Head Gear Reviews by Precogvision
  1. DUNU LUNA

    3.50 star(s)
    Introduction DUNU is an older Chi-Fi company, and they've been in business longer than I've been alive! The Luna is their flagship IEM which utilizes pure beryllium for the dynamic driver. Without getting into all the nitty-gritty, which I truthfully don't know jack about, this is a material that is often found in higher-end headphones like the Focal line-up. It is extremely stiff, and in theory, should translate to better PRT. While that's certainly sounds cool, let's talk about how it stacks up in practice. In the interest of full disclosure, I...
  2. Vision Ears ELYSIUM

    3.50 star(s)
    Introduction Another week, another pair of high-profile, flagship IEMs for me to tear apart – my bad, review. Vision Ears is an IEM company based out of Germany, and as I understand it, they have something of a cult-following in the EU. I received two of their IEMs, the Elysium and VE8, as part of a Head-Fi tour doing rounds in the US where they tend to fly under the radar. I’ve heard good things about their stuff from the circles I hang out in, so you can imagine how excited I was to try these out! This is where I plug my disclaimer that compared...
  3. Etymotic Research ER2XR

    5.00 star(s)
    Special thanks to Anthony of Audio Discourse for sending these out for me to play with. Be sure to check them out herefor more great audio reviews. Introduction When the notion of value comes up in the IEM world, the word “Chi-fi” is generally what follows – but screw that. Instead, let me introduce to you Etymotic, a renowned hearing-aid and IEM company based out of the good ‘ol USA. I’ve avoided the Etymotic lineup for some time because of their, let’s just say, unique form factor. They insert deep into your ear canals, and I mean real deep...
  4. Vision Ears VE8

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction Another week, another pair of high-profile, flagship IEMs for me to tear apart – my bad, review. Vision Ears is an IEM company based out of Germany, and as I understand it, they have something of a cult-following in the EU. I received two of their IEMs, the Elysium and VE8, as part of a Head-Fi tour doing rounds in the US where they tend to fly under the radar. I’ve heard good things about their stuff from the circles I hang out in, so you can imagine how excited I was to try these out! This is where I plug my disclaimer that compared...
  5. Empire Ears Valkyrie

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction Empire Ears is one of the few, US brands that caters to the hi-fi IEM market. In this niche, most brands tend to do one of two things: Play it safely or go wild with their tunings. Empire Ears happens to fall into the latter category, and it’s done so to a surprising degree of success. To this effect, the Valkyrie is their latest tri-hybrid IEM. It utilizes a DD for the lows, a BA for the mids, and an EST for the highs. The Valkyrie is a wild-ride of an IEM that certainly won’t be for everyone, but is stellar for those it appeals to...
  6. Moondrop KXXS

    4.50 star(s)
    Please consider reading on my site here for the best viewing experience. Introduction Hey all, it’s your favorite Moondrop shill here back with another review! Yeah, I’m also real late to the party on this one. The original Kanas and Kanas Pro IEMs put Moondrop on the map; the KXXS is one of many spinoffs they’ve released since. I’ve put well over a couple hundred hours on my unit, and to this day it remains a personal favorite despite having moved onto more expensive, better IEMs. Let’s talk about what Moondrop got right and why this IEM is...
  7. SONY IER-Z1R

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction Ever since I got into the audio hobby, I’ve sort of just turned a blind-eye to Sony’s offerings. Growing up in the US, I mainly associated them with TVs and cameras, so it was surprising to see how much standing they have in the audiophile crowd. To this effect, their flagship IEM the IER-Z1R garners a lot of respect in the circles I hang out in; it’s even a personal favorite of more than a few of the reviewers I enjoy following, so I had to check it out for myself. But as you might guess from the overly dramatic title, unfortunately I...
  8. Moondrop SSR Super Starship Reference Review

    4.00 star(s)
    Please view the review on my site here for the ideal viewing experience. I have a few other IEM reviews too. Introduction If you’ve read my Blessing 2 review, then you’ll know that I have high regard for Moondrop as a company. Moondrop is mainly known for two things: Their excellent taste in waifus and their incredible lineup consistency. And to the credit of the latter, they’ve proven time and time again that they know what they’re doing. In fact, they practically have a monopoly over the sub-$1000 range with their Starfield, Blessing 2, and S8...
  9. ThieAudio Legacy 3

    3.00 star(s)
    For optimal viewing, please read on my site here. Introduction Thieaudio is a sub-brand of Linsoul, and they have two lineups: Their all-BA Voyager lineup and their Legacy, hybrid lineup. To this effect, the Legacy 3 (L3) is using 1DD+2BA and retails for $119. My first encounter with Thieaudio actually took place a few months ago with their Voyager 14. Suffice it to say I wasn't particularly impressed with that IEM; I didn't make it in five minutes before handing it back to its owner. To my ears, the V14 had an egregious midrange suck-out which...
  10. ThieAudio Legacy 9

    3.50 star(s)
    Introduction Thieaudio is a sub-brand of Linsoul, and they have two lineups: Their all-BA Voyager lineup and their Legacy, hybrid lineup. To this effect, the Legacy 9 (L9) is using 1DD+8BA and retails for $549. After my previous experiences with their Voyager 14 and Legacy 3 IEMs, let's just say my expectations going into listening the L9 were...not very high. Both of those other IEMs have what I can only describe as "cucked" midranges. But despite the low bar set by its predecessors, I do think that the L9 is at least a solid IEM that is perhaps...
  11. 64Audio U12t

    4.50 star(s)
    For the best viewing experience, please view on my site here. Introduction Anyone who’s based in the US knows the struggle of demoing high-end IEMs - or even IEMs in general - and my experience bears no exception. In fact, it was only by a stroke of luck that I got to listen to the U12t: I was doing a local transaction for another pair of IEMs, and the seller happened to own the U12t so he let me have a listen. With the ongoing pandemic, my first listening session with the U12t basically took place in my car with the seller parked next to me...
  12. Moondrop Blessing 2

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction Moondrop as a company doesn’t really need an introduction at this point: They’re the progenitor of the perplexing dynamic that is weeb and high-fidelity audio. And I can’t say that their unique marketing doesn’t work - back when I first got into the hobby, I bought the Moondrop KXXS on the tasteful box art alone. Please don’t judge me; thankfully, this turned out to be one of my better purchases. If we’re talking about less fortunate purchases, though...I actually ordered the Blessing 2 a few months back, but due to a supply shortage I...
  13. Massdrop x Noble X Universal IEM

    2.00 star(s)
    Noble is well-known for their exorbitant IEMs, and the Noble X was an attempt to bring their house sound to the masses vis a vis Massdrop (Drop). It was based off another model (that I don't remember the name to) and uses a 2BA setup. Disclaimer: I'm an amateur audio enthusiast. I paid for this IEM with my own money, and these are my purely subjective thoughts. My genres of preference include EDM, Country, K-Pop/J-Pop/Pop, and film scores. I apologize in advance for any ambiguity; I'm working on learning audio lingo so I can better articulate my...
  14. Fearless S8Pro

    3.50 star(s)
    The S8 series is generally considered to be the standout of the Fearless Audio lineup. In this review, I'll be taking a look at the S8 Pro which, as its name might imply, uses 8 BA drivers and is intended to be a stage monitor. Disclaimer: I'm an amateur audio enthusiast, and this is my first audio review. I paid for this IEM with my own money, and these are my purely subjective thoughts. My genres of preference include EDM, Country, K-Pop/J-Pop/Pop, and film scores. I apologize in advance for any ambiguity; I'm working on learning audio lingo so...
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