Review of Earsonics ES3

Audio123 has a review of the Earsonics ES3 triple BA driver IEM over on Head-Fi.  From the review they sound like an interesting IEM to which audio123 thought were superior to the well reviewed Noble Trident.  It should be noted that the ES3 is nearly 40% more expensive than the Trident.

Pros – Full-bodied presentation, Midrange, Soundstage
Cons – Accessories

Review of ES3

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Focal Elear Headphone Review

Blueshound24 has a review over on Head-Fi of the Focal Elear headphones.  They are an amazing headphone priced right around $1,000.  The characteristics of the Elear, taken directly from the review, are: “Insane slam!, startling, fast, dynamic, impact, attack, separation, textured, sweet airy treble, detailed, coherent, refined, depth, large, space of the venue, decay, flat response, presence.”  Click the link below to read the entire review.

Pros – Insane slam!, startling, fast, dynamic, impact, attack, separation, textured, sweet airy treble, detailed, coherent, refined, depth, large, space of the venue, decay, flat response, presence.
Cons – The slight basshead in me might prefer a tad more bass.
Slightly heavy

Elear Headphone Review

Audiofly AF1120 IEM Review

Ryanjsoo has posted a review of the six BA driver AF1120 IEM over on Head-Fi.  From the review it sounds like these are great IEMs for the money.  Read the extensive review by clicking the link below.

Pros – Stunningly balanced, Exceptionally linear bass and midrange, Very detailed, Great soundstage depth and imaging, Perfect comfort
Cons – May be a bit neutral and polite for some, Thin, tangle-prone cable, Loose, keyed MMCX connectors, Sub-bass extension isn’t as exceptional as the rest of the sound

Review of the AF1120 IEM

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