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Campfire Audio Vega – Mega

A review of Campfire Audio’s single dynamic driver flagship – the Vega. With an extremely refined and hard hitting bass coupled with a top level resolution in all other frequencies, it’s no wonder that the Vega has been getting rave reviews.

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Campfire Audio Lyra II – Vivacity

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The Lyra, released back in 2014-15 was refreshed along with Campfire Audio’s dynamic and hybrid lineup as the Lyra II, and is a personal single dynamic driver favourite.

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Campfire Audio Dorado – Energetic

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Not satisfied with having just a superstar pure balanced armature and a pure dynamic driver product selection, Campfire Audio has also decided to begin their foray into hybrid territory with their latest release – the Dorado.

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Mini Audio Oriolus – Golden birdsong

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IEMs with hybrid configurations (ones that combine both dynamic drivers and balanced armatures) are getting more and more popular these days, and our first review of a hybrid is none other than the Oriolus mk2, which is already highly acclaimed in the audiophile community. 

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Jerry Harvey Audio Layla – Larger Than Life

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In 2013 JH Audio announced the Siren Series of in-ear monitors, with each piece named after a famous rock song about women. Roxanne was the first, with sisters Layla and Angie joining thereafter, and Rosie being the latest addition to the growing lineup. Priced at a prohibitive $2499 USD, Layla is the most expensive of the bunch, and also the most pricey universal iem in the world at the time of its release – until the even more expensive Layla 2 donned in an all titanium housing succeeded it that is. Welcome to insanity.

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A visit to the HUM headquarters

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Curious about this locally designed and built product, we decided to pay a visit to the headquarters of HUM, the Hong Kong based company responsible for creating the 2 BA driver HUM Pristine as well as the Pervasion music player to see what the fuss was all about. Continue reading “A visit to the HUM headquarters”

Campfire Audio Andromeda – Soaring into Space

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Established in 2006, Audio Line Out (“ALO”) made its name by building high end audio cables for audio equipment. In 2015, ALO announced the creation of another branch that would be responsible for making IEMs called Campfire Audio (“CA”). Since then, CA has launched an impressive lineup of IEMs: the single BA Orion, the dual BA Nova, the single DD Beryllium driver Lyra and the four BA Jupiter.  Their latest 5 driver flagship offering, the Andromeda caught my eye and I decided to take a leap and purchased it.

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Shure SE846 – The Sound and the Fury

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B
ack when I was still in high school I blindly bought a pair of Shure earphones without knowing anything about audio. At that point in time I hailed from an illustrious personal audio track record, such as having upgraded from the basic Apple ibuds to the Apple ‘in-ear EarPods’. The source was a sky blue Sony MD player, and listening to soapy break-up ballads from NSYNC, A1 and Westlife without ever having experienced any break-ups while cruising in a Chinese taxi in the Nanjing rain at a crawling speed was as good as I thought things could get. I remember feeling nothing after getting the Shure, I got it partly because of the brand name, and partly because I simply wanted to spend. Music listening soon became an indispensable part of my life, and somehow I splurged on the then Shure flagship E500PTH (push-to-hear). Continue reading “Shure SE846 – The Sound and the Fury”

Hong Kong Audio Visual Expo 2016!

The HKAVE (Hong Kong Audio Visual Expo) opened on June 10-12, and with an entry fee of just 60HKD, I decided that I definitely had to go check out if there were any new IEM offerings to try out.

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