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My Video Review: One of the most mysterious DAC manufacturers from China is surely S.M.S.L Audio. We already tested some products made by them, more exactly 3 DACs, a headphone amplifier and an integrated amplifier. Funny thing is that most of them looked so different, that I would never guess …
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My Video Review: About a month ago I’ve tested an affordable true-balanced ESS-Sabre DAC that also happened to be the best sounding entry-level unit I ever stumbled upon. Soncoz LA-QXD1 simply ticked all the boxes for me, it sounded marvelously close to mid-range DACs that I’ve felt the urge to …
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My Video Review: I’m a curious person by nature and when a music making machine lands on my table, I usually try to understand it first. I would pop its case and I will follow the signal path from inputs to outputs. I would always seek limitations and compromises put in place mostly by cost, …
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My Video Review: At the end of 2019 I was given the honors for a world-premiere Burson Conductor 3 Reference review, which changed the way I am looking at ESS Sabre-based DACs/Preamps and headphone amp combos. From linear, lean sounding and straight as a line in terms of frequency response, …
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My Video Review: When an established audio manufacturer from China is releasing its newest flagship DAC, they are targeting not only its competition from the West, but more often they are aiming they own brethren from the East. Remember the waves Topping did with their D90 DAC? That happened …
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My Video Review: When it comes to digital audio, the last two years were turbulent, restless but also exciting and rewarding. Few years ago, high-end digital audio meant shelving big amounts of cash, eating less pudding and more bread and water. Yet for the last two years or so, I’ve experienced …
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My Video Review: I just counted that in the last 18 months I have covered slightly more than 45 digital sources on this website, somebody called me DACman privately over social media for obvious reasons. That made me giggle but also question myself if indeed there is a DAC problem buried deep in …
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My Video Review: Delta-Sigma pulse modulation DACs (D/S from now on) are approaching its peak right now, challenging the best audio analyzers on the planet and our hearing abilities. Multi-thousand dollars DACs of the past are outperformed nowadays by units that are costing less than $1K. You …
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My Video Review: When I finished my FiiO BTR5 review, I was so impressed by its performance and overall sound quality in both wired and wireless mode that I immediately sent an email and a tweet to FiiO, literally begging for a DAP the size of M5 or slightly bigger, without any wireless …
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My Video Review: When my Topping D90 review went live and dropped here, it literally dropped like a bomb, our bandwidth was barely keeping-up, servers were barely holding together, I never expected having so many readers. To this day, it was read more than 60.000 times, it is still my most read …
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My Video Review: Once I started testing a lot of digital sources from all over Asia, few of our readers suggested testing some of the digital to analog converters from the Gustard team. After some research, we found that Gustard is quite popular in China, especially over Erji.net they have quite a …
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My Video Review: I still remember it clearly when Audio-GD announced that they bought the latest batches of the best commercial made DAC chips from Burr-Brown, the legendary PCM1704 chips that everyone wanted to have in their digital sources. That news had a twofold effect on me. On one hand I was …
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My Video Review: SMSL Audio might sound like a fairly new brand in the West, but for the East market SMSL just celebrated its 10th Anniversary and yet it feels just like a prologue for a long journey ahead for them. As a lot of brands from the land of the red dragon, SMSL is focused mostly on …
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My Video Review: Topping is one of those brands that is just not stopping from releasing new products that cater for the affordable, mid-fi or hi-fi market. The rest of world crumbles in fear, buying toilet paper, canned food or just staying at home quarantined, yet Topping is waving hello with …
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My Video Review: With the release of their entry level Digital-To-Analog-Converter Ares – which symbolizes the God Of War in Greek Mythology, Denafrips officially announced a long-term-assault and declared war to the Delta-Sigma DACs found in 99% of all your modern audio sources as smartphones, …
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My Video Review: Shanling is known to be making portable digital audio players for quite some time now. M3 digital audio player that debuted in 2014 came like a storm, even at that time it had DSD playback capabilities, it had a big battery capacity, an interesting Cirrus Logic chipset, lots of …
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My Video Review: You might have heard about a company from the land of the Red Dragon called Audio-GD. They are crafting anything really in the digital and analog domain. From simple DAC and headphone amp units to big and heavy integrated amps and mono-blocks. In the early days of headphone …
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My Video Review: Who would thought that at their flagship year from its inception, FiiO would announce at their Winter Launch Event in an One More Thing stunt, their highest performance and highly anticipated M15 DAP. What was quite unusual even for FiiO is that instead of just showing it to the …
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My Video Review: I knew Topping was brewing something new about one year ago, something that would sit on an iron throne in their product line, in the summer of 2019 I found out it’s their flagship D90 DAC that just entered its final polishing stage. Taking into consideration that Topping is …
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My Video Review: Without too much fanfare on 30 July of this year (2019), FiiO dropped the bomb and announced their latest and greatest M11 PRO DAP in a Facebook post. To this day, that one was the most commented post in FiiOs history and a clear message that people were genuinely excited about …
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My Video Review: Shanling is known to be making portable digital audio players for quite some time now. M3 digital audio player that debuted in 2014 came like a storm, even at that time it had DSD playback capabilities, it had a big capacity battery, an interesting Cirrus Logic chipset, lots of …
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My Unboxing video: My video Review: Disclaimer: Burson Conductor 3 Reference was loaned to us for a two-week evaluation in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank team Burson Audio for this opportunity! It all started about 2 years ago when I sent an email to Burson Audio asking when Conductor …
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My video Review: Disclaimer: Topping D50S was sent to us as a review unit in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank team Apos Audio for this opportunity! This year was such a busy year for Topping and I’m sure it was their best one yet. Topping released two incredible DACs that can fight in the …
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My video review: Disclaimer: xDuoo XD-05 Plus was sent to us as a review unit in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank team Xtenik Audio for this opportunity! The headphone jack of modern smartphones looks like a beautiful forgotten dream and since no one wants to use outdated smartphones just …
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Disclaimer: Topping DX7 Pro was sent to us as a review unit in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank team Apos Audio for this opportunity! My Unboxing Video: My Full-Video Review: In January 2019 Topping announced that they are almost finishing their flagship DX7 PRO DAC and everybody …
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Disclaimer: SMSL M500 was send to us as a review unit in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank team Apos Audio for this opportunity. My video review: Kunal of Apos Audio kindly provided the review sample to us and introduced to the SMSL family of products. This is our first contact with SMSL …
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My video Review: Disclaimer: Sound BlasterX G6 was sent to us free of charge in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank team Creative Labs for this opportunity. OK guys, confession time: Yes, I game myself time and time again. I’m mostly a single-player type of gamer, searching for nice and …
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My video review: Disclaimer: Topping D70 was sent to us free of charge in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank team Topping for this opportunity. If I would ask you few years ago about Topping you would raise your shoulders, however nowadays it is a different picture as this brand also rhymes …
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My video review: One of the most advanced, if not The most advanced portable DAC and headphone amp that could be connected wired or wireless to a smartphone was FiiO Q5 released about one year ago – a marvelous piece of equipment that worked with PCs/Laptops and with Android or iOS devices alike, …
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My video review: FiiO released a lot of portable devices capable of playing back music for the general public or for starry-eyed audiophiles, they even shown efforts for the wireless aficionados and released few products as well. At FiiO Spring Festival 2019 was shown a product what was positioned …
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