Category: In-Ear Monitors (IEM) & Earphones

Unique Melody Merlin V2 Hybrid Universal IEM Review

Unique Melody is a China-based company that had their beginnings in the hearing aid business. They were one of the first companies to offer re-shelling services for IEMs and soon introduced their own line of universal and custom IEMs. Most of the CIEM manufacturers were tuned towards stage and professional use so Unique Melody’s angle…


1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones Review

I reviewed the 1MORE MK802 wireless Bluetooth headphone in July and was thoroughly impressed with its wireless sonic performance and remains my reference for sound quality from a Bluetooth headphone. The earcups just need to be a bit larger but otherwise, an incredibly fun and musical headphone. When I first took a look at the packaging…


JH Audio Lola Review – The Midrange Beauty

Introduction When you’re watching a concert with some of your favorite artists, chances are they’re probably rocking a pair of JH Audio customs. Their client list is huge and includes the Katy Perry, Foo Fighters, Nicki Minaj, Aerosmith, Alicia Keys, One Republic, Halsey, and of course, Guns N’ Roses, just to name a few. The Lola…


Meze 11 Neo and Meze 12 Classics Review

Introduction Like the rest of the world, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Meze 99 Classics. Admittedly, not a lot of audio gear survives my merciless cleansing, but the 99 Classics have remained with me through most of my recent reviews. When Meze announced their new line of IEMs, I wanted to be the first in line. Well…


$500 Portable DAC/Headphone Amps – iFi Micro BL vs. W4S uDAC-HD vs. Chord Mojo

I find that about 75% of the time, DAC performance tends to correspond with their price. Whether they incorporate a galvanically isolated async USB port or some other kind of noise reduction approach (e.g, powered off battery), you generally get what you pay for. Unlike my previous portable DAC shootout, where I compared DACs at wildly…


Campfire Audio Vega Review – A Dynamic Delight

ALO Audio isn’t a stranger to anyone. I’ve heard their portable Continental amp last year and thought they sounded and looked great. It would definitely be quite a conversation starter at your local Starbucks. I was just stopping by The Source AV and they were just setting up a few Campfire Audio IEM demos. I…


Meze 11 Neo Earphones – Oh So Beautiful

Meze Headphones is a premium headphone company founded in 2009, based in Baia Mare, Romania. Meze is designing and developing its products in house, with a focus on good sound, iconic design, and quality build and materials. I’m a huge fan of their Meze 99 Classics and look forward to their new offering in ear-bud form. They…


Best Portable USB Amp/DACs Shootout with the Custom JH Audio Angie IEM

The Challengers Chord Hugo Aurender Flow Chord Mojo LH Labs Geek Out V2 LH Labs Geek Out V1 Meridian Explorer2 DacMagic XS Audioquest Dragonfly V1.2 Equipment used: Audioquest Jitterbug Lenovo T420 JH Audio Angie (CIEM) Figuring out which portable DAC/amp you should get is a daunting and time-consuming task. Instead of going through the buying/selling…


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