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I tried the NOCS brand before with the NS700 cans and although they looked suspiciously like the Platten range from Urbanears I was suitably impressed by the sound quality and thought them to be a cut above what I was expecting...

 
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HiFiMAN has been making DAPs since about 2009, but they’d always been hulking slabs of audio gear. The HM-801, while smaller than the iPod+amp stacks that were the norm then, was still a 4.5×3 inches and an inch thick, not...


 
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I am in a rare position this month of having more than one custom IEM on my desk thanks to the wonderful team at Minerva UK who kindly sent me their latest creations – the Mi-Performer Pro and Mi-Performer Artist customs ...

 
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I have been swimming in IEM’s of late, some seriously good like the RHA MA750i, some less so like the ADV Alpha but nothing beats the initial eyebrow when presented with an Urbanears IEM review request. Ah now with the Zi...

 
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Westone have always been one of my favored earphones, particularly the UM3 I reviewed way back when we just got the blog up and running. I was slightly less in love with the more limited UM1 but I still recognized it’s ap...

 
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I reviewed the MA-350 by RHA in July of 2012 and I thought it was a cut above the average in the general first time upgrade from ibuds category. Well a year later and RHA are back with a new range of higher end (but still quite...


 
 
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The SS01-B IEM by MOE

 
November 1, 2013
 



The SS01-B came to me by way of some local connections working in China right now who were extremely excited that one of their own local companies was churning out a $60 IEM that they felt could challenge some of the bigger boy...

 
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The idea of a universal IEM with multiple drivers definitely isn’t new. The shift began a little less than a decade ago with dual balanced armatures like the Shure E4C and Ultimate Ears Super.fi 5 Pro. Then came the triple bala...

 
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I remember the first time I threw an unknown woody IEM into the middle of the local coffee house table with a few of my forum buddies. It sat there for something like an hour untouched until someone without a headphone to demo ...

 
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The UM1 by Westone

 
April 16, 2013
 



I actually own a 5-way driver hybrid and have tested a ton of Dual BA’s over the last year but this is my first single BA driver based design and it’s by one of my favorite earphone specialists, Westone. I covered t...