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.


Topping Introduces DX5 Lite: Latest All-in-One Desktop DAC/AMP with Dual ES9068AS DAC Chips and NFCA Headphone Amplifier

Topping is a well-recognized name in the HiFi audio industry today. The brand is not bound to any kind of introduction to audiophiles, they are probably one of the largest manufacturers of desktop HiFI audio gear. Back in 2022, Topping rel…

Hidizs MS5: 4BA+1DD Hybrid 5 Units HiFi In-Ear Monitor

Hidizs MS5 is a hybrid IEM with a liquid silicone dynamic driver and a Denmark Sonion 4 balanced armature driver. It features Hidizs exclusive solder process, replaceable "Hidizs Pneumatic Sound Tuning Filter™", and a one-piece aluminum al…

Softears Introduces Studio4 : Latest 4 Balanced Armature Driver IEMs with Reference-Grade Sound Tuning

In very little time in the international market and just a few product releases, Softears has made a great reputation in the international HiFi audio market. The brand focuses primarily on designing and marketing high-performance premium i…

IMR BC 2023: Dual Dynamic Driver 2Pin 0.78mm HiFi Audiophile In-ear Earphone IEMs

IMR's newest in-ear monitor, the IMR BC 2023, has been released. Many of you are bass heads and IMR have wanted to create the ultimate audiophile bass head IEM for a while. The BC (bass cannon) is that very IEM! Utilizing the all-new 2023 …

SIMGOT EA2000: 1DD+1PR Structure Earphones

A newly developed 12mm dual magnetic circuit and dual chamber driver unit is used in the vibration version. This means that the magnetic flux density exceeds 1.9T, providing a more responsive full range of drivers and helps maintain the st…

(Monitor Headphones Review) Austrian Audio Hi-X50: An ambitious product from an up-and-coming brand that delivers high-resolution, low-distortion studio-grade sound.

The Austrian Audio Hi-X50 delivers clear studio-grade sound with very high resolution and low distortion, and the overall sound balance is highly refined with good original fidelity and build quality.

Buy the xDuoo TA-26s Tube Amplifier at Apos Audio

You can now buy the xDuoo TA-26s at Apos Audio. This is the second generation version of the 500mW tube amplifier. This version features all of the features of the original plus a 4.4mm balanced headphone output to help you experience clas…

HiBy R6 GEN III: High Performance Dual ES9038Q2M DAC Portable Digital Audio Player

The Hiby R6 Gen III, a leading mid-range digital audio player, has been released.

xDuoo Announces TA26S Tube Headphone Amplifier With 4.4mm Balanced Headphone Connection

xDuoo has announced a successor to the classic TA26 tube headphone amplifier with the release of the all-new TA26S. The primary upgrade that we have got with the new TA26S is the addition of a new 4.4mm balanced headphone output alongside …

(Monitor Headphones Review) Austrian Audio Hi-X55: Unique sound balance that emphasizes a sense of depth. Attractive deep and massive low frequency range.

The Austrian Audio Hi-X55 is a monitor headphone that shines with a low frequency range that excels in depth and massiveness, and gives a rich, resonant sound with a unique depth soundstage.

Topping E70 Velvet: Flagship Desktop DAC With AK4499EX+AK4191 Premium DAC Chips

The Topping E70 Velvet desktop DAC with the latest flagship AK4499EX+AK4191 chips is now available.

xDuoo Introduces TA-22: A High-Performance Desktop DAC + Tube Hybrid Headphone Amplifier

Talking about HiFi desktop and portable audio gear, xDuoo comes up as a highly-trusted brand among audiophiles. Over the years, xDuoo has gained a positive rep in the industry for its leading range of products. They cater to both portable …

(Review Round Up) Yanyin Canon: 4BA + 1 Dynamic Driver Hybrid IEM

Here is a collection of articles reviewing Yanyin's blockbuster IEM, Yanyin Canon.

Tempotec Variations V6 Latest Android Digital Audio Player With AK4493SE Dual DAC & Android 8.1 OS Available Now

Tempotec’s highly-awaited Variations V6 premium Android Digital Audio player is officially released today. A few months back, Tempotec introduced the Variations V6 as a crowdfunding project on the Kickstarter platform that got an overwhelm…

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.

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 …

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…

Introducing The All-New Temperament DB1 and DB1E Flat-Head Earbuds With Titanium Alloy Acoustic Cavities

K’s Earphones has introduced a brand new series of premium flat-head earbuds, presenting the all-new Temperament DB1 and DB1E. The series has been designed using a high-quality Titanium Alloy acoustic cavity structure and features a premiu…

(Open Back Headphones Review) ONKYO A800: One of the best headphones produced by the Japanese audio industry

The ONKYO A800 is a very good headphone overall, meeting the standards of a true high-end product.

S.M.S.L DO200 MKⅡ: High-end MQA Full Decoding Bluetooth Audio Decoder

The latest USB DAC, the SMSL DO200 MKII, has been released.

FiiO M11S: dual ES9038Q2M DAC Audio Player

FiiO has released its latest digital audio player, the FiiO M11S.

FiiO Announces FH7s: Latest Hybrid IEMs with 4 Knowles Custom BA and 13.6mm Custom DLC Dynamic Driver

FiiO just had its Autumn Launch Event today and they announced the latest generation of “FH” series of hybrid in-ear monitors with the all-new FiiO FH7s. As a successor to the widely acclaimed FH7 and a cousin to the flagship FH9, the FH7s…

Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless Bluetooth V5.2 Headphones With Noise-Cancellation

Sennheiser has just released its latest over-ear ANC wireless headphones, the Sennheiser Momentum 4. Momentum 4 boasts ultimate sound performance with its large 42mm dynamic driver unit. Sennheiser has featured hybrid active noise-cancella…

Dethonray Pegasus SG1: Latest Portable Bluetooth DAC/AMP With High-Res Transmission

Dethonray is a famous brand behind the successful DTR1, DTR1+ audio players, and Honey H1 Portable DAC/AMP. They have just dropped their latest portable Bluetooth Amplifier, the Dethonray Pegasus SG1. Alike other products from Dethonray, t…

HiBy RS2: Seek Splendid Sound With This New Darwin Based R2R Digital Audio Player

Last year, HiBy released the revolutionary RS6 digital audio player. The player laid the foundation of premium R2R-based Darwin Architecture for portable digital audio players for the brand. Bringing the legacy set by the RS6 forward, HiBy…

(News) iBasso DX170: Latest Hi-Res Digital Audio Player

The latest digital audio player, the iBasso DX170, has been released.

(News) iBasso Welcomes The Latest DX170 Hi-Res Digital Audio Player With Dual CS43131 DAC Chips

The wait for the latest mid-level DAP from iBasso is finally over. They have finally revealed the brand new iBasso DX170. As a successor to the DX160, the DX170 comes equipped with the latest-gen Dual DAC chipset, FPGA Master Audio Archite…

(News) Leisurely Audio L8: 8BA Balanced Armature HiFi IEM

Leisurely Audio L8 is now available at Linsoul.

(News) Rose QT-X: 1DD+6BA Hybrid Units Hi-Fi In-Ear Headphones for Audiophile

Rose has released its latest hybrid IEM, the Rose QT-X.