PIONEER XDP-30R DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYERV REVIEW

November 22, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“While there are a few bugs that should easily be addressed in future firmware updates and a few features the head-fi community is still patiently holding out for, this player is still a great option.

If you’re not a fan of Android, or perhaps you aren’t quite ready to splash out and consider Pioneer’s flagship offerings, the XDP-30R offers high-performance at a much more wallet-friendly price.

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PIONEER XDP-300R DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER REVIEW

November 7, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“Bass still retained its signature tight rumble, whilst midrange was effortlessly and accurately reproduced.

It seems that doubling down on the specs has turned the Pioneer portable into a capable powerhouse. This is a welcome change, as this was an issue with previous releases from Pioneer.”

Astell&Kern KANN Portable Audio Player Review – Video

November 5, 2017 § Leave a comment

FIIO X5 3RD GEN DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER REVIEW

November 1, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“FiiO has well and truly achieved their goal of providing a full featured, high performance DAP at a very affordable price. While it does not have the detail, bass extension & control nor the articulate and musical midrange or highs of my reference unit, it does compete favorably with many thousand dollar plus units I have heard, and I believe represents the performance limits of the components used. It is less fatiguing than most mass market units (regardless of price) and enjoys a probable compatibility with most IEMs and Headphones, so I can heartily recommend it to those trying to maximize their audio experience without an open ended budget.”

QUESTYLE AUDIO QP2R DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER $1,300 REVIEW

October 28, 2017 § Leave a comment

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‘Parazaider’s delicate flute, working with G Dorian flair as the intensity of the track rises. Piano, horns and drums come in as the volume rises. The QP2r keeps everything together in a fluid and musical way. The power of the band is well in evidence as well as their subtlety as the song flows from Powerful to subdued moments. Terry Kath’s strident vocals are captured with all the strain of his worry and anxiety for the survival of our society. This song could be about today and not nearly fifty years ago as a social statement. The QP2r unleashes the UE11’s to their best effect. Very satisfying!”

Astell&Kern A&ultima SP1000 portable audio player $3499 Review

October 27, 2017 § Leave a comment

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In some ways, the various musical elements were excessively dissected, but overall, the timbral and textural balance, along with the precision of attacks and generous sustain, produced a picture that seemed to be organic on the “cellular” level, without ever sounding mechanical. The sound of John Densmore’s cymbals, particularly from the vinyl rip, was ideal, as was the sound of his kick drum in the title song. That was a tribute to both the Audeze headphones and to the A&ultima SP1000

SONY NW-WM1Z, MDR-Z1R, TA-ZH1ES REVIEW

October 9, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“he overall balance is more liquid than typical for a modern DAP whose chips hedge toward state of the art rather than NOS. But it’s not as chalky or warm as a first-gen AK100 or iPhone 4. Listen, I have no idea where the liquidy sound comes from. But it’s there. And it nails every music I throw at it. In single ended, the WM1Z can spit out a damn detailed stereo image, topping out somewhere around 90dB, or bottoming out around 80dB, load dependent. This surpasses the great bulk of my favourite DAPs and a few good amps, the Vorzüge PURE/DUO among them. Move on up to balanced, and 90dB becomes closer to 110dB.

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