ZMF Aeolus Headphone Review

Mysticstryk posted a review of the Aeolus over on Head-Fi (link below).  I’ll let you read the article to see if the Aeolus is worth the $1,000-$1,300 price tag.

Warning: There is some language that some may feel is “inflammatory” when mysticstryk is comparing the Aeolus to other vendor products.

Pros – Build quality
Sound
Price

Negatives – mysticstryk posted no negatives which I have to say is likely inaccurate.  I haven’t auditioned or owned a pair of headphones that didn’t have some flaw.

 

CLICK HERE for the Aeolus Review

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Review of the xDuoo X3II DAP

Cqtek posted a review of the xDuoo X3II digital audio player.  From the review it sounds like this is a neutral sounding DAP and is a significant improvement from its predecessor.  Priced at around $160 it should be a contender in that pricing segment.  Although, you can pick up some really great 1-2 year old DAPs that are around the same price.

 

Pros – Number of features (Bluetooth, DAC, Hiby Link, Line Output, Bidirectional USB, etc.). It is a very versatile product.
– Size and weight, in line with its predecessor.
– Screen size.
– Initial firmware with just a few faults.
– Gapless from the beginning.
– Battery life.
– Power.
– Great sound.
– A firmware with Rockbox is now available.

Cons – The layout of the buttons is original but not too ergonomic.
– Shortage of accessories, not even a case comes.

CLICK HERE for the xDuoo X3II review

Review of the RHA T20 IEM

McSchnauze posted a review of the T20 on Head-Fi.  The T20 $189 single dynamic driver with dual coils. The link to the review is below.

Pros – Warm yet detailed. Lively/Energetic. Lush & Natural… almost analog-like.
Cons – Bass can be too prominent. On most tracks, just above-average soundstage.

 

CLICK HERE for the review of the T20

Cayin N8 DAP Review

Twister6 posted on Head-Fi his review of the N8 DAP.  From the unboxing photos it appears to be a very attractive digital audio player and has a plethora of cable types include. I will leave the details for you to read in the review but the fact that you have the choice of vacuum tube and solid state amplification in 3.5mm headphone output is intriguing.  The one downside is that if my math is correct the cost in US Dollars is over $3,300.

Pros – Solid State and Vacuum Tube (Korg NuTube) amp outputs, High Output mode, solid stainless-steel build, responsive interface, plenty of digital and analog outputs, selection of custom cable adapters, duplex LDAC Bluetooth support.

Cons – price, weight, touchy up/down dial, 5sec tube warm up delay (more of annoyance than Con).

CLICK HERE to read the Cayin N8 review

 

 

Review of the Campfire Audio Atlas IEM

Ngoshawk posted a review of the Atlas IEM over on Head-Fi.  This is a single 10mm dynamic driver unit priced at $1,299.  It better be outstanding for a single DD IEM at that price and from the review it sounds like it is.  Ngoshawk states that this is shaping up as a foundation shaker, much the way the Vega did not that long ago.”

CLICK HERE to view the Atlas review

Pros – Excellent fit and finish.
Fantastic bass.
Litz cable.
Quality, quality, quality.
Sound, which typifies a Flagship

Cons – Driver flex.
Fingerprint collector.
Nothing else.

Atlas specifications:

Driver: 10mm Single full range dynamic driver
Diaphragm: Plasma enhanced Chemical Vapor Depostion (C.V.D.) Amorphous Diamond Like Carbon (A.D.L.C.) Diaphragm.
Sensitivity: 105 dB SPL/mW
Frequency Response: 5Hz–20 kHz
Impedance: 19Ω @ 1kHz
Material: Stainless steel body
Connectors: Beryllium / Copper MMCX
Cable Material: Pure Silver Litz
Cable Length: 1.2M (4 feet)
Plug: 3.5mm Gold plated

 

 

 

 

FiiO FH1 IEM Review

Ezekiel77 posted a review of the FH1 over on Head-Fi.  This single titanium dynamic driver IEM is priced at $75.  From Ezekiel77’s review it sounds like the FH1 is a very respectable IEM in the sub-$100 category.  Go check out the review in the link below.

Pros – Class-leading mids tuning, natural signature with good timbre, bass extension, robust build quality, classy design, ergonomic fit, two cables provided, price!
Cons – Overwhelming bass at times, soundstage depth and layering, treble extension and air, detail and resolution, MMCX connectors.

CLICK HERE to see the review of the FH1

Unique Melody Announces Two New IEMs – the Maven & the Mirage

Unique Melody has posted an announcement of their two new IEMs, the Maven and the Mirage.  CLICK HERE to view the announcement.

The Melody specifications:

Frequency response range: 20Hz-25KHz
Sensitivity: @1KHz 108dB
Impedance: 26Ω
Driver Count: 11BA
Crossover: 4-way crossover system
Driver Configuration: 4 low + 2 mid range + 4 high +1 custom semi-open tuning unit

Priced at $2,000

The Mirage specifications:

Frequency response range: 20Hz-20KHz
Sensitivity: @1KHz 104dB
Impedance: 23Ω
Driver Count: 3BA
Crossover: 3-way crossover system
Driver Configuration: 1 low +1 custom open mid range +1 high

Priced at $1,000