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Gaudio Clariden & Nair

Interviewed last year, Gaudio was kind enough to loan me their IEMs for me to review after I reached out to Nicola. I didn’t receive compensations nor incentives of any kind in exchange for this review and the IEMs will be returned to Gaudio. How does a relatively new small Swiss company fares against the […]

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Upcoming (2021) Reviews

Dan Clark ÆON 2 Noire Headphones — It’s their ÆON 2, closed-back, in black, with their perforated pads (though I ordered them with a set of their standard ÆON pads, just in case)… The Grado Labs RS2e with G-cush are my go-to open-back headphones. The aim for the ÆON 2 Noire is to replace my now-sold […]

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Best Of 2020

December 2020. Empeiros Audio is 1 year old. Before we jump into the Best Of 2020, here’s the highly anticipated transparency report I know everyone is waiting for. Ten reviews (4 DAPs, 4 DAC/Amps dongles, 2 IEMs and 1 pair of Headphones), one feature and one interview. 1411 visitors from 68 different countries. Donation(s) accumulated […]

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Cayin N3 Pro

This introduction will be short: I saw a relatively affordable, seemingly well-made DAP with tubes. That’s pretty much it, really. And despite the fact that I recently found, bought and reviewed Astell & Kern’s SR25 which is the DAP I rated the highest so far, the N3 Pro was too alluring to ignore. Source Cayin […]

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Grado Labs RS2e with G-cush

All Grados are open-back headphones and aside their Statement and Professional Series, most are on-ear rather than over-ear headphones. Unfortunately for me, after a 15 minutes session, on-ear Grados are so painful that I have to take them off. Comfort, together with the SR325e’s lack of bass are the reasons I sold them and moved […]

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Astell & Kern A&norma SR25

The TOTL DAP box was checked with the SP1000M: been there, done that and came to the conclusion that it wasn’t worth its price in sound for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an amazing DAP but I had this nagging feeling that I preferred the sound signature of the previous Astell & Kern DAP […]

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Interview with Gaudio

When I discovered that a company — Gaudio — engineers, designs, and builds state-of-the-art earphones and in-ear monitors right here in Switzerland — I simply couldn’t believe it… After reaching-out to them, they agreed to answer a few of my questions. Here is the interview, unabridged and unaltered for your reading pleasure! Disclaimer: I am in […]

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The battle of the Lightning dongles

For context, I was looking for a DAC/Amp for my iPhone XR in order to see if there’s something better than Apple’s Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter. I was also curious to see how dongles compare to a TOTL DAP such as A&K’s SP1000M. I will approach this comparison from the following two angles: […]

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Jomo Audio Haka

No crossover, no phase cancellation, just powerful and coherent pure sound. Jomo Audio’s description of the Haka Reading this, I was in from the get go and ordered the Haka with Effect Audio’s Ares II cable. The Haka seemed right up my alley with the notable exception of a tuning veering more on the side […]

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Astell & Kern A&ultima SP1000M

Curiosity and frustration got the better of me. This is a really, really, expensive DAP which easily costs 2-4 times the price of other DAPs. After re-selling your fifth DAP, however, you start to do the math and come to the conclusion that you better buy the one DAP which does everything you want — no […]