Head Gear Reviews by Ishcabible
  1. Nowall CH-1 Bluetooth Earphones

    4.00 star(s)
    My full review is here: http://www.verumsonus.com/nowall-ch-1-vs-jaybird-x2-mini-review/ but I'll write a small snippet about the CH-1.   The CH-1 stands out in the market because they are a hybrid design with one balanced armature and a 10mm dynamic driver, so they really are an IEM that happens to have Bluetooth. They have a strong V-shaped sound with bright treble, emphasized bass, and thin midrange. But they have surprisingly decent technicalities compared to the Jaybird X2, which costs $50 more than the CH-1. While they do have a sound that...
  2. ZMF Headphones x Vibro MK II

    4.50 star(s)
    The Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 opened a door to the idea that spending $400 on a headphone, more than the $200-$300 “mid-fi trio” but less than $1,000+ “summit-fi” range, may legitimately be worth it rather than just an exercise in impatience between buying a mid-fi headphone and what one could consider their endgame headphone. But the TH-X00 is a polarizing headphone—not everyone can tolerate its bass heavy, mid-recessed, treble-happy sound. The Alpha Dog, released in 2013 for $599, occupied the price range before the X00, but its sharp treble and...
  3. Philips Fidelio X2

    2.50 star(s)
    TL;DR: The X2 is a good V-shaped headphone. It’s not very good if you are looking for something neutral. This review was hard to write impartially because I don’t like V-shaped sound—I like an n-shaped sound, which emphasizes midrange. At around $200, I can’t really think of another headphone that outright beats it. At the current sub-$200 prices on Amazon Warehouse Deals, they’re a very good deal. They’re a relatively inoffensive-sounding headphone unless you’re especially sensitive to treble. I’d imagine they’re fantastic as gaming headphones if...
  4. ROCK JAW ALFA GENUS

    4.50 star(s)
    RockJaw is an up and coming headphone company from Great Britain starting strong with a huge lineup. The Alfa Genus is one of their midrange offerings and offers a certain special something that is rarely seen in the IEM world other than a few OEM’s. …yeah so this is really late. Sorry to RockJaw for the delays! I’ve been busy with work and other projects (like a collab for a wooden T50RP mod [not ZMF] and trying to make a measurement system) and have another five or so reviews to write up which hasn’t given me much free time for these things.  ...
  5. Brainwavz S1

    4.00 star(s)
    Late last year, Brainwavz released a number of great IEM’s in the R3, Delta, and S1. The S1 seems to be Brainwavz’s attempt at making a sporty IEM, and pits it to compete against the very competitive $60 bracket. As with the Delta, I reviewed these last year, but since I can’t find it, I’m guessing I never uploaded it before my computer crashed, so this is another short rewritten review. The packaging is a big step up from the Delta’s. The Brainwavz S1 comes with a plethora of accessories. Not only do they come with a nice ballistic nylon case, they...
  6. Brainwavz Delta

    4.00 star(s)
    While the high end IEM market has more options than ever, the sub $20 market is largely full of mediocre products, save for a few gems like the Xiaomi Pistons and LG Quadbeats. Last year, before the Xiaomi fever, Brainwavz released their own contenders: the Deltas. I reviewed these a while ago, but I guess I never uploaded the review before my computer decided to crash, so this is my short rewritten review.   The packaging is basic, coming in a plastic box most sub-$20 big box IEMs come in, but don’t let that discourage their quality. Sadly, the...
  7. NarMoo R1M High-Fidelity Noise Isolation Headphones with Mic

    4.00 star(s)
    Narmoo is yet another new contender in the crowded budget IEM world. To stand out in such a competitive field, one either has to get creative. What Narmoo has brought us is an improvement on a old, but interesting system.   The packaging of the Narmoo R1M is a great exercise in moderating excess. Instead of forcing the consumer to pay for fancy packaging, Narmoo has instead provided an excellent carrying case and added a cardboard slip over it to serve as packaging. Inside are some basic tips (I don't really like them; read more to see what I...
  8. Dunu DN-19 Tai Chi

    4.50 star(s)
      DUNU has been one of the IEM world’s rising stars as of late. In just two years, DUNU has released a lineup of great IEMs, ranging from the entry level Trident (my favorite budget IEM), to the mid-level Tai-Chi. In fact, the Tai-Chi is what’s to be reviewed today. The Tai-Chi’s packaging is similar to other IEMs in DUNU’s range. It’s a simple two-part packaging, with a sleeve covering a box with a magnetic flap, which opens to reveal the Tai-Chi’s in their full glory. Inside, there are a great number of accessories, including two (!) cases, an...
  9. Sennheiser CX 985

    4.50 star(s)
      Sennheiser is the first “legit” headphone company most people hear of and are generally praised unabashedly by people that lack experience. Well at least that’s what I’ve gotten from in my years in the internet. I’d never been the biggest fan of Sennheiser, mostly because I’d never tried anything in their line above the HD25. Everything under the HD25, to me, performed a bit lackadaisical at retail price, so I thought these hardcore supporters were just uninformed. I was hoping the CX985 would cause a change of heart for my opinion of Sennheiser...
  10. MEElectronics A151-BK Balanced Armature In-Ear Headphones

    4.50 star(s)
      I have a proposition for you. I’ll tell you all about the first balanced armature MEElectronics has made if you agree to think about buying them. Deal? Deal.   The A151 is MEElectronics’ first balanced armature IEM, and I must say, it’s a valiant first try indeed in a market saturated with <$100 IEM’s, and we all know MEE’s specialty is dynamic IEM’s right? So are these A151’s subpar? Far from it! Read on! Packaging: The packaging of the SP51 is noticeably more upscale-looking than the previous line’s plastic box. Instead of the clear...
  11. DUNU DN-12 Trident

    4.50 star(s)
      Ladies and gentlemen, I have found my new favorite budget IEM. Most recently, it was the MEElectronics CW31 with its warm woody sound, but it has been dethroned by a new challenger. What’s the catch? It really doesn’t do anything technically perfect. If that’s so, why is it so good in my opinion? Well, honestly, I DUNU, but the DUNU Tridents just…work. Wait! I can explain!   But first, the readers always need some appetizers before the main course. The packaging of the Tridents is quite nice, but it’s way too similar to the Turbine Pro...
  12. Fanny Wang FW-HEADPH-1001-BLK Premium On-Ear Headphones (Black)

    4.00 star(s)
    Paraphrased from my original review since it won't submit without shortening: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/533055/review-fanny-wangs-on-ear-wangs-aurgasm-in-your-ears     Highs:  Okay, the highs in these are a bit depressing. The treble on these is definitely not its strong point. It’s laidback, yet peaky at the same time. It’s very inconsistent, to say the least. The treble is peaky—not to be confused with aggressive—in the more electric driven genres.  Cymbals tend to sound veiled and damped, along with other high pitched instruments...
  13. MEElectronics M9-SL Hi-Fi Sound-Isolating Earphones (Silver)

    4.50 star(s)
    Intro:     I’d like to start this review by thanking Joker for sharing a link to MEE’s site looking for reviewers. I was one of the 10 chosen to review the MEElectronics M9s (Thanks to MEE too!!!). And this review is probably a bit overdue, but I wanted to spend a long time with them before saying anything about them. And enjoy my summer. Haha, oops. And to those of you who read my Copper review, I’ll make it easy on you guys. It won’t be nearly as long and overly detailed. And there won’t be as much humor. Sorry guys, just wanted to get to the...
  14. Beyerdynamic DT220

    3.50 star(s)
        For the TL;DR crowd, they are great sounding headphones. They can do pretty much everything well, if  you don’t mind a smallish soundstage. They bass extends to all but the lowest notes, electric guitars have a nice bite, vocals can be enchanting, pianos can give goosebumps if you haven’t heard much better, drums are nice and impact, imo, saxophones are rendered fine, not great, however. (I’ve played the saxophone for 5 years, so I’m too critical on this part) Violins are rendered better than saxophones, much better. Classical is not their forte...
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