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

Opus 3 Digital Audio Player Review

Joe posted a review of the Opus 3 DAP over on Head-Fi.  Sounds like a great device but it is a bit pricey and has some stiff competition at it’s price point.

Pros – Blooming bass, touch of warmth, wide and expanded staging. Long standby battery, customizable apk 3rd party apps
Cons – Trebles may be harsh at times

Campfire Audio Vega IEM Review

Twister6 posted a review of the Vega single dynamic driver (DD) IEM over on Head-Fi.  Not surprising, the bass is great.  Delivering bass with small number of balanced armature (BA) drivers appears to be a challenge which is likely why we have seen the rise of DD/BA IEMs over the past couple of years.  The DD delivers the bass and lower mids while the BA drivers take care of the mids on up.  Twister6 has comparisons of the Vega with various other IEMs.  A very nice review.

Unfortunately, the Vega retail for $1,299 with used going for around $700-800.  These price ranges open up a number of other IEM solutions.

Pros: BASS, resolving detailed organic sound, unique shell material, premium ALO cable, leather case, accessories.
Cons: the sound is eartip depended, the bass quality could be source dependent.

Review of Vega

iBasso Audio DX200 DAP Review

Twister6 posted a review of the $1,000 dual DAC DX200  digital audio player over on Head-Fi.

Pros: neutral revealing signature, dual ES9028Pro DACs, DSD512 support, Android 6.0/WiFi/Bluetooth, 2GB of RAM, leather case
Cons: single microSD and 64GB of internal storage, battery life due to high power AMP module, firmware is almost there.

Review of DX200

Empire Ears Athena VIII IEM Review

PokerFaze posted a review on Head-Fi of the 8-BA driver Empire Ears Athena VIII IEM.  PokerFaze includes numerous comparisons to other similar IEMs in the review.

Pros: Amazing accessories, well balanced, rich and engaging sound, crystal clear and extended treble, silky smooth mids, punchy and well defined bass
Cons: Isolation is subpar, mids might be too warm for classical music, ADEL module might flex for some, distant sound due to ADEL causes loss in resolution

Review of the Athena VIII

Audioquest NightOwl Carbon Review

Cinder posted a review on Head-Fi of the new NightOwl from Audioquest.  This ostensibly is a closed version of the NightHawk.  However, the NightOwl is priced significantly more than the NightHawk at $699.  Unfortunately, this review had no comparisons with other headphones.  I’ll hunt down other reviews which have comparisons and link them below.

Pros: Very good 3D-audio placement, lots of detail retrieval, great extension on both ends, eco-friendly packaging, great case, comfortable, classy look
Cons: Expensive, only comes with one cable

Review of NightOwl