This is a review of the LZ Big Dipper (BD) IEM’s. First I’d like to thank LZ for sending me […]

LZ Big Dipper

Build Quality and Design The Tinaudio T2 are a dual dynamic earphone with a detachable MMCX cable. The build quality […]

Tinaudio T2

Design and Build Quality Shame to start off with a bit of a moan but probably best to get it out […]


Tiny, very solidly built and comfortable; with deep insertion isolation is good. I’m somewhat conflicted overall on these—they’re capable of […]

Echobox Finder X1

Dirt -Alice in Chains I don’t revere suicides and junkiedom, and this sorta-metal isn’t my usual genre, but I have […]

Early December Picks

While retaining the estimable clarity of the much-praised B3 the B3S is tuned quite differently–more forward, bassier, louder and less […]

Bosshifi B3S

1981-1984- The Neats Boston band played a garagey folkrock  sorta reminiscent of the Feelies or Kiwi bands like the Clean, with […]

November Picks 2

Focal Sphear—warm, refined and very natural-sounding IEM from the high-end French speaker maker. Solidly (if not lavishly) built and easy […]

Focal Sphear

Build Quality and Design The Brainwavz Jive are a simple teardrop shaped IEM with a straight metal nozzle. They appear […]

Brainwavz Jive

Brief Conclusion I’ve only had a very brief listen to the ASY Coil Iron Hybrid, that initial impression was fairly […]

ASY Coil Iron Hybrid

Thinksound TS02—light, very comfortable and easy-to-drive woody; isolation is below average because of vented shells.  Tonality is warm and syrupy, […]

Thinksound TS-02

Build Quality and Design The PMH Hybrid are a single dynamic, single BA earphone. The earpieces are constructed from metal […]

PMH Hybrid

Happy Trails – Quicksilver Messenger Service Basically two side-long, brain-frying versions of Bo Diddley songs, this 1969 record still sounds timeless. […]

November Part 1

Klipsch X11i—featherweight, extremely comfortable BA with very good isolation; however fragile-looking cable is extremely microphonic. Signature is warm, laid-back and […]

Klipsch X11i

Build Quality and Design The BVGP DM5 have been flavour of the month for quite some time on Headfi, they’re […]


Brief Conclusion The Schuder LV10 are a dual dynamic earphone. The design is generic with metal earpieces and a flat […]


Blackstar -David Bowie I’ve largely ignored his post-1978 work, which generally seemed to be struggling for relevance, but this final […]

Last October Picks

Philips SHE-3590–before the Chifi onslaught, these were a go-to cheapo, and if they looked less like dollar store buds they’d still […]

Philips SHE-3590

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear—very V-shaped, with deep (but not overbearing), well-etched bass, scooped out mids which highlight vocals, and prominent, smoothish […]

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear

Brief Conclusion Well, I’ve been waiting to get hold of these for sometime but as it turns out they’re a […]

Gorsun C7

RHA MA750i—Upgraded for  superior build quality, design and packaging, though these just make the cut sonically. Comfortable despite the heavy […]

RHA MA-750

A trip home at the weekend meant I was able to borrow these earphones back in order to give them […]

Swing IE800

Brief Conclusion The Baseus H04 are a fairly well made earphone. The earpieces themselves are half metal, half plastic with […]

Baseus H04

RBH EP-2—very nicely built, comfortable dynamic with outstanding isolation. A classic “consumer” tuning, with substantially enhanced but well-controlled, musical subbass […]


TFZ Series 5—an aggressive L-shaped DD dominated by boosted, rumbling  subbass. These are the opposite of a neutral stage monitor– […]

TFZ Series 5

Stuck in Wonderamaland – Dramarama Majordomo John Easdale had charisma and a bunch of smart, crafty Jagger/Lou Reed inspired songs, […]

More October Picks

First of all a bit of an explanation, the Moni One are not what we’d class as a budget earphone, […]

Moni One

TRINITY SABRE— refined IEM with excellent clarity; multiple nozzle, tip and cable selections are off the hook. QC is dodgy […]

Trinity Audio Phantom Sabre

FINAL AUDIO DESIGN HEAVEN III (Massdrop verion of IV)— well-tuned single BA;  balanced and fairly warm, but not lacking in […]

Final Audio Design Heaven III

PIONEER SE-CH9T—highly touted dynamic which capably walks the tricky line between being reference-revealing and consumer-fun. Comfortable, with good isolation; build […]

Pioneer SE-CH9T

MusicMaker TK-13— a more refined,  less brutally forceful update of the giant-sounding TK-12; slightly warmer and more V-shaped with palpably […]

MusicMaker TK-13

MusicMaker TW1—aesthetically pleasing, comfortable little microdriver whose signature is highly dependent on source and tips—bass, in particular can sound either […]

MusicMaker TW1

Build Quality and Design The UiiSii T8S are a dual dynamic, single BA hybrid. They’re constructed from high quality plastic […]

UiiSii T8S

Superlux HD381—cheap looking and oddly designed; the flimsy short cable w/extension cord is just silly. Fit is sorta difficult and […]

Superlux HD381

MusicMaker TK-12—bawdy multi driver with a huge 3D soundstage and great clarity; absolutely massive sounding while remaining quite true to […]

Musicmaker TK12

Vsonic VSD1S-well built and comfortable; these are a warmish  gentle V-shaped which (at least from memory) remind me overall of […]

Vsonic VSD1S

MAGAOSI K3 HD—open and airy; similar in presentation to the Fidue A73, albeit with less lowend emphasis and a slightly […]

Magaosi K3 HD

Meelectronic A161P—a discontinued model that still sounds very engaging; superb coherence and good clarity, with enough very quick low-end punch […]

Meelectronics A161P

DQSM D2 — banned on HeadFi for reasons I’ve never quite fathomed (or cared about), these closely approximate the big, […]


JVC FXT90 – (since sold)—I never quite got a handle on these; they’re certainly energetic, exciting and rich sounding, but […]


Monoprice 8320—world’s worst, most tangly cable; oddly shaped + comfort and fit are difficult. That said, these do have a […]

Monoprice 8320

Simgot EN700 Bass – lavishly packaged and beautifully built, albeit with a super-tangly (though ergonomic and microphonic-free) memory cable. Tonality […]

Simgot EN700 Bass

KZ ED10—solidly built, esp. for the price, with good isolation and fit, though the metal casings are very heavy. Soundwise, […]


Zero Audio Carbo Tenore-tiny, super comfortable and sleekly built, despite a frail-looking cable; the absence of a mic and relative […]

Zero Audio Carbo Tenore

I Valux Bette (10 mm)—an upgraded version of the venerable 8mm Bette. Generic looking but very good sounding—forward, sparkly and […]

i.Valux Bette 10mm

I sheepishly bought these on the basis of all the hype and was initially underwhelmed, perhaps because these are a […]

Shozy Zero

The “premium” throw-ins for Samsung phones; well built (if a tad plasticy), though fit is a bit finicky. V-shaped and […]

AKG for S8

Design and Build Quality So KZ decided that their plastic Campfire copy wasn’t quite close enough to the original and […]


Notorious Byrd Brothers — Byrds Their best record and the closest McGuinn ever got to synthesizing acid, country, folk and […]

OTT – Loomis’s Oct

Energetic, bright microdriver notable for its wide and immersive stage and very good instrument separation. Sonically V-shaped; somewhat enhanced bass […]


Lost On You – LP Already established as a songsmith for the likes of Rihanna and Cher (apparently) LP popped […]

OOT – Vidal’s October