In Ear Monitors

KZ AST Review

KZ (Knowledge Zenith) is known for producing excellent value high-performing earphones, including the popular ED range of dynamic driver IEMs and the hybrid series beginning with the ZST. Founded in 2008 in Guangdong by Keith Yue, a former Audio-Technica engineer, and Zen Li, a Western-trained classical musician, the company name KZ isn’t just a nod…

FiiO JD3 Review

The Fiio x Jade Audio JD3 or Fiio JD3 is one of two new products from the company, and its all new subsidiary brand – Jade Audio. With an aim to employ a direct-sales model and focus on empirical acoustic knowledge – the company employ a core members with expertise in sound reproduction. The JD3…

Fiio JH3 Review

The Fiio x Jade Audio JH3 or Fiio JH3 is one of two new products from the company, and its all new subsidiary brand – Jade Audio. With an aim to employ a direct-sales model and focus on empirical acoustic knowledge – the company employ a core members with expertise in sound reproduction. With a…

Campfire Audio Holocene Review

The Campfire Audio Holocene is a 3 balanced-armature driver IEM which was originally released alongside the Campfire Audio Mammoth to target the mid-fi price arena. A single custom BA driver is used for the highs whereas two independent custom BA drivers are responsible for the midrange and low-end frequencies. At a price of $649, the…

Vision Ears VE7 Review

Vision Ears are a Cologne-based audio brand with a special interest in both custom and universal in-ear monitors. Their ethos has always centered around high-quality creations coupled with outstanding customer services. Potential buyers are welcome to visit their showroom/lab in Cologne to get a feel of their latest line-up as well as talking to central…

FiiO FD3 Review

The Fiio FD3 is the company’s latest IEM and features a single dynamic driver. The magnet has a flux density of 1.5 Tesla and it has a 12mm “Flagship-level” DLC (diamond-like carbon) diaphragm, front acoustic prism, semi-open acoustic design, interchangeable sound tubes and 2.5D film coating glass faceplate. Priced at $109, the FD3 is an…

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…

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