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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...

The X7 Mark II By FiiO

Given the rapid development of DAPs in the last 2 years, it is totally unsurprising to see FiiO launch a revised edition of their original and very successful X7 flagship DAP which launched in late 2015. FiiO h...
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The AP200 By Hidizs

Time seems to run faster in Audiophile years. Products come and go, market values swing vividly in either direction from season to season and headphone driver popularity is ever wavering. Such is now the case ...
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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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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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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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The AM2A By FiiO

To the best of my knowledge, the AM2A represents the final amp module for the current iteration of the X7 by FiiO and it is more of a response to a market development or DIY modification of the original AM1 tha...
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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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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 ...