Reviews

Jays s-Go One Bluetooth Speaker Review

Today I woke up in the Headphone Dungeon upside down. I was suspended from the ceiling by my ankles,  and the smell of meatballs filled the air. Swedish meatballs.... Suddenly Greta Thunberg appears before me, holding a lightsaber. "Greta! Are you telling me we should use the Force to combat climate change?" As she hands me the lightsaber, the only words to leave her mouth are "Bork, bork, bork". It was then that I realized...

Strauss and Wagner TW401 True Wireless Earbuds Review

Strauss and Wagner. Just a couple of newcomers on the audio block, trying to make a name. I'm of course referring to the up-and-coming NYC-based audio company, which is named after the two famous composers. Their website promises products that are durable and comfortable, with a nuanced, immaculate sound. Today we're looking at their TW401 True Wireless model. Being Strauss & Wagner's most expensive offering, I suppose we can consider it their flagship. Let's take...

Strauss & Wagner SPW301 Wireless Sport Earphones Review

Strauss & Wagner is a New York-based newcomer to the audio industry. They have only a handful of products; all of them budget-friendly and aimed squarely at the consumer market. The SPW301 is a wireless sport earbud with minimal, black-and-white styling and a $49 price tag. Let's get right into it. Strauss & Wagner SPW301 Wireless Sport Earphones Review Design I like the look of the Strauss & Wagners. They are all black except for...

Linsoul TinHifi T4 Review

TinHifi has only been releasing headphones under that name since 2017, but it's been plenty of time for them to build a good reputation in the audiophile world. With a clean sound signature that matches their all-steel aesthetic, the entry-priced T Series has been TinHifi's claim to fame. The T4 is the latest and most expensive addition to the series, and in some ways, a return to basics. Lacking the extra drivers and the extreme...

Klipsch T5 True Wireless Review: Suave and Satisfying

Klipsch Audio Technologies has come a long way from humble beginnings. Born out of a shed in the little railroad town of Hope, Arkansas, the company has finally thrown its hands into the true wireless ring. The T5 is a middle weight contendor; cheaper than the true wireless flagships of Sennheiser and Sony, but more expensive than options from Jabra or RHA. At $200 even, what does the T5 bring to the already saturated true...

SIVGA Audio SV004 Open-Back Wooden Headphone Review

In the headphone world, “wooden” typically goes hand-in-hand with “luxury”. Exotic wood finishes are usually reserved for those rare headphones that regard themselves as one-of-a-kind works of art. But thanks to the Chi-Fi revolution and the unstoppable march of industrial progress, wooden headphones can be increasingly found on the cheap. SIVGA Audio is a Chinese company that makes a wide array of headphones, including several with wood finishes. Wooden earbuds, wooden IEMs, wooden over-ears… you...

Best Budget Earbuds? Kinera TYR Review

Today we bring you a Headphone Dungeon exclusive! Kinera is a Chinese audio company with only a handful of products, but a whole lot of quality. Their flagship is the $799 Odin IEM, but they make several cheaper models that pack a surprising sonic punch. The company first won me over with the SIF (a $37 IEM with great bass) and the IDUN ($150 IEM with an incredible midrange), but today we've got something totally...

FiiO M11 Pro Review: Time To Move From FiiO DAC to DAP?

As a musician, I often have to download high-res recordings for reference purposes. But as an audiophile who prefers the ease of Tidal’s streaming service over downloads, I stick with a portable DAC/amp combo when I’m on the go. In fact, I use the first version of FiiO’s Q5. But FiiO may give streamers (who also download files) a reason to move to DAPs. Why? Let’s find out in this FiiO M11 Pro Review. FiiO...

Understated Brilliance: iFi Zen DAC Review

Ahh, affordable DACs. You gotta love 'em. The Zen DAC is the wired counterpart to the wireless Zen Blue DAC, and they both feature the same minimalist housing and the same easy price tag. And what's more, they both offer a balanced input and output; something of a rarity for DACs at this price point. It looks like an Internet modem, but does it sound like one too? Understated Brilliance: iFi Zen DAC Review Design...

Astell & Kern x Beyerdynamic AK T9iE Review: Itty Bitty IEM Packing Punch

The latest collaboration between two storied audio giants, the Astell & Kern x Beyerdynamic AK T9iE sounds amazing.  Featuring an updated design based around the Beyerdynamic Xelento, this earphones reinvents a classic IEM.  With that in mind, how does it sound?  And is it worth a $1299 price tag? Astell & Kern x Beyerdynamic AK T9iE Review: Itty Bitty IEM Packing Punch The AK T9iE comes in a box with a carrying case, ten pairs...

Grado SR80e vs SR125e: $100 vs $150

Any audiophile worth their salt will have at least heard of the Prestige Series from Grado at this point, if not own a pair outright. There have been plenty of comparisons between the SR60e and the SR80e, the two cheapest (and most popular) entries in the lineup. Not only are the sonic differences subtle, but the price difference is just $20. If you want to spend less than $100 on a pair of quality open-backs,...

Audio Technica ATH-C200BT Review

Rounding out the cheaper end of Audio-Technica's earphone catalog, the ATH-C200BT promise "powerful low frequency performance" and "specially designed sound tubes" for just $49. They've got 12mm drivers, a 9-hour battery life, and an "open style earbud" that looks like the Sith-Lord version of Apple's Airpods. Let's put 'em to the test and see what they're good for. Audio Technica ATH-C200BT Review Design The C200BT's are lightweight, grey, all plastic and rubber. They're built kind...

Final Audio D8000 Pro Edition Review

The famous Final Audio D8000 has been modified with the release of the D8000 Pro Edition. What changes have been made? And what can you expect in terms of sound and design? Let’s take a look in this Final Audio D8000 Pro Edition Review. Final Audio D8000 Pro Edition Review FIT No problems for me here. The D8000 Pro Edition isn’t incredibly light, but it avoids feeling cumbersome on the head. Though the earpads are...

Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW True Wireless Review

True wireless earbuds are truly liberating. But the only thing that bothers me about true wireless technology is the short battery life. On average, you can only use them for four or five hours at a time before having to put them back in the case for charging. And the problem I have with the expensive pair that I own (I won’t name names) is that I’m constantly having to charge them. Those who share...

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless Review

Watch out, Bose and Sony. The German engineers are back in town. Sennheiser has always been the leader in sound. But with respect to noise cancellation and cutting edge wireless technology, some may say that they’ve been falling behind the pack. Well, it seems that they’re done screwing around. Finally, Sennheiser has released a new and improved version of their most famous Bluetooth headphones, the Momentum 3 Wireless. What can you expect in terms of...