Astell&Kern Announces New Flagship Digital Audio Player


“IRIVER, the parent company of Astell&Kern, announced a new high-end audio player called the A&ultima SP1000 at the High End 2017 in Munich, Germany held from May 18 – 21, 2017. The SP1000 is the first model in the new A&ultima line of Astell&Kern players. The A&ultima line of players by Astell&Kern features the latest technology and high-end audio performance available in a portable player.”


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“The argument for using a smartphone with the Mojo as opposed to the dedicated XDP-300R might also be made depending on your use. Many smartphones don’t have a Micro SD slot, let alone two! Not to mention that using a dedicated DAP is also a little more relaxing with no need to worry about incoming calls or notifications popping up.”

Cayin N3 review


“Navigating the UI is done by a mixture of capacitive touch activated and physical buttons. Down the left side of the unit, we have the power switch and volume rocker while on the right we have three evenly proportioned ovals that act as forward, back and play/pause. My biggest gripe with these is the lack of an identifier for in your pocket fumbling. On the front we have a tactile circle that is your select key surrounded by 4 touch sensitive icons that give off a right buzz when you select them. I like something confirming my action but after a while I did opt to turn the vibration off”

Onkyo Granbeat DP-CMX1


“Taking audio quality up a notch, hi-res file compatibility tops out at 24bit/384kHz for PCM and 11.2MHz for DSD. The Onkyo-branded device is also ready to rock with MQA decoding and rendering; that means listeners get the full hi-res unfold and pre-emptive correction of the DAC chip’s pre-ringing.


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” Fiio’s TOTL DAP, the X7 (with my favorite AM2 card loaded), costs around $479 for the moment on It is faster in general usage and it updates the library faster as well. With both players you get more or less the same functionalities but the X5iii is the easiest to use because of its design/layout. The X7 is faster and more reactive. The X7 has less noise than the X5iii when using sensitive monitors. Compared to the X7/AM2 combo, the X5iii sounds a little sharper where the X7 is cleaner and more precise. The X5iii is close to the X7 and the X7 is closer to the i5. Compared to the X5iii, the X7 still wins on technicalities and I don’t see any reason why you should turn in your X7 for an X5iii. They’re both great players, I prefer the sound and usability of the X7 but the design and lay-out of the X5iii.”

HiFiMan SuperMini Music Player Review

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“Some might regard the HiFiMan SuperMini as a unicorn. The notion of a $399 music player that challenges the category’s four-figure competitors sounds too good to be true. But the company has found a way to drive moderately challenging headphones for long periods while minimizing cost and form factor, and although it may not be the last word in transparency, it’s a sonic overachiever at its price point. There’s also something soothing about its subdued looks and mostly excellent ease of use. It would be hard to imagine a more agreeable companion for a long day of on-thego listening.”


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