Head Gear Reviews by Ichos
  1. iFi audio NEO iDSD

    5.00 star(s)
    Preamble The NEO iDSD was provided by iFi for one week as part of the Headfi loaner tour. Due to the holiday season I was privileged to abuse that time. I would like to thank them very much for letting me participate. The review reflects my personal honest and subjective opinion. iFi never asked for a favorable review of any kind. About the firmware A few words about the supposed noise problem that was discussed here in Headfi. My loaner sample came with the original release firmware and was dead silent during all the tests I have performed. After...
  2. Drop + HIFIMAN HE5XX

    5.00 star(s)
    The HE5XX was kindly provided by Drop and is still under their ownership. This is my honest and subjective evaluation of it. Note After further listening tests and further research we have edited the section HE5XX vs Deva. Kindly read again. Introduction The Drop/Hifiman HE5XX is a brand new open back planar magnetic headphone that is selling for $220 and can be bought exclusively from Drop. This is not the first time that Drop and Hifiman join forces together but rather the sixth with various models available such as their great success HE4XX...
  3. FiiO BTA 30 - High Fidelity Bluetooth transceiver

    4.50 star(s)
    The BTA 30 was kindly provided by FiiO and is still under their ownership. This is my honest and subjective evaluation of it. You can get it from FiiO.eu Introduction FiiO BTA 30 is a long awaited high fidelity bluetooth transceiver and dac with a friendly asking price of about 99€. Although there is a great demand for such transceivers it seems to be some kind of shortage regarding the available models or at least the decent ones. The best rival we can think of is the iFi Zen Blue which retails for 150€ and it's been a long time since we enjoyed...
  4. FiiO Q5s TC (Type-C)

    5.00 star(s)
    The Q5s TC was kindly provided by FiiO and is still under their ownership. This is my honest and subjective evaluation of it. FiiO Q5s (Type C) is a new version of the very popular Q5s. There are only two differences between the two versions. Differences between Q5s TC and Q5s 1 - The Q5s TC includes the standard THX amp module AM3D 3.5mm+4.4mm (the Micro USB port is changed to Type C port), while the Q5s includes the AM3E (2.5+4.4+3.5+Micro USB port). 2 - Change of the Bluetooth chip from CSR8675 to QCC5124 which supports the new aptX adaptive...
  5. AUDIOFLY AFT2

    4.00 star(s)
    Preface We have directly asked AUDIOFLY to review the AFT 2 and they kindly provided a review sample that it does not need to be returned. They didn't asked for any kind of favors and they didn't read the review before it was published. AUDIOFLY team thank you very much for the opportunity. Introduction Based in Australia, the Audiofly team of creative and diverse music lovers has been developing ground-breaking audio technology creating iems for professional and casual use with wired and wireless options. Technology The AFT2 is the second True...
  6. HIFIMAN SUNDARA

    5.00 star(s)
    Preface The headphone was kindly provided by Hifiman after our request and is a long term loaner for future reference. Hifiman never asked for any kind of a favourable review. Hifiman Sundara isn't exactly a new model and we are a little bit delayed to post our impressions but it's never too late to review a good headphone so here we are! Technology and physical The Sundara is an open back planar magnetic headphone with a specially designed driver. The driver is featuring the brand new NEO supernano diaphragm which is 80% thinner than previous...
  7. FiiO Q3 THX Balanced DAC/Amplifier

    4.50 star(s)
    Preface The Q3 was kindly provided by FiiO and is still under their ownership. This is my honest and subjective evaluation of it. Q3 is the latest battery powered portable dac/amp offering from FiiO. It seats just above the entry level Q1 mkii and before the flagship Q5S retailing at about 150$/160€. You can get it from FiiO.eu Physical and layout The resemblance to the Q1 mkii is obvious as are the dimensions with the Q3 measuring 105x59x12.5mm with a weight of 110g. Sandblasted aluminum is used throughout with built quality and finish being...
  8. Dekoni Audio Elite Hybrid Replacement Ear Pads for Sennheiser HD600 Series

    5.00 star(s)
    Preface Dekoni Audio asked here on Headfi for users willing to test ear pads for various headphones and provide their unbiased impressions. We have applied and luckily we were selected to test the replacement ear pads for the Sennheiser HD660S so Dekoni Audio kindly provided a pair of our choice free of charge. The USA based Dekoni Audio is the largest and most well known maker of aftermarket ear pads for various models of headphones. They also make aftermarket ear tips plus hearing protection ear plugs and some other very useful accessories...
  9. Tronsmart Apollo Bold

    4.00 star(s)
    Tronsmart Apollo Bold TWS A TWS for the bass lovers Introduction To be honest we didn't know anything about Tronsmart and their products until they called out for reviewers here at Headfi for their latest product a budget friendly TWS iem with the name Apollo Bold. Specs and photos were promising so we applied for the review and luckily we were selected so Tronsmart provided a free sample of Apollo Bold to be reviewed. Tronsmart Audio never asked for a favorable review or any other kind words. As always our subjective but honest review is...
  10. FiiO EM5

    4.50 star(s)
    The review sample was kindly provided by FiiO and is still under their ownership. This is my honest and subjective evaluation of it. You can get it from FiiO.eu Do you hate iems penetrating into your ears? No problem we have the solution for you! Introduction Do you remember open fit ear buds? They were once the only available in - ear headphones that they ruled supreme till the introduction and evolution of the iem's which eventually almost whipped them out. Well almost because there has always been a small limited audience that continued to...
  11. HIFIMAN HE400i Ver.2020

    4.50 star(s)
    A Classic reborn The review sample was kindly provided by HiFiMan and is still under their ownership. This is my honest and subjective evaluation of it. One of the most beloved headphones of Hifiman with a now legendary status is the original HE400. As we all may know the headphone have undergone many updates and revisions in order to become more comfortable and portable devices friendly plus some fine tuning adjustments. The various iterations were the HE400s , the HE400i with the 2.5mm connectors , then the HE400i with the 3.5mm ones and now the...
  12. FiiO FH3

    4.50 star(s)
    Edit - After the release of FD3 the rating was lowered to 4.5 stars. Introduction The FH3 sample was kindly provided by FiiO and is still under their ownership. This review reflects my honest and subjective opinion. You can get it from FiiO.eu A little while ago, we have tested comparatively the two new entry level iem's of FiiO the FD1 and FH1s, of which we thought that they reach well above their price point with great sound and accessory pack. The reviews are available here https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/fiio-fh1s.24341/review/24246/...
  13. iBasso IT00

    4.50 star(s)
    iBasso IT00 - A little gem Introduction The IT00 sample was kindly provided by iBasso and does not need to be returned. This is my honest and subjective evaluation of it. You can get from here iBasso needs no introduction as it is now a well establish brand from China , very popular among Headfier's especially for it's excellent and much acclaimed digital audio players like the DX120 or the DX160. Lately they have ventured into the iem and headphones territory with products like the SR1 , the AM05 or their latest entry level iem the IT00 which is...
  14. FiiO FH1s

    4.00 star(s)
    FiiO FD1 & FH1s - A twin's tale Introduction This is a comparative review of both FD1 and FH1s as it originally appeared at www.hxosplus.gr and now translated for Headfi. The FD1 sample was kindly provided by FiiO and is under their ownership. The FH1s was a loaner unit from their Greek distributor. You can get it from FiiO.eu FiiO after releasing their top tier FA9 iem (review here https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/fiio-fa9.24424/review/24076/ ) have returned at last to the category that they know perhaps the best of all, that of the entry...
  15. FiiO FD1

    4.00 star(s)
    FiiO FD1 & FH1s - A twin's tale Edit - After the release of the FD3 rating was lowered to 4 stars. Introduction This is a comparative review of both FD1 and FH1s as it originally appeared at www.hxosplus.gr and now translated for Headfi. The FD1 sample was kindly provided by FiiO and is still under their ownership. The FH1s was a loaner from their Greek distributor. You can get it from FiiO.eu FiiO after releasing their top tier FA9 iem (review here https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/fiio-fa9.24424/review/24076/ ) have returned at last to the...
  16. FiiO FA9

    4.50 star(s)
    FiiO FA9 - Chameleon This review was published at the printed edition of hxosplus magazine and now I have translated it for Headfi. The sample was kindly provided by FiiO and remains under their ownership. This is my honest and subjective evaluation of the earphone. You can buy it from FiiO.eu Introduction FiiO currently has two series of premium in ear monitors the FH where "H" indicates that it is a hybrid headset and the FA where "A" indicates that all units of the headset are of the balanced armature type. The top model - so far - of the...
  17. HIFIMAN DEVA

    5.00 star(s)
    Hifiman Deva BT A lot more than a bluetooth headphone. Introduction The Deva sample was kindly provided by HiFiMan for a honest review and is still under their ownership. This is my personal and subjective evaluation of the headphone. It was a few months ago since we have reviewed the Hifiman Ananda Bluetooth of which we thought that it is an excellent sounding bluetooth headphone with only a few shortcomings and namely the lack of analogue connection. The full review can be found here...
  18. SoundMAGIC HP1000

    4.50 star(s)
    SoundMAGIC HP1000 This headphone was kindly provided by SoundMAGIC to be featured in a series of unbiased honest reviews. Thank you for the opportunity. Introduction SoundMAGIC was founded in 2005 by engineer Mr. Tony Xu and very soon instead of being condemned to obscurity like many other small companies from China they managed to succeed by offering truly great sound at a budget price. At the beginning was the much acclaimed E10 the iem that redefined the market stating that budget is not necessarily cheap or bad performing. Since then...
  19. FiiO BTR3K-FiiO brand new balanced high-fidelity bluetooth amp

    5.00 star(s)
    We proudly present the world premier review of FiiO BTR3K. Thank you FiiO for giving us the opportunity. The sample was kindly provided by FiiO and it is still under their ownership. This is my honest and subjective evaluation of the product. You can get it from FiiO.eu Introduction It's been only a few months ago since FiiO launched their flagship mini bluetooth dac/amp the BTR5 with much critical acclaim and while we were thinking that we are done for a while FiiO surprised us by replacing the not so old BTR3 with a brand new version the...
  20. FiiO EH3 NC

    4.50 star(s)
    Introduction As we all know there is a growing demand for wireless headphones with active noise cancellation and good sound quality. So it was only a matter of time till FiiO presented us with such a headphone. This is not only the first wireless headphone for FiiO but it is also their first full sized one. We are talking about the EH3 NC from FiiO a wireless Bluetooth headphone with active noise cancellation. It is an over the ear closed design with a vast Bluetooth codec support as it includes the aptX LL , aptX HD and LDAC lossless formats...
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