When I first saw the "KBEAR" branding, I pictured a bear wearing earphones. But it's not an animal—KB Ear (as it's actually styled) is a Chinese earphone maker who has launched a number of entry-level and mid-fi choices to the in-ear market in recent months. The KS2 in particular is one of the most entry-level IEMs that KBEar offers at just $25, so being able to stack it up against other flavor-of-the-month IEMs (See BLON BL-03 and KZ ZS10) is...
When it comes to premium boutique headphones, no other brand stands out quite as much as MrSpeakers. Well, what was MrSpeakers. The company is now known as Dan Clark Audio (named after its founder) and is a bespoke headphone maker from California. Everything the firm makes is focused solely on being upscale; premium planar magnetic and electrostatic headphones are its bread and butter. (more…)
The Fiio FH7 is the cream of the crop IEM for a 12-year-old Chinese electronics manufacturer that needs no introduction. Still, we'll give them one. Since springing to life in 2007, Fiio has long-since made a name for itself in the HiFi community by creating fantastic product offerings since its infancy. I'd even go as far as saying that it helped to make the hobby affordable for many who would have otherwise written it off as "just expensive headphone stuff". ...
As 2019 comes to a close, we at Headphonist have decided to do a little tour of IEMs. One of Linsoul's newest hyped-up earphones, the ZS10 Pro, has been in our hands for several weeks and we're ready to share our impressions. (more…)
2019 has been the year of leaps and bound in Chi-Fi. Specifically, the rise of superb In Ear Monitors for pennies on the dollar compared to some of the big boys like Campfire Audio and Noble. (more…)
Focal (pronounced like "faux-kal") is perhaps one of the most well-respected audio brands in the world. The French speaker maker turned headphone manufacturer has proven itself to be a capable leader in the personal audio segment, especially with a selection of high fidelity headphones that can be had for under $750. (more…)
Hifiman's brand has been synonymous with quality for more than a decade. Specifically, its line of planar magnetic headphones have earned the marque its notoriety. When Drop announced in August 2017 that it would be selling a customized version of the Hifiman HE400i (a headphone with a price tag of $499), the Hifi community watched with anticipation. (more…)