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!
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).
It should be noted that the company ‘harschacoustic‘ was renamed to ‘P.EAR.S‘ – the review has been updated to reflect that, as the product (The SH-2) has remained the same!
First of all, I would like to thank Samuel from P.EAR.S for sending me the SH-2 for review. P.EAR.S was created and founded by Samuel Harsch, also known as the co-inventor of vital audio characteristics of the Audéo PFE series. To this day, the best universal earphones I’ve owned and reviewed is the Phonak Audéo PFE 232, a set of MSRP £400 universal earphones, which only housed two Balanced Armature drivers, but had such an amazing crossover that the two drivers in the PFE 232’s compete with 4-6 driver BA drivers found in other earphones.
Therefore, when I saw Samuel created his own earphone, I was excited to see if I could review it – as I wondered if he improved/added to the PFE 232s sound and created it into a CIEM of his own.
Before getting into the review, I would like to state that this is my first CIEM review, I have previously reviewed/heard a lot of earphones (in excess of 100 different earphones), but never ventured into the CIEM world, as I’ve previously had problems with fit. For example with the 1964-SLV Universal IEM Custom Sleeves, the Custom Art custom tips and even tried going to a professional audiologist in London as an attempt to get a good fit for custom sleeves for the PFE 232s. No matter who I tried or how many times I tried redoing the impressions they didn’t work – and I always had the impressions done by a professional audiologist.
I was therefore going to give up trying until I saw the SH-2s, where I thought to myself – I have to give this one more go and if it fails, then I’ll give up for good on CIEMs.
I was lucky enough to get good impressions at my local Specsavers for only £29 – which I was sceptical about. I will expand on this in the comfort section.
First of all I would like to thank Yamaha for sending me out the EPH-M200s. I hadn’t ever heard Yamaha earphones, despite previously reading a lot of praise for the Yamaha EPH-100 – an older model, which to me looked well designed.
First of all I would like to thank Mark from KS Distribution for sending me out the AudioFly AF120 for trial review.
After having previously reviewed the Audiofly AF45 back in 2012, I was interested what their latest addition the AF120 could prove. The AF45 was a bassy earphone that lacked in mids, but for its price of only £40 did a decent job. The AF120 on the other hand come in at around £165 on AmazonUK and around $150 on AmazonUSA. The price difference are quite substantial, where there’s a difference of around £70 between the UK and US.
As I live in the UK, I will be reviewing it at the £165 price tag, which comes in at a very competitive price, with a lot of earphones in the under £200 price tag being able to compete with the earphones.
More info about the earphones and their specifications can be found on Audiofly’s website.
First of all I would like to thanks Sennheiser for finally sending me out a sample of one of their products to review. After years of trying to get hold of them, it’s good that I was able to finally receive an earphone for a trial review. These earphones are one of the most expensive universal earphones on the market, where they come in at a whopping £550. There are many custom fitted earphones that go easily beyond this price tag, but in terms of universals, there are very few that actually do.
Since 2012, I’ve been using my Audeo Phonak PFE 232’s and to me nothing has really come close to taking them off the throne. Some have come very close, but haven’t quite hit the sweet spot. I was therefore intrigued to see how a single “Dynamic linear-phase driver with extremely wide bandwidth (XWB)” (taken from Sennheiser’s website) would try to dethrone my PFE 232’s dual Balanced Armature drivers.
The Sennheiher IE800 can be bought from:
–Amazon UK for around £550
–Amazon USA for around $800
I shall be reviewing the earphones at the £550 price tag.
To complement this review, feel free to watch my video on it: