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Hi there, my name is Matz and I started my audio journey from the first time I’ve heard my dad’s home sound system as a kid and boy oh boy did I discover my love for BASS. (It was a Sony set at the time I believe lol but apparently my grandpa’s AKAI system was even better with his old records) [Speaking of Love for BASS it apparently runs in the family for 3 generations from my Grandpa who was actually an upright bass player, to my dad‘s love for the groovier Jazz to finally me]. And ever since then I really wanted to hear the best quality out the music I listen to.

I’m currently working as a Fine-Art Portrait Photographer based in Toronto. (You can see my work at matzrios.com #hiremeplease)
And also working at a DC as a day job. (So I’m no doctor, lawyer, or dentist lol it’s hard to get into this hobby without selling my organs LMAO #someonesponsormeplease)

Well that is all for now. I might actually try out to get back into YouTube and do reviews someday.
Website
https://matzrios.com
Location
Toronto, ON
Interests
Anime, Manga, Photography, Dance, Tech, Badminton, Tennis, Basketball, Darts
Headphone Inventory
Current IEMs:

Empire Ears Phantom Jade SE (The newest member of my harem 😂 ) [10/2021]
64 Audio Fourté (Tia BA best BA) [09/2021]
Final x DITA SHICHIKU.KANGEN (My favourite Single DD tuning to date) [08/2021]
FitEar MH335DW SR (My very first customs) [05/2021]
Empire Ears Zeus XR-A (Last addition of 2020) [11/2020]
Sony IER-Z1R (Was the IEM that lead me back to my journey. Still the current BAE) [12/2019]*WBA
JH Audio LAYLA Carbon (My first true taste of what a TOTL IEM should be) [05/2015]
Shure SE846 (I thought this would be my end game. boy was I wrong lol) [01/2015]
Sony XBA-H3 (Gave me a taste of what the future of IEMs would be) [06/2014]
Shure SE215 (This started it all for me lol) [09/2011]

Current Headphones:

Audio-Technica ATH-M50XBT [02/2019]
Sony MDR-1000XM2 [04/2018]
Sennheiser HD8 DJ [11/2016]
Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700M2 50th ANV Ver. [03/2011]
Pioneer HDJ-2000 [02/2011]
AKG Q701 [12/2011]

Previously Owned:

Metal Magic Research Balmung (Quite a unique sounding 12BA IEM) B[08/2021] *Traded for the Phantom SE [10/2021]
FitEar Monet17 (First IEM for 2020 lol) B[03/2020] S[09/2021]
Empire Ears Wraith (The first addition to 2021) [02/2021] *Traded for the Fourté [09/21]
Campfire Audio Andromeda MW10 (My first ever CFA experience) B[07/2021] S[08/2021]
FitEar To Go! 334 (Was my reference for female vocals until the Wraith & Zeus arrived) B[10/2020] S[07/2021]
Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700 (I had the most fun with these, I used to listen to more electronic music back then.) [12/2011]
Audio-Technica ATH-M50 (My first actually foray into better sounding cans) [10/2011]
Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Pro DETOX ver. (It was honestly not bad as a DJ Headphone it was their best at the time.) [12/2011]
Beats by Dr. Dre Studio ver 1. (I was in High School okay? Lol) [07/2010]
Sony MDR-V150 (I remember just really liking the sound of these, my uncle actually bought them for me.) [02/2009]
Philips SHP1900 (The very first headphones I’ve ever bought and the last one while I was still in the Philippines. Quite proud of them at the time, but I actually forgot how they sound like.) [09/2008]


Auditioned IEMs:

64 Audio A3
64 Audio A12t
64 Audio Fourté Noir
64 Audio U18t
AKG K3003i
AKG N5005
Audeze LCD-i4
AudioFly AF1120mkII
Campfire Audio Ara
Campfire Audio Solaris
Campfire Audio Solstice
DUNU LUNA (First IEM I've ever reviewed)
DUNU ZEN
EarSonics Grace
EarSonics S-EM6
EarSonics S-EM9
Empire Ears ESR MKII
Empire Ears Hero
Empire Ears Legend X
Empire Ears Odin
Empire Ears Valkyrie
Etymotic EVO
Final Audio A3000
Final Audio A4000
Final Audio A8000
Final Audio B1
FiR Audio M4
FiR Audio M5
JH Audio Jolene
JH Audio Lola
JH Audio Roxanne (Ver. 1)
Meze Rai Penta
Noble Audio Kaiser Encore
Noble Audio Khan
Noble Audio Sultan
QDC Anole V14
Sennheiser IE80
Sennheiser IE800
Shozy Blackhole
Shure KSE1500
Shure SE535
SoftEars RSV
Sony IER-M7
Sony IER-M9
Sony MDR-EX1000
Sony XBA-Z5
Unique Melody MEST
Vision Ears Elysium
Vision Ears VE8
Westone 4R


Auditioned Headphones:

AIAIAI TMA-2
AKG K141
AKG K240
AKG K550
AKG K702
AKG K712
Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7
Dan Clark Audio Stealth
Denon D9200
Focal Clear
Focal Utopia
Meze Elite
Meze Empyrean
PSB M4U1
Sennheiser HD 600
Sennheiser HD 800
Sennheiser HD 800s
Sennheiser HD 820
Sennheiser HE 1 Orpheus
Shure SRH750DJ
Shure SRH940
Sony MDR-Z1R
Sony MDR-Z7
Ultrasone Signature PRO
Headphone Amp Inventory
DROP + THX AAA 789
Source Inventory
Current:

Topping E30 (The newest addition to the family)
Sony WM1A (My go-to DAP and battery KING)
Fiio BTR5 (Honestly the best 150CAD I’ve ever spent on an audio source ever. Just go and get one already. Like seriously, why are you still reading go on and buy one...)
Onkyo DP-X1 (Still going strong with this one, still has one of the lowest noise floors around in balanced output. A.C.G. Mode on Balanced is quite something.)

Previously Owned:

Astell&Kern AK100 Mk II (My first foray into a high-end DAP, I actually miss this little guy.)
iPod Touch 1st Gen. (That touchscreen was really revolutionary at the time. 8GB of space was pretty small compared to my 80GB iPod below.)
iPod Classic 5th Gen. (My first ever digital audio player with a screen lol)
iPod Shuffle 1st Gen. (This was a fun lil guy. Tho it was really hard to find songs I wanted to listen to LMAO)
Cable Inventory
Most of my cables are stock cables, especially on the Sony IEMs (They’re just soooo good and comfortable.)

My custom made copper cables are handmade by Headfoneshop’s Henry for my SE846 (pretty much works for any MMCX IEMs.) and for my LAYLA’s (no bass dial but are dialed in at 1 o’clock which is my preference. This makes it waaaay lighter than the stock cables too.)
Another addition to the cable family is my new 4 wire silver cable made especially for the FitEar Monet17 by Headfoneshop's cable maker Henry.

Other "Upgrade"/Stock Cables:

DHC Complement C
Effect Audio Ares II
Effect Audio Cleopatra
Effect Audio Janus B
Empire Ears x PW Audio Stormbreaker (1960s 2 Wire)
FitEar 006
FitEar 007
Sony x Kimber MUC-M12SB1
Other Audio Equipment
KRK Rokit 6 Gen 2, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, Blue Baby Bottle SL
Music Preferences
J-Pop, K-Pop, Vocal, Classical, Anime Music (Anisong), Metal, Jazz, Classical, R&B, Video game music, Math rock, Japanese Indie bands, J-Rock (Visual Kei), Rap, Hip-Hop
Gender
Male
Gear-Fi
Hasselblad H series cameras, Leica M cameras (The SL series are quite the beauty too), Hasselblad X1D II, mostly photography related gear lol
Occupation
Photographer, Photo-Retoucher, DC Associate

Contact

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Matzrios

Signature

IEM: SE215 | XBA-H3 | SE846 | LAYLA | IER-Z1R (WBA) | ZEUS XR-ADEL | MH335DW SR | SHICHIKU.KANGEN | FOURTE | PHANTOM Jade | 3 Undecided IEMs
SOURCE: Onkyo DP-X1 | FiiO BTR5 | Sony NW-WM1A | Topping E30+ DROP THX 789
SPEAKER SYSTEM: KEF Q750 + NAD C338
REVIEWS: DUNU LUNA | EE Hero | EE Odin | EE ESR MKII | AF1120MKII | DCA Stealth
& the journey continues. - matzrios.com
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