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Astral Acoustics Taurus Review

By | February 21st, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

Build Quality8.9
Value For Money8.6
Our Score

Astral Acoustics is now having a Chinese New Year Sale of up to 20% off for all IEM cables until March 16th 2018! Sales prices include the Taurus at just $190. The other cable line sale prices are as follows: Libra 4 $400 USD, Pisces 8 $550 USD, Libra 8 $680 USD

The Taurus is the debut launch of a new Hong Kong IEM cable manufacturer called Astral Acoustics, priced at $240.… Read the full article

iFi Nano iDSD Black Label Review

By | February 18th, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

Build Quality8.5
Value For Money9
Our Score

The iFi Nano iDSD Black Label is the first iFi Audio product I have officially reviewed for Headfonics. Mike, Klaus and some freelancers from around the world have all covered them before and in some detail.

You would have to be living under a rock in gadget and audio land if you have never come across the British-based iFi label.

Their marketing overdrive is hard to miss and they do hit all the right notes with some of those popular audio buzz words.… Read the full article

Astrotec Lyra Collection Review

By | February 16th, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

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Recently, Astrotec had sent me a small package containing their 150ohm/32ohm Lyra earbud. Considering I’ve always been “that earbud guy” and naturally, of course, I was extremely interested in hearing a $299 earbud from this company. But, can a modern overseas brand live up to the hype of the last few generations of golden earbud sound?


These guys have been around since 2002 and have had various adventures through the audio circuit with IEM’s strategically placed here and there.… Read the full article

Noble Audio Django Review

By | February 14th, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

Build Quality8.3
Comfort & Fit8.8
Value For Money8.5
Our Score

The Noble Audio Django is technically the successor to the older Noble Audio 6 and sits at the very top of Noble’s classic range of universal IEMs.

Priced at $999 only the Katana and Encore are more expensive so it is not quite a flagship rating but pretty high. However, this particular price point is unusually becoming a bit of a sweet spot for some of the best universal IEMs in the market.… Read the full article

ZMF Auteur Review

By | February 11th, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , |

Build & Fit9.5
Value For Money8.5
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Our Score
$1599 Teak, $1899 Blackwood

A few weeks ago, Zach at ZMF sent a big package to me that contained both the closed Eikon and the open Auteur.

I have just recently reviewed the Eikon with high marks and have been eagerly waiting to finally sit down and pen this review of the Auteur methodically and meticulously.

So sit back and relax, grab a cup of coffee or your pick of a hard drink if you are of proper age, of course, and enjoy.… Read the full article

Massdrop x HIFIMAN HE4XX Review

By | February 9th, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , |

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With the launch of the HE4XX Massdrop is on an audiophile roll. Everyone in the audio enthusiast community knows it. Satisfying deals left and right, collectors getting newly minted and refreshed rehashes of older designs, now updated with a new logo, paint job or even earpads.

Some of our favorite older models from years ago, suddenly making a return and sporting a new look, new life and new style via the Massdrop brand. Today, I’ll be taking a quick gander at the Hifiman HE4XX Massdrop edition.… Read the full article

FiiO X3 Mark III Review

By | February 7th, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , |

Build & Functionality8.6
Value For Money9
Our Score

The launch of the $199.99 X3 Mark III from FiiO in the last quarter of 2017 continues the Infinity Sound theme of products initially revealed to the public that summer.

Alongside the X7 Mark II, FiiO F5 and F9, FiiO made a big push for increased performance using their tried and tested value for money message that has served them well down through the years.… Read the full article

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Brainwavz B400 Review

By | February 4th, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

Build & Fit8.3
Value For Money9
Our Score

The B400 is the latest multi-driver IEM from Hong Kong-based manufacturers, Brainwavz.  Given how much I enjoyed the B200 last May 2017 I was more than happy to grab a review unit and put it through its paces.

For those who may be unfamiliar with Brainwavz, they made their name in the value vertical of headphones and IEMs over previous years with consumer level IEMs but also with a splattering of well-received higher end headphones such as the HM5.… Read the full article

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DSD Vs PCM – Real Competitors?

By | February 2nd, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , |

This article on DSD vs PCM was reproduced from the educational archives of Yuri’s Sample Rate Converter website with his kind permission. All copyright belongs to said website and any reproduction of this information below can only be done with the express permission of Yuri Korzunov.

DSD vs PCM competition leads to many disputes around. These formats are not so different as seems as discussed here. Read about some myths and its technical explanation.

If reconsider some of the common myths or opinions of DSD and PCM we have 3 we would like to focus on:

  1. DSD can be considered as format superior in audio quality than PCM.
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ZMF Eikon Review

By | January 31st, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

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Well, Zach over at ZMF has been super busy lately…hasn’t he? Not too long ago, ZMF had sent me a care package containing both the Eikon and the Auteur.

In today’s publication, I’ll be detailing the Eikon.  What an immense pleasure it was to listen to up to this point!


The owner of ZMF is, perhaps, one of the coolest guy’s I’ve ever had the distinct honor of speaking to. Passion unbridled for his work, a raw unwillingness to fail or release a product that wasn’t what he wanted to make it to production design.… Read the full article

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