Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Universal Fit

FitEar, one of the oldest custom IEM maker in Japan, just release another IEM called the MH334. But this time it actually is both an universal and a custom as two version will be made available (the custom version was released last year) . Like it custom counterparts, this will not be cheap. Early pre-order price already excesses US$1200.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Sub-$100 Portable Amps Shootout – 11 (+1) amps compared

As an IEM user and avid gadget lover, I am always have a particularly interest in portable amps. The sub-$100 price range is where I started my amp journey and I am sure it is the same for many others as well. Though I have moved onward to better portable amps at higher price range, I have always had a keen interest in the budget amp development. Over the year I have built up a collection of some of the most popular sub-$100 portable amps (some are review samples given to me and others are out of my own money) so I thought it is a good time to do a shootout between them from the point of view as an IEM user.




Friday, February 10, 2012

[REVIEW] EXS X20 – Excellent Sound from Korea

First, I'll like to thank EXS for the review sample.

When it comes to headphone, Korean has never been known for a brand of its own in the past. However, they have been in the OEM business for quite some time now and managed to pump out really big volume of headphone, especially earphones, which are often labeled with other companies’ name. Cresyn is perhaps one of the first to introduce its own premier line-up of headphone under the Phiaton brand. EXS, or Excellent Sound, is another brand from one of those really big ‘behind-the-scene’ Korean OEM company. They introduced their first model, the lower-end-market-targeted X10 about two years ago. It didn’t really make a big splash, but overall the sale was reported to be fairly well, especially in Korea and U.K. Late last year, they decided to release a follow up model, the X20, but aiming higher this time. Costing around 195000Won (or roughly US$175) and 3 times more expensive than the previous X10, EXS really do mean business this time with the X20. But does it fare well against the similarly priced and spec’ed B2 / DBA-02?

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