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An audio review blog.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) TRN X7: Simply poor resolution and unpleasant sound.

Well, TRN recently came out with a product in the $100 range called the TRN X7. I received a review unit of it and upon first listen I realized how terrible it sounded, so this article is going to be really depressing.

(News) S.M.S.L HO200, the latest headphone amplifier released, almost a perfect competitor to the Topping A90.

A few days ago, S.M.S.L released a new headphone amplifier, the S.M.S.L HO200. It appears to be the higher-end model of the recently released SH-8s. However, it does not appear to be a THX AAA amplifier like the SP200 and SH-9. It appears …

(News) Release of "Moondrop Kato," a Single Dynamic IEM with Newly Developed ULT Super Linear Dynamic Driver

Today, Moondrop announced the latest upgrade to its KXXS lineup, the Moondrop Kato. The Moondrop Kato is the result of two years of design, testing and refinement to develop a new ULT (Ultra- Linear Technology) dynamic driver unit that del…

(News) Introducing the Shanling EM5, a Desktop streaming DAC/AMP

Shanling is focusing on music streaming based on the industry standard UPnP with the EM5. the Shanling EM5 Streaming DAC/AMP is designed as a DLNA certified streaming client. In addition, it also supports Apple AirPlay to access a wide ran…

(True Wireless Earbuds Review) UGREEN HiTune X5: V-shaped sound with cleverly emphasized spatiality while maintaining a very good sense of balance. For those who seek a sense of weight and dynamism in their music.

The UGREEN Hitune X5 is a model that I can't believe is available at this price. It has a fairly well-balanced V-shaped sound, with very little of the unnaturalness in the midrange that is often associated with this type of sound. While th…

(Monitor Headphones Review) SHURE SRH1540: Excellent neutral recording monitor. One of SHURE's best models that carefully projects a wide range of sound.

The SHURE SRH1540 has a very high reputation, and I can confirm that it does indeed have a very good neutral sound. Of course, it is not a perfect model. The sound is lacking in clarity considering the price, and may lack pinpoint clarity …

(News) The latest portable Bluetooth & USB DAC + headphone amplifier "Aune BU2" is here!

Today, Aune announced its latest portable Bluetooth/USB DAC/headphone amplifier, the Aune BU2. It is a direct upgrade of the Aune BU1 DAC+Headphone Amplifier, featuring a better DAC and improved AMP chipset, an added 2.5mm balanced output,…

(News) Dethonray Prelude DTR1+: Latest Hi-Res Music Player Announced

Today, Dethonray has announced the much-anticipated upgrade to the Prelude DTR1, the Dethonray Prelude DTR1+. The latest DTR1+ uses the same trusted AK4490EQ DAC chip that was used in the DTR1, and the DTR1+ features improved electronics, …

(True Wireless Earbuds Review) Baseus SiMU S1 Pro: It has a high build quality for the price. The sound quality is not bad, but the inferior communication quality and some compatibility is a concern.

Considering the ANC performance and build quality, the Baseus SiMU S1 Pro is overall one of the better quality earphones you can get in this price range. However, considering the fact that it is standard class in terms of sound and also co…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) CCZ Plume: A good model that is carefully tuned from the midrange to the mid-high range. However, the expansion of the low-mid range may not be to everyone's taste.

With the name "Plume" and its beautiful golden appearance, I was expecting a light, delicate and elegant sound. I was expecting a light, delicate and elegant sound, like a bird of paradise or a peacock. However, the actual sound of the Plu…

(True Wireless Earbuds Review) SoundPEATS Sonic Pro: Studio tuning with emphasis on a highly transparent midrange. You can enjoy sweet and beautiful vocals and highly transparent instrument sounds. Suitable for Japanese music and J-POP.

SoundPEATS Sonic Pro has a sound that is focused on the Japanese register with an emphasis on vowels, making it suitable for Japanese people who enjoy Japanese music and J-POP. Its mid-range is almost neutral, allowing you to enjoy sweet a…

(News) Release of "NICEHCK lofty" IEM with pure beryllium

NICEHCK has now released its flagship model "NICEHCK lofty" equipped with a pure beryllium diaphragm. The price is under $300.

(News) Whizzer HE03AL Latest Triple-Driver Hybrid IEMs Released

Whizzer has officially released its latest hybrid IEMs, the all-new Whizzer HE03AL. Designed by J.IDEA+ Studio, the pair has stunning looks with aviation-grade magnesium-aluminum alloy ear shells. The pair boasts a powerful sound quality t…

(News) ”KZ Z3", a true wireless earphone with 1BA+1DD from KZ, released

Knowledge Zenith Acoustics, a.k.a. KZ Acoustics, has released the KZ Z3, the latest model of its hybrid completely wireless earphones.

(True Wireless Earbuds Review) EarFun Free 2: V-shaped sound with deep low frequency and glossy mid-high frequency inherited from EarFun Free. Suitable for rock music.

EarFun Free 2 is a completely wireless earphone with a V-shaped sound that offers deep bass and glossy mids and highs. I personally enjoy listening to rock music with these, as they let me hear deep bass, heavy drum kicks, crisp snares, an…