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Creative Sound Blaster EVO Wireless Review – A multi-functional Bluetooth headset

Pros: Build quality, multi-functional design, PC & mobile compatiblity, price
Cons: Static noise whilst recording, overall V-shaped sound signature, sub-bass

Build quality: 8.5/10
Comfort: 8/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 7/10
Isolation: 7/10
Microphone quality: 8.5/10
Value: 8.5/10 (at £55 price tag)
Overall rating: 8/10

Review date: April 2016
Review price: £55

Creative EVO Wireless - Design

First of all I would like to thank ESL Gaming for sending me their headset for review. ESL are massive event organisers and after having reviewed quite a few headsets I was offered to review the EVO Wireless, which is made by Creative – a brand I’m familiar with.

The headset can be found directly on Creative’s website for £90 (where you’ll also find its full specs) and can also be bought on AmazonUK for around £55 and on AmazonUSA for around $95. As I’m a UK based reviewer, my review will be based on UK prices.

Here’s my video review (recording quality tests will be of interest to you):

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Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Headset Review – Fantastic sound, but with poor recording quality

Pros: Sound quality for a headset, build quality, comfort, looks and design
Cons: Recording quality, software

Build quality: 10/10
Comfort: 10/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 9.5/10
Isolation: 8/10
Microphone quality: 6/10
Software: 6/10
Value: 8/10 (at £100 price tag)
Overall rating: 8/10

Review date: March 2016
Review price: £100

First of all I would like to thank Creative for sending me their headset for review. After having reviewed a variety of headsets, I was curious to see how the H5 would compare to its competitors.

Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Headset Review - Mic

 

The headset can be found directly on Creative’s website for £100 (where you’ll also find its full specs) and can also be bought on AmazonUK for around £100 and on AmazonUSA for around $100. As I’m a UK based reviewer, my review will be based on UK prices.

Here’s my video review (recording quality tests will be of interest to you):

Now let’s get into the written review!

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Sound BlasterX G5 Review – A decent sound card with problematic hardware and software problems

Pros: TPA6120A2 headphone amplifier driving capability (low and high gain modes), headphone and mic outputs, DAC functionalities, 24-bit/192kHz capability, SBX & Scout modes
Cons: Not portable (despite claims), requires USB power, software problems (incl drivers), hardware malfunction rate, price

Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 7.5/10
Sound Quality: 7.5/10
Software: 7/10
Value: 7/10
My final Rating: 7/10

Review Date: March 2016
Review Price: £130

Sound BlasterX G5 - Wheel Illuminated

First of all I would like to thank Creative for sending me the Sound BlasterX G5 for review. It can be found for £130 directly on Creative’s website, and can be found on AmazonUK for around £140 and AmazonUSA for around $150.

The G5 is a slight variation over the E5, which over the G5 is aimed at those wanting a portable solution with its in-built lithium battery. Unfortunately, the G5 doesn’t have an in-built battery and has to be used with a power source, essentially limiting it to desktop-use only.

I actually received two G5’s as after about two weeks of use my first review sample completely stopped working. Essentially it started having some sort of problems with sound reproduction, with extremely loud high-pitched sounds coming out of the headphone jack. Later, I came back to it and noticed it was extremely overheating – at which point when I tried playing music through it, nothing played.

As the second one arrived, it worked flawlessly on my work PC, but then when I tried to use it with my home PC, wouldn’t recognise the new G5 – no matter if I did a full driver-sweep and a re-install. I’ll get into both points in their respective sections within my review.

Here’s my video review on the G5:

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Echobox Finder X1 Review – Well designed earphones, but with a fatiguing sound

Pros: Mids, accessories, design and looks, comfort, build quality
Cons: Availability outside the US, sibilant highs, getting the right seal

Packaging & Accessories: 9.5/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 8/10
Isolation: 8/10
Comfort: 10/10
Sound Quality: 8/10
Value: 8/10
My final Rating: 8/10

Review Date: March 2016
Review Price: £140

Echobox Finder X1 - Design

First of all I would like to thank Echobox for reaching out to me and sending the Finder X1 for review. I had never heard about the brand before, but was made aware about their Indiegogo campaign through a quick Google search.

The earphones are available through Echobox’s website for $199, which translates to around £140. The problem for people outside the US, including myself is the fact that you’ll probably have to pay a hefty customs and import fee on top of the price tag, which might mean the earphones will end up costing you over £180, rather than £140.

Just for the sake of simplicity I’ll be reviewing them at the £140 price tag, but do bear in mind their availability and the limitations of getting them in your country.

Here’s my video review of the Finder X1:

Let’s get on with this written review!

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DUNU Titan 5 Review – A fantastically built earphone that improves on the DUNU Titan 1

Pros: Overall sound quality, accessories, design, comfort, price
Cons: Isolation, sound leakage, bass orientated sound signature

Packaging & Accessories: 9.5/10
Build Quality: 10/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 8.5/10
Isolation: 7.5/10
Comfort: 9/10
Audio Quality: 9/10
Value: 10/10
My final Rating: 10/10

Purchase Date: March 2016
Purchase Price: £100

DUNU Titan 5 - Design

First of all I would like to thank DUNU for sending me the Titan 5 for review. After having reviewed their younger brothers the DUNU Titan 1 and also having heard the extremely impressive DUNU DN-2000, I was very intrigued to hear the DUNU Titan 5. As a note the Titan 1 and DN-2000 in their respective price points (and above) are one of my most recommended earphones. Due to the pure bang for buck you get for them, there’s barely many better earphones that these two, so I wanted to see if the Titan 5 would dethrone the Titan 1 or even give the DN-2000 a run for their money!

The Titan 5 can be purchased from AmazonUK for around £100 and AmazonUSA for $135.

Here’s my video review of the Titan 5:

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Pump Audio V2 Earphones Review – A sweet tangerine both in terms of looks and sound

Pros: Overall sound quality, overall build quality, flat-cable design
Cons: Microphonics, straight 3.5mm jack, no cable cinch, driver flex

Packaging & Accessories: 9.5/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 8/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 8/10
Isolation: 8/10
Comfort: 8.5/10
Sound Quality: 8/10
Value: 9.5/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Review Date: February 2016
Review Price: £69

Pump Audio V2 Earphones - Looks

First of all I would like to thank Pump Audio for reaching out to send me their latest earphones, the Pump Audio V2 Earphones. They can be found for £69 on AmazonUK and at $99 on AmazonUSA, alternatively you can buy them directly from Pump Audio’s site.

When I first saw these crop up in my inbox, I was extremely sceptical about them, mainly because I hadn’t heard of the brand before and that these earphones looked like yet another earphone that put design over sound, with its bright orange colour scheme (in fairness orange is one of my favourite colours).

I was therefore interested to hear how it would compare to the FIDUE A65 which can be found for around £50, or even against other earphones like the cheaper SoundMAGIC E10s that can now be found for around £30 and even the more expensive DUNU Titan 1 that can be found for £90, all presented an interesting battleground for the Pump Audio V2 Earphones.

Here’s my video review of the earphones:

Let’s get on with this written review!

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Antlion Audio ModMic 4.0 Onni-Directional Review – A comparison with the Uni-Directional ModMic

Pros: Better overall recording quality over the Uni-Directional ModMic, less popping sounds, can be fitted on any headphone, packaging and accessories, flawless mute functionality, cable length
Cons: Picks up more external sound than the Uni-Directional ModMic, cable gets tangled, needs a (cheap) soundcard to work without static noise, slightly more sensitive than the Uni-Directional ModMic

Review date: February 2016
Review price: £46

Antlion ModMic 4.0 Omni - Headphones

First of all I would like to thank Antlion for sending me the Omni-Directional mic for review, after having reviewed the Uni-Directional ModMic 4.0, I was really intrigued to know the differences both in terms of the updated overall package and what the Omni-Directional ModMic 4.0 could offer. The Omni-Directional ModMic can be found for £46 on AmazonUK and $55 on AmazonUSA. I opted to receive the version that had the mute switch.

Furthermore, Antlion also sent me their USB soundcard for review, which I’ll also briefly mention in this review! It can be picked up for $10 on their site.

In order to give you a live-recording of the two ModMics, I suggest watching my video:

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Review of the FIDUE A65 – A unique sounding earphone with an elegant design

Pros: Build quality and design, lows, accessories, overall looks
Cons: Mids, jack design, lack of cable cinch

Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 8.5/10
Isolation: 8/10
Comfort: 8/10
Sound Quality: 8/10
Value: 9.5/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Review Date: February 2016
Review Price: £50

FIDUE A65 - Build quality

First of all I would like to thank Mark from KS Distribution for sending me the FIDUE A65 (pronounced: Fid-oo). They can be found for £50 on AmazonUK and at $65 on AmazonUSA.
Given I’ve heard quite a few things about FIDUE, I was curious to see how they would sound and compare to some earphones I had around the house. Mainly my all-time favourite under £50 earphones, the Fischer Audio Consonance (which has disappeared off the face of the earth due to being discontinued). I was therefore intrigued to see how they would compare to the FA’s and also to the cheaper SoundMAGIC E10s that can now be found for around £30 and something that’s more expensive, such as the DUNU Titan 1 that can be found for £90.

Here’s my video review of the earphones:

Let’s get to this written review!

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