audio-sound @ hatena

An audio review & news blog. The volume should not exceed 80 dB is recommended. I usually adhere to the safe-listening style by WHO. Please note that my aural impressions and interpretations of measurements are also made from a safe-listening style.

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(Monitor Headphones Review) SONY MDR-MV1: Spatial expression monitors that emphasize localization in accordance with the era of stereophonic sound

The SONY MDR-MV1 is a monitor headphone designed by SONY with a particular focus on spatial expression capability, and it excels in localization and detail reproduction. the sound is clearly distinct from the previous generation of monitor…

SONY MDR-MV1: A new generation standard studio monitor proposed by SONY for the stereophonic era

The MDR-MV1 is an ambitious new model that proposes new values while maintaining the essence of monitor headphones that accurately reproduce sound. By maximizing the performance of the new "360 Virtual Mixing Environment" technology, which…

Kiwi Ears Quartet: 2DD+2BA Hybrid In-Ear Monitor

The Kiwi Ears Quartet is an in-ear monitor with double 10mm titanium diaphragms drivers and custom balanced armature drivers for a natural tonal balance. It has a detachable high-quality oxygen-free silver-plated copper cable and is made o…

Luxury & Precision Launches "W4" & "W4-Ex" Flagship Portable USB DAC/AMPs

Luxury & Precision is a premium HiFi audio brand from China. They design, develop, and market top-quality audio products primarily known for their P6 Pro digital audio player and W2 Portable USB DAC/AMP. Today, Luxury & Precision has come …

Three All-New Upgrades With The DUNU Kima Classic: DUNU Kima Classic vs DUNU Kima!!

DUNU Kima Classic is a redesigned variant of the DUNU Kima IEMs with a new tuning profile that has a punchier, livelier sound. It has the same shell design and driver configuration but features an all-new color scheme and a color-matched c…

Topping Releases A70 Pro Headphone Amplifier & D70 Pro Sabre Flagship ES9039SPro DAC

Topping is a familiar name among audiophiles. Over the years Topping has got a great reputation as one of the leading brands for desktop HiFi audio gear including everything from a desktop audio decoder to headphone amplifier, and more. To…

AUDIRECT BEAM4: High-End Portable HiFi Decoding and Headphone Amplifier

The AUDIRECT BEAM4 is a portable digital decoding headphone amplifier that supports DSD up to 512 and PCM up to 32-BIT/768kHz. It features both single-ended and balanced headphone output ports, three levels of adjustable gain, and a batter…

Hidizs Launches MS5 Brand New Five-Driver Hybrid IEMs With Swappable Tuning Nozzles

In the audiophile world, Hidizs is a brand known for its IEMs and Digital Audio Players. Hidizs caters to audiophiles with its excellent products that offer a crazy price-to-performance ratio. Today, Hidizs has introduced a brand new pair …

(Planar headphones Review) Sivga PII: Near flat sound. Bright midrange.

The Sivga PII is a headphone with an overall near-flat, bright midrange that is enjoyable.

RAPTGO Bridge: 2BA+2DD+PZT Tribrid In-Ear Monitor

The Raptgo BRIDGE in-ear tribrid Hi-Fi earphones feature a total of five drivers per side, including two balanced armature, two dynamic, and one piezoelectric driver, and a four-way crossover network. The earphones also come with interchan…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) DUNU Studio SA6 Mk2: DUNU's new generation studio monitors

The DUNU SA6 mk2 is probably the brand's most confident earphone of the year.

XSL X-One: Chinese earphones claiming low-cost final A8000

The X-ONE is tuned based on the popular final Audio A8000 in Japan, and the brand claims that its sound quality reproduction reaches more than 85% of that of the original A8000. If the price of only 5,000 yen is comparable to most of the s…

(Column) A research on the impact of earphone cables on sound quality conducted using TRN MT1 MAX

Does changing earphone cables really change the sound? I report on the results of our investigation, which probed the question of how much the act of replacing IEM cables affects the overall sound quality.

KZ PR2: Real Planar Magnetic Driver In-Ear Monitor

The KZ PR2 is an entry-level in-ear monitor with a range of features and benefits, making it an excellent choice for anyone looking for high-quality, reliable earphones. It is equipped with a newly developed 13.2mm real planar unit and a 7…

(Closed-back Headphones Review) Sivga Oriole: Excellent listening headphones with wide range and flat, sealed, excellent high frequency extension

The Sivga Oriole is an excellent headphone that offers an overall flat, yet wide-range sound. Despite being sealed, the headphones have good extension in the high frequency range, and the sound is bright, delicate, and exhilarating, compar…

SOUND RHYME SR5: 4BA + 1 Dynamic Driver Hybrid 2Pin 0.78mm HiFi Audiophile In-ear Earphones IEMs

The Sound Rhyme SR5 is a 5-driver hybrid IEM with a patent four crossover scheme, 3D printing of sound cavities, and ergonomic comfort to wear. It features ENVISIONTEC 3D printing equipment from Germany, Knowles balanced armature for mediu…

Kiwi Ears Dolce: 10mm LDP Dynamic Driver in-Ear Monitor

The Kiwi Ears Dolce is an earphone that utilizes a brand new diaphragm material to accurately reproduce studio-grade audio. The 10mm LDP diaphragm is an innovative composite driver developed by crosslinked crystallization of low-density po…

(Linsoul) $1 Reservation Card for Kiwi Ears Quartet is now available!

Kiwi Ears Quartet is now available for early booking.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) BLON × HBB Z300: High resolution and low distortion. Attractive low-frequency depth and elegant sounding, calm mid-range expression.

The BLON × HBB Z300 has a low-frequency oriented sound that is typical of HBB collaboration models, and the fact that it is a little less flashy in the midrange is also an indication of HBB's preference. Overall progress has been made from…

BLON X HBB Z300: 10mm Silicone Diaphragm In Ear Monitor for Musician Audiophile DJ Studio

BLON x HBB Z300 is a collaboration project between BLON and the legendary audio reviewer HBB. It is a truly unique product that reflects HBB's passion for high-quality sound and design. The earphones feature a state-of-the-art 10mm silicon…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Hidizs MS5: Detail-oriented IEMs with reasonable high-frequency adjustment functions that focus on clean, well-connected high frequencies

The Hidizs MS5 IEMs are well-tuned in-ear monitors that are multi-hybrid with good sound image consistency. They are very attractive earphones for high-frequency lovers who want to focus on well-connected high frequencies, and very attract…

Eight Upgrades With DUNU SA6 MKII: Brand New Multi-BA Hi-Res IEMs!!

Following the success of the SA6 and the limited-run SA6 Ultra, DUNU is back with a revamped version for the SA6 series, presenting you all, the brand new DUNU SA6 MKII. Based on the suggestions and reviews on the SA6 Ultra, DUNU has readj…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) SIMGOT EW100P: High resolution and low distortion. Studio tuning-like sound with well-balanced forward localization.

The SIMGOT EW100P is attractive for its well-balanced sound with forward localization that is close to orthodox studio tuning. Audio specifications are also above the price level, almost comparable to the high-end class, with good sound im…

SIMGOT EW100P: High-Performance Dual-Chamber Dynamic Entry-Level Earphones

The Simgot EW100P is a set of in-ear monitors designed for audiophiles and music enthusiasts. It features a 10mm dynamic driver that accurately restores sound, a metal structure designed to follow the natural curve of your ear, and a high-…

CVJ Mei: 1DD+2BA Three Driver Hybrid IEMs With Dual Tuning Switches

CVJ is an emerging name in the HiFi audio industry. The brand has recently started launching products focusing primarily on the budget IEM category. Their products are widely appreciated by users and reviewers as well. We are proudly bring…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Tripowin Piccolo: High transparency and resolution with high sound image consistency. Excellent listening earphones that focus on the midrange and make you listen impressively

The Tripowin Piccolo IEMs are very good earphones that delivers overall high transparency and resolution, high original sound fidelity, and a proper focus on the midrange for music with good sound image consistency. The audio specs are on …

Topping Introduces EHA5: High-Power Electrostatic Headphone Amplifier

Electrostatic Headphones need specially developed amplifiers for their power requirements. They require high voltage output to unleash their full potential. Topping has years of expertise in designing high-end desktop audio gear. They have…

(High-end Headphones Review) MEZE Audio EMPYREAN: Excellent range and sound image consistency created by planar drive system

The MEZE Audio EMPYREAN is a high-end headphone capable of delivering a sound with excellent range and sound image consistency that is very planer-driven.

(High-end Headphones Review) Sivga SV023: Sivga's flagship listening headphones with flat, original fidelity, open highs, and a wide-sounding, warm, comfortable, high-resolution midrange

The Sivga SV023 has an overall flatness and good extension in the high-frequency direction, with a bright, delicate, and refreshing sound that is very typical of open-type headphones. With a warm, listening-like tuned, slightly wide-soundi…

QDC Introduces Folk: Brand New Three-Driver Hybrid IEMs With Planar, DD, and BA Driver Combination

QDC is a well-recognized name in the HiFi audio industry. Based out of China, QDC is a premium in-ear monitor brand with many successful models under its name. With a dedicated team of acoustic engineers, QDC has maintained a good reputati…