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7.5Our Score

The M3 DAP by Shanling Audio

Shanling Audio have been on the go now for nearly 27 years and are very well known (at least in SE Asia) for their impressive power amps and desk top audio in general including DAC's and CD players. Much in the...
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7.1Our Score

The HM-650 DAP by Hifiman

No matter the area, Hifiman always has pushed the envelope. For example, their first DAP was the monstrosity known as the HM-801. At 9 ounces and an entire inch thick, it, put bluntly, was a brick. It was a won...
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7.7Our Score

The X1 DAP by FiiO

The recent launch of the X1 by FiiO sort of completes the "Holy Trinity" of FiiO digital audio players with the existing but slightly aged mid level X3 and their flagship X5 DAP receiving largely positive prais...
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8.2Our Score

The DX90 by iBasso

The audiophile DAP race continues unabated with the release of the next step up from the DX50 by iBasso with the $419 DX90 DAP. It is almost as if iBasso and FiiO are in this budget busting DAP war bubble right...
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8.3Our Score

The HM-901 DAP from Hifiman

Hifiman can claim to have been one of the original proponents of the new wave DAP market when back around 2007 they launched the HM series with the excellent if somewhat 'boutique' HM-801 and then in 2011 came ...
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7.8Our Score

The X5 by FiiO

Last year I reviewed the X3 and thought it a very good release from FiiO but with a UI that had some growing pains and a design that was not that appealing in aesthetics but certainly functional and well built....
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The AK120 by Astell & Kern

I feel like there is an epidemic looming over the heads of most Hi-Fi audio music player designers. Most just can't seem to get it right and so few end up with a solid performer, yet something actually portabl...
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The DX50 DAP by Ibasso

It has been an amazing year or two now for the revival of the humble DAP or mp3 player as we used to call it. Hifiman, Colorfly, iRiver's Astell & Kern, FiiO and now Ibasso all coming out with a vision of what ...
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The X3 DAP by FiiO

Darn... FiiO just went and did it and finally gave us the DAP they have been talking about since late 2011 - the FiiO X3. Feted for their quality to price ratio and bang for buck kings (sorry I have almost run ...