Audio Gear Reviews

Sound BlasterX AE-5 PCIe DAC with AMP Sound Card Review – Do You Need One?

Several years ago, sound cards where a thing and most of the time a requirement, specially when a motherboard doesn't have an on-board audio component. After a while, motherboards are now built with audio (in/out) components. But most of them doesn't offer good or great sound quality; doesn't support...

The Bit Opus#3 Hi-Res Digital Audio Player Preview and Initial Impressions

We have a new hi-resolution portable digital audio player here and it's the new Opus#3 from The Bit. We reviewed their first DAP (digital audio player) the Opus#1 last year. The Opus#1 can be considered as a mid-fi or mid-range DAP, and it's a very good sounding DAP with...

MrSpeakers Ether Flow Review – The Best Open Back Headphone I’ve Tested So Far!

Headphones are very interesting and quite mysterious in their own way. You'll never know how they sound like or if you'll like how they sound, not until you tried them. Late last year, I got a couple of new audio gear and was able to test and listen to...

Cayin i5 Master Quality Portable Digital Audio Player Review

Several months ago, Cayin announced and released their first ever Android based portable digital audio player in collaboration with HiBy Music - the Cayin i5 Master Quality Digital Audio Player. Digital audio players, or DAP for short, has been around for quite a number of years already. However, this...

Unique Melody Miracle V2 In-Ear Monitor Review

In my quest for the best sounding in-ear monitors or IEMs out there, I came across with a company called Unique Melody. The company has been providing custom designed IEMs to audiophiles, music lovers, artist, producers and sound engineers. What I have here is the Unique Melody Miracle V2...

the bit Opus#1 DAP Review – A Portable Mastering Quality Sound Audio Player

More and more entry to mid-level portable audio players is being poured into the market. Some of these are good, sound quality is there but the problem is either they don't aesthetically look good, or they got a bad user interface or plagued with firmware issues. It was only...

iFi micro iDAC2 Review – Portable DAC with DSD Support

Sometime mid last year, iFi Audio released the second generation of their portable "micro" digital to analog converter - the iFi micro iDAC2. This is the direct replacement of the now discontinued iDAC. The Micro iDAC2 still features iFi Audio's signature look and design, but it now comes with...

Master & Dynamic MW60 Wireless Headphone Review – Best Wireless Headphone?

Wireless headphones or Bluetooth headphones are a trend nowadays. However, the problem with wireless headphones is that most of them don't sound quite good compared to a wired setup. Thanks to the advancement of technology, wireless headphones can now sound as good as its wired setup. After the success...

HiFiMAN HE400S Review – Best Sub $300 Open-Back Headphone?

HiFiMAN is popular and known for their Planar Magnetic headphones. I think the old HE400 is one of their most popular planar magnetic headphones that have captured the ears of the many. Sometime in mid-2015, the company released a budget friendly planar headphone called the HiFiMAN HE400S. We got...

Luxury & Precision L5 Pro DAP Review, Spoil Your Ears With HiFi Audio

Portable digital audio players are becoming more and more popular, specially to music lovers, enthusiasts and audiophiles on the go. It's true that smartphones can play the typical MP3 music, but it's nowhere near to satisfy an enthusiast's passion for high quality music. These the past few years, there...

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