Head Gear Reviews by SursumCorda
  1. Schiit Modi

    4.50 star(s)
    This isn't a review so much as throwing my throwing 2cents into the "great little DAC for the price!" pot. I think if I was starting out and I needed gear, this with the magni, or the Asgard, would be my first choice.   I use this at work with the PSY RCA/USB cables. They are plugged into a Schiit Lyr with some nice Russian tubes. I usually this setup with the HD650, sometimes the LCD2.2   It sounds really good from old MP3 VBRs all the way up to 24bit FLAC files. As noted, it pulls out detail quite well. It's not as revealing than the NFB 3.1...
  2. JVC HP DX700

    3.50 star(s)
    DISCLAIMER: I don’t have ‘golden ears.’   TLDR; Strong points: Some isolation. Bass/energy. Soundstage is GREAT. Good attack/delay on notes. “Fairly” controlled bass. Nice non-forward mids and crisp upper mids-lower highs. REALLY easy to drive ,you can plug it into your iPad (with an adapter) and it sounds good. It scales with a good amplifier, naturally, but not as much as the HD650 or others.   Weak points: Treble extension. Minor sound leakage, isolation from outside sound is low. Large. Not as large as the MDR R10, but only a little bit...
  3. Dunu DN-19 Tai Chi

    4.50 star(s)
    DISCLAIMER: I am not an audiophile. This review is for ‘normal’ ears. I received this unit from Dunu in exchange for a review. While I appreciate the opportunity, honest feedback is the best thing I can give to Dunu in return for the chance to review the DN-19.   After initially listening to the DN-19, I put it aside and let burn in over 100 hours on my iPod nano. After letting it burn in a bit, I resumed listening to the earphones and was initially very disappointed. Experimentation, however, pointed to this coming from the black silicone...
  4. HiSoundAudio RoCoo P

    3.50 star(s)
    NOTE; I am an audio appreciator, not an audiophile. The follow is my thoughts and not based on some of the crazy in-depth tests that some do. This is a layman’s review for a layman. =)   BACKSTORY AND DISCLAIMER; I spent some time browsing the forums of head-fi and looking over the DAP lists before ordering this product. I almost bought a Cowon Z2 (since I’m in Korea, I can get it locally) but in the end decided that $280+ was a bit much to spend when I have an iPod/iPad for all apps and all I wanted was a pure and powerful music player. The...
  5. Sennheiser IE 7 Earphones

    3.00 star(s)
    DISCLAIMER: I am not an audiophile. I am an audio appreciator. I hope. I had these for one year before the sound seemed to "drop" in volume/quality on the right side. However, I had been frustrated with them for quite awhile before then due to their shortcomings in design.   VALUE: I give this an overall positive value simply because the sound on these is really quite good.   AUDIO QUALITY: High - Clean Mid - Full, rich, good body, well produced Bass - Good. Not booming, but good. Not messy, but it lacks a bit of 'presence' to give...
  6. Westone 4R with Removable Cables

    4.50 star(s)
    DISCLAIMER: I am not an audiophile. I am an audio appreciator. I hope.   VALUE: Overall I'd say that the value for these IEMs is pretty good, given how it sounds and what it does.   AUDIO QUALITY: Highs - The highs for this is clear, crisp, and it sounds really good. It's not distorted at all no matter how much is going on, and the separation between the highs and mids is clean. Mids - The mids are full and neutral. Its detailed without being flat, but there doesn't seem to be much coloration to it either. Bass - It's there, but it's...
  7. Shure SE535-CL Triple High-Definition MicroDriver Earphone with Detachable Cable (Clear)

    4.50 star(s)
    DISCLAIMER: I am an audio appreciator, not an Audiophile. I hope.   IEM BACKSTORY: I owned a pair of Shure 215s for a few days before I picked these up. My initial reaction to the 215s was disapointment. They provided great isolation, but the sound seemed flat to me. I purchased the Shure 215s to replace Sennheisers IE7. (Which is why they felt "flat" to me I think!) Currently I alternate from the 535s and Westone 4Rs.   VALUE: I bought these in Korea, so I paid too much for them. That said, I'd say a good price point for them would be...
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