Reviews

Sennheiser HD 620S - Perhaps Unexciting, But Worth Considering

Sennheiser HD 620S - Does It Deserve A Spot In The 6 Series?

Any headphone laying claim to a spot within Sennheiser's hallowed 6 series needs to have the chops to back it up, and therein lies the question: Is the HD 620S actually good enough to be *the* 6 series closed back, or has the HD 620S been placed in a series it neither lives up to nor competes with? Let's talk about it.

Meze Alba Review: Meze (Mostly) Makes its Mark

Meze Alba Review: Meze (Mostly) Makes its Mark

If you've heard of Meze, it's for their cult favourites headphones such as the Meze Empyrean, Elite, and 99 Classics. But they've flown under the radar when it comes to IEMs. With the release of their new $160 Alba, Meze hopes to change that. Fc-Construct discusses if the Alba will put Meze on the map.

Elysian Acoustics Pilgrim Review: A Step Along the Journey

Elysian Acoustics Pilgrim Review: A Step Along the Journey

Elysian Acoustics a boutique IEM brand from Malaysia that's produced a number of highly acclaimed IEMs. However, they often cost a few thousand dollars and production can take quite a bit of time. Enter the Pilgrim. At $400, it offers a taste of the Elysian Acoustics sound at a fraction of the price. How well does that promise hold true? Fc-Construct takes a look.

Truthear GATe - New Ultra-Budget King?

Truthear GATe - New Ultra-Budget King?

The Hola was Truthear’s first entry into the ultra-budget space, and it was an exceptionally-balanced offering. Now we’ve gotten its replacement with the GATe, and the question must be answered: after Truthear discontinued what was arguably their most universally-beloved IEM, is the GATe actually a worthy replacement?

Sennheiser HD 569: Sennheiser's Best Kept Secret?

Sennheiser HD 569: Sennheiser's Best Kept Secret?

A headphone being old and scarcely mentioned doesn’t automatically mean it's bad. In fact, HD 569 might be my favorite mid-fi closed back headphone. Why is that, and more importantly, why does nobody talk about this headphone? Join me as I try a headphone from seven years ago in the hopes of finding an undiscovered gem.

Symphonium Titan Review - Precog's Take

Symphonium Titan Review - Precog's Take

The Titan is Symphonium's entry into the quickly emerging category of IEMs that go for massive bass boosts with otherwise mostly neutral tuning. How does it stack up against the competition?

IO Audio Volare Fc-Construct

I\O Acoustics Volare Review: Highlights of Yesterday

The Chinese IEM scene has seen many new brands rise to prominence with high performing products debut. I\O Audio is one of the latest companies to join this trend with the release of the $600 Volare. Fc-Construct takes a listen and explains why it might be worth a look... and why it might not.

DUNU x Gizaudio DaVinci: Are we in the Renaissance of IEMs?

DUNU x Gizaudio DaVinci: Are we in the Renaissance of IEMs?

The DUNU x Gizaudio DaVinci is an IEM that’s making waves in the community for its compliance with what many are calling “the new tuning meta.” But does it live up to the hype? Join listener as they discuss why—with IEMs like DaVinci—we may in fact be in the midst of an IEM Renaissance.

Focal Azurys and Hadenys Dual Review: The Focal Evolution

Focal Azurys and Hadenys Dual Review: The Focal Evolution

Focal recently announced two new headphones: the closed-back Azurys ($549) and open-back Hadenys ($699). Fc-Constructs gives us a deep dive into their sound and compares them against other benchmark headphones to see where they stand in the market.

Subtonic STORM by Fc-Construct

Subtonic STORM Review: Chasing the Dragon

The Subtonic STORM has been hailed as The Greatest IEM in the World. That is a heavy crown. Fc-Construct gives us an overly enthusiastic deep dive on why the STORM is deserving of that title.

The IEM I like more than headphones - Hisenior Mega5-EST Review
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The IEM I like more than headphones - Hisenior Mega5-EST Review

Join DMS as he takes a look at Hisenior's Mega5-EST. Is this the king of IEMs under $1k? Watch the video and find out!

Sennheiser HD 660S2: Strike Two

Sennheiser HD 660S2 vs. HD 600 and 650: Which is REALLY better?

Sennheiser is the only company that gets the entire headphone sphere excited when they release a new product, but it seems they've forgotten why people love them—and the 6 series—in the first place. Let’s talk about why I think so, how their new HD 660S2 embodies this disconnect, and what I think they can do to fix it.

Moondrop x Crinacle DUSK: An Inconvenient Truth

Moondrop x Crinacle DUSK: An Inconvenient Truth

Crinacle's new DUSK was an IEM that was uniquely positioned to fulfill the wishes of consumers asking for an IEM tuned with the Brüel and Kjaer Type 5128 in mind. However, due to the reliance on the DSP cable to grant that wish, saying "Buy DUSK" isn't quite as simple this time around.

Sennheiser IE 200 Review: Affordable, but is it good?

Sennheiser IE 200 Review: Affordable, but is it good?

The Sennheiser IE 200 is the most affordable in-ear monitor in their IE line-up. At $150, it's meant to bring the Sennheiser sound to the masses. But how much has changed from its bigger brothers IE 600 and IE 900 and is it any good?

Ferrum WANDLA GoldenSound Edition Measurements & Discussion

Ferrum WANDLA GoldenSound Edition Measurements & Discussion

The WANDLA GoldenSound Edition features several changes over the original, and slightly different measured behaviour.

Tanchjim Origin - Back to Basics?

Tanchjim Origin: Back to Basics?

The Origin is Tanchjim's latest flagship DD IEM. The brand last struck gold with their Oyxgen IEM - almost five years ago. Does the Origin capture some of that original magic?

Sennheiser HD 490 Pro: Incrementalist

Sennheiser HD 490 Pro: Incrementalist

In a world that doesn't include HD 600 or 650, I might actually take HD 490 Pro over most of the other stuff in its price range. While it's not as good as I had hoped, I still found myself using it without EQ for extended periods of time without glaring comfort or sound issues... and frankly, I’m not sure I could do that with most of the other headphones at its price.

Thieaudio Hype 2 vs 4 vs 10 Triple Comparison Review: Worth the Hype?

Thieaudio Hype 2 vs 4 vs 10 Triple Comparison Review: Worth the Hype?

Thieaudio is one of the most popular brands in the IEM space. Their newest line-up of Hype IEMs share Thieaudio's Impact2 bass dynamic drivers and differ in the number of balanced armatures: 2, 4, and 10. Fc-Construct takes a look to see if these IEMs are worth the hype.

Sennheiser IE 600 vs IE 900

Sennheiser IE 600 Comparative Review: A Cheaper IE 900?

The Sennheiser IE 600 is the 2nd IEM in Sennheiser's modern IE line-up. At $800, it's a little more than half the price of the flagship IE 900. The question is, what are you giving up? Fc-Construct takes a deep dive to see if the IE 600 is just a cheaper IE 900 or if there are key differences you should be aware of.

GizAudio x Binary Acoustics Chopin Impressions

GizAudio x Binary Acoustics Chopin Impressions