Thursday, September 14, 2017

Yincrow X6 Earbuds Review

Specification:

Driver: Dynamic 16mm
Sensitivity: 112±3db
Impedance: 32Ω
Frequency Response: 18Hz~22KHz
Connector: 3.5mm, 3 gold plated contact
Distortion Rate: ≤1% at 1KHz
Color Available: Black, White, Red and Red unit on gold cable
Price: CNY59 (Approx MYR38)

Package includes:

  • Yincrow X6 earbuds
  • 2 pairs black standard foam
  • 2 pairs red+blue donut foam
  • Cable shirt clip
  • Carry pouch
Review Equipments: iPad mini 2, iPhone 6S, MacBook 5,1, Matrix Mini-i DAC, Gotham 85225 Power Cable, Furutech GT2 USB A-B, Harmonix Big Band, Audio Technica AT501CS

Build and Feel


The body of the earbuds is made from solid matte plastic with some vents behind for air ventilation, the earbuds comes with a rather cheap feel of cable, it felt somewhat flimsy and easily snapped. The cable Y splitter on the other hand have a metal like feel that gives a slightly premium looks to it.
The cable is terminated to a rather unique 45 degree angled connector, idea behind the 45 angled connector is quite appreciable as it fits in the front pocket of the pants very well even when I am sitting.

Sound Characteristics

One of the main reasons to buying an earbuds is portability, which means using it on a portable device should not be an issue. Using it on the iPhone 6S and iPad mini 2 does not cause any inconvenience other than the lack of microphone. In a quiet air conditioned room putting the volume at 40% is quite sufficient. However when it comes to public transport, I would need to push it up to 50+% as it does not blocks the outside noise very well.

Out of the box, the most impressive attribute of this earbuds is the soundstage. It provides a good sense of depth of the instrument and vocal placing, personally I would not consider this have a very wide soundstage, but it is comparable to a full size entry level headphones soundstage.

After letting it run for more than 200 hours. Things started to get interesting, the lower frequencies seems to be the main attraction for X6, the lower bass guitar notes and drums from these earbuds are very well controlled and deep. The high produced from the earbuds is quite pleasing, there are some slight roll of on the higher end frequencies but it still does produces a good enough extensions on cymbals. The vocals are quite natural, neutral but it is lacks of warmth. There are some slight sibilance for female vocals however it is not entirely irritating to the ears.

The details produced from the earbuds are rather astonishing, I am able to pick up the micro details on the guitar strings being strummed and the cello strings being plucked. The separation of frequencies on the other hand does not really performs well. The earbuds does not perform very well with fast and complicated tracks where there are many instruments being played together especially on the mid and highs frequencies.

Conclusion

Overall, Yincrow X6 does provides great value to budget earbuds lovers out there. The angled connector does brings great conveniences for those who often uses it for travel. As for those who somehow prefer to use it indoors could pairs it up with an amplifier and a decent DACs for further sound refinement as it does shows quite alot of potentials.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Webe 850 Malaysia QR Code Hunt

Webe had just launched a new reward program, the Webe 850. How does it work? Easy, all you need is to download the Webe 850 app, and start the QR Code hunt. The more you scan, the more points you will get, the higher the rank, the better rewards you will get.


For more information, visit http://webe850.com.my

Start scanning now~

Friday, October 10, 2014

Furutech GT2 and Harmonix Big-Band Review

Furutech GT2

For some of you who had been into the world of HiFi may come across Furutech, it is quite a well known Japanese brand that makes connectors, cables and many other accessories for HiFi. Furutech is being established since year 1988 and had been greatly contributed it's technologies to the audiophile community. Here we will be looking in their USB cable, the Fututech GT2 USB A to mini B cable.

The setup used for this review is as listed below:
Source: MacBook 13inch Late 2008 model with Amarra Symphony linked to iTunes
DAC/AMP: GoVibe VestAmp+
Output: Sennheiser HD650 with PcWork Symphonica cable

Note: The pictures below had been equipped with Harmonix Big-Band tuning tapes, for the first half review, sound description does not includes the Harmonix Big-Band tuning effects.


The Furutech GT2 available in USB A to B and USB A to mini B, other connectors could be requested by contacting them, additional cost may apply. Despite the simple looks from the cable, this cable actually packs with tons of great features. For example, they used their signature silver plated alpha-OCC Wires for transporting signals and for noise isolation, the wires had been wrapped with 3 layers of shields.

For official details of this cable you may refer to here.

Build

Well, there is nothing much to describe about it, it feels sturdy and quite stiffs making the cable not easy to be bend, the USB A plug size is quite alright. I am still able to plug in another USB cable that connects to my Belkin USB hub just nice, as some of you may noticed that MacBook's USB port is quite close to each other.

Sound Impression

Before using this USB cable, I was quite skeptical about getting sound improvement from a USB cable. There are many audiophiles arguing that USB cable does not change the sound of your setup as it carries data signal where when the computer sending out 1 the DAC should receive 1. But there are believers out there mentioned that USB cables also delivers power to the DAC and will affect the performance of the DAC.

This cable had changed me to a believer. The very first thing I noticed after I unpacked the cable and plugged into my setup is the thickness of the mids increased. Vocals is much more forward than before making the whole performance of the music much more intimate with the listeners. Soundstage is much more complete with this cable, front depth of the soundstage is much more deeper, I can easily identify the vocal layers and the instruments layer apart. The highs is smooth, and lingers slightly longer than before. Harsh sibilance is smoothed making the whole listening experience much more enjoyable and will not fatigue after listening long hours. So far I had not noticed much increment of musical details using this cable.


Harmonix Big-Band

This brand might not be very well known but this Japanese brand engineer had spent decades offering high end audio tuning devices for serious audiophiles. Their engineers had performed resonance tests on Stradivarius, Guarneri and Amati violins and found the solution to produce products for audiophiles so that they will achieve much more realistic sounding setup.

The Harmonix Big-Band comes in 2 lengths and you can either buy the pack of 4 or 6 tuning tapes. According to official Combak website, they claimed that the Big-Band is made using a special "Washi" paper with copper sheet. You may use the tuning tapes on analogue or digital interconnects and even on headphones cable.

You may find more information of the Harmonix Big-Band at here.

For a basic application on an interconnect, it is advisable to use at least 2 tuning tapes on 1 cable, which means each end of the interconnect cable will have 1 tuning tape. The application is very easy, all you need is to remove the tuning tape from the packaging, then start sticking from the starting end and slowly wrap tightly around the cable. Combak claims that for even more desirable effect, more tuning tapes can be added on other segment of the cable.

Sound Impression

Just 1 word, wow. The effect of the tuning tapes comes out immediately, on the Furutech GT2, it seems to further the cable sound performance. There sure much more micro musical details can be listened on the setup, everything feels much more natural. The bass decay extends and much more controlled and the soundstage is opened up. At first, it is really hard to believe that just 2 small tapes can do anything to the sound performance, but I am deeply impressed on what Combak had done.


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Hippo Foam Review

Hippo brand had a great history of providing great performance products with a great affordable price. Now they came out with foam tips for IEM users. Hippo foam comes in 2 models, the H100 and H500, the difference of these 2 models are the fitting size is different, H100 fitting tube is smaller so that it can be fitted into IEM brands like Shure and Westone. This foam tips are priced at RM40 for 5 pairs. I am being told by Jaben staff that each pair could lasts for around 2 to 3 weeks. Before I start my review on these foams, I would like to thank Jaben Malaysia to give me a pair of sample to test it out. The foam i will be testing will be fitted into my Shure SE215 recabled version.

Comfort and build
The foams are no doubt extremely comfortable. In order to wear it properly, user will need to squeeze the foam to a smaller size before it is being inserted into the ear canal. The foam will slowly expand to fill up the canal space. It doesn't really isolate much noise compared to the original Shure Olive tips. The Hippo foam is must more lighter though. As for the build, it is a bit more fragile as I had thought, for those who wanted to use these foam, I do not recommend to keep detach these tips as the foam will easily tear off (especially on Shure's IEM).

Sound
There are ups and downs that I had noticed after I used these foams for 3 days of listening. One drastic change that can be noticed is the bass is tighten quite a lot and the amount of bass coloration in SE215 is decreased. Next, the soundstage, is very much widens and deepens it has a rounder and more complete soundstage as before. One of the downs is that the mid highs is rather slightly harsher than before. I tested on a CD Chinese song by an artist called Fish Leong and noticed the sibilance is much more obvious than before. I did a test on "Salvatore Accardo plays La Campanella by Paganini" and noticed the triangle in the music is weaken and the decay is shorter.

Conclusion
These foams overall does improve certain part of the Shure SE215 signature. However, there are still some aspect that buyers might want to consider about if they are using Shure SE215 as the changes might not suit everyone. But considering if these foam does improve your IEM signature and you love it, it will be a great buy.



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