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.


(High-End IEM Review) Westone MACH 70: With a massive low frequency range and a sound field with a sense of depth

The Westone MACH 70 offers more depth and heft than the higher-end MACH 80, improved localization, better linearity, and generally better sound quality than the MACH 80. However, it has little to offer in terms of price, and there is not m…

(High-End IEM Review) 64Audio Nio: Rich, resonant sound with massive low frequencies and a deep soundstage

The 64Audio Nio are IEMs that give a rich, resonant, rich sound with a sense of depth. Many people will feel a sense of luxury from the deep, heavy bass, slightly dark and enveloping midrange, and smoothly extending, naturally connected hi…

Elysian Acoustics Introduces DIVA 2023: Revamped The Classic Six-BA Driver IEMs

Elysian Acoustics has released an updated version of their multi-BA IEM, the Elysian DIVA 2023. It features six high-performance balanced armature drivers on each side and an improved 2nd generation Crossover board, better build with a sta…

Yanyin Moonlight Ultra: 4EST + 4BA + 1Dynamic Driver Tribrid HiFi In-ear Earphones

The Yanyin Moonlight Ultra is a flagship earphone that combines monitor-like accuracy with a powerful bass performance. The tuning was inspired by studio monitors with external subwoofers that present crystal clear transparency, but an imp…

Cayin Introduces All-New N7 Pure 1-Bit Android 12 Digital Audio Player WIth Fully-Discrete Components

Cayin celebrates its 30th Anniversary with the release of the all-new N7 Portable Digital Audio Player. Cayin N7 is the brand’s first-ever, even the industry’s first even full-discrete fully balanced pure 1-Bit DSD digital audio player. It…

(High-End IEM Review) Westone MACH 80: Westone's new flagship for high resolution and bright mid-range.

To reboot the consumer segment with the new MACH series, Westone has given the MACH 80 a different signature to the previous W-series flagship W80. Whether or not this has been successful, it is true that the sense of detail has been impro…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Unique Melody Maven Pro: High resolution and depth of sound field. An item for the wealthy with a stunningly beautiful appearance that satisfies the desire to own.

The Unique Melody Maven Pro have a captivating design that pleases the eye with its beautifully crafted, jewellery-like appearance. Its sound emphasises a sense of depth, with a chic and elegant resonance that will leave you with a high-re…

HiBy Zeta: Brand-New Flagship Tribrid IEMs with Nine-Drivers & Five-Way Frequency Crossover!!

Introducing the all-new Zeta, a multi-driver tribrid flagship pair of in-ear monitors from the house of HiBy. HiBy as we all know is a well-reputed brand of HiFi audio products. They have a huge catalog of offerings ranging from budget in-…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) FAudio Dark Sky: High-resolution neutral sound worthy of FAudio's flagship. Beautiful midrange with high transparency.

The FAudio Dark Sky have a superior resolution that stands head and shoulders above the rest of the high-end market, and they have an attractive sound with a crystal-clear midrange that is also highly transparent. The package is so luxurio…

HIFIMAN Svanar: Brand New Flagship IEMs with 9.2mm Topology Diaphragm & Gold-Plated Brass Chamber Design

HIFIMAN is a well-reputed premium over-ear headphone brand from China. They have been in the industry for years now with multiple highly-acclaimed models under their name. Apart from Headphones, HIFIMAN also has a catalog of IEMs which als…

(High-End IEM Review) Astell & Kern × Campfire Audio Pathfinder: Decorative items for Campfire Audio fans

The Astell & Kern x Campfire Audio Pathfinder is a pair of in-ear headphones that offers Campfire Audio's distinctive, dynamically enhanced sound with a sophisticated and beautiful Astell & Kern-style design.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) qdc Tiger: Typical high-end IEMs. Safe as a collector's model. Musical vocal-focused IEMs with high resolution and elegant mellow sound.

The qdc Tiger is a beautifully crafted vocal-focued IEMs with a mellow sound focused on the midrange that sounds harmonic and nostalgic.

GUSTARD DAC-A26: AKM 4499EX MQA DAC With Streamer

GUSTARD has released its latest high-end network streamer, the GUSTARD DAC-A26.

(Linsoul) THIEAUDIO Prestige New Release at Linsoul Audio

Music lovers who have followed IEMs in recent years will be no stranger to the name THIEAUDIO, which has gone on an incredible journey from a group of unknown DIY enthusiasts to one of the world's most critically acclaimed IEM brands. In t…

(IEM Review) JH Audio JH16v2 Pro Universal: Over $1000

For some, the JH Audio JH16v2 Pro Universal may be a pretty great choice.

T+A Solitaire T: Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

T+A has released the T+A Solitaire T high-end wireless headphones.

GUSTARD A26: Dual AK4499EX&AK4191 DAC Chips Desktop Digital to Analog Convertor

GUSTARD A26, a flagship-level ultra-high quality DAC from GUSTARD is now available.

Effect Audio x Elysian Acoustic Labs Gaea Latest Five-Driver Hybrid Premium IEMs Available on HiFiGo Now!!

We are proudly launching the all-new Effect Audio x Elysian Acoustic Labs' latest pair of hybrid in-ear monitors, the Gaea. Released just a few weeks ago, Gaea is a premium five-driver hybrid set of IEMs that houses a traditional combinati…

Gold Planar GL-AMT16: 15.5 mm Full-range Air Motion Transformer In-Ear Earphones

Introducing the latest high quality IEM Gold Planar GL-AMT16.

SONCOZ SGP1 High-Power Reference-Grade Class AB Stereo Power Amplifier

With just a few products out there, SONCOZ has made a good name in the HiFi audio industry. The brand is mainly known for its exceptional quality in desktop audio gear. Today, SONCOZ has introduced a brand new premium HiFi audio gear, Meet…

(News) Unique Melody Maven Pro: Latest 12-driver Hybrid IEMs With Titanium Ear Shells

Unique Melody is a leading brand when it comes to premium high-fidelity in-ear monitors. Well-known for their recently launched Mest MK2, MEXT, etc in-ear monitors, Unique Melody has always been an innovative brand bringing new technologie…

(News) Unique Melody Maven Pro: New Upgrade 10BA+2EST IEMs

The newest hybrid driver IEMs, the Unique Melody Maven Pro, is now available.

(News) Leisurely Audio E16: HiFi 12BA 4EST In-ear Monitor Earphones Noise Reduction for HIFI Audiophile Musician

Leisurely Audio E16 is now available at Linsoul.

(News) BGVP ArtMagic ED12: Multi-Driver Hybrid Flagship IEMs Available Now

BGVP is a well-recognized HiFi audio brand from China. They specialize in designing budget and premium in-ear monitors with many successful series under their name. Quite recently, BGVP has come up with a brand-new multi-driver hybrid conf…

(News) QDC Celebrates Year Of The Tiger With The Latest "Tiger" Flagship Hybrid IEMs

QDC is a well-known high-end premium IEM brand from China. They have a huge catalog of successful products under their name like the legendary QDC Anole VX, V6, and the V14. All these famous Anole series of IEMs featured multi-BA drivers. …

(News) Seek Real Proser: 2 EST +4 BA+1 DD Hybrid Drivers In-ear Earphones

The Seek Real Proser high-end IEMs is now available at Linsoul.

(News) qdc Tiger: 2EST + 6BA Hybrid Flahship IEM

qdc is releasing a new flagship-class IEM, the qdc Tiger.

(News) Digital Audio Player "iBasso DX320" with DAC chip made by ROHM is now available!

iBasso is pleased to announce its newest digital audio player, the iBasso DX320. It is equipped with the ROHM DAC chip, the most notable DAC chip in the market today.

(News) Shanling M7, the latest ESS9038 Pro equipped digital audio player, is here!

Shanling has released its latest digital audio player, the Shanling M7.

(Headphones Review) GRADO GS2000e: Excellent listening headphones with high original sound fidelity

The GRADO GS2000e is one of the very best headphones available, reproducing recorded sound sources with almost complete fidelity. Its sound is a bit brighter and details sound a bit more detailed than they really are. It also has an added …