Audio Primacy – Quarter-Final 1: JH Rosie vs CustomArt 9-driver (custom tuned CIEM)

The general concept One of the downsides of being an IEM enthusiast and amateur reviewer is an ever growing collection of in-ear gear, and only two ears to listen to it with. While pondering the gear mountain that was building up in my man-cave after a few frosty beverages, I set to working out the... Continue Reading →

Zeus-XR and Effect Audio Leonidas – unboxing

Here are some unboxing shots from my most recent acquisition: a set of custom Empire Ears Zeus-XR, and an Effect Audio Leonidas upgrade cable to go along with it. Both of these excellent items were won as part of a giveaway by @Jack Vang and the team at Empire Ears over on the Head-Fi forums,... Continue Reading →

Blue Microphones Ella – the new first lady of planar magnetic headphones

  Pros:  Crisp and detailed sound, good dynamics, excellent sense of musicality for a “neutral” tuning, exceptional spatial cues, good comfort, onboard amp circuitry to make the driveable by just about anything, ON+ mode for a more “analogue” sound Cons: Unusual headphone construction leaves you feeling like an extra from Dr Who, could do with... Continue Reading →

Trinity Phantom Hunter – unboxing pictures

UPDATE 21/05/17 - new comparison pictures added against various IEMs (Campfire Vega, Andromeda etc) After one of the most awaited (to put it mildly) product launches on the Head-Fi forums, the Trinity Audio flagship 5-driver IEM (the Phantom Hunter) is now starting to arrive in mailboxes around the globe. If you are one of the many... Continue Reading →

Blue Ella – unboxing

Some unboxing shots from my upcoming Blue Microphones Ella headphone review... http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o701/Jackpot77/Blue%20Ella/IMG_20170507_160519111_HDR%20-%20watermark_zpsdkdba2wc.jpg    

CustomArt 9-driver CIEM – gallery photos and brief thoughts

Having been slowly working my way through the tiers of universal in-ear solutions over the last 18 months, there was somewhat of a sense of inevitably that my sonic journey would take a trip into the world of custom-made in ear monitors at some point. I have always liked the idea of getting a set... Continue Reading →

Sonus Faber Pryma 0/1 – darkly fashionable

Pros:  Quality build, unusual look, rich sound with a smooth and velvety midrange and warm, enveloping bass, decent layering Cons: Can sound veiled / rolled off in the treble compared to other over-ears in the same price range, slightly closed in soundstage Price: £399.00 (PRYMA) Acknowledgment I acquired these over-ears in a trade deal with a... Continue Reading →

Astell & Kern / JH Audio Angie V1 – the original Siren song

Pros:  Clarity of sound, spacious soundstage, pinpoint imaging, engaging sound, adjustable bass, great vocals Cons: Like sticking a carbon-fibre gobstopper in your ear cavity Acknowledgment and preferences This unit was purchased for listening pleasure (and review purposes) from the For Sale boards on Head-Fi – I have no affiliation with Astell & Kern or Jerry... Continue Reading →

Rhapsodio Galaxy V2 – another single dynamic all-star constellation

Pros:  Excellent detail retrieval and driver speed, crisp punchy sound, fantastic texture, sound superb with guitar based music Cons: Housings can get a little heavy, a slightly thicker midrange and bass would be ideal, can be a little sharp on occasion Acknowledgment These IEMs were very kindly loaned to me for a few weeks by... Continue Reading →

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