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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...
QP1R
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The QP1R DAP By Questyle

With a wealth of globally patented technology, Questyle Audio are a company dedicated to the design and manufacture of high-quality audio products for use in the home and portable settings. The company, which h...
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The X7 AM5 Module By FiiO

Modules for the FiiO X7 DAP are now coming thick and fast with the public launch now of the AM5 and as I write we just received the AM3 (review later guys!). I was actually very impressed with the AM2 for its f...
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The Plenue D DAP By Cowon

October of 2015 was a sad month for me...it was around that time that my Cowon J3 finally kicked the bucket after years of strenuous usage. Despite owning numerous higher end DAP's at the time, like the Astell ...
Opus#1
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The Opus#1 DAP By The Bit

South Korea seems like the mecca now for modern DAP revivals with Astell & Kern coming out of iRiver and Cowon moving forward with their Plenue series and now we have a new player on the block, a company ca...
L3
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L3 DAP By Luxury & Precision

Luxury and Precision flew onto the audio scene last year with their excellent sounding L5Pro portable player, but I have a lot of concern about their new budget L3 model...as well as their business outlook and ...
Alien
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The Alien DAP Gold Edition By Shozy

The Alien DAP by Shozy is a DAP I should have given a dedicated review to ages ago. Instead, you have been seeing it pop up in comparisons to other DAPs as well as matchability ratings for IEMs. So when Shozy a...
N5
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The N5 DAP By Cayin

Almost exactly a year ago I reviewed the Cayin N6, which was and still is, the flagship DAP from this respected Chinese audio manufacturer. At around $600 it sounded neutral, smooth, clean and really an all-aro...
DX80
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The DX80 by iBasso

It was perhaps inevitable that iBasso would release a new DAP at the tail end of last year given the rash of next gen DAP's released by the likes of FiiO and the X5ii and X7 as well as the sensibly priced Pione...
AM2
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The X7 AM2 Module By FiiO

There was always going to be a part 2 and part 3 and so forth with the FiiO X7 DAP given its modular amping system and generally long shelf life road map planned from the start. I was wary initially of the poss...
M3
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The M3 DAP By FiiO

There are a lot of FiiO Dap's out right now in the market. The X range and the 2nd Gen X Range with the X1 and X3ii being the smallest and cheapest among them. I wrote a while ago that I thought the X1 was good...
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The X7 DAP by FiiO

Never did I think I would be tagging a FiiO product in the $500-$1000 category, but here it is, the much hyped and now very real FiiO X7 flagship DAP. There are 450 pages on Head-fi alone covering the X7 and th...
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The X5 Gen 2 by FiiO

The 'Applesque' regenerating life cycle of FiiO products continue unabated with the launch of the all new X5 Generation 2 (X5 gen 2) DAP which represents, for now, their flagship DAP in the market. Much like th...