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Review: Effect Audio Eros II – The Perspective

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Effect Audio Eros II is a hybrid upgrade cable which belongs to the Premium Series of Effect Audio. After Linus’ take on the 8-wire, I present you the 4-wire version.

Disclaimer: I’ve received the Effect Audio Eros II as a review sample free of charge. The cable costs 280$ at the present moment. Effect Audio is a site advertiser. I tested the cable with the PEARS SH-3 and M-Fidelity SA50 CIEMs.

Intro

The boutique cable market has developed quite fast in recent years, especially the popularity of the IEM cables has increased a lot.… Read the full article

Review: Empire Ears Phantom – Crassus

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Today we are looking at Empire Ears’ most talked about monitor yet – the Phantom. Since its introduction, the Phantom has made a lot of fans. Will it convince us too?

Disclaimer: Empire Ears provided the Phantom at a discounted price for this review. Empire Ears is not affiliated with Headfonia and not a site advertiser. Many thanks for the generosity and opportunity to review the Phantom.

About Empire Ears:

Empire Ears is an American IEM and custom IEM company, seated in Norcross, Georgia.… Read the full article

Review: Burson Fun – overwhelming the senses

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

In this article we look a the Burson Fun from Burson Audio.

Disclaimer: Burson directly sent Play, Bang, and Fun for the purposes of this review. I paid nothing for any single unit, and the upgraded op-amps came along with them. Fun is a powerful dual-mono Class-A amp that will blow your socks off for 299$ USD. You can find out all about it here: Burson Fun Headphone amp / pre-amp.

Burson’s staples: cost-effective mid to high end amps, active cables, their beautiful Timekeeper power amp series, DIY-inspired component sets, and of course their peck of discrete and proprietary high-end op-amp sets, some of which Headfonia have had the good fortune to test, are well known.… Read the full article

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Review: Burson FUN – Overloading the senses

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In this article we’re looking at the Burson FUN.

Disclaimer: Burson directly sent Play, Bang, and Fun for the purposes of this review. I paid nothing for any single unit, and the upgraded op-amps came along with them. Fun is a powerful dual-mono Class-A amp that will blow your socks off for 299$ USD. You can find out all about it here: Burson Fun Headphone amp / pre-amp.

Burson’s staples: cost-effective mid to high end amps, active cables, their beautiful Timekeeper power amp series, DIY-inspired component sets, and of course their peck of discrete and proprietary high-end op-amp sets, some of which Headfonia have had the good fortune to test, are well known.… Read the full article

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Review: FiiO M9 – Wizard of the East

By | November 26th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

The Fiio M9 portable player is the successor of the nice M7 DAP. In this article we look at the newest Fiio DAP.

Disclaimer: The FiiO M9 was sent to us free of charge in exchange of an honest review. The MRSP is 299€ as I’m writing this and you can get it from Fiio’s official dealers.

About FiiO

Since 2007, FiiO has always aimed to become one of the top brands in the audiophile game. Based in Guangzhou, China, they rose steadily and somehow achieved their goal : Being available all over the world and build products known for their excellent performance/price ratio.… Read the full article

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Review: PlusSound Silver + Gold: X-Series

By | November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , |

PlusSound’s X-Series of IEM cables are amongst the most comfortable to wear. In this range customers can pick between eight different types of wires. Today we’ll look at the Silver + Gold.

Disclaimer: The Silver + Gold was provided by PlusSound at no cost. The cable will remain in my sample inventory for future reference. PlusSound is not a site advertizer and not affiliated with Headfonia. Many thanks for the generosity and opportunity!

About PlusSound:

PlusSound is an American company seated in Los Angeles that specialized in aftermarket cables but has also dipped their toes into the portable amplifier market.… Read the full article

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Review: FiiO FH5 – The Apex

By | November 19th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

After the Picture Sunday post, we finally take a detailed look at the FiiO FH5, the company’s most serious In Ear Monitor to date.

Disclaimer: The FiiO FH5 was sent to me by the company itself for this review. The price of the FH5 is 260$ at this time. The Sony WM1A Walkman is the source used for sound evaluation. 

Intro

For some reason, the IEMs from FiiO weren’t able to give me what I expected from them. I need to admit, they certainly did a good job from the price/performance standpoint.… Read the full article

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Celebration Giveaway 9: 64Audio – N8 CIEM

By | November 11th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

We continue our $50k gear giveaway with our biggest prize so far, the 64Audio N8 CIEM!! Just keep reading and enter the giveaway!

Winner

There was huge interested for the Billy Jean giveaway and we had so many funny comments but there can be only one winner, and that is: Christopher McKendrick from The United Kingdom! Congratulations. You’ll be contacted very soon, please get in touch.

Number 9

As promised and explained earlier, we’ll be doing a year long of weekly giveaways and last September was the start of our 52-week celebration.… Read the full article

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Review: Astell&Kern SE100 – Smooth Operator

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The SE100 is one of Astell&Kern’s higher end players from their A&Futura product line.

Disclaimer: The SE100  was sent to us free of charge by Astell&Kern directly in exchange for this review. The SE100 unit is being returned next week to AK. All AK samples are loaners.

Astell&Kern

The South-Korean Astell&Kern by iRiver does no longer need an introduction anymore as they quickly have become one of the world’s most famous DAP makers. It’s a given fact that they aren’t the cheapest – though a lot of brands charge these prices right now – but you can’t deny the sublime design and top quality sound their unites have.… Read the full article

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Review: NextDrive Spectra X – Dynamic

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

The NextDrive Spectra X is the newest of Nextrive’s DAC modules and it will be available on the market soon!

Disclaimer: NextDrive sent me Spectra X units to review here. They aren’t quite on the market, but should go on sale in the next weeks for around 190$ USD. X uses the same ESS SABRE 9018Q2C DAC, adds a bit of noise dumbing magic called Xtra Sound, among other advanced features. You can find out all about it here: Spectra X: Unleash the power of your sound.… Read the full article

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