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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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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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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”

Soundaware M1Pro Esther – Not quite there yet

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In this ever-growing market of portable audio, not only are audiophiles looking for the best earphones and headphones, some are even willing to spend more on dedicated devices for playing and storing their high quality audio tracks.  Continue reading “Soundaware M1Pro Esther – Not quite there yet”

Mini Audio Oriolus Forsteni – Half the price, but not half the sound

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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.

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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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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”

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