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.

Entries from 2022-10-01 to 1 month

KZ PR1: 13.2mm Dual-Cavity Planar Magnetic Driver Earphones

KZ has released the KZ PR1 planar-drive IEMs.

Edifier WH500: Wireless On-Ear Headphones

The Edifier WH500 is now available for $49.99 at Edifier official and other retailers.

HiBy R3 Pro Saber 2022: Ultraportable Bluetooth UAT Touchscreen Hi-Fi Network Music Player

The HiBy R3 Pro Saber 2022, the latest small portable audio player, is now available.

DUNU Releases KIMA: Latest 10mm DLC Diaphragm Dynamic Driver IEMs With Metallic Alloy Ear Shells

In recent times, DUNU has been quite active in the HiFi market. Just during the past month or so they have released their first Planar hybrid, the DUNU Talos followed by the recent release of their collaboration project with Z Reviews, the…

Topping Announces All-New E70 ES9028Pro Desktop DAC & L70 Powerful NFCA Based Headphone Amplifier

Topping has just launched a brand new desktop stack consisting of a premium Desktop DAC, the Topping E70, and a powerful headphone amplifier, the Topping L70. Both the E70 and the L70 are designed to work together flawlessly and they syner…

Shanling M3 Ultra: Dual ES9219C DAC Chips Android 10 Portable HiFi Player

The Shanling M3 Ultra mid-entry class Android digital audio player is now available.

SeekReal Dawn: Square Planar Driver + BA Hybrid Drivers HiFi Earphones

SeekReal Dawn, the latest IEM with square planar drivers, is now available.

Five Upgrades WIth the DUNU x Z Reviews SA6 Ultra

Based on the success of the DUNU SA6, DUNU has worked in collaboration with Zeos from Z Reviews to develop the all-new SA6 Ultra. The 300 units limited edition SA6 Ultra has got many new updates over the original SA6 such as a New sound si…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) CCZ Emerald: Warm V-shaped sound. High resolution

CCZ Emerald may not be a bad choice for those who want to enjoy music with a warm, bonbon, and full sound. In fact, for its low price, it offers excellent resolution and low distortion, making it quite good in terms of audio specs.

(True Wireless Earbuds Review) Earfun Free 2S: Neutral studio tuning with deep bass. Wireless charging & app support for high functionality.

The Earfun Free 2S is a well-balanced earphone with a sound based on Earfun's typical studio tuning.

Trasam DH3: Fully Balanced Dual 9038Q2M Chip Desktop Headphone Amplifier

The Trasam DH3, a fully balanced headphone amplifier with built-in DAC, is now available.

IKKO Releases Asgard OH5: World's First IEMs with Lithium-Magnesium Diaphrpagm Coil!!

IKKO Audio is not a new name in the HiFi audio industry. They are long known for their classic IEMs such as the OH10, OH7, OH2, etc. Recently, IKKO has been quite active with their new releases introducing new IEMs, portable DAC/AMPs, USB …

Open Audio Witch collaborates with Japanese popular online unit "Naruharu"! Part 1

Up-and-coming IEM brand Open Audio has collaborated with the pair unit Naruharu to release the first limited edition Toyama collaboration model.

Seven New Upgrades With The Latest SMSL SU9 Pro Over The SU9: Latest Desktop DAC With World's First ES9039M Pro DAC Chipset

SMSL has released the latest installment for its SU9 series of premium desktop DACs, with the release of the all-new SMSL SU9 Pro. It comes as a direct upgrade to the SU9 with a better DAC chipset, a new Audio Architecture, full MQA, and M…

MUSE HiFi ME1: Flagship 10MM DLC Diaphragm Dynamic Driver IEM Hi-Fi Earphones

The MUSE HiFi ME1, an IEM with DLC dynamic drivers, has been released.

Four Updates with The Latest S.M.S.L Sanskrit 10th MK3 Desktop DAC Over The Sanskrit 10th MK2

SMSL has just dropped its update to the classic Sanskrit Desktop DAC series with the release of the all-new Sanskrit 10th MK3. The 10th MK3 brings a breath of fresh air to the series with many new features. This includes a new DAC, a new U…

LETSHUOER M3: Latest Monocrystalline Copper IEM Upgrade Cable

Lately, LETSHUOER has been active in the HiFi IEM market with their recent releases such as the S12, S12 Pro, D13, etc. The S12 series has got pretty solid reviews as well. Today, LETSHUOER has released its high-purity stock cable that the…

CCA HM20: 16 Driver Units Flagship Hybrid IEMs In-Ear Earphone

CCA's new flagship IEM CCA HM20 is now available.

TRN MT3: Titanium-Coated 10mm Dynamic Driver New-Silicone Ear-Tips In-Ear Earphones

TRN has released its latest dynamic driver IEM, the TRN MT3.

Latest Best Planar Magnetic Chi-fi In Ear Monitors Collection

IEM manufacturing technology is advancing day by day, especially in the last few years, with technological innovations in materials and driver construction. This article features earphones with planar drivers, which are popular for their u…

(Beautiful Girl Figure Doll Review) TAITO Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World Coreful Figure Rem Taito Uniform Ver.

Introducing Taito's prize figure "TAITO Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World Coreful Figure Rem Taito Uniform Ver."

LZ HiFi introduces "AX": Latest Nine-Driver Flaghsip Hybrid IEMs With 1DD+4BA+2EST+2 Piezoelectric Drivers

LZ HiFi has got a huge catalog of premium in-ear monitors that are known to deliver quality sound. Back in 2020, LZ HiFi introduced its flagship the A7 with a 7-driver hybrid configuration on each side. The pair got immense love and praise…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) TANGZU Zetian Wu: Empress of planar drive IEMs. Excellent listening model.

The TANGZU Zetian Wu is one of the most remarkable earphones in its price range, combining a well-rounded overall sound balance, wide sound range, excellent audio specifications, excellent sound image consistency, and a harmonic-rich midra…

Introducing Sivga Oriole: A Classic RoseWood Headphone With In-House Developed 50mm Dynamic Driver

With so many successful products under their name, Sivga has become a well-recognized name in the HiFi audio industry today. Primarily, Sivga deals in the design, development, sale, and marketing of premium Wooden headphones mostly made us…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Moondrop Stellaris: The Shining of the Stars

The Moondrop Stellaris is an excellent cost-performance model that combines excellent audio specifications and well-balanced sound typical of Moondrop.

(True Wireless Earbuds Review) Marshall Mode II: Excellent appearance. Attractive analog-like sound, represented by colorful distorted electric guitars.

It is the best earphone for analogists who find the distorted sound of electric guitars sexy, are comfortable with the sound of crumpled cymbals, prefer vacuum tube sound, and prefer a sound image like that of a CRT TV. It is a tasteful so…

Four Updates With The New Shanling UA2 Plus Portable DAC/AMP From The OG UA2!!

Shanling has released an update to the classic UA2 Portable USB DAC/AMP with their latest release, meet the all-new Shanling UA2 Plus. They have worked on the premium ES9038Q2M based circuit and included a new amp circuit consisting of dua…

Audirect T-1: Lightning to Type-C Lossless Adapter Cable

Audirect T-1, the latest Lightning adapter compatible audio cable, is now available.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Lafitear LM1: High-resolution and low distortion V-shaped sound. High-cost performance earphones for those who want to enjoy listening to music.

The Lafitear LM1 is a low-priced Chinese earphone that delivers a typical V-shaped sound with excellent sound performance of high resolution and low distortion. Although the sound balance is not audiophile-friendly, it is quite attractive …

AOSHIDA BLAD S1: Lossless Bluetooth 5.1 LDAC HD Decoding ES9018 Audio Receiver

The AOSHIDA BLAD S1 wireless audio receiver has been released.