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1More Triple Driver – The best 100USD you’ll spend

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If you haven’t heard of this 100USD gem of an earphone, you’re really missing out. The 1More Triple Driver In Ear Earphone is basically unbeatable at this price point and is my personal top recommendation.

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Meze 12 Classics – Midrange Madness

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Meze, a small Romanian company which has had some experience with over-ear headphones and now has a small earphone lineup, has come out with their latest earphone – the 12 Classics.

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Battle of 99 kuai – Episode 1

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I know what you’re thinking. The world of IEMs is fascinating, with all the balance armature drivers, planar magnetic , litz cables, and all these fancy technical things but… you’re just not quite ready to drop a couple G’s on a pair of earphones yet. And don’t worry, we get it. We’ve all been there and we all know what that feels like. That is why we here at AA decided to write this next review – a battle comparing five of the best earphones that 99 Chinese kuai can buy. Continue reading “Battle of 99 kuai – Episode 1”

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear – Bass on-the-go

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Sennheiser has always been one of the perennial favourites in the audio world – the IE series of earphones, which includes the renowned IE8, IE80, and the more current IE800 are all excellent earphones, but the more modestly priced Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear is no slouch either. Continue reading “Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear – Bass on-the-go”

Lutex Audio – Affordable & Made in Hong Kong

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As I’ve gone deeper into this audiophile hobby, I’ve found that my hometown of Hong Kong also has developed some small indie companies who have started making earphones. Apart from LEAR, Tralucent, and HUM, I recently discovered Lutex Audio. I contacted Lutex Audio and paid them a visit to find out more about their current offerings – the Lutex Audio B1, a single dynamic driver design and the R1, which is a single balanced armature design. Continue reading “Lutex Audio – Affordable & Made in Hong Kong”

MacaW GT100s – Detailed soundstage on a shoestring

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The recent surge in popularity of portable audio, especially in earphones, has provided us with a huge amount of great budget Chinese offerings. Always on the lookout for affordable products, I found a Massdrop deal for the MacaW GT100s, which features a full metal housing as well as changeable tuning filters so I decided to buy a pair to review which put me back around $500 HKD (65USD). 

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Audio-Technica IM70 – The IM50’s refined sibling

IMG_7459Read more to find out the difference between the IM70 and 50.

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Audio-Technica IM50 – Top Budget IEM

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I have a love-hate affair with Audio-Technica’s “dual symphonic driver” offering, the IM50.

I love it since it’s probably the best $450 HKD (around 58USD) I’ve ever spent. The only IEMs I had back then were the Xiaomi Pistons 2 and Havi B3, but I had heard about the IM50 and was curious. I picked it up immediately after demoing it at a shop. Now that I’ve gotten much deeper into the audiophile trap, I’ve started to hate the IM50s. And it’s not because they sound bad –  it’s because they have such an enjoyable sound for the value that even after having tried many better IEMs, the IM50 still makes me reluctant to spend 10x the money on a nicer pair. Continue reading “Audio-Technica IM50 – Top Budget IEM”

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