Unique Melody MEST

Unique Melody MEST

Overview In the world filled with IEMs and new releases happening almost weekly, it seems like novelty is something that rarely happens anymore. Unique Melody did just that. Not only the MEST is a “quadbrid” design, but it also incorporates something completely new to the IEM world, a bone conduction driver which vibrates the shell of the IEM. The rest of the drivers are a dynamic driver for the bass, 2 balanced armatures for the midrange, 2 balanced armatures for…

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Gaudio Clariden

Gaudio Clariden

Overview Gaudio is a completely new brand in the IEM market, coming from Switzerland it’s more so unusual as most of the new brands tend to originate in Asia nowadays. The Clariden is one of their two offerings, using a 3 balanced armature setup housed in an aluminium body. This unit was kindly sent out by Phil from Audio Concierge for a review tour and has since been returned. In the box Headphones 1.2m 3.5mm cable Carry case 5 Sets…

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Campfire Audio Ara

Campfire Audio Ara

Overview Campfire Audio is one of those brands which is hard to mistake with their industrial looking yet sleek designs and materials. I have been a big fan of the Andromeda for what now feels like forever, which made the release of the Ara quite an interesting one since it swayed away from more of fun sound towards something more analytical and neutral. Equipped with 7 balanced armatures in a crossover-less configuration and enclosed in a titanium shell the Ara…

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MMR Thummim

MMR Thummim

Overview MMR or Metal Magic Research is an extremely new company in the IEM market, however, it is founded by an industry veteran, Joseph Mou who previously founded Jomo Audio and gained a lot of renown with their offerings.  The Thummim is their flagship universal offering using a tribrid design consisting of a dynamic driver for the lows, 2 balanced armatures for the midrange, 2 balanced armatures for the highs, 2 balanced armatures for the mid-highs and 4 electrostatic drivers…

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Sony IER-M7

Sony IER-M7

Overview The IER-M7 is a Sony stage monitor type offering, unlike most IEMs using off the shelf drivers, Sony went out of their way and designed their own balanced armatures used here, which makes it that much more interesting. In the box IEMs 3.5mm 1.2m cable 4.4mm 1.2m cable Case  6 pairs of hybrid foam eartips 7 pairs of silicone eartips Build quality and accessories The build quality is exceptional. From the IEMs, which even though plastic, feel amazingly made,…

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ZMF Vérité Closed Ironwood

ZMF Vérité Closed Ironwood

Overview The Vérité Closed is the flagship closed-back from ZMF, it comes after the big success of its open counterpart and aims for the same sonic characteristics. It features a Beryllium coated PEN driver, magnesium chassis and wooden cups made from ironwood (or monkeypod in the non-limited edition). In the box Wooden box/case Headphones 2 Sets of pads Spare screws Adjustment tools OFC cable Owners card Build quality and accessories I’ve always been a fan of boutique and handmade items,…

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KZ S2

KZ S2

Overview The S2 is their new truly wireless offering from Knowledge Zenith, it features a single dynamic and single balanced armature design with bluetooth 5.0 support.  The KZ S2 was provided to me by Linsoul in exchange for a review. In the box IEMs Charging case USB-C Cable Instruction Extra tips Build quality and accessories I’ll talk about the build from the price perspective. As of this moment, the S2 are about 29$ on Indiegogo. For that amount of money,…

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AME Argent

AME Argent

Overview The Argent is the co-flagship alongside the Radioso, featuring a more conventional balanced armature and electrostatic driver design.  Thanks to AME Custom for giving me the opportunity to review the Radioso as part of the AME Tour. The unit is a loaner and must be returned. In the box IEMs 1.2m 3.5mm cable 1/4″ adapter Cleaning tool Case 3 Pairs of spinfit tips Foam tips Case Build quality and accessories Same as the Radioso, the Argent is really well made, the…

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AME Radioso

AME Radioso

Overview I first heard of AME around mid last year just around the time they released their first tribrid IEMs, due to them being based in South Korea the initial access to demo units was quite limited and until getting invited to join their review tour I didn’t get a chance to try any of their offerings. The Radioso is a tribrid featuring a single dynamic driver, single BA and quad electrostatic drivers in a 3-way crossover.  Thanks to AME…

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Stealth Sonics U4

Stealth Sonics U4

Overview Stealth Sonics is a fairly new player in the IEM market-based in Singapore, I’ve not heard about them until recently when Jackpot77 of Audio Primate introduced me to their lineup. The U4 is their midrange offering featuring 4 balanced armature setup in a 4-way crossover. Their design is quite bold and unlike anything I’ve seen before, with swappable faceplate. Disclaimer:I would like to thank Stealth Sonics for providing the demo units for this tour and Jackpot77 of Audio Primate…

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