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The Continental V5 By ALO Audio

In some ways, the rise of quality DAP has helped bring a bit of focus into the portable amping market. Used to be there was a ton of portable amps in every store and stacking was the way to go with an IC always to hand. That scene has long since diminished as...
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The HA-2 DAC by Oppo

For the last year Oppo have blown away the market perception that planar headphones are really cumbersome heavy rocks on our head that sound great but need a nuclear plant to drive them. The PM-1, PM-2 and the now released PM-3 closed planar have all got a tra...
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The Mini-M8 by CEntrance

I recall a time back in 2009 while working as a sound engineer for a local music label studio, I was privy to a new device called the Centrance MicPort.  It was something that made life a lot less stressful and I recall being very impressed by the technology. ...
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The Micro Portable Amp By Portaphile

Ceasar over at Portaphile has been up to no good! A while back, I'd heard his original 627 portable amp, astounded by the price to performance I'd naturally wanted to own it and review it.  Since then, Portaphile has released a revision called the Micro at ...
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The HPA-01M Portable Amp by Bakoon

There is nothing worse than getting a dose of the "man flu" when you are in mid testing, especially when the unit for review is the all-new portable HPA-01M current drive amp from Bakoon. You really just have to sit there and wait it out while staring at a $12...
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The Sound Blaster E5 by Creative

In mid-2014 we first got wind of a new series of budget-busting 'do it all' audio DAC/amps from Sound Blaster and luckily we were able to review the Sound Blaster E1 and E3. Whilst not being totally blown away by their sound signature we thought the price poin...
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The FiiO E12a – The IEM Amp

FiiO have been very busy in 2014 revising and modernizing their lineup of amps and DAC's on top of rolling out their new X1 and X5 DAPs. They have always struck me as keen to listen to feedback from their customer base and have been tapping into various commen...
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The C5 Portable Headphone Amp by Cayin

For the last few years I have been a regular attendee of our national Hi-Fi show held every November in the business district in one plush hotel or another. Quite apart from jostling for space as the President of the country no less flirts from room to room wi...
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The International+ by ALO Audio

ALO Audio have been revising some of their existing product line of late with a mix of user feedback and new technologicial developments. The '+" line, as this revisionism is now called, recently included the Rx Mk3-B+ portable amp which rolled out with enhanc...
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FiiO E07K – The Andes

Earlier in the year FiiO upgraded the E9 with the E09k and it mostly took into account newer trends in portable or fixed small desktop audio as well as feedback from FiiO fans and owners so when they announced the E07k or the Andes I had a feeling this was a s...
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The FiiO E02i – Yo Rocky!

FiiO never tire of churning out great gear so this one came out under the radar a bit when they called to see what we thought of the E02i. What is it? Is it another low budget amp? Is it a gadget that looks like or is sponsored by Sylvester Stallone? Not quite...