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The Audirect Atom 2 is a compact digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and amplifier combination unit which connects to the transport device via USB-C. The Atom 2 was provided to me for review by ShenzhenAudio, where it is available for purchase for $79.99.

HEADPHONES:

I have used the Audirect Atom 2 with the following headphones:

  • Moondrop Variations
  • Moondrop Quarks
  • SeeAudio Yume
  • Nicehck ME80

MUSIC:

I have tested these headphones with local FLAC and Spotify Premium. Visit my last.fm page to get an idea of what I listen to:

XenosBroodLord’s Library | Last.fm

I did not use the Atom 2 to play…


INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER:

The CCA CSN is a hybrid in-ear monitor (IEM) using a 10mm dynamic driver and a 30095-pattern balanced armature in each housing. The CSN was provided to me by the Hifivo storefront on Amazon, where it is currently available for just under $22.

SOURCES:

I evaluated the CCA CSN with the Hidizs S9 and Spotify Premium. Visit my last.fm page to get an idea of what I listen to.

PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES:

The CCA CSN comes in a small rectangular white box. The box pictures the CSN on the front and provides CCA’s contact information and technical specifications for the CSN on the back…


INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER:

The Moondrop Variations is a tribrid in-ear monitor (IEM) using a dynamic driver, two balanced armatures (BA), and two electrostatic (EST) drivers per housing. The Variations retails for $520 at ShenzhenAudio. I received the Variations from ShenzhenAudio as part of a review tour. I have had the Variations for just over a month. ShenzhenAudio will cover shipping to the next reviewer on the tour, but I am not being otherwise compensated for writing this review.

SOURCES:

I have used the Moondrop Variations with the following sources:

  • E1DA 9038D
  • E1DA 9038S
  • Hidizs S9
  • Meizu HiFi Pro
  • Xumee USB-C DAC/AMP

MUSIC:

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INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER:

The Tanchjim Tanya is an in-ear monitor (IEM) sporting a single 7mm dynamic driver. The Tanya is available at ShenzhenAudio for $23.99. I received the Tanya from ShenzhenAudio in exchange for a fair and objective review.

SOURCES:

I have used the Tanchjim Tanya with the following sources:

  • Qudelix 5K
  • Audirect Atom 2
  • JDS Labs The Element

I have tested these headphones with local FLAC and Spotify Premium. Visit my last.fm page to get an idea of what I listen to.

PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES:


INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER:

The Cayin Fantasy is an in-ear monitor (IEM) advertised as using a “10.3mm dynamic driver unit with a dual-cavity design.” The Fantasy has a suggested retail price of $800. I had the Fantasy for 10 days as part of a review tour. I was financially responsible for shipping the Fantasy to the next reviewer on the tour and am not being otherwise compensated for writing this review.

SOURCES:

I used the Cayin Fantasy with the Hidizs S9’s single-ended 3.5mm output.

I tested these headphones with Spotify Premium. Visit my last.fm page to get an idea of what I listen to.

PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES:

The…


INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER:

The Thieaudio Legacy 2 (L2) is an in-ear monitor (IEM) advertised as using a “proprietary closed-back 10mm beryllium dynamic driver” and a “Knowles ED29689 Balanced Armature (BA).” The L2 is available at Linsoul for $99. I received the L2 from Linsoul in exchange for a fair and objective review.

SOURCES:

I have used the Thieaudio L2 with the following sources:

  • Qudelix 5K
  • Audirect Atom 2
  • JDS Labs The Element

I have tested these headphones with local FLAC and Spotify Premium. Visit my last.fm page to get an idea of what I listen to.

PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES:


INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER:

The Kinera BD005 Pro is an in-ear monitor (IEM) advertised as using a “custom-tuned 30095 series high-frequency balanced armature (BA)” and a “9.2mm beryllium diaphragm dynamic driver (DD).” The BD005 Pro is available at HiFiGo for $49. I received the BD005 Pro from HiFiGo in exchange for a fair and objective review.

Kinera’s claim that the BD005 Pro uses a beryllium diaphragm dynamic driver is worth parsing given that the BD005 Pro retails for $49, and the typical price of an IEM with a pure beryllium diaphragm DDs is perhaps 20 times that. The KB EAR Believe, which claimed to…


INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER:

The TinHiFi T5 is an in-ear monitor (IEM) featuring a 10mm “DOC” dynamic driver. TinHiFi claims that DOC improves on the now-commonplace diamond-like carbon diaphragm dynamic driver type. The T5 is available at Linsoul for $129. I received the T5 from Linsoul in exchange for a fair and objective review.

SOURCES:

I have used the TinHiFi T5 with the following sources:

  • Qudelix 5K

I have tested these headphones with local FLAC and Spotify Premium. Visit my last.fm page to get an idea of what I listen to.

PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES:

The TinHiFi T5 comes in a large rectangular white cardboard box. This…


INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER:

The Softears Reference Sound Five (RSV) is an in-ear monitor (IEM) using five balanced armature (BA) drivers per housing. The RSV retails for $729.99 at ShenzhenAudio. I received the RSV from ShenzhenAudio as part of a review tour. I have had the RSV for just around three weeks and have listened to it extensively during that time. ShenzhenAudio will cover shipping to the next reviewer on the tour, but I am not being otherwise compensated for writing this review.

SOURCES:


Introduction and Disclaimer:

The Hidizs H2 is a Bluetooth receiver with a single 3.5mm output. It normally retails for $64.99. The H2 was provided to me by HiFiGo in exchange for a fair and objective review.

Packaging and Accessories:

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