Unique Melody MEST Mk I vs Mk II comparison – improving on perfection

Acknowledgement I purchased the MEST Mk 2 from Andrew and MusicTeck USA at full retail price, with the intention of reviewing them. No input has been sought or received from MusicTeck or Unique Melody with regards to the content of this review - the opinions expressed below (however ill informed) are 100% my own. Many... Continue Reading →

Unique Melody MEST – the bone conductor

Acknowledgement I would like to thank Andrew at MusicTeck in the US for the opportunity to purchase the MEST at a slight discount for the purposes of this review. No input was sought or given regarding the content of the review, so all the words and opinions below are 100% my own. Introduction Every so... Continue Reading →

oBravo Ra 21 C

Acknowledgements The oBravo Ra21-C were loaned to me for a few days by the UK distributor (Phil Wannell at Audio Concierge), in order to provide some listener feedback on the updated tuning. No review was solicited (or expected - thanks Phil), and the impressions given below are entirely my own. Introduction oBravo are a Taiwanese... Continue Reading →

Campfire Audio Solaris 2020 – the sun rises again

Acknowledgement I would like to thank Ken Ball, Caleb Rosenau and the team at Campfire Audio for giving me the opportunity to hear their new Solaris 2020 model. The unit was provided free of charge for the purpose of review. The opinions stated here (however misguided!) are 100% my own, and no incentive was provided... Continue Reading →

Canjam London 2019 – part two

Acoustune This was the stall I most wanted to spend time at over the course of the weekend, after becoming a recent convert to the Acoustune "house sound" with the acquisition of one of their older models (the HS1503al) off another Head-Fi'er on eBay recently. For the uninitiated, Acoustune are a Japanese brand that specialise... Continue Reading →

Canjam London 2019 – part one

Introduction Canjam London 2019 marks my third trip to the UK's premier headphone convention, and my second as a "press" member (i.e. blogger with a notebook). There were slightly less manufacturers in attendance this year, but more people, with plenty of people rolling through the doors of the Park Plaza in Westminster over the course... Continue Reading →

Wavaya Quadra – porcelain powerhouse

Pros: Ultra comfortable porcelain shells, surprisingly detailed and resolving sound, good musicality, decent bass for an all-BA model, emotional delivery Cons: Custom only (at the moment) Website: https://wavaya.com Price: $690 / 690 Euros (starting prices) Introduction Wavaya are a recent entrant into the In Ear Monitor marketplace, launching recently with an initial in-ear product range... Continue Reading →

Flares Gold – gold plated sound

Pros: organic tonality, detailed but not analytical sound, resolution, balanced tuning, bling factor, excellent imaging, stellar Bluetooth implementation Cons: Bespoke cable limits swapping options, apart from shells build isn't "premium", possibly too neutral for some, "audiophile" foam tips very fragile Price: £999 (Flare Audio website) Specifications Introduction I've always been fascinated by IEM technology various different... Continue Reading →

Campfire Audio Solaris – unboxing and initial reaction

Acknowledgement The Solaris were very kindly provided by Ken Ball at Campfire Audio for the purposes of writing a full review. I paid nothing for these, and there is no obligation to or input from Campfire Audio with regards to the content of the review. All Ken has politely asked for is for a few... Continue Reading →

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