Head Gear Reviews by lin0003
  1. Brainwavz S3

    4.00 star(s)
    Brainwavz S3 Review First I’d like to thank Pandora from Brainwavz for sending me a review sample of the S3. By now, I’m sure that members of the Head-Fi community will be quite familiar with Brainwavz. They have really established themselves and are on the way to becoming one of the major brands that people look to when considering headphones. Their products have become increasingly popular and I was curious as to see what they had to offer with their latest IEM, the S3.   The S3 is a budget IEM by all means and the price it comes in at is a mere...
  2. Brainwavz HM2

    4.00 star(s)
    Brainwavz HM2 Review   Brainwavz is a brand that I have had quite a lot of experience with, having reviewed quite a few of their products. When they came out with the HM2, I was rather intrigued and curious as to what they could do with a budget headphone for just a mere $50. With many excellent choices in the $50 range, the HM2 would have to be a great product to stand out from the crowd. A quick visit to the Brainwavz page for the HM2 reveals a nice looking headphone which looks rather well, but let’s get on to see just how well the HM2 really...
  3. Echobox Audio Finder X1

    4.50 star(s)
    Echobox Finder X1 Review Echobox is not a brand that I am familiar with and this is because they are a very new entry into the portable audio market. According to Echobox, they are “a company founded and run by music-lovers and audio geeks. We’ve been watching the personal audio industry for years, researching and analyzing everything from the types of music people listen to, how and where we listen, and, most importantly, the quality of audio that we’ve become accustomed to. What we’ve seen has excited, confused, and disappointed us, all at once.”...
  4. Dunu TITAN 5

    5.00 star(s)
    Dunu Titan 5 Review First of all, I’d like to thank Dunu for sending me a sample of the Titan 5 to review. I’m quite familiar with Dunu as a brand and I’ve heard many of their higher end offerings including the DN-1000 and DN-2000. A while ago, I reviewed the Titan 1, which I found to be an IEM which punched well above its price bracket and truly outshone other IEMs in the same price range. The Titan 5 is a higher end model in the same line and the two IEMs share numerous similarities.     Given the fact that I enjoyed the Titan 5 so much, I...
  5. iBasso Audio DX80 High Resolution Audio Player

    5.00 star(s)
    iBasso DX80 Review iBasso is a brand that I am now very familiar with, having reviewed quite a number of their products. They have now established themselves as one of the leading brands for more budget minded portable audio devices and it is clear to see why. The DX80 is iBasso’s latest foray into the portable DAP market, and it is the successor to the now discontinued DX50 and DX90. Both the DX50 and DX90 were huge successes due to their attractive appearance and reasonable pricing.     To be perfectly honest, I was a little disappointed to...
  6. RHA T20

    4.50 star(s)
    First of all I’d like to thank RHA for sending out a unit of the T20 for us to do an Australasian tour. RHA is a company that I am quite familiar with now, having tried their other two previous flagship IEMs. The MA750 was the first RHA product I tried and I was very impressed by the build and the sound that it put out. However, their last entry into the mid-range market, the T10 left me wanting a lot more as far as sound went. It was overly bass heavy and I noted that they needed a more “reference” reference filter.       The T20 is the...
  7. Brainwavz Kidwavz KV100 Childrens Bluetooth Volume Limited Headphones

    4.50 star(s)
    First of all, I’d like to thank Brainwavz for sending me a pair of the Kidwavz for me to try out. The KV100 is Brainwavz new Bluetooth headphone and it oriented towards children and not the mainstream market. The KV100 is also called “Kidwavz”, which I suppose makes it pretty clear who the target audience is. I got one of these to review because I was curious as to what Brainwavz were capable of making at such a low price point, and I was pleasantly surprised. While the BLU-100 was good, the KV100 impressed me much more. Because people who are...
  8. iBasso Audio P5 Portable Amplifier

    5.00 star(s)
    The P5 is iBasso’s latest release, and coming in at the price of $529, it is iBasso’s current flagship portable amp. With their DX50 and 90 models, they really managed to gain a lot of fans with their clean and detailed signature and they have grown into one of the established names in portable audio. Having tried their recently released D14, I was looking forward to see how their flagship amplifier would fare.   We haven’t seen a dedicated amp from iBasso for a while now, and the P5 is the successor to the old P4. Though I have reviewed numerous...
  9. Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 Portable NFC Bluetooth Speaker with aptX/AAC (Black)

    4.50 star(s)
    Before I start this review, I would like to thank Creative for sending out a Roar 2 unit to me. I’m quite surprised myself that prior to this, I had never heard a Creative product before, despite them having some interesting products. I chose the Roar 2 to review because I wanted to take a break from the usual IEM and headphone reviews that I do, I thought that speakers would be a nice change. This is my first speaker review, so take this with a grain of salt, the only thing I can really compare them to is the Audioengine A2s that I have with me, but...
  10. iBasso Audio D14 "Bushmaster"

    5.00 star(s)
    First of all, I’d like to thank iBasso for sending me a review sample of the D14. iBasso have really established themselves as a big name in portable audio devices and after reviewing both their DX50 and DX90 models as well as the budget minded D-Zero MKII, I was really looking forward to having what they had in store for us now. iBasso are primarily a brand for portable DAC/amps and DAPs and recently have grown significantly, gaining many new fans with their exceptional DX DAPs.     Anyway, the D14 “Bushmaster” is their latest foray into the...
  11. Brainwavz BLU-100 Bluetooth IEMs

    4.00 star(s)
    First of all I’d like to thank Audrey from Brainwavz for sending me a pair of the BLU-100 for me to review. To be honest, before I was notified of the BLU I hadn’t even heard of it before. It is indeed a new addition to the Brainwavz lineup and it is very much in an entry level price point, being priced at an attractive $50 ($40 on Amazon), making it more affordable and accessible to people who may be looking for a new IEM. Brainwavz have always been a brand which I have associated with bringing good sound quality at a reasonable price and I hoped...
  12. Cozoy Astrapi

    4.00 star(s)
    First of all I would like to thank H20Fidelity for including me on the Cozoy tour, very much appreciated. When I first saw this, I thought that it looked very impressive indeed – small and slick looking. Smaller than many USBs and something that you can easily just clip onto your pocket. Very appealing indeed. I won’t pretend to know anything, or even have heard of Cozoy before this tour, it’s not a brand that is often discussed on Head-Fi. The Astrapi certainly is near perfect in terms of appearance!     Moving onto the packaging, it comes in...
  13. MEElectronics A151P 2nd Generation

    5.00 star(s)
    Meelectronics A151P MKII & M6 Pro Review Let me start off by saying a huge thanks to Mike from Meelectronics for sending me the M6 Pro and A151P 2nd Gen to review. From now on, I will simply them as the M6 and A151P respectively, but please don’t confuse them for the original M6 and A151. The A151P is an earphone that I have reviewed a while ago and I remember that I really enjoyed it after a brief transition period where I got used to the sound. The M6 on the other hand, is something that I have never heard before so I cannot give any comparisons to...
  14. MEElectronics M6 PRO Universal-Fit Noise-Isolating Musician’s In-Ear Monitors with Detachable Cables

    4.50 star(s)
    Meelectronics A151P MKII & M6 Pro Review Let me start off by saying a huge thanks to Mike from Meelectronics for sending me the M6 Pro and A151P 2nd Gen to review. From now on, I will simply them as the M6 and A151P respectively, but please don’t confuse them for the original M6 and A151. The A151P is an earphone that I have reviewed a while ago and I remember that I really enjoyed it after a brief transition period where I got used to the sound. The M6 on the other hand, is something that I have never heard before so I cannot give any comparisons to...
  15. Master & Dynamic MH40

    4.50 star(s)
    I must admit, until recently, I was not aware of the Master and Dynamic brand. I had heard about them on the forums, but never really read anything about them. Their recent model MH40 is their current flagship and retails for $400 in the US. Master & Dynamic themselves are a New York based audio company which offers a range of premium headphones targeted towards both the masses and audiophile world.     From what I gather, the MH40 is a model that was put out very recently, a little over half a year ago. With technology moving forward rapidly...
  16. Final Audio Design Heaven IV

    4.50 star(s)
    Final Audio Design is a relatively new company to the IEM scene, with them releasing their first models in 2009. They are a Japanese company, with their roots extending back to 1974 where they first made high-end MC cartridges and booster transformers. The model that I will be reviewing today is their Heaven IV, which is the second cheapest model in their Heaven IEM series, the most basic one being the Heaven II.           FAD has always been a brand that has constantly caught my eye, but I have not had many experiences with them. I have...
  17. Dunu TITAN 1 — titanium-coated diaphragm earphones

    5.00 star(s)
    First I would like to thank Vivian for sending me a Titan 1 to review. Dunu is a brand that has crept into the IEM market with their multiple budget IEMs and their DN-1000 and 2000, both of which I have reviewed. Both of the models I have tried were on the bass heavy side with a crisp and sweet midrange and well balanced treble. The Titan 1 is a model that they have released recently and is a very unique design.       Dunu’s TWFK hybrids have been praised extensively by many members and they have grown on me tremendously. I had no reason to...
  18. RHA T10i

    3.50 star(s)
    RHA is a relatively new company to audio and one that I am somewhat familiar with, having reviewed their previous flagship, the MA750 a while ago. They are an audio company in the UK and I have always been a fan of their IEM designs for the admittedly short period that I have been aware of them. Truth is that I hadn’t heard of RHA before the MA750, but they have certainly grown quite a bit in the Head-Fi community and have been getting much more notice than previously.       Just to bring up the previous RHA product that I have reviewed, I...
  19. BRAINWAVZ HM5 Studio Monitor Headphones

    4.50 star(s)
    Brainwavz HM5 Review     The Brainwavz HM5 is a headphone that I have been very intrigued about for quite a long time. I have heard the FA-003 and some other headphones that use the same driver many times and always felt like it had something that really made it stand out. There was always something special and particularly appealing to me when I listened to it and I was curious whether Brainwavz’s version would be any different and hopefully better with their HM5 pads that come in both velour and pleather.   Founded in 2008, Brainwavz has...
  20. iBasso Audio D-Zero MK2

    5.00 star(s)
    iBasso D-Zero MKII Review   iBasso is a very common name out there on the forums now, with their DX50 and DX90 gaining a rather large user base. I have reviewed both the DX50 and DX90 and I found both of them to be very good for their price. The DX50 and DX90 were better than their competitors to me and I still feel like the DX90 is the overall best DAP I have used despite the Astell and Kerns, HiFiMANs and Fiios.     The D-Zero is a DAC/amp that has been out there for a long time now and has always been something that I have been intrigued...
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