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  1. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'TRN V90s'

    The TRN V90S is a hybrid in-ear monitor (IEM) with a 1 dynamic driver (DD)+ 5 balanced armature (BA) configuration. The V90S is a direct successor to the TRN V90, which I previously reviewed on my blog: TRN V90 Review. Here Comes the Boom | by Alec | Bedrock Reviews | Medium Although it...
  2. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'BLON BL-05S'

    INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER: The Blon BL-05S is an in-ear monitor (IEM) with a 10mm carbon nanotube (CNT) diaphragm dynamic driver (DD). The release of the BL-05S closely follows that of the BL-05, which was widely regarded as a disappointing follow-up to the infamous BL-03. Thanks to the...
  3. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'KZ ZAX'

    INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER: The KZ ZAX is a hybrid in-ear monitor (IEM) with a 10mm PEK spring diaphragm dynamic driver (DD) and seven balanced armatures (BAs) on each side. KZ is one of the biggest names in ChiFi, and I thought highly of the ZSX “Terminator,” KZ’s last major wired hybrid IEM...
  4. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'CVJ CSA IEM'

    INTRODUCTION, DISCLAIMER, AND PRODUCT LINK: The CVJ CSA is a hybrid in-ear monitor (IEM) using one dual magnetic dynamic driver and one balanced armature on each side. CSA is a recent entrant to the Chi-Fi scene, and the CSA joins a crowded price bracket of 1+1 hybrids currently dominated by...
  5. darmanastartes

    Reply to review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'E1DA 9038S Gen 3'

    Unfortunately, I'm still getting dropouts after installing the driver. Discussion on the E1DA discord indicates the issue is related to poor quality USB hardware.
  6. darmanastartes

    Reply to review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'E1DA 9038S Gen 3'

    I haven't tried with the driver installed on my laptop but I'll give that a shot.
  7. darmanastartes

    Reply to review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'E1DA 9038S Gen 3'

    Windows 10 on both my laptop and desktop.
  8. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'KBEAR KB04'

    INTRODUCTION, DISCLAIMER, AND PRODUCT LINK: The KBEAR KB04 is a hybrid in-ear monitor (IEM) using a 10mm PU diaphragm dynamic driver and a balanced armature on each side. The KB04 retails for around $25 on KBEAR’s official AliExpress store. I received the KB04 directly from KB EAR. The KB04 can...
  9. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'E1DA 9038S Gen 3'

    INTRODUCTION, DISCLAIMERS, AND PRODUCT LINKS: The E1DA 9038S Gen 3 is a compact digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and amplifier combination unit with a female USB-C connection and a single 2.5mm balanced audio jack. The 9038S was provided to me for review by HiFiGo, where it is available for...
  10. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'Tin Hifi T2 Plus'

    INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER: The TinHiFi T2 Plus is an in-ear monitor (IEM) using a 10mm nickel-zinc alloy dynamic driver. The T2 Plus retails for $59 at Shenzhen Audio. I received the T2 Plus from Shenzhen Audio in exchange for a fair and objective review. This review is also available on my...
  11. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'TRN VX'

    INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER: The TRN VX is a hybrid (6 BA+1 DD) in-ear monitor (IEM) which retails for around $73. I received the VX and the TRN-T4 upgrade cable directly from TRN. This review is also available on my blog: https://medium.com/bedrock-reviews/trn-vx-review-b7f8b0e8d16a SOURCES: I...
  12. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'Moondrop SSR Super Starship Reference Review'

    INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER: The Moondrop Super Spaceship Reference (SSR) is an in-ear monitor (IEM) using a beryllium-coated dome diaphragm dynamic driver. The SSR retails for $40 at Shenzhen Audio. I received the Moondrop SSR from Shenzhen Audio in exchange for a fair and objective review...
  13. darmanastartes

    Reply to review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'Meizu HiFi Pro'

    1. I would assume so. I can run it from my phone into the aux input of my car stereo. 2. I have no idea. I don't own any Apple products.
  14. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'SMABAT ST-10S'

    INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER: The Smabat ST-10S is a high-end earbud that retails for $119.99 at the time of this review. I previously reviewed its predecessor, the ST-10, which I considered a “high-water mark for earbuds.” I purchased the ST-10S for $2.54 from HIFIHEAR on Amazon using a coupon...
  15. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'Audiofly AF1120 MK2'

    INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER: The Audiofly AF1120 MK2 an in-ear monitor (IEM) sporting six balanced armature (BA) drivers per housing. The AF1120 MK2 retails for AUD 849.99. I received the AF1120 MK2 directly from Audiofly and evaluated them for several weeks before shipping them back. I am not...
  16. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'Jade Audio EA3'

    INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER: The Jade Audio EA3 is an in-ear monitor (IEM) utilizing a 13.6 mm dynamic driver and a Knowles 33518 balanced armature. It currently retails for $40. Jade Audio provided me with the EA3 in exchange for a fair and objective review. This review is also available on my...
  17. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'ThieAudio Voyager 3'

    INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER: The ThieAudio Voyager 3 is an in-ear monitor (IEM) utilizing three balanced armature drivers per side. The Voyager 3 uses a three-way crossover with two separate sound bores. It also has low and high tuning switches which allow the user to adjust the level of bass...
  18. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'Moondrop S8'

    INTRODUCTION: The Moondrop S8 is an in-ear monitor (IEM) utilizing eight balanced armature (BA) drivers per housing. After being impressed by the Starfield I decided to take a chance on the S8 as an upgrade to my Tanchjim Oxygen. I purchased the S8 at HiFiGo and have been using the S8 as my...
  19. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'EarStudio HUD100'

    INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER: The Radsone Earstudio HUD100 is a USB-C DAC/AMP with two 3.5mm outputs (a standard output intended for IEMs and a high power output for high impedance headphones). The HUD100 has three sound modes: Bypass, which does not apply any effects, DCT, which applies...
  20. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'Moondrop Starfield'

    INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER: The Moondrop Starfield is an in-ear monitor (IEM) utilizing a 10 mm dual-cavity carbon nanotube diaphragm dynamic driver. The Starfield is available at HiFiGo and on AliExpress for $109.99. HiFiGo provided me with the Starfield in exchange for a fair and objective...
  21. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'HIFIMAN Jade II Electrostatic Headphone and Amplifier'

    INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER: The HiFiMAN Jade II is an over-ear electrostatic headphone with a list price of $1399. HiFiMAN’s energizer can be purchased separately for $1599 or with the headphones for a total price of $2499. I had the opportunity to listen to the Jade II in the context of a...
  22. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'Meizu HiFi Pro'

    INTRODUCTION, DISCLAIMER, AND BACKGROUND: The Meizu HiFi Pro is a USB-C DAC/AMP with a single 3.5mm output. I purchased the HiFi Pro from HiFiGo at its list price of $44.99. These impressions can also be viewed on my blog: Meizu HiFi Pro USB-C DAC/AMP Impressions As I previously noted in my...
  23. Meizu HiFi Pro

    Meizu HiFi Pro

    Cirrus Logic CS43131 high-performance independent DAC Hi-Res certified high-resolution sound quality. PCM Decoding up to 32-Bit/384kHz or up to DSD128 natively Texas Instrument's OPA 1622 Amplifier Frequency Response Range: 20Hz-40kHz Signal to Noise ratio: >/=120dB Dynamic Range: >/=120dB...
  24. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'Dunu DM-480'

    The Dunu DM-480 is an in-ear monitor utilizing a coaxial dual dynamic driver module with two 8 mm titanium diaphragms per housing. The DM-480 retails for $69. I received the DM-480 directly from Dunu in exchange for a fair and objective review. This review can also be viewed on my blog: Dunu...
  25. darmanastartes

    Review by 'darmanastartes' on item 'Kinera Tyr'

    The Kinera Tyr is an in-ear monitor utilizing a single 6 mm micro dynamic driver. I was informed they were designed in collaboration with Final Audio. The Tyr is available at HiFiGo for $29. HiFiGo provided me with the Tyr in exchange for a fair and objective review. This review can also be read...
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