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Simaudio 230HAD

An uncharacteristic taste of clarity and obviousness to music.

A review on: Simaudio 230HAD
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Pros: Excellent separation and enunciation of each individual sound, its start and stop time, and location in space.

Cons: Slightly imperfect timbre, pitch and rhythm, and single instrument or vocal detail, compared with better DACs costing more than the Moon.

Introduction   Why am I here? Am I seeking an endgame all-in-one audio device? Am I seeking an amplifier for every conceivable, non-electrostatic headphone? Am I seeking a sound that will draw me in, wisp me away on a magic carpet ride of sonic bliss, while enveloping my auditory senses in a cloud of ecstasy? The short answer to these questions is no. And please, just a moment of your...
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[PMR Reviews] Feliks Audio Espressivo
[PMR Reviews] Feliks Audio Espressivo

Espressivo-E by Feliks Audio

Pros: Excellent Build Quality, Engaging & Dynamic Sound, Price/Performance

Cons: Weird Font, High Output Impedance, Certain Pairings

Tremendous Values all around in Forms, Practicality, Performances.  Totally Sony !
Tremendous Values all around in Forms, Practicality, Performances. Totally Sony !

Sony PHA-3 Headphone Amp

Pros: Balanced output, Transportability, Seamlessly connecting, Compact, Superb Sound quality out of Balanced connections

Cons: Power-charge indicator, running A bit too warm. It needs long hours burn-in and Sony does not mention it.

Fuller sound for IEM's
Fuller sound for IEM's

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Chord MoJo

Chord MoJo

“Chord Mojo Review Disclaimer Chord electronics has recruited me as a 'review captain' for Canada (I'm honoured) for the new Chord Mojo and provided a unit free of charge for review purposes. The unit will go on to other Canadian reviewers in the tour I'm organizing after I publish this review. This review is simply my opinion of the device and I am giving nothing less than my honest...” --x RELIC x

100% Positive Reviews
FiiO E17

FiiO E17

“I have been using the E17 "Alpen" every day for over a year now.  It is my go-to device for enjoying music at work, or anywhere other than my home office.  So, here are my thoughts:   Build quality   This was the first thing I noticed when I unboxed the device.  Brushed metal casing felt very durable, and after this past year of daily use, still looks almost new. ...” --prez

100% Positive Reviews
JDS Labs Assembled Objective2 Headphone Amplifier

JDS Labs Assembled Objective2 Headphone Amplifier

“     Without referring to "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's" (A.K.A. NwAvGuy) blog, and speaking from my own listening experiences, I really do think the Objective 2 is a great headphone amplifier. No, I don't think this is the amp to end all amps, but it's a dang good one and it only cost me $156 USD (which includes the Triad brand WAU12-200 AC adaptor). In fact, it can be found...” --miceblue

100% Positive Reviews
Electric Avenues PA2V2

Electric Avenues PA2V2

“   Headphone Amplifier Review - PA2V2   A Portable Headphone Amplifier: Introducing the Pocket Amp 2 - Version 2 (PA2V2) - Joseph Kendall Creator and owner: Gary Ali Electric-Avenues.com Price: $60CAD delivered in Canada, Confirm with Electric Avenues as these prices might change with exchange rate and delivery location. G’day follower and...” --theblackfox

95% Positive Reviews
Aune X1S 32Bit/384KHz DSD DAC Headphone Amplifier

Aune X1S 32Bit/384KHz DSD DAC Headphone Amplifier

“ For larger images (1200 x 800) click the image   INTRODUCTION I’ve been aware of Aune for some time during my Head-Fi journey – particularly their T1 Tube DAC, and more recently the B1 portable amp which was recently featured on Head-Fi. But until now I’ve never had a chance to sample their gear, and indeed haven’t really taken much notice of their product line.  That changed...” --Brooko

100% Positive Reviews
iFi iCAN headphone amplifier

iFi iCAN headphone amplifier

“iFi iCAN (Standard and SE) Power in a small package.  << PREVIOUS REVIEW | REVIEW INDEX | NEXT REVIEW >>   GENERAL NOTES For those who have read some of my past reviews, you'll notice that I've changed up the format slightly.  Graphically, this new review format looks more appeasing to the eye, while writing wise, I find that it is more fluid and...” --thatonenoob

100% Positive Reviews
Matrix M-Stage

Matrix M-Stage

“The M-stage HPA-1 was purchased by me from an eBay seller about a year ago for $180 including a class A biased OPA627 op amp. The HPA-1 was the first generation in the M-stage series and have since then been followed by the HPA-2 and the quite recently released HPA-3. The HPA-1 was released back in 2010 but I still think that it offers enough interesting features to be worthy of a review in...” --peter123

100% Positive Reviews
NuForce Icon HDP (High-end Headphone Amp, USB DAC, Preamp)

NuForce Icon HDP (High-end Headphone Amp, USB DAC, Preamp)

“ I purchased the Nuforce Icon HDP along with Sennheiser HD 650 headphones as my first desktop setup about six months ago. I'll start off by saying that the HDP has been a fantastic purchase that I am thrilled with and enthusiastically recommend, especially as a starter desktop setup.   The HDP has loads of power and easily drives my Sennheiser HD 650s and other high impedence...” --Sid-Fi

94% Positive Reviews
FiiO E11

FiiO E11

“ Sound: They expanded the soundstage a noticeable amount as well as instrument separation between the 2 channels. However, at first listen on the standard music app, i found the vocals to be a little muddy or low end heavy. Not enough treble to bring out the details of the instruments or the singer's voice. So I tried using it in conjunction with the EQu app and to my surprise i found it...” --Player1josh46

91% Positive Reviews
Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1

Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1

“ I bought this DAC-preamp and after several attempts made the following changes to it for an amazing result:   Installed 5670 Raytheon Windmill getter tube upgraded diodes to Schottky Diode 11DQ10 Changed the output coupling caps to Sanyo Oscon 47uF opamp for tube to LT1364 or metal version of LM4562.   The biggest gain came from opamp then the diodes.  Do not...” --Lecentaur

93% Positive Reviews
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