Letshuoer S12 IEMs 14.8mm Planar Magnetic Hi-Fi Earphones Review – Blockbusters!

Welcome to my review of the Letshuoer S12 IEMs that retails for around $169.

The Key Features/Specifications

– 14.8mm custom planar magnetic driver.
– Either 3.5mm or 4.4mm balanced jack.
– Cable – 128 strands braided silver plated monocrystalline.
– 0.78mm qual pin connector, refined reproduction low distortion.
– Aluminum alloy chassis. Complicated CNC process.
– Chassis – 5 axis CNC processing
– Dual vent hole design – The chassis has two vent holes drilled to the side of the unit to reduce pressure against the ear drums, which in turns protect users’ hearing.
– Frequency response: 20-30000Hz
– Impedance: 16Ω
– Sensitivity: 102dB/mW
– Cable length: 1.2m
– IP Rating: IPX3

Audio Tracks used for Review

For all my audio reviews, I use the below tracks. Other tracks are also used, but these are the core songs.

– Roxy Music – True to Life (Remastered)
– Leonard Cohen – In My Secret Life
– Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy (2012 Mix Master)
– Eric Clapton – Layla (Acoustic Live at MTV Unplugged)
– Axel F – From Beverly Hills Cop
– Natalie Merchant – Ophelia
– CeeLo Green – Bright Lights Bigger City
– Stevie Ray Vaughan – Tin Pan Alley
– K.D. Lang – Constant Craving
– Nigel Kennedy – The New Four Seasons
– Hans Zimmer – Mountains

Before you watch the video review of the Letshuoer S12, some of you may not have heard of the Letshuoer. In the useful links, I have included a link to the about us page on their website. The pedigree of the team at Letshuoer is world class.

Video Review

Conclusion

One of the best IEMs that I have heard in a long time, and my personal favourite going forward. Just be prepared to be stunned at its sonic performance and musicality. Highly recommended 9.9/10.

Useful Links

Shuoer Team – https://letshuoer.net/pages/who-we-are

Sport&outdo Mifo S True Wireless IPX7 Sport Earbuds with Active Noise Cancelling – Stunning!

Welcome to my review of the Mifo S TWS IPX7 Sport Earbuds with Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation. These retail for around £139, but there is often a deal making these nearer to £110.

Key Features / Specifications

– Small size 2.5 cm³ / 3.5g per earbuds with horn design. Very lightweight and comfortable.
– Active Noise Canceling and Transparency mode – 6Mic ANC+ENC noise reduction for calls, clear voices can be heard and transmitted during calls. Transparent settings allow you to communicate face-to-face with people even while enjoying music.
– Bluetooth 5.2 and moving-iron technology, MIFO S wireless earbuds with microphone offer fast paring and a stable wireless connection with excellent sound quality.
– Easy Connection – Opening the charging case, they will connect automatically to your smart phones after first pairing and connection.
– Battery – 6h playtime per fully charged, an additional 34h playtime with charging case with built-in battery (up to 6 times)
– IPX7 water-resistant, IPX6 dust-proof, which are fitting for running, sports, gym, work, and travel, etc.
– Unique look, design, and premium materials, especially the charging case, make it different from the TWS market.

Video Review

Conclusion

Beautiful designed wireless earphones, ideal for the active users, highly recommended. 8.9/10.

Useful Links

A special offer has been made available by Mifo. – 20% off Claim code:mifoSSSS – End Date:30/06/2022 11:59 PM PST. It can be used on the below Amazon stores and also Mifo’s own store.

https://sport-outdo.com/product/true-wireless/mifo-s-noise-cancelling-small-earbuds/

Amazon US- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09P326KSH

Amazon Canada- https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09P326KSH

Amazon Australia- https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09P326KSH

Amazon Germany- https://www.amazon.de/dp/B09W2LNMG7

Manfrotto Active Backpack III review – Compact and Practical!

Welcome to my review of the Manfrotto Active Backpack III review which retails for £108. However, if you look around you will see offers from £71.

Key Features / Specifications

  • Versatile backpack for camera and laptop, or a travel daypack
  • Holds DSLR or mirrorless cameras with up to 3 lenses
  • Tripod connection for compact tripods for when you need it
  • 14 inch padded laptop compartment
  • Water repellant fabric with added protective rain cover included
  • M-Guard internal divide protection 
  • 3D cushioned back
  • Weight – 1.03 kg
  • Internal Dimensions – 26 x 16.5 x 42 cm
  • Camera Insert Dimensions – 24 x 14 x 11 cm
  • External Dimensions – 29 x 18.5 x 46 cm
  • Laptop Compartment Dimensions – 21 x 1 x 35 cm – 14 inch laptop
  • Personal Compartment Dimensions – 18 x 14 x 21 cm
  • 13 litre capacity

Video Review

Conclusion

A very well built and useful backpack from Manfrotto. Lots of versatility and rugged for the outdoors. Highly recommended 9/10.

Useful Links

Manfrotto website – https://www.manfrotto.com/uk-en/advanced-active-backpack-iii-mb-ma3-bp-a/

iFi Go Bar review vs iFi Gold Go Bar vs Chord Mojo 2

Welcome to my review of the iFi Go Bar which retails for £329, then compared to the iFi Gold Go Bar, which is a limited edition run of 1,000 units, which retails for £499. Then all are compared to the Chord Mojo 2, which retails for £450 in the UK. The Chord Mojo 2 pricing is other countries is a lot higher.

Key Features

  • iEMatch – the most sensitive IEMs can be matched 
  • Connects directly to your device with the USB C Input, and works with balanced 4.4mm or S-Bal 3.5mm headphone plugs for ultimate convenience and versatility 
  • Balanced 4.4mm & S-Balanced 3.5mm 
  • Proprietary XBass & XSpace technology delivers amazing sound performance 
  • Tidal MQA to MP3 and beyond, play any high res audio format with native digital to analog conversion so you can listen to any song the way the original recording was intended

Conclusion

The iFi Go Bar is an exceptional DAC/Amp and highly recommended. 9.4/10.

I hope you enjoyed my review and comparison, but if you have any further questions, please let me know.

Useful Links

iFi Audio website – http://www.ifi-audio.com

Burson Audio V6 Vivid vs V6 Classic Opamps – Plus How To

Welcome to my new video on how to upgrade the opamps in your device, in my case using the Burson Audio Playmate 2 Headphone AMP DAC.

In this review, I take a look at the Burson V6 Vivid and V6 Classic Opamps and compare the sound quality between them. Before we talk about the sound quality, I also show you how to install the new opamps. I also pick a winner based on my preferences, but highlight what each one would be best for. Burson Audio sell the V6 opamps for $145 for a pair.

Video Review

Conclusion

Both the Burson V6 Vivid and V6 Classic make a terrific improvement to the sound quality of the device. Highly recommended 9.5/10.

Useful Links

Burson Audio website https://www.bursonaudio.com

iFi ZEN Air CAN review

Welcome to my review of the iFi ZEN Air CAN review which retails for £99.

Key Specification and Features

  • High-end performance with a budget price
  • Maximize the performance of your headphones, more than just getting loud 
  • High-Performance Circuitry – audiophile design with symmetrical channel layout 
  • Analogue Bass Boost & Analogue Headphone Spatialiser
  • 1,200mW into 32 ohms
  • SNR 114dBa

Video Review

Conclusion

Superb sounding headphone amp from iFi Audio and at a budget price. Highly recommended 9.2/10.

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Burson Audio Playmate 2 review – Musical Magic

Welcome to my review of the Burson Audio Playmate 2 which retails for £599. The Burson Audio Playmate 2 is a headphone AMP/DAC and Pre-AMP.

Key Features/Specs

  • 3W Class A SE.
  • Upgradeable Opamps with four detachable DIP sockets
  • ESS 9038QTM DAC.
  • XMOS DSD 512.
  • Precision machined aluminium for a sumptuous finish.
  • Unified aluminium enclose also acts as a heat sink.
  • Class-A and 3W per channel
  • Two levels of power control, each with 100 volume steps. 110db IEM, no worries. 70db planar magnetic, no problem either.
  • USB-C input
  • MCPS charges the Playmate at 170 thousand times per second to enhance the power, dynamics and micro-details.

A decade ago, Burson Audio argued against using IC opamps on the audio signal path. Today, their discrete audio opamps are industry benchmarks. They focus on building great products that speak for themselves. Based on my experience so far, not only do they look stunning but they also sound terrific too! Plus with the added bonus of being able to easily upgrade the op amps, what more could you ask for!

Menu Options

The Playmate 2 has an easy to access and use menu system, that provides access to the following options.

  • Headphone level – High or Low, this is your headphone gain setting
  • FirFilter – you can select a digital filter that are built-in directly in the ESS Sabre DAC chip, there are 7 filters to play with
  • DPLL (DSD) – OFF, Low, Mid and High (default) – the higher this setting is the higher the jitter rejection will be for DSD files
  • DPLL (PCM) – Off, Low, Mid (default) or High – the same but for PCM files
  • Emphasis – Off (default), On – ON position rolls-off the treble by about 5db at 10 kHz and by about 8 db at 20 khz. Best to leave this setting to the OFF position. Only turn on if using a cassette tape player.
  • OLED Level – Low (default) or High – changes the brightness of the OLED screen
  • Reset Set: No or Yes – resets to factory settings.

Audio Tracks used for the Review

  • Roxy Music – True to Life (Remastered)
  • Leonard Cohen – In My Secret Life
  • Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy (2012 Mix Master)
  • Eric Clapton – Layla (Acoustic Live at MTV Unplugged)
  • Axel F – From Beverly Hills Cop
  • Natalie Merchant – Ophelia
  • CeeLo Green – Bright Lights Bigger City
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan – Tin Pan Alley
  • K.D. Lang – Constant Craving 
  • Nigel Kennedy – The New Four Seasons
  • Hans Zimmer – Mountains 

Video Review

Conclusion

A beautifully engineering amp dac that sounds as good as it looks. Highly recommended 9.2/10.

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1MORE EVO review – True Wireless Earphones with ANC – A Class Act!

Welcome to my review of the 1MORE EVO true wireless earphones that retail for £159.

Key Features/Specs

  • High-Res Audio Wireless Certified.
  • 10mm dynamic driver + balanced armature.
  • Low distortion, 3x details, 40 kHz frequency response – LDAC/AAC/SBC.
  • SoundID from Sonarworks: sound tailored to your taste via 1MORE MUSIC App.
  • Grammy Master Tuning.
  • QuietMax Intelligent Noise Cancellation Technology.
  • Multiple ANC modes – ANC Strong/ANC Mild/WNR/Adaptive ANC.
  • Dual transparency modes – Pass-through/Voice Enhancement.
  • Exceptional Call Clarity – total 6 mics with Ai-powered DNN to intelligently remove ambient noise
  • Dual-Device Connection, Bluetooth 5.2 technology: seamlessly switch between your devices
  • Unique 3D ceramic panel; less electromagnetic signal interference
  • Long-lasting comfort: improved ergonomics; antibacterial ear tips
  • Long battery life: up to 28 hours playtime
  • Qi wireless charging & fast charge (15mins = 4hrs)
  • IPX4 rated water resistance
  • Customizable touch control (including voice assistant)

Video Review

Conclusion

The 1MORE EVO true wireless earbuds are an incredible wireless earphone. Gold recommendation. 9.5/10.

During the first 30 days of release, 1MORE are running an offer of that reduces the price by £25 on either Amazon or their US website.

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iFi ZEN Air Blue review – Incredible performance at a budget price!

Welcome to my review of the iFi ZEN Air Blue which is part of iFi Audio’s budget range. The iFi Zen Air Blue retails for £99. The iFi ZEN Air Blue is a Bluetooth receiver.

Key Features/Specs

  • Codecs – SBC, AAC, APT-X, APT-X Adaptive, APT-X LL, APT-X HD, LDAC & LHDC
  • ESS Sabre DAC, Qualcomm QCC 5100 Bluetooth Chip
  • 295g weight
  • TDK COG Capacitors
  • Texas Instruments ICs
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • RCA Outputs

Video Review

Conclusion

iFi Audio have created a fantastic bluetooth receiver at a very affordable price. Highly recommended. 9.1/10.

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iFi ZEN Air DAC review – budget king!

Welcome to my review of the iFi ZEN Air DAC which retails for £99. The iFi ZEN Air DAC is a desktop DAC/AMP. It functions as either a DAC or headphone amp. You can connect it to a separate amp or speakers too.

Key Features/Specs

  •  PCM 32bit/384kHz, fully native DSD256 and MQA.
  • PowerMatch adjusts the gain of the ZEN DAC Air so it functions at the right level for your headphones. 
  • XBass+ allows you to tailor the bass to suit your headphones and your personal taste.
  • New low latency 16 core XMOS IC.
  • Burr Brown Chip – Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown.
  • Weight 315g.
  • Headphone output 280mW at 32ohms, 36mW at 300 ohms, 1V/3.3V max (variable).

Video Review

Conclusion

The iFi ZEN Air DAC is a superb budget DAC/Amp. Highly recommended. 9.2/10.

Useful Links