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Hi everyone, I’m back with another video sharing my views about a worthy successor to an extremely popular Shanling M3X portable DAP, that replaced the X with an Ultra moniker for a couple of reasons. I believe I have tried most Shanling portable devices by now and if you’re curious to …
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My Video Review: While SMSL Audio always resonated with affordable audio that anybody could enjoy without wandering into the four-figure territory, a time came in trying a slice of that fat and delicious pie that’s called High-End Audio. Everything changed when SMSL revealed their VMV line a few …
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My Video Review: Immediately after finishing my Denafrips Terminator Plus review, I was 100% sure that Terminator Plus (TPlus from now on) was going to be my forever and ever end-game DAC. I shot an email to Vinshine Audio that supplied a review sample and I kindly asked for a discount as I wanted …
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My Video Review: I have a long history of reviewing all kinds of DACs, starting with regular chip-based, software-defined FPGA DACs and finishing with the ancestors of modern digital-to-analog converters that are called R-2R ladder DACs. I have tried plenty of units in any of these segments, …
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My Video Review: Veni, Vidi, Vici. Just look how far Topping has come in the audio business. They started slow, dividing their legacy into three distinct segments: Building a name, dominating their competition and then ruling with an iron fist. Topping is here and it’s here to stay. Establishing a …
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My Video Review: A group of mad scientists banded together in 2020, starting spreading a new type of virus that was putting goose bumps all over their victims, butterflies in their poor stomachs, intensifying their heartbeats, while mercifully hitting their eardrums. What a nasty type of virus! …
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My Video Review: With more than ~27 years under their belts, occupying every corner of HiFi with all sorts of audiophile-grade desktop components, Shanling rolled the dice and decided that on the world map they would be known for trendy looking portable digital audio players (DAPs for short). …
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My Video Review: The battle ended and the dust settled, a single warrior was still standing with planar headphones around his neck, plated with aluminum armor and cooled with an active Noctua fan bolted to his chest, the Burson Soloist 3X Grand Tourer won the headphone amplifier battle that took …
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My Video Review: After becoming an audiophile, James Cameron once called me and said: “Hey mate, I have this mind-blowing idea of resurrecting the action movie genre that redefined our generation! I’m all eyes and ears, I’ve replied back. How about John Conor travels back in time to 2018 and …
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My Video Review: When you’re thinking about affordable but good sounding Hi-Fi, you’re definitely thinking about brands from the far East, that forever changed the definition of entry level Hi-Fi. Companies like SMSL, Topping and Gustard are pumping new products at such a rate…that we don’t have …
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My Video Review: It’s funny how audio companies are changing their packaging, their appearance and sound tuning thanks to people that are writing about stuff in comprehensive ways. I’m glad that Gustard ditched mini-CD’s, there is finally a pseudo-English website and I’m glad that Gustard used …
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My Video Review: A little over ten years ago, FiiO entered the entry level desktop DAC/Amp market. I clearly remember finishing a FiiO E09K review that left a bitter taste in my mouth, urging them developing higher performance combos, maybe even statement units that would compete with established …
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My Video Review: There’s always a first time for everything in life. In my case, I’m meeting Hiby Music and all their doings and in case of Hiby Music (Hiby from now on), they just finished working on a very different portable digital audio player. You probably heard about their portable DAPs and …
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My Video Review: Singxer Electronic Co Ltd. is a mysterious audio manufacturer to me. They’ve done ODM and OEM work for third party companies for more than a decade now. They started slow and small, but they learned fast, doing their homework so well, that in fact the second generation XMOS …
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My Video Review: I am a curious person by nature, especially for all things audio and when an audio component would land on my table, even before listening I would pop its hood, follow the signal path from input to output, so I could better understand what makes it different. I would always seek …
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My Video Review: The DAP days are over? I had a good laugh John, but we’re far from there. Even in such troubled times when people are working from home, unpredictably…everything that was tied to portable audio started growing at an unnatural rate. Something wasn’t adding up, even for me. I’m not …
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My Video Review: It’s quite interesting to observe how most DAC manufacturers coming from China are fighting for supremacy when it comes to SNR, THD+N, Crosstalk and Noise Floor, when others are focusing their minds in creating unforgettable moments while listening to music. It saddens me knowing …
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My Video Review: If you’re looking for a DAC that would sweeten things up and add more soul into your setup, there’s nothing better than a proper R-2R ladder DAC built to the highest standards. There are plenty such makers around the globe and that’s perfectly fine as we, consumers enjoy some …
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My Video Review: I have a long-standing tradition of reviewing SMSL Audio gear. My first-hand experience was trying their unusual looking, but great sounding M500 DAC/Amp combo a few years ago. I wasn’t a huge supporter of its wagon-like look, but it was a darn good sounding DAC for its price. In …
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