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

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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

Review of the Shinola Canfield IEM

Cinder posted a review of the Canfield IEM over on Head-Fi.  Shinola, a “design, lifestyle and shortly hotel company, based in Detroit, partnered with Campfire ALO to produce a single dynamic driver IEM.  They are certainly attractive but a bit too shiny for me. They also use the MMCX cable connector to which I am not a fan.

When I research pricing for this IEM I found a HUGE discrepancy in price.  I found them from $90 used to $195 new direct from Shinola.  At the higher price point they have significant competition.  Cinder has a few comparisons in the review so check it out.

 

Review of Canfield IEM

Astrotec Delphinus 5 Review

Watermelon Boi posted a review of the Delphinus 5 IEM over on Head-Fi.  This IEM has 5 balanced armatures with 3 way crossovers- 2 low, 1 mid, 1 high, and 1 super-high.  It also uses the MMCX connector.  From the sounds of it these are very nice IEMs and are priced at around $500.

Pros – Deep/dense bass with sparkles
-Beautiful build quality
-High quality stock cable
-Pelican-style carrying case

Cons – Not meant for reverb haters
-Brightness could be a bit dark for some
-Case size could be a bit bigger

CLICK HERE to see the review of the Delphinus 5

Review of the Bluewave GET Wireless Bluetooth HiFi Headphone Amplifier

Currawong posted a review of the Bluewave GET bluetooth portable receiver on Head-Fi.  He appears to like the product.  While I have not used this device I have acquired or trialled several other bluetooth portable receivers with mixed results.  Basically, these are a convenience play.  If you need to be wireless then these will work but they are bluetooth with all of its issues. This product supports all of the major protocols including AptX and AptX HD.  They are missing LDAC which is a new up and coming one.

My biggest problem here is the price.  At $99 – $129 you may want to think about simply investing in a good pair of wireless headphones.  But if you want your LCD-2’s to be portable this would work. Kinda.  It doesn’t have the power to drive anything more than the easiest to drive headphones.

Pros – Excellent sound for the money. Light. Alternative, position-adjustable clips very handy. Quick power-on. Sound quality-indicating LED. Can be paired with multiple devices. AAC, APTx and APTxHD supported.
Cons – Output power limited. USB input limited to 48k. Volume control fiddly and lacks position indicator.

Review of Bluewave Get