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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.

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In Ear Monitor

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…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Kinera Celest Gumiho: High luminance neutral sound with a sense of detail

The Kinera Celest Gumiho has excellent resolution and a sound that emphasizes detail. The design is stylish and quite satisfying, but it tends to sound a bit dry and metallic, so it is not for everyone. It is not suitable for people who ar…

(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.

Moondrop Droplet: USB-C Balanced Armature Driver In-Ear Earphone

Moondrop Droplet Moondrop has released its latest USB-C compatible IEM, the Moondrop Droplet. blog.ear-phone-review.com Features High-Performance Single Balanced Armature Driver Optimised Digital Signal Processing Professional Sound Adjust…

LETSHUOER Introduced Latest Flagship "Cadenza 12" : Premium 12 Driver Hybrid IEMs

LETSHUOER is on a roll lately. They have been releasing some amazing IEMs back-to-back now. First, we had the super amazing S12 which got followed by D13, Z12, and more. Today, we are here to announce their upcoming latest flagship set of …

Moondrop Droplet DSP USB Type-C Single Balanced Armature Driver IEMs

Moondrop is a well-recognized name in the audiophile industry. For many years, Moondrop has developed itself as a manufacturer of high-quality in-ear monitors available at both budget as well as premium ranges. Today, Moondrop has announce…

KZ & CCA, the standard brand of low-priced, cost-effective, and strongest multi-driver Chinese earphones, and their latest popular recommended models 2023

Knowledge Zenith, aka KZ Acoustics, is a reputable China-based manufacturer of HiFi Chinese earphones.KZ Acoustics features affordable, yet solid manufacturing quality, with a large number of drivers and high quality, high-resolution It is…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) CCA PLA13: Excellent range feeling that is both profound and exhilarating

The CCA PLA13 is an in-ear monitor with a wonderful sense of range, which is oddly characteristic of planar drive systems.

A series of masterpieces! The Tripowin Collection 2023, a popular Chinese earphones brand with hidden strengths.

Chinese earphones are rapidly gaining a strong presence and a huge following among audiophiles. Among them, "Tripowin" has been rapidly gaining presence in recent years as a competent brand. Tripowin has emerged as a standard brand thanks …

(Chi-fi IEM Review) KBEAR Storm: V-shaped sound with boomy low frequency

The KBEAR Storm is IEMs that has a V-shaped signature.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) CCA HM20: Dark and sober mild U-shaped sound

The CCA HM20 is IEMs with a fairly complex driver configuration of 1DD+7BA hybrid, but with a fairly smooth sound image consistency.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Kinera Celest Pandamon: Unique world view with bright mid-range

The Kinera Celest Pandamon is IEMs with an impressive bright midrange.

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…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) JOYODIO SHINE: Audiophile IEMs with a high degree of perfection that can be enjoyed in 16 different ways

JOYODIO SHINE is neutral-tuned IEMs with an adjustable switch system for sound quality.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) QoA Gimlet: Rich sound with dense midrange

The QoA Gimlet is IEMs that offers a QoA-like sound with a warm, mellow, and dense midrange.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) KZ ZAR: Massive and dense

The KZ ZAR is a model that delivers a mellow neutral sound with a heavy and dense low-frequency leaning.

(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.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) HZSound Heart Mirror ZERO: For those looking for bright studio monitors

The HZSound Heart Mirror ZERO is a bright studio monitor-like sounding in-ear monitor available at a low price.

PENON IMPACT: TOTL Flagship 4EST + 10BA Hybrid Audiophile 2Pin 0.78mm In-ear Monitor

The flagship grade IEMs "PENON IMPACT" has been released.

(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) Truthear HOLA: Mellow neutral sound with slippery midrange

The Truthear HOLA is an excellent in-ear monitor that gives you a smooth, midrange-centric neutral sound.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) XINHS XINHS-002: A sibling of the very popular Tripowin Olina?

XINHS XINHS-002 is a relatively inexpensive high resolution in-ear monitor.

JOYODIO SHINE: 1DD+2BA Hybrid Driver In Ear Monitor

Joyodio Shine, a gimmicky low-cost IEM with a hybrid 1DD+2BA configuration and switch tuning control, is now available.

(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.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) QKZ x HBB Khan: Dark, heavy, bass-leaning U-shaped sound

The QKZ x HBB Khan is IEMs with a dark, heavy U-shaped sound signature.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) KZ DQS: Dark neutral sound with deep low frequencies

The KZ DQS is an excellent IEMs that offers deep bass and a balanced, near-neutral sound signature at a low price.

(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) CCA LYRA: Bright, orthodox studio monitors available at a low price

The CCA LYRA is an excellent IEMs offering a neutral, near-flat, bright sound signature at a low price.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) TKZK Ouranos: IEMs that let you hear bright, high-resolution, clean midrange

TKZK Ouranos are excellent earphones that offer a neutral and near-flat sound signature at a low price point with high resolution and low distortion.

(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.