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Astell&Kern AK380 Ultimate High Fidelity Portable Music Player

Incredible Sound Quality but at a Price

piercer

Pros: Incredible sound quality, excellent UI, massive internal storage.

Cons: Needs a TOTL pair of ear/headphones to get the most from it.

I have had my AK380 for over a month now and its time to post a review   Before I had the AK380 I had an NW-ZX2 for 6 months, an AK240 for nearly two years and the AK120 before that, so yes, I like the A&K players.     I have been listening at least 4 hours a day at least 4 days a week since I got it   I have paired it with Beyerdynamic T5p's single ended, Shure...
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A great step towards Success
A great step towards Success

FiiO X5 2nd gen Premium Hi-Res DAP

Pros: Good thick sound, better UI than before, nice physical design, port options

Cons: Not $300 sound quality, lacking in transparency, UI isn't consistent

Review: Questyle Audio QP1R - With Multiple Headphone and IEM Pairings
Review: Questyle Audio QP1R - With Multiple Headphone and IEM Pairings

Questyle Audio QP1R

Pros: Crystal clear sound signature, powers most headphones from loud to very loud levels

Cons: Wheel takes some time to get acclimated, clipping w/ some headphones when lower synthetic bass emits at very high volumes (no clipping at normal vol.)

 Google Nexus 5 Review by mark2410
Google Nexus 5 Review by mark2410
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FiiO X3 2nd gen Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP

FiiO X3 2nd gen Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP

“ To view larger images (1200 x 800) click the appropriate photo INTRODUCTION I’m a proud owner of the Fiio X5 and X1 – they’ve been my go to DAPs for some time now, and I use both daily.  The X1 for when I want ultimate portability, and the X5 when I need a little more power, and also want the added level of refinement it brings. I’ve been using Fiio audio equipment for some time now,...” --Brooko

100% Positive Reviews
FiiO X1 Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP

FiiO X1 Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP

“ Click any image for full size (1200 x 800) resolution INTRODUCTION I’m a proud owner of the Fiio X5 – it’s been my go to DAP for some time now, with the only drawback being ultimate portability if I’m jogging, or just out and about wanting a really simple set-up.  So when Fiio started talking about a new entry level DAP in the sub $100 market, and already knowing what they are capable...” --Brooko

100% Positive Reviews
FiiO X5 High-res Portable Music Player

FiiO X5 High-res Portable Music Player

“ X5 - Strength and Beauty The Fiio X5   INTRODUCTION My audio chain has actually been pretty stable of late, my last addition being the Studio V3 Anniversary (DAP) and Dunu DN-1000s.  With the addition of the Studio V3, I had pretty much solved the one missing component – a decent DAP for my requirements.  I watched the progress with other...” --Brooko

100% Positive Reviews
Apple iPod classic 160 GB (7th Generation)

Apple iPod classic 160 GB (7th Generation)

“It's exactly what it says it is. I've tried some great looking, incredibly expensive DAPs - Honestly, in my opinion, a lot of them just add colouration, or EQ, or look pretty. Some of them do perform well, but fall short in many areas. If you just want your music files to be reproduced exactly as they were mastered, with a line-out to pipe your music into any amplification you might...” --White Lotus

100% Positive Reviews
FiiO X5 2nd gen Premium Hi-Res DAP

FiiO X5 2nd gen Premium Hi-Res DAP

“ For larger images (1200 x 800), click any of the photos INTRODUCTION I’m a very happy owner of Fiio’s X1, X3ii and the original X5 digital audio players (DAPs). I’ve used them all (a lot) over the last couple of years – and up until now, the X3ii has been my go to portable DAP for daily use.  I still use the X1 for ultimate portability (eg exercise), and the X5 when I need a more...” --Brooko

96% Positive Reviews
COWON J3 32 GB Portable Media Player (Black)

COWON J3 32 GB Portable Media Player (Black)

“ I love having something no one else has, that’s how I live my life making my own path.  At least that’s how I feel when someone gawks at my J3.  Every third person on earth has an IPOD, nothing to talk about, no fun, typical, average,  yawn.  Now the J3 is a special player in every aspect.  When you pick up this shiny black glossy unit you expect a lead weight. ...” --ZIPUR

84% Positive Reviews
HiSoundAudio RoCoo P

HiSoundAudio RoCoo P

“What i really love about this player is its wide sound stage and sq. Every time i listen to it with my headphones or iem's, it blows me away.  I spent hours of listening to it everyday.   It can drive many iems or headphones because of its built in amp. it has lots of power.   The battery can last 8-10 hours of continuous playback.   The build quality is solid and it...” --arjane

100% Positive Reviews
FiiO X3 Portable Music Player

FiiO X3 Portable Music Player

“Package & Build:   FiiO X3 comes in a nice box with adapter and micro USB cable, as well as a nice soft silicone sleeve to protect the player. It is built very nicely, has some retro touch to it since it doesn't have any wheels or touch screen, just buttons and normal, not so good, screen (but it does the job just fine). It has coax out, line out and 3.5 mm headphone jack as well as...” --Tail

93% Positive Reviews
Colorfly Pocket Hi-fi C4

Colorfly Pocket Hi-fi C4

“ First of all I just want to put a caveat on the User Interface notion. At the end of the day, we are striving for sound and we all do crazy things to get the best, gripes about it are meaningless and in reality just spoils any review and we have all been spoiled by the iPod's UI, but an iPod sounds like a lump of clay, so with that done.   This is mind blowing, I have no idea why...” --Vespertine

92% Positive Reviews
Studio V Anniversary Edition

Studio V Anniversary Edition

“Portable audio became my hobby some year and a half ago, when i bought my first expensive headphones. I discovered lossless formats, loudness war, this website. I experimented with so called high-res audio. I was trying new headphones. I replaced my old mp3 player with Cowon x9, then Fiio x3, then Sony Walkman NWZ A10. I switched for more expensive Audio Technica ES10 headphones. Two months ago...” --vincik

100% Positive Reviews
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