series 3 Hifi Earphones

    4.00 star(s)
    At the time this review was written, the TFZ Series 3 was listed for sale on Penon Audio’s website. Here is a link to their listing of the product:   http://penonaudio.com/TFZ-SERIES-3?search=TFZ%20SERIES%203   Introduction The TFZ is geared to be the middle ground model of the TFZ lineup. TFZ broke onto the scene earlier this year, bringing their budget earphones to market. When Penon Audio asked me if I would cover them with a review on Head-Fi, I gladly obliged. Having heard several positive impressions on them I knew it was something I would...
  10. TFZ Series 1

    4.00 star(s)
    At the time this review was written, the TFZ series 1 was listed for sale on Penon Audio’s website. Here is a link to their listing of the product:   http://penonaudio.com/TFZ-SERIES-1?search=tfz   Introduction Regardless of what gear I’m listening to, I’m always curious when a new earphone hits the market. With every new offering comes an opportunity to see if the next “giant killer” has come to market.   When Penon Audio contacted me to see if I was interested in reviewing the new lineup from TFZ, there was no way I could turn down the...
  11. Rhapsodio Clipper

    3.50 star(s)
    At the time this review was written, the Rhapsodio Clipper was listed for sale on their website. Here is a link to their listing of the product:   http://www.rhapsodiostore.com/products/rhapsodio-clipper   Introduction There’s a lot of dynamic driver in-ear monitors listed for sale now days. Anywhere from budget to high end in-ear monitors offer variations of this driver set up, leaving one to wonder what it is that causes one to cost a thousand dollars while there’s budget versions that cost five bucks.   Build, sound quality and materials...
  12. Venture Electronics (VE) Monk+/Monk Plus

    5.00 star(s)
    At the time this review was written, the Venture Electronics Monk Plus was listed for sale on the VE website and also on Aliexpress. Here are links to their listing of the product: https://www.veclan.com/engappliance_sel_one?eng_ApplianceVo.eac_id=4...
  13. Edifier P220 In-Ear Chrome Design Headphones With Microphone - Blue

    3.00 star(s)
    At the time this review was written, the Edifier P220 was listed for sale on Amazon. Here is a link to their listing of the product:   https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-P220-Headset-Samsung-Apple/dp/B01C7XBKDI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471827730&sr=8-1&keywords=edifier+p220   Introduction Why do I still review budget gear? The answer to this is easy. Every now and then you get a diamond in the rough, or something that surprises you with build or sound quality (sometimes both). If I’ve heard a budget earphone that performs well, I will keep the...
  14. Meze Audio 99 Classics

    4.00 star(s)
    At the time of the review, the Meze 99 Classics headphones were for sale on their website. Here is a link for information and purchase:   https://www.mezeheadphones.com/meze-99-classics-walnut-silver-wood-headphones   Introduction The force is strong in these…   If you’ve been visiting Head-Fi over the last year, you’ve probably seen several Meze 99 Classics reviews on the front page of the website. They have gotten some rave reviews from fellow Head-Fiers.   I had an opportunity to sample the 99 Classics at Axpona in April of 2016. They...
  15. Trinity Audio Engineering - PHANTOM SABRE

    4.00 star(s)
    At the time this review was written, the Trinity Sabre was listed for sale on Trinity Audio’s website. Here is a link to their listing of the product:   https://trinity-audio-engineering.myshopify.com/collections/phantom-series/products/trinity-phantom-sabre-push-pull-twin-drive-in-ear-monitor   Introduction Trinity has established themselves as one of the best earphone manufacturers around when it comes to price and performance. The company is headed up by a guy from the UK named Bob (formerly of Rockjaw). If you’ve been on Head-Fi long enough...
  16. iBasso Audio D14 "Bushmaster"

    4.50 star(s)
    At the time this review was written the iBasso D14 Bushmaster DAC/Amplifier was for sale on Penon Audio’s website. Here is a link to iBasso’s product page display, and also a listing on Penon Audio:   http://www.ibasso.com/cp_xq_dy.php?id=288   http://penonaudio.com/iBasso-D14   Introduction The only other iBasso product I’ve reviewed to this point has been the DX-80 DAP. It was a positive experience that left me curious to experience more of their products. When I heard that iBasso was looking for someone to review the D14 Bushmaster, I...
  17. Fidue A91 Sirius

    4.50 star(s)
    At the time this review was written, the Fidue A91 Sirius hybrid in-ear monitor was listed for sale on Hifiheadphones and Penon Audio's website. Here are links to their listings of the product:   http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/fidue-sirius-a91-hybrid-drivers-iem-earphones-with-replaceable-cable.html   http://penonaudio.com/Fidue-Sirius-A91   Introduction I’m a Fidue fanboy. I’ll be the first to admit this.   My admiration of the company started with an opportunity to review the A83 hybrid in-ear monitor. To this day they are an incredible sounding...
  18. Edifier H850 Hi-fi Over-Ear Monitor Audiophile Headphones Black

    4.00 star(s)
    At the time of the review, the Edifier headphones were for sale on Amazon.com. Here is a link for information and purchase:   https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-H850-Over---ear-Headphones/dp/B013J8DROA/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1467921354&sr=1-8&keywords=edifier   Introduction The thing I love about budget earphones is the great price to performance you can get sometimes. Not only that, there is less risk of being out of your hard earned dollars if you buy a product and don’t like it (thanks to the lower asking prices). Combine the vast...
  19. Echobox Audio Finder X1

    4.00 star(s)
    At the time this review was written, the Echobox Finder X1 was listed for sale on their website. Here is a link to their listing of the product:   http://echobox-audio.myshopify.com/products/finder-x1   Introduction Axpona was a great venue. I met a lot of manufacturers and listened to some pretty amazing stuff. I’m not sure what it is that I enjoy more, the gear or the people.   There was some really cool guys behind the Echobox booth. They had the Explorer DAP and the Finder X1 earphones on display. When I asked them if they were on...
  20. Alpha & Delta D2

    4.00 star(s)
    At the time this review was written, the Alpha & Delta  was listed for sale on Lendmeurears website. Here is a link to their listing of the product:   http://www.lendmeurears.com/alpha-delta-d2m/   Introduction Lendmeurears introduced its line of in ear monitors last fall, releasing the dual driver Alpha & Delta AD01. It was a bass forward earphone that received  a fairly high approval from reviewers. Being in the industry already, they had insight in terms of what their target market was. Their experience combined with what they’ve learned has...
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