BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Chord Hugo 2

Was waiting for this for a very long time. Was even shaking with anxiety as to when I can make this happen. And then good friend Gef told me that I can have the Chord Hugo 2 for a couple of weeks. I froze. I felt like I won the jackpot.

Welcome to another installment of the Bus Ride Impression and I am writing today quite jittery as I have something really good in store for this episode. Man, I know these are the kinds of toys that I should be saving up on, but given that I am such an obedient husband, I have relinquished my plans of getting one of these bad boys to probably next year as I prepare for something REALLY big for Aurem Fidelitatem in the next couple of months. However, since I have a very generous friend as a benefactor, I am not planning to pass up on the chance to have this baby sleeping with me for the next few weeks so here it is: the Bus Ride Impression on the Chord Hugo 2.

Chord started shipping Hugo 2 to its fans around April of this year, and boy I can picture the anticipation on the faces of these fans given the success of the first iteration of the Hugo. Who wouldn’t? I mean if Mojo was already a breakout success, much more with its bigger sibling who has been making waves since a few years back. And now the new iteration of the Hugo is out in the market, I kind of expected it to be more impactful given its reputation. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Chord Hugo 2”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Sony NW-WM1A

In today’s audio world, you will be bombarded by numerous digital audio players (DAPs) in the market that you will often be left in quandary as to which one to choose. It will always be a battle of which offers better sound and value out of your hard earned cash, but at the end of the day, it will always be up to one’s preference. You see, some people will put value in first, as it is natural for someone to look for something worth ripping their wallets for. Some others would not mind the price as long as they get to the sound they really want.

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BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Advanced EVO-X

The difficult part of being a reviewer particularly for personal audio is the plethora of gears that comes out over time. You see, it is a given fact that almost every week something new comes out. What’s even tougher is to select which one to review. As for the choices, it is limited by what is readily available and which one actually sounds interesting (not necessarily good as it kind of wastes away the purpose of a review). I oftentimes get approached asking what is in line for Bus Ride Impression and at some fortunate situations, I get offered some gears to review. However, I will have to drop being picky and subject myself to a review even if I really have no inclination towards a certain gear being offered. On a flipside, being offered something allows me to try a new gear and at some point, I get to discover gems that I didn’t realize to be one in the first place. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Advanced EVO-X”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: The Budget DAP Shootout

Hello! Welcome to another episode of the Bus Ride Impression!

Why am I so damn jolly? Because today we are going to do a bit of a change in the BRI as most would normally know it. Yeah, I know I have done a shootout before, but that was for the trinity of entry level IEMs offered by Knowledge Zenith. Today, however, is going to be mighty different as I thought it might benefit you, our dear readers, if we will try something a little different. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: The Budget DAP Shootout”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Advanced-AAW M5

One can’t simply define beauty of sound especially based on their own preference. You will have to find it and once found, one will have to look for the IEM that will best match the said signature. Just like a dish, one will have to find the right dish and how it was flavored. Then it will be a quest to find the restaurant to offer such dish.

Thankfully for us audio enthusiasts, this is no longer quite a daunting task as custom in-ear monitors (CIEMs) are pretty much easily accessible and can be found in a lot of countries in the world. This makes our quest for our favored sound a lot easier to find. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Advanced-AAW M5”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Sony PCMD100

Fresh off a BRI for the Questyle QP1-R and Aune M1S, I was not expecting for another impression/review for yet another DAP as I thought that the next one might be a good idea if I go for a shootout for $200 DAPs (yes, please standby for it, just amassing materials for that) so I thought I might hold off a DAP review in the meantime. Lo and behold, very good friend John Michael Jalata (Bugoy-Fi!) indulged me with yet another DAP BRI, this time with his Sony PCMD100. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Sony PCMD100”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION:Acquiring Gears

Hello and welcome to another edition of Bus Ride Impression! I have had several reviews tucked on me trusty belt and I thought of veering away just for the mean time from such as I cook more for the next episodes. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION:Acquiring Gears”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Aune M1S

I wanted an Aune M2S. I do. Badly. Too bad for me though, the missus isn’t a big fan of me toting yet another DAP for no business reasons at all (honestly, I only get away getting another DAP by asking the CFO of Aurem Fidelitatem and Cruz Residence by saying that I intend to add the DAP to our growing product line). Sometimes I am lucky, sometimes I am not. However, in the absence of an Aune M2S, I got lucky by scoring the newest DAP from Aune, the Aune M1S. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Aune M1S”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Questyle QP1-R

I am the type of guy who is easily attracted by anything shiny. And that golden scroll wheel of the Questyle QP1-R seems to hypnotize me as I stare at it blankly. I know it is a sin as a personal audio enthusiast to be mesmerized by the looks of the gear alone, but I will have to admit it, I was stupefied.

Yet, then again, the QP1-R is not exactly a mere narcissistic digital audio player. Beneath the shiny housing of the QP1-R lies a mechanism that yields a superb sound based on the feedback I have heard from a lot of enthusiasts. I did give it a try a couple of months back but I wasn’t really too impressed with the sound quality, but given the hype on this monster I decided to give it another go. Perhaps I was not really in a perfect environment to give the QP1-R a closer scrutiny back then, so this time I am ensuring that this be given a closer look before I give my actual impressions on the said DAP. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Questyle QP1-R”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Chord Hugo

Everyone in the hobby seems to already know how a Chord Mojo performs. I mean, let’s face it, a Mojo is a Mojo. It indeed is a great DAC for the entry level market and it is touted to be the best DAC in the range. There is a good reason of course, and that would be its capability to drive out excellent tonality out of even a lackluster DAP provided that you use the appropriate connections to Mojo. I had one for about 6 months and only decided to release it recently as I have grown some inclination towards desktop personal audio setups. I have gone to that point when I feel that a portable DAC paired to my DAP has become a bit cumbersome so I decided to enjoy what beauty there is in my DAP and ditch the Mojo (fare thee well, you have served me well). Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Chord Hugo”