The AET07 range is designed for wide-range clarity, giving an immediately noticeable space extension to your IEMs. They are soft and comfortable to wear, and a top favourite amongst our customers. Available in multiple colours, sold as single pairs. If you would like more bass focus on your IEMs, you might want to consider the AET08.
Cayin Audio were R2R pioneers in a smart music player, but the advent of the R2R RU6 USB-C DAC/amp dongle establishes them as masters of the fully-discrete resistor DAC topology in portable audio.
Entering 2022, this is all it takes to achieve the buttery, natural and resolving sound, plus imaging depth, R2R is known for. Building a discrete R2R DAC in N6II/R01 had already been no mean feat.
Yet to have gone one further, and implemented a 4.4mm DAC dongle for Android, iPads and laptops is a most ambitious step for R2R. It's worth it to Headfonics who cite RU6's "analog" approach, and the innovation extending to its volume control is lauded by Headfonia. [See Product Desc. For More]
It gets harder every time it gets smaller, so RU6 marks Cayin as masters showcasing how they can make it work. Descended from R01, RU6's boasts a chain of 96 0.1% precision, temperature stable, resistors.
That imparts a fidelity to mobile audio not yet experienced. Over 200 mW of balanced power gets most earphones and headphones loud, on the move. ecoustics say RU6 "is not only very unique but also one of the best of its kind".
Everyday Listening rates "RU6’s wide stage and analogue-like note presentation granting it one of the sweetest and most euphonic sounds I’ve encountered". After thorough comparisons with other options, Twister6 qualifies RU6 as capable of replacing entry-level music players.
Prime Audio Reviews confirms it differentiates itself from other DAC/amps, and it's Ear Fidelity's Best Portable DAC of 2021.
Your music will be decoded up and down RU6's 24-bit ladder of individual resistors, crammed into its thumb-sized chassis over two separate six-layer PCBs. The actual R2R ladder DAC is kept apart from signal processing to lower noise.
We pay attention when Cayin implement RU6 ala typical R2R – with a NOS (non-oversampling) mode. That's double the feat because the precision demanded goes up. Amidst minimal digital filtering, R2R's analog-like goodness gets delivered unmolested to your ears.
Lovers of reference sound need not fret, however, with RU6's ability to switch from NOS to oversampling mode for the cleanest possible result. That scrubs any last distortion and artifacts beyond the audible human hearing range, leaving you to just enjoy your music, naturally, via one more Cayin innovation yet.
That precision is backed up by a low-power, fully analog, volume control solution.
A series resistor operates with shunts as voltage dividers in tandem with relays, to maintain near-perfect resolution of your music and a signal-to-noise ratio of over 110 dB. A totally novel volume solution has made this a feat for a USB-powered dongle DAC; let alone a R2R one.
Take all 30g of the RU6 built from CNC aluminium with you in your pocket, bundled with a USB-C cable as stock for all your mobile devices, with additional leather cases and Lightning-to-USB-C cable (not MFI-certified) sold separately.
Also check out the rest of Cayin's releases here, or view our other DAC/amps here.
We've seen lots of faces turn blue, pink, purple, green from trying to detach a cable from IEMs with MMCX connection. Corners of shirts were pulled, fingers getting dented from pure brute force. Nails broken- but agony's over when the colour of genius is yellow, yellow like these little helpful clips so you retain your composure during an extreme cable test launch event, or when you're braids shopping. Why do we spend time writing about a wee clip like this? We don't know, but we hope you enjoyed reading about it. #wesodrama
Everyone needs one. We picked the top quality compressed wood with our favourite finishes in Walnut, Zebra & Ashwood and made them in a regular omega shape, or a 2-piece X cross stand for you to tuck the cable away in the middle. What do our customers think:1. Stax customers prefer the X-stand so the cable rests in the cradle.2. Classic walnut omega is a perpetual favourite.3. Zebra pops the colour on your headphones if they're plain in design.
It's the classic finishing piece to your desktop set up, and a perfect gift for a friend's birthday or Christmas, or anything, really.
Additional cushioning on headbands has never hurt anyone. Velcro around your original headband for extra protection against wear and tear, and also comfort during your long hours of listening.
***All pad sales are final. No returns, refunds, or exchanges.
YAXI is the Sony of earpads. Four lettered Japanese brand names is our thing, especially when they make earpads for legacy headphones such as the Koss Porta Pro, and Grados.Fit Chart:KossPortaPro, SportaPro, KSC75, KSC35, KPH30iSennheiserPXC300, PX-200-II
Questyle Audio adhere faithfully to current-mode amplification at all form factors, and building a 4.4mm balanced output into the M15 just extended the capabilities of their flagship dongle.
Headfonia says "M15 offers one of the most sophisticated designs in the industry". ecoustics rate it on par with legacy music players and "would suggest trying it before you pay for anything else".
MOONSTAR Reviews echo M15 competes on equal terms as music players. Headphonesty hail it as liquid gold. M15 "managed to wring musicality out of the ESS DAC chip that I frankly did not think possible" praised Headphone Guru. It's Highly Recommended on Ear Fidelity.
It's easy to hear why, if audible results count to you. Operating in current-mode, audio signal gets passed in current instead of the more standard voltage. The Legend Evo from Empire Ears provides instant synergy, given its 3ohm load.
Current-mode amplification eliminates the lag time of the signal that might otherwise occur, as it builds up at the capacitances in the circuit – current signal passes through unhindered as compared to voltage, with speed and ease. [See Product Desc. For More]
By doing away with the issue of transmission delay in M15, Questyle virtually eliminates any of the harshness caused by the intermodulation distortion associated with high capacitance, solid-state circuits.
Typical of their high-end offerings, M15 decodes digital via its ESS Technology ES9281AC DAC smoothly and organically, without exaggerated warmth or bloat.
That small signal then takes advantage of being unhindered by capacitance in the signal path. An added benefit from current-mode amplification is that huge signal bandwidth is possible, leading to phase response being accurately preserved in the human hearing range.
Indeed, to hear current-mode is to hear a naturalness to music not encountered before in a conventional circuit, and Questyle build M15 as an affordable entry to such a topology.
Happily use with any low-impedance device (current signals excel the closer a load is to ground) such as Rosson Audio Designs, the Vision Ears Elysium EXT, plus CIEM heavyweights Craft Ears and Empire Ears – particularly the latter's Odin and Legend Evo.
Driving low impedances is M15's forte. But bridge-tied load balanced operation now means this dongle also doubles voltage swing compared to single-ended operation, to drive higher impedances credibly too.
Explore how Questyle's current-mode scheme in CMA15 can further benefit your planar-magnetic headphones at the desk, or browse our other mobile DAC/amps here.
The Best Naming Award goes to ZMF Headphones in 2020! Every ZMF owner with Zepp gets the Pilot Pad, and sometimes they get it for other headphones too, but there were some that did not fit. Well, not anymore. Read what ZMF Headphones had to say about it:
"We designed the Co-Pilot to make your headphones feel weightless and it’s true! When the Co-Pilot is attached, your headphones feel like they're floating! Compared to the original Pilot Pad, the Co-Pilot offers more surface area, larger foam pads, and two-sided Velcro attachment with a thinner, sleeker profile.
This design will work with headphone bands that range from 1.95in (48mm) wide and 0.1in (2.5mm) thick to 1in (25.4mm) wide and 0.5in (12.2mm) thick. The total area allotted for headband attachment is 2in (50.8mm). The Co-Pilot was designed to work with most headphones, but it’s not guaranteed to work for every headphone. If you’re one the fence, the Co-Pilot is the safer choice regarding fit."
===All pad sales are final. No returns, refunds, or exchanges for hygiene reasons.
Questyle Audio adhere faithfully to current-mode amplification at all form factors, their dedication to this technology extending down to their thumbdrive-sized DAC dongle, the M12.
It's easy to hear why, if audible results count to you. Operating in current-mode, audio signal gets passed in current instead of the more standard voltage.
This eliminates the lag time of the signal that might otherwise occur, as it builds up at the capacitances in the circuit – current signal passes through unhindered as compared to voltage, with speed and ease. [See Product Desc. For More]
By doing away with the issue of transmission delay in M12, Questyle virtually eliminates any of the harshness caused by the intermodulation distortion associated with high capacitance, solid-state circuits.
Typical of their high-end offerings, M12 presents detail smoothly and organically without exaggerated warmth or bloat. It easily earned Stereophile's praise for its transparency.
Another effect of being unhindered by capacitance in the signal path means that huge signal bandwidth is possible, leading to phase response being accurately preserved in the human hearing range.
Indeed, to hear current-mode is to hear a naturalness to music not encountered before in a conventional circuit, and Questyle build M12 as an affordable entry to such a topology.
Happily use with any low-impedance device (current signals excel the closer a load is to ground) such as Focal's new line of headphones – Radiance, Celestee and Clear MG – plus Rosson Audio Design and CIEM heavyweights Craft Ears and Empire Ears.
// GOOD TO KNOW
Current Mode Amplification
Smart impedance matching from 8 to 600 Ohms.
Ultra low distortion 0.0003%
ES9281AC chip (Decodes up to PCM 384kHz/32bit and DSD256)
Supports MQA decoding
Supports TRRS in-line mic input
Compatible with Android 5.0 & above and iPhones (Lightning cable not provided)
Dimensions: 5.1 X 1.65 X 0.81 cm
Built-in smart detection circuit will automatically self-adjust the output power to fit different impedance of headphones. RL=16Ω – Po=46.11mW; RL=32Ω – Po=26.71mW; RL=300Ω – Po=12.26mW; When the detected impedance is less than 70Ω, M12 will self-adjust to low gain output. When it is more than 70Ω, M12 will self-adjust to high gain output. When it is more than 600Ω, M12 will automatically switch to 2Vrms line out.
// WHAT'S IN THE BOX:
1 x M12 Mobile Amplifier with DAC
1 x M12 description card
1 x Type-C to USB-A Cable
1 x Type-C to USB-C Cable
Designed and made for STAX, but loved by all headphone owners. Toss the cover on to minimise dust or dirt settling on the earspeakers. Complete the STAX look with a HPS-2 STAX stand, or pick one of our walnut finish headphone stands here.
iBasso Audio's CF1 is more than a step into Bluetooth and true wireless. It's a big plunge that's IPX5 and will make waves in this market.
Splash out for this Qualcomm aptX true wireless adapter that's quiet enough not to suffer from any audible hiss with sensitive IEMs – your Campfire Audio flagships will never disapprove. [See Product Desc. For More]
A big part of CF1's proposition is being tuned by true masters of amplifier and music player DAC design. Your earphones set free from their wires will continue to unleash best sound, with nearly 30 hours of battery life keeping the music playing on and on.
Twister6 loved using these to turn iBasso's IT00 IEM into an instantly gratifying pair of audiophile true wireless buds, and Headfonia did too as they put it on their 'Recommended Buy' list. This is a Bluetooth adapter only limited by the choice of IEM that you pair with it, states Headfonics.
You can also view the rest of iBasso's releases here, or browse the rest of our Bluetooth collection here.
YAXI does it best when it comes to earpads, and we're so glad they did this for the Grado favourites: SR80e, classic SR325e, limited edition Hemp, or the new GW100. Most users prefer them for comfort and quality.
Go Fanta Grape for a bit of fun, or keep it classic with black.
The AET08 model is designed for emphasis on bass, marked "bass reverb" on the package. They are soft and comfortable to wear, and a top favourite amongst our customers. Available in multiple colours, sold as single pairs. If you would like your IEMs to open up in soundstage and clarity, you might want to consider the AET07.
// GOOD TO KNOW:
"33 cores per core, 4 cores structure brings out a rich sound with depth and a high range that is transparent and draws out a low range with a quick response and a lively feeling, overall bands."
Cable: 4cores of Mixed cable
Material per 1 wire : Gold plated 4N silver cable + 4N pure silver cable+ 6N OCC copper
Cable length: 120cm
Ear hook: No wire
Cable slider: black slider
Impedance: Less than 0.3Ω
Cryogenic processed : Put in -156 ºC low temperature for 72 hours.
// GOOD TO KNOW
4-Core 6N OCC Copper
Nylon core with PVC coat + Nylon outer sleeve
Available in brown or full black sleeving
Also check out our other cables from Acoustune, Ares Audio, Audio-Genetic, Dita Audio and Effect Audio.
600 means so much more than a number to Sennheiser. After the HD600 proved so much of a generational product, naming the IE600 shows exactly the expectations Sennheiser have for their next genre-defining IEM.
StereoNET gave it an Applause Award and didn't expect Sennheiser's middle-child to mount such a shot at the top. Headfonics found it the "most credible-sounding monitor I have tested from Sennheiser in a while".
"Ad perfectum compromissum" is what Headfonia say "IE600 really is, the perfect blend between the reference IE900 and the super-fun IE300".
Sure enough, IE600 is the name on every audiophile's lips. The iconic number permeates all levels of Head-Fi, and it's impossible not to be excited by another watershed release that will become so much more than a great transducer to gravitate around. [See Product Desc. For More]
We know we've reached another height of research and development – Sennheiser's buzzwords – when this single dynamic driver wonder swept to multiple awards at launch.
T3 and LBTechreviews both score IE600 full marks. the Ear cites it's a great example of a premium wired earbud's supremacy. That shouldn't come as a surprise. Sennheiser have tuned IE600 with the best form of neutrality, the kind that every discerning – even mildly – music lover can come to enjoy. Universally.
Because there is always something to love from a transducer that can simultaneously render accurate bass, and properly judged vocals.
Being able to deliver detail without compromise, yet not needing to die by being able to hear everything as its only asset. IE600 gets so much right without even trying, a veritable sweet spot everyone loves. The real significance of the 600 moniker, on show.
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Pairs of by-now standard 7mm TrueResponse drivers built in Wedemark, Germany, form IE600's beating heart. An acoustic back volume to the dynamic driver's rear, and dual resonator chambers to the front, give this the basis to perform.
Sennheiser unlock IE600's tuning potential from the drawing board, 7mm diameter small enough to climb in frequency without cone or modal break-up, while supplying it with enough air volume to move and manifest a long, slow bass wave with full authority.
Moving up, IE600 wouldn't be a Sennheiser if it was without soundstage. So its dual resonator chambers D2CA manage airflow to your ear such that voices and instruments in a realistic headspace get delivered with solid images to your ear. Close your eyes, listen with your ears, and you're there at the venue.
Delicately assembled in Ireland, these Sennheisers are built tough. The zirconium alloy IE600 is encased in has triple the hardness and flexural strength of high-performance steel: truly a space-age material found on the drill of the Mars Rover.
A 4.4mm balanced cable comes in the package, ensuring your prized IE600 is ready for use up to its full potential immediately from our range of music players and portable DAC/amps.
To rediscover your music through the newly-iconic IE600 is to invite you to listen to the IE300 and IE900 for different views into your tunes too. Or, check out all of Sennheiser's other historic releases here, and our other IEMs here too.
YAXI is the Sony of earpads. Four lettered Japanese brand names is our thing, especially when they make earpads for legacy headphones.Fits the following headphones:Audio-TechnicaMSR7 / MSR7B, M20X, M30X, M40X, M50XSonyMDR-CD900ST, 7506, CD700, V6JVCHA-MX100-Z, MX10-B, Class-S Wood HA-SW01, SW02UltrasoneSignature Studio, DJ, HFI-580SoundwarriorSW-HP10, HP11, HP20Mitchell & JohnsonGL2, GL1, JP1PioneerSE-MSST-K, HRM-6 ProTago Studio TakasakiT3-01SennheiserHD280 Pro Mk. 2YamahaHPH-MT8, MT120BeyerdynamicDJ250, 80maxwellMXH-MD5000Meze99 Classics
Perfect for cushioning your headbands and giving it the comfort required for long hours of listening. The Nuggets are made with Dekoni Choice Leather, a synthetic vegan alternative to real leather. The soft leather is paired with Dekoni�E€�Es signature high density, slow rebound memory foam for a great fit for long listening sessions �E€�E even if you wear glasses.Each pack contains 4 pieces.
With a large-diameter bore, Acoustune's new reference eartips now comes improved fit and sound isolation while maintaining the wide-range clarity and balance of the earphones themslves.// SPECIFICATIONS- Inner nozzle diameter - 4.5mm- XS size: 8.9mm (height), 10mm (width)- S size: 8.9mm (height), 11mm (width)- M size: 9.2mm (height), 12mm (width)- L size: 9.2mm (height), 13mm (width)- XL size: 9.2mm (height), 14mm (width)
ESS Technology DAC chips debut here in an iBasso Audio USB-C DAC/amp dongle, and boy does it show in the way the 3.5mm DC05 sounds.
Plenty more involvement and detail shows in the way this dual ES9219C dongle that plays Tidal MQA sounds, reminiscent in more ways than one of the flagship DX240 music player.
Headfonia consider DC05 a "very serious option", and Headfonics add it has everything for a 3.5mm DAC/amp. This iBasso made its way into Audiophile-Heaven's Hall of Fame.
To turn your Android, iPad or other mobile device into something mimicking iBasso's reference DAP is no mean feat, but hearing is believing.
Enjoy lots of involvement through the mid-range in particular where the majority of your music lies, though that doesn't detract from plenty of presence still in the lows and highs.
Drive your favourite earphones and headphones alike through DC05, or browse iBasso's other offerings here and our other DAC/amps here.