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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...
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7.8Our Score

The M DAP by Calyx

This South Korean company burst onto the scene recently with their beast of a DAP, puffing their chests and boasting impressive DSD capabilities and high driving output power in a portable music player for us a...
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The AP100 DAP by Hidizs

I have a hard time saying the word Hidizs. I have an even harder time saying it after a few beers so I will just refer to this £230 midrange DAP as the AP100, which actually sounds quite militaristic in my mind...
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The N6 DAP by Cayin

The Cayin N6 is the company's debut digital media player featuring a dual PCM1792 implementation and an unusual design aesthetic. The price is $619.99. Disclaimer: The Cayin N6 was sent to us is a sample in ex...
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7.8Our Score

The X3 Gen 2 DAP by FiiO

By pure luck the local demo tour of the new FiiO X3 2nd Gen was happening when I started this review so I was able to bring in Bryan Co from our local chapter to throw in his thoughts also so in effect we have ...
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The A17 DAP By Sony

Sony recently launched a whole plethora of DAP's to the market in 2014 and 2015 show no signs of changing despite the shocking news that they are pulling out of audio and video markets shortly. The Sony NWZ-A17...
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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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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...
FiiO X1
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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....