Via Facebook.

Thanks Damon -- may I ask some questions first:

1. How honest could we go?

2. Regulation on review unit, free review unit/sample, "free" review unit/sample?
3. What if the review is against the products of site sponsors?

1).Be honest.
2). Be transparent. Say whether you bought, got given or were loaned the unit for review.
3). We have no advertising or sponsors as such, as yet. 


What we are looking for:

Short pieces, medium pieces, long pieces.

Each submission would ideally contain 1-5 photos.

Short announcements about new products.

Impressions of gear that you have tried or that you own.

Short or lengthy review of gear (Daps, amps, headphones, earphones etc).

Comparisons between similar products in the same price range (Daps, headphones, amps etc).

Articles on cables, bit rates, audio shows etc.

Interviews with makers, designers, companies of audio products.


Simple is best, less is more.

*Please see older articles in the blog for some ideas, of course adopt your own unique style.

One audio head friend told me about one prominent member of our community. I mentioned he seemed to like whatever he reviewed - although he didn`t review much.
He replied that he only reviewed what he actually liked. Fair enough.

Sometimes we may review bad products, but usually we will stick to products we like and think are worth our hard earned cash.


*Questions  may be via or via our Head pie Facebook page.

*Submissions may be made to

*We reserve the right to refuse any submissions or request more information or editing.

*We may edit articles for grammar, spelling etc but generally not the content.


We look forward to your participation.

This FAQ will be updated as time goes on.

Kind regards
Damon / expatinjapan

Commute pie. 
How do you store your gear when traveling daily or for a more lengthy time period?

I bought the small green bag today as I was walking past a sale. Perfect size for my ipod touch 6G 128GB, Cozoy Aegis and ATH-CK10.

The red back is a small camera bag.

Often posts and threads pop up on Facebook and various audio based forums asking about where to go when looking for audio gear in Tokyo.

I will list a few of the more popular ones.

Over time I will will add more details and maps etc.

Already on the head pie blog there are two posts, one for Fujiya Avic and one for Bic camera.

Lets start with the large department stores.

These are Bic camera and Yodobashi camera. Not a lot separates these two places.
As you will see on my post on Bic camera in Shinjuku (West side) the headphones, dac/amps etc are all laid out on display with samples you can try easily by yourself without the need for staff.
Just bring your own dap/source to sample the headphones, headphones and source to try the dac/amps.

Not every Yodobashi or Bic camera has a large audio section.


Fujiya Avic in Nakano. (3F Nakano sun mall).

This is situated in what could be termed a mall, although not in the general sense of the word. It is quite old and the mall is populated but niche shops of all kinds, toys, anime, antiques etc. Its the kind of place people are looking for when they visit over developed and sanitized Akihabara these days.
They have a small shop, but a wide range of portable in ears, IEMs, multi driver IEMs, over the ears headphones, cables, daps of all kinds, dac/amps. They have most of the popular portable audiophile brands.
They also sell new and used, the used products in Japan are often as new.
Most gear except for earphones are locked away and you will have to ask the staff to try out the various gear. Older staff.

*Photos and maps can be found via google of course ;)

DAR`s useful post


e-earphone. This is in Akihabara and can be hard for some people to find. They now have a shop downstairs for getting your ear molds for custom in ears so its a bit more visible. I do recommend doing some research about where it is to avoid frustration. (I plan to add a map in the future).
Lots of headphones and dac/amps, amps laid out to try by yourself. Some items such as Daps and sources are in glass cases and you will have to ask staff to assist you.
Its not a big shop but like Fujiya Avic it has most of what you may want n a small space. Young staff.

*Photos and maps can be found via google of course.

Great post by DAR


Head pie pro tip#33

Check e-earphones and Fujiya avics website in Chrome browser for English to check If they have stock of what you are after before going.