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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

Cayin N3 is the latest budget DAP from established Chinese audio manufacturers with a value-conscious price starting at $149. Disclaimer: The Cayin N3 sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion....
FiiO X5iii
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FiiO X5iii Review

The FiiO X5iii is the company's 'next-gen' Android digital media player featuring a dual DAC AK4490EQ. It is priced at $399.99 Disclaimer: The FiiO X5iii sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opini...
FiiO X1 Gen 2
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FiiO X1 2nd Gen Review

The FiiO X1 2nd Gen is the company's latest take on an entry-level portable media player or DAP featuring a touch-based scroll wheel. It is priced at $99. Disclaimer: The FiiO X1 2nd Gen sent to us is a sample...
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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...
FiiO AM3
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FiiO AM3 Review

The FiiO AM3 is a brand new amplifier card for the X7 DAP series and Q-series portable DAC/AMP featuring balanced outputs. It is priced at $99. Disclaimer: The FiiO AM3 sent to us is a sample in exchange for...
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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
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Cowon Plenue M Review

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 ...
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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...
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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...