Fiio F9 Pro

Last week, my ATH-IM70 broke. The two pin connector on the left ear piece broke. This gave me good reason to get another pair of IEMs for daily commute use!

I’ve read that the Fiio F9 Pro punch above their weight but Fiio headphones aren’t too easy to find. Luckily I did happen to find one shop in Wanchai computer centre that did stock them. And despite not being able to audition them, I purchased the earphones purely on the good reviews I read.

First off, these IEMS are comfy and I quickly forgot I had them on. They don’t penetrate deep into the ear canal and I was worried that isolation wouldn’t be great (esp. when using them in the underground). I was using the comply tips at first, but found that the spinfit tips work better – both in terms of fit, comfort and isolation.

Sound quality is excellent. At the moment, think it still needs more burn. Compared to the ATH-IM70, it seems more refined and less bassy (again, perhaps needs more burn in). The soundstage is good too.

The package is quite reasonable – one hard case, one soft pouch, a good variety of tips, 2 cables.

Overall, an enjoyable IEM.

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Audeze iSine 20

Read many reviews online about the Audeze iSine 20 and was very intrigued. Went to give it a trial a few weeks ago and compared it to Campfire Audio’s dynamic driver-BA hybrid Polaris; liked the Audeze better and bought it.

After a week or so, have finally become accustomed to the fit. I now find the iSine 20 physically rather unobtrusive. It produces a nice and natural soundstage, and while bass may not be thumpy heavy as my other headphones (ATH M50, Beyer T51p) it’s really excellent at jazz and spacey psychedelic / prog rock genres.

KEF Egg

This year’s birthday present is the rather nice KEF Egg active speaker. It is replacing my older M-Audio AV40 (which I took out from storage after I busted my Ruark MR1).

The KEF offer a much wider soundstage and great deal more detail. Bass is tighter too, although there is less of it.

Will give it more time to run in. Liking it very much already.

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