Head Gear Reviews by Ichos
  1. Unique Melody MEXT--A Unique Taste of Bone Conduction

    5.00 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided by MusicTeck in exchange for my honest and subjective evaluation, I only covered import fees and tax. MusicTeck is the official USA distributor of Unique Melody, the MEXT is priced at $1099 and you can buy it using this, non affiliate link. Introduction Unique Melody is one of the most renowned IEM and CIEM manufacturers in the world with very popular models like the famous MEST MK2. Most of their models (including the MEXT) are available in universal and custom editions. This is my first experience with a...
  2. FiiO/Jade audio JH3

    4.00 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided free of charge in exchange for my honest and subjective evaluation. The JH3 is selling for $59.99 and if you are located in EU you can order it using the following (non affiliate) link FiiO.eu Jade Audio Jade Audio is a subsidiary brand of FiiO Electronics Technology Co., Ltd. It is a stylish, technological and youth-oriented brand aiming to provide high-quality yet cost-effective audio products with an excellent listening experience for the younger generation all around the world. Regular readers should...
  3. LOXJIE D30 (2021) ESS

    4.00 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided free of charge in exchange for my honest and subjective evaluation. The price is $259.99 and you can buy it using the following (non affiliate) link. Introduction While some of you may not be familiar with LOXJIE, you certainly are with SMSL. LOXJIE together with SMSL and SABAJ are sister brands under the same parent company. The LOXJIE brand shares the same design and build language with SMSL but they are targeted at the budget market with more cost effective products. LOXJIE D30 (2021) - Technical...
  4. EarSonics Onyx

    4.50 star(s)
    The Onyx was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest and subjective evaluation. The selling price is €491.67 and it is exclusively available from Earsonics. About Earsonics Earsonics was founded in 2005 by Franck Lopez, a musician and sound engineer, who, unhappy with the quality of in-ear monitors available at the time, decided to create his own. In 2006, he began to offer his creation for sale and enjoyed immediate success, even equipping the biggest French music tour at the time. Earsonics was born ! Franck then decided to release a...
  5. iBasso AMP8 MK2

    5.00 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided free of charge in exchange for my honest and subjective evaluation. The AMP8 MK2 is priced at €190.83 ex.TAX and you can buy it using this non affiliate link. Introduction The AMP8 MK2 is a discrete amplifier module that can be installed in the DX240 digital audio player. As you may already know the DX240 is a modular DAP from iBasso, a really portable digital player with excellent sound. You can read everything about the DX240 in my in depth review. AMP8 MK2 - Discrete balanced amplifier module According...
  6. Tanchjim Ola

    4.00 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided by HiFiGo free of charge in exchange for my subjective and honest review. The selling price is $39.99 and you can buy it using the following, non affiliate link HiFiGo. Tanchjim, which was founded in 2015, is a pretty well known earphone manufacturer from China, mostly known for their models called Oxygen and Hana 2021. However this is my first experience with the company. Their newest model is a budget earphone named OLA. Technical highlights The OLA is a single dynamic driver IEM designed with lightweight...
  7. Cayin RU6 Discrete R-2R USB-C DAC/Amp

    4.50 star(s)
    The RU6 was kindly provided by Cayin in exchange for my honest and subjective evaluation. The selling price is $249.99 and you can order it from all authorized dealers across the world. Full product specifications are available here. Introduction The Cayin RU6 is a 24-bit USB dongle DAC/amp featuring a discreet R-2R ladder network. The recent chip shortage, led many companies to revert back to the roots, the R-2R era where digital conversion was done with this particular method before the invention of the modern D/S DAC chip. (The text includes...
  8. Sennheiser IE 600

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction The Sennheiser IE600 was loaned to me by their Greek distributor for local reviewing purposes but I have decided to share brief impressions at Headfi. The IE600 is the new, single dynamic driver iem from Sennheiser which is positioned between the flagship IE900 and the entry level IE300. The selling price is €700 and is available from all authorized retailers. Technical highlights Resilient AMLOY-ZR01 amorphous metal housing, 3D-printed in Germany. Direct, neutral tuning with fast, accurate bass. Select 7 mm TrueResponse...
  9. FiiO M17

    5.00 star(s)
    The M17 was kindly provided by FiiO, free of charge in exchange for my honest evaluation. The retail price is €1499.99 without VAT and you can buy it from FiiO.eu. Introduction FiiO has long ago decided to abandon the budget / mid-priced DAP category in order to concentrate their efforts on higher-end products. They started with the M11 Plus LTD, featuring two AK4497 DAC chips, which after the chip shortage was succeeded by the M11 Plus ESS version and now they have released their cost - no object flagship, the prestigious M17. FiiO M17 The M17...
  10. Mhdt Audio Toucan

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction Recently and after reviewing the exquisite Lab12 dac1 reference, I have become very interested in R2R Non Oversampling DACs with tube buffers. The Lab12 has become my resident reference DAC but since it is quite expensive, I have embarked into a quest to find less expensive DACs featuring the same design principles. I know that this kind of sources don't have the best measured performance but as long as they sound good and can't hear any negative artifacts, I really don't care. Mhdt Labs One brand that comes to mind when searching for...
  11. DUNU Titan S

    4.00 star(s)
    The sample was kindly provided free of charge in exchange for my subjective and unbiased review. The selling price is $79.99 and you can buy it directly from DUNU online shop by using this - non affiliate - link. Introduction The DUNU Titan 1, disguised as FiiO EX1, was one of my first and most beloved iems. It is one of the few earphones that didn't end up in the classifieds, it has proven to be very durable and I am still using it for phone calls. DUNU Titan S Fast forward to the present and the brand new Titan S reboots the classic and much...
  12. Sennheiser HD 820

    4.50 star(s)
    This review was made possible thanks to the Sennheiser HD820 tour that was organized by the brand for Head-Fi. My sincerest thanks for letting me participate. Introduction The HD820 is Sennheiser's closed - back flagship headphone building upon the success of the HD800S. They share the same famous 56mm Ring Radiator dynamic transducer system and then incorporate various novel innovations to overcome the laws of physics in order to provide open back performance from a closed back headphone. The most notable ones are the Concave Gorilla Glass...
  13. Violectric DHA V226

    5.00 star(s)
    The V226 was kindly provided as a loaner in exchange for my subjective and unbiased review. The selling price is €1399 and you can order it directly from the Violectric website. Introduction Coming from Germany, the Violectric brand, founded by the legendary Fried Riem, is a milestone in producing some of the best high end headphone amplifiers and DACs in the market, that are highly favored amongst the community for their top sound performance and the excellent craftsmanship albeit the high selling prices. In the past few years their portfolio of...
  14. Aune X1s GT

    4.50 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided by Aune in exchange for my subjective and unbiased review. The selling price in Europe is €289 and you can buy it using this not affiliate aune-store. Aune X1s GT Aune is a pioneer brand with a huge range of desktop as well as portable audio gear. The latest X1s GT is a revamped version of their classic X1 series of desktop DAC/AMPs, the 8th generation of the same. PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Aune X1s GT features PLL, a precise Phase Locked Loop digital clock algorithm that transfers appropriate frequency...
  15. Meze Elite

    5.00 star(s)
    The Meze Elite was kindly loaned to me for reviewing purposes but in the end I decided to buy it. This is my honest and subjective evaluation of it. The selling price is €4000 and you can buy it directly from Meze Audio. Introduction It was about three years ago when I tested and eventually bought the Empyrean, the previous flagship headphone of the Romanian Meze Audio, which with its sound performance changed once and for all the perception I had about headphones. And while someone would expect the Meze team to rest, reaping the laurels of...
  16. iBasso DX240

    5.00 star(s)
    The DX240 was kindly provided free of charge by iBasso. This is my honest and subjective evaluation without any bias. The selling price is €790.83 ex.TAX and you can buy it, using the following (non-affiliate) link. About the DX240 iBasso has a long history in producing some of the best sounding DAPs coupled with a very competitive pricing. Their flagship DX300 (now out of production) is a truly remarkable digital player with a performance that highly exceeds the asking price, making it the least expensive high-end player of the market. The full...
  17. FiiO FA7S

    5.00 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided free of charge and I only covered import fees and tax. This is my honest and subjective evaluation of it. The retail price is $359.99 and you can buy it using the following (non-affiliate) link FiiO.eu. About the FiiO FA7S The FiiO FA7S is a new 3rd gen industrial design universal IEM housing six balanced armature drivers. It is part of the FA line with the top model being the FA9 (review). The "A" stands for a fully balanced armature set-up and the FA7S is a redesigned successor to the FA7. Features and...
  18. Tin HiFi T3 Plus

    4.00 star(s)
    TINHIFI contacted me in order to suggest a T3 Plus review. The sample was kindly provided free of charge and this is my honest and subjective evaluation of it. The regular selling price is $69 but you can always find a better deal. You can buy it directly from TINHIFI using the following, not affiliate link TINHIFI. Description and technical specifications The T3 Plus is a new addition to the TINHIFI T series of earphones. It uses a 10mm dynamic driver, with a double - cavity design and built in high performance magnets. The new material, Liquid...
  19. Fiio/Jade Audio KA3 Dac/Amp

    5.00 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided free of charge in exchange for my honest and subjective opinion. I only covered import fees and tax. The retail price is €99 and you can buy it using this not affiliate link FiiO.eu. Introduction The FiiO KA3 is the company's first USB DAC/amp dongle to run without an internal battery like the BTR5. A little late to the party but better late than never. The KA3 is a co - branding between FiiO and the sister company Jade Audio. Design and build quality The KA3 is a DAC/amp dongle featuring a USB type C input...
  20. Jade Audio JD3

    4.50 star(s)
    The Jade Audio JD3 was provided free of charge in order to provide my subjective and unbiased evaluation of it. The retail price is only $20 and you can buy it using this not affiliate link FiiO.eu About Jade Audio Jade Audio is a subsidiary brand of FiiO that was established in order to focus on the budget line so the parent company could use all their human resources in developing the main catalogue of their products. The company is built around a team of core members who are subject experts with empirical knowledge in acoustics, focusing on the...
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