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AR-M2
8.5Our Score

Acoustic Research AR-M2 Review

I first got the chance to hear the sleek beautiful Acoustic Research AR-M2 during the Headroom Show in London. I remember passing it by initially thinking I haven’t ever heard of that company before perhaps I w...
C10
8Our Score

Colorfly C10 Review

The Colorfly C10 digital media player has been out for a while actually so this review is not about a new product launch. In fact, the whole process of this DAP ending up in my hands was more of a perchance si...
R6
9.2Our Score

HiBy Music R6 Review

Disclaimer: The HiBy Music R6 sent to us uses the domestic market firmware. Some features that will be in the international version are missing on this unit at the time of review. As such we will revisit this r...
Shanling M2s
8.4Our Score

The M2s By Shanling

It is just over a year since we covered the Shanling M5, a DAP I much admired for its adherence to all the finer qualities of the AK4490 with a warm to neutral presentation and cracking vocal presentation. It ...
8.6Our Score

The AMP3 by iBasso

The AMP3 from iBasso is now the 3rd proprietary amp card for their flagship DX200 DAP. Priced at $199 it is no throwaway accessory and double the price of the FiiO equivalent amps for their X7 and X7 mark 2. T...
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8.5Our Score

The Alien+ By Shozy

An LCD screen. It is perhaps inevitable that the one distinctive "lack of feature" on one of my favorite budget DAPs, the Shozy Alien, has now been done away with by actually adding it into the newly launched A...
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9.2Our Score

The DX200 By iBasso

iBasso celebrated their 10th anniversary very recently and the launch of the feature packed DX200 has been timed to coincide with that landmark moment. Those of you who remember the DX100 had been waiting pati...
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8.4Our Score

The OPUS#3 By The Bit

Three is greater than one but less than two. Or so it is according to Korean DAP specialists, The BIT. This counting conundrum caught me out by surprise when I met the team earlier this year in CanJam Singapor...
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7.7Our Score

The AP60 By Hidizs

There isn't a whole lot going with credible DAPs sub $100 these days. Outside of the M3 from FiiO, you have, well, ...FiiO at $99. Everything else in-between is a mixture of legacy used gear like the venerable...
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8.6Our Score

The N3 By Cayin

The N3 is officially the fourth release in the Cayin DAP lineup and priced at $149. It is also the cheapest making Cayin's entry level DAP and a direct competitor against the likes of the FiiO X1 gen 1 or 2 or ...
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8.7Our Score

The X5 3rd Gen By FiiO

Generational revisions are usually evolutionary in nature with often a well-advised approach to retaining legacy plus points from previous technological "wins" as a core production and marketing process. It is ...
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The X1 2nd Gen DAP By FiiO

It has been just over 2 years now since FiiO originally launched their entry level DAP, the X1. The X1 took on the form factor and looks of the X3 Gen2 but stripped of a DAC and aimed primarily as a low-cost so...
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The i5 DAP By Cayin

The last two Cayin DAP's we reviewed, the N6 and the N5 were solid traditional style non-touch based media players that, initially with the N6, went straight for the audiophile market and then, subsequently, wi...
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The AM3 By FiiO

The AM3 amp module for the FiiO X7 DAP is now the 4th module to be released with an amping stage inside and is priced at $99. This is consistent with the previous amping module prices for the AM1, AM2, and AM5 ...
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The XDP-100R DAP By Pioneer

Portable music players are all over the map these days. Sometimes, I just can't figure out what the hell is going on, which one to buy for myself and which ones are worth reviewing. I'm not happy with how Pione...
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The M5 DAP By Shanling

ESS Sabre was THE DAC of 2014-2015 for quite a lot of audiophile gear makers from DAPs to desktops. However, this chip series can be a nightmare to work with and if not properly filtered and implemented the res...
Cowon

The Plenue M By Cowon

It amazes me how much the tech can change, or not change at all, in the span of just two years.  I've always been a fan of Cowon products, but let me tell you straight up right now at the beginning of this revi...