Head Gear Reviews by Ichos
  1. iBasso DC06

    5.00 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I haven't received monetary or any other kind of compensation and I don't use affiliate links. The DC06 costs $119 and you can buy it from here. iBasso DC06 The DC06 is a brand new USB DAC dongle from iBasso which comes as a successor to the now discontinued DC04. Together with the DC05, they are the two USB DAC dongles currently produced by iBasso. Technical highlights The DC06 features dual ESS ES9219C DAC chips, the same used in the DC05 but this time...
  2. TRN TA1 Max Universal In Ear Monitor

    4.00 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided by Linsoul free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I didn't receive monetary or any other kind of compensation and I don't use affiliate links. The price of the TRN TA1 Max is $46 and you can order it from Linsoul TRN TA1 Max The TRN TA1 Max is the successor to the TA1 bringing several new improvements and a more refined tuning. It is a hybrid earphone that combines one beryllium plated 10mm dual magnetic circuit dynamic driver with one TRN custom Knowles 33518 balanced armature driver. The design of...
  3. Drop+ Etymotic ERX

    5.00 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided free of charge in exchange for my honest review. The ERX normal price is $299 but 300 units are now available for pre-order at the discounted price of $249. You can get it exclusively from Drop. This review was first published in 05 August 2022 and it is the world premiere. Etymotic - a legendary name In audiophile circles and beyond, anyone who knows earphones knows the name Etymotic. Founded in 1983 with an emphasis on auditory research and engineering-driven product design, Etymotic turned heads just one...
  4. Periodic Audio Be (New 2022 edition with detachable cable)

    3.50 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I didn't receive monetary or any other kind of compensation and I don't use affiliate links. The price of the Be is $399 and you can order it it from Periodic Audio online shop. Periodic Audio Periodic Audio is a U.S. based company that features a cool lab theme for all their products. Periodic Audio products are made by and for audio quality connoisseurs. The Periodic Audio team is dedicated to the foundational vision of ‘putting a High-End Audio System in...
  5. BQEYZ Autumn

    4.00 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided by BQEYZ in exchange for a honest review which reflects my own subjective opinion without any intervention from the manufacturer. I didn't receive monetary or any other kind of compensation and I don't use affiliate links. The price is €189 and you can order yours from here. BQEYZ Autumn Following the success of the Spring and Summer earphones, BQEYZ has introduced the third season of earphones, the brand new BQEYZ Autumn. Unlike the previous two seasons, the latest Autumn features a single dynamic driver...
  6. Questyle CMA Fifteen DAC/Amp

    5.00 star(s)
    The CMA Fifteen was loaned to me for the purpose of this review and is now shipped to the next reviewer. The review reflects my honest and subjective evaluation without intervention from the manufacturer. I didn't receive monetary or any other kind of compensation and I don't use affiliate links. The price is $2499 and you can order it from here. Questyle With so many reviews and awards floating around I don't think that I should be wasting your time with lengthy introductions. Questyle is one of the best and highly regarded manufactures of high...
  7. Topping DX5

    4.50 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided free of charge by Shenzhen audio in exchange for my honest review. I didn't receive monetary or any other kind of compensation and I don't use affiliate links. The DX5 price is $449 and you can order yours from Shenzhen audio. About Topping Topping Electronics & Technology, known as ‘TOPPING’, is based in Guangzhou, China, and was established in 2008. They design DACs and AMPs with very competitive prices and excellent price-to-performance ratio. They have a dedicated R&D team of skilled engineers and...
  8. Shanling UA3 - Portable DAC/AMP

    5.00 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided free of charge in exchange for my honest and subjective evaluation. I didn't receive monetary or any other kind of compensation and I don't use affiliate links. The price is $109 and you can order yours from Shanling Amazon official store. Shanling UA3 Faithful Shanling fans will certainly know that for many years, AKM DACs were the core part of Shanling’s audio designs, as they played a crucial role in delivering their house sound. But following the fire at AKM’s factory in 2020, they had to look for...
  9. Yulong DA-ART Aurora

    5.00 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided as an extended loan. As always the review reflects my honest and subjective opinion, I haven't received monetary or any other kind of compensation and I don't use affiliate links. The Aurora is priced at $520 and you can buy it from all authorized dealers around the world. YULONG Audio and DA-ART YULONG Audio designs and manufactures high-end audio products with special focus on All-in-One products for home and personal audio since 2009. They combine leading-edge technologies, rigorous engineering principles...
  10. Hidizs MD4 4 Balanced Armature Drivers

    4.50 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided free of charge in exchange for my honest and subjective evaluation. I haven't received monetary or any other kind of compensation and I don't use affiliate links. The price of the MD4 is $189 and can be ordered from Hidizs online shop. About Hidizs Hidizs was founded early in 2009, when pocket HiFi had just become a thing. At that time, they were pricey and badly made. Digital music sucked in those days, but people didn't really care. Tamson, the founder and the CEO of Hidizs, did care. He was an audiophile and...
  11. MOONDROP Aria Snow Edition

    4.00 star(s)
    The Aria Snow edition (snow from now on) was kindly provided by Shenzhen audio free of charge in exchange for my honest and subjective evaluation. I only covered import fees and tax, I didn't receive monetary or any other kind of compensation and I don't use affiliate links. The price is $79.99 and you can order it from Shenzhen audio. Aria Snow edition Launched in 2021, the Aria featured a liquid crystal polymer (LCP) diaphragm and a composite structure that resulted in exceptional performance. They were widely acclaimed for their timbre and...
  12. TINHIFI T1S Universal In-Ear Monitor

    3.00 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided by TinHiFi free of charge in exchange for my honest and subjective evaluation, I only paid import fees and tax. I haven't received monetary or any other kind of compensation and I don't use affiliate links. The retail price is $39 but you can grab it as low as $20 during some sale events. You can order it directly from TinHiFi. T1S The T1S is an improved version of the T1 Plus with a re-tuned driver on the basis of T1 PLUS and for the T1S it is equipped with a re-developed acoustic silicon sleeve. The T1S...
  13. TINHIFI P1 MAX "Giant Panda" Universal In-Ear Monitor

    4.00 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided by Linsoul free of charge in exchange for my honest evaluation. The P1 MAX retail price is $169 and you can buy it from Linsoul. The link is non affiliate and I didn't receive monetary or any other kind of compensation. P1 MAX aka "Big Panda" The P1 MAX is the latest planar magnetic IEM from TinHiFi. P1 MAX uses a 14.2MM planar driver unit with a diaphragm of only 2μm thickness, and adopts a double-sided array N52 magnet to generate huge magnetic flux. The lightweight aluminum material reduces the weight of...
  14. SMSL DO100

    4.50 star(s)
    The review samples were kindly provided by Aoshida Audio free of charge in exchange for my honest and subjective evaluation. I haven't received monetary or any other kind of compensation and I don't use affiliate links. The prices are $239 for the DO100 and $149 for the HO100. You can buy them from Aoshida Audio here HO100 and here DO100. SMSL Well, SMSL needs no introduction, founded in 2009 are specialized in the audio DAC, stereo headphone amplifier and power amplifiers with a very competitive prices. They pay close attention to user feedback...
  15. SMSL HO100

    4.50 star(s)
    The review samples were kindly provided by Aoshida Audio free of charge in exchange for my honest and subjective evaluation. I haven't received monetary or any other kind of compensation and I don't use affiliate links. The prices are $239 for the DO100 and $149 for the HO100. You can buy them from Aoshida Audio here HO100 and here DO100. SMSL Well, SMSL needs no introduction, founded in 2009 are specialized in the audio DAC, stereo headphone amplifier and power amplifiers with a very competitive prices. They pay close attention to user feedback...
  16. FiiO M11 Plus ESS

    5.00 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided free of charge in exchange for my honest and subjective evaluation, I only paid import fees and tax. I haven't received any monetary or any other kind of compensation and I don't use affiliate links. The retail price is $700 and you can buy it from here. M11 Plus ESS The M11 Plus ESS is the newest version of the much acclaimed M11 Plus LTD (https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/fiio-m11-plus-ltd.25171/review/26267/) which had dual AK4497 DAC chips and is now discontinued. The chip shortage forced FiiO to replace it...
  17. iFi Go bar / 10th Anniversary Limited Edition

    5.00 star(s)
    The review is available here https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/ifi-go-bar.25909/review/28688/
  18. iFi GO bar

    5.00 star(s)
    The review samples were kindly loaned to me for reviewing and I didn't receive monetary or any other kind of compensation. The price of the regular Go bar is $329 and that of the limited anniversary edition is $499. You can buy them from all authorized dealers around the world. iFi Go bar USB DAC/amp dongles are becoming the new trend and not without a reason since they are portable, don't require charging and their sound performance is rapidly improving. iFi is a little late to the party but as they say better late than never. The Go bar is an...
  19. Cayin N8ii

    5.00 star(s)
    The N8ii was kindly loaned to me by Cayin, the unit is now returned and I didn't receive monetary or any other kind of compensation for writing this review. The price is $3499 and you can order it from all authorized dealers around the world. Cayin N8ii DAPs are getting better and better, companies are focusing on the higher end of the market rather than mid priced models while budget DAPs are becoming obsolete as being replaced by the USB DAC dongles. One of the latest flagships is the eye watering expensive Cayin N8ii, a master quality digital...
  20. FiiO K9 Pro ESS

    5.00 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided free of charge in exchange for my honest and subjective evaluation. I only covered import fees and tax. The current price is €849 and you can order it from FiiO.eu. FiiO K9 PRO ESS When you read about FiiO then your mind instantly goes on earphones and portable sources. Truly enough the only larger sized FiiO device was the K5 PRO, well until relatively recently when they released their first ever true desktop DAC/amp with an internal linear power supply, the K9 PRO. The first batch was a limited one...
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