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feature rich compact dac

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Pros: highly versatile, lots of options, remote

Cons: slight etch to the sound, non-intuitive remote at times

Just some brief notes and impressions since no one else has put one up yet.   Nice compact form. The little rubber cone feet are useless though and start wearing out. Surprisingly lightweight (the power supply is in the "wall wart" as far as I can tell and provides the multiple voltages required)   Remote control is a plus. The downside is that there is *only* remote access to the dac. The remote itself is functional, though I wish labeling were better (or perhaps colours, so I didn't have to squint to read the buttons each time). Volume adjustment via remote is of adequate speed.   Tons of features let you control dac output, headphone output, phase, balance, etc. I...
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affordable Class-A headphone monoblocks

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Pros: truly superb sound and zero noise

Cons: no supplied headphone cable, difficult to adjust gain individually

Here is the link to my full review: http://www.head-fi.org/t/724153/review-nuforce-ha-200-affordable-class-a-monoblocks   Earlier thread and discussion: http://www.head-fi.org/t/691255/nuforce-ha-200-high-performance-single-ended-class-a-headphone-amplifier     This is the summary from my review:   So it's obvious I'm quite happy with the Nuforce HA-200. As a single ended amp it's fantastic. As dual monos, doubly fantastic and totally worth the price. If you can't afford the mono setup, start with one and upgrade later! Of course if you're just jonesing for monos, as of this writing it's the only dual mono headphone amp option I know of for under $1k so it's...
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if you liked the HD25, you'll like the Amperior

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Pros: rugged and utilitarian, good sound at this price, isolation one of the best, practically industry standard and most people know what it sounds like

Cons: good isolation comes at the cost of high clamp

Just a point form review... really just notes for myself comparing vs the HD25-1-ii. If you want something with more sonic impressions, read any other Amperior or HD25 reveiw below or the excellent one over at InnerFidelity.   pads: Amperior has this supple pleathery material which is way nicer than the HD25 pads and more comfortable isolation: but somehow the HD25 pleather pads isolate better clamp: really the same build quality: Amperior clearly better in every way with nicer cups and cable assembly (and changeable cables with iDevice capability) sensitivity: the Amperiors are a bit easier to drive impedance: much lower than the HD25, which may be an issue with amps that...
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a commendable first headphone from Munitio, but aim a little lower

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Pros: lots of bass, durable build

Cons: sub par sound for the price, uncomfortable

Gallery: http://www.head-fi.org/g/a/820286/munitio-pro40     The Pro40 is Munitio's first foray into full sized headphones. The manufacturer is well known for their range of iems, though I haven't heard any of those so I carried no expectation of “brand sound” at all into this review.   So let's start off with outward appearances. The box is pretty standard: Nice picture, specs are listed, feels solid and probably something you could wrap in paper and mail to somebody without worrying about it getting crushed. Pop open the box and you'll find the protective case and the headphones inside.   The travel case   The case is a semi-hard shell covered in a...
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decent sound, decent price

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Pros: lots of accessories, solid build

Cons: heavy

Points of Reference home: modded Hifiman HE-6, custom Beyer COP w/T50rp drivers portable: VSonic GR07, Nuforce NE-770, modded Sennheiser Amperior, modded Pioneer HDJ-2000     Accessories   The Landmine comes with a generous array of accessories. Included are the usual adapters for 6.5mm and airline use, a shirt clip, *two* carrying cases (one hard, one soft), and a whopping ten pairs of tips to fit a wide assortment of ears. All the tips share the same silicon texture, and come in varying sizes and stiffnesses, and one set of double flanges. I was hoping there would be a foam one in there, but alas no.   There's also a card to write down when you...
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a fantastic headphone amp and preamp with four analog inputs and digital volume control

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Pros: excellent preamp, extremely low amp noise floor, plays very well with high impedance headphones, excellent digital attenuator

Cons: limited current capacity in the amp

Full review here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/659934/review-nuforce-hap-100

a multifunctional power device

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Pros: good clean power, usb-spdif bridge

Cons: cost

Review here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/626851/review-nuforce-icon2-s-x-speakers-w-1-sub-lps-power-supply#post_9011780   Summary: I have the fully upraded version, the LPS-2U-192k. This unit sports dual DC outputs and a usb to spdif bridge (outputting optical and coax simultaneously).   The price may seem high, but keep in mind this is essentially three devices in one. The performance is very good, and improvements in sound are noticeable both with my Icon2 and HDP.   It is also not limited strictly to Nuforce devices. The output is configurable between 12V and 15V via a jumper inside.

a fantastic all-in-one unit

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Pros: great performance in a tiny form factor

Cons: none

A full review here, including the S-X speakers and W-1 subwoofer and LPS power supply: http://www.head-fi.org/t/626851/review-nuforce-icon2-s-x-speakers-w-1-sub-lps-power-supply   Summary: The Icon2 is a great all-in-one device. It has a usb dac, analog inputs, headphone output, speaker output, and subwoofer out. It does all that in something the size of a book.   The only downside is that Nuforce has released several other products with reduced funcationality but likewise reduced cost. If you don't need all the bells and whistles, you can get the same level of performance for cheaper from the very same company.
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