iFi Audio iEMatch

iFi Audio iEMatch

Editor’s Note: iFi Audio provided the iEMatch free of charge for the review

What is the iEMatch and why would you need one?

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Estron Linum SUPER BaX – Super Thin, Redefined

Estron Linum SUPER BaX – Super Thin, Redefined

Editor’s Note: Estron provided the Linum SUPER BaX 2Pin Balanced prototype in this review, originally for internal feedback purposes.

Last September, I had the opportunity to test and review the upcoming Estron Linum Balanced BaX in-ear monitor cable (read review here). Since then, I’ve had opportunity to own a few single-ended Linum BaX cables that came as options with various custom in-ears I’ve purchased this past year. Linum cables are some of the thinnest, if not the thinnest, in-ear monitor cables on the market. They’re great for their light weight on the ear and almost invisible in use. However, there has been one big, consistent knock on them: The Tangles! Continue reading “Estron Linum SUPER BaX – Super Thin, Redefined”

Cable Round-Up!

Cable Round-Up!

Editor’s Note: This is a joint article between shotgunshane, TheDigitalFreak, and Mr. TOur staff has been planning this round-up for over an entire year — it took a long while to make its way around to everybody, but it’s done! It’s finally done! (Admittedly, it was a little bit of a fail…)

We must thank the manufacturers for waiting extremely patiently for this round-up to come out, and we apologize for our mishandling of details. For the portable audiophile, cables are a source of both exploration and headache. We searched the globe for the most interesting offerings from manufacturers both big and small. Unfortunately, a few of these products have now either evolved into better products, or have been discontinued for various reasons. We still hope that this round-up is insightful nevertheless.

Unfortunately, there were some lapses in communication, and we couldn’t maintain contact with all the manufacturers — it shows that we’re a little green at all this, and we do pledge to do better in the future.

An apology in particular goes out to LEAR — we accidentally lost the C2 cable in transit and thus were unable to procure proper photography for the cable, despite its being one of the more preferred cables out of all the ones we tried. Continue reading “Cable Round-Up!”

Estron Linum (Balanced) 2.5 TRRS: Think Thin, Then Think Thinner

Estron Linum (Balanced) 2.5 TRRS: Think Thin, Then Think Thinner

Full Disclosure: Estron provided the Linum BaX 2PIN cable with 2.5mm balanced termination for this review.

By now many have heard of the Linum line of IEM cables from Danish manufacturer Estron. In case you haven’t, think thin, very, very thin — then think thinner.

The Linum line of cables is the thinnest I have ever seen, frankly thinner than I could have imagined, making all other cables seem fat and unwieldy in comparison. Linum cables are only 0.9 mm in diameter, resembling something you’d more likely find in a bait and tackle shop! Continue reading “Estron Linum (Balanced) 2.5 TRRS: Think Thin, Then Think Thinner”

iFi Audio iUSBPower & Kingrex uCraft (Y) Cable | Water for Your Espresso

iFi Audio iUSBPower & Kingrex uCraft (Y) Cable | Water for Your Espresso

Once in a while, curiosity will take over the logic circuits of every audio enthusiast. The audiophile will set aside common sense and proceed to justify bouts of practical insanity with the dubiously noble task of chasing audio perfection. The following article does very much the same thing — you’ve been forewarned.

Part 1 discusses the AMR iFi Audio iUSBPower, while Part 2 goes into more depth about the KINGREX uCraft (Y) USB Cable. Continue reading “iFi Audio iUSBPower & Kingrex uCraft (Y) Cable | Water for Your Espresso”