Head Gear Reviews by mvvRAZ
  1. Effect Audio EVO1

    4.50 star(s)
    Disclaimer: the EVO1 is technically speaking a review unit - EA contacted me and offered a chunky discount in exchange for an honest review. While the review is entirely honest, I have gone into additional detail and taken more/better photos in order to "compensate" EA. I have pretty openly mixed (read: negative) feelings about some of EA's more recent releases. The whole Horus Octa, Horus X, Horus Mumbo Jumbo etc etc all feel a little... uninspired? Unoriginal? I've owned the Bespoke Leo/Cleo, the Cleo Octa, the Leo II, and I actually have an OG...
  2. Abyss Headphones Diana

    5.00 star(s)
    Usual disclaimers: I purchased both the Diana V2 and the Diana Phi at full retail (didn't even manage to score a lousy 10% off this time -_-). No incentives were provided in exchange for a positive review but get your shilling umbrellas out as it is about to rain praise Open back headphones preference disclaimer: My track record with headphones is a mixed one on a good day, and flat out terrible on an average one. I listen to very little live music, and don't have much of an affinity for actual live performances, so open back headphones end up...
  3. Noble Audio Sultan

    5.00 star(s)
    Prelude and Disclaimers: I’ve purchased the Sultan at its 3100$ retail value. Noble were able to make some custom faceplates for me based on the blue pinecone Prestige Khan that was featured a while back but they said they’d only do that if I write a super positive review and pay them 200$ so everything below is a few thousand words of pure shilling I’m joking, spare my life pls I’m also kinda curious about what happens to Noble when they run out of different words for “King.” There’s only really so many, and with a new TOTL every 2 years or so...
  4. Metal Magic Research Thummim

    5.00 star(s)
    Disclaimer: I purchased the MMR Thummim because it is brutally awesome and from the moment I heard it I knew I was ready to sell a kidney in order to make sure I never have to send it back. Intro To be fully honest, I've been postponing having to review the Thummim for a while now. It's going to be especially difficult for me to provide balanced feedback on the Thummim since it features my favourite imaging, midrange, treble and DD bass. If any IEM was ever built to be my endgame, nothing comes even close to the Thummim. I've owned it for a bit...
  5. Metal Magic Research Homunculus

    4.00 star(s)
    Disclaimer: The Homunculus was provided to me for a few days in order for me to publish a review, with the option to purchase. I will be sending it for MMR's EU tour (to be announced soon), and no incentive was provided for a favourable review. Considering I've had a somewhat limited time with it, the review will be more of a general overview than a fully detailed description. The packaging of the Homunculus is rather unconventional but purely awesome. On the exterior there is a sort of ribcage, and when you open it up there is the case with a...
  6. Vision Ears EVE20

    4.00 star(s)
    In the interest of full disclosure, I paid full MSRP for the EVE20 + shipping, but VE did agree to sell me the 001 unit, which is reason enough for you to ignore everything below this line as it's obviously nothing more than paid promotion. If you decide to read on accept that everything I've written is pure and objective truth. I'm not going to be doing too much of a product overview, as the EVE20 has been one of the more discussed IEMs on the market recently - long story short VE are releasing a new limited edition every year who's production...
  7. 64 Audio A18s

    5.00 star(s)
    The very first thing most people have asked me where the A18s is concerned is just how similar or different it is to the original A18t, and if it’s worth getting if you already have the A18t. I will structure the review as a bit of a comparison between the two as well as other 64 IEMs I no longer own the A18t in order to be able to compare the two side by side, but I’ve spent countless hours with the A18t and by this point it’s burned into my brain quite conclusively. This comparison is somewhat off memory, but it also has a pretty solid foundation...
  8. SONY IER-Z1R

    4.50 star(s)
    The IER Z1R has become one of those community staples and doesn't need much of an introduction or tech specs for that matter. What I will mention here however is something that I had misunderstood myself for a while - the Z1R's DD actually performs the lows and mids, while the BA covers the upper midrange and lower treble. The second DD covers the ultra highs, and the technical specification goes up to 100kHz. You might find 100kHz extension useless but the Z1R doubles down as an excellent portable device for your pet bat if you happen to have one...
  9. Plunge Audio Unity 5 ES

    4.50 star(s)
    I will try to keep this review rather brief, as I mostly want to discuss the purchase process, build quality, packaging and how technical the IEMs are The reason for that is that the FR has actually been custom tailored to my preferences specifically, as opposed to an off-the-shelf tuning Plunge applies to the Unity 5 ES. My specification was for a very forward midrange (and to some extent treble too), with tons of texture, detail, separation and a special extra for female vocals. Anyhow, before we get back to how that was done, let's start at the...
  10. Acoustune 1695TI

    5.00 star(s)
    The Acoustune 1695TI is a model that I didn’t know existed until well, a couple of days ago. I had gone to my local audio store to demo some stuff, most of which I was pretty heavily disappointed by, so I decided to extend my suffering a bit further and go back to Acoustune. I had previously heard the 1670SS, which I thought was mediocre at the very best and regardless of my almost inexistent treble tolerance limit, I still found it’s treble reproduction to be rather thin, sharp and generally terrible. I figured why not, what’s one more poor IEM for...
  11. Noble Audio Katana

    5.00 star(s)
    The Katana is an IEM that's been around for some time now, and by this point any regular review is a bit of an overkill given the sheer quantity of articles that have already been written on it That is why I am taking a completely different angle on it, and in a way I'm reviewing an entirely different product - a universal Noble Katana, that has been sent to ItsFit for a re-shell into a custom. Before we get started, a few disclaimers: 1. The Katana that I'm reviewing might not have the original Noble Katana sound - given my ear shape, ItsFit...
  12. 64 Audio U18 Tzar

    5.00 star(s)
    As there's tons of reviews of the A18t out and about, I will keep this brief as more of a contribution than a full review 2019 has been a pretty crazy year for audio. So much new tech, drivers, configuration, hybrids, tribrids and whatnot. Madness galore. To answer the question in the title quickly - yes, the A18t absolutely stands its ground years after its release and remains one of the most competitive monitors on the high end market. There's a couple of features that in my opinion give it a certain legendary status, that would make it...
  13. Itsfit Fusion

    4.00 star(s)
    I'm going to keep this review rather brief, because the Fusion has already been covered pretty extensively Note: The rating I've given the Fusion has taken its price point into account, while the sound judgements are done with the same scrutiny as any IEM, whether it costs 100 or 10,000$. First and foremost, I can't stress enough just how good the service is. ItsFit have absolutely nailed it, and they most certainly know how to build a brand name. Any questions I had were answered in minutes, instant and lightning quick responses at various times...
  14. Plussound Poetic Series Cable

    5.00 star(s)
    Introducing Plussound to the audiophile and cable community is a bit redundant by this point, as they've become one of the community staples for quality, consistency and straight up awesomeness. What is really unique about Plussound is the level and kind of customization they offer. You get to initially pick a configuration of the cable, such as the number of wires or a kinnd of shielding that will be used. There's a massive variety, some geared towards portability, some towards longeviy and endurance and of course there's also the traditional 8...
  15. Labkable Violet

    3.50 star(s)
    Labkable is a pretty well known Hong Kong brand that specializes in boutique aftermarket cables, ranging from a few hundred dollars all the way up to a few thousand. They are quite easily recognizable by interesting colour combinations they employ for their cables. Not only that, they are also quite highly regarded in the community for the performance benefits they provide when hooked up to a pair of IEMs. I was able to have a look at their entire lineup when I was in London for the Canjam, but at that point I didn't have a pair of IEMs who's sound...
  16. Vision Ears ELYSIUM

    5.00 star(s)
    Disclaimer: this review is for the item I have by far the most positive bias towards because it fits my preferences so well that remaining objective is challenging. Anyhow, Vision Ears is a company based in Cologne in Germany, and I've been looking at them for a while, but their current line-up didn't suit me all that well, with the notable exception of the Erlkonig on bass setting 1. The purchase process was rock solid, I pestered the poor people at VE with photos of half their shell colours because I am a huge design freak and not once did they...
  17. Noble Audio Savant II

    5.00 star(s)
    The last Noble IEM I reviewed was the Sage, and my impressions of it were pretty mixed and somewhat negative. I will skip over the company introductions as there is a lot to be said about the focus of this review, the Savant II. First and foremost, each Savant II is a unique, one-off design. Each one is also absolutely stunning and choosing which one to purchase was an absolute nightmare. Couldn't design so I got 3 and now half the family is walking around with Savants. Some are done by the Wizard himself, some designs are painted by his wife...
  18. FiR Audio M5

    4.50 star(s)
    I generally have a safe approach to buying audio gear - I mainly go for well known brands and models that have been around for some time, that have been reviewed extensively, with their issues, strengths and weaknesses identified. The first time I took a leap of faith was on FiR as I have been speaking to Bogdan Belonozhko for a while and he's given me a lot of confidence in their brand. Boy am I glad that I did though. Anyways, a couple of days ago I received the FiR Audio M5, a TOTL tri-brid IEM by Bogdan Belonozhko himself. FiR is a relatively...
  19. Noble Audio Sage

    3.50 star(s)
    Prelude: I got the Sage about 6 months back, as my first proper HiFi purchase. It arrived a week or two later, and honestly, unboxing it was the best part of the experience. Noble really has it down, they come in a big, beautiful box, with as many accessories as you can hope for, boxes, pouches, eartips, the whole experience. I was as happy as a kid on Xmas day. During this review I am using a Mojo and an upgrade Han Sound Audio cable, the Muse II The design is beautiful, as are most if not all Noble designs, they really do a good job at giving...
  20. Campfire Audio IO

    4.50 star(s)
    I only had about half an hour with the IO at the Munich High End a few days back, so take this review with a grain of salt. I am currently using the Andromeda S as my daily driver, and absolutely in love with its sound signature, intensity and neutrality/naturality. Now, the IO is considerably lighter and as such, somewhat more comfortable as well. It instantly found itself at home in my ears (i didn't even have to change the tips or play with those, just pop and in they went). Their design is also absolutely gorgeous, in a dark red with gold...
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