Noble Audio EDC Velvet

Noble Audio has a great line of IEMs that audiophiles love. However, if you’re a budget audiophile, you might assume that their line is out of reach. This brings us to the Noble Audio EDC Velvet. For just $120, it’s one of the most affordable in Noble Audio’s line. But how does it sound? Does […]

Empire Ears Nemesis Review

Empire Ears Nemesis Review

Empire excels at giving the listener an extremely wide frequency range. At least this is true for the two X Series models I’ve tried so far. In fact, I’ve experienced few brands that offer such bountiful lows and the clearest of highs in one IEM. And if you’re not usually into subwoofers, the Nemesis (and […]

Empire Ears Legend X Review

Empire Ears Legend X Review

Reviewed by Gabby Bloch When I listen to high performance IEM’s that lack absolute versatility, my first response is frustration. How can you spend this much cash on a headphone that doesn’t do justice to all genres? (I’m not a collector.) But sometimes, you hear a pair of buds that, although not perfect all-rounders, do […]

Empire Ears Phantom In-Ear Monitor Review

Empire Ears Phantom In-Ear Monitor Review

Reviewed by Gabby Bloch I finally tried an Empire IEM. Generally, I have an aversion to anything that has been hyped up. That’s why I still haven’t watched Schindler’s List. So, when everyone is telling me, “You have to try the Phantom!” I just didn’t want to do it. Furthermore, any IEM that costs over […]

FiiO FH5 Earphones Review

FiiO FH5 Earphones Review

FiiO is superior to other brands in that it can somehow offer premium quality audio for lower prices than the rest. Like some of my colleagues, I’m a proud parent of the FiiO Q5, a fantastic DAC-amp combo that should have a higher price tag. And if any of you have heard the FiiO F9 […]

Noble Audio Kaiser Encore Review

Noble Audio Kaiser Encore Review

The first Noble Audio IEM I tested was the Katana. And although I was hugely impressed by the level of separation and all-around precision of that model, I found its uncompromising neutrality a tad boring. But enter the Kaiser, and I can now safely say that I’m a big fan of the brand. So, I […]

Noble Audio Katana In-Ear Monitor Review

Noble Audio Katana In-Ear Monitor Review

By Gabby Bloch I’ll be honest with you, boys. I’d never heard of Noble Audio before this snazzy IEM landed on my desk. Turns out I’m the most poorly-informed audiophile who ever lived. Because I have a life. But all you have to do it look at the price tag to realize that these guys […]

Audio Technica ATH-M60X Review

Audio Technica ATH-M60X Review

Today I came in to work and pushed all the headphones off of my review desk and into a mountainous heap on the floor.  Because today I finally got a hold of the Audio Technica M60X.  This headphone has been jamming up my radar since April, when Audio Technica put out a press release confirming […]

Audeze LCD-2 Classic Closed Back Review

Audeze LCD-2 Classic Closed Back Review

Today I got the rare chance to audition a brand-new, never-before-seen headphone from Audeze – the LCD-2 Classic Closed-Back.  I’ve been a sucker for the Audeze sound for a few years now, ever since I heard the LCD-4.  But with an arresting look and some novelty design, does this headphone deliver the kind of sound […]

Advanced Wearable Audio AWA-101 Review

Advanced Wearable Audio AWA-101 Review

Taking a break from big name brands, today I’m turning my Review Powers on the odd-little Advanced Wearable Audio AWA-101 earphone.  At $49.99, this earphone may not be as pricey as other models I’ve listened to.  And to be honest, the AWA-101 may not deliver pure, Audiophile-grade sound.  But I still love this earphone, and […]

Hifiman Ananda Headphones Review

Hifiman Ananda Headphones Review

Hifiman hasn’t been around for too long, but they’ve certainly made a splash with their planar magnetic headphones, especially with the famous Sundara. The Ananda has been a while in the making, and Hifiman fans have been waiting for its release with bated breath. Hifiman advertises the Ananda as super easy to drive with superior […]

Astell&Kern AK XB10 Review

Astell&Kern AK XB10 Review

Is that an amp in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? When I walk around the city with my big DAC amp attached to my phone, I feel like a total dork. It’s the price I pay for being a non-recovering audiophile. But wait. What’s this cute new device from Astell&Kern? […]