Currawong posted a review of the Bluewave GET bluetooth portable receiver on Head-Fi. He appears to like the product. While I have not used this device I have acquired or trialled several other bluetooth portable receivers with mixed results. Basically, these are a convenience play. If you need to be wireless then these will work but they are bluetooth with all of its issues. This product supports all of the major protocols including AptX and AptX HD. They are missing LDAC which is a new up and coming one.
My biggest problem here is the price. At $99 – $129 you may want to think about simply investing in a good pair of wireless headphones. But if you want your LCD-2’s to be portable this would work. Kinda. It doesn’t have the power to drive anything more than the easiest to drive headphones.
Pros – Excellent sound for the money. Light. Alternative, position-adjustable clips very handy. Quick power-on. Sound quality-indicating LED. Can be paired with multiple devices. AAC, APTx and APTxHD supported.
Cons – Output power limited. USB input limited to 48k. Volume control fiddly and lacks position indicator.
Review of Bluewave Get
Joe an admin at Head-Fi posted a review of the new wireless bluetooth Porta Pro from Koss. He says that the sound image is the same as the wired model which is great. Also, Joe mentions that there are far less signal cut outs with the Porta Pro than other bluetooth headphones. Priced at $79 it is a great value for a bluetooth device.
Review of Koss Bluetooth Porta Pro
EagleWings has a nice review of the EN700 Pro IEMS on Head-Fi. Since I own a pair of these earphones I can vouch for the comments in the review. I find this dynamic driver IEM to have a slight V presentation but nothing obnoxious. I would say that these IEMs are musical and bass friendly. I find that the bass in similarly priced (<$150) BA driver IEMS just don’t have sufficient bass for me.
I do own several well known IEMs in the $600-$2,500 range but I don’t take these out and about for fear something will happen to them so the EN700 Pros are my go to earphones when out of the house and frequently when lounging at home.
Enjoy the review.
Pros – Balanced Tuning, Clear Sounding, Wide Soundstage, Controlled Yet Authoritative DD Bass
Cons – Can Get a Little Bright, Stage Lacks Depth
Jude has posted his review of CanJam Singapore on Head-Fi. As it typical at the Singapore event there will be great stuff to hear. Maybe I will bump into you as we try to hear the new Focal gear.
Singapore CanJam Review
Ryanjsoo posted a long and thorough review of the F9 over on Head-Fi. He also compared it to a number of other IEMs in the same market space, including the quad driver 1More. The sub-$100 space is starting to heat up.
Pros – Great build and ergonomic, Excellent treble extension, Detailed, Relatively balanced, Tuning tips
Cons – May still be too bright for some, Average isolation, Still not especially linear
Review of F9
Zelda has a review of the X3 over on Head-Fi. From the review it is clearly an entry level DAP priced at around $100. There is some completion in the $75-$150 price range so you are looking for an entry point for HiFi DAPs you may want search my site for reviews of competitive products. I do like the fact that it has two microSD slots.
Pros – Sound Quality: detail, transparency, air, separation; Build quality; Very portable; 2 micro SD slots; Good synergy; Solid firmware
Cons – Battery; Buttons layout; OLED screen is useless under the sun; Prone to scratches
Review of Xduoo X3
B9Scrambler posted on Head-Fi a review of the updated IEM Havi B3 Pro called the Pro II. The Pro II has a bit more bass than the originals but from the review it sounds like the change didn’t overpower the positives of the original. However, if you are looking for a neutralish treble forward IEM the Pro is likely your choice.
Pros – Punchy low end – Excellent clarity and detail – Immersive soundstage
Cons – At their best when amped
Review of B3 Pro II