Head Gear Reviews by NewEve
  1. Astell & Kern A&norma SR25

    5.00 star(s)
    Disclaimer: I have a preference for an open, lush/smooth/warm sound with some definition, texture and soundstage — none to excess. I am not into an analytical or clinical sound. Keep this in mind when reading this review. · · · The TOTL DAP box was checked with the SP1000M: been there, done that and came to the conclusion that it wasn’t worth its price in sound for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an amazing DAP but I had this nagging feeling that I preferred the sound signature of the previous Astell & Kern DAP I owned which was the A&norma SR15...
  2. Jomo Haka

    5.00 star(s)
    Disclaimer: I have a preference for an open, lush/smooth/warm sound with some definition, texture and soundstage — none to excess. I am not into an analytical or clinical sound. Keep this in mind when reading this review. · · · "No crossover, no phase cancellation, just powerful and coherent pure sound." — Jomo Audio's description of the HAKA Reading this, I was in from the get go and ordered the HAKA with Effect Audio's Ares II cable. The HAKA seemed right up my alley with the notable exception of a tuning veering more on the side of neutral...
  3. Astell & Kern's A&ultima SP1000M

    4.00 star(s)
    Disclaimer: I have a preference for an open, lush/smooth/warm sound with some definition, texture and soundstage — none to excess. I am not into an analytical or clinical sound. Keep this in mind when reading this review. · · · Curiosity and frustration got the better of me. This is a really, really, expensive DAP which easily costs 2-4 times the price of other DAPs. After re-selling your fifth DAP, however, you start to do the math and come to the conclusion that you better buy the one DAP which does everything you want — no concession. You might...
  4. Audirect Beam

    4.00 star(s)
    Disclaimer: I have a preference for an open, lush/smooth/warm sound with some definition, texture and soundstage — none to excess. I am not into an analytical or clinical sound. Keep this in mind when reading this review. · · · The DAP is dead. Or at least it is how I wished to title this review. I strongly believe there is a place for portable DAC/Amps for a setup with streaming capabilities. This would allow one to choose the smartphone platform they like best and plug-in the necessary accessory to transform it into an portable audiophile setup...
  5. HiBy R5

    3.00 star(s)
    Disclaimer: I have a preference for an open, lush/smooth/warm sound with some definition, texture and soundstage — none to excess. I am not into an analytical or clinical sound. Keep this in mind when reading this review. · · · Although HiBy started as a software company, it is more on the hardware side of things that HiBy has been particularly successful. Since the release of their R6, a plethora of DAPs followed although their flagship — the R6 Pro — caught most of the attention. While their R3 and R3 Pro propose more mainstream alternatives, the...
  6. Campfire Audio Andromeda

    5.00 star(s)
    Disclaimer: I have a preference for an open, lush/smooth/warm sound with some definition, texture and soundstage — none to excess. I am not into an analytical or clinical sound. Keep this in mind when reading this review. · · · For as long as I can remember, Campfire Audio (CA) has been synonymous with their Andromeda IEM and vice-versa. This remains true to this day even though the Andromeda lost its flagship status in Campfire Audio’s line. Now, I never tried the original Andromedas. Every review I read about them had me look the other way...
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