Head Gear Reviews by prismstorm
  1. Noble Audio Katana

    4.50 star(s)
    Shortly after my acquisition of the Noble Kaiser 10 (K10), the California-based marque announced the Katana, a new design featuring 9 custom drivers per side and promises a different tuning signature. In this review, I hope to depict Katana in its own light, and not so much compare it too heavily to its royal sibling, which now sits alongside it as co-flagships of the house of Noble. Owing to its novel assembly structure using proprietary drivers and the lesser driver count than the K10, the shells of the Katana are resultantly more demure and fits...
  2. Campfire Audio Andromeda

    5.00 star(s)
    Ever since I got the Campfire Audio (CA) Vega in late 2016, I really didn’t use anything else. It ticked so many of my boxes, that I was reluctant to return to other earphones. That was until the acquisition of the exciting new Cerakote (CK) Pacific Blue edition of the renowned CA 5BA flagship – the Andromeda. We have reviewed the regular Andromeda previously, so this time around we will change things up and talk about this special iteration with new setups, pairings, and against the context of the current market dynamics. Disclaimer: The Andromeda...
  3. Noble Audio Kaiser 10

    5.00 star(s)
    Noble Audio’s K10 is the IEM to get. A legendary classic in audiophile circles, this 10-driver IEM has a musical sound that works for all genres and if you want, can be made to custom fit your ears with your own choice of colours and materials. Having been the owner of several excellent universal in-ear monitors, it was inevitable that the lust to own custom in-ear monitors (CIEMs) eventually got to me. Those with more than a passing interest in CIEMs will know that Noble Audio is synonymous with the best in this area. One of the reasons why I went...
  4. Campfire Audio Vega

    5.00 star(s)
    I sincerely thought I had exited the audiophile trap with the dual flagships from Noble, with the K10 taking care of the thumpy bassy end of things, and the mellifluous blade that is the Katana complementing the more delicate end. After getting over the addiction of hoarding flagship IEMs that don’t get used like the Layla purely for ‘pride of ownership’ reasons, I entered a phase of calmness and serenity, where I did not feel the need to acquire any more IEMs, although to be completely honest the thought of adding the Andromeda to my collection...
  5. qdc Balanced armature type (BA type) 3SH (QDC-4024)

    4.00 star(s)
    In my self-imposed haughtiness and superiority, I have always told Alfred and Martin that I will be the high-end reviewer for this blog, and that they should be responsible for more budget options (because I am such an egotistical, narrow-minded gear whore who equates quality solely with price). Sauntering around the corridors of the Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Expo 2016, the Accessible Audio team came across a line of ordinary looking IEMs unbeknownst to us. They all had the letters ‘qdc’ embossed on the faceplate. Without any knowledge of what...
  6. Astell&Kern JH Audio Siren Series Layla

    4.00 star(s)
      In 2013 JH Audio announced the Siren Series of in-ear monitors, with each piece named after a famous rock song about women. Roxanne was the first, with sisters Layla and Angie joining thereafter, and Rosie being the latest addition to the growing lineup. Priced at a prohibitive $2499 USD, Layla is the most expensive of the bunch, and also the most pricey universal iem in the world at the time of its release – until the even more expensive Layla 2 donned in an all titanium housing succeeded it that is. Welcome to insanity. There is no doubt that...
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