Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Review: Lotoo Paw 5000 (Serious bang for buck DAP)

Firstly I would like to thank Mark at HifiHeadphones for lending me this sample to review, I had it for approximately 3 weeks, and used it as my daily DAP. I always try to write honest reviews. I don't believe in solid state burn-in, but this unit has been used before my review.

Gear Used:
Lotoo Paw 5000 > InEarz IE-P350 / Dunu DN2000j / Fischer Audio FA-003ti with wood cups

Tech Specs:
  • Display: 2" colour OLED (220x176)
  • Supported formats: DSD (DFF/DSF/ISO) / FLAC / WAV / APE / OGG / AAC / ALAC / MP3 / WMA / M4A
  • Max. sample rate: PCM 96kHz / DSD 2.8MHz
  • Max. output: 1V rms (headphone)
  • Processor: ADI Blackfin 514 DSP
  • USB: Super speed USB 3.0 Micro-B
  • Dimensions: 98x55x18mm
  • Weight: 110g
  • Battery 1700mAh 3.7V Li-polymer
  • Storage: micro SDHC / micro SDXC (up to 2TB)
  • MSRP £329.99 

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Review: Forza Audio Works Hybrid IEM Cable

Firstly I would like to thank Mateusz at Forza for sending me this cable to review, I know many people don't believe in cable differences, but I believe there are small differences to be heard between cables, along with durability gains and also ergonomic upgrades.

Gear Used:
iPod Classic > InEarz IE-P350 (Forza Hybrid Cable)
Lotoo Paw 5000 > InEarz IE-P350 (Forza Hybrid Cable)

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Review: Feliks Audio Espressivo (Hand built, incredible value valve amp)

Firstly I would like to thank Lukasz at Feliks Audio for sending me this amp to review, I did not get this amp as a free of charge sample, I had to pay for the unit as I liked it so much I wanted to keep it. I try and write honest reviews.
The stock tubes have been fully burnt in with over 100hrs through them.

Gear Used:
iPod Classic > Line out > Espressivo > (Marantz PM-44 SE > Mission 702e) / German Maestro GMP400/Fischer Audio FA-003ti with wood cups
Dell XPS 15 > Matrix Audio Quattro II > Espressivo > German Maestro GMP400

Tech Specs:
  • Input Impedance: 100 kOhm
  • Frequency response: 15 Hz - 45 Khz +/- 3 dB
  • Power output: 400mW
  • THD: 0.4 % (300 ohm, 20 mW)
  • Optimal headphones impedance: 100 - 300 ohm
  • Headphones output: Jack 6.3mm
  • AC: 230V/120V (power cord included)
  • Weight: 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs)
  • Dimensions: 330x220x140 [mm] (13x8.7x5.5 [inch])
  • MSRP: $319.00

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Review: Fischer Audio FA-003ti with Bog Oak Cups and Leather Pads

Firstly I would like to thank Nikita over at Fischer Audio for sending me Wooden cups and leather pads for me to try on the FA-003ti, I will try to write an honest review.

Gear Used:
Dell XPS15 > JDS Labs Element > FA-003ti

Cups: $196.00
Pads: $54

Friday, 4 September 2015

Review: Fostex TE-07 (smooth and refined)

Firstly I would like to thank Matt at SCV for lending me these IEM's to review, I always try to write honest reviews, I do not believe balanced armature drivers require burn-in, but I did use these for a few days before reviewing to get used to the sound.

Gear Used:
iPod Classic 7G > TE-07 (Comply TX400 Tips)
Dell XPS 15 > Oppo HA-2 > TE-07 (Comply TX400 Tips)

Tech Specs:
Type: Balanced armature
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Impedance: 33 ohm
Sensitivity: 95 (at 1kHz, 1mW)
Maximum Input: 5mW
Plug: 3.5mm, 3P mini plug
Cable Length: 1.2m
Accessories: Spare ear tips (XS, S, M, L) and Leather Carrying Case
MSRP: £209