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The Mythical Strangeness Within – A Review of the MMR Homunculus

Metal Magic Research provided Momunculus free of charge for the purpose of my honest review, for good or ill.

Homunculus sells for $1,699

When Joseph Mou told me about this new company he was building, Metal Magic Research, and this strange IEM with an even stranger name, I found myself gripped by a savage need to know more.

Shortly thereafter, Homunculus arrived at my door.

From my understanding, everything MMR makes will be metal-housed, and Homunculus is no different. They take their metalwork seriously, too. The build quality is top shelf, making for a handsome finished product. I’m not a huge fan of the fit, however. While they stay in place well enough, they do tend to get uncomfortable after an hour or two. If you have large Western ears, the sharp rim makes contact with your ear, and over time, that becomes a hot spot which can become painful.

The cable is from Eletech, a newer company which came out of the gate with a slew of extremely high quality cables that easily compete with the best the industry has to offer. Furthermore, the internal wiring of Homunculus is also an Eletech conductor. This is an area most companies overlook. Whether it makes any audible difference or not, I can’t say, but it is a nice tough you don’t see very often.

Homunculus is a 3-way hybrid IEM: dual Electrostats, one vented Balanced Armature, and a “Bespoke” 9.7mm Foster Dynamic Driver. MMR’s website isn’t the most coherent, but if I had to guess, the eStats are for high frequencies, the BA is for mids, and the DD is for bass. Though, it’s possible there’s some serious crossover. Hell, it’s just as possible that all drivers are attempting to cover all ranges. But if I had to guess, well, I gave you my guess already.



Pinky Powers

Pinky Powers

Pinky is an artsy twat. Illustration, graphic design, writing. Yet music escapes him, and always has. He builds his own cables, and likes to explore the craftsmanship of others. He's a stabby one, also. At the first hint of annoyance, out comes the blade. I say he's compensating for something... in a big bad way. If we all try really hard as a collective, maybe we can have him put down.


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