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The IFI IEMatch 2.5mm is on sale!

The IFI IEMatch 2.5mm is on sale!

Hi everyone,

Today is Black Friday, and it seems Amazon is having a sale for the iFi IEMatch 2.5mm Audio Attenuator.

This device usually retails for about $59, but today, you can get it for just $49. That’s the same price of the 3.5mm version!

IFI IEMatch 2.5mm on Amazon
IFI IEMatch 2.5mm on Amazon

If you’re an owner of sensitive IEMs, you may have experienced the problem where you hear some background noise, or the volume control stepping is really bad. It is either too low, or too high, with no middle point. This little adapter will reduce the hiss and noise from the audio source in which it’s being used, as well as helping you at having better volume control.

The IFI IEMatch 2.5mm is basically the same as its 3.5mm version, except that it is designed for use with 2.5mm sources. It has the same 2 operational modes: High, and Ultra. High reduces the audio volume by 12db, while the Ultra setting reduces the audio volume by 24db.

I’m an owner of the iFi IEMatch 3.5mm version, and use it with my Hidizs MS4 in the Ultra setting. It works wonderfully when used with some USB DACs that are way too loud when used with this sensitive IEM.

IFI IEMatch 3.5mm
IFI IEMatch 3.5mm

Since I now own a 2.5mm DAC, and another one is in the way, I’ve decided to take advantage of this sale to use it with my 2.5mm DACs and have better volume control.

I’ll write another post detailing the improvements of using this with my DACs. In the meantime, you can take advantage of this sale by clicking on the link below:

Using the Hidizs MS4 with the RevoNext 3 5mm cable with inline controls and mic.

Using the Hidizs MS4 with the RevoNext 3 5mm cable with inline controls and mic.

Hi everyone,

I’ve uploaded a new video to my YouTube channel where I’m showing the Hidizs MS4 IEM being used with the RevoNext 3.5mm cable that has a microphone and inline controls to control volume and media. The cable that comes with the Hidizs MS1 and MS4 does not have a mic or inline controls and this cable is perfect as it adds those 2 things.

Watch the video below:

You can get the Hidizs MS4 and the RevoNext 3.5mm cable at Amazon using the following links:

Using the KZ aptX HD Bluetooth Cable and the TRN BT20 with the Hidizs Mermaid MS1/MS4

Using the KZ aptX HD Bluetooth Cable and the TRN BT20 with the Hidizs Mermaid MS1/MS4

Hi everyone,

Today, I recorded a video showing the new KZ aptX HD Bluetooth Cable and the TRN BT20 Bluetooth adapter with the Hidizs Mermaid MS1/MS4.

The reason of doing this video is to show how the KZ cable fits the Hidizs MS1/MS4 as the KZ cables comes in different pin flavors. And as for the TRN BT20, I just wanted to show how they look with it attached.

It’s nice to have a variety of Bluetooth adapters to use with these new IEMs which have an incredible sound.

You can watch the video below:

You can get these Bluetooth items as well as the IEMs using the following links:

The UGREEN 2.5-inch HDD and SSD to USB-C 3.1 Enclosure Unboxing and Testing Video

The UGREEN 2.5-inch HDD and SSD to USB-C 3.1 Enclosure Unboxing and Testing Video

Hi everyone,

As I promised in the original post of the UGREEN 2.5-inch Hard Disk Drive and Solid State Disk to USB-C 3.1 Enclosure post, here I share with you my unboxing and testing video.

In the video, you’ll first see me as I go through the unboxing process and then I’ll be using CrystalDiskMark to test how the enclosure handles a 1TB Hard Disk Drive.

Watch the video below:

Video: Unboxing and testing the UGREEN 2.5 inch USB-C Hard Drive Enclosure
The Hidizs Sonata HD USB-C to 3.5mm DAC Cable

The Hidizs Sonata HD USB-C to 3.5mm DAC Cable

Hi everyone,

Today, I received the Hidizs Sonata HD USB-C to 3.5mm DAC Cable.

Hidizs Sonata HD 1
Hidizs Sonata HD Box

This is a cable (or dongle) that allows you to connect your 3.5mm headphones to your devices that have a USB-C connector, or to a USB-A connector by using a USB-C to USB-A adapter. It features a sample rate of up to 24-bit and 192khz, but you’ll need to update the firmware to be able to use it. We’ll see more about the firmware update process later. First, let’s proceed with the unboxing.

Opening the box reveals a carrying case:

Hidizs Sonata HD 2
Carrying Case inside the box

Taking it out we can clearly see the Hidizs logo in it:

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Hidizs Sonata HD Carrying Case – Front

The back is just plain:

Hidizs Sonata HD 4

Hidizs Sonata HD Carrying Case – Back

Inside, we can see the Sonata HD Cable and a USB-C to USB-A adapter:

Hidizs Sonata HD 5
The carrying case content

A closer look at the cable and adapter inside the carrying case:

Hidizs Sonata HD 6
A closer look at the contents inside the case

A closer look at the DAC We can see the Hidizs Logo at the USB-C connector side:

Hidizs Sonata HD 7
DAC – Front

We can also see the Hi-Res Audio logo on the other side at the USB-C connector:

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Hi-Res logo on the back

Side by Side comparon with the Google and Apple DACs:

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From left to right: Google DAC, Apple DAC, and the Hidizs Sonata HD DAC

Now, let’s see the USB-C to USB-A adapter closer:

Hidizs Sonata HD 9
USB-C to USB-A adapter

I connected the cable to the adapter and to my USB Hub which is connected to my desktop PC:

Hidizs Sonata HD 11
DAC connected to USB Hub

And I then attached my headphones:

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DAC connected to the USB Hub and the headphones

The Firmware Update process

First, we need to go to https://www.hidizs.net/apps/help-center and download the Sonata HD Firmwares. We then need to extract the ZIP files:

The firmwares
  • Sonata HD A: Prioritizes the Call. When I tested this firmware, it allows simultaneous voice and music. This is the firmware you’ll want to use if you’re going to stream on YouTube, Twitch, etc.
  • Sonata HD C: Prioritizes the Audio. When I tested this firmware, it was similar to the Sonata HD A firmware but I could no longer use the microphone as soon as the system produced audio. This firmware has a sample rate of 24-bit/192khz
  • Sonata HD D: Pure Music. This firmware will also provide 24-bit/192khz but it will disable the adapter input function. You’ll still be able to use earphone inline remote control.

To update the firmware, you’ll want to launch the respective executable. You’ll be presented with the firmware flashing utility:

Hidizs Sonata HD Firmware Flashing Utility
The Hidizs Sonata HD firmware flashing utility

We should write in the Vendor ID: 22e1, and on the Product ID: e202. You can check these values by going to the Device Manager and selecting the Sonata HD Cable under the Sound, video and Game Controllers section:

Hidizs Sonata HD Firmware in the Device Manager
Sonata HD DAC in the Device Manager
Hidizs Sonata HD Hardware IDs
VID and PID of the Sonata HD Cable

We can press the Write EEPROM button on the firmware flashing utility and we’ll be shown with this message:

Hidizs Sonata HD Firmware Flashing Utility 2
Firmware Flashing message

We’ll simply disconnect the DAC, connect it again, and press OK. The firmware flashing will begin:

Hidizs Sonata HD Firmware Flashing Utility 3
Flashing the firmware

If it finishes successful, you’ll see a successful message:

Hidizs Sonata HD Firmware Flashing Utility 4
Write to EEPROM OK! Message

That’s it! We now need to unplug it and connect it again and then we can go to the sound settings and check that we can choose a sample rate of 24-bit/192khz:

Hidizs Sonata HD in the Sound Settings
Hidizs Sonata HD in the Sound Settings

We click on Sound Control Panel and double click on the Sonata HD:

Hidizs Sonata HD Sound Settings 1
Sonata HD in the Sound Settings

Now, we can go to the Advanced tab and select 24-bit/192khz:

Hidizs Sonata HD Sound Settings 2
24 bit and 192 Khz mode in the Sound Settings

We can also use Tidal’s WASAPI mode with this adapter. Just be sure to turn the volume very low. This DAC is very loud!!!

Tidal using the Hidizs Sonata HD Cable
TIDAL with the Sonata HD cable

Just select the Exclusive Mode button and that should be it. Now, you can enjoy your music!

Tidal using the Hidizs Sonata HD Cable 2
Tidal

Sound Impressions

Listening to this DAC the sound is detailed, but the vocals seems to be more forward. It has a good sound separation, and it is very loud, which is why I have my DAC at just 2%. My headphones (KZ ZS7) are high sensitivity, low impedance IEM’s, so they will sound loud at low volume levels. The Bass is great, and so is the treble. No complains here. I also own the Hidizs DH1000 and their AP80 player and they all sound excellent. The Hidizs DH1000 provides a more neutral sound and the AP80 just shines at all of the frequencies, altough the DH1000 is still a more neutral and extended treble option.

I hope you liked this post. Do you own the Sonata HD Cable? Let me know in the comments.

If you don’t yet have this dongle, you can get it on Amazon using the following link:

The UGREEN 2.5-inch HDD and SSD to USB-C 3.1 Enclosure

The UGREEN 2.5-inch HDD and SSD to USB-C 3.1 Enclosure

Hi everyone,

Today, I’m going to show you the UGREEN 2.5-inch Hard Disk Drive and Solid State Disk to USB-C 3.1 Enclosure.

This is, as the name states, a Hard Disk Drive enclosure for 2.5 inch drives. It also works with Solid State Disks. What’s different from this enclosure to others is that this uses a USB-C connector rather than the USB 3.0 Micro or USB-A connector that most enclosures have. This is an advantage if you have other USB-C devices or have USB-C cables laying around.

UGREEN 2.5 HDD to USB-C enclosure 1

The box is pretty simple, showing an image of the enclosure itself. It is, however, a little bit bigger than I expected it to be. I’m just used to work with the internal drive directly. I also didn’t have any other enclosure, and I just connected the drives to my laptop using a 9.5mm Hard Disk Drive to Optical Bay adapter. This had a plus, since the connection was directly a SATA connector. This also means I didn’t had any enclosure to use in my desktop machines and nowadays, most professional laptops aren’t comming with the optical bay.

UGREEN 2.5 HDD to USB-C enclosure 2

In the back of the box, we can see the specs of this enclosure. It also says it’s compatible with either 2.5″ Hard disk drives and 2.5″ Solid State Disks.

UGREEN 2.5 HDD to USB-C enclosure 3

This is the enclosure. It looks very nice. It seems to be made of plastic.

UGREEN 2.5 HDD to USB-C enclosure 4

We slide the back to reveal the hard disk location. We insert it and slide the back again to seal the unit.

UGREEN 2.5 HDD to USB-C enclosure 5

You can see it has a USB-C connector, and compared to other connectors, it is pretty small.

I did an experiment with this enclosure, connecting it to my HiBy R3 Digital Audio Player, and it worked!

UGREEN 2.5 HDD to USB-C enclosure 6

I’m using a Seagate 500GB hard disk, and it works very nice, altough the Hiby R3 battery will drain faster as it is powering the disk and the enclosure.

UGREEN 2.5 HDD to USB-C enclosure 7

I made an unboxing video and I’ll be editing it shortly and I’ll upload it to YouTube. I hope you enjoyed the pictures I shared here!

Unboxing and testing the Yinyoo 2.5mm Balanced to 2-pin IEM In-Ear Monitor cable

Unboxing and testing the Yinyoo 2.5mm Balanced to 2-pin IEM In-Ear Monitor cable

Hi everyone,

Today, I’m sharing my Unboxing video of the Yinyoo 2.5mm Balanced to 2-pin IEM In-Ear Monitor cable. This is a 2.5mm balanced to 2-pin 0.78mm cable that is compatible with IEM’s like the KZ ZS7 which I have. In this video, I’ll also be testing the cable with my HiBy R3:

Do you have this cable or another one? What do you think of it? Let me know your cable recommendations below.

The UGREEN USB to Micro USB Y Cable

The UGREEN USB to Micro USB Y Cable

Hi everyone,

Today, I received the UGREEN USB to Micro USB Y cable and I’m going to show it to you and also my use of it.

The UGREEN USB to Micro USB Y cable is a USB cable that splits into 2, and yes, you can use it to connect 2 devices simultaneously and transfer data to them because the cable acts as a USB Hub. This is the cable:

UGREEN Y Cable 1
The UGREEN Y Cable

Taken out of the package:

UGREEN Y Cable 2
UGREEN Y Cable taken out of the package

Now, this is where I show you my usage of it. As you may know from an earlier post, I own a Hidizs DH1000 Digital-Analog Converter and Amp. This Amp that I have has a problem with charging, and that’s where this cable comes handy. The DH1000 has 2 USB ports, One is for data and the other is for charging. This cable is the perfect solution to keep it powered on while enjoying music.

Here’s a picture of the cable connected to the DAC/Amp turned off and charging:

UGREEN Y Cable 3
UGREEN Y Cable connected to the Hidizs DH1000

Now, it’s important to know that this cable consumes around 0.05 to 0.08A (amps), so keep that in mind. This is due to its integrated Hub.

With the Hidizs DH1000 turned on, it consumes around 0.20A:

UGREEN Y Cable 4
UGREEN Y Cable connected to the Hidizs DH1000 and turned on

It works wonderful!

Here it is connected directly to a USB port of my laptop:

UGREEN Y Cable 5
UGREEN Y Cable connected to my Lenovo Legion Y720 laptop and the Hidizs DH1000

And of course, it’s compatible with my Hiby R3. Notice the USB logo on the top left, meaning it has a USB DAC connected to it:

UGREEN Y Cable connected to the Hiby R3 and the Hidizs DH1000
UGREEN Y Cable connected to the Hiby R3 and the Hidizs DH1000

And there you have it. The cable does the purpose it’s meant to do. It’s working fine with my amp, and that’s a wonderful thing. However, when it’s connected to the Hiby R3, the DAP’s (Digital Audio Player, the R3) battery will discharge more quickly. Still, it’s a very nice cable for short listening sessions.

You can buy this cable on Amazon at the following link: