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Welcome, Weary Traveler!

Welcome to the Hall Of Fame, the location where only the best of the best resides!! 

Audiophile-Heaven is now at over 650 reviews posted to date, so here’s my personal hall of fame, where the best of the best can sit, both budget products that offer outstanding price-to-performance ratio, but also products that offer a truly high-end experience.

New products will be added here, when something is golden in every way, or so amazing in some way, enough that it deserves a place here. Here you’ll find a few words about each product, why it was added here, and a link to the full review, where you can explore it, as well as a purchase link.

All products presented here are handpicked by the creator of Audiophile-Heaven, George, and this is a personal ranking based on their actual abilities, each of them having a good reason to be here. I will also remove products from the Hall of Fame, based on how they stand in today’s market, or if they are discontinued, for example, for products that can hardly be found anymore. This doesn’t mean that the reviews will be removed, and Audiophile-Heaven will not remove any review, regardless of whether a product is still available or not. 

Entry-Level (Below 150 USD)

The Entry-level area is usually dominated by products from China, or as most name them Chi-Fi.

Of course, there are good products made in every part of the world, but lately, the market there exploded with a wide palette of high-quality products, and happily for us, they’re getting more and more amazing by the day.


OneOdio Monitor 60 Closed Back Dynamic Headphones (80 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/02/oneodio-monitor-60-huge-cans-for-my-soul.html

Product Link: https://amzn.to/3xg2Po5

OneOdio Monitor 60 is a high-quality monitoring headphone priced at about 80 USD at the moment of writing this review, made for music producers, DJs and artists on a budget. It features a 50mm full-sized dynamic driver, and it will be compared to Sivga SV021 (150 USD), Dekoni Blue Planar Magnetic Headphones (250 USD), and Master & Dynamic MH40 Wireless (250 USD). I simply have not listened to many other headphones priced so low, so it will be hard to keep the price out of the equation, but let’s have a look at what OneOdio managed to pull while on a budget. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter if you’re a passionate listener, beginner creator, or just need an affordable headphone, as long as you don’t mind some slightly sharp edges, and if you want a clean, open, detailed headphone with good bass, and good comfort, which is closed back, then Monitor 60 will be the perfect choice at this moment. 


FiiO BTA30 Bluetooth LDAC / aptX Receiver / Transmitter (90 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/02/desktop-bluetooth-focus-fiio-bta30-bluetooth-receiver.html

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/FiiO-Wireless-Bluetooth-Transmitter-Headphone/dp/B08LM68KN8

BTA30 feels like the best thing since sliced bread, but for audio. Like the first guy to discover that you can record on magnetic tape, discovering so many usage scenarios at a very entry-level price point made me smile, and BTA30 with its receiver / transmitter abilities, along with a great quality on the digital output, and even a decent DAC inside is a fully recommended Bluetooth Receiver / Tansmitter / DAC.


JDS Labs Atom AMP+ Headphone Amplifier (100 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/08/jds-labs-atom-amp-uber-amplified-maximus.html

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/3zQzrmH

Sometimes all you need is a high-power low-price Amplifier, and this is exactly what JDS Labs managed to deliver here. Altough AMP+ is marketed as just an upgraded version of the original JDS Labs AMP, the new AMP+ has much better control, much lower noise, and can now be considered a full time headphone amplifier in its own right. 


ddHIFI TC44C DAC/AMP Dongle (119 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/06/ddhifi-tc44c-dongle-dac-amp-classic-clothing-for-vintage-emperor.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3SQyGEa

ddHiFi TC44C is a dongle or DAC / AMP priced at 119 USD at the moment of writing today’s review, and it is made for smartphones designed for IEMs and portable earphones, but with enough power for larger, harder to drive headphones too. Given the price point and design, it will be compared to other dongle DACs such as Hiby FC5 (159 USD), HIDIZS DH80 (139 USD), iFi Audio hip-dac2 (190 USD), and FiiO BTR5 2021 (130 USD). 


iBasso IT-01X (120 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/08/ibasso-it01x-iems-they-keep-coming.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3hajnop

I noticed that some Amazon reviewers did not like the hot stuff that IT01X is but that only means that they don’t understand what a basshead IEM is and who it is made for. For sure IT01X has tons of bass, and lots of energy. They won’t be for everyone, but their signature is already tradition for iBasso, all their entry-level IEMs are bassheavy and centered for this thick, fun and deep sound. 


FiiO BTR15 Bluetooth Receiver DAC/AMP (119 USD)

Link To Review – https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2024/02/fiio-btr15-bluetooth-receiver-absolutely-wireless-dac-amp.html

Link to Purchase – https://amzn.to/4bF8h5z

FiiO BTR15 is a $119 USD / EURO Bluetooth DAC / AMP / Receiver, with a super light design, and an upgrade from the popular BTR5 model, with an improved design and overall abilities. Today we are putting it to test, diving into an in-depth review, and comparing it to other popular Bluetooth Receivers, including Shanling UP4 2022 (85 USD), IKKO ITB03 HEIMDALLR (149 USD), and Khadas Tea (209 USD). We will also be exploring throughout the review what the differences between BTR15 and BTR5 are, as well as how things evolved from BTR5 2021Although the Bluetooth receiver market now has competition, and many companies have taken on the quest of beating FiiO’s original BTR5, it is FiiO who manages to really create a device that not only overcomes the original BTR5 in a clear way, but also provides a tangible upgrade.  The best part is that despite the constant inflation in all the sectors of our world, BTR15 is actually 119 USD, just 10 USD more than the original BTR5, but offering a much better performance, better design, and just a better device. At the end of the day, if you’re looking for a way to use your high-end IEMs and headphones, without breaking the bank, but having access to a complex, high-end EQ that works for both the Bluetooth input and the USB DAC input, with a rounded, full sound and with a good treble extension, FiiO BTR15 is right now the best Bluetooth receiver I can recommend for its size and 119 Pocket-friendly price point. 


HIFI Walker H2 Portable Music Player (125 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/02/hifi-walker-h2-music-player-retro-chinese-dap.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3KlbE3B

Today’s review will focus on the 125 USD HIFI Walker H2, a DAP with a navigation wheel, Hi-Res play abilities, and support for up to 256GB microSD cards. It will be compared with other entry-level DAPs like Shanling M3X (340 USD), Hiby R2 (100 USD), Surfans F20 (125 USD), and Hiby R3 PRO (200 USD). At the end of the day, for 125 USD, HIFI Walker H2 is the DAP I can recommend the most to you, it does what FiiO BTR5 2021 is supposed to do, acting as both a USB DAC, Bluetooth receiver, can decode music, and for the price comes with some high quality Chifi IEMS, making most competition look really bad in terms of price / performance ratio. 


FiiO K11 DAC / Headphone AMP (129 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2024/02/fiio-k11-dac-headphone-amplifier-railgun-power-punch.html

Link To Purchase – https://amzn.to/48lKapF

Within the sea of products that I review, there are a few that stand out, but there aren’t many that you could say slay in the price / performance ratio department. FiiO K11 is the kind of product that is simply too good to miss, and for a starter DAC / AMP it is even better than anything FiiO created before, but even better than what the market usually offers around the price point, with the only option that comes close being almost double the price of it, and that being a stack from JDS labs, which is by definition a stack, and which needs two power outlets and more space, so K11 is indeed excellent for its price / performance ratio. At the end of the day, if you’re looking for the ultimate transparency, a neutral DAC/AMP that won’t change the tuning and sound of your IEMs and headphones, and if you want enough driving power for any pair of headphones, but a low background noise, a sound that can be enjoyed both at loud and quiet volumes, FiiO K11 is an excellent and fully recommended product through and through. 


Cleer Enduro ANC (129 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/01/cleer-enduro-anc-noise-canceling-spelled-right.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/44SWz3O

Cleer Enduro ANC is a $129 USD pair of Bluetooth Headphones with ANC or Active Noise Canceling, up to 60 hours of battery life, and a 40mm dynamic driver for your hearing and silence pleasure. They will be compared to other Bluetooth headphones, including PadMate Pamu Explore (56 USD), Valco VMK20 (180 USD), and FiiO EH3NC (170 USD). 


Final Audio E4000 IEMs (150 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2018/09/final-audio-e4000-review-musically-magic.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Re-Cable-Compatible-Earphone-E4000%E3%80%90Japan-Products%E3%80%91/dp/B07CNJB8DV

Final E4000 is one of my favorite IEMs from Final, and although you’d have guessed that E5000 would take a sit in the Hall Of Fame, it is actually E4000 that does, because it has both a really good price, excellent price-to-performance Ratio, and E4000 has a more balanced, more natural sound compared to its bigger brother. Where E5000 is a really thick, warm and lush IEM, E4000 is more natural and organic, yet it still is a very full and lush IEM with a good amount of detail, and an excellent comfort. 


FiiO K5 PRO Desktop DAC/AMP (150 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2020/08/king-of-affodable-power-fiio-k5-pro.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/FiiO-K5-AK4493EQ-Amplifier-Headphone/dp/B07WT7TYWY

Just like I added K3 a while ago to this list, I am adding K5 PRO too, it really deserves its place among the best, it has enough power for most reasonable headphones, including Ananda, Arya, and even HE6SE, or sundara, it has a nice design with a glowing volume button, and it has a background that’s quiet enough for IEMs that are less sensitive. Add the 150 USD price point, and a ton of dynamics, and you have the ingredients for a high-quality desktop DAC/AMP that will bring fun for years! 


Sivga SV021 Headphones (150 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/11/sivga-robin-sv021-headphones-bassheads-united-winner.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3rvmkGe

If you’re a basshead with a strong love for lows, good quality, and a fair comfort, SV021 is excellent for the low price you’re supposed to pay. Some users didn’t get this comfort, as the cups don’t swivel horizontally, but the earpads are soft, and the headband has soft padding too.


Midrange (150 – 500 USD)

The Midrange is actually where I started my audio more than ten years ago, when I bought a pair of Sennheiser IE80. Back then, I had no idea how much fun this hobby would be.

Products in this price range usually have both an excellent sound, and a great price-performance ratio, and are what you’re most likely to be using after a few years in this hobby and when looking for a significant upgrade. 


Shanling UP5 Bluetooth Receiver DAC AMP (179 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/10/shanling-up5-bluetooth-receiver-dac-amp-mqa-power-etiquette.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3UoQEOa

Shanling UP5 is a 179 USD, flagship Portable Bluetooth Amplifier / DAC, with Dual DACs, MQA decoding, and up to 240mW / 32 OHMs of power. It will be compared to other DAC/AMPs and Bluetooth Receivers, including FiiO BTR5 (110 USD), Earstudio ES100 MKII (90 USD), Questyle M15 (250 USD), and iFi hip-dac2 (190 USD). 


iFi hip-dac2 portable DAC/AMP (190 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/01/ifi-audio-hip-dac2-late-autumn-colors.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3KpRaHn

If you want a really high-quality product for an entry-level price, but with a fairly good battery life, and good overall driving ability, then hip-dac2 is a highly recommended purchase, having one of the best sonic performances, along with one of the best aesthetics and ergonomics for the price you can find.


Grell TWS1 / TWS 1 Bluetooth IEMs (199 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/05/grell-tws-1-iems-evolution-of-earphone-engineering.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3bHofSs

Created by the worldwide-renowned engineer Axel Grell, the 199.99 USD grell TWS 1 IEMS are a new chapter in the industry of IEMs, here to change how we feel and interact with TWS IEMs. Given their price point, TWS 1 will be compared to other high-end TWS Bluetooth IEMs, including GravaStar Sirius Pro+ (150 USD), 1More ANC TWS EHD90001TA (200 USD), Fostex TM-2 TWS IEMS (300 USD), and Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus TWS IEMs (300 USD). 


ThieAudio Legacy 4 IEMs (200 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/05/thieaudio-legacy-4-iems-the-perfectionistic-midranger.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3hejI9z

Coming with two cables, or rather with one cable that can support both a Balanced 2.5mm connection, and a Single Ended one, via the adapter, having a very balanced overall signature, and also scaling with the source, being one of my personal favorite IEMs from the 200 USD price range. They come with a nice carrying case, have zero driver flex, and they are easy to drive, making them an ideal travel IEM. 


Dunu Falcon PRO (220 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/01/dunu-falcon-pro-prime-performer-music-reformer.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3GPJVWZ

The best part about Falcon PRO is that it is better than any of the previous released from Dunu, even those more expensive, and this is the kind of revealing, detailed IEM that is really easy to recommend to anyone looking for an engaging and uplifting sound. It has replaceable jacks, so you can use it with both SE and Balanced outputs from your sources, and it has excellent build quality, with good attention to minor details, so all the more fun to those looking for a high quality product for a low price. 


7Hz Timeless Planar IEMS (220 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/12/7hz-timeless-planar-iems-linsouls-ace-card.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3IoRR2n

7Hz Timeless is one of the hottest selling IEMs by Linsoul, and priced at 220 USD, with planar driver technology, and with a really engaging sound. It will be compared to other hot selling IEMs or Earphones like Unique Melody 3DT / 3D Terminator (400 USD), Mangird Tea (300 USD), and FiiO FH5s (280 USD). 


xDuoo XD-05 Plus DAC/AMP (250 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/02/versatility-ultimate-xduoo-xd-05-plus-dac-amplifier.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Headphone-Amplifier-AK4493EQ-384kHZ-Portable/dp/B07X74SGRC

Regardless whether you’re looking for a really strong pocket-amp, or if you just want to tone down brighter and vague-sounding IEMs, XD-05Plus surely will do a good job for you. I consider it to be the best price/performance ratio you can get from a strong porable DAC/AMP at the moment it was added to the Hall Of Fame. It basically replaced Earmen TR-AMp in the Hall Of Fame, which was a great DAC/AMP, but which was never supported properly by the company who took a turn for the worse in terms of public relations, absuing reviewers and considering them pure marketing instead of what we are – reviewers who are supposed to stay true and honest. 


Dekoni Blue Planar Magnetic Headphones (250 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/05/dekoni-blue-planar-t50rp-mkiii-mods-electric-punch.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3hA1Gj4

The price of the Dekoni Blue is really good if you want a basshead headphone with excellent impact, great overall resolution, and if you don’t mind it being really hard to drive. In fact, it is so hard to drive that you mainly need a high-end AMP or something with a crazy high power to control it, but once you get it in line, the Dekoni Blue should be your best friend for a long period of time, and it is a headphone that won’t break the bank. 


AIAIAI TMA-2 Studio Headphones (250 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/11/aiaiai-tma-2-studio-more-modular-enlightenment.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3EnTQlq

If you ever had or heard the HD-25 and wanted a proper follow-up, with actually good ergonomics, excellent sonic performance, but great support, AIAIAI’s TMA-2 Studio is an excellent option. This is a natural, clean and distortion-free headphone with fair comfort. They are modular, and you can replace every part if any is to break. 


Master&Dynamic MH40 Wireless Headphones (250 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/01/elegance-style-sound-master-dynamic-mh40-wireless-headphones.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/MASTER-DYNAMIC-MH40-Wireless-Headphones/dp/B082BJFJDN

MH40 has an even better sonic tuning than MW65, thanks to their more energetic nature. MH40 works really well for rock, post-hardcore, metal and uplifting music in general. Surely, you shouldn’t get them if your main music taste revolves around Jazz, Classical or Downtempo, but even for someone into Rap and who loves artists like Stromae, MH40 Wireless will be the perfect companion on the go. 


Lotoo LE-M1 Monitoring IEMs (250 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/05/lotoo-le-m1-iems-actual-monitors-for-music-production.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3AbIKA5

Lotoo LE-M1 is an IEM or In-Ear Monitor, in the true sense of the word. They are priced at 269 USD, and they are designed, created and engineered for music production, rather than music listening. The best part is that they are light, portable, and given the price point, they will be compared with Earsonics ONYX (561 USD), IMR Audio Ozar (500 USD), and FiiO FH5S (280 USD).


Lotoo Paw S2 DAC AMP Dongle (279 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/09/lotoo-paw-s2-dongle-dac-amp-equalized-presentation.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3FZbGi3

The Lotoo PAW S2 is a 279 USD portable DAC AMP with an AKM4377 DAC inside, and up to 150mW at 32 OHMs of power over the 4.4mm Balanced Output. Given the price which is higher than most dongle DAC AMPs, Lotoo PAW S2 will be compared to Qurstyle M15 (250 USD), Hiby FC5 (159 USD), Shanling M3X(279 USD), and Khadas Tone 2 PRO (250 USD). 


iBasso IT05 IEMs (299 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/08/ibasso-it05-iems-best-performance-in-the-class.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3NLdDC4

iBasso IT05 is a $ 299 USD IEM or In-Ear Monitor made by iBasso, with a 11mm Dynamic Driver, an impedance of 16 OHMs, and a SPL of 119 dB. This review will focus on exploring them, along with comparing the latest high-end offering from iBasso with other high-end IEMs, including KIWI Ears Orchestra Lite, Periodic Audio Ti V3 Titanium and Xenns Mangird Tea2


FiiO FD5 Single Dynamic Driver IEMs (300 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/05/fiio-fd5-earphones-power-of-dynamic-drivers.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/341RF6d

They are a typical V-Shaped IEM, but with an unnaturally good bass, treble sparkle, and what could be considered the best overall price / performance ratio you can get around 300 USD. FD5 can be a bit strong in the highs, so won’t be for those looking for easygoing IEMs, but if you appreciate an engaging sound, it will be simply perfect for you. 


Moondrop Blessing 3 Earphones (319 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/08/moondrop-blessing-3-earphones-abundant-music-synapse.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/4aJgmp9

Moondrop Blessing 3 is a $319 USD pair of In-Ear Monitors, with 2 Dynamic Drivers + 4 Balanced Armatures configuration, which has a superb design, and is made to take over the midrange IEM market. Today we will be reviewing them together, and we will also be comparing them to other high performance IEMs, including KIWI Orchestra Lite, Xenns Mangird Tea 2, Periodic Audio Titanium Ti V3, and 7Hz Eternal


iBasso DX120 Player (320 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2019/02/little-joy-ibasso-dx120-review.html

Link to Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/iBasso-DX120-Performance-Digital-Player/dp/B07JPHVV1T

DX120 is the entry-level DAP from iBasso, but in this rank, it sits in the Midrange given its price tag. Now, the quality of it is absolutely impressive, full metalic body, with a glass back, a very ergonomic design, and a beautiful display. It comes with a screen protector, has two microSD slots, and it is what I’d call a true upgrade from FiiO’s well known X5-2, but with a better, more versatile sound, more versatile body, and also two microSD slots. DX120 is a true success in every way, and it is easy to recommend to anyone looking for a Player that can play music and be done with it. Be warned though, it doesn’t have Wifi, or streaming abilities. 


iFi Audio Go Bar Dongle DAC (329 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/09/ifi-audio-go-bar-dongle-dac-mini-amplifier-maxi-powered.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3H5bT2z

iFi Audio Go Bar is a $329 USD Premium Ultra Portable USB DAC, with a balanced 4.4mm output, a single ended 3.5mm headphone output, and with iEMatch, along with digital filters, and sound enhancements support. It will be compared to other high-end dongle DACs, including Lotoo PAW S2, Questyle M15, Khadas Tone2 PRO


HIFIMAN Deva PRO Planar Magnetic Headphones (330 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/11/hifiman-deva-pro-stealth-r2r-ldac-bass-fun.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3dmpMKR

Deva PRO is the better Deva, now with R2R tech inside the Bluetooth receiver, and the Stealth Magnetic technology backing up the excellent comfort, wide soundstage and warm sound of Deva. We have what is the best open-back Bluetooth headphone, where the receiver can work as a USB DAC, but is able to fully drive those music makers. 


Aune X1s GT DAC/AMP/Streamer (349 USD)

Link to Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/08/aune-x1s-gt-bt-dac-amp-streamer-flow-of-music.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3JHVf9M

Aune X1s GT is a 349 USD DAC/AMP with LDAC Bluetooth, Balanced 4.4mm Headphone Output, and Hi-Res decoding. Given the price and design, it will be compared to the Soundaware A1X (700 USD), iFi xDSD DAC/AMP (400 USD), and Palab M1 Mini (500 USD). 


Shanling M3X Music Player (DAP) (350 USD)

Link to Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/07/shanling-m3x-music-player-refine-the-refined.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3tlrWla

Sweet and spicy, versatile and well built are just a few of the was I would describe M3X, the latest DAP from Shanling. It is really good for a portable, and you can always grab one for a fair price, so it surely made it here for the type of quality it offers. 


HarmonicDyne Zeus Headphones (350 USD)

Link to Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/04/harmonicdyne-zeus-delicate-response-musical-attack.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3otCkVD

One of the headphones I fancied the most, despite not being the most neutral out there. A bit hard to drive and to get right, but once you do get it right, it plays right into your head and heart. Excellent overall soundstage, clarity and detail for the price paid, and it is one of the headphones that is really comfortable. At 350 USD, it is a bargain. 


Yamaha YAS-207 Soundbar + Subwoofer System (350 USD)

Link to Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2020/07/dtsvirtual-x-made-for-movies-and-music.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-YAS-207BL-Wireless-Subwoofer-Bluetooth/dp/B072J7PTFB

Coming with the magical DTS: Virtual X, YAS-207 is a system that looks like a single mini speaker, but sounds like a home theathre. It has a deep bass, excellent natural midrange, and a large soundstage, although the treble is a bit sparkly and has a bit too much power at times. This being said, for 350 USD, it beats most stereo systems, and finding something better wasn’t possible at the moment I wrote the full review. 


Verum Audio 1 (One) Planar Magnetic Headphones Mark 2 (350USD)

Link to Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/06/verum-one-mk-ii-headphones-eastern-champion.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.verum-audio.com/

The second iteration of Verum One has a more neutral presentation with more dynamics, better detail, better ergonomics, more comfort and is generally a better headphone than the first was, making competition for Audeze LCD2C even.


SIVGA Luan HiFi Dynamic Headphones (359 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/08/sivga-luan-hifi-dynamic-headphones-signal-precision-master.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/47mY0aH

SIVGA Luan is a $359 USD pair of headphones, made by SIVGA Audio / with handmade wood housing and CNC metallic parts, a dynamic driver, and superb comfort. They will be compared to other high-end headphones, including Austrian Audio HI-X60, Erzetich Thalia, iBasso SR3, OLLO S5X, HIFIMAN Edition XS, and KLH Ultimate One



Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/08/hidizs-ms5-iems-4-ba-one-dynamic-and-a-lot-of-fun.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3H5ytYV

HIDIZS MS5 is a $399 USD pair of In-Ear Monitors with 5 Drivers playing for each ear, a replaceable pneumatic sound tuning filter, and with a detachable cable, coming in a premium package. Given the price point, they will be compared to other high-quality midrange IEMs, including Xenns Magird Tea2, Unique Melody 3DT, Earsonics Corsa, and Westone MACH 60


Austrian Audio HI-X60 (399 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/04/austrian-audio-hi-x60-detail-extractor-tuned-masterfully.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3MgvAYF

Austrian Audio HI-X60 is a $ 399 USD pair of closed-back headphones, with a 44mm high excursion dynamic driver, two detachable cables and metallic hinges for maximum durability and made in Vienna. They are going to be compared to other high-end headphones, including OLLO S5X (489 USD), SIVGA SV023 (499 USD), HIFIMAN Edition XS (499 USD), and KLH Ultimate One (400 USD). 


Drop + xDuoo TA-84 OTL Tube Amplifier / DAC (399 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/12/drop-xduoo-ta-84-otl-tube-amplifier-dac-clarity-control-master.html

Link To Purchase: https://drop.com/buy/drop-xduoo-ta-84-otl-tube-amp-dac

Drop + xDuoo TA-84 is a $399 USD ($349 USD on Pre-Sale) OTL Tube Amplifier with Pre function, DAC function, and excellent build quality, currently sold on Drop, designed for desktop usage, which we will be reviewing today, and comparing to other high-quality DAC/AMPs, including FiiO K9 PRO (849 USD), JDS Labs Element III MK2 Boosted (449 USD), EverSolo DAC-Z6 (459 USD), Feliks Audio Echo 2 (799 USD), and HIFIMAN EF400 (599 USD). 


KLH Ultimate One Open-Back Headphones (400 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/03/hifi-expert-klh-ultimate-one-basshead-impact-from-future.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3uhB4tm

KLH Ultimate One is a high-end, open-back pair of headphones priced at 400 USD in Europe (including taxes), sold and fulfilled by Hifi Expert in Romania. Given the price point, the main competitors will be Sendy Audio Apollo (500 USD), Sennheiser HD660S (500 USD), Avantone Pro Planar (450 USD). 


iFi xDSD DAC/AMP (400 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2018/12/ifi-xdsd-dac-amp-review-prodigy.html

Link to Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Headphone-Amplifier-Smartphones-Computers/dp/B07C4TLPQN

xDSD is one of my favorite products from iFi, a truly shining device, with both an excellent sound, the ability to drive anything, from Beyerydnamic Xelento, Dita Fidelity, all the way to Sennheiser HD660S and Audeze LCD-MX4, and with two features, a Bass Boost, and a 3D Sound, that I keep turned on more often than not. The build quality and aesthetics are pretty awesome, the battery life is fairly good, and overall, it makes a great purchase, even having a Bluetooth receiver inside, in case you wanted to connect it that way to your smartphone / Player. 


OLLO S4X Monitoring / Mixing / Listening Headphones (400 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/02/mix-master-listen-ollo-s4x-dynamic-headphones.html

Link to Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Studio-Mixing-Headphones/s?k=Studio+Mixing+Headphones

S4X is the kind of headphone you just want to keep using, regardless whether you’re listening, mixing or mastering. Their smoother, yet detailed sound makes it really easy to spend hundreds of hours with your music, without ever feeling tired. They also have enough textures, detail and dynamics to keep that music going and interesting, plus the good comfort will make you forget you’re wearing them. 


Unique Melody 3DT IEMs (400 USD)

Link to Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/04/unique-melody-3dt-3d-terminator-sound-stage-exploded.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3wj5XMc

If you enjoy a wide stage, you will enjoy the magic of the 3D Terminator. They are indeed one of the best IEMs there are in terms of staging, refinement, detail, and clarity. There was nothing that I could critique them for, at this price point, except for a very energetic top end that may sound fatiguing to those that are more sensitive to treble. Even that part, tends to settle down and aid the stage, once you get used to the signature. 


Dethonray SG1 Pegasus Bluetooth Receiver / DAC / Headphone Amplifier (400 USD)

Link to Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/10/dethonray-sg1-pegasus-bluetooth-dac-amp-high-resolution-bass-receiver.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3zWjLQX

Dethonray SG1 Pegasus is a 400 USD Bluetooth DAC/AMPlifier, with DPPU (Desktop Plus Power Unit), support for LDAC, aptX HD, aptX LL, aptX, and a large 3000mAh battery. It will be compared to other DAC/AMPs, including iFi xDSD (400 USD), iBasso DX160 (400 USD), Palab M1 Mini (500 USD), and Soundaware A1X PRO (700 USD). 


Avantone Pro Planar Headphones (450 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/10/avantone-planar-pro-headphones-red-team-is-winning.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3rKzZJL

Avantone Pro Planar is the latest headphone from Europe, with a Planar technology behind, but without the pocket-emptying price that most of those have. The unit I’m reviewing today is red and ready to fight, and they have to be compared to other headphones costing around 450 USD or more, as well, so the competitors will be Beyerdynamic T1 (1000 USD), AIAIAI TMA-2 HD (400 USD), OLLO S4X (400 USD), and Dan Clark Aeon Flow (500 USD). 


FiiO FH7 IEMs (450 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2020/04/the-shooting-star-returns-fiio-fh7-iems-review.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/FiiO-FH7-Earphones-Headphones-Smartphones/dp/B07RGYBHZG

FH7 is one of those IEMs that can deliver a really worthwhile upgrade, especially if you had FH5, and if you wanted a much larger soundstage, great refinement, detail, and clarity. For the 450 USD they cost, they can take on the Fibae Black, and even throw punches with DK-4001 which is twice the price. 


iBasso DX170 Music Player (449 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/09/ibasso-dx170-dap-music-player-relaxed-warm-music-key.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3fXMy0x

iBasso DX170 is a 449 USD DAP or Music Player made by ibasso, with Dual Cirrus CS43131 DAC Chips, DSD setup, a 5″ IPS Display, and 3200mAh battery. It will be compared to other high-end DAPs and music players, including Shanling M3X (350 USD), iFi Audio xDSD (400 USD), QLS QA 361 (800 USD), FiiO M11 PRO (650 USD) and iBasso DX240 (950 USD). 


EverSolo DAC-Z6 (459 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/03/eversolo-dac-z6-visualizing-music-enjoying-headphones-with-zidoo.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3nVUymS

EverSolo DAC-Z6 is a $459 USD / 2299 RON DAC, Headphone AMP with a large display, designed for music enjoyment by the parent company Zidoo, under the sub brand EverSolo. It is part of a new line of DACs, and it comes with ESS ES9068AS DACs in Dual configuration, it is a full MQA Decoder, and it has Bluetooth up to aptX, as well as Hi-Res Support. It will be compared to other midrange DAC/AMPs, including Dethonray SG1 Pegasus (400 USD), Aune X1s GT (349 USD), Palab M1 Mini (500 USD), and Singxer SDA-2 (700 USD). 


Shanling M3 Ultra (469 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/02/shanling-m3-ultra-music-player-dap-to-the-max.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3O3IKtn

Shanling M3 Ultra is a $469 USD DAP / Digital Audio Player, basically a portable music player, with Dual ESS ES9219C DAC Chips, Dual RT6863 AMP Chips, Balanced Output, Super high endurance for the battery, and a lot of driving power. In today’s review, we will explore together how it sounds like and how it compares to other high-end DAPs, including TempoTec V6 (399 USD), iBasso DX170 (449 USD), Hiby RS2 Darwin (479 USD), and FiiO M11 PRO (650 USD). 


Hiby RS2 Darwin R2R Portable Music Player (479 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/10/hiby-rs2-darwin-player-musicality-focused-dap.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3A017rn

Hiby RS2 Darwin is a 479 USD DAP with a beautiful aesthetic design, a minimalistic and practical OS design, and full Hiby Support, including R2R DAC and a 256-Tap FIR Filter that’s adjustable. Given the price point, it will be compared to other popular midrange DAPs, including iBasso DX170 (449 USD), TempTec V6 (399 USD), Dethonray DTR1+ (1000 USD), and FiiO M11 PRO (650 USD). 


OLLO S5X (489 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/02/ollo-s5x-dynamic-studio-headphones-immersive-production.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3MkrYVr

OLLO S5X is a $489 USD Dynamic Headphone with an open-back design, a flat frequency response, made in EU. It is designed for studio usage, but also can be used for audiophile / enthusiast music listening, and it will be compared to other similarly priced headphones, including SIVGA SV023 (499 USD), HIFIMAN Edition XS (499 USD), HIFIMAN HE-R9 (599 USD), Sendy Audio Apollo (500 USD), and Avantone Pro Planar (450 USD). 


SMSL DO200 Balanced DAC (490 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/12/smsl-do200-balanced-dac-finest-mqa-performance-everywhere.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3FPKYoD

If you’re looking for the perfect DAC to go with AO200, then DO200 is just it. This is a high-end MQA DAC that can decode MQA on every single input, and has a balanced outputs, plus a really nice detailed sound that’s still smooth and enjoyable. 


Hiby R6 III (499 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/03/hiby-r6-iii-gen-3-hi-res-player-dual-class-dap.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/42KCXwP

Hiby R6 III (Gen 3) is a $499 USD midrange DAP with a Dual Class design (you can change whether it is currently running in Class A or Class AB), Android 12, Snapdragon 665 CPU, and Balanced Output + Balanced Line Out. It will be the focus of our review today, and it will also be compared to other DAPs, including Shanling M3 Ultra (469 USD), Hiby RS2 Darwin (479 USD), iBasso DX170 (449 USD), and TempoTec V6 (399 USD). 

HIFIMAN Edition XS Planar Magnetic Headphones (500 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/04/hifiman-edition-xs-king-of-stealth-neo-supernano.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3BWrTCL

HIFIMAN Edition XS is a revolutionary headphone made by HIFIMAN, released in 2021, and priced at an aggressive price of 499 USD, creating competition for everyone, and pushing the market to bring the best headphones possible at more affordable prices. They will be compared to other similarly priced headphones, and more expensive ones as well, including Sendy Audio Apollo (500 USD), HIFIMAN Ananda (999 USD), Denon AH-D7200 (700 USD), Dan Clark Aeon Flow RT (500 USD), and iBasso SR-2 (500 USD). 


Palab M1 Mini DAC/AMP (500 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/09/palab-m1-mini-dac-amp-beats-the-chord-in-music.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3px8IaU

Palab M1 mini is a DAC/AMP made by Palab, and it is no secret that it is a mighty good one, with a price tag of 500 USD, MQA decoding abilities, and a Balanced output. The main comparisons included in today’s review will be with really capable competitors, Chord Mojo, iFi xDSD, and FiiO Q5S


IMR Audio Ozar (500 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/01/imr-audio-ozar-limited-run-of-well-rounded-basshead-iems.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3fKtbEM

This used to be the spot of FiiO FA9, but IMR Audio provides a better sound with the same philosophy, but also three cables, better comfort and a better sub-bass, more punchiness, and a more pleasing customer experience, for about the same price, so the place now belongs to Ozar. This is a limited run IEM, and that’s the only part that I can consider a disadvantage for it, you really need to be careful to grab a pair once they become available, else you may miss it. 


Dan Clark Aeon Flow RT Headphones (500 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/02/dan-clark-aeon-flow-rt-hardest-of-them-all.html

Link to Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Dan-Clark-Audio-Audiophile-Headphones/dp/B081VTPZNN

Luxury build quality, comfort and an amazingly detailed sound are all reasons to go for Aeon Flow RT. Mr. Speakers and Dan Clark (pretty much the same company) managed to design something really good with their Aeon series. The biggest surprise was how capable the driver itself can be, when removing all of the filters inside. It can get to detailed, it could easily sit in the ~1000 USD price range, but happily Dan Clark was very safe with the pricing, so that those with a more limited budget can totally enjoy the Aeon Flow RT. 


iBasso SR-2 Open-Back Dynamic Tesla Headphones  (500 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/01/motion-emotion-ibasso-sr-2-tesla-headphones.html

Link to Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/iBasso-SR2-High-Definition-Audiophile-Headphone/dp/B08FK6DZLG

SR-2 is made for those looking for a really comfortable headphone, and one with a beautiful musical, rich and antural sound. It is not a detail extractor, and it prefers to stay musical, fun and light. The best part is the natural soundstage, and beautiful vocal performance, making SR-2 one of the best experiences one could ever exprience. 


Sendy Audio Apollo Planar Magnetic Headphones  (500 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/02/sendy-audio-apollo-headphones-godlike-delight.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/35MWJjt

Sendy Audio Apollo is a 500 USD headphone based on the QUAD-Former technology, basically a Planar magnetic driver with double magnets + double sided coils and double sides of coils. This means that it gets to be compared with Adam Audio Studio PRO SP-5 Headphones (550 USD), iBasso SR-2 Open Back Headphones (500 USD), Sennheiser HD660S (500 USD), Dan Clark Aeon Flow RT (500 USD) and Avantone Pro Planar Headphones (450 USD). At the end of today’s written review, Sendy Audio Apollo is an excellent purchase, for both those who love to relax, and those who want to hear beautiful music, it has extremely good performance for the price, and a fully recommended purchase for those who enjoy a mid centric sound with a smooth and relaxed nature. 


Periodic Audio Carbon C Earphones / IEMs (500 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/04/periodic-audio-carbon-iems-detachable-cables-attracted-to-bass.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3Pg0mPw

Periodic Audio decided to refresh their IEM like with detachable cables, and a slightly tweaked sound, so today’s review will focus on the flagship Carbon, priced at 500 USD, and which will be compared to other popular IEMS in the price range, including Earsonics Onyx (560 USD), IMR Audio Ozar (500 USD), Campfire Audio Holocene (650 USD). 


High-End (500 – 1500 USD)

The High-End Area is for those who are already deep in this hobby and who love music and are looking for an exciting update hard enough to drop quite a hefty amount for this hobby.

Once you’re here, the price-performance ratio becomes less important, and you’re lookint at the latest, cutting-edge developments, and products that really refine the experience further away. Since the price-performance ratio starts to drop, most products in this price range must perform really well to exist. 


Lavricables Master Silver Headphone Cable (544 USD)

Link To Review – https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2024/01/lavricables-master-silver-headphone-cable-invigorating-presentation.html

Link To Purchase – https://www.lavricables.com/cables/master-silver-hifiman-he1000se-arya-sundara-ananda-he6se-he5se-upgrade-cable/

Lavricables Master Silver is a $544 USD / Euro cable for headphones, which can be configured with multiple connectors, and in multiple lengths. The variant costing 544 USD is 3 meters in length, and comes with AECO XLR special connectors for the source, and with the Sky Blue color. You can always grab a shorter variant for a lesser price, or a longer variant. With Lavricables everything is custom made, and the cables cost about 100 EURO per every extra meter of length, with a starting price of 344 EURO for the 1.2 meters variant. Today we will explore how the cable sounds like, how it compares to other cables, including LavriCables Ultimate Silver (235 USD for the base version), Meze Silver Cable (200 USD), and Eletech Inferno (750 USD). We will also be pairing the cable with HIFIMAN HE1000SE (3500 USD), HIFIMAN Audivina (1999 USD), and iBasso SR3 (599 USD). One of the reasons Lavricables is so popular these days is the pricing of their cables, and Master Silver is one of the best performing cables I’ve heard, and yet it doesn’t break the bank, and comparing its price to the price of most high-end headphones, it is an acceptable investment to improve the ergonomics, sonics and overall experience of using those headphones, gaining the title of an excellent price / performance ratio for a cable. At the end of the day, if you’re looking for a way to make your headphones more dynamic, more airy, and deeper sounding, with better impact and instrument separation, a wider and more holographic soundstage, and to improve on the overall clarity, Lavricables Master silver is one of the best purchases you can make to improve on your experience. 


JDS Labs Element III Mk2 Boosted DAC / H-AMP (550 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/10/jds-labs-element-iii-mk2-boosted-dac-h-amp-pure-music-raw-power.html

Link To Purchase: https://jdslabs.com/product/element-iii/

JDS Labs Element III MK2 is a $449 USD DAC/AMP designed for desktop and to power headphones, and to act as the DAC for your system and power other amplifiers, both for headphones and for speakers, or active speakers as well. The base version is priced at 449 USD, but you can also order a Boosted version that doubles the headphone output power for just 49 USD Extra. Today we will be reviewing it together, and also compare it to other super dac/amps including EverSolo DAC-Z6 (459 USD), Palab M1 Mini (500 USD), and Aune S6 PRO (550 USD). 


Burson Funk Headphone / Stereo Amplifier (550 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/10/burson-funk-amplifier-for-speakers-headphones-iems-lets-jazz.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3DmBgJ2

There’s no DAC inside this one, but it can act as both a headphone and a Stereo Amplifier, actually having more than enough power for diving pretty much any headphone, IEM and Speaker you throw at it, including both bookshelf and floor standing speakers. Funk likes to play, it has a musical presentation, excellent overall detail, and great dynamics. Class D for the Hifi Stereo speaker AMP, and Class AB for the headphone amplifier means that it won’t burn through your pockets with the energy it gurgles. 


Earsonics ONYX IEMs (561 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/02/earsonics-onyx-iems-french-melody.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3jiRV8w

ONYX is the name of the latest high-end In Ear Monitor handmade in France by the French company Earsonics, priced at 490 EUROs or roughly 561 USD. This is a proof of art movement made by the company, trying to create the most affordable high-end IEM they could, all while including all their best technology inside an IEM that’s made to last. Given the price point, it will be compared to other high-end IEMs like Campfire Mammoth (650 USD), Moondrop Illumination (800 USD), Metalure Wave (600 USD), and NX Ears Baso (550 USD). 


Aune S6 PRO DAC / Balanced Headphone Amplifier (550 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2020/04/aune-s6-pro-dac-balanced-headphone-amp.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/S6-Pro-Headphone-Amplifier-Black/dp/B08GY27ZDH

When looking for a high-quality DAC/AMP for your headphones, especially if you’re into gaming, and if you love a modern and aesthetic design, Aune’s S6 PRO is a really good desktop piece to won. It comes with a Single Ended, and an XLR Balanced output as well, and it allows for both high-resolution, DSD, and PCM signals, making the most out of your music collection and games. It works with xbox, playstation, and other gaming consoles as well. 


STE Audio AG W16 IEM Silver Cable (580 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/07/ste-ag-w16-iem-cable-silver-brings-fresh-information.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3Aeg6i1

STE AG W16 Cable for IEMs is a 580 USD option for those who are looking to improve their IEMs, designed with an ergonomic build, extremely similar to the STE Cu W16, which I reviewed in the past. Given the price point, STE AG W16 will be compared to other high quality cables, including STE Cu W16 (400 USD), Effect Audio EVO 1 (440 USD), and Ares Audio Sakeishi (450 USD). To give you some idea of what IEMs work best with STE AG W16, I will be exploring in the sonics part of today’s review how it works with some of my favorite IEMS that use a 2-Pin standard connector, including Oriveti OV800 (999 USD), Unique Melody MEXT (1200 USD), and Metalure Wave (600 USD). 


Sennheiser HD 660S2 Dynamic Headphones ($599 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/08/sennheiser-hd-660s2-dynamic-headphones-magnificent-musicality.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3voQgb2

Sennheiser HD 660S2 is a $599 USD pair of high impedance dynamic headphones, which are a retuning of the Sennheiser HD 660S that I reviewed a few years ago. It will be interesting to explore this new version, how it compares to the old Sennheiser HD 660S, but also how it compares to newly released headphones around the 500 USD price point, including iBasso SR3, OLLO S5X, SIVGA SV023, and HIFIMAN Edition XS


HIFIMAN Ananda Nano Headphones ($599 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/08/hifiman-ananda-nano-headphones-refinement-of-the-planar-art.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/4aCYQmJ

HIFIMAN Ananda Nano is a $599 USD pair of over-the-ear Planar Magnetic Headphones with the new Nano diaphragm, which is a direct update from the Ananda Stealth that we reviewed before, and which should be a huge sonic upgrade from it. We will be comparing it with other high-end headphones, including OLLO S5X, iBasso SR3, Dan Clark Aeon 2 Noire, and Sendy Audio Apollo


iBasso SR3 Dynamic Tesla Headphones ($599 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/06/ibasso-sr3-dynamic-tesla-headphones-magics-back.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/47rzCES

iBasso SR3 is a $ 599 USD pair of dynamic over-the-ear headphones, with an open-back design, tesla drivers, and with a high, 150 OHM impedance. They will be compared to other headphones similarly priced, including OLLO S5X (489 USD), Dan Clark AEON 2 Noire (899 USD), SIVGA SV023 (499 USD), and HIFIMAN HE-R9 (599 USD). 


Erzetich Thalia – Handmade On-Ear Dynamics ($599 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/05/erzetich-thalia-handmade-on-ear-dynamics.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.erzetich-audio.com/products-thalia/

Erzetich Thalia is a $ 599 EURO / USD pair of on-ear headphones with dynamic drivers, handcrafted in Europe, with a super cool design that’s made to withstand the test of time, and with a fully modular build, by Erzetich and Mr. Blaz. They will be compared with other high-end headphones, including Dan Clark Aeon 2 Noire (899 USD), HIFIMAN Edition XS (499 USD), and Sendy Audio Apollo (500 USD). 


HIFIMAN EF400 R2R DAC / Headphone AMP ($599 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/10/hifiman-ef400-balanced-dac-amp-the-r2r-music-magician.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3hnbPlb

HIFIMAN EF400 is a 599 USD balanced DAC/AMP with an R2R DAC inside, the Himalaya recipient of 2022 VGP Technology Award in Japan, and with a fully balanced design for the headphone output part. It will be compared to the best DAC/AMPs I reviewed on Audiophile-Heaven in the past, including Matrix Audio Element i (1150 USD), Pro-Ject DAC Box DS (400 USD), Palab M1 Mini (500 USD), Soundaware A1X PRO (700 USD), and even Aune s6 PRO (550 USD), SMSL DO200 Balanced DAC (490 USD), and Keces S3 (1300 USD). 


Campfire Holocene IEMs (600 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/11/campfire-holocene-clarity-details-musicality.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3orke8p

If you’re looking for a detailed, yet musical IEM with great ergonomics, and an IEM that’s actually a big danger to the company’s own flagships, Campfire Holocene will surely be one of the first IEMs that come to mind. This one has a good build quality, excellent, over-the-top value, and the same Campfire design we come to love. 


Metalure Wave IEMs (600 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/08/metalure-wave-iems-ultra-basshead-fun.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/S6-Pro-Headphone-Amplifier-Black/dp/B08GY27ZDH

Wave is the kind of IEM that I want to give more ear time, and actually manage to do so. They are made for bass, musicality, a really full and smooth bass, great impact, and tons of dynamics. The aesthetics are also beautiful, and for the 600 USD they cost, they totally beat up and down the Xelento from Beyerdynamic, previous bassy flagship. 


Aperion Audio RST MKII – 3-Inch Aluminum Ribbon Super Tweeter (649 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/11/aperion-audio-rst-mkii-3-inch-aluminum-ribbon-super-tweeter-precision-master.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3THVkBr

Aperion Audio RST MKII is a $649 USD / 649 EURO pair of supertweeters, designed for bringing some extra high-end extension, air and clarity to any speaker system. The price is for a pair, and sadly I don’t really have anything similar to compare them to, but what I can do is compare the sound of a speaker system and the natural extension without versus with those super tweeters added, exploring how they can improve your current system. You will need to purchase a Premium Silver Cable Set from Aperion Audio if you want to get the best of your system, this costing you an extra $50 USD – $100 USD. Since those need a speaker beneath them to really work, but can be connected to an amplifier as a standalone speaker, the main speakers placed beneath the Aperion Audio RST MII for today’s review have been Buchardt S400 (1800 USD), NHT C3 (1250 USD), KLH Model Five (2499 USD) and Amphion Argon3s (3000 USD).  


Aune S17 PRO Headphone Amplifier / PRE (699 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/11/aune-s17-pro-headphone-amplifier-pre-symmetrical-class-a-magic.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3NMvvwc

Aune S17 PRO is a $699 USD high-end Headphone Amplifier and Preamplifier, with a superb design, made to be paired with other Aune products such as the S9C PRO, with an incredibly high driving power, two gain stages, and a temperature probe that will remind you what’s happening inside at all times. Today we will be reviewing it, taking a look at how it sounds like, and what the competition has to say, including Aune S9C PRO (699 USD), Violectric HPA V340 (2000 USD), Feliks Echo 2 (799 USD), and Astell & Kern ACRO CA1000T (2299 USD). 


Aune S9C PRO DAC Headphone AMP (699 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/07/aune-s9c-pro-dac-headphone-amp-the-silver-lining-of-flagships.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/41IuYkP

Aune S9C PRO Reference is a $699 USD high-end DAC / Headphone Amplifier and currently the flagship from Aune’s 2023 offering. It comes with 2 DAC chips, namely the ESS ES9068 DAC chips, it has up to 5 Watts of power over the balanced headphone output, a USB input with no delay, LDAC Bluetooth input, and superb performance all across the usage scenarios. This means that it will also be compared to the best DAC / Headphone Amplifiers, including Aune S6 PRO, HIFIMAN EF400 R2R DAC, Singxer SDA-2 Balanced DAC / Headphone AMP and Soundaware A1x PRO


Zoom F6 Portable Recorder Interface / Mixer  (700 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/03/zoom-f6-portable-32-bit-float-point-recorder-ultimate-portable-interface.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3r9rzu1

Zoom F6 is the latest, strongest and best (spec wise) portable recorder made by Zoom, and comes with a price tag of 700 USD. Today we will explore it and its abilities, and we will also explore how it compares to Zoom H5(280 USD), Zoom H2n(200 USD), Lotoo Paw 1(500 USD), and we will also be exploring pairings between Zoom F6 and Rode NTG-2 Shotgun Microphone and Rode NTG-3B Shotgun MicrophoneAt the end of today’s review, zoom took me by surprise with their F6, and although I was not a strong believer in the quality of interfaces, F6 delivers really nicely, and delivers on everything it promises to deliver. It is an interface with a detailed, vivid, and clean sound, no distortions, and it is perfect for both novices, but also professional film makers, and game developers too. 


Soundaware A1X PRO DAC/AMP/Streamer (700 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/05/soundaware-a1x-pro-streamer-dac-amp-big-boys-use-big-guns.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3hCD0X9

Just by looking at what else you can find in this same price range, and which made it to the Hall Of Fame, you know that A1X PRO is a hard rocking Streamer, that is best described as a really versatile DAC/AMP with a really good headphone driving stage. Certainly not perfect, it is more than enough for all enthusiasts, and will power pretty much anything from IEMs to Planars. Only downside to it is that you need to press the remote for every single increment of volume. 


Rubyoung Master R830 Stereo Hi-Fi Speaker (749 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/03/rubyoung-master-r830-stereo-hi-fi-speaker-art-in-many-ways.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3HZIPul

Rubyoung Master R830 is the $749 USD star Bluetooth speaker of today’s review, and this version is the Alcantara Blue, with the Blue Love cover, and which can be purchased directly from the Rubyoung or hopefully Amazon. The speaker has a Bluetooth 5.1 protocol, and it has a powerful woofer too, so it will be compared to other high-end speakers, including NHT C3 (1249 USD), Vifa Copenhagen 2 (700 USD), and AIWA EXOS 9 (300 USD). 


HIFIMAN He-R9 Dynamic Headphones (750 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/03/hifiman-he-r9-mystery-of-cherry-songs.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3bHB0MS

HIFIMAN HE-R9 is the latest 599 USD headphone from the master Chinese producer, and this time we have a closed back design on our hands, with dynamic drivers, and a bluetooth receiver, that will increase the cost to 749 USD. Given the price point, I will be comparing HE-R9 to other high end headphones, including Dan Clark Aeon Flow RT (500 USD), Sennheiser HD660S (500 USD), Adam Audio Studio PRO SP-5 (550 USD), HIFIMAN Ananda (700) and Beyerdynamic Amiron (599 USD). 


HIFIMAN EF600 Balanced & DAC Headphone Amplifier (799 USD)

Link To Review – https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2024/01/hifiman-ef600-dac-headphone-amp-towering-r2r-music-excellence.html

Link To Purchase – https://amzn.to/42Ru1Y0

HIFIMAN EF600 is a $799 USD high-end desktop DAC / Headphone amplifier, with a vertical design, Himalaya Ladder DACs, and with a design to maximize desktop space. Today we will be reviewing it and comparing it to other high-end desktop DAC/AMPs, including Aune S9C PRO (699 USD), FiiO K9 PRO ESS (849 USD), Matrix Mini-i PRO 4 (959 USD), and HIFIMAN EF400 (599 USD). There are many High-End DAC/AMPs and desktop units out there, but EF600 stands out strong and tall in the market today, it has exceptional price / performance ratio, with the driving power for headphones, decoding ability of the DAC and overall design being key elements of why it is such a great deal. You may need a preamplifier to use it for a desktop setup, but it will surely make your sound magical, and that’s priceless. At the end of today’s review, I want to name a  few of the features that EF600 manages to achieve, and those include extraordinary driving power, exceptional build quality, and the super resolution it manages to have while staying organic, clean and natural in the midrange. It surely is a fully recommended purchase, and one of the best DAC/AMPs you could ask for, especially if you have a pair of HIFIMAN Headphones and want to give them the best sound they can have. 


Meze 109 PRO Dynamic Headphones (799 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/07/meze-109-pro-dynamic-headphones-romanian-sound-art.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/47mBoqL

Meze 109 PRO is a $799 USD pair of High-End Open-Back Dynamic Headphones with an open-back design, dynamic driver, and a demonstration of Meze’s commitment to deliver pure emotion and go beyond a faithful reproduction of sound. They will be compared to other high-end headphones, including iBasso SR3, Audeze MM-500, Dan Clark Aeon 2 Noire, HIFIMAN Ananda, and Crosszone CZ-8a


IMR Acoustics ELAN (800 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/03/imr-audio-elan-lion-at-the-door.html

Link To Purchase: https://imracoustics.com/

IMR Audio Elan is the current IEM flagship priced at 600 GBP or about 800 USD, made by IMR Audio, with a 10mm CNT ADLC Driver + Bone Conduction motors, and a highly customizable design. Given the price point, it needs to be compared to other flagships like Moondrop Illumination (800 USD), Campfire Ara (1300 USD), Unique Melody MEST MK2 (1500 USD), and Campfire Vega 2020 (900 USD). 


Moondrop Illumination IEMs by TTAudio (800 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/10/moondrop-illumination-iems-listen-to-the-starlight.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3Evq7H4

Sold by the Canadian shop, TTAudio, Moondrop Illumination is a crème-de-la-crème IEM, made by the Chifi producer Moondrop. I actually was surprised that I could add this one to the Hall Of Fame, as Chifi rarely is worth the asking price at high-end levels. It looks like Western IEM and Headphone makers have reasons to fear, the Chifi market quickly catching up with them. Illumination has a wide, airy, presentation, excellent details, and a very dynamic sound. Despite their odd aesthetics, they are plenty comfortable.


QLS QA361 Digital Audio Player (DAP) (800 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2019/07/the-gentle-flagship-performer-qls-qa361-dap.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/QLS-AK4495SEQ-6OPA1622-Femtosecond-Lossless/dp/B07GVGVK4T

QLS QA361 is a magical one, because it is the answer to the question and request of many music lovers. Many wanted a DAP that has the sound of a true flagship, but which doesn’t rely on many features to work. QA 361 put all the money on the sound, and left all of the extra freatures out, as it is able to play music from its microSD card, and has physical buttons for its navigation. The sound is soft, musical, neutral and has a wide soundstage, and an amazing amount of details, making you wonder, where has it been for all your life. 


SVS Prime Wireless Pro Powered Speakers (899 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/11/svs-prime-wireless-pro-powered-speakers-hifi-magic-all-inclusive.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3H9gWzb

SVS Prime Wireless Pro is a $899 USD (internationally, without VAT), 4999 RON (Romania, AVstore, final price) pair of high-end speakers with a package that includes literally everything you may require, including the speakers, 200W Active Power (50W x 4 , 4 – Way stereo integrated amplifiers), Wireless abilities, a DAC, and an eccentric sound that’s sure to satisfy even the most serious of audiophiles. Today we’re reviewing those hidden jewels of audio, and also will be comparing them with other setups, including Rubyoung R830 (749 USD), KLH Model Five (2499 USD), NHT C3 (1250 USD), Aurender S5W (2999 USD), and Buchardt S400 (1800 USD). 


Dan Clark Aeon 2 Noire Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones (899 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/09/dan-clark-aeon-2-noire-true-flow-music-design.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3tdYazA

Dan Clark Audio Aeon 2 Noire is an 899 USD pair of headphones with a full black design, in-house designed and created planar magnetic drivers, and a multitude of cables available for you upon purchasing them. They will be compared to other high-end headphones, including Sendy Audio Peacock (1500 USD), Underwood HIFI LSA-HP1 (1400 USD), HIFIMAN Ananda (1000 USD), Crosszone CZ-8a (1600 USD), and Audeze LCD-XC 2021 (1800 USD). 


Campfire Vega 2020 IEMs (900 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/06/campfire-vega-2020-smooth-basshead-love.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/2WY0FsQ

Smooth Warm and Bassy is what Vega 2020 is all about. Campfire does not have a house sound, and every single one of their IEMs is made with a unique tuning in mind, Vega 2020 being the smooth, musical, laid back and fun of the bunch. They are also some of the most comfortable IEMs I tried my entire life, so you have the build quality, comforts and sonics to guarantee you’re going to be in heaven with Vega 2020. 


iBasso IT07 IEMs (900 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/03/ibasso-it07-in-ear-monitors-diamond-in-the-rough.html

Link to Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/iBasso-Audio-Flagship-IT07%E3%80%90Japan-Products%E3%80%91%E3%80%90Ships/dp/B08MYF8VR1

One of the few IEMs that really made me smile during the Corona Lockdown was the IT07. I heard it at the beginning of 2021, but it kept me smiling even months after, with that natural, slightly warm, full and rich sound. There’s something magical about the way it can deliver a very detailed experience, but never fails to stay natural and smooth, natural and also comfortable. It may be a bit pricey compared to iBasso’s previous IEMs, but it is perfect for the music lover looking to experience a proper flagship, yet less pricey than today’s most flagships. 


Crosszone CZ-10 Dynamic Headphones (900 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/08/crosszone-cz-10-headphones-soundstage-excelsior.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3ncPmbp

I was honestly expecting this one to be a soundstage-centric headphone, but it turns out that when properly powered CZ-10 can be a true high-end bass cannon. They are still somewhat midrange forward and peaky around 1 kHz, so they won’t be comfortable for everyone, but when you do find comfort in their sound, CZ-10 sounds brilliant, deep, impactful, fun and heavy. 


IMR Acoustics Dark Matter / God Particle IEMs (700 GBP / 910 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/06/imr-acoustics-pro-dark-matter-god-particle-universal-utopia-sounds.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3C0NWs9

IMR Acoustics PRO Dark Matter is an IEM priced at about 700 GBP or Great Britain Pounds, or about 910 USD, handmade by pros for pros, with two drivers, one dynamic and one bone conduction in its design. Given their price point, Dark Matter resides in the territory of flagships, and will be compared to other high-end flagships, including Unique Melody MEXT (1100 USD), Fir Audio VxV (999 USD), Rhapsodio Zombie (2000 USD), Lime Ears Aether R (1400 USD), Oriveti OV800 (999 USD), and Campfire Dorado 2020 (1100 USD). 


iBasso DX240 Digital Music Player / DAP (950 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/12/ibasso-dx240-sing-me-the-sweetest-melody.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3lz6GG4

iBasso DX240 is the latest DAP from iBasso, made to work with the same AMP modules as those made for DX220. This is one heck of a high-end DAP, with support for MQA, Hi-Res files, as well as apps, and a pure music Mango Mode. The sound is extremely live, raw, and direct, with a wide soundstage, and excellent detail. Driving power is a bit low by default, but you can get alternative AMP modules for more juice. 


Matrix Mini-i PRO 4 Music Streamer / DAC / AMP (959 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/09/matrix-mini-i-pro-4-music-streamer-dac-amp-does-it-all-does-it-well.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.matrix-digi.com/contact/dealer

Matrix Mini-i PRO 4 is a $959 USD Music Streamer, high-end DAC, and headphone amplifier / driver with a really smooth, high-end design, a versatile design that can do a lot of things, from music streaming, USB DAC function, Balanced and RCA outputs that work at the same time, all the way to having a touch screen, remote, and AirPlay 2 support. This makes it a very competitive device and I will be putting it against the best of the best, including Aune S9C PRO, Soundaware A1X PRO, Matrix Element i, Mano Ultra MKii and Keces S3


Oriveti OV800 IEMs (999 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/05/oriveti-ov800-flagship-iems-geometric-acoustic-beauty.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3vT6C9l

OV800 by Oriveti is a premium high-end universal IEM priced at 999 USD, with 8 Balanced Armature drivers, and a handmade cable. Aiming to offer a natural and balanced sound, with a luxurious low-end delivery, OV800 will be compared to other flagships, including iBasso IT07 (900 USD), Campfire Dorado 2020 (1100 USD), Audeze Euclid Planar IEMs (1300 USD) and Lime Ears Aether R (1400 USD). I will also include pairings with iBasso DX240 + AMP8 MK2 (950 USD + 219 USD), Astell & Kern SE180 (1500 USD), and Dethonray DTR1+ Prelude (1000 USD). 


Fir Audio VxV IEMs (999 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/03/fir-audio-vxv-iems-flagship-iem-hits-luckiest-notes.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3jbR5KS

Fir Audio VxV or 5×5 is a high-end IEM priced at 999 USD, and with five drivers per ear, a full bodied presentation and a special ATOM pressure venting system. Given their price point, they will be compared with Campfire Ara (1300 USD), Unique Melody MEST MKii (1500 USD), Audeze Euclid (1300 USD), iBasso IT07 (900 USD), and Lime Ears Aether R (1400 USD). I will also be including pairings with iBasso DX240 running AMP8 MK2 Module (950 USD), Dethonray DTR1+ Prelude DAP (1000 USD), and Astell & Kern SE180 (1500 USD). At the end of the day, if you’re looking for one of the most versatile IEMs ever designed, with a really comfortable fit, high quality chassis and driver technology, support well by the producing company, and sporting unique tech for their sound, Fir Audio VxV is going to spend a lot of time with you, and find a place in your heart, as one of the most natural sounding IEMs ever creating. 


Dethonray Prelude DTR1+ Music Player (1000 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/01/dethonray-prelude-dtr1-music-player-beautiful-music-box.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3tKGjlc

We’re reviewing a music player priced at 1000 USD, and made for those who don’t want no touchscreen, and who want a pure music experience with no distractions. This means that the first competitor it needs to have is QLS QA361 (700 USD), a DAP also made on this philosophy, but also high-end DAPs from this price bracket like FiiO M11 PRO (650 USD), iBasso DX240 (950 USD), and Lotoo PAW 6000 (1200 USD). For the pairings part of today’s review, we will be doing pairings with Dethonray’s own Tender 1 IEMs (700 USD), Campfire Audio Ara (1300 USD), Sendy Audio Peacock (1750 USD), and Crosszone CZ-10 (900 USD). 


Plussound Copper+ IEM Cable (1000 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/01/plussound-copper-time-for-flagship-cable-magic.html

Link to Purchase: https://plussoundaudio.com/customcables/inearmonitor.html

If you’re wondering if this is a spout of insanity, adding a cable review to the Hall Of Fame, it actually makes a lot of sense when you really think about it, this is inherently a part of an IEM, and this one cable will improve any IEM, having good synergy, good build quality, and despite its high price, being a good overall purchase for those who’re already running a high-end IEM and wanting more copper magic to that sound. 


Campfire Dorado2020 Hybrid IEMs (1100 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/04/campfire-dorado-2020-iems-detailed-playful-perfect.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3uX4JWu

Dorado2020 is the kind of IEM that I do recommend on a daily basis, and if you watch my Youtube video review about it, you’ll know by the public comments that everyone who got it is really satisfied. The biggest thing is that it is comfortable, detailed, but also fun, with an impactful rumbly bass, full sound, and a large stage. Great overall deal, for a falgship IEM. I am sure I will still be using this one in 2024. 


Westone Mach 60 IEMs (1100 USD)

Link To Review:  https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/10/westone-mach-60-iems-triple-plan-bass-mids-and-treble.html

Purchase Link:  https://amzn.to/3EjZBTF

Westone Mach 60 are a pair of IEMs priced at 1100 USD, currently found on sale for 879 USD, with 6 Balanced Armature Drivers, and a unique sound to match the super ergonomic design. They will be compared to other high-end and flagship IEMs, including Ambient Acoustics MAD16 (2500 USD), Oriveti OV800 (999 USD), Unique Melody MEXT (1200 USD), Fir Audio VxV (999 USD), and Campfire Ara (1300 USD). 


Matrix Element i Streamer / DAC / Headphone AMP (1150 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/07/matrix-audio-element-i-streamer-dac-headphone-amp-music-connections.html

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3SEMKjV

Matrix Audio Element i is a Streamer with a headphone output, DAC output, and much more, priced at 1150 USD, and will be compared to some of the best streamers, DACs and headphone amplifiers in the price range, including Cyrus One Cast (2000 USD), cocktail N25 Music Streamer (1400 USD), Keces S3 (1300 USD), Soundaware A1x PRO (700 USD), and Mano Ultra MKii (1200 USD). 


Lotoo PAW 6000 DAP (1200 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/04/lotoo-paw-6000-dap-music-player-excellence-in-audio.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3fxdTSX

I am still using this one, because it makes up for a great tiny, convenient Desktop DAC/AMP that I can take with me as a DAP whenever I need. Excellent battery life, driving factor, and the only real downside to it is that it doesn’t have strong Tidal and other app support. Still, my listening is done 90% from my own discography ripped by me directly from CDs, or purchased online, so PAW6K is and will be for the foreseeable future a nice partner in crime. 


Unique Melody MEXT IEMs (1200 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/04/unique-melody-mext-price-cut-musicality-increase.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3LJ0QMU

Unique Melody MEXT is the latest high-end IEM from UM, priced at 1099 USD right now, usually priced at 1200 USD, sporting Bone Conduction drivers, Dynamic Drivers, and Balanced Armatures. Supported by Unique Melody’s high-end 4.4mm balanced cable, MEXT will be compared to other flagship IEMs that left an impression on me over the years, including Unique Melody MEST MK2 (1500 USD), Final Audio A8000 (2500 USD), Rhapsodio Zombie (2000 USD), Campfire Ara (1300 USD), Lime Ears Aether R (1400 USD) and Audeze Euclid Planar IEMs (1300 USD). I will also be pairing MEXT with the Astell & Kern SP2000T (2500 USD), iBasso DX300 (1200 USD), and Lotoo PAW 6000 (1200 USD). An option for custom fitting is available, and it is priced at 1399 USD. At the end of today’s review, if you’re looking for high-end IEMs with an excellent build quality, superb instrument separation, dynamics and a totally new technology, developed by one of the best companies out there, namely Unique Melody, then MEXT should be at the top of your purchase list, as it comes with all the best tech they have to offer, and has probably the best price / performance ratio they have to date. 


NHT C3 Stereo Bookshelf Speakers (1250 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/06/nht-c3-3-way-bookshelf-stereo-speakers-music-for-life.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3QzulDf

NHT C3 is a high-end premium speaker priced at 624.99 USD per piece or 1249.98 USD for a stereo setup, with a 3-way design, sealed Box Design, and with a beautiful aesthetic. It will be compared to Buchardt S400 (1800 USD), Aurender S5W (3000 USD), and Audioengine A5+ Wireless (500 USD). I will also be pairing NHT C3 with Cyrus One Cast (2000 USD), Burson Funk (550 USD) driven by an AAdac from Audio Analogue (4000 USD) , and SMSL AO200 (280 USD) driven by SMSL DO200 (490 USD).


HIFIMAN Arya Organic (1299 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/11/hifiman-arya-organic-stealth-nano-and-comfort.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/48FPyEx

HIFIMAN Arya Organic is a $1299 USD pair of open-back planar magnetic headphones, with exceptional sonic performance, good price / performance ratio, and the latest iteration of the HIFIAN Arya series. While we already reviewed the Ananda Nano, and it was the most pleasing of the Nano series, the new Arya Organic gets the same treatment, and improves over the original Arya Stealth by adding the new Nanometer Thickness Diaphragm. This being said, the Arya Stealth was already using a Nanometer Diaphragm, so Arya Organic is a tweaked version of an exceptional original. Today we will explore the sound of the Arya Organic, and compare them to other high-end headphones, including the Arya Stealth (1599 USD), but also HE1000 Stealth (2999 USD), HIFIMAN Audivina (1999 USD), Audeze MM-500 (1699 USD), Spirit Torino Super Leggera (1999 USD), AND Crosszone CZ-8a (1700 USD). 


Campfire Ara IEMs (1300 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/10/campfire-ara-iems-scientist-of-music.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/32XH5jv

If you want to know how a scientific sounding IEM would sound like, that’s Ara. This one has the most detail from everything I heard around this price point, and is dangerously close to 2000 USD flagships, it is comfortable and has the reliable build / support of Campfire Audio. In fact, Ara has been in my top 10 IEMs for 2021, and will probably stay in my heart for much longer, with that sweet, detailed sound that has a natural amount of bass, a wide soundstage, and incredible detailing. 


Audeze Euclid Planar Magnetic IEMs (1300 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/05/audeze-euclid-planar-iems-closed-back-magnificence.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3u2f6an

Now, 1300 USD is quite a bit for an IEM, again, but it is money well invested if you want to have the only closed-back planar magnetic IEM in the entire world. Euclid has excellent stage, detail and clarity, along a nice comfort. 


Keces S3 DAC/AMP (1300 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/07/keces-s3-dac-balanced-amp-preamp-my-favorite-warm-performer.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3n88K9p

S3 has the power, refinement, detail and overall build quality to be among the best DAC/AMPs ever created. With a warm sound, an XLR headphone output, but also controllable gain, you’re sure to be able to pair it with pretty much anything, from relatively easy IEMs and earphones to hard to drive headphones. 


Soundz Avant IEMs (1390 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/12/soundz-avant-iems-greek-high-end-sound.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.soundzcustom.com/avant/

Soundz Avant is a 1390 USD / Euro IEM or In-Ear Monitor made in Greece by Soundz Custom, with 10 drivers playing in each ear, being ideal for both on-stage performers, but also studio workers and audiophiles. There is a Custom version you can purchase, if you have an audiologist nearby and are able to take impressions for them. Given the fact this is the flagship from the Soundz company, and the price point, we will be comparing them to other high-end IEMs, including Sennheiser Ie900 (1499 USD), Letshuoer Cadenza 12 (2299 USD), HIFIMAN Svanar (1999 USD), Dita Audio Perpetua (2999 USD), Ambient Acoustics MAD 16 (2999 USD). 


Underwood HIFI LSA HP-1 Headphones (1400 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2020/10/craz-clear-views-lsa-hp1.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=kennerton

The price point of the LSA HP1 may seem high, but it is actually very low, compared to the headphones they are the baby of. It is almost half the price of the Kennerton Odin, and much less than half the price of Thror, which I also reviewed, but the HP-1 deserves to be here, they are natural in the mids, but if driven well, they have the impact, detail, and even comfort to rival most 3000USD flagships. The trick is to always purchase them from Underwood Hifi USA, but don’t worry, they do deliver everywhere, including Romania. 


Lime Ears Aether R (1400 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/03/lime-ears-aether-r-iems-double-faced-trickster.html

Link To Purchase: https://drop.com/buy/limeears-aether-r-universal-fit-iem

Aether R is one of my all-time favorite IEMs for sure. It really has a unique tuning, and this one is a trickster, really hard to get right. Once you do get it right, it is amazing, one of the best IEMs to ever exist in the entire world. The best part about Aether R is how magically emotional and nuanced it can be, while keeping impact and dynamics top notch. A colorful performance, it won’t be able to satisfy absolutely everyone, but for those that it can satisfy, it shall stay a love for a lifetime. 


Cocktail N25 Music Streamer (1400 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/02/cocktail-audio-n25-streamer-elegance-usability-connected.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3JiYD9t

Coming straight out of the technologized South Korea, N25 is a flagship streamer with DAC functions, and priced at 1400 USD. For this price, it features a Streaming function, network player, Roon point, and MQA decoding, along with a DAC function, so you can connect it straight to an external Amplifier. It will be compared to other high-end and flagship DACs / Streamers, including Magna Hifi Mano Ultra MK2 (1200 USD), Cyrus One Cast (2000 USD), and Soundaware A1X PRO (700 USD). Given that it has a DAC function, it will also be tested as the main DAC for a few headline systems, a Violectric HPA V340 Amplifier (2000 EURO) + HIFIMAN Arya Stealth Headphones (1600 USD), and SMSL DO200 Amplifier (280 USD) + NHT C3 Speakers (1000 USD). At the end of the day, if you’re looking for beautiful sonics, excellent usage scenarios, with support for Bluetooth inputs, bluetooth outputs, MQA decoding, Roon Point support, External HDD support, and even USB DAC support, with a beautiful, well isolated, detailed sound, and good Wifi coverage, then cocktail Audio N25 is the best streamer I can recommend you out of everything I reviewed so far. 


Summit-Fi (1500+ USD)

The Summit-Fi is the end, products here dropped most sense of price-performance ratio, and are all about reaching the cutting edge of what is humanly possible at the moment of their release.

Things can get pricy, but the experience with a product must be sublime for it to exist in a hall of fame once you hit this kind of price. A product must be pretty flawless to exist here. 


Sennheiser IE900 Flagship In-Ear Monitors (1500 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/11/sennheiser-ie900-flagship-in-ear-monitors-orchestral-majesty.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/48r7fZ2

Sennheiser Ie900 is the $1499 USD flagship IEM designed by the ultra-popular audio company Sennheiser, which comes with both balanced and SE cables, a single dynamic driver, and with one of the best designs we’ve seen out there. Today we will be reviewing them, and also comparing the Ie900 to other high-end IEMs and flagships, in a battle of the best, the list including HIFIMAN Svanar (1999 USD), Unique Melody Maven PRO (1799 USD), Dita Audio Perpetua (2999 USD), FiR Audio NE4 NEON 4 (2299 USD), Ambient Acoustics MAD 24 (3499 USD) and Sennheiser Ie800 (999 USD). At the moment of writing today’s review, Sennheiser Ie900 can be found on the Sennheiser official website on sale for $999 USD, and it is part of the Amazon Black Friday deal for the same $999 USD price. 


Sivga Peacock Planar Magnetic Headphones (1500 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/10/sendy-audio-peacock-flagship-of-music.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3pswlkY

Sendy Audio Peacock is the latest headphone from Sendy Audio and it is priced at about 1500 USD at the moment of writing this full written review (USA), and 1750 USD (Europe after taxes). The main comparisons will be with Kennerton Thror (3000 USD), Audeze LCD MX4 (3000 USD), Rosson RAD-0 (2600 USD), Spirit Torino SuperLeggera (2000 USD), and Crosszone CZ-1 (2000 USD). We will also be having pairings with Astell&Kern SE180 (1500 USD), Analog Audio AAdac (4000 USD), Keces S3 (1300 USD), and Lotoo PAW6000 (1200 USD).


Astell & Kern A&Futura SE180 Music Player (1500 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/09/astell-kern-afutura-se180-music-player-alpha-dap-incoming.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=se180

This one DAP has been on my mind for such a long time, and I’ve been so happy to review it that I’ve been using it ever since reviewing it. Literally, while writing this piece, I have it on my desk. It is impressive, musical, yet smooth, yet detailed, punchy and dynamic. If you’re looking for the best the musical world has to offer, you need to check out Astell & Kern and their DAPs, they surely have an amazing thing going on for them, and there’s a reason they are considered kings in this hobby. 


Unique Melody MEST MK2 IEMs (1500 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/07/unique-melody-mest-mkii-iems-new-flagship-quadbrid.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3yQ9bHP

More drivers aren’t always better, but this time around they mean a much better sound, and I’m really excited to say that MEST MK2 is one of the best IEMs I heard in my entire life, period. They even beat those Xelento bass-heavy IEMS at the bass department, and also outdo Dita’s Fealty and Fidelity, so you know they mean business when you hear Unique Melody announcing a new IEM, with MEST MK2 being one of my absolute all-time favorites. 


Ricable Invictus Speaker Reference Cable (1518 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/08/ricable-invictus-speaker-reference-cable-purified-copper-music-flow.html

Link To Purchase:https://www.ricable.com/en/prodotto/invictus-speaker-reference-audio-cable-hi-fi-with-noise-reduction/

Ricable Invictus Speaker Reference Cable is a $1518 USD pair of high-end speaker cables, with a reference sound, exceptional design, super nice connectors, and a huge promised increase in quality for your listening setup, also handmade in Italy. Ricable is the first hifi cable manufacturer to offer a Total Lifetime Warranty for their cables, along with free returns, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Given the current setup that I’m using, I will be pairing and injecting the cable in a setup consisting of a KLH Model Five Speaker, a Keces s300+ Speaker Amplifier, and a FiiO K9 PRO DAC


iBasso DX320 DAP / Music Player (1600 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/07/ibasso-dx320-dap-music-player-ultimate-sonics.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3QdckLp

Ibasso DX320 is the 1599 USD flagship DAP or Digital Audio Player made by iBasso, with a modular AMP design, two colors available for purchase, and with new ROHM MUS-IC DACs instead of ESS or AK chips. Given the price point, it will be placed against the wall and compared to all the other flagships, including Astell & Kern A&Futura SE180 (1500 USD), Lotoo PAW 6000 (1200 USD), FiiO M17 (1800 USD), Astell & Kern A&Ultima SP2000T (2500 USD), iBasso DX300 (1200 USD), and Dethonray Prelude DTR1+ Music Player (1000 USD). 


Crosszone CZ-8A Multi-Driver Dynamic Headphones (1600 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/01/crosszone-cz-8a-3-driver-hifi-headphones-speaker-bass-stage-dynamics.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3LM0vcd

Crosszone CZ-8A is the latest headphone made by Crosszone, with 3 drivers, all of them dynamic, and in multiple sizes and are priced roughly 1700 USD, and mostly available on the Japanese and Asian markets. Those are some high-end over-the-ear flagship headphones with ingenious design, so they will be compared to other flagships, like Kennerton Thror (3000 USD), Rosson RAD-0 (2200 USD), Spirit Torino SuperLeggera (2000 USD), Crosszone CZ-1 (2000 USD), HIFIMAN Arya Stealth (1600 USD), and Audeze LCD-XC 2021 (1800 USD). I will also include pairings with Cyrus One Cast (2000 USD), Astell & Kern SE180 (1500 USD), Lotto PAW 6000 (1200 USD), and iBasso DX240 (950 USD). At the end of the day, if you want to listen to full sized high-end speakers, in a well designed room, but simply can’t, and if you don’t want to argue with your loved ones, but still can’t scratch your itch with your everyday headphones, Crosszone designed the CZ-8A just for you, a headphone that’s perfect for every music lover who’s used to a wide stage and who wants to hear that, but portably and in their own intimacy. 


Audeze MM-500 Studio Planar Magnetic Headphones (1699 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/10/audeze-mm-500-studio-suprema-planar.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3DUNU45

Audeze MM-500 is the 1699 USD pair of Planar Magnetic headphones designed by Audeze for Studios, Music Producers, Sound Engineers and everyone who wants to hear the latest word in detail and resolution, without breaking the bank. In fact, this is going to be not only hard to beat, but almost impossible if you’re here for resolution, precision and a crisp studio sound. The comparison list will include all the best headphones I’ve reviewed before, like Audeze LCD-XC (1800 USD), HIFIMAN HE6SE (1800 USD), Crosszone CZ-1 (2000 USD), Spirit Torino SuperLeggera (2000 USD), Rosson RAD-0 (2600 USD), and HIFIMAN HE1000 V2 (3000 USD). For driving MM-500 I’ve been using a collection that’s modest compared to the usual suspects, and it includes iBasso DX320 (1600 USD), HIFIMAN EF400 (600 USD), and Astell & Kern SE180 (1500 USD)


Unique Melody Maven PRO (1799 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/04/unique-melody-maven-pro-iems-most-beautiful-music-note.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.uniquemelody.org/products/maven-pro

Uniuqe Melody Maven PRO is a pair of $1799 USD pair of IEMs with 10 Balanced Armature Drivers and two EST Drivers playing in each ear, a Titanium Shell, and outstanding cables, all for the ultimate musicality. They will be compared to other flagship IEMs, including CTM Clear tune Monitors Da Vinci X (2400 USD), Unique Melody MESt MK2 (1500 USD), Lime Ears Aether R (1400 USD), Ambient Acoustics MAD 24 (3500 USD), and Final Audio A8000 (2400 USD). I will also be doing pairing for this flagship IEM, including pairings with Astell & Kern SP2000T (2500 USD), iBasso DX320 (1600 USD), Lotoo PAW 6000 (1200 USD), and Hiby RS2 Darwin (480 USD). 


Buchardt S400 Stereo Bookshelf Speakers (1800 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/09/buchardt-s400-speakers-music-is-everywhere.html 

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/32XLgfb

Buchardt S400 are a pair of speakers made with ingenious marketing and design, and they are sold for 1800 USD at the moment of writing this review. They will be compared with Aurender S5W, Edifier S1000DB, and Audioengine A5+. For driving the S400, we will have pairings with Roksan Caspian M2 Amplifier, driven by a Keces S3 DAC, Cyrus One Cast HD DAC/AMP/Streamer, and a Class D Arylic A50 Receiver / Amplifier.  


Audeze LCD-XC 2021 Planar Magnetic Headphones (1800 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/10/audeze-lcd-xc-2021-headphones-art-of-planar-monitors.html 

Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3DwKnXA

Sometimes you need a good headphone for both your mixing, mastering, and listening needs. This is exactly where LCD-XC 2021 comes in handy, as it has a good price / performance ratio, but also one of the most detailed, clean sounds you could get, and with a smoother texture presentation, it won’t be fatiguing and you won’t feel the need to take them off every few minutes because you can’t stand the sound or the comfort. Audeze made those lighter, for long hours of listening, and if you don’t need the rugged case, you could get them for around 1300 USD.  


HIFIMAN He6SE Planar Magnetic Headphones (1800 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2020/03/hifiman-he6se-review-star-is-here.html

Link to Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/HIFIMAN-Full-Size-Audiophile-Adjustable-Comfortable/dp/B07GNYYDSP

HE6SE is one of those headphones that you either love at first listen, or you feel it has too much detail. At any rate, they are a really hard to drive and hard to master headphone, that will reveal the finest textures, details and tiny wonders in your music, all while being comfy, and costing less than what other flagships do.


HIFIMAN Audivina Closed-Back Headphones (1999 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/10/hifiman-audivina-closed-back-headphones-audio-pleasure-maxima.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3twMYSB

HIFIMAN Audivina is a $1999 USD pair of over-the-ear closed-back planar magnetic headphones designed by HIFIMAN for Studio and Home usage. They come with the new Acoustically Invisible Stealth Magnet, Neo Supernano Diaphragm (NsD), and with superb ergonomics to redefine what kind of fun can be had with a closed-back can. Today we’ll be reviewing it together, but also compare them to other flagship headphones including HIFIMAN HE1000 Stealth (1400 USD), Audeze MM-500 (1699 USD), Crosszone CZ-8a (1700 USD), Sendy Audio Peacock (1500 USD), and Spirit Torino Audio Super Leggera (2000 USD). We will also be doing pairings between HIFIMAN Audivina and FiiO K9 PRO ESS (799 USD), SMSL DO400 (475 USD), iBasso DX320 MAX TI (3499 USD), and Astell & Kern ACRO CA1000T (2299 USD). 


HIFIMAN Svanar IEMs (1999 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/05/hifiman-svanar-iems-fantastic-music-flagship.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/48Eb5xA

HIFIMAN Svanar is the $ 1999 USD flagship IEM or In-Ear Monitor designed by HIFIMAN, to dominate the earphone market with single dynamic driver designs, with the name being inspired by the Swedish word for Swan, beauty, elegance and grace. It will be compared to other flagships, including Unique Melody Maven PRO (1799 USD), Dita Audio Perpetua (2999 USD), FiR Audio NE4 Neon 4 (2299 USD), Ambient Acoustics MAD16 (2500 USD), HIFIMAN RE2000 (2000 USD), and Audeze Euclid (1300 USD). Svanar will also be paired with a few portable sources, including Astell&Kern Acro CA1000T (2299 USD), iBasso DX320 (1599 USD), and Lotoo PAW 6000 (1200 USD). 


Cyrus One Cast Smart DAC / Integrated Amplifier / Headphone AMP (2000 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/01/cyrus-one-cast-smart-dac-integrated-amplifier-english-media-flagship.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/33Rpn1E

If you’re looking for a DAC / Headphone AMP / Stereo Hifi Integrated AMP to be the one center of all your entertainment, then One Cast should be the ideal thing to get. It has excellent sonics on all outputs, enough driving power for both speakers and all headphones out there, has no background noise, can work as a USB DAC, and can do streaming as well. It is, basically, the one media center you will stop at, because upgrading from it will be both tedious and come with drawbacks, compared to the convenience of using it. 


Violectric HPA V340 Headphone Amplifier / PREamp (2000 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/12/violectric-hpa-v340-headphone-amplifier-preamplifier-german-musicality.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3GPNXP7

Copious amounts of driving power, a high-end build, along with both Single Ended and Balanced Headphone outputs are just a few of the reasons you may be considering the HPA V340. This is one of the finest solid state Headphone AMPs that you can find on the market at the moment, and can be used as a Preamp for a full sized hifi system as well. 


CrossZone CZ-1 Headphones (2000 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2019/01/gentle-art-of-listening-crosszone-cz-1.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/CROSSZONE-HEADPHONE-CZ-1-Domestic-products%E3%80%91/dp/B01J0KMP62

CZ-1 isn’t open nor closed back, but semi-open, having ventilation, but not having a fully open cup. They are one of the best headphones there is, being in fair and straight competition with some of the most expensive hifhi speaker setups, when it comes to playing classical music. They sound huge, but fair, natural, and they are one of the most comfortable headphones in the world, relying on a very unique mechanism for being this comfortable, and they easily enter the Hall Of Fame for their interesting build, aesthetics and impressive sound that’s gentle and easy to listen to. 


Spirit Torino SuperLeggera Headphones (2000 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/04/spirit-torino-super-leggera-blue-is-the-new-awesome.html

Link To Purchase: https://ouo.io/T1k7NN

When browsing headphoines, you sometimes come across a really unique headphone with a fully unique desgin. The Spirit Torino Supper Leggera is one such headpohone, and if you’re curious how it stands to the test of time, this is still a personal favorite, as musical as it is playful, open, yet focused on the music in front of you. 


Feliks Euforia Flagship Tube Amplifier (2000 Euro)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2020/05/director-of-sound-feliks-audio-euforia.html

Link To Purchase: http://feliksaudio.pl/

There are a lot of amplifiers that are amazing as flagships, but Euforia is one of the very few that is neutral in tuning, being a clear window, and relying on transparency, rather than a colored sound to impress. The driving power is now just right for most headphones, regardless whether you have an IEM, a large headphone, Planars, or high-impedance cans, it should do just fine with anything. Like with any Tube AMPs, you can roll some tubes, until you find your favorite setup and make Euforia truly yours in sound and characteristics. 


Astell&Kern ACRO CA1000T Tube DAP (2299 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/02/astellkern-acro-ca1000t-transportable-tube-dap-the-mightiest-music-player.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3pyaP1Q

Astell&Kern Acro CA1000T is a $2299 USD Tube DAP or Digital Audio Player, with a display, microSD slot, insane-level 4 headphone outputs, volume wheel, separate charging and USB Data ports, RCA outputs, 4.4mm Line In, and Optical, Coaxial Input. The only players that really compete are other Astell & Kern music Players, but it will be thoroughly compared to all the other flagship music players available at the moment, including iBasso DX320 (1599 USD), Astell&Kern A&Ultima SP2000T (2500 USD), Lotoo PAW 6000 (1200 USD), iBasso DX220 MAX (1880 USD), and HIFIMAN R2R2000 (2500 USD). Given the price point of CA1000T, as well as its ultra high driving power, I’ll also be doing pairings with Dita Perpetua (2999 USD), Audeze MM-500 (1699 USD), Westone MACH 60 (1100 USD), FiR Audio Frontier Series NE4 (2299 USD), and HIFIMAN HE1000 V2 (2999 USD). 


Letshuoer Cadenza 12 (2299 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/11/letshuoer-cadenza-12-wise-but-delicate-flagship.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3NPlH4E

Letshuoer Cadenza 12 is a $ 2299 USD Flagship IEM or In-Ear Monitor with twelve drivers playing in each ear, a titanium chassis, and a six-way electronic Crossover, five acoustic bores, and the top performer from Letshuoer. It comes to challenge all the other flagship IEMs so today we will be reviewing it and comparing it with HIFIMAN Svanar (1999 USD), Unique Melody Maven PRO (1799 USD), FiR Audio Frontier Series NE4 Neon 4 IEMs (2299 USD), Ambient Acoustics MAD16 (2999 USD), and Dita Perpetua (2999 USD). We will also be including comparisons with Astell & Kern A&Ultima SP2000T (2500 USD), iBasso DX320 MAX TI (3499 USD), and Hiby R6 III (499 USD). 


FiR Audio NE4 Neon 4 IEMs (2299 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/09/fir-audio-frontier-series-ne4-neon-4-iems-exceeding-all-expectations.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3Ej0DPK

FiR Audio NE4 IEMs are a pair of Universal IEMs that can also be bought as customs, priced at 2299 USD, and designed with a superb sonic quality for both musicians and audiophiles. They aren’t the priciest IEMS I review on Audiophile-Heaven, by a good margin actually, but as we’ll explore today, they’re actually exceeding others easily, and are also different in tuning from the iconic VxV that I reviewed previously. This means that FiR Audio NE4 will be compared with the best of the best, including Ambient Acoustics MAD24 (3500 USD), CTM Clear Tune Monitors Da Vinci X (2400 USD), Unique Melody MEST MK2 (1500 USD), Lime Ears Aether R (1400 USD), FiR Audio VxV (999 USD), Final Audio A8000 (2400 USD), and Campfire Ara (1300 USD). 



Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/12/hifiman-he1000se-the-original-stealth-nano-music-wonder.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/47hLaKY

HIFIMAN He1000SE or HE1000 Special Edition is a $3500 USD pair of over-the-ear planar magnetic headphones, designed as the mid flagship from HIFIMAN (if you don’t include Susvara, and the more exotic options), being one of the first headphones to have introduced the Stealth Magnet and Nano Diaphragm designs in 2018. Today we will be reviewing it and comparing it to the new HIFIMAN HE1000 Stealth (1400 USD), Audeze MM-500 (1699 USD), Crosszone CZ-8a (1700 USD), Sendy Audio Peacock (1500 USD), Spirit Torino Super Leggera (2000 USD), Rosson RAD-0 (2600 USD). Since this is a headphone we’ve reviewed many times in the past under many forms, this Special Edition Review will also focus a lot on the differences between the generations of HE1000 that are available on the market. You can find HE1000SE for 1999 USD at the moment, which puts it in a whole different category of price / performance ratio compared to the original pricing, as we will explore towards the end of the review. 


Clear Tune Monitors CTM Da Vinci X IEMs (2400 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2020/01/the-maestro-clear-tune-monitors-ctm-da-vinci-x-iems-review.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3DLY72q

CTM Clear Tune Monitors Da Vinci X is simply put, one of the most clear, most revealing, most detailed IEMs I have heard to date. It has a very neutral, and an even slightly bright overall tuning, but it totally is worth its money, and will satisfy detail-addicts quite nicely, not to mention that it will surely make you see music in a new way, and this works evAmbient Acoustics MAD16 is an in-ear monitor priced at 2500 USD, designed with 16 balanced armature drivers, under the Main Audio Destination naming scheme. Given the price point, they have to be compared to other flagship IEMs, including CTM Clear Tune Monitors Da Vinci IX (1800 USD), Unique Melody MEST MK2 IEMs (1500 USD), Lime Ears Aether R (1400 USD), Final Audio A8000 (2400 USD), Audeze Euclid (1300 USD), and Fir Audio VxV (999 USD).


Ambient Acoustics MAD16 IEMs (2500 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/08/ambient-acoustics-mad16-iems-crazy-music-colors.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3A2QBzs

Ambient Acoustics MAD16 is an in-ear monitor priced at 2500 USD, designed with 16 balanced armature drivers, under the Main Audio Destination naming scheme. Given the price point, they have to be compared to other flagship IEMs, including CTM Clear Tune Monitors Da Vinci IX (1800 USD), Unique Melody MEST MK2 IEMs (1500 USD), Lime Ears Aether R (1400 USD), Final Audio A8000 (2400 USD), Audeze Euclid (1300 USD), and Fir Audio VxV (999 USD). 


Astell & Kern A&Ultima SP2000T Portable Music Player (2500 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/12/astellkern-anorma-sp2000t-tube-solid-state-blends-musically.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3nHrSdW

SP2000T is currently the best DAP in the whole world to implement Tube AMP and Solid State tech, and to also blend them together, allowing their users to select how much of the Tube and how much of the SS tech they want with their sound. The usual high-end Astell & Kern build quality, reliability, along with support for streaming services, MQA, and beautiful aesthetics are present. They include a high-end leather case as well with SP2000T, plus it has tons of driving power, perfect for basically any headphone or IEM. 


KLH Model Five Acoustic Suspension HIFI Stereo Speakers (2500 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/12/astellkern-anorma-sp2000t-tube-solid-state-blends-musically.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3WRTwVM

KLH Model Five is a 2499 USD Per Pair / 1249 USD Each Hifi Stereo Speaker setup with huge 10-Inch Bass Drivers, 3-Way Design, and superb 3/4″ MDF enclosure. They will be compared with other speakers I reviewed, including NHT C3 Bookshelf HIFI Speakers (1250 USD), Buchardt S400 (1800 USD), Aurender S5W (3000 USD). They will also be paired with a multitude of driving amplifiers, including Cyrus One Cast (2000 USD), SMSL AO200 (280 USD), Burson Funk (550 USD).  


Rosson RAD-0 Planar Magnetic Headphones (2600 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2020/03/rosson-rad-0-headphones-review.html

Link To Store: http://www.rossonaudiodesign.com/

With Rosson RAD-0, you get a headphone that is solid, well built, but also has an absolutely grain-free sound, with each sound flowing into each other, with a natural soundstage, clear presentation, and with one of the best sounds ever to exist to present guitars, rock, metal and electronic / pop.  


Dita Audio Perpetua (2999 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/03/dita-audio-perpetua-forever-musical-and-beautiful.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3BhRzbg

Dita Perpetua is a $2999 USD high-end flagship IEM, designed a single dynamic driver, the new PPT-D 12mm driver, and wit a super high-end cable included in the package, namely Dita’s New Coil/Cover cable, with a PCOCC Copper, with internal wiring from Kondo Audio Note Japan. It will be compared to other high-end flagship IEMs, including Ambient Acoustics MAD24 (3500 USD), Clear Tune Monitors CTM Da Vinci X (2400 USD), FiR Audio NE4 Neon 4 IEMS (2299 USD), Unique Melody MEST MK2 (1500 USD), and Final Audio A8000 (2400 USD). I will also include pairings with a selection of sources, namely Astell & Kern SP2000T (2500 USD), iBasso DX320 DAP (1600 USD), and Lotoo PAW 6000 (1200 USD). 


Audeze LCD-MX4 (3000 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2018/05/audeze-lcd-mx4-precisely-amazing.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Audeze-Over-Ear-Open-Back-Headphones-Magnesium/dp/B077XLLDKW

LCD-MX4 is the true power of a high-end Planar, a Headphone good for both listening to music, but also mastering, mixing, and general work with music production. They are a bit heavy, but they are one of the most precise, most detailed, most clear headphones that ever existed. With a smoother treble, so you can work on for hours, and an easy-to-drive nature, so they can pair with virtually any AMP or Workstation, LCD-MX4 is truly an amazing headphone that has a bright future ahead, not just in music lover’s homes, but also in the work space of many music producers, looking for a really precise tool to better their work. 


Keces S300+ Stereo Speaker Amplifier (3499 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2024/02/keces-s300-stereo-hifi-power-amplifier-speaker-utopia-sound-master.html

Link To Purchase: https://www.kecesaudio.com/S300+.html

Keces S300+ is a $3499 USD high-end flagship Stereo HIFI Power Amplifier, with both Balanced and Unbalanced inputs, High and Low Bias modes, and with a power consumption of up to 1000W, able to use Loop Triggers, designed to drive the beefiest, most picky of speakers out there. Today we will take a deep dive in the sound design and compare it to other high-end Power Amplifiers, including Cyrus One Cast (2000 USD), Burson Funk (550 USD), Jadis Orchestra Reference (4500 USD). With a Class A or AB, you know the S300+ will move any speaker driver, so we will also explore pairings with different DACs, and speakers, including pairings with NHT C3 (1249 USD), Amphion Argon 3s (3000 USD), KLH Model Five (2499 USD), and Buchard S400 (1800 USD). There have been some changes from the original S300, namely the Damping factor increased from 1500 to 4000, the internal materials have been upgraded, and the speaker terminals have been upgraded to WBT-0703Cu. 


iBasso DX320 MAX TI DAP Music Player (3499 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2023/07/ibasso-dx320-max-ti-dap-music-player-ultimate-portable-flagship-dream.html

Link To Purchase: https://ibasso.com/product/dx320max

iBasso DX320 MAX TI is a $ 3499 USD Music Player or DAP designed to be the ultimate companion to your audio journey. It features Android 11, Class A Amplification, 6GB or RAM, 4 ROHM DACs (BD34301EKV) and both a Single Ended and a Balanced headphone output. It is also made to be portable, so it will be a travel companion, being comparable to all of the other high-end flagships, including iBasso DX220MAX, Astell & Kern A&Ultima SP2000T, Astell&Kern ACRO CA1000T, iBasso DX320, Lotto PAW 6000, and Dethonray Prelude DTR1+. Since we’re going to have a lot of fun, we’ll also be doing pairings, with iBasso SR3, Erzetich Thalia, Ambient Acoustics MAD16, Unique Melody Maven PRO.


Ambient Acoustics MAD24 / MAD 24 Flagship IEMs (3500 USD) 

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/05/ambient-acoustics-mad-24-insanely-musical.html

Link To Purchase: https://amzn.to/3AbS5rL

Ambient Acoustics MAD24 is an in-ear monitor priced at 3499 USD, designed with 24 balanced armature drivers, under the Main Audio Destination naming scheme, and which is quickly gathering recognition in the Audiophile World. Given the price point, they have to be compared to pretty much every single other flagship IEM, including CTM Clear Tune Monitors Da Vinci X (2400 USD), Unique Melody MEST MK2 IEMs (1500 USD), Lime Ears Aether R (1400 USD), Final Audio A8000 (2400 USD), Audeze Euclid (1300 USD), Campfire Ara (1300 USD), Fir Audio VxV (999 USD), and Oriveti OV800 (999 USD). I will also be pairing the MAD 24 with the best sources I have on hand, including iBasso DX300 (1200 USD), Lotto PAW 6000 (1200 USD), Astell & Kern SE180 (1500 USD), Dethonray DTR1+ (1000 USD), and Astell & Kern SP2000T (2500 USD). I will also be taking notes on the matching with the Plussound Copper+ Cable (999 USD), STE Cu W16 (400 USD), and Effect Audio EVO 1 (440 USD) 


Analog Audio AAdac (4000 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/04/audio-analogue-aadac-italian-master-design.html

Link To Store: https://amzn.to/3ypUL2e

When you want to experience the best dynamics a DAC can have, the AAdac is there waiting for you. The shape unique to Analog Audio, it surely is refreshing to see a new design compared to the old fashioned DACs by other companies. There is one 6.3mm Headphone output, as well as an IR port, but most of the part happens at the back, as I explain in my full in-depth written review above. 


Smyth A16 Realiser Headstand DXP / HT / Processor / DAC / AMP (4000 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2021/05/smyth-a16-realiser-headstand-dac-amp-3d-stage-for-everyone.html

Link To Store: https://ouo.io/EF46JS

If you wanted to check out something that has waaaay more usability than your average DAC, here comes the winner, like DGD would say. A16 is a Home theather, DXP, Processor, DAC, Headphone AMP, and many other things in one unit. As I noted in my full in-depth written review about it, while checking it out, you can’t miss the features it has, as it can measure, EQ and plan for your headphones, transform them sonically into soundstage and bass monsters, but also be used as a Desktop DAC, used with an external headphone amp, and do so much more. 


Audeze LCD-5 Flagship Planar Magnetic Headphones (4500 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2022/05/audeze-lcd-5-flagship-performance-supremus.html

Link To Store: https://amzn.to/3QdBtFv

Audeze LCD-5 is the top dog planar magnetic headphone, and it is on a kill streak to destroy all the competition, with a price tag of 4500 USD, to match the ambition that went into designing and producing it. Given the design, purpose and overall market position, LCD-5 will get compared to absolutely all of the other flagships I reviewed in the past, including Kennerton Thror (3000 USD), Rosson RAD-0 (2600 USD), Spirit Torino Super Leggera (2000 USD), Crosszone CZ-1 (2000 USD), HIFIMAN He6SE (1800 USD), Sendy Audio Peacock (1500 USD), and HIFIMAN Arya Stealth (1600 USD). For such a special flagship I will be including pairings with the best sources available to music lovers, including Audio Analogue AAdac (4000 USD), Feliks Euforia paired with a Smyth A16 Realiser DAC / Processor (2000 USD + 4000 USD), Violectric HPA V340 paired with a Keces S3 DAC (2000 USD + 1300 USD), Cyrus One Cast (2000 USD), and an Astell & Kern SE180 Music Player running the SEM2 DAC/AMP module (1500 USD). 


Sonoma Model One Electrostatic Headphone System (5000 USD)

Link To Review: https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/2020/06/long-live-queen-sonoma-model-one.html

Link To Store: https://warwickacoustics.com/headphones/collection/sonoma-one-headphone-system/

Sonoma Model One surely didn’t have the sound you’d expect it to, it was magically quick, having an excellent detail revealing ability, and they have a forward presentation. The build quality is actually great, they stand the test of time quite well, and they also have both a DAC, an AMP, and a headphone in the price, being an All-In-One, so for the most part, getting them or getting a 3000 or 4000 USD Headphone will end up costing the same. 


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Full Playlist used for this review

We listened to more songs than those named in this playlist, but those are excellent for identifying a sonic signature.  I recommend trying most of the songs from this playlist, especially if you’re searching for new music! The playlists are different for Spotify, Tidal and Youtube, and based on the songs I enjoy and are available on each!




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1 Comment

  1. Tech Love

    Wow, this post is a game-changer for audiophiles! I can’t believe I never knew about the Hall of Fame for audio equipment. The recommendations are top-notch and I can’t wait to check out some of these legendary brands. Thanks for sharing!

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