We review Rock Jaw Audio’s Resonate hybrid earphone as part of the review tour on HeadFi. Does this small indie company have another hit product in the making? Click below to read more.
1More just can’t stop shaking up the audiophile market – the 1More Triple Driver was a huge success and gave superb sound quality for its price, even beating out many more expensive earphones. Luckily for us consumers, they’ve gone and one-upped themselves with the Quad Driver.
Today I’ll be reviewing the Heir Audio 4AI S. I couldn’t find too many reviews about this company’s products, but luckily that turned out to be a non-issue, as the 4AI S is quite good. Priced at $400, this IEM certainly doesn’t come cheaply. Is it worth the money?
After its success with the original Oriolus, Mini Audio has come up with another hybrid offering, the Oriolus Forsteni. Named after the Grey-collared Oriole instead of the Golden Oriole, it’s half the price of the original with a slightly different driver configuration. They’ve managed to get a very pleasing sound out of it despite having 1 less balanced armature driver.
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”
Note: the custom cables depicted here were not used for the review.
The Sennheiser “IE” series began with the IE6. Thick, round and bassy, it was well received for its staggering bass frequency but lacked embarrassingly in the mids and highs. Next, was the IE7. Sennheiser trimmed up the fat and cleared the mids and highs, but the fans felt that they had gone too far. In their pursuit for clarity, Sennheiser had cut the claws off their beast. Gone was the thundering subbass that made it clear to the world that the engineering department at Sennheiser understood that sound begins and ends with bass. In 2008, the Germans had finally struck a balance between vibrant mids and deep bass authority. The IE8 carried the Sennheiser flagship iem moniker for three years until it was given a slight tweak and a brushed aluminium facelift in 2011 and renamed the IE80. Continue reading “Sennheiser IE80 – A Single Driver Classic”
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.