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An audio review blog.

$100~$200

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Yu9 U-556: Excellent Etymotic clone that overcomes the weaknesses of the ER4B and offers a more natural texture

The Yu9 U-556 is an Etymotic-like IEMs with excellent textural expression and has a sound that beats the original ER4B in that it is more accurate in the midrange. For more purist Etymotic fans, I recommend the U-554, but for those seeking…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Yu9 U-554: A well-made etymotic clone. An alternative to ER4B. Recommended for vocal songs and ASMR

The Yu9 U-554 is a well-made clone of the Etymotic Research ER4B. It has an improved fit, improved usability, and definitely better value for money than the original. The packaging is not cheap either.

(News) HiBy Lasya: Latest Single Dynamic Driver IEMs with CIEM Styled Comfortable Housings

During their latest launch event held recently, HiBy has released two new products to be added to its ever-growing range of HiFi audio products. They have released the much-awaited R5 Gen 2 Class A digital audio player. Along with the R5 G…

(News) Tin HiFi P1 Max: Four Upgrades With P1 MAX

Tin HiFi isn’t bound to any introduction in the HiFi audio industry. Since its beginning, they have delivered high-performing In-Ear monitors in the industry. Among their successful IEMs, is their famous “P” series of Planar magnetic drive…

(True Wireless Earbuds Review) The House Of Marley Rebel: The rich groove created by the deep low frequency range is appealing. The eco-friendly packaging and body design have a unique aesthetic.

The House Of Marley Rebel offers a dynamic and immersive sound with deep, dark lows that create rich grooves and colorful, lustrous mids and highs. The design emphasizes the warmth and natural textures that are typical of the HOM, and the …

(News) NiceHCK Announces "M5": Five-Driver Hybrid(4BA+1DD) IEMs with Tuning Valves

NiceHCK, a well-known name in the HiFi audio community has released a new set of premium in-ear monitors, the NiceHCK M5. The M5 adopts a five-driver hybrid configuration featuring a classic combination of Balanced Armature and Dynamic Dri…

(News) MUSE HiFi Power: The latest model of plane-drive Chinese IEM

Another new planar-drive earphones from a Chinese audio brand, MUSE HiFi Power.

(News) Moondrop MoonRiver 2, Moondrop's CS43198-based DAC/amplifier, released!

Moondrop is known as a very popular Chinese IEM brand. However, their lineup is not limited to in-ear monitors. Moondrop has now released overseas the Moondrop MoonRiver 2, a portable headphone amplifier with an innovative design and built…

(IEM Review) MEZE RAI SOLO: Stylish, bright, sharp-edged sound

MEZE RAI SOLO is an IEMs that delivers sharp, high-resolution sound. This product will be quite attractive to those who seek a sharpness to their guitar edge.

(IEM Review) Shure AONIC 3: Only localization and resolution are good, but that's all. A rare lo-fi sound nowadays, created by a marked lack of extension and transparency.

SHURE is known for great monitor headphones, but the earphone department is really not good. If you have the money to buy the SHURE AONIC 3, there is a good chance you would be better off buying the next earphones in the same price range w…

(News) DD HiFi TC44C Latest USB DAC/AMP with Dual DAC and Balanced Headphone Support

Guangzhou DD Electronics Technology Co., Ltd., widely known as DD HiFi is a premium HiFi audio accessory brand based in China. They are known for premium accessories including adapters, connectors, and USB DAC/AMPs. Today, DD HiFi has adde…

(News) FiiO Launches LC-RD Pro Pure Sterling Silver IEM Upgrade Cable

FiiO has released its latest IEM upgrade cable with swappable termination plugs, presenting you with the all-new FiiO LC-RD Pro. FiiO is a widely recognized brand mainly known for its high-fidelity audio gear and accessories including In-e…

(News) KBEAR Aurora 2022 Single Dynamic Driver IEMs In An All-New Matte Finish!!

KBEAR has made a great name for itself in the HiFi audio industry with its wide collection of In-Ear Monitors that are both nicely tuned and budget-friendly. Last year, KBEAR released its single-dynamic driver flagship, the KBEAR Aurora. T…

(News) HeartField Deer, a beautiful Chinese IEM with a sparkling and shimmering face!

HeartField has released the HeartField Deer, a new entry-level dynamic driver IEMs.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) iBasso IT01X: V-shaped listening model with neutrality in mind. Drawback is that the low midrange tends to be strong.

The iBasso IT01X has a V-shaped sound signature with a slightly concave midrange. One point of concern is that the low midrange is quite overemphasized, so the sound image in the midrange is easily affected and tends to be fuzzy.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Audiosense AQ0: Enjoy powerful, dynamic and energetic sound with high resolution

The Audiosense AQ0 is a very strong choice if you are looking for a well-balanced warm neutral sound for under $100. It offers sufficiently high resolution, low distortion, and a deep soundstage, resulting in an energetic and powerful soun…

(True Wireless Earbuds Review) Sudio E2: The most attractive feature is the highly immersive spatial audio mode; ANC performance is also quite good and fully functional.

The main attraction of Sudio E2 is its unique spatial audio mode. It has the potential to provide a more immersive sound experience. ANC performance is also quite decent for its price range, and it has a full range of features, including s…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) NF Audio NM2+: Excellent studio monitor earphones

The NF Audio NM2+ is the first choice for users who are looking for a practical studio monitor for DTMs at a low price. It reproduces the sound of monitor speakers quite faithfully. The audio specs are excellent and far beyond the value of…

(News) Yu9 Audio U-556: An innovative Etymotic clone at a reasonable price

Yu9 Audio's Etymotic clone earphones, the Yu9 Audio U-556, have been released.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) BQEYZ Autumn: High resolution and well-balanced sound. Mild high frequency range, suitable for those who are concerned about stinging; low frequency range can be adjusted with three different tuning filters.

When I think of BQEYZ, I can't help but think of the brand as being strong in piezo-multi hybrids, so the perfection of the single dynamic driver was unknown to me, and I personally doubted the quality of the BQEYZ Autumn. However, the wel…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Audiosense AQ4: Although it is labeled as the successor and evolution of the famous AQ3, it sounds completely different from it.

If you are aware of the fame of the AudioSense AQ3 and intend to buy it hoping that the AudioSense AQ4 will produce such a sound, you should reconsider now. In that case, you will have to buy the DT200. And if you want to know the true app…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Audiosense DT300: It has the potential to provide the best sound balance in Audiosense history...

The Audiosense DT300 is truly an earphone for real audiophiles, with a sound that changes depending on the cable and amplifier. Of course, it may not sound that bad when you listen to it on your phone or digital audio player, but if you de…

(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.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) SeeAudio Yume: Well-balanced sound quality with Harman target in mind. Deep low frequencies give music a solid sense of reality.

The SeeAudio Yume is an attractive model with well-balanced sound quality, high clarity yet harmonic and somewhat human sound. With its deep lows and expansive highs, it has a unique sound that is sweet and rich with lustrous vocals, and y…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) BQEYZ Summer: A fairly well-balanced neutral sound. The midrange sounds lush and natural.

BQEYZ Summer is a new star player in the $100 range. Although it is a hybrid driver model, it has very low distortion and is almost completely neutral, so you can hear the midrange with a texture that is quite close to the original sound. …

【Chi-fi earphones review】DUNU Studio SA3: Constructed sound with a clear and well-defined mid-range sound centered on the vocals. The sound field is deep and has excellent layering on the horizon. Its design is also very attractive.

DUNU's new series is very good quality, both in build quality and sound quality, and they look very well made. I was captivated by the eye-popping blue ear shells that resemble lapis lazuli. The sound quality is close to neutral, especiall…

【Chi-fi earphones review】TANCHJIM HANA: It has a clean, flat sound with a Harman target curve as a reference. The whole package is high quality and satisfies the desire to own more than the cost.

The TANCHJIM HANA seems to be a very attractive product overall. The packaging is good, the build quality is good, and it satisfies the desire to own it. The sound quality is a reference to the Harman Target Curve, and the music is clean, …

【Chi-fi earphones review】Fidue Asteroid: Deep lows, bright, positive and vivacious vocals, crisp and cluey but well-considered highs that work well with the midrange. Recommended for those who enjoy pop star songs, Anison (anime song) and EDM

If you prefer a rangey soundstage with deep bass and a bright and lively vocal presentation, the Fidue Asteroid is for you. It is one of the best earbuds in its price range for bright, spontaneous and lively music, and should appeal to lis…

【Chi-fi earphones review】Shozy Rouge: A chic space with a tranquil backdrop, with warm and sweet vocals floating in a superb space.

If you love sweet vocal expression, you're sure to love these earbuds. There's an inviting space for sweet vocals to sing languidly over the warm bass support. The packaging is simple, but the build quality of the unit is good and the acce…

【Chi-fi earphones review】BQEYZ Spring 2: A clear sound with excellent resolution that has good layering and gentle low range, lustrous and colorful midrange, and crisp high range. Build quality is also high, and its cost performance is good at under $200.

Frankly speaking, the quality is high in terms of build quality and sound quality, and it is an earphone with a very high degree of perfection for the under $200 range. This is a clear and distinct sound, so I recommend these earphones to …