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INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER:

The Moondrop Illumination is an in-ear monitor (IEM) using an 11mm liquid crystal polymer dome diaphragm dynamic driver. The Illumination retails for $800 at ShenzhenAudio. I received the Moondrop Illumination from ShenzhenAudio as part of a review tour. I have had the Illumination for about a month and a half and have listened to it extensively during that time. ShenzhenAudio will cover shipping to the next reviewer on the tour, but I am not being compensated otherwise for writing this review.

SOURCES:

I have used the Moondrop Illumination with the following sources:

  • E1DA 9038D
  • E1DA…

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The E1DA 9038D is a compact digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and amplifier combination unit which connects to the source devices via USB-C. The 9038D follows in the footsteps of the 9038S, which I reviewed here:

E1DA 9038S Gen 3 Review

Unlike the 9038S and other E1DA products, the 9038D opts for an unbalanced 3.5mm audio jack instead of a 2.5mm balanced connection.
The 9038D was provided to me for review by HiFiGo, where it is available for purchase starting at $99.99 for the DAC/AMP only “Bundle 1.” …


2020 was not a great year for a variety of reasons, one of which was stagnation in the budget end of the IEM market. There were no budget IEM launches this year that had the kind of industry-shaking impact that the Blon BL-03 had in 2019. Instead, a lot of companies fell into ruts, iterating on past designs without much forward movement. What follows is a roundup of all the in-ear monitors (IEMs) that didn’t make it onto my blog in 2020.

Before moving into the roundup, I want to give a shoutout to HiFiGo, Linsoul, Better Audio US, KBEAR


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The Eartune Fidelity U eartips are elliptical aftermarket in-ear monitor (IEM) eartips by ADV. The Eartune Fidelity U eartips retail for $24.99 per three-pack. It should be noted that this is very expensive, even among other aftermarket IEM tips. ADV shipped me four three-packs of Eartune Fidelity U eartips in XS, S, M, and L sizes free of charge in exchange for my impressions.

The silicone used in the Eartune Fidelity U eartips was of noticeably higher quality than many other aftermarket tips in terms of feel. The eartips are very soft and quite stretchy. They are extremely comfortable and…


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INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER:

The Moondrop Super Spaceship Pulse (SSP) is an in-ear monitor (IEM) using a beryllium-coated dome diaphragm dynamic driver. The SSP retails for $40 at HiFiGo. I received the Moondrop SSP from HiFiGo in exchange for a fair and objective review.

SOURCES:

I have used the Moondrop SSP with the following sources:

  • Qudelix 5K
  • E1DA 9038D

I have tested these headphones with local FLAC and Spotify Premium. Visit my last.fm page to get an idea of what I listen to.

PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES:


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The TRN V90S is a hybrid in-ear monitor (IEM) with a 1 dynamic driver (DD)+ 5 balanced armature (BA) configuration. The V90S is a direct successor to the TRN V90, which I previously reviewed on this blog:

TRN V90 Review. Here Comes the Boom | by Alec | Bedrock Reviews | Medium

Although it normally retails for around $50, the V90S will be available for $20 on TRN’s official AliExpress store for just $20. The V90S is available for purchase at the link below:

TRN V90S OCC Pure Copper Cable 5BA+1DD Metal Headset Hybrid HIFI Bass Earbuds In Ear Monitor…


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INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER:

The Dunu Luna is an in-ear monitor (IEM) using a single pure beryllium diaphragm dynamic driver (DD) in each earpiece. The Luna retails for $1700. I had the opportunity to listen to the Luna through a review tour organized by Dunu. I am not being compensated for writing this review.

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INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER:

The V-Moda M-200 is an over-ear dynamic driver headphone that retails for around $350. I received the M-200 as part of the V-Moda Hardware Review Program. I had a few weeks with the M-200 before shipping it back to V-Moda. As compensation for taking part in the program, I received a discount code for use at V-Moda’s online storefront.

V-Moda was one of the first audiophile-adjacent headphone brands I owned as I started getting more interested in headphones and hi-fi as a teenager. Previous V-Moda headphones I’ve owned include the LP2 and the M-80. …


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INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER:

The Blon BL-05S is an in-ear monitor (IEM) with a 10mm carbon nanotube (CNT) diaphragm dynamic driver (DD). The release of the BL-05S closely follows that of the BL-05, which was widely regarded as a disappointing follow-up to the infamous BL-03. Thanks to the shipping delays caused by COVID-19, I did not receive my BL-05 review unit until many months after its release and elected to wait to review it alongside its successor. The BL-05S currently retails towards the lower end of the $40–50 price range. I received the BL-05S and the BL-05 directly from Blon, along…

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