In Ear Monitors

Beyerdynamic Xelento Wireless Review

Headquartered in Heilbronn, Germany – Beyerdynamic are a world-class audio brand founded in the era of the ‘roaring 20s’. With a penchant for audio systems, Beyerdynamic launched the first ever pair of dynamic headphones for home use in the years preceding the 2nd World War. Since then, they have launched subsidiaries worldwide with a workforce…

Audeze Euclid Review

Well-versed in planar magnet technology, Audeze are a strong pioneer within the world of personal audio. Their story was inspired by NASA technology which has seen the company bring forth innovations including Fluxor magnet arrays and Fazor wave-guide elements. With an appetite for the planar sound, Audeze also became one of the first companies to…

Moondrop Aria Review

The Aria is the latest single DD IEM from Moondrop. Like the previous Starfield and KXXS models, it uses a 10mm dynamic driver but the diaphragm material is now liquid crystal polymer (LCP) rather than carbon nanotube. The Moondrop Aria features an N52 Neodymium magnet and CCAW voice coil and there is also a dual-cavity…

Earsonics AERO Review

Born in 2005, Earsonics are a French specialist in-ear monitor brand with strong foundations in stage music, sound engineering and more recently, the discerning audiophile community. Their products have cultivated a loyal following with most of their line-up hailing from their own in-house lab in Montpellier. With many luxury products emanating from the country’s manufacturing…

Campfire Audio Dorado 2020 Review

Campfire Audio have paid a revisit to the original Dorado IEMs capitalizing on a ‘back-to-basic’ approach with the new Dorado 2020 model. With its single balanced-armature and dynamic driver design, the Portland-based audio brand aims to reduce cross-over ‘noise’ allowing improved cohesion and faithful reproduction of sound. Like the Vega 2020, the Dorado 2020 sports…

FiiO FH5s Review

Semi-open in-ear monitor (IEM) designs are an interesting design configuration compared to their closed-back ‘dime a dozen’ counterparts. While noise isolation is somewhat reduced, the semi-open design, in theory, aids soundstage as well as reduces in-built air pressures. Hence, when FiiO unveiled the new FiiO FH5s IEMs, it certainly garnered some extra attention from their…

Master & Dynamic MW08 Review

Master & Dynamic are a New-York based premium audio company who have held a strong foothold in the wireless in-ear space since their conception in 2014. Latest from their line-up is the Master & Dynamic MW08 – an all-new reenvisaged True Wireless Earphone which pushes the envelope in both sound and design compared to its…

Westone W80 V2 Review

With over half a century of experience in the audio industry, Westone are an American manufacturer whose products range from the hearing healthcare market to military communications as well as the music and audiophile industry. Located in Colarado Springs, their high-quality custom in-ear monitors have been purpose built for a wide variety of applications allowing…

Campfire Audio Solaris Limited Edition Review

Over the course of Campfire Audio’s Solaris product history, there have been 4 iterations with the first being the Original (OG) Solaris, the next being the Solaris Special Edition (SE), then the Solaris 2020 and now the Solaris Limited Edition (LE). Each version has brought slightly different tunings to the table with the Solaris 2020…

Shuoer Tape Pro Review

The Shuoer Tape Pro is the successor to the original Tape and, like the former model, is a dual driver IEM employing a 10mm dynamic driver with a carbon nanometer diaphragm and an EST (electret) tweeter, together described as an MSH (Magnetostatic Hybrid). The $129 new model uses a 2 pin connection rather than MMCX…

Campfire Audio Vega 2020 Review

Campfire Audio have taken up the task of reinvigorating their previous range of products. The Vega 2020 is an example of just this claiming to take all the innovative aspects of the original 2016 Vega model and infusing an all-new design and tuning. The Campfire Audio Vega 2020 now comes in a ceramic body finish…

HiFiMAN TWS800 Review

The HiFiMAN TWS800 represents the company’s next iteration of their TWS (True-wireless) 600 debut. There has been a lot of innovation centered around TWS and it is nice to see this area grow into the world of audiophilia. As with the TWS600, HiFiMAN have maintained a level head keeping heed of areas of improvement and…

Empire Ears Odin Review

Empire Ears has accrued the reputation of the flashy and ostentatious sibling in the IEM universe. However, their creations continually integrate substance with style in a line-up catering to a range of eclectic tastes. The ear behind the brand is Mr. Dean Vang, a prior musician and long-time owner of a hearing aid and OEM…

FiiO FA9 Review

FiiO have slowly been advancing into the high-end market with their products encroaching onto new price brackets. The latest example is the new Fiio FA9 flagship monitor which adopts a pure 6 driver balanced-armature configuration with 3 sound-adjustment switches, an 80.6 mm long acoustic tube and a DLP printed shell. The $499 monitors are a…

64 Audio Nio Review

The 64 Audio Nio is the latest hybrid model from the Vancouver-based audio firm. The $1699 IEM packs in the highest number of drivers out of their hybrid line-up with a total of 9 drivers per each monitor. A single 10 mm dynamic driver is used for the lows and an array of 7 balanced-armature…

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