BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Fiio X5III

The Fiio X5III, or otherwise known as the X5 3rd Generation has been quite hot in the market for the past weeks since it was released. This doesn’t strike me as a surprise though, as it is quite hard to find an Android powered DAP in the market with X5III’s price tag ($459.99 at Fiio’s AliExpress official store). Currently, other Android DAPs in the market would normally be priced at around $600 at least which makes you think whether Fiio’s latest DAP outing may be short changing the consumers or may have cut some corners to get to such price. With that, I think it will be best for us to see for ourselves how it does.

Luckily, I got a loaner from a very good friend to see what makes the X5III tick the audio enthusiast masses. To begin with (and for transparency), I am not a very big fan of Fiio (in spite of the fact that my humble beginnings were littered with several Fiio devices) but I will try and see if the X5III is any different from how the usual Fiio fares do.

With this, let’s get it on and see how Fiio’s flagship player does. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Fiio X5III”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Sony MDR-CD900ST

Hello, hello! Welcome back to the Bus Ride Impression and honestly, it feels so good to be back writing reviews and impressions. For quite sometime I have been hounded by relentless deadlines from my real-life job (I consider the hobby as my Utopian paradise) that it held me from writing for quite some time. However, my semi-hiatus allowed me some time to acquire some gems which I think are going to be a joy to read as most of them aren’t exactly something you will easily get within our shores. I will tackle them one by one in the next editions of the BRI. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Sony MDR-CD900ST”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Rock Jaw Audio Resonate

I am the type of guy who is quite easy to please. Fact is, every single time I get presented with a new gear my mood is easily lightened up. Doesn’t matter if it is cheap or expensive, loaner or a gift, I am just practically easily thrilled by the fact that I got something new to try.

Naturally, I felt the same way when I finally got a nod from Rock Jaw Audio for a demo unit of their flagship IEM, the Resonate. Yeah sure, my online shop carries it anyway and it is quite inevitable that I will get a demo unit anyway, but I still haven’t lost that sense of excitement when unboxing a new toy. With the Resonate, I felt that a bit more of thrill as this is a flagship IEM of a brand.

Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Rock Jaw Audio Resonate”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Multi-Driver IEM Shootout

With the personal audio market continually progressing every single day, it is no longer surprising that what used to be very rare and expensive innovations are now replaced with more affordable stuff that proliferate the industry. Before there only used to be drivers in our IEMs or earbuds, which later developed to micro-drivers. Nowadays, multiple drivers are being crammed in the shells of our toys to offer better sound details if done properly and correctly against the objective of manufacturers. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Multi-Driver IEM Shootout”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Trinity Audio Phantom Hunter

Aaaaannnnddd we’re down to the last IEM for the Trinity Audio week, and what finer way to cap it off but by doing the Bus Ride Impression on Trinity Audio’s premier, limited edition in-ear monitors, the Phantom Hunter?

At first I was dubious: why would TA’s supposed top of the line, limited edition IEM carry only 5 drivers while the Master 6 has, err, 6? Truly, is it not the case of which carries more drivers, but with the price difference, surely more drivers would be in order given the price premium? Yes, the shells of the Hunter is truly breathtaking, but what can the Hunter offer that the other TA IEMs can’t? Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Trinity Audio Phantom Hunter”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Trinity Audio Master

As we continue with the Trinity Audio week, we are now about to embark on reviewing the modular Master. Trinity Audio went to the direction of adding a little bit of pizzazz on this IEM by adding a bit more of customization through the included face plates. While some naysayers would say that it really is more of an improvement to the aesthetics of the IEM, it should be fancied by a lot as this allows a bit of distinction to the Master without having to go through buying multiple units just to have that flair of using a different looking one should you get tired of the design you are used to. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Trinity Audio Master”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Trinity Audio Vyrus V2

And it seems we are all in for a Trinity Audio week this week! This time, we are having the new Vyrus V2 in tow as we take it to the acid tests here at Bus Ride Impression.

The Vyrus V2 seemingly is a tamed down version of the original Vyrus if based on how it is built. However, with what Trinity Audio toned down in the V2 model in terms of physical design actually is compensated by efficiency and sound, so I will still say that it still is a major upgrade from how it was to how it is. True that Trinity Audio decided to take a few things out, but allow me to justify it with my point of view plus to add my take as to how much better it is from the first iteration.

Without further ado, let’s get on with it. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Trinity Audio Vyrus V2”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Trinity Audio Master 6

I will have to be truthful, but this took a while, but then again, it is finally here! The Master 6 by Trinity Audio has got to be one of the most reasonably priced IEMs given the number of drivers it contains (2 balanced armature drivers while the rest is Trinity Audio’s featured dual coil dynamic drivers) against its price. Pretty much brags a lot, doesn’t it, but this gem is not all about the drivers. It is more of what these drivers can deliver and how much it harmonizes to muster a really nifty listening experience.

The Master 6 was offered a year ago and was supposed to come out towards the end of the year, but due to some roadblocks encountered by Trinity Audio along the way, the Master 6 got push back several times. One would then expect that given these roadblocks, the IEM has got to sound really good.  Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Trinity Audio Master 6”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Meze 99 Classic

Meze 99 Classic. Ahh.

I came across the can late last year through a friend, Giuseppe Massara and he shared to me how well tuned this can is. Well in my case, I am not very familiar with the can, and since his brands including the Advanced and ATech Go are proven to be really quite well-tuned for the entry level mark, I kind of expected this to be no less given how Giuseppe’s ears are. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Meze 99 Classic”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Meze 99 Neo Classics

Twin reviews incoming!

Well of course I am not here to publish both in one go, I will have the other one saved for another day here at The Tech Kaiju. However, these two will have to be a pretty interesting review comparing their contrasts in spite of seemingly identical looks.

I give you: the Meze 99 Neo and Classics!

Both has their own personality given the material used, however in terms of dimensions and design they pretty much look alike. One would wonder then, what in the world got into Meze’s mind when they came up with identical cans instead of going for an opportunity to come up with a different design for each? Yes, they look pretty sexy, I be damned about it, but what really is different between these siblings apart from what is obvious? Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Meze 99 Neo Classics”