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one step forward, one step back, do a jig sideways

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Pros: high efficiency planar, lighter weight, good comfort,

Cons: channel imbalance, resolution stumbles

This here is a micro review and formatted primarily as a direct comparison vs a fully modded HE-6. There are enough flowery reviews here to paint you a pretty picture, so this will be all point-form and very direct.   - potentially more comfortable - lighter weight, larger cups - personally I find the cup slightly too long and it presses down into my jaw - headband kinda big overall; I am on the smallest setting and it still feels too low   - that said, the HE-X needs to hang low on the ear to sound right; too high and it seems off   - does not reach quite as deep - top feels like it rolls off a bit earlier as well - slight midbass emphasis, some rumbles are...
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a pocket rocket to make you humm

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Pros: low power consumption, great dac and optical bridge

Cons: might block adjacent usb ports

See my full review here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/797668/preview-encore-mdsd-dac-amp-a-new-pocket-rocket-to-make-you-hum   Concluding paragraph from my review: It's a decent amp, an even better DAC, and a snazzy usb-optical bridge that brings some pizazz to your regular dacs. Based on those pieces alone I'd expect something around $150-200, but all this for $60-70? Jimminy crickets what are you waiting for? If this is something that you've been shopping around for, you've got nothing to lose here and the value is fantastic.   The crowdfunding campaign ends in less than a week! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/encore-mdsd-portable-usb-dac-headphone-amp#/

a whole lotta bang for a whole little buck

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Pros: superb build quality at this price

Cons: none at this price point

The Rockmaster OE (along with its sister product the Rockmaster IE) is a new offering from Encore that explores crowdfunding as a way to produce high quality yet low priced items. They can do this by selecting OEM manufacturers and customizing the tooling to save on time and costs, and the crowdfunding angle allows them to significantly reduce operational costs such a advertising, storage, distribution, and all those other things that we as consumers don't really think about. The result is the ability to offer products to us at a fraction of the cost of typical consumer good.   Overall I would classify this as a "consumer" sound with elevated bass and treble for more punch and snap...
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a superb $30 budget IEM

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Pros: good bass, cohesive sound

Cons: none at this price point

The Rockmaster IE is a new offering from Encore that explores crowdfunding as a way to produce high quality yet low priced items. They can do this by selecting OEM manufacturers and customizing the tooling to save on time and costs, and the crowdfunding angle allows them to significantly reduce operational costs such a advertising, storage, distribution, and all those other things that we as consumers don't really think about. The result is the ability to offer products to us at a fraction of the cost of typical consumer good.   This would be all for naught if the Rockmaster IE didn't sound good however, but it does not disappoint. It has a firmly bassy but not overblown sound, and...
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A nice first try, but needs improvement

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Pros: nice build, nice accessories, bassy heavy if you like that

Cons: sound is a distorted mush

My longer impressions here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/773148/alpha-delta-ad01/75#post_11824251 (post #83)   The short version: A nice first try by Alpha & Delta, and the tuning is obviously geared towards a bass heavy "consumer" sound which isn't bad by itself... but there's much more to sound than just the frequency response. I suspect there's some heavy distortion and decay products in there, because while it "sounds" ok at first, it "feels" awful. That said, the build quality and accessories are really nice.

setting the bar for budget closed portables

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Pros: good clean sound, good isolation, reasonably portable

Cons: small-ish cups

Full review here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/771679/   Here are my closing thoughts from my review: Quote: The HammoS markets itself as a competitor with the M50, but I think that's the wrong comparison. The fit and styling is all Beats, not the M50 (nor other “studio” headphones). Soundwise, I actually think the overall shape is reminiscent of open Sennheisers, except closed if that makes sense.   I've reviewed quite a few closed-back headphones in the past that all floated around the $200 range. I feel the HammoS competes quite well against all of them for half the price, and even bests them in some regards. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a gamechanger, but Noontec...
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Wow it's a portable planar that doesn't need an amp

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Pros: comfort, build quality, isolation, nice even sound

Cons: pucker on the ears, very warm

Mini review of the Oppo PM-3   Build quality is very nice, and unless you look really close you wouldn't even notice the difference from the PM-1/2. The pads are different though, and not nearly as nice or comfortable as the PM-1. They're good pads, but the PM-1 pads are extra comfy and real leather makes a difference. These ones don't breath very well and get warm very quickly.   The frequency response is reasonably balanced with a gentle downwards slope, except for one dip in the treble and the early rolloff, but no peaks (remarkable for a closed cup).   The overall tone is slightly elevated from the midbass down but not overly humped. I feel like there was a bit of...
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a high performing multi tool for your budding head-fi needs

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Pros: solid build quality, great sound

Cons: none at this price

See here for my full review: http://www.head-fi.org/t/765642/   TL/DR: A clear step up from the uDAC-3, and is equal in price with the trade-in program. A very neutral sound from all outputs, enough power for most headphones, all while maintaining a small form factor.

great features but disappointing sound

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Pros: build quality, user interface, bluetooth integration

Cons: bright dac, bright amp

Micro review of the Oppo HA-1:   rankings (because the bars to the side for some reason are not representative of the rank I gave) audio quality: 2/5 design: 4/5 quality: 3.5/5 value: 2.5/5   - build quality is great - nice pot, motorized, smooth and solid feel - user interface is simple and clean, intuitive menu system - connectivity is top notch - I can easily see this becoming the centrepiece of a system - but I couldn't get the usb drivers to work - bluetooth from your smartdevice, operate both as a streaming device and as remote: fantastic!     The dac - um, no thanks, it's headache inducing - really edgy transients, I could maybe see this being...
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A fantastic open backed earbud that will surprise you

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Pros: great bass and wide soundstage

Cons: no isolation, no mic or controls

Full review here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/761288/review-celsus-sound-gramo-one-a-fantastic-open-backed-earbud   These were my closing thoughts: Quote: Headphones and iems have come a long way in terms of public acceptance and what “typical” consumer pricing should be, but earbuds still have this stigma of being poor both in price and sound quality. Well, I hope the Gramo One will start changing people's minds on that (yeah yeah, probably nothing will actually do that unless your name is Apple or Sony).   I consider the sound quality on par with IEMs in roughly the same price bracket.   The applications of an open backed earbud may seem very narrow at first, but...
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