Noble Katana & Encore IEM SALE!

Bangkokkid (Brannon) just announced a 45th anniversary Noble Audio sale over on Head-Fi.  Take 20% off all universal IEMs.  If you purchase a universal Katana or Encore you get a free “legacy” Savant IEM as well!  Now this is a deal!!  20% off a Katana and a free $599 Savant.

Anniversary Announcement

Penon Audio BS1 IEM/Ear Bud Review

B9Scrambler has a review over on Head-Fi of the BS1 ear bud.  For $39 over on Ebay I doubt you could go wrong.  Click on the review link below to see photos and the B9Scrabler’s review.

Pros – THAT CABLE!! YES!! – Comfortable, light design – Well-tuned mid-focused signature
Cons – Bass extension – Average sound stage for an ear bud – Poor L/R indication

BS1 Review

Etymotic ER4-XR & ER4-SR IEM Review

Lieven posted a review of the newish ER4-XR and SR IEM over on Headfonia.  They have a bit of a bass boost from the original ER4-S.  Read the review of the for your by clicking the link below.  Personally, I’m sticking with my 2003 ER4-S and if I need more bass I’ll EQ it.   Interestingly, the original S and P models are going for about the same price as the XR and ST models.

Review of new ER4

Havi B3 Pro II IEM Review

B9Scrambler posted on Head-Fi a review of the updated IEM Havi B3 Pro called the Pro II.  The Pro II has a bit more bass than the originals but from the review it sounds like the change didn’t overpower the positives of the original.  However, if you are looking for a neutralish treble forward IEM the Pro is likely your choice.

Pros – Punchy low end – Excellent clarity and detail – Immersive soundstage
Cons – At their best when amped

Review of B3 Pro II

Meze 99 Neo Headphone Review

Hisoundfi has a great review of the Meze 99 Neo on Head-Fi.  This is the follow on to the original Meze 99 Classic.  The primary difference between the two headphones is with the material used to make them.  The Classic uses a wood cup versus plastic for the Neo.  There are likely some tuning adjustments as well.  From the few reviews of the Neo I have read there appears to be a slight tilt to the Classic with folks liking the original a bit over the Neo.  Try them out at a meet and see for yourself.

Pros – Classics-like performance at a cheaper asking price, Black and chrome aesthetic looks sharp, Nice cable options and travel case, musical sound signature works with many genres
Cons – Not for those who want neutral and airy sound, Mid-bass can be overwhelming depending on the track that’s playing, Headband microphonics

Review of Meze 99 Neo

Hifiman RE-600S IEM Review

Ryanjsoo has a review of the latest iteration of the HifFiman RE-600 on Head-Fi.  From the review the RE-600s appears to be a worthy successor to the 600 and can be found for less than have the price of the original.  Read the extensive review by clicking the link below.

Pros – Linear tuning, Fantastic fit and comfort, Great isolation, Sharp imaging, Clean midrange, Nice bass extension
Cons – Treble not aggressively detailed, Stiff non-removable cable, May be too mellow for some

Review of the RE-600S