Equipment Reviews

Tripowin Lea IEM review

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Another great review from Tyler, check it out:

Yulong Audio DA1 Headphone Amplifier review

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Check out this review from Marcello!

Naim Nait XS3 amp review by Tyler

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Tyler's thoughts on TRN BT30 TWS Adapter

Tyler's review of KZ CCA-CRA

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Aurorus Australis; or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a Closed Back

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Introduction

First I wanna say thanks to the people who have made this review possible; the lads at Aurorus Audio, my main squeeze Humble who sent this out, and Kyle for reading over my thoughts and for offering a picture of their gorgeous Australis for this review. My unit is much more stalwart looking, with plain black cups, but the one I have is still a good looking headphone; I just don't have a nice camera or lighting to take pictures of it with. I tried my best ?

The Aurorus Audio Australis is a closed back dynamic made by Aurorus Audio, which is, to me, the closed back upgrade that I have wanted for almost a decade.

While I’m gonna try to keep this as short as possible, I still want to be thorough and give the community information that y’all might not have yet. It’s gonna be different...

ampsandsound Nautilus Flagship Personal Audio Integrated tube amplifier!

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I hope you enjoy this one! This is a long video as I compare to the Pendant, and Mogwai OG as well as discuss the Nautilus's quality of sound with several headphones.


Have a great weekend friends.

Rosson Audio Design RAD 0 Headphones; a Radical Planar Magnetic Headphone listening experience?

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Hey guys! I hope you enjoy my take on the Rosson Audio Design RAD-0 Planar Magnetic Headphones!

SCHIIT LOKIUS 6-BAND BALANCED TONE CONTROL, First Impressions and MR HiFi Hangout live stream!

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Hey friends! If anyone is around this evening at 6:30 pm PT I will be hosting a live stream discussing my first impressions on the Schiit Lokius! Hope to see you there!

MEZE EMPYREAN HEADPHONE VS ZMF VERITE VS RAD 0; THE ELECTRONIC MUSIC HEADPHONE KING?

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I hope you enjoy my take on the Meze Empyrean!

HIFIMAN HE1000SE PLANAR MAGNETIC HEADPHONE; THE KING OF CLASSICAL AND ORCHESTRAL MUSIC? ZMF VERITE AND RAD-0 SOUND COMPARISONS.

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I hope you enjoy my thoughts on these headphones and how they compare to the ZMF Verite and Rosson Audio Rad-0!!!

Koss ESP/95X Headphones From Drop; Electrostatic Ecstasy for your ears?

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I hope you enjoy! Koss ESP/95X Headphones From Drop; Electrostatic Ecstasy for your ears?

ZMF Pendant review by Marcello Rostagni

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Please check out this review by SV Member Marcello Rostagni of the ZMF Pendant!

Aurorus Borealis Review

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Hey All,

Here are my thoughts on the Bori. Hope you all enjoy it!

Aurorus Borealis – Dynamically Classic

Introduction
Borealis – or Bori for short, is the creation of Aurorus Audio, a small but ambitious headphone shop with a very simple premise – to deliver high-end listening experiences without the stratospheric price tag commanded by most TOTL headphones. In doing so, they have created a very interesting headphone that succeeds in that endeavor, with some caveats.

Looks/Style

First up – the styling. I struggle to think that there would be someone who would look at this headphone and not find it polarizing. The Bori looks as though two trash can lids were cut out to make room for drivers. Its frame looks like it was taken from those toys you played with at the Doctors office as a child (you know the ones). And its headband…well let us just say that the Bori would earn a 5-star crash test rating from the IIHS. Its Industrial, its minimalist, and I think...

Willsenton R8 (integrated TR/UL amplifier)

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Footnotes:

There's been a bit of hype around this amp in the low cost audio space.
I purchased it from https://www.china-hifi-audio.com/ for $708 + $372 shipping = $1080
The price above is also $60 off normal, by selecting EL34 tubes instead of KT88 to come with it.

There is a write up on china-hifi-audio.com from the owner stating the price on this amp will be increasing by tiers over the next year.
By Feb 16th 2021 it will be priced at $893 (vs the $708 I just paid for it)

I will be reviewing this amp in the context that with shipping, somebody can acquire this amp for under $1300.

Let's start with tubes. It arrived with the stock Willsenton 3x 6sn7, 2x 6sl7, and 4x EL34. (9x tubes total)

Right off the rip, the stock tubes are kinda meh (in comparison to other cheap tube alternatives).
I didn't let them burn in. I've read on other forums with burn in they are decent.
While I do generally like, and...

I love budget IEMs, CCA CST is my new #1 budget

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Link to my review:

TLDW: it's great, the only issues are stage is smaller and upper treble is elevated with a crashy timbre.

AKG K371 review

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SV Member MShenay has another great review, check it out:

HD560S Impressions from Oak Forest Audio

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Please find impressions from SV member MShenay of Oakforest audio:

ES Lab ES-1A: Review and On-Going Impressions

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First and foremost I want to thank the Team at ES Lab for giving my self the chance to hear this headphone! While minimal, the overall presentation in person is stunningly polished. The grain on the wood storage box has both a nice feel and look to it, there's even a pair of wood wings for the outer face of the cup which make the headphone lighter.

Additionally there are two sets of pads, a "dark" pad with a fabric center and another set of pads without the fabric. For this review the Dark Pads were used as they removed some mid-range etch at the expense of just a little top end energy.

Overall Sound Signature
ES-1A has a slightly dark neutral sound with a rich harmonic presentation. I find it's sound stage to be cohesive with good precision, it's mid-range is rich with a little added body. High frequencies are a bit rolled off but don't sound lifeless or lacking extension.

What impressed me the most was it's...

Hifiman Jade II - Reviews & On-going Impressions

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