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Do you find that your headphones/ IEMs often have a background hiss from your source? All you need to do is connect the iFi Audio Ear Buddy to your headphone before plugging it into your source device and voila! You get a sound without any hiss, pops and buzz. It is compatible with smartphones, PCs, DAPs and in-flight entertainment systems.
Usually, at full volumes, music tends to lose at least 2-bits of resolution. The Ear Buddy brings back this lost resolution letting you increase the digital volume without any painful consequences. It is compatible with all headphones and IEMS that use a 3.5mm jack. You also get memory foam earplugs along with an aeroplane adapter and travel pouch for in-flight use.
|WIRING||6N copper matrix wiring|
|COMPONENTS||Gold-plated printed circuit board with audiophile components (eg MELF resistors)|
|CONNECTORS||Gold-plated 3.5mm male/female connectors|
|INPUT IMPEDANCE||> 16 Ohm|
|OUTPUT IMPEDANCE||< 2.7 Ohms|
|AMPLIFIER LOADING||~18 Ohm|
|CONDITIONS||16R headphone/iem connected < 1R Amplifier output impedance|
|COMPATIBLE HEADPHONE IMPEDANCE||16 Ohm to 600 Ohm rated impedance|
|MINIMUM IMPEDANCE||12.5 Ohm|
1. iFi Audio - Ear Buddy
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Well, to start off, I'm too lazy and don't write reviews but here I am
1. Usually, we increase volume to get more clarity, better vocals and highs etc but listening at high volume causes permanent hearing damage. With this, it reduces gain and maintains high clarity at low volume. Result being exceptional clarity at low volumes and no need to listen at high volume
2. However, it also improves sound dynamics, the difference between the lowest of notes to the highest notes is improved. Also improves soundstage even in iems.
3. Reduces hiss and electrical interface noise, which usually heard often in sensitive iems.
All these for a reasonable price makes it a stellar purchase.
Some reviews said you will lose treble detail, but that is not true. Because its an attenuator, it reduces the gain maintaining clarity and they are perceiving low volume as lack of treble clarity.
But if you blind test it with same volume levels with and without ear buddy you can definitely tell the difference.
Overall, I'm quite satisfied and also will save my ears from hearing damage and from ear fatigue.
Hardware__ ATH-M50x(30 ohm), KZ Zst X, V11 pro(mobile), iPad pro,
I have extensively used these for over 3 days and found that they are worth it except they are a bit pricy, better paired with AMP to experience there full potential just a thought tho, but better that buying cheep AMP/DAC comb, as they are not worth the price we spend on them,
what it does __
when you are playing from a mobile you are playing at low volumes so that you don't blast of your ear you are loosing a bit of info EX; if the song is of 10bits and your playing it at 7 volume you rae missing out the remaining 3 bits of info and what this does is it reduce the loss of that 3 bits,
better used for IEMS, and earphones, for my M50X if found that even at full volumes the headphones is not playing at full volumes
Hey Abhijith, thanks for sharing this honest and detailed review with everyone! This will surely help other customers in getting clarity if they're considering this for their next purchase.
But if you love cymbal sounds, good treble, nice highs, this won't cut it.
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