All posts by Gavin Fabiani-Laymond

About Gavin Fabiani-Laymond

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OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z review

Welcome to my review of the OnePlus Wireless Z earphones that retail for £51.

Key Features

  • Quick charge 10 mins for 10 hours
  • 20 hour battery
  • Low latency
  • Quick switch between 2 devices 
  • Magnetic on off control with buds 
  • 9.2mm dynamic driver 
  • 28g weight 
  • USB C 
  • Button – quick switch, volume, skip track, phone calls voice assistance 
  • IP55 
  • Bluetooth 5
  • 3 x silicon earbuds & usb cable in the box

Video Review

Conclusion

The OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z are a surprisingly good set of earphones. The quick device switching, good sound and low cost make these an easy recommendation. 8/10.

iFi iPowerX review – upgrade audio / video & more

Welcome to my review of the iFi iPowerX ultra low noise AC/DC power adapter.

The iFi iPower X retails for £99.

Key Features

  • Ultra-low noise DC adaptors that can be used for iFi products and other devices that require a silent power supply
  • Removes unwanted electrical noise introduced by noisy stock wall warts or plugs to provide a steadier and more reliable current to your device, including turntables, media streamers, phono stages, routers, DACs, audio interfaces, and LED studio lighting
  • More defined digital video with Active Noise Cancellation 2, which filters out spurious frequencies introduced by common household equipment that would interfere or muddy your entertainment experience
  • Comes with 5 different barrel tips (as well as micro USB and USB C tips with the 5v version), to ensure use with a wide variety of devices
  • 5V, 9V, 12V, and 15V versions are available so pick the correct version for your equipment.

Video Review

Conclusion

The iFi iPower X is a superb product that makes a difference when used with audio products, lighting and any other electronics. 9/10. Highly recommended.

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iFi ZEN DAC v2 review

Welcome to my review of the iFi ZEN DAC v2 which retails for £159.

The Key Features

  • Compact Digital Analogue Converter for home audio, office, or desktop use
  • Connect via USB3.0 (USB2.0 compatible) input from your USB source such as a computer or Digital Audio Player (DAP). Output to headphones, active speakers, or amplifier with 6.3mm Unbalanced / 4.4mm Balanced / RCA connections
  • Hear familiar songs in a whole new light with rich detail and warm natural tones created by the Burr Brown True Native digital to analogue converter which can process any hi-res audio format up to PCM 384kHz/24 bit, DSD256, DXD 384kHz, and decodes MQA all without additional conversion so you can listen exactly as the artist intended.
  • Variable analogue volume control, PowerMatch adjustment for iEMs/On & Over Ears, and TrueBass to add bass to iEMs and a new and improve low jitter clock with >20dB improved performance, you can listen to your music with smoother, cleaner, playback.
  • New 16 core XMOS chip that now decodes MQA and runs DSD 256 on the same firmware. Original version had a 8 core XMOS chip and was a MQA renderer.
  • Military Grade Aluminium makes up a sturdy and sleek exterior.

Video Review

Conclusion

An exceptional DAC from iFi audio. Great clarity and detail with superb musicality. Brings your headphones to life. 9.8/10. Highly recommended.

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How to edit ProRaw Photos on your iPhone

Welcome back everyone. Today, I am going to show you how to edit ProRaw photos on your iPhone. Currently only the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max support Apple’s ProRAW.

There are 3 parts to the tutorial –

Part 1 – The correct camera settings

Part 2 – The camera app interface

Part 3 – Editing the ProRAW photos

And finally as a bonus, there is a gallery at the end of 60 photos all shot in ProRAW, to show you what’s really possible.

If it helps, below is the time stamp, so you can go back or forth as required. If you are never going to edit ProRAW pics, I thoroughly recommend viewing the gallery.

0:56 The correct camera settings 

3:06 Editing ProRAW 

15:35 ProRAW Photo Gallery – 60+ shots 

I hope you enjoy this video.

Best budget IEMs in 2021 for under £30 – KZ ZSN Pro X review

Welcome to my review of the KZ ZSN Pro X that retails for £20. Not all IEMs are created equal, but what do you get for just £20?

Key Features

  • KZ ZSN PRO X In Ear Headphone is an upgraded version of KZ ZSN PRO earphone. Soundstage and feelings are comprehensively improved, covering unit drivers, sound quality, cable material and appearance.
  • 1BA 1DD Hifi Earbud Headphone: Combined with redefined 10mm dual magnetic dynamic driver and 30095 high frequency balanced armature driver on this KZ ZSN PRO X earphone, tuned by professional acoustic team, the frequency response becomes wider and the human voice become richer and clearer.
  • Shining Metal and Resin Shell: The Unique sparkle of the Zinc Alloy metal is combined with resin, fashion and durable. The curved cavity follows the ergonomic design concept and fits the ear tightly and comfortably. With the elastic memory PU tube around the ear, it can be more firmly and freely.
  • Detachable C PIN 3.5mm Jack Earphone Cable: Detachable features provides more ways of combination with this KZ ZSN PRO X earphone at your different needs. 4 strands of 100 wires silver plated copper cable can effectively enhances the details resolution, the loss and distortion in signal transmission are reduced.

Video Review

Conclusion

For £20 the KZ ZSN Pro X is an astonishingly good value IEM that you just can’t go wrong with. Pleasing sound and easily driven from a portable device or smartphone. Recommended. 7.5/10.

THX Onyx review – THX AAA DAC/AMP Dongle that redefines sound quality!

Welcome to my review of the THX Onyx portable DAC amplifier equipped with THX AAA technology which retails for £199. 

So what’s is all the fuss about this dongle. THX AAA technology has been taking the audio scene by storm. It enables the world’s highest fidelity audio and maximum dynamic range, whilst still being able to drive power hungry, audio grade headphones with significant volume. 

In addition it features a MQA renderer supporting services that provide this from Tidal. This is direct rendering using the DAC. 

Key Features 

  • Headphones impedance range 22-1,000 ohms
  • Dynamic range 118db
  • Output power per channel at 22 ohms 180mW
  • THX AAA-78 technology 
  • MQA renderer 
  • ESS ES9281Pro DAC
  • Connect via USB or USB-c, android, iOS, Windows 10 or Mac. 
  • Compatible with mic / non mic headphones 
  • With iOS products, there is no call functionality 
  • Magnetic cable management 
  • CNC machined metal chassis 
  • THX standards included 

Video Review 

Conclusion 

OMG. What a killer dongle DAC. 9.8/10 

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WHAT SOUNDS BETTER? HomePod Mini stereo pair or traditional Bluetooth speakers?

Welcome to my review of the Edifier R1010BT wireless loudspeakers that retail for £79.

In this review I will show you all the features of the wireless speakers and then compare then to a wireless pair of Apple’s HomePod Mini’s. A single HomePod Mini retails for £99. So this is a £79 vs £198 price comparison too.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Total Power Output: R/L: 12W+12W.
  • Signal to noise ratio: ≥85dB(A)
  • Frequency response:70Hz-20KHz.
  • Input sensitivity:Line in A: 700mV±50mV. Line in B: 500mV±50mV. Bluetooth: 400mV±50mFFS.
  • Input type: RCA (x2)
  • Bass driver: 4 inch 
  • Treble driver:13 mm.

Video Review

Conclusion

The Edifier R1010BT are a great pair of stereo speakers that have the versatility to be used in both wired and wireless mode. They sound terrific and offer great value Highly recommended. 8.4/10.

Useful Links

Edifier R1010BT on Amazon –

Jabra Elite 85t True Wireless Earphones review

Welcome to my review of the Jabra Elite 85t True Wireless Earphones. These retail for £219.

Key Features

  • Advanced Active Noise Cancellation gives you full sound control with an adjustable ANC slider combined with 6 built-in microphones for crystal clear calls
  • Powerful speakers combined with voice assistant: 12 mm speakers deliver clear audio with strong bass for an impressive music experience – Works with Amazon Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant
  • Up to 5.5 hours of battery time with ANC on, and up to a total of 25 hours with the charging case – Use without ANC for up to 31 hours with the case
  • ACompact size with three sizes of oval EarGels and pressure relief vents for maximum all-day comfort
  • In the box: Jabra Elite 85t earbuds, wireless charging case, USB-C charging cable, 3 sets of oval silicon eargels – Weight: Earbuds 7 g each, charging cradle 45.1 g – Colour: Titanium black
  • Product comes with a 2-year warranty – registration required
  • Wireless range: Up to 10 m
  • Charging time: 3 hours 
  • Wireless Charging time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • 5 minutes fast charge in charging case gives up to 1 hour of battery
  • Bluetooth 5.1 standard
  • IPX4 dust and water-resistant (earbuds only)
  • Wireless charging case – Qi Certified
  • AAC and SBC codecs

Video Review

Conclusion

The Jabra Elite 85t is the best true wireless earphones that I have used to date. Gold star recommendation 9.9/10.

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Edifier TWS1 Pro True Wireless Earphones review

Welcome to my review of the Edifier TWS1 Pro True Wireless earphones that retail for £49.

Key Features

  • Qualcomm® TrueWirelessTM Mirroring technology supports dynamic and seamless bud-to-bud role-swapping
  • Qualcomm® aptXTM Adaptive provides both lossless and low-latency transmission of audio*
  • Qualcomm® cVcTM 8.0 noise cancellation ensures clear phone calls • High-quality PU + titanium diaphragm delivers crystal-clear sound with punchy bass and rich details
  • Up to 12 hours continuous playback for earbuds per charge
  • 42 hours playtime with 40-minute quick charge of charging case
  • Volume control supported 

Video Review

Conclusion

The Edifier TWS1 Pro are a nonsense great sounding budget true wireless earphone that work and sound really well. Highly recommended 8.5/10.

Useful Links

Edifier TWS1 Pro True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones