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Scuba Devils

Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: > Neutral tonality with a clear, detailed, crisp, snappy and engaging presentation
> Beautiful design with incredible comfort
> Excellent stock cable with Cardas conductors and interchangeable 3.5mm and 4.4mm plugs
> Final E tips in 4 sizes (that glow in the dark...)
> Highly protective German made case by ‘Tanos’
> Overall experience could command a much higher price
Cons: > Benefits from higher power sources
> Occasional bright peaks
> It can be tricky to pack into the case, and the case is on the cumbersome side in terms of shape and size (nitpicking here as I’m struggling with cons…)
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Introductions & Caveats

I first heard mention of the Project M following it’s debut at the Fujiya Avic...
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armstrj2
armstrj2
Another great review, David, with plenty of super pictures, as always. The fit and finish quality of this set is amazing for its price.
drftr
drftr
How does it scale quality-wise? Sometimes very neutral sets react very well to a top notch chain and show their chameleon-like sound profile on top of that.

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Scuba Devils
Scuba Devils
@drftr I actually haven’t really tried on my desktop, tended to stick with headphones there lately but I’ll test and report back. I’ve certainly found they respond to more power.
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jeromeoflaherty

New Head-Fier
Pros: Outstanding value at $149
Gorgeous looking headphone
Very Comfortable for long listening sessions
Easy to EQ (not required)
Excellent midrange
Cons: Bass more neutral than Harman
A bit of Midrange unevenness
Treble more restrained than other Hifiman

Sundara Closed-Back - Ignore the name, this is a stunning headphone at its price​

It can be hard to look past a name but I believe early reviewers assumed this headphone would...
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d m41n man

100+ Head-Fier
Pros: • Most beautiful clear shells ever I've laid my eyes on
• Engaging, non-offensive sound that caters to both casual and audiophile listeners
• Built to last and looks of luxury at a fraction of flagship price
• Redefines the meaning of value levels for everyday carry
Cons: • Not the first choice for vocal lovers and those sensitive to treble
• Aside from subjective sound preference, none
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Introduction
Ah Dita… it has been a while since they have been on my radar, falling silent for quite some time. For the...
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jeromeoflaherty

New Head-Fier
Pros: Deep Bass
Unique sound signature great for live music and classic rock
Very Comfortable
Worth adding to your headphone collection especially at current price
Cons: Bass will be too much for some tracks
Specialist sound signature won't suit all music

Hifiman HE-R9 - your Flashy Flamboyant Friend​

Lets get one thing out of the way immediately, HE-R9 is a flamboyant and quirky headphone both in its looks and its sound profile...
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Kerry56
Kerry56
I would have to disagree with your conclusion. The HE-R9 is probably the worst mis-step that Hifiman has made in recent memory. The bloated, boomy bass that overwhelms everything else cannot be shrugged off. It colors everything and ruins any song that has prominent bass to begin with. Also, the build is mediocre and laughable if you consider the original retail price, but it is at least serviceable.

What the HE-R9 does have is potential. There's nothing wrong with the drivers. These can be used as a good starting point for anyone willing to spend the time to modify them. It took JM Audio eight tries to get something they think is worthwhile, so if you are going to keep the original cups, you've got your work cut out for you in modding, but that is part of the fun. I'd suggest going the route I took, which was removing those ridiculous, cavernous, echoey plastic cups and replacing them with wooden cups. Turning them into semi-open headphones lets the drivers have the air they need.
jeromeoflaherty
jeromeoflaherty
You are right, that the bass is too much and I also usually add a section to my reviews discussing simple 'Modifications' e.g. with the HE400SE I added a section with reference to some of the simple mod to tweak the treble region on that Hifiman.
But with this one, I did look at JM Audio and CustomCans but any modification looked difficult, time consuming and expensive. I think what those guys do is amazing but in this case, in my opinion, it would be better to just buy a different headphone. What I did find was very specific recordings (mainly live) worked well even with the boomy bass (or at least a simple bass reduction). So, it might be my nostalgia for a live gigs, maybe I used to stand too close to the speakers at gigs :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes: but for that particular 'fun' experience I thought it worked well. I do have friends who actually like 'boomy bass' and they also like quirky looking stuff hence why I thought I would mention it in the review.

I lack sleep

New Head-Fier
Pros: Well-executed bright-tilted tuning that avoids sounding dry or sterile
Above-average staging for an IEM
Cons: Mild metallic timbre
May lack bass quantity
Dita Project M Review
By I_lack_sleep (Ix is my username in Discord)




Disclaimers / Unit Reviewed:

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Amadeo Nospherathu

Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: +Laconic set. Everything that is included is really necessary to use.
+High-quality Cardas cable.
+Quality packaging, no feeling of cheapness.
+Comfortable ergonomics.
+The best clear shell I've ever seen.
+Neutral, high-quality sound that should cost much more.
+The high frequencies are honest, without comfort.
Cons: -Most people like flavorful sound, neutrality is not for everyone.
-Volume of the case.
-Connectors on the cable.
Dita Audio has always been among my personal favorites.
I liked their moderately minimalist approach, their elegant packaging, their high-quality accessories, and, of course, their sound. Even...
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TechieFelixLP

New Head-Fier
Pros: Ample Power (Especially in USB Mode)
Neutral-ish Tonality
Compact Size
Microphones in Bluetooth
Cons: No User Manual
Microphone problem on USB

TimeEar BTE-222

Neutral Sounding Bluetooth Portable DAC/Amp, with Ample Power.


Specifications :

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Zerstorer_GOhren

500+ Head-Fier
Pros: ● Quite solidly build resin shell chassis.
● Its compact UIEM-style shell chassis will give a pleasant comfort to wear and provides a good passive noise isolation.
● Decent quality stock cable.
● Tonally well-balanced sounding set.
● Punchy and tactile bass response
● Well-textured, linear and clean midrange.
● Relatively versatile on both male and female vocals.
● Fairly natural sounding on most instruments.
● Somewhat smooth and balanced treble response.
● Not a hint of harshness nor sibilance.
● At least, above average technical performance.
Cons: ● Needs some improvements on its layering aspect.
● More choices of ear tips could be better.
● Ideally, at least above-average up to wide sound/speaker stage size.
● Wishing for more treble air.
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"When the words leave off, music begins"

~~Heinrich Heine, 19th century German poet and literary...
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Nice review...👍🏻
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Jaytiss
Jaytiss
Beautiful review. Nice work.

rev92

Reviewer at Ear Fidelity
Pros: Completely redesigned
Suspension strap
Revolutional headband
AMT drivers
Superb detail and resolution
Great for audio professionals
Fast, snappy, and neutral presentation
Good build
Cons: Still not very comfortable for me
The magical timbre from HEDDphone One is gone
Very hard to clean

HEDDphone Two​

The HEDDphone TWO is a successor to a highly popular HEDDphone ONE. It uses a full-range AMT driver and it's priced at $1999.

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pradiptacr7

100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Amazing Build quality, Very Natural and Accurate Timbre and Tone, Sublime Bass Texture, One of the Best Midrange, Huge Soundstage, Easy to Drive
Cons: Not for Bassheads, Fit Issue can be Observed for Some, Average Stock Cable

INEAR SD5: UNVEILING SONIC EXCELLENCE



Introduction: -

In the ever-evolving world of IEMs and headphones, finding the perfect balance between impeccable sound...
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AlekhyaD666
AlekhyaD666
Beautiful writeup and beautiful picture. The SD5 looks very interesting.
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Chenkw

New Head-Fier
Pros: - Lightweight and clean design
- Affordable during promotion
- Fun and warm V-tuning
- smooth treble
- Easy to drive DD
Cons: - Cheap plastic outer shell
- Slightly bloated bass
- Sound resolution & details could be improved
First and foremost, I would like to thank Hidizs for sending in a pair of Hidizs MS1-Galaxy for my honest review and opinion. I am not in any way affiliated with Hidizs, and you may find the link...
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Ichos

Reviewer at hxosplus
Pros: + Crystal clear and transparent
+ Resolving and refined
+ Impactful and dynamic
+ Not much digital glare
+ Spacious soundstage
+ Good power for the size
+ Low power consumption
+ In-line control support and embedded microphone
+ Well made
+ Compact, lightweight and ergonomic
+ Good price to performance ratio
Cons: - Polarizing appearance
- Lighting OTG cable is not included in the universal retail package
- No independent volume control
- Slightly lean textures
The Hidizs SD2 is a portable USB DAC dongle without a cable that directly plugs in a host USB type-C port and delivers audio in a 3.5mm headphone output. The Hidizs SD2 not only supports in-line...
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BielakP

New Head-Fier
Pros: - easy to drive
- great technicalities
- good passive isolation
- details, both in high and mid registers
- good accessories in the package: a set of filters, a large selection of ear tips
- holographic sound
- great imaging and instrument separation
- bass with texture, capable of going low
- great strength of notes
- very good macrodynamics for engaging, dynamic playing
- proper pairing (SONY NW-A55) provides organic sounding instruments, more balanced tuning, devoid of treble harshness and overly fatigued bass
- analytical listening
Cons: - analytical listening - not always what you want
- high sensitivity and low impedance - average cooperation with strong sources
- sometimes too energetic
- on most sources, at times bass can get you tired, and treble can irritate with sharpness; sibilants are also possible
- bag instead of case
- plastic fang on the cable (subjective)
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Japz77

New Head-Fier
Pros: Detail, Imaging, Layering are good in general not just for the price.
Cons: Highs can be bothersome, upper mid treble emphasis may not be everyones cup of tea, Bass impact.
Dita Project M

Disclaimer: This was a loaner unit provided in exchange for an honest review. No monetary compensation was given.

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Ben86

500+ Head-Fier
Pros: • Very musical, natural, immersive and refined presentation.
• Sounds very natural and engaging with Instrumental-Vocal music genres like Jazz, Blues, Classical and some Old Rock.
• Great Bass.
• Sweet and Natural Vocals.
• Very natural instrument timbres and great positioning in space.
Cons: • A bit high in price.
• Need an op-amp extender to fit in some audio devices.
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ICYGENIUS

New Head-Fier
Pros: Quite nice looking
It is possible to customize the sound using switches that work well
Excellent weight and depth of sub bass notes
Detailed texture at low frequencies
Mids are punchy and slightly brighter
Very clearly emphasized attacks and transients on the drums, yeah that good
High frequencies have musical tuning without any excessive brightness and enhancement of this area
There is moderate technicality and analytics
The sound stage, although not super wide, has excellent depth, and there is good plane definition and image separation.
Cons: Not the best packaging and a completely ordinary cable, which also gets tangled.
They have a noticeable armature timbre in the midrange
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Today in the review we’ll talk about a new hybrid product from CCA and their...
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PhonoPhi
PhonoPhi
I have Rhapsody.
If this IEM is 4.5 stars - most of other IEMs should be totally off the scale. Devalued/degrading reviewing of free samples (?) Is a big menace (??)
For HeadFi to remain any credible - the reviewers should be governed by the same rules as the "Members of the Trades".

NymPHONOmaniac

Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: -well balanced bassy W shape tonality
-vast 3D soundstage
-deep fast rumbly bass
-open transparent mids that aren't thin
-gently bright, not shouty nor splashy
-excellent technical performance
-excellent resolution
-fast snappy treble
-excellent imaging
-versatile tuning
-excellent cable
-incredible near non sens sound value
Cons: -not the end word in timbre naturalness (even if among best for planar)
-some might find upper treble a bit energic
-not for bass hater
-cheapish housing construction
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Tonality: 8.5/10
Technicalities: 8.8/10
Timbre: 8.2/10
Soundstage: 8.5/10
Imaging: 8.2/10
Musicality (subjective): 8.8/10
Construction: 7.5/10
Accessories...
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briantbrain

New Head-Fier
Pros: • ONLY $39.99
• Unique design, compact, and highly suitable for mobile use
• Support Microphone input
• Good quality control resulting in excellent finishing
• Sufficient power for the majority of entry-level IEMs
• Supports multiple OS devices
• Ideal for bass and soundstage enthusiasts
• Within its price range, provides technical quality and sound above its level
Cons: • Unique design may not appeal to everyone
• Requires caution as the dongle attaches directly to the device (without a cable), making it prone to knocks and damage
• Lack of a USB C female to USB C male cable to address the above weakness
• Separation tends to overlap slightly when there are many instruments
• Nothing in this price range
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Dsnuts

Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Excellent hand-crafted IEM cable by Penon Audio
Solid PVC finish with copper alloy and pure silver for its make up
Versatile alloy copper performance.- Higher end copper properties
Infused Liquid Nitrogen treated pure silver for better transparency and details
More copper in properties vs pure silver
Enhances sound separation and imaging for the host IEM
Cleaner treble notes with no extra emphasis
Sculpted bass notes with full impact and extension
Modularity- adds greater plug options
Solid ear hooks to tuck the thicker cables in place
Thicker substantial 2 core construction
Has silver like properties with no negatives of silver
Cons: Thicker 2 core construction- some may not like
Minor cord noise,-there is some but not bad.
Extra enhanced plug would make it a 5 star easily.
Penon Renata. ( pic shown with Penon Quattro )
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iscorpio71
iscorpio71
I might get it later when the price drops...
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NymPHONOmaniac

Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: -lush dense timbre
-warm round and vibrant bass
-smooth full bodied mids
-good note weight
-open holographic layering
-wide and tall soundstage
-smooth but fast and controlled treble
-fatigue free (no sibilance, no shout, no splash, no spike)
-captivating piano, cello, saxo and violin
-not compressed instrument presence
-extremely cohesive tuning for such hybrid
-good accessories
Cons: -not the most define bass impact and separation
-lack of treble sparkle and brilliance
-average imaging and clarity
-will be too dark or warm for some
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TONALITY: 8.8/10
TECHNICALITIES: 8.2/10
TIMBRE: 8.5/10
SOUNDSTAGE: 9/10
IMAGING: 7.5/10
MUSICALITY (subjective): 9/10
CONSTRUCTION: 8/10
ACCESSORIES...
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