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Custom Art FIBAE 2 Review

By | December 10th, 2017|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

Build & Fit8.8
Value For Money9
Our Score
From 475 EUR

There were a few IEMs that caught my “ear” at CanJam Singapore 2017 at relatively affordable levels.

The first was the Nightingale YK1 from Vietnam that we reviewed in mid-2017. The second memorable choice was the FIBAE 2 from Custom Art.

At the time the idea of FIBAE was just that, an idea. With no time to test I probably didn’t quite appreciate how useful the technology could be.… Read the full article

Massdrop x JBL LSR30X Powered Speakers Review

By | December 8th, 2017|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

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I was always a Speakerphile in my younger days. I recall coming home from school and turning on my Pioneer towers that my grandpa gave me and upsetting the neighbors by blasting the Rocky II vinyl album on repeat…ha.

Today, we will be listening to and rating the (Massdrop provided) JBL LSR-305 (Massdrop 30X) powered speakers. I was very thankful to solicit a pair to listen to and enjoy. Let’s see how these 305’s fair against the competition at the $300-500 tier for powered speakers.… Read the full article

Unique Melody Mason V3 Review

By | December 6th, 2017|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

Build & Fit9.5
Value For Money8.5
Our Score

Unique Melody has been extremely proactive in the last 12-18 months with a re-tuned version of just about every CIEM in their lineup including new editions such as the ME.1 The recently announced Mason V3, priced at $2699, is part of a big dual combo launch which also includes the new 12-driver $2099 Mentor V3.

Just to clarify, both Maestro and Mason are in fact the same, just named for different markets.… Read the full article

QDC Gemini Review

By | December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

Build & Fit9.3
Value For Money8
Our Score
Starts at $1715

Often have I been asked if I am familiar with the Gemini by qdc. It definitely proves to be very popular in the Asian hifi scene, even though it is priced quite high when compared to its national competition.

The Gemini definitely want to be categorized as high-end instead of bang-for-the-buck.

Starting at $ 1.715 plus around $120 for shipping of the universal, you better prepare around $2000 US dollars for your order of the customized version.… Read the full article

Westone UM1 Revised Edition Review

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

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At $99 US dollars, the UM1 is Westone’s entry-level, universal in-ear monitors. They are suited for professionals and consumers alike. If I counted correctly, this is already the third version.

The first UM1 had a transparent shell and a twirled cable, the second version was red and switched to a round cable. This version is grey and for the first time features a removable cable.

Sadly Westone missed remarking the version somewhere so I will just refer to them as “the new UM1.” To my dismay, I am not familiar with the previous versions of the UM1 so I can only review them for what they are and not highlight any differences.… Read the full article

FLC Technology FLC 8S Review

By | November 29th, 2017|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

Build & Fit8
Value For Money9
Our Score

FLC Technology is a Dongguan based audio firm managed by CEO Forrest Wei. Ironically this is my first post-Guangdong trip review and if I had of know the team was that close I might have sneaked in a quick visit.

However, China is a big country and I plan on a few more visits so maybe next time.

What you do need to know is that Forrest has many years of experience in the audio industry including stints with U.E.… Read the full article

FiiO F9 Review

By | November 26th, 2017|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

Build & Fit8.5
Value For Money9.2
Our Score

FiiO’s roll out of their IEM line-up continues to be fast and furious with the launch of the F9 in July 2017.

Having visited them a few weeks ago and seen how they operate I am honestly not that surprised. They guys work really hard and what you see being launched was conceived months if not years in advance.

In fact, as I review this I am just back from their F9 Pro launch which is their flagship IEM.… Read the full article

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CanJam Europe 2017 Show Report

By | November 24th, 2017|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , |


For the fifth time in a row, the annual CanJam Europe took place in Germany. However, the event moved from North Rhine-Westphalia to Berlin. This is a curious decision because not only was Essen a less expensive city but also does Germany have by far the highest population density in the West.

The old venue was also easily reachable from France, Belgium, Luxemburg or the Netherlands. I went by car and sadly only had the weekend off. This meant I spent 15 hours driving on the famous Autobahn to get 10 hours out of the headphone show.… Read the full article

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Speakertec Kitty Review

By | November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

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Speakertec is a brand new company, at least in terms of audiophile years and timescale, that is based out of Berkshire, England. Not too long ago, their CEO had sent me a really interesting portable DAC/AMP.

Not only is their “Kitty” adorable, but also probably one of the coolest ideas for a portable DAC that I’ve seen in a while. Today, we will put the Kitty DAC through the paces of testing and see far it fairs in the market of late 2017.… Read the full article

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Lime Ears Model X Review

By | November 19th, 2017|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

Build & Fit9
Value For Money9
Our Score

Lime Ears is a new name to Headfonics though a lot of us here are well aware of their products and the recent success of their excellent Aether.

Owned and managed by Emil Stołecki, they hail out of Poland and have been in business for 5 years. They have 4 product lines currently and all are very competitively priced for custom monitors.

I actually totally missed Emil at his stand in CanJam Singapore earlier in the year.… Read the full article

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