Shanling M0
8.5Our Score

Shanling M0 Review

Disclaimer: The Shanling M0 was sent to us a sample in exchange for our honest opinion and does not have to be returned. We thank the team at Shanling for giving us this opportunity. Until the end of June 2018 the M0 will be a promo price of $99, thereafter it...
Xduoo D3
7.8Our Score

Xduoo Nano D3 Review

Xduoo is an Asian electronics company that has created some fantastic mid-fi amps in the past. This is my first experience with a Xduoo portable music player, so I was very excited to see how it stacked up against the competition out there in the sub $100usd ...
R3
8.9Our Score

HiBy Music R3 Review

Disclaimer: This unit of the HiBy Music R3 is an engineering or prototype sample and contains an early beta firmware that will be upgraded to an international version by the end of the Kickstart Campaign when purchased units are shipped.  Headfonics and Headf...
QP2R
8.6Our Score

Questyle QP2R Review

Disclaimer: The Questyle QP2R was sent to us a loan sample from SCV Distribution and will be returned to them after this review. Many thanks for providing us with the opportunity to review. Questyle was a company first introduced to me back in 2015. I was one...
AP60
8.1Our Score

Hidizs AP60 II Review

The AP60 II is a second generation entry-level media player from Hong Kong-based manufacturer, Hidizs. It replaces the original AP60, a DAP we reviewed back in May 2017. You can find the full review here. In our review of the AP60, we described the AP60 has h...
Explorer
8.2Our Score

Echobox Explorer Review

What seems like forever ago, in Hi-Fi years, Echobox lit up Indiegogo with their campaign for a new, interesting looking portable music player called the Explorer. The final product only just recently arrived at my door and they were also gracious enough to s...
N5ii
8.8Our Score

Cayin N5ii Review

The N5ii digital media player is the 3rd generation of the N-Series DAPs from Chinese manufacturers, Cayin. Headfonics has covered each of this series DAP in some detail right back to the original N6 which we reviewed in 2015 here. You can also reference our p...
AR-M2
8.5Our Score

Acoustic Research AR-M2 Review

I first got the chance to hear the sleek beautiful Acoustic Research AR-M2 during the Headroom Show in London. I remember passing it by initially thinking I haven’t ever heard of that company before perhaps I will try it a little later. Well after trying out e...
C10
8Our Score

Colorfly C10 Review

The Colorfly C10 digital media player has been out for a while actually so this review is not about a new product launch. In fact, the whole process of this DAP ending up in my hands was more of a perchance situation when I visited the Guangzhou Audio Show ba...
R6
9.2Our Score

HiBy Music R6 Review

Disclaimer: The HiBy Music R6 sent to us uses the domestic market firmware. Some features that will be in the international version are missing on this unit at the time of review. As such we will revisit this review as and when those additional features are ad...
8.4Our Score

The M2s By Shanling

It is just over a year since we covered the Shanling M5, a DAP I much admired for its adherence to all the finer qualities of the AK4490 with a warm to neutral presentation and cracking vocal presentation. It was, and still is, Shanling's TOTL DAP but given t...
Shozyalienplustitle
8.5Our Score

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 Alien+ DAP. Yet, this was never really a barrier t...
9Our Score

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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7.8Our Score

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 with portable music players, where things tend to ...
Bestyet
9.2Our Score

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 patiently for a true flagship DAP from iBasso for quit...
Titleopus3no1
8.4Our Score

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 Singapore simply because as marketing roadmaps go this one...
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7.7Our Score

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 clip or a host of small time brands like Xudoo or...
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8.5Our Score

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 than an outright pre-determined road-map release. Fi...
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8.7Our Score

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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8Our Score

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 solution to getting on the FiiO DAP wagon and enjoyi...