Jude posted a video review of JH Audio’s latest iteration of their 12 BA driver 4 crossover Layla IEM. In this iteration, they are using 3D printing to create the audio channels rather than discrete tubing as in the original versions. This reduces the size of the IEM down to a manageable size as many folks didn’t like the size of the prior models. Personally, I don’t have an issue with the size of my Gen 1 Laylas but I also do use them as my mobile IEM. Additionally, one has to assume the new manufacturing process significantly reduces the labor necessary to build them. It will be interesting to see graphs on the audio performance of the 3D printed channels versus the individual tubing. Enjoy the video review below.
Twister6 has a review of the Cayin N6ii digital audio player over on Head-Fi. The cool trick with this DAP is that it has replaceable DAC/AMP circuitry. The circuitry is on a motherboard (they should be calling it a daughterboard) which is removable from the top of the player. The remaining components such as the motherboard and battery are all static and are fixed in the case. This actually reminds me of my old HP 41c calculator of days long past. This is an intriguing concept and I will be interested in seeing where it leads.
LMka has a review of the Fearless Audio S10 IEMs on Head-Fi. This is a 10 balanced armature driver setup in a 4-way crossover configuration.
Pros – Balanced sound, wide sound field, detailed yet smooth, sweet vocals, non fatiguing yet revealing, tight textured bass.
Cons – Quality control issues on Fearless side, some may prefer a thicker sound signature
Tylerfutrell posted a really interesting review on Head-Fi comparing the Hifiman Arya and Audeze LCD-3 (2018/fazor). I guess I’ll have to check out the Arya and the next meet.
MrGummido posted a review of the iBasso IT01 single dynamic driver IEM over on Head-Fi. The sound profile is V shaped. The IEM housings looks fairly generic and uses MMCX cables. For the IT01’s price point of $99 you may want to consider other options such as the those from vendors such as 1More or SIMGOT.
Pros – Price
Cons – Source-sensitive
– Might be slightly large for some people
Zelda posted a review of the closed back a-Seven wireless on-ear headphones over on Head-Fi. From the review they sound like basic entry level bluetooth headphones with a slight V shape and boosted base.
Pros – Build quality
Battery timeSound: Well balanced in wireless mode, good clarity and spacious
Cons – Average isolation at best
Fixed ear pads
Little foam on ear pads
(Full specifications are not stated)
B9Scrambler posted on Head-Fi a review of the ZETA IEM. Sounds like they are a good value at around $15.
Pros – Solid build and material quality – Warm, easygoing signature – Well-matched accessory kit
Cons – Perception of value as it is lacking features now common at this price like a three button remote or removable cables