Thursday, January 29, 2015

Master & Dynamic ME03: No Compromises. No Faults. A Force to be Reckoned With.

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TL;DR: The Master & Dynamic ME03 is an impeccable piece of work, combining stunning looks and excellent sound in an IEM built to go anywhere and everywhere with you.

Before I begin, I would like to sincerely thank Scott Byrer, Director of Marketing at Master & Dynamic for providing a review sample of the ME03 in this review. Please note that I am neither affiliated with M&D or any of its staff, nor am I being compensated in any form (aside from being provided the review sample) for writing this review. All opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own, and all pictures are taken and owned by me unless otherwise specified. YMMV.

Master & Dynamic arrived pretty late to the headphone scene – with some buzz about the brand around June of last year – but they made headlines on both the consumer and audiophile headphone markets with their MH40 headphones.

Despite their relatively late arrival to the headphone scene, Master & Dynamic were quick to make their stand in the headphone market with their highly-popular flagship MH40 headphones, mixing together premium aesthetics, solid durability, and great sound quality in a combination very few headphones have ever really accomplished. Now, this week, we’re taking a look at the ME03, their high-end IEM model that supposedly follows in the steps of its full-size brother, the MH40. How will these stack up against some of the best IEMs I’ve reviewed? Let’s take a look


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Brainwavz M1: Old Dog, New Tricks

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TL;DR: Though they don't exactly have a lot to offer that makes them stand out, the Brainwavz M1 is nonetheless a solid competitor in the $50 bracket with its clear, enjoyable sound.

Before I begin, I would like to thank Audrey at Brainwavz for providing me with the review sample of the Brainwavz M1. Note that I am neither an affiliate of Brainwavz nor any of its staff, nor am I being compensated in any form for writing this review (aside from the provided review sample). All opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own, and all photos are taken and owned by me unless otherwise specified. YMMV.

Just a couple weeks ago, Audrey contacted me, requesting to review one of their older IEMs. Of course, being a fan of their stuff, I was quick to reply. Sadly I didn’t give them much time because of my three other reviews the past couple of weeks, so now that I’m perfectly in the clear, let’s take a closer look at the Brainwavz M1.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Final Audio Design Adagio II – Sonic Boom

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     Before I begin, I would like to sincerely thank Yoko at Final Audio Design for providing a sample of the Adagio II for review. I would like to clarify that I am neither affiliated with Final Audio Design or any of its staff, nor am I being paid or compensated in any form by writing this review (aside from the provided review sample). All opinions expressed in the review are strictly my own unless otherwise specified, and as such, your mileage may vary. All photos in the following review are also my own unless otherwise specified.

     This is part three of a four-part review series; if you haven’t ready the other two, you can read them here (Part 1) and here (Part 2). Now, this week, we’re focusing on the entry-level model of Final Audio Design’s dynamic IEM line – the Adagio II. Priced at around $80 $35, how do these stack up against some of my favorite IEMs at this price? Let’s take a look. 

Monday, January 05, 2015

Final Audio Design Piano Forte II – Boring ‘Buds of Black and Blue

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Before I begin, I would like to thank Yoko at Final Audio Design for providing the Piano Forte II sample for review. I would also like to clarify that I am neither an affiliate of Final Audio or any of its employees, nor am I being compensated in any way for writing this review (aside from the provided review sample). All images shown in the review are my own unless otherwise specified. All opinions expressed in the review are also my own unless otherwise specified. YMMV.

This review is part two of a three-part review series; if you haven’t seen the last one, you might want to do that by clicking here. Anyways, now that the New Year proceedings seem to have died down a bit, let’s continue on with the reviewing! This week, we’re taking a look at another of the entry-level IEMs form Final Audio Design – except, well, this isn’t really an IEM. The FAD Piano Forte II is an earbud, as you can see from the image above. Oftentimes audiophiles tend to stay away from earbuds due to their inherent sound signature which is subpar compared to IEMs at the same price, but since the Piano Forte is here anyway, I might as well review it!