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  1. darmanastartes

    Tanchjim in ear monitors Impressions Thread

    Just got the Tanya in for review. Very impressed given the price.
  2. darmanastartes

    Tin HiFi Impressions Thread

    While the T5 pushes the TinHiFi lineup forward in term of build quality, it fails to do the same with regards to sound quality. You can read my full review on my blog: https://medium.com/bedrock-reviews/tinhifi-t5-review-d8bfb770d17
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    Softears - Discussion & Appreciation

    The tonality of the RSV is impeccable.
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    Moondrop in-ear monitors Impressions Thread

    Is this separate from the Softears RSV tour being organized by Shenzhen Audio?
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    Cayin Fantasy Beryllium-plated DD IEM Worldwide Tour - Reviewers Wanted

    I am located in Arlington, VA, USA. I have written more than 60 reviews on Head-Fi, and have previously participated in review tours for the Moondrop Illumination and Dunu Luna. My blog is Bedrock Reviews. My portable setup usually involves an Android phone, the Qudelix 5K, Meizu HiFi Pro, or...
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    Moondrop in-ear monitors Impressions Thread

    The SSR and SSP both have extremely tight 2-pin connections.
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    E1DA DACs Discussion Thread (PDV2, 9038S, 9038D, 9038X, HiFiToy, HPToy)

    You can change the filter using the flashable firmware, I am not sure about the clock.
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    USB-C to 3.5mm adapters (DAC) - Let's find the best

    The Hiby FC3 is a compact digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and amplifier combination unit. While not as powerful as some of the other USB-C dongles I have reviewed recently, the Hiby FC3 offers much better power efficiency than these higher output options. With the Meizu HiFi Pro hard to find...
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    USB-C to 3.5mm adapters (DAC) - Let's find the best

    The Hidizs S9 is a compact digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and amplifier combination unit which connects to the source devices via USB-C. The S9 is the first Hidizs product I have reviewed since the AP60II digital audio player. The Hidizs S9 differentiates itself from other options at this...
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    Blon in ear monitors impressions thread

    My wallet is not happy with you for showing me this.
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    E1DA DACs Discussion Thread (PDV2, 9038S, 9038D, 9038X, HiFiToy, HPToy)

    Despite being an unbalanced source, the E1DA 9038D is more than powerful enough to drive any of the portable headphones I have in my inventory to dangerous volumes. I find the 9038D to be totally transparent. For those who primarily listen to IEMs or efficient over-ear headphones, the E1DA...
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    The discovery thread!

    2020 was not a great year for a variety of reasons, one of which was stagnation in the budget end of the IEM market. There were no budget IEM launches this year that had the kind of industry-shaking impact that the Blon BL-03 had in 2019. Instead, a lot of companies fell into ruts, iterating on...
  13. darmanastartes

    Moondrop in-ear monitors Impressions Thread

    I currently have an Illumination loaner unit in for review. Full review to follow. My impressions so far are very positive.
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    Best IEM tips?

    My impressions and measurements of the ADV Eartune Fidelity U eartips are up on my blog: https://medium.com/bedrock-reviews/adv-eartune-fidelity-u-eartip-impressions-8a0161f45790
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    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...
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    TRN impressions thread

    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 about a year ago. Although it normally retails for around $50, the V90S will be available for $20 on...
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    Best IEM tips?

    I will attempt to measure the ADV tips soon.
  18. darmanastartes

    V-MODA M-200: Official Impressions & Reviews Thread

    They were attached to the headphone when I opened up the package, lol.
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    V-MODA M-200: Official Impressions & Reviews Thread

    The unit I received was a disappointing headphone with an essentially missing upper midrange, and I recommend approaching the M-200 with caution as a result. Though I typically do not comment on the reviews of others, it is worth noting that impressions by other Head-Fiers on the V-Moda M-200 in...
  20. darmanastartes

    TRN impressions thread

    I haven't had the time or courage to listen to the TRN BA8 yet, but I have been thoroughly enjoying the V90S. They're a definite improvement over the original V90, with a much more refined bass presentation and a slightly less exaggerated upper midrange. TRN QC did bite me however, in that the...
  21. darmanastartes

    Earbud target curve tests

    I like this for the most part, the one thing I would change is the very uppermost treble. The boosts at 16K and 19K are way too much, they give everything else an artificial sheen. I reduced these peak filters to 1.5 dB and 2 dB respectively.
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    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...
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    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...
  24. darmanastartes

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    My review of the KZ ZAX is up on my blog: https://medium.com/bedrock-reviews/kz-zax-review-a2a2924d2c5e
  25. darmanastartes

    Moondrop in-ear monitors Impressions Thread

    This looks incredible. What is the name of the store?
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