HiFiMAN HE-1000 v2: unboxing and first impressions

Getting the HE-1000 v2 required some skill, bad luck and good luck. In the recent HiFiMAN HE-1000 International Photo Contest our photo took top place, which won us an EF-6 amplifier. We were stoked. However, when that EF-6 came, there was something wrong with it. It is also the case that HiFiMAN didn't have an... Continue Reading →

A big box of HiFiMAN

Audio Primate is going to be busy. I personally don't take unboxing videos very seriously. It's basically shouting "look at my new toy! Please look at me, I'm so desperate for attention." Some people are really into them though, so here you go. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iSlX0hbC6Y

TheBit Opus #3: stellar sound, Android features still under construction

Pros:  Excellent tonality, good soundstage width, very detailed, balanced output with good power, solid build quality, leather case (not included by default everywhere) Cons: Horrible app implementation, navigation niggles, DLNA music app sounds substantially worse than standard music app, tiny hardware buttons, wobbly volume knob Price: $899 (€899) (Haven’t found UK shop with it yet)... Continue Reading →

RHA CL1: the Richard Dawkins of IEMs: insensitive, brilliant, and not everyone’s cup of tea

Pros:  Excellent clarity and treble extension, good quality and quantity of bass Cons: intimate sound-stage; recessed mids; some mids details fade, veil or disappear; underdriven by many DACs and DAPs; need forward mids to sound totally right List Price: £349.95 (on RHA’s website)($449.95 from Moon audio in USA) Acknowledgment The RHA CL1 was provided to... Continue Reading →

Mee Pinnacle P1: breath rarified sound in this price bracket

Pros:  Clear, transparent sound, detailed, tight measured bass, sveldt and sexy metal shell, top tier price to performance ratio, brilliant accessories Cons: power hungry to get full performance, can be a touch bright List price: $199 (£139) Acknowledgment Thanks Tony at HiFi Headphones for letting me participate in the UK tour. It was fun as always.... Continue Reading →

WTFamps and Timothy Cose, welcome!

Audio Primate would like to extend a warm welcome to Timothy Cose of Wauwatosa Tube Factory, or wtfamps. Tim builds tube amps without any formal electrical training and still has all his fingers. Good on Tim. I had a teacher in primary school who only had 4 fingers on one hand, he blew one right off in... Continue Reading →

Audio-Opus Opus #1: a transparent reference quality DAP and a great start for a promising company

Pros: Uber transparent black background, balanced out, easy operating system, build quality, up to 432 GB of storage, battery saving mode, nice leather case Cons: Android in name only, did not successfully scan all tags, operating system not fully featured List Price: £399 ($399), available from HiFi Headphones in the UK, Musicteck in the USA.... Continue Reading →

Audio Primate, now with prize winning photography

Back in March a couple members of Audio Primate went to the HeadRoom at Metropolis Studios show put on by Audio Sanctuary in London, the HiFiMAN room was a highlight of the show and allowed entry into HiFiMAN's HE-1000 International Photography Competition. I'm pleased to announce that our photo, Reality Sphere, took first prize, so... Continue Reading →

TheBit Opus #3: Refined Korean Metal, Unboxing

I like the Opus #3. A lot. But since my review will be following this post in not too much time. I'll let you get a look at some unboxing shots first. These pics include images of the custom Dignis leather case made for the Opus #3. I hope you like 'em. The leather case... Continue Reading →

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