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 →

Itsfit Labs Fusion – magnetostatic mayhem

IntroductionItsfit are a Vietnamese company, based in the capital city Hanoi. It was founded in 2016, growing out of a small sound and audio components laboratory into the custom IEM manufacturer it is today. They specialise in custom IEMs, earning a good reputation as a resheller of other manufacturer's IEMs into CIEM form and more... 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 →

Campfire Audio Ara Review: engaging fluidity, impactful dynamics

Pros: The tonality is gorgeous, full bodied signature, fluid mids, excellent drum impact, satisfying richness, good treble energy, chiseled and handsome titanium shell, water-resistant and attractive eco-friendly cork case, excellent selection of tips, good cable Cons: Deep insertion can be uncomfortable due to the angles on the chiseled titanium shell, some dips in mids that... Continue Reading →

The Ara has landed, Campfire Audio Ara unboxing and initial impressions

The Campfire Audio Ara (pronounced era) marks a departure from the rest of the lineup. It's a 7 balanced armature design (4 low, 1 mid, 2 high) with an integrated boot to tune the internal acoustic space and arrange all the components without the use of a crossover network. It's got a hot titanium body... Continue Reading →

It’s shopping time! Black Friday a-go-go!

Now that Americans (like myself) have gobbled some soporific poultry, 16 pounds of sugar (more than a stone, for Brits), and eaten copious amounts of stuffing, potatoes and green bean casserole; it's time to waddle our fat asses to the shops, or better yet, place our fat asses in front of the ass-growing wonder that... Continue Reading →

Dunu DK-4001 -hybrid excellence

Introduction and acknowledgment Dunu are a Chinese brand that as a UK based audiophile I had heard a lot about over the last few years, but not actually managed to hear until pretty recently. Coming across their Falcon-C model (review here) at Canjam London 2018, I was impressed enough with their approach to tuning and... 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 – sound like the sun

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. Allegations was (politely) asked for was a few brief impressions... Continue Reading →

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