Reviews

Final Audio ZE8000 MK2 Review

The latest iteration of Final Audio’s True Wireless is an upgrade of the ZE8000 earbud. There aren't many aesthetic changes, but are there enough differences that make these worth the upgrade? Meant to mimic the distinct clarity of IEMs, the MK2 aims to have all these features packaged as a True Wireless system. With the popularity of True Wireless on the rise, it’s easy for users to be skeptical about IEM style sound quality without...

Questyle M15i Review

The latest iteration of Questyle’s portable DAC is the updated M15i. A refinement of the M15, the M15i comes in at $250. Despite improving resolution and adding Apple MFi, the M15i matched the price of the older model. People shopping for a DAC in the price range will quickly be able to tell how much competition the Q15i has with products like the iFi Uno and Fio KA17. Let’s find out if this DAC is...

Sennheiser Momentum 4 VS. Sony WF1000XM5 Comparison Review

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4 VS. Sony WF-1000XM5 Comparison Review Sennheiser and Sony are both brands with loyal followings who have been innovating in the audio field for decades. On the whole, companies have been trying to raise the bar with what an audiophile can get from a bluetooth connection. Sony and Sennheiser are respectively calling their products 'flagship TWS earbuds', and many users who come into the store are stuck deciding between both these...

Denon PerL Pro Review

Stepping into the world of Denon earbuds for the first time, I'm excited to see what they're all about. With big names like Sony and Sennheiser dominating the scene, I'm curious if the PerL Pro can hold its own. Join me on this journey as I delve into the features and performance of these earbuds, aiming to uncover their true potential. What you get PerL Pro Earphones Charging Case USB Type C Charging Cable Silicone...

Meze Liric II – Headphone Review

Meze, now a formidable contender in the headphone space, is constantly iterating. Founded in 2011, the audio company has consistently put out new products and improved on existing ones. This can be seen with their innovative new releases like the 109 Pro as well as iterative releases like the Empyrean II. Now, Meze is back with another new generation headphone: the Liric II. When the Liric was released, we were impressed by its performance as...

JBL TUNE 720BT VS JBL TUNE 770NC Review

In the expansive world of wireless audio, JBL stands out as a trusted name, offering a diverse range of options to suit different tastes and requirements. Today, I'll be exploring a comparison between two of their well-known models: the JBL Tune 720BT and the JBL Tune 770NC headphones. From design aesthetics to sound performance, let's delve into how these headphones fare against each other, making it easier for you to choose the perfect pair for...

Strauss & Wagner Lyss: The Best IEM Cable Upgrade for Android and iPhone?

Recently, I’ve been exploring Strauss & Wagner’s IEM upgrade cables, which are a new addition to their small but reasonably successful line of audio products. The Lyss is one of their more handy MMCX cables, featuring a USB-C termination with a DAC, and making it a promising choice for use with Androids and the latest iPhones. But what can you expect in terms of resolution and sound profile? Will your IEMs still sound as good...

ThieAudio Hype 2 Review

ThieAudio's library is large and still growing. They've released some great IEMs like the Monarch, and Oracle, Divinity, and some good open-back headphones with the Wraith and Ghost. With each new release, ThieAudio has maintained a standard level of quality no matter the price, and the Hype 2 looks to maintain that standard. These IEMs cost $299, so they're in that window between budget and mid-budget. Let's see what the ThieAudio Hype 2 is all...

Moondrop Starfield 2 Review

Moondrop has given us a ton of great IEMs over the years. They have one of the strongest linups for affordable IEMs on the market. That lineup includes the original Starfield, and now there's a new version of it that has just released, fittingly called the Starfield 2. Does it hold up to the original? What You Get Moondrop Starfield 2 IEMs Silver-coated 2-pin cable with 3.5mm plug Nozzle filters 3 sets of silicone ear...

Shanling Sono Review

Shanling is one of those audiophile brands that deliver killer products on the cheap. In fact, whether it’s DAPs or IEMs, the company tends to overachieve. So, I was particularly interested to try one of its newer and more budget friendly IEM models, the Shanling Sono. Selling for a modest 80 bucks, can the Sono deliver an audiophile-grade sound? What’s in the Box? Shanling Sonos IEM Silver Plated Copper Cable 2-pin 3 Sizes Silicone Ear...

Fiio FT3 Review

I've tried a lot of different products from Fiio over the years. Their IEMs, DAPs, and amplifiers have been big successes, and now they are finally adding a new set of headphones to their catalog. The FT3 are open-back reference headphones for $299. It is intended as a reference headphone for mixers, as well as those looking for a clean and unaltered sound signature. Let's see if Fiio can deliver. What You Get FiiO FT3...

Sivga SM002 Review

Sivga is known for its reasonably priced open-back headphones, like the Pheonix and SV0023. They've released wired earbuds in the past, but the new SM002 looks to be an attempt at being IEMs. Following other chiFi trends, the SM002 looks to give you an audiophile sound for an economical price, which fits Sivga's already established selection. Can the SM002 reach those heights for only $180? What You Get SM002 IEMs 2 cables (one with mic)...

HiFiMAN Ananda Nano Review

The Ananda Nano builds upon the success of Hifiman's original Ananda model, which has gained huge popularity for its evenly balanced, natural sound signature and incredibly good value for money. But with the release of the Ananda Nano, you can expect some significant changes with respect to tuning and performance. Will the new Ananda Nano continue to be the best mid-level planar headphone on the market? What’s in the Box? Ananda Nano Headphones Hard-shell carrying...

Kinera Imperial Loki Review

It's always exciting to get something new from Kinera. Their IEMs have a consistent quality to them, both in sound and structure. The new Loki is their biggest release yet, aiming for the ultra-high-end crowd thanks to its $3,099 price point. It's a big ask, especially with a lot of their output being on the more budget side of things. However, I'm excited to hear what Kinera can do at their fullest potential. Let's see...

Sivga LUAN Review

Sivga has become increasingly popular for producing high quality sound at budget-friendly prices. The Luan, priced at 300 bucks, is the latest open-back Sivga headphone to hit the market. Will it again surpass expectations? And what can you expect in terms of sound signature? What’s in the Box? Luan headphones Leather carrying case Detachable 3.5mm cable 1/4 inch adapter Look and Feel To be honest, distinguishing between various Sivga models can be challenging due to...