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 Releases A70 Pro Headphone Amplifier & D70 Pro Sabre Flagship ES9039SPro DAC

Topping is a familiar name among audiophiles. Over the years Topping has got a great reputation as one of the leading brands for desktop HiFi audio gear including everything from a desktop audio decoder to headphone amplifier, and more. To…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) DUNU Studio SA6 Mk2: DUNU's new generation studio monitors

The DUNU SA6 mk2 is probably the brand's most confident earphone of the year.

Eight Upgrades With DUNU SA6 MKII: Brand New Multi-BA Hi-Res IEMs!!

Following the success of the SA6 and the limited-run SA6 Ultra, DUNU is back with a revamped version for the SA6 series, presenting you all, the brand new DUNU SA6 MKII. Based on the suggestions and reviews on the SA6 Ultra, DUNU has readj…

Buy the TOPPING LA90 Discrete NFCA Power Amplifier on Apos Audio

Audiophiles, meet the TOPPING LA90 Discrete NFCA Power Amplifier, a state-of-the-art audio solution designed to enhance your listening experience with the magic of discrete NFCA power amplifier circuitry. This revamped version of the LA90 …

Eight New Upgrades With The All-New FiiO M15S: Classic Redesigned For Better Experience!!

FiiO has introduced the all-new M15S Hi-Resolution digital audio player. It’s actually an upgrade over the highly-acclaimed M15 flagship-grade digital audio player from FiiO. The original M15 came out a few years back and was in a dire nee…

IMR ELAN+: Dynamic Driver + 2 Balanced Armature Hybird 2Pin 0.78mm HiFi Audiophile IEMs

The IMR ELAN+ is the latest high-end in-ear monitor from British audio brand IMR Audio.

(High-End IEM Review) Campfire Audio Holocene: Andromeda's little brother

The Campfire Audio Holocene is a pair of earbuds with a subdued, desaturated midrange; the usual excellent build quality of Campfire Audio products is still present, and the packaging, while not as luxurious as the unpacking experience, is…

BGVP DM9: Latest Flagship With Nine-Driver Hybrid Configuration(4EST+4BA+1DD)

BGVP has been a known name in the HiFi audio industry for years. Over the years, BGVP has garnered its capabilities as a big manufacturer of budget and premium in-ear monitors. Today, BGVP has released its latest flagship pair of in-ear mo…

(High-End IEM Review) Astell&Kern AK ZERO1: AK's debut is rather decent

The Astell&Kern AK ZERO1 is the brand's debut, and it is a labor of love that overcomes the considerable challenge of being a tribrid to successfully put together a studio monitor.

FiiO Introduces "R7" Premium ES9068AS THX AAA-788+ Based Desktop Digital Audio Player

FiiO is one of the most happening HiFi audio brands from China. They are active in the industry with a huge, literally huge catalog of products ranging across different price brackets and covering different gear segments. Today, FiiO has r…

(Linsoul) Kinera Nanna 2.1 Z-Tune Edition New Release at Linsoul Audio

The Kinera Nanna, once the most acclaimed product in the industry, will soon be available in a special edition tuned in collaboration with legendary audio critic Z Reviews (ZeosPantera): the Kinera Nanna 2.1 Z-Tune Edition.

Effect Audio Code 23: Flagship-Grade Pure Copper IEM Upgrade Cable

Effect Audio is a premium HiFi Audio gear brand from Singapore. They specialize in the design, development, and marketing of premium IEM upgrade cables with a huge range of award-winning products under their name. Founded back in 2009, Eff…

(Linsoul) Early bird reservations for Kinera Nanna 2.1 Z-Tune Edition are now open

Pre-orders for the Kinera Nanna 2.1 Z-Tune Edition are now available at Linsoul.

Softears Tremolo: Custom In-Ear Monitors With 10mm Beryllium-Plated Diaphragm Dynamic Driver

Softears has launched its amazing new private fitting custom in-ear monitor, the Softears Tremolo. Softears has been developing in-ear monitors for years now. They have designed some amazing sets that deliver quality sound with a comfortab…

Shanling H7: High-End AK4499EX + AK4191EQ DAC chips Portable Amplifier

The Shanling H7 portable headphone amplifier with flagship-class top-quality DAC is now available.

Shanling EC3: Top-Loading ES9219C DAC Chip Compact Hi-Fi CD Player

Shanling has released the Shanling EC3 CD player with high-end specifications.

Moondrop Venus: 100mm Sub-Nanometer Dynamic Driver Planar Full-Size Headphones

Moondrop has released the brand's first planar-drive headphones, Moondrp Venus.

Moondrop Venus: All-New Full-Size Planar Magnetic Over-Ear Headphones

Planar Magnetic Drivers are widely used in full-sized over-ear headphones. They deliver high-speed quality performance with ultra-low distortion in the output signal. Moondrop has joined hands with the Planar magnetic team, Bringing us the…

Effect Audio Introduces Heritage Series Cleopatra II High-End UP-OCC Premium IEM Upgrade Cable

Effect Audio is a premium high-end IEM and IEM upgrade cable brand based out of Singapore. They have a wide range of premium upgrade cables specially handcrafted for premium in-ear monitors. Today, we are officially launching their Heritag…

Trettitre TreSound 1: Majestic Mountain Design Portable Hi-Fi Bluetooth Speaker

The Trettitre TreSound 1 wireless speaker, with its unique and elegant mountain design, is now available.

Custom Art Fibae 5: 1 DD+2 BA + 2 Planar Magnetic HiFi Tribrid Drivers Earphones

High-end tribrid IEMs, Custom Art Fibae 5, are now available.

S.M.S.L D400EX: AK4191 & Dual AK4499EX DAC Chips DSD512 Bluetooth Audio Decoder

The SMSL D400EX high-end DAC is now available with dual AK4499EX, Asahi Kasei's latest flagship DAC chip.

SMSL D400ES: Flagship ES9039MSPRO DAC Bluetooth 5.0 Low-Noise Audio Decoder

The latest audio decoder, SMSL D400ES, will make your music life more sophisticated.

SMSL Releases D400EX All-New Flagship MQA Desktop DAC With Dual AK4499EX DAC Chips

Every HiFi desktop setup requires a high-performance Desktop DAC that brings together high-resolution audio signal decoding with rich tonality. SMSL designs some of the best desktop audio gear that are widely appreciated for their rich pre…

XENNS Mangird Top: 8BA+1DD Hybrid IEM In-ear Earphone

The latest flagship-class IEM, XENNS Mangird Top, has been released.

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…

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…

(High-end Headphones Review) beyerdynamic T5p 2nd Generation: Bright and comfortable sound. Good wearing comfort is also an attraction.

The beyerdynamic T5p headphones are comfortable to wear and provide a clean midrange with a sound balance that does not tire the ear even after long periods of listening.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Open Audio Mercury 2.0 (Pre-final): Brushed-up model with improved sound balance and higher resolution of the original model

Mercury 2.0 is an improved version of the original model in terms of sound quality, with improved resolution and original fidelity. It retains the harmonic rich midrange ambience of the original, but brings it more to the forefront, improv…

FiiO Launches Q7 Flagship USB DAC/AMP with ES9038 Pro DAC & Dual THX AA788+ Amp Circuits

Based on the flagship M17 Digital Audio Player, FiiO has designed the all-new Q7 Flagship USB DAC/AMP. Just like the M17, it’s a transportable device that can be used both in a portable as well as desktop manner. Q7 has been a highly-antic…