Ahhh, planars. Perhaps one of the best things that happened in personal audio. I myself am a fan, with my first being the Audeze LCD-2 (thankfully, not a lemon) introducing me to the tech which practically taught me that an enthusiast should have at least a pair in your arsenal. The speed it delivers coupling it with excellent presentation of the low frequencies should be a reason enough to have one.

After that, I have had a chance to have a couple more, the siblings Hifiman HE400S and HE400I, and while an electrostatic earspeakers has to be my favorite personal desktop audio gear, I still can’t rid myself of my love for planar magnetic cans. Maybe because planars are quite easier to manage (no need for a bias amp) and the potential to make it portable (I still can’t imagine myself using a planar magnetic cans and a Mass Kobo 404 in a bus ride) somehow takes its place in my heart. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Advanced Alpha”


I felt like a very giddy kid over the weekend with the loaner of the Focal Elear by Mikee Rodriguez. While there are contrasting feedback with the can, I still felt elated by the fact that I chanced upon a loaner of one of the highly raved cans recently released in the market. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Focal Elear”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Venture Electronic Zen 2.0

No other earbud has been famed or hyped as the Zen. For a couple of years now, Venture Electronics has been the go to source of excellent sounding earbuds without breaking the bank, and VE has proven this with their first edition of the Monks. The Monk has quite become the benchmark for quality earbuds given it’s less than a bucket of KFC Hot & Crispy chicken price and stellar sound quality. So when VE decided to come up with their TOTL earbuds, it was no wonder that people raved for it. I mean, come on, if the Monk has been quite a sensation, what would you expect for something worth several multiples of its price? Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Venture Electronic Zen 2.0”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Cavalli Liquid Carbon

So as I resume the review of the loaners from Lyle Estipona, I realized that my week will be filled with his toys (Yes buddy, you got me all worked up for the week. Not complaining though, lol.) as I just finished doing the review for his Sony NW-WM1A yesterday (that one was fun, trust me; it got my juices working) and this time, I will try to tackle the Cavalli Liquid Carbon. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Cavalli Liquid Carbon”


I was able to try a Fostex can back when Massdrop released its collaboration with the brand sometime mid last year with  the TH-X00. I instantly fell for the can, what with the rich bass punch that is one of a kind: clean, tight, forceful. But, apart from that fact, the can offers such a wide range that was so immensely enjoying considering the number of things you get to hear out of it.

Then there was the T50RP, Fostex’s entry level planar magnetic can that has been a favorite of most enthusiasts due to its highly modifiable nature. For its price, it is no wonder that a lot flocked to get themselves a pair that was modded into different versions such as the Mr. Speakers Alpha Dogs, various mods from ZMF Planars, and mods from Mayflower Electronics which pretty much tells you how well received the T50RP is by both enthusiasts or DIY folks. Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Fostex TH-610”

BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: How Questyle CMA600i Ruined My Plans

Okay, no kidding, but this is definitely not portable to be tagged under Bus Ride Impression. But I humored Cholo that I will pit the Questyle CMA600i against the Asus Xonar Essence One as the DAC paired with the Stax SRM-353X no to see which is better per se but which has better synergy.

Continue reading “BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: How Questyle CMA600i Ruined My Plans”


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”