Category Archives: Headphone

iFi hip-dac2 review

Welcome to my review of the ifi hip-dac2 which retails for £189.

Key Features / Specs

  • 6-8 hrs of battery life
  • Hi-Res Certified – From Spotify to Tidal MQA to MP3 and more,
  • Powerful Amplifier – 400 mW max power output from the on-board amplifier
  • Connectivity – Connects directly to your smartphone with the USB Input, and works with balanced 4.4mm or S-Balanced 3.5mm headphone plugs
  • Upgraded – The hip-dac2 has been upgraded to give you an even more pleasurable portable audio experience, it now is a full MQA decoder and has an upgraded GMT Clock.

Video Review

My review below includes a full comparison of the hip-dac vs hip-dac2, comparisons with other DACs including the ifi go blu and ZEN DAC v2, sound quality with a variety of headphones and much more.

Conclusion

The new ifi hip-dac2 is a dynamite piece of kit. Highly recommended 9.1/10.

Useful Links

More info on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/iFi-hip-dac2-Headphone-Amplifier-Unbalanced/dp/B09H39FCTH

More info on ifi Audio https://ifi-audio.com/products/hip-dac2/

1MORE ComfoBuds2 review

Welcome to my review of the 1MORE ComfoBuds2 true wireless earphones that retail for around £62.99.

Key Features / Specs

  • Comfortable & Compact Design: Engineered with a semi in-ear design and replaceable soft silicone ear tips, comfortable, secure and less intrusive fit
  • Weight 4.3g each
  • Deep Bass . An ultra-large 13.4mm dynamic driver produces powerful thumping bass, infusing your audio with captivating passion. AAC codec support enables you to enjoy your favourite songs in high quality on both Android and Apple devices.
  • 12 Professional EQ Presets: Tuned by a 4-time Grammy Award-winning sound engineer with Sonarworks (A professional, award-winning audio technology company), these EQs allow you to completely immerse yourself no matter your taste, whether you prefer lyrical music, electronic music or thrilling beats, you’ll find an EQ to make your music shine.
  • Seamless Bluetooth Connectivity: The latest Bluetooth 5.2 technology delivers a seamless and highly stable connection for hours of wireless listening. No Bluetooth disconnection even when in the crowded subways, buses or trains.
  • Superb Call Performance: The ComfoBuds 2 employ 4 ENC microphones with an advanced algorithm to suppress the ambient noise and amplify your voice, providing you a premium calling experience as clear as a face-to-face conversation.

Video Review

Conclusion

A great pair of true wireless earphones from 1MORE especially if you like strong bass with your music. Their lightweight comfy fit is notable too. Recommended 8.7/10.

1MORE have an offer. Up to the 10th November, via Amazon, if you use code COMFOBUDS2 at the checkout, it should hopefully take 15% off the cost.

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Edifier TWS330 NB review

Welcome to my review of the Edifier TWS330 NB with retail for around £30.

Key Features / Specs

  • Active Noise Cancelling – Built-in dual-MIC provides better noise cancellation which enables up to -38dB. ANC works even no songs are playing
  • IP54 Dust and Water Proof
  • AAC Audio decoding – supported for high-quality audio
  • APP control & Tap control – download Edifier Connect APP and get more control. Customise and adjust tap sensitivity, adjust ambient sound more
  • 20 Hours Total Battery + Fast Charging

Video Review

Conclusion

A superb pair of true wireless earphones and at a budget price. Recommended 8.9/10.

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Edifier NeoBuds Pro Hi-Res Wireless TWS earphones review

Welcome to my review of the Edifier NeoBuds Pro that retail for £109. The NeoBuds Pro feature Hi-Res Wireless Audio which is remarkable for TWS earphones.

Key Features

  • Hi-Res Audio with LHDC (Low-latency High-definition Audio Codec)
  • Knowles Balanced Armature driver + dynamic driver + electronic crossover technology for natural and balanced sound
  • Hybrid ANC technology reduces noise by up to 42dB
  • Three-microphone noise cancellation ensures clear phone calls. Low-latency game mode supported
  • 6+18 hours of continuous playback. Both earbuds and charging case support quick charge

Video Review

Conclusion

An exceptional pair of TWS earphones that sound stunning. Highly recommended 9.8/10.

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Edifier X3 TWS Wireless Earphones review

Welcome to my review of the Edifier X3 TWS wireless earphones that retail for a budget price of just £29.99.

Key Features

  • Apt-X Codec included
  • Includes Qualcomm Chipset with Bluetooth 5.0 delivering a faster, more stable signal transmission, and lower power consumption for 6 hours playback time and extra 18 hours with charge case.
  • CVC 8.0 noise canceling technology automatically reduces background noise and pick up your voice accurately to ensure high-clarity audio transmission with rich details.
  • One-Step Paring – Picking up 2 earbuds out of charge case, they will automatically pair with each other and connect with the last paired device except the first-time using, also offer easy access to various functions with touch control.
  • Lightweight and compact design. IP55 dust & waterproof technology, ideal for any outdoor activity.

Video Review

Conclusion

The Edifier X3 are a superb budget priced pair of TWS earphones. Recommended 8.3/10

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HiFiMan TWS800 review

Welcome to my review of the HiFiMan TWS800 which retail for $299.

The Key Features / Specifications

  • New High Impedance HiFi grade True Wireless Earphones
  • Built-in amp
  • IPX4 & 31+ hours battery life
  • Audiophile Tuning
  • Nano-Tech Coating
  • Topology Diaphragm
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Passive Noise Cancellation
  • 150ohm high impedance alloy voice call

Now watch the video review to learn all about the unique features and my opinions on the sound and call quality, latency and overall presentation.

Video Review

Conclusion

The HiFiMan TWS800 are beautifully presented with a decent range of ear tips to ensure you get the right fit. Overall rating 6/10.

Useful Links

https://store.hifiman.com/index.php/tws800.html

Creative SXFI Air Gamer headphone review – Full Featured Hybrid Headset

Welcome to my review of the Creative SXFI Gamer headphones that retail for £124.99.

Key Features

  • Hybrid headphone with Bluetooth 5.0 and USB  - You can choose to compete in an intense FPS game without discernible audio lag while connected via USB-C, or stream videos wirelessly with your phone while on-the-go for up to 11 hours. Plus, with a built-in Super X-Fi UltraDSP chip, you’ll be able to experience the hyper-realistic soundstage of Super X-Fi Headphone Holography anytime, anywhere, including streamed content from Spotify, Netflix, Disney Plus etc
  • Award winning SXFI tech included. Super X-Fi delivers surround sound audio as though there is a set of high-end multi-speaker system in your headphones. It also creates a custom sound profile for you based on your head and ear dynamics, so the sound you get is optimized for your ears only 
  • GamerChat lets you enjoy game audio via USB while chatting in-game on your phone via Bluetooth at the same time, especially useful for platforms like Nintendo Switch that restricts in-game communications. It is also capable of high-quality 7.1 audio immersion for your calls without losing acoustic details, and comes with both the discreet NanoBoom mic for on-the-go use, and the pro-grade CommanderMic with inPerson Microphone Technology
  • SXFI BATTLE Mode – hear where your opponents are coming from and how far they are with accuracy.
  • Includes a high-speed Kevlar USB-C data cable that is capable of managing high bandwidth and driving the headset to its maximum audio potential
  • Super X-Fi’s spatialized audio helps to neutralize headphone fatigue with its expanded soundstage, and keeps you going. Plus, the SXFI AIR GAMER is also fitted with oversized perforated protein leather ear pads for better breathability, so it stays comfortable on your head even during extended use .

Video Review

Conclusion

The Creative SXFI Air Gamer are ideal for game play using the SXFI technology. Lots of features and cool RGB colours that are adjustable. 8.1/10.

Useful Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bluetooth-5-0-Pro-grade-ANC-CommanderMic-SXFI-BATTLE-Mode-Optimized-GamerChat/dp/B08XZ2HK6W/

Creative Outlier Air V2 review – SXFI ready TWS earphones!

Welcome to my review of the Creative Outlier Air V2 that retail for £54.99.

Key Features

  • V2 features upgraded touch controls – tap on the earbuds to pause, change tracks, answer a call or even activate smart assistants.
  • Ultra long battery life of 34 hours. 12-hour per charge with total playtime of up to 34 hours with case. USB C charging.
  • IPX5 water-resistant so it can handle sweat, accidental splashes, or even rain without issues
  • V2 has improved call quality. Featuring built-in microphone with Qualcomm cVc 8.0 technology, the Outlier Air V2 earbuds picks up your voice over the background for improved call quality and clearer voice communication. For added convenience, just tap to activate Siri or Google Assistant for a quick call or get your music started
  • Bluetooth 5.0, APTX and AAC. Outlier Air V2 is equipped with the latest Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX / AAC.
  • It is also fitted with the latest driver technology that produces detailed highs, well-balanced mids, and immersive bass with the 5.6 mm graphene-coated driver diaphragm
  • SUPER X-FI ready. Super X-Fi technology recreates a professional, multi-speaker system experience in your headphones that is personalised to your ears. Outlier Air V2 is certified SUPER X-FI readyso you can enjoy a preview of Super X-Fi headphone holography via the SXFI App. It works on local music files downloaded onto your mobile, like an MP3 player; and does not support streaming content like Netflix, YouTube and Spotify.

Video Review

Conclusion

The Creative Outlier Air V2 sounds great using the app to adjust the EQ, with the possibility of enhancing the bass and using the SXFI technology. At their price point, they make superb TWS earphones. 8.2/10.

Useful Links

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-Sweatproof-Headphones-Diaphragm-Bluetooth/dp/B08K2QH9WV/

1MORE ComfoBuds Pro review

Welcome to my review of the 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro which retail for £89.

The Key Features

  • QuietMax ANC Technology. This is 1MORE’s proprietary active noise cancellation technology that combines hybrid ANC technology, precise audio tuning, dual band ANC and wind noise reduction in one solution to deliver effective noise cancellation without compromising the sound quality.
  • 5 Noise Cancelling Modes: Featuring 5 noise cancelling modes, ANC Strong (default), ANC Mild, Wind Noise Resistant, Pass-through (default) and off.
  • 13.4 mm dynamic driver coupled with AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) compatibility highlights the true essence of your music. Hear the finest details whether you are listening to music and podcasts or enjoying your favorite movies.
  • 6 Microphones, clear calls achieved using 2 ANC microphones coupled with a precise algorithm work seamlessly to suppress both environmental and in-ear noises while the talking microphone detects and amplifies your voice for an ultra-clear phone call experience.
  • Fast Charge: 15 minutes of charge fuels you up for 2 hours of listening time thanks to the fast charge technology.

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

The 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro offer superb sound quality and noise cancellation which is also adjustable in 5 different modes. Highly recommended 9.3/10.

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Hidizs MS2 Hybrid Dual Driver HiFi Earphones review

Welcome to my review of the Hidizs MS2 Hybrid Dual Driver HiFi Earphones that retail for £74.99.

The Key Features

  • Featuring a Hidizs Titanium Plating Dynamic Armature Driver & Knowles Balanced Armature Driver. MS2 equipped 10.2mm large dynamic driver with dual voice coils and chambers, which offer more natural, elastic bass and full. The Knowles 33518 balance armature has excellent resolution and expandability. MS2 owns professional circuit AVX tantalum capacitors, reduce noise at audio frequency, ensure noiseless clear filtering and high fidelity in the passing of audio signals.
  • Quad-core High-purity Wires & Gold-Plated Socket. The MS2 in-ear headphone has mixed braiding of quad-core high-purity wires, which quad-core wires are nicely braided by 60 high-purity silver wires and 60 high-purity oxygen-free copper wires. Silver wires for a brilliant and clean sound. MS2 has a detachable 0.78mm 2-pin gold-plated socket design, which can be used for more applications. MS2 has an elegant rose gold distributor and a 3.5mm exquisite gold-plated plug.
  • Skin-friendly Resin Body & Phosphorescent Panel. The MS2 uses skin-friendly resin body and phosphorescent plate. The customized resin body has a more ergonomic natural fit, which can ensure long-term wearing comfort, skin-friendly. And MS2 in-ear monitor wears a shiny phosphorescent faceplate presenting amber feelings, with beautiful rainbow shards and elegant Hidizs logo inside, showing Hidizs unique Aesthetic.
  • Custom Carrying Box & Good Selection of Accessories. Hidizs specially MS2 customises the earphone carrying case. High-quality metal panel, built-in full-surround silicone, effective shock and drop resistance. The magnetic closure mechanism keeps the IEM in place. At the same time, MS2 has clear eartips and balanced eartips, including 6 pairs of silicone eartips, and a good selection of accessories.
  • Hi-Res Certified & Compatibility. Hi-Res Audio is a quality recognition given by JAS and CEA, a standard sought after by music lovers and audiophiles and it became a synonym for high-end audio equipment. The In-Ear Earbud Headphones work with all Androids, PC tablets, MP3 players and other devices with a standard 3.5mm jack.
  • Frequency Response 20Hz-40kHz
  • Impedance 18 ohms

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

One of my all time favourite IEMs. Extremely musical and engaging. Highly recommended. 9.2/10.

Useful Links

Hidiz YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTHdIkXTuzpb2oYoH4wxU6A/about

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