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ASUS Essence III

A very pleasant surprise from Asus

A review on: ASUS Essence III
00lunar

Pros: Smooth and organic presentation, decent HPO, very decent DAC, functionality

Cons: plastic knobs, mini-XLR's can be tricky to some people, not a huge fan of the fronr

Intro So yeah, finally I was able to sit down, gather my thoughts and write what's below. Xonar Essence III is a very special product for me. Reason behind this statement is simple: it was able to replace one particular device I was very attached to over last two years or so. For now I won't write down what's the name of brick that had to go, but it had to and that's a fact. Xonar Essence III...
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CEntrance HiFi M8. Sound?. Value?.
CEntrance HiFi M8. Sound?. Value?.

CEntrance HiFi-M8

Pros: Excellent overall balance. Wide Soundstage. Bass boost does not muddy the sound. Treble lift is very subtle.

Cons: Battery life?.

A great sounding Native DSD DAC with plentiful and innovative features
A great sounding Native DSD DAC with plentiful and innovative features

iFi Audio micro iDSD

Pros: Crystal clear, lifelike audiophile sound, with a touch a warmth that is great for long listening sessions. TONS of power to drive any headphone.

Cons: some switches are a 'set em and forget em' variety

Geek Out 1000: A Powerful Quality Tube Amp in the form of a USB Key
Geek Out 1000: A Powerful Quality Tube Amp in the form of a USB Key

LHLabs Geek Out

Pros: Tube-like sound at a great price

Cons: Heat and a little brightness at times

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FiiO E17

FiiO E17

“ Have tried many headphone DAC/Amps in the £50 - 200 range and nothing comes close to the resolving, enjoyale nature of this bit of kit. Western manufacturers should take note. Quality, performance and a great price point can all exist together! :) Had mine for almost a year now and have no intention of letting it go... ” --Krisman

100% Positive Reviews
Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1

Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1

“I'll make this a short review and just make several points.   - Excellent unit for beginners. You can use it so many ways, it's really an all-in-one. - Build quality is great, I haven't heard of any dead units. Some minor problems here and there but they are quickly resolved. - Superb support from the company. Fast and helpful emails. - Upgrade and resale potential. You can use this as a DAC...” --_Spanky_

100% Positive Reviews
FiiO E7 USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier

FiiO E7 USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier

“Received new FiiO E7 today from Micca in Fairfax, Va (hi ex-neighbor - used to live in Arlington.)   Did much reading on this forum and other reviews and truly appreciate the candid and (sometimes) brutal thoughts of recent purchasers.  After just a few hours experience, can only share my first impressions - all of which are positive.   Unpacked, reviewed instruction sheet, plugged in USB...” --TomT

89% Positive Reviews
FiiO Andes (E07K) Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier - 96kHz/24-Bit

FiiO Andes (E07K) Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier - 96kHz/24-Bit

“There are 100's of reviews for this product, all covering differing subjects. Nearly all of them rate the product very highly.   This is not a comprehensive review. If you want a more comprehensive review, you can probably find it on the net.     I only want to cover one topic:   iPhone/iPad connectivity (Lightening Connector)   Yes, this DAC can be used with...” --pasmeh

100% Positive Reviews
iFi iDAC DAC / headphone Amplifier

iFi iDAC DAC / headphone Amplifier

“The iFi iDAC provides a flawless sonic experience that is truly high-end.Big thanks to Avatar Acoustics for the review sample!The iDAC comes with a very nice USB cable and RCA cable for line-out.    This DAC has, by far, surpassed my expectations. It provides the finest of audio experiences.Everything sounds super-transparent and life-like, like most ESS Sabre DACs. What is...” --pro1137

100% Positive Reviews
CEntrance DACport USB Headphone Amp

CEntrance DACport USB Headphone Amp

“   I posted a review in the Computer Audio and Source forum in Feb 2010, but with the newer 2010 forum layout it was recommended that I should put a copy of the review in the gear review section.  I updated this a little bit since it's being reposted 3 months later, but most of this is verbatim for what I wrote initially.   The DACport definitely a nice source and amp worth...” --HeadphoneAddict

100% Positive Reviews
Cypher Labs Algorhythm Solo

Cypher Labs Algorhythm Solo

“   I Have spent some days with the new Algorhythm Solo and felt I could honestly give my impressions. I could probably do it in two words but where is the fun in that?    Starting off I would like to say that I have been on an incredible portable/digital journey since the ipod was released. A huge lover of music has always caused me some trouble with traveling as much as I...” --monotune

100% Positive Reviews
WooAudio WA7 Fireflies

WooAudio WA7 Fireflies

“ Takes the edge off the Sennheiser HD800's thereby matching up well with them.  Great separation, silent background and low fatigue factor.  Not much to say that hasn't already been said before.  Very nice little tube amp. ” --RavenDog

100% Positive Reviews
Audioengine D1 Premium 24-Bit DAC

Audioengine D1 Premium 24-Bit DAC

“ Great entry level DAC. Noticeable improvement over the onboard sound of my mac. Pairs great with my audioengine A2s. Powers my HD600 and HE400 headphones very well, seriously can not tell the difference between this and the Asgard 2 (which very much disappointed me for the price).  Gorgeous looks and build quality. Great size. If I ever upgrade my DAC I will use this as a...” --dalb

100% Positive Reviews
Yulong U100

Yulong U100

“   I wrote this review for my blog yesterday and wanted to post it here to shout about this really great device. Yulong makes three models of DAC. Their flagship model (D18 Sabre) seems stunning but its difficult to compare to other models that I've reviewed because it's not exactly the most elegant solution for desktop headphones. Not only is the Sabre DAC sporting beast a...” --Quadpatch

100% Positive Reviews
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