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.


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…

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…

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…

(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…

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

Kiwi Ears Quartet is now available for early booking.

7Hz Introduces Legato: All-New Dual Dynamic Driver IEMs

Following the success of the Timeless series and the Salnotes Zero series of in-ear monitors, 7Hz is back again with an all-new pair of in-ear monitors, presenting the all-new 7Hz Legato. What makes the Legato different from the other mode…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) 7Hz Legato: Listening sound that combines heavy bass, deep midrange, and extended highs

The 7Hz Legato IEMs have a V-shaped sound that combines massive, deep lows with sufficiently extended highs. The depth, rich resonance, and immersive sound may be quite attractive for relaxed listening applications.

iBasso DC04 Pro: Brand New USB DAC/AMP With Dual CS43131 DAC and Dual Headphone Output

iBasso has released an upgrade to its classic DC04 Portable USB DAC/AMP, presenting the all-new DC04 Pro. The OG DC04 came out back in 2021, it grabbed a lot of positive feedback from users worldwide, the only problem that people raised ba…

FiiO KA5: Dual DACs Portable Headphone AMP

The FIIO KA5 is a portable and powerful headphone amplifier with 3.5mm singled-end and 4.4mm balanced headphone ports, as well as flagship dual DACs and high-res decoding capabilities. It has customizable OLED screen and multifunction key,…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) LETSHUOER × GIZAUDIO Galileo: Smooth neutral sound with excellent sound image consistency

LETSHUOER x GIZAUDIO Galileo has a good sound balance with an awareness of neutrality and is capable of providing a smooth, unified, and consistent sound image as a whole. The accessories are quite luxurious and satisfying, and the overall…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) ISN Audio H30: Full midrange neutral sound with rich, immersive resonance

The ISN Audio H30 has a resonant, rich midrange and an immersive sound. They are quite attractive listening IEMs for listeners who value the spatiality with which music resonates. The overall balance is also close to neutral and well-defin…

(Linsoul) Early bird reservation for THIEAUDIO GHOST is now available.

Early reservations are now open for the latest THIEAUDIO GHOST headphones, which are said to deliver accurate sound and a natural, expansive sound field.

HarmonicDyne Athena New Release at Linsoul Audio

In this spring season when everything is about to sprout, we have exciting news for you about innovative incoming audio products. After the successful launch of a series of highly acclaimed headphones including the Helios, Zeus and Poseido…

xDuoo Announces XP-2 Bal: Premium HD Balanced Bluetooth DAC & Headphone Amplifier

xDuoo has announced its brand-new high-resolution Bluetooth DAC and Headphone amplifier, the XP-2 Bal. As you might’ve guessed from its name, the XP-2Bal has a balanced interface for headphones and IEMs with a 4.4mm balanced output port. T…

Buy the xDuoo XP-2 BAL Bluetooth Balanced DAC/Amp on Apos

You can now buy the xDuoo XP-2 BAL Bluetooth Balanced DAC/Amp on Apos Audio for $169. This portable digital audio player has all you need to enjoy your library on the go or at your desk.

(Wired Headphones Review) HarmonicDyne Athena: Neutral sound similar to studio monitors. Attractive sound field expression with a sense of envelopment and immersion.

The HarmonicDyne Athena is one of the most outstanding achievements in the HarmonicDyne headphone series, which has always been striving for new materials and new heights. It has excellent audio specs, with a sound quality that is generall…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) MEAOES Eagle: High-resolution and delicate platinum sound. Delivering fine detail to those who like analytical sound.

The MEAOES Eagle is an excellent analytical monitor with a resolution and subtle, analytical sound that rivals ultra high-end beyond its price. It has a very detailed sound with a strong sense of separation and has the potential to be a gr…

HarmonicDyne Athena: Studio-Grade 50mm Metal-Ceramic Composite Dynamic Driver Headphone

HarmonicDyne has released its latest studio-grade headphones, the HarmonicDyne Athena.

(True Wireless Earbuds Review) FIIL CC Pro2: LDAC support + high functionality. Superior neutral sound.

The FIIL CC Pro2 are earphones that is almost a perfect upward compatibility of the EarFun Air Pro SV. It inherits the neutral sound of the EarFun Air Pro SV, but with higher resolution, support for the high-quality sound codec LDAC, and i…

(IEM Review) Acoustic Effect TRY-01: Typical balanced armature sound

The Acoustic Effect TRY-01 is an earphone that offers a harmonic-rich, high-resolution sound that is typical of single balanced armature driver models.

(Wireless Headphones Review) Edifier WH950NB: Flagship wireless headphones with LDAC support for powerful ANC and high sound quality that can be easily carried around

The Edifier WH950NB is very functional headphones with strong ANC performance, support for the high-quality sound codec LDAC, and easy portability and long battery life for use all the time on the go.

Pre-orders for HarmonicDyne Athena have been released

Reservations for the newest headphones from the popular HarmonicDyne brand, the HarmonicDyne Athena, are now available at Linsoul.

(True Wireless Earbuds Review) AVIOT TE-J1: Fun V-shaped sound with high resolution, flashy highs and massive lows

Given its high resolution, the AVIOIT TE-J1 is an excellent fully wireless earphone with a properly implemented hybrid driver. The localization is good, and the dynamic and enjoyable sound is probably the most attractive feature.

(True Wireless Earbuds Review) Marshall Motif A.N.C: Marshall guitar sound with a touch of color

If you are a fan of beautiful electric guitar edges, we recommend that you include the Marshall Motif A.N.C in your consideration list.

(True Wireless Earbuds Review) Technics EAH-AZ40: Shine and Heaviness

The Technics EAH-AZ40 has a typical V-shaped type sound with deep lows and aggressive highs. The low-frequency quality is quite high and may be an attractive option for low-frequency enthusiasts.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) qdc Dmagic Solo: Disbalance Magic Solo

The qdc Dmagic Solo is attractive IEMs with an impressive appearance with a very beautiful faceplate and a package that brings more satisfaction than the price.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) TinHiFi T4 Plus: Excellent studio monitors for the $100 class

The TinHiFi T4 Plus is an excellent studio monitor in the $100 range. The design has a unique aesthetic appeal, and the sound quality outperforms the price level.

(True Wireless Earbuds Review) Technics EAH-AZ60: Excellent sound balance! Technics' flagship with LDAC support!

The Technics EAH-AZ60 is a fully wireless earphone that offers a very good sound balance with neutral and high original fidelity.

FREEDOTS. C1: Lightweight Open-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds

The latest open-ear true wireless earphones, the Freedots. C1, have been released.