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? iFi Audio markets the iEMatch as a tool to eliminate hiss, restore dynamic range and give you more volume headroom — sounds pretty simple but in the world of in-ear monitors, and in…

NocturnaL Audio – Hydra V2 Custom Cable

Editor’s Note: The cable used in this review was purchased at a discounted rate. NocturnaL Audio (https://nocaudio.com) is a custom cable maker based in Singapore. They have been producing cables regionally for the portable audio market since 2013. I’d heard of them off and on over the past couple of years as members of Head-Fi…

iFi Audio’s iUSB 3.0: Next Generation Power

Editor’s Note: We thank iFi Audio and the Evergeneral Trading Corporation for their immense patience and coordination. We held onto the review loaner unit of the iUSB 3.0 for way longer than we’d originally intended, and their patience is much appreciated!  We reviewed the original iUSBPower by iFi Audio about two years ago (review link) and…

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…

Cable Round-Up!

Editor’s Note: This is a joint article between shotgunshane, TheDigitalFreak, and Mr. T. Our 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…

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…

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…

Forza AudioWorks’ Copper Series IEM Cable

Editor’s Note: The Forza AudioWorks Copper Series IEM cable is to be included as part of our upcoming multi-cable roundup, featuring an array of cables from ALO Audio, BTG-Audio, CustomArt, Moon Audio, Null Audio, plusSound Audio, Rhapsodio, and more. The roundup will feature full impressions on the build, ergonomics, and sonics of the FAW Copper…

Upping The Ante: The CLAS-db/ALO Rx MK3-B Mobile Rig

Editor’s Note: TheDigitalFreak tops out on the very best high-end portable gear, from DAC to amp to cables. Read his journal here. Although initially designed for mobile use with iDevices, the second-generation Cypher Labs AlgoRhythm Solo (CLAS) DAC, the -db, can now also be used with a PC/Mac just like an external sound card. Because…

News Feed: Early March

Like FitEar with its AK100-111iS, one of my favorite quirky Japanese companies, final audio design, has also teamed up with the folks from South Korean iRiver‘s premium badge Astell&Kern to create a special edition version of their existing Heaven IV.