The QH4 By Samson

I have always seen Samson products all over the place especially in pro audio/ musical instrument stores but have never given any serious thought of buying anything with this brand name due to either being so much more inexpensive than the competition with cer...

The Hibiki By Shozy

Shozy has been steadily climbing the Hifi ladder for some time now and they continue to do so with their new Hibiki IEM. I am optimistic that they will end up a bigger, better business in the mainstream Audiophiles circuit, due to the fact that they have consi...

The Hugo 2 By Chord Electronics

Has it been 3 years already since the launch of the original Chord Hugo DAC/Amp? Time flies I guess in this hobby yet the Hugo is still hugely relevant and massively respected by many an audiophile as one of the high points in the portable audio market. Since...

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 has always been consistent in a product life cycle ...
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The HP-650 By TY Hi-Z

I can feel my addiction to earbuds already creeping back into my life. Alright, I submit. You win, Earbud Deities! I am fresh off of another High-End earbud during my last review and can't wait to start this next one. This time around, I will be looking at one...
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The Dacamp L1 By RHA

The Dacamp L1 was released at the same time as the CL1 and CL750 and represents part of the second generation of audiophile products launched by RHA towards the end of 2017/start of 2017. It is the first DAC/amp also from RHA and to celebrate they called it j...
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The Class A NHB Pocket Amp By XRK Audio

It is possible, even highly probable, that we can eventually stray off the socially accepted path and end up finding random treasures.  Such is the case with an Etsy user “xrk971”, who has fashioned one of the best portable amplifiers I've ever come across for...
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The PB3 Mockingbird By iBasso

We had the Toucan, the Pelican and now we have the Mockingbird which is the third in the PB series of portable amps from iBasso with a focus on balanced power. This has always been a well-regarded series of amps and whilst other designs from iBasso have been d...
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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 safe, keep the fans on board and keeps the sales t...
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The MJ2 By Mitchell & Johnson

The MJ2 came to me by way of an industry recommendation to try out their new line of "Electrostatz" headphones recently launched under the Mitchell & Johnson brand for $499.99 and sporting some interesting designs cue using a healthy mix of wood and steel....
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The HA-2SE By Oppo

Oppo Digital nailed it for me in terms of form factor and pricing for the original HA-2 DAC/Amp combo back when we reviewed it in April 2015.  Its slim profile was a perfect match for smartphone users to strap on to the back with minimal fuss as well as the al...
MrSpeakers Ether C Flow

The Ether C Flow By MrSpeakers

Change can sometimes be evolutionary and yet dramatic at the same time. However, when MrSpeakers suggested I upgrade my "Writer's choice of 2015" Ether C headphone to the new $1799 Flow edition citing a major (read dramatic) enhancement to the sound plus a bra...
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The Edition X V2 By Hifiman

Much like the HE1000, Hifiman has seen fit to bring out a revised Edition X in the form of the Edition X V2 and in doing so saw to it that my lead up to Xmas 2016 was filled with instant regret at not jumping on an original Edition X V1 review at the start of ...
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The HDACC DAC/Amp By Essence

Editorial note: This review is split into two parts. The first part will focus on the HDACC main selling points, its features and build quality and how it performs as part of the traditional headphone desktop setup. The second article to be published shortly t...
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The On2 Monitor Series By Thinksound

Woodies are a beautiful thing, I think we can all accept that as an Audiophile Law. Thinksound has replaced the original On1 on-ear model with a newer, updated version called the On2. Can this beautiful woody compare to the likes of the rest of the very plenti...
Canjam Europe

CanJam Europe 2016 Report & Awards

So it is the 4th year of CanJam Europe and our first as a media partner with CanJam Europe. As such we had k.e., a top lad from Germany, go down there and see what's what with the ol' audio business and what's cool for this year and beyond.  Essen, Germany ...
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The K5 By FiiO

This one slipped down the publishing schedule, my bad, but it is rather good timing considering we just published the DK1 Multifunction dock a few weeks back which offers a slither of what the K5 can do with the X Series of DAPS and the E17k from FiiO. This ti...