Tag: portable

April 30, 2017 / Amplifiers

My first exposure to Meridian came in the form of the very interesting Meridian Prime headphone amp and DAC. I loved the look and sound of the Prime, but could never justify the price and wasn’t sure if it was an amp with a DAC thrown in or a fully-fledged flagship all-in-one. What I loved about it most though was the MQA decoding it is capable of, so when I had the chance to grab a secondhand Explorer 2 DAC (the Prime’s much, much smaller brother) I had to take the opportunity to get some MQA goodness.…

February 20, 2017 / Dynamic
August 12, 2016 / Balanced Armature

At the time I reviewed the Campfire Audio Jupiter IEM it was their top of the line offering at $899 USD (direct from their site). Since then they have released the lower level Nova IEM and the new top of the line IEM, the Andromeda, retailing at $1099 USD. I was excited to see what magic Camfire Audio wove to build on their already excellent range and, on first listen, the Andromeda showed all the signs of being the perfect amalgamation of the outstanding performance and tuning demonstrated in the earlier models.…

May 18, 2016 / Dynamic

I’ve recently reviewed two other earphones from Campfire Audio, the Orion and the Jupiter. Both were excellent in their own ways so I expected good things from Campfire’s premium dynamic model, the Lyra. Sadly, my experience with it has been underwhelming……

March 18, 2016 / Earphones

The FLC8 earphone from FLC Technology is a truly unique earphone because the FLC8 comes with the ability to adjust its sound signature. You might think, “Sure, but so do the Shure SE846 and AKGK3003”, but what makes the FLC8 so different is that you can tune the sub-bass, bass, and mids / treble all separately so you can create a fairly neutral / flat sound, or a v-shaped sound, or a warm and bassy sound – whatever you want. It’s pretty clever!…